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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 48: June 22, 2006

Contents
Top Stories
UND moves all athletic programs to Division I
Events to Note
Doctoral examination set for Betsi Little
Doctoral examination set for Wanda Berg
Doctoral examination set for Charles Dunlop
Wellness Center power outage scheduled
Movie premiere, Ronnie Awards set
Free family events at Turtle River State Park this Saturday
Mini-conference focuses on contemporary educational issues
Visiting Indian geologist to speak on fossil life of the Deccan Plateau, India
Doctoral examination set for Loren Scheer
U2 workshops listed
Buzz on Biz camp offered in July
Career Fair set for Oct. 18
Announcements
Bek parking lot now available
Denim Day is Wednesday, June 28
Submit your summer event
Senate scholarly activities committee lists deadlines
Gustafson parking lot closes for construction
Conversation partners requested
Wellness Center provides tips on allergy season
Twamley's lunch menu is served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
In Remembrance
Remembering Kathleen Wentzell
Remembering Jeffrey Anderson
UND moves all athletic programs to Division I

The University will begin the process to move the rest of its athletic programs to Division I, President Charles Kupchella has announced. Nationally recognized for its successful athletic programs, UND currently competes in Division I men’s and women’s hockey and in Division II in 18 other sports.

The decision comes after a five-month, comprehensive review by the University’s NCAA Classification Task Force, which gave its final report to Kupchella at the end of May.

“After studying the report and subsequent conversations and review of the plan with a wide spectrum of stakeholders, I have concluded that it is now in the best interest of the University to begin the process to move our entire athletic program to Division I. Beginning with 2007-2008, we will engage in an official NCAA ‘exploratory’ year. We will use this coming year, 2006-07, to develop a business plan and to begin building a financial foundation to support the move - both necessary to enhance the support base among all UND stakeholders,” said Kupchella.

“I am thrilled with President Kupchella’s leadership and forthright decision-making about the reclassification of our athletics program," said Tom Buning, UND athletic director. "This is a tremendous opportunity for the entire athletics department and our staff. We now have a definite time line and we will use it all to position ourselves in every way possible for success. This is a University decision that will create a new level of excitement for our current and future student body."

Buning added, "This is the beginning of a new era for UND athletics. The days ahead will be filled with many opportunities to get all of our supporters on-board; we have great fans that have a passion for Fighting Sioux athletics. I look forward to working with the campus, Greater Grand Forks communities, and our alumni to create a plan for success.”

Although the task force began its work in January, UND officials have kept the classification issue in mind for some time. Kupchella has said all along that the University would continue to monitor the landscape and would make the best possible decisions for the future of the University.

“This has been the continuation of a thoughtful and deliberate approach, developed as part of our overall strategic planning process,” said Kupchella. That planning process started in earnest several years ago, and has resulted in the development of the Strategic Plan, which guides the major decisions on campus, said Kupchella. The creation of the NCAA Classification Task Force was called for in UND’s second Strategic Plan, which the University unveiled last fall.

Kupchella said the task force report indicates that UND already matches up well with Division I institutions in various key measures, such as the number of sports UND offers, the quality of facilities available to UND athletes, and the support systems UND already has in place.

“The task force report pointed out that nearly all universities of our type and caliber play Division I in all sports. For example, there are 15 similar institutions identified as our peer institutions by a recent legislative study. All 15 play in Division I,” said Kupchella. “More and more schools in Division II look less and less like UND. It would become increasingly difficult to sustain our outstanding athletic tradition if we were to remain in Division II.”

While UND could declare this coming year its NCAA’s ‘exploratory year,’ Kupchella said it is important for the University to lay the groundwork before formally entering the process to change its classification.

“The NCAA’s ‘exploratory year’ is really a transition year,” said Kupchella, “and because of the significant amount of work to be done in order to make an effective move to Division I, we need the upcoming year to address three principal points: (1) We need more support from stakeholder groups than was evident in the study. The report noted, however, that many in our stakeholder groups indicated that they needed more information about ‘how’ such a move might be financed and otherwise made successfully; (2) stakeholders agree that we need a clear direction about conference affiliation, and that there be at least a very high likelihood that there would be a conference or conferences receptive to UND; and (3), cost, which is a major factor. It would appear from the task force report that at a minimum we would need at least $2 million more per year than we now devote to athletics in order to move to Division I in an effective way. This would require some combination of an increased student fee and the building of an athletic program endowment.”

