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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 20: January 07, 2009

Contents
Top Stories
Marketplace for Entrepreneurs conference is Jan. 14
Events to Note
Nationally known author David Linden to give lectures Jan. 15-16
Farewell reception honors Kevin Young
Group exhibition opens at Third Street Gallery on Kittson
OID announces On Teaching online
Spring new student orientation is Monday, Jan. 12
University Within the University (U2) lists new classes
Volunteer Recruitment Day is Jan. 22
John Michael Lerma is returning to UND
Make your reservations for the Museum Benefit Dinner Feb. 7
Announcements
UND academic catalog copy going to departments for biennial updating
Applications sought for faculty research proposal writing fellowships
Faculty, researchers invited to participate in New Knowledge Nosh
Note new NIH policy on resubmitting of amended applications
Code of Student Life changes sought
Santhosh Seelan named interim associate dean
Eric Kjeldergaard elected to Council of State Employees
Rep. Pomeroy discusses North Dakota as model for national health-care reform
SSAC announces travel application deadline
Chester Fritz Library lists spring semester hours
UND Bookstore extends hours Jan. 12-13
Tower Cafe' seeks part-time booksellers
Note surplus property policy revision
Staff Senate names final 31 Days of Glory winners
Museum Cafe will open Monday
Class instructors sought for Culinary Corner
Student Health Services closed Jan. 9 for planning retreat
Ray Richards lists winter golf specials
Ray Richards golf course season passes now available
Internal job openings listed
UND Denim Day applications now available
In the News
North Dakotan elected to National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps
Student Health laboratory receives excellence award
Marketplace for Entrepreneurs conference is Jan. 14

The 20th annual Marketplace for Entrepreneurs Economic Development Conference, "North Dakota - The New Economy" is Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bismarck Civic Center, Bismarck, N.D. The doors open at 7:30 a.m.

U.S. Senator Kent Conrad and Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson will give the official welcome from organizing sponsors at 11:55 a.m. in the Main Arena Theatre, followed by the presentation of the 2009 Marketplace for Entrepreneurs Awards. Mark Zandi, chief economist, Moody's Economy.com will give the keynote address. He will share his insight into the root causes of our nation's economic downturn and how we might best emerge from it.

Zandi is chief economist and cofounder of Moody's Economy.com, where he directs the company's research and consulting activities. Moody's Economy.com., a division of Moody's Analytics, provides economic research and consulting services to busiensses, governments and other institutions.

His research interests include macro, financial and regional economics. His recent research has studied the determinants of mortgage foreclosure and personal bankruptcy, analyzed the economic impact of various tax and government spending policies, and assessed the appropriate policy response to bubbles in asset markets. He also conducts regular briefings on the economy. Zandi is quoted often in national and global publications, is frequently interviewed by major news media outlets, and is the author of Financial Shock, an expose of the subprime financial crisis.

Zandi received his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, where he did his research with Gerard Adams and Nobel laureate Lawrence Klein, and received his B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit www.MarketplaceForEntrepreneurs.org .

Farewell reception honors Kevin Young

A reception will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, in the Vennes Atrium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, to honor Kevin Young, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and interim chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Dr. Young received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, followed by five years of postdoctoral research at Texas A&M University and at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Young joined the University of North Dakota in 1985. He is leaving UND to become a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Please join us as we wish him well in his future endeavors. -- School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
-- Katrina Kriewall, Administrative Secretary, SMHS Office of the Dean, kkriewall@medicine.nodak.edu, 2312

Nationally known author David Linden to give lectures Jan. 15-16

David Linden, author of "The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams, and God," will be at the University of North Dakota Thursday and Friday, Jan. 15 and 16. Hosted by the Red River Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, Linden will give a public lecture Thursday, Jan. 15, and another lecture Friday, Jan. 16.

Linden’s public lecture, titled “The Accidental Mind,” will be based on his book, which seeks to explain how brain evolution has given rise to qualities that profoundly shape the human experience. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. A book signing and reception will follow. Books will be available.

Friday, Jan. 16, Linden will present “The Secret Life of Axons and Dendrites” at noon in the Reed Keller Lecture Bowl, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Linden is a professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research for the past several years has focused on memory storage in the brain and other neuroscience topics. He is also the chief editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology.

Linden’s trip to the University is sponsored by a Grass Traveling Scientist Program Award through the Society for Neuroscience, the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to advancing understanding of the brain and nervous system. The Red River Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience is a member chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.
-- Peter Meberg, Society for Neuroscience, Department of Biology, peter_meberg@und.nodak.edu, 777-4674

Group exhibition opens at Third Street Gallery on Kittson

The exhibition, “New: a Group Exhibition,” features artists from the region with new pieces to usher in the new year. This exhibition will open at the Third Street Gallery on Kittson, 310 Kittson Ave., Thursday, Jan. 8. The exhibition will kick off with a free, public artist reception from 7 to 9 p.m., and runs until Feb. 13.