Kupchella said the report indicated that cost increases would come mainly in the form of additional grants-in-aid and travel, although other costs would have to be considered as well.

“Obviously, the number of sports we field and the conference we would join would be significant factors. The Task Force report pointed out that our athletic budget is already in the range of budgets for Division I institutions. Based on meetings with key stakeholder alumni groups, letterwinners and others, I believe we will be able to raise the funds sufficient to compete at the Division I level,” said Kupchella.

The full task force report referenced here can be found at www.und.edu/president/taskforce.html.

UND has highly successful athletic programs. In addition to seven national championship titles in men’s hockey (only one other institution has more), UND has won national championships in football and women's basketball and has a nationally recognized reputation in other sports, as well. UND’s student athletes have earned a combined 3.0 or better grade point average in 16 of the last 17 semesters.

Doctoral examination set for Charles Dunlop

The final examination for Charles Dunlop, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in Educational Leadership, is set for 5 p.m. June 29, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "The Perceptions of Superintendents and Business Managers Regarding Purchasing Policies, Practices, and Procedures in Small Rural Schools: A North Dakota Case Study." Larry Klundt (Educational Leadership) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend. -- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

Doctoral examination set for Betsi Little

The final examination for Betsi Little, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Experimental Psychology, is set for 8 a.m. June 30, in 203 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "Optimism as a Buffer Against the Negative Impact of Discrimination." Cheryl Terrance (Psychology) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend. -- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

Doctoral examination set for Wanda Berg

The final examination for Wanda Berg, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 11 a.m. June 30, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Making a Difference, Making Connections: Perspectives of College Faculty and Practitioners Leading a Service Experience Abroad." Kathleen Gershman (Teaching and Learning) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend. -- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

Wellness Center power outage scheduled

Due to a scheduled power outage Friday, June 23, the Student Wellness Center will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.
-- Yvette Halverson, Associate Director of Wellness Facilities, Wellness Center, wellness@mail.und.edu, 777-0729

Movie premiere, Ronnie Awards set

The world premiere of movies written, shot, directed, and edited by regional youth will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, June 23, at the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. Emily Spitsberg, Josh Greer, Lewis Bachmeier, Nathin Voeller, Mason Finstad, Zach Finney, and Sarah Palm all had their screenplays selected for production. They, along with Samantha Criswell, Kajsa Schirle, Jordan Theiry, Jamie Hilts, and Keira Kalenze have shot, edited, and acted in six short movies. Following the premiere, there will be an award ceremony honoring the Best Movie, Best Direction, Best Actors with the first annual "Ronnies" (named for Ron Howard). The screening and awards ceremony are free and open to the public. The movies are a product of the first UND Summer Moviemaking Camp for Teens, sponsored jointly by the English and Art Departments. See them here before they go to Sundance!

For more information, call 777-6395.
-- Kathy King, Senior Lecturer, English, kathleen_king@dakotalit.com, 777-6395

Free family events at Turtle River State Park this Saturday

Saturday, June 24, is Turtle Fest 2006. Located 20 miles west of Grand Forks on Hwy. 2, Turtle River State Park features trees, hills, and water. Enjoy family events this Saturday at the Park. Destiny, a live bald eagle, is presented at 2 p.m. The kids' self-guided scavenger hunt runs between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids' fishing seminars are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and kids' crafts will happen from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A guided mountain bike ride goes at 10 a.m. and a guided ride on the park roads happens at 4 p.m. There's a pig roast dinner fundraiser from 11 a.m. "til gone."

Park admission is free this Saturday. Turtle Fest 2006 is sponsored by Friends of Turtle River. All events are centered around the Lodge.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, patsynies@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3791

Mini-conference focuses on contemporary educational issues

On Monday, June 26, from 8 a.m. to noon, the Educational Leadership Doctoral Cohort 3 is presenting a mini-conference focusing on current topics in education.

Topical presentations include "Educating Children of Poverty," "Seamless Education from K-16," "The Changing Landscape in Higher Education: Embracing Diverse Learners," "Moving Beyond Religious Tolerance at College Campuses," "Student Success and the National DEEP Project," and "Politics of K12 Educational Funding."

To learn more about the conference and to register for the event, please e-mail Roger Abbe at roger.abbe@sendit.nodak.edu.

There is no cost for this mini-conference and it is open to the public. We hope you can join us!
-- Roger Abbe, Doctoral student, Educational Leadership, roger.abbe@sendit.nodak.edu, 777-4255

Visiting Indian geologist to speak on fossil life of the Deccan Plateau, India

Dhananjay Mohabey of the Geological Survey of India, Nagpur, will present a LEEPS lecture on "The Biota and Depositional Environments Associated with the Latest Cretaceous Deccan Volcanics of Central India," Wednesday, June 28, at noon in 100 Leonard Hall (Geology).

Dr. Mohabey is a senior GSI geologist who has worked on the fossils of the Deccan volcanic sequence across central and western India for more than 20 years. He has published extensively on dinosaur eggs and paleoenvironments inhabited by ancient life near the end of the Cretaceous.

The LEEPS (Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Sciences) lecture series brings in speakers to the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering throughout the year. All our welcome. For further details, please contact me.
-- Joseph Hartman, Associate Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering, joseph_hartman@und.edu, 777-5055

Doctoral examination set for Loren Scheer

The final examination for Loren Scheer, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in Educational Leadership, is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is: "Academic Achievement and Socialization Skill Development of North Dakota Home Schooled Children." Sherryl Houdek (Educational Leadership) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend. -- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 workshops for July 5-12. Visit our web site for more.

Basic Excel: July 5, 9 to 11 a.m., 361 Upson II.
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers: mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Introduces very basic Excel functions, basics of a spreadsheet (column, row, cell), entering data, edit data, formulas (formula wizard), copying Excel formulas (autofill), absolute reference, selecting cells, formatting numbers and text in spreadsheets, autofit, inserting column and rows, create and modify charts, set display and print options. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

Creative Desktop Publishing (eight hours total): July 11 and 12, 8 a.m. to noon, 235 Starcher Hall, Graphic Communication Lab. Fee is $85. Learn to create visually appealing posters, flyers, newsletters and more. This is a hands-on workshop that includes using computers and printers to produce your design. Participants are encouraged to bring project ideas to complete. Presenter: Lynda Kenney, Technology.

Employee Privacy and the Law: July 11, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall. How far can an employer go in making decisions on issues related to privacy in the workplace? Presenters: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert.

Defensive Driving: July 11, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.,
Room 16-18, Swanson Hall. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Mike Holmes.

Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: Phone 777-2128, Email U2@mail.und.edu, or Online www.conted.und.edu/U2/. Please Include: (1) Workshop Title/ Date, (2) Name, (3) Department, (4) Position, (5) Box #, (6) Phone #, (7) Email, & (8) How you first learn about this workshop? Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.
-- Julie Sturges, Program Assistant, U2, U2@mail.und.edu, 777-2128

Buzz on Biz camp offered in July

Attention parents with children entering grades 6-8: Does your child have an interest in owning and operating a business someday? Or want to get a “jump start” on learning what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? Consider the seventh annual Buzz on Biz Camp.

It is presented by Business and Public Administration July 24-28. Dates and times are Monday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon; Thursday sale, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (graduation, noon to 1:30 p.m.)

The featured project will be determined soon. The cost is $50, which includes access to the Buzz on Biz guide, snacks, graduation ceremony/luncheon, and a Buzz on Biz T-shirt. Registration deadline is June 30; space is limited so register early.

For more information, visit http://business.und.edu/biz/ or call Kathy at 777-2517. To register, print the registration form on the web site, or call Sara at 777-0569.