Many Grand Forks artists such as Kim Fink, Patrick Luber, and Jessica Christy will have pieces in this “New” exhibition. The artists were asked to create a piece of work about the word new, or to create a new piece. This will be a great exhibition for those new to the arts of this region to become acquainted with the artists who are making art here.

Come view this exhibition on display until Feb. 13. View or purchase the work of local and regional artists, such as Brian Paulsen, Katie McCleery, A. Kemp, in the Third Street Gallery on Kittson Consignment Gallery and Boutique Gift Shop. The items in the gallery change often, so stop by and see the new artwork and gift items on display.

Third Street Gallery on Kittson is curated by Rebecca Sefcovic Uglem and Amy Lyste. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. or contact the gallery to schedule an appointment any time. Those wishing group tours, including schools, should contact the Third Street Gallery at 701-757-3333. There is no admission charge.

Third Street Gallery on Kittson is a non-profit arts organization created by artists for artists to provide exhibits and opportunities for regional and local artists and to revitalize the Greater Grand Forks community through the arts. The gallery will provide a space for local artists to exhibit, in addition to providing the citizens of this community the opportunity to view emerging artists from the Upper Midwest.

For more information, call 701-757-3333 or visit www.thethirdstreetgallery.com.

Spring new student orientation is Monday, Jan. 12

The Office of Enrollment Services will host Spring New Student Orientation Monday, Jan. 12. Spring New Student Orientation is designed to help students make a successful transition to University life by making them feel at home at UND, and providing them with the essential information every new student needs. Check-in begins for students at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union and all events will conclude at 4 p.m. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Kristi Nelson at kristinelson@mail.und.edu or 777-6468. We appreciate the involvement of all those who partner with us for this event.
-- Kenton Pauls, Director, Enrollment Services, kentonpauls@mail.und.edu, 707.777.4463

OID announces On Teaching online

This spring the Office of Instructional Development will pilot an online offering of the On Teaching seminars (informal discussions on teaching-related topics of interest to faculty in all disciplines) for those who teach distance courses at UND. The first seminar, "Significant Learning and Strategies of Student Engagement," will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21. A full description of the session is available here: http://www.und.edu/dept/oid/Documents/Box_Lunch_Flier_21_Jan_2009_online.pdf . This interactive discussion will be conducted via WIMBA (and a tutorial for its use is available through Blackboard.) Participants will join the discussion remotely via computer and will need a USB headset to do so. To be fully interactive (with video) a USB webcam is recommended.

Please RSVP to jana_hollands@und.nodak.edu by Monday, Jan. 19, to register. You will receive information about logging in to the seminar.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, anne.kelsch@und.nodak.edu, jana_hollands@und.edu, 701-777-4233

University Within the University (U2) lists new classes

University Within the University (U2) lists the following new classes.

Facilities Discoverer Reports Training
Jan. 13, 11 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II
Learn how to access the detailed information your department needs to have access to Facilities Discoverer reports. This training includes information on how to access the detail and summary information that breaks down the facilities charges by individual work orders and/or projects. Presenter: Laura Thoreson.

Substance Abuse and the Workplace: The Role of the Supervisor
Jan. 14, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
The speaker will explore how alcoholism and other drug abuse affect functioning, disrupt emotions, and impact work performance. Emphasis will be placed on the signs and symptoms associated with substance abuse. Included will be specific guidelines for the supervisory intervention process when employees are showing signs of impairment due to alcohol or other drug use. Presenter: Tom Olson, St. Alexius Employee Assistance Program.

Train the Trainer in Ergonomics
Jan. 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Auxillary Services Conference Room
This is a mandatory class for all supervisors at the University of North Dakota. This is a new requirement by the State Risk Management Division in Bismarck. The new UND Ergonomic Program will be reviewed. In addition, an introductory explanation of ergonomics that is to be shared with your staff members will be presented. Part of our Workers’ Compensation discount depends on participation in this class. Certificates will be presented, and attendance will be monitored. Presenter: Claire Moen.

But I’m Just Too Busy! . . .
Jan. 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wellness Center classroom.
Too busy for what? To exercise? To eat well? To take time for yourself? We will show you how to make healthful choices a part of your day. You will leave this interactive session with a customized office workout that fits your space. Come and get motivated to make a lifestyle change. Presenters: Emily Spicer, A.C.E. and Stefanie Meyer, M.S., C.S.C.S.

Music Therapy for Wellness: What Can Music Do for You?
Jan. 14, 10 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union River Valley Room
Music therapy faculty at UND will describe the nature of their profession and how it relates to wellness as a therapeutic discipline. Attendees will experience active music-making and passive music listening to better understand music's deep psychological and biomedical impact on the wellness of adults. Presenter: Andrew Knight, assistant professor of music therapy.

Relaxation: Care for the Caregiver
Jan. 14, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
Caring for others is a way of life for almost everyone. Stress from caregiving can affect all of us. This presentation will help you understand stress and learn some techniques for dealing with it.
Presenter: Tom Olson, St. Alexius Employee Assistance Program.

Data Protection and Privacy
Jan. 14, 1 to 3:30 p.m., 361 Upson II
This workshop will introduce secure practices for handling and storing