-- Kathy Klemisch, Administrative secretary, College of Business and Public Administration, kathy.klemisch@business.und.edu, 777-2517

Career Fair set for Oct. 18

The Fall 2006 Career Fair is set for Wednesday, Oct. 18, Hyslop Multi-Purpose Gym, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 100 companies will attend. Preregistration is available online at www.career.und.edu. This is open to all UND undergraduate/graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
-- Amanda Noreen, Marketing Coordinator, Career Services, amanda.noreen@und.nodak.edu, 777-4100

Submit your summer event

Have you heard the buzz about the UND summer calendar? Did you know you could get free publicity by submitting your event to the calendar? Jump on board and get your information listed on the UND Summer Calendar by going to www.summer.und.edu or calling 777-0841.

There are currently over 100 events listed on the calendar. We are presently marketing the summer web site, so submit your information NOW to take part in the marketing campaign.

More reasons to submit your event information:
• Potential to reach a larger audience
• Post your summer brochure
• Potential resource for participants

If you have any questions, please visit www.summer.und.edu, or call 777-0841.
-- Sara Satter, Summer Events Program Assistant, Continuing Education, sarasatter@mail.und.edu, 701-777-0841

Denim Day is Wednesday, June 28

Wednesday, June 28, is Denim Day (always the last Wednesday of the month). Dig out your button, pay your dollar, and enjoy "going casual" in the middle of the week. All proceeds go to charity, as always. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I'll set you up with buttons and posters for your area. Can't find your button? Call me and I'll get you a replacement.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, patsynies@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3791

Bek parking lot now available

Construction of the Spiritual Center near the Hughes Fine Arts Center has begun. The north side of the Gustafson “A” parking lot is needed for a staging area for this project. To replace the lost red “A” spaces, approximately half of the meters in the Bek Lot will be covered and red “A” permits will be allowed to park there at no charge for the remainder of the summer. If you have any questions, please contact the Parking Office. Thank you. -- Sherry Kapella, Parking Office, 777-3551.

Senate scholarly activities committee lists deadlines

Application deadlines for Senate scholarly activities grants follow.

Friday, Sept. 15, 2006, for travel Sept. 6, 2006-Jan. 16, 2007; Monday, Oct. 16, 2006, for research/creative activity or publication grants; Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, for travel Jan. 17, 2007-May 1, 2007; Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, for research/creative activity or publication grants and new faculty scholar awards; Tuesday, May 1, 2007, for travel May 2, 2007-Sept. 15, 2007.
-- Sandra E. Short, Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, Physical Education and Exercise Science, sandra_moritz@und.nodak.edu, 701/777-4325

Gustafson parking lot closes for construction

The construction of the Spiritual Center and other landscaping projects by the English Coulee will require that a temporary bridge be constructed over the Coulee for equipment and material deliveries. The bridge will be placed by the Gustafson parking lot, requiring all or a portion of this parking lot to be closed for approximately one week. Throughout the project(s), the north portion of the Gustafson parking lot will be used for construction staging.

The projects planned for the area include construction of a student memorial and a 2,500 sq.ft. building, the Spiritual Center. The Adelphi Fountain has been removed for repairs and restoration, and an artist will restore and reproduce the missing pieces in an effort to bring it back to its original design. Although the fountain will be missed during its restoration, we can look forward to its return in the spring.

-- Larry Zitzow, Director of Facilities.

Conversation partners requested

Conversation partners are needed to talk with international students still learning English. Time commitment is one hour per week. If you are able to help, please contact Jill at jill.shafer@mail.und.nodak.edu.
-- Linda Rains, Coordinator of Volunteer Services and Programming, Memorial Union, lindarains@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701-777-4076

Wellness Center provides tips on allergy season

Sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, shortness of breath -- get ready for allergy season! As you prepare for outdoor activities —- such as gardening, cookouts, and lawn chores —- make sure you also prepare for allergies.

Did you know seasonal allergies can make asthma symptoms worse? If your asthma seems to get worse during certain times of the year, you may be suffering from seasonal allergies that affect asthma. The time to start managing your allergies is now.

What can I do? There are four key steps that help you better manage your allergies:

1. Talk to your doctor to find out if you have seasonal allergies.
2. Stay inside with the windows closed, particularly when pollen and mold counts are highest (often the midday and afternoon).
3. Talk to your doctor about taking a controller medication to prevent asthma symptoms or talk to your doctor to find out if a controller medication is right for you.
4. Most importantly, develop an allergy action plan with your doctor.

Where do I go for additional assistance? There is help. MyHealthConnection offers you:
• Online access to important information about asthma.
• 24/7 access to Health Coaches —- specially trained health professionals such as nurses, dietitians, and respiratory therapists.

Convenience, expert support, and a helping hand -— call MyHealthConnection at 1-800-658-2750 to speak to a health coach today. Or get additional information online at www.thedialogcenter.com/bcbsnd. Click on the Healthwise® Knowledgebase to search for Asthma in Adults and Teens.

-- Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, and Amanda Eickhoff, Wellness program assistant, Wellness Center, amandaeickhoff@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2719.

Twamley's lunch menu is served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

June 23: BLT Wrap, Macaroni Salad, Fruit mix; Sloppy joe with chips; Grilled Patty melt with Soup; Soup of the day is Cheese with Ham and Bacon.

June 26: Pepper Jack Chicken Sandwich, Mixed Vegetables and Fruit Cup; Grilled Cheese with Soup; Sloppy joe with Chips; Soup of the Day is Cream of Potato.

Twamley does take credit cards.

-- Tammy Kaiser, TwamleySnack Bar Supervisor, Food Service, tammykaiser@mail.nodak.edu, 777-3934

Remembering Kathleen Wentzell

Kathleen Ann Wentzell, supply technician, military science, died June 20 in Altru Hospital. She was 46.

Kathleen A. Karlstad was born March 10, 1960 in Lake Preston, S.D., to Henry and Bettie (Lohan) Karlstad. She grew up and attended school in Lynd, Minn. She graduated from high school there in 1978 and married Jeff Wentzell Sept. 16, 1994 in Grand Forks.

She worked at the Grand Forks Air Force Base and then as a supply technician in miliary science at UND from 1999 to 2006. She enjoyed going to the lake, spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends, selling Tastefully Simple, shopping and her dog Harley.

Wentzell is survived by her mother Bettie, husband Jeff, sons Chad and Tyler of Grand Forks, daughter Jessi (Corey) Krueger of Prior Lake, Minn.; brothers: David (Diane) Karlstad, and Doug Karlstad and special friend (Carol), both of Lynd, Minn., and grandchildren Kyle Krueger, Jadyn Wentzell and Hunter Krueger.

She was preceded in death by her father, sister-in-law Beverly Karlstad, and her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service in Amundson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be in the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall, Minn.

Remembering Jeffrey Anderson

Jeffrey Anderson, retired maintenance worker, facilities, died June 20 at his home in Grand Forks. He was 63.

Anderson was born July 30, 1942 in Grand Forks to Earl B. and Margaret (Nylof) Anderson. He attended school in Grand Forks, and was currently attending speech classes at UND. Known by most as Jeff-Jeff, he began working at the old UND hockey arena, known as "The Barn," as a maintenance worker in 1967 and continued until his retirement 30 years later.

He was often referred to as UND's No. 1 hockey fan. Over the years, his dedication to the program, contagious smile and truly genuine hugs made him a favorite throughout the community and with hockey fans and players alike. Whether he was working at Ralph Engelstad Arena or sitting in the stands cheering, he touched the lives of nearly everyone he met. His loyalty to both the University and its hockey program was evident. In the 1980s he established The Jeff Anderson Hockey Endowment Scholarship, given annually to the Most Valuable Player; and in 1989, he was named an Honorary Letter winner for his contributions to UND athletics.

Anderson is survived by his sister Juleen (Tom) Clore of Richardson, Texas; step-sister Brenda (Robert) Simonson of East Grand Forks, Minn.; step-brothers David (Denise) Britton of Grand Forks, Jay (Arlette) Britton of Grand Forks, Bob (Biruta) Britton of Plymouth, Minn.; and an aunt, uncle, and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother Ferne Anderson, and several aunts and uncles. The UND hockey family is serving as honorary pallbearers.

Funeral services are set for 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 23, at the Federated Church, 2122 17th Ave. S., with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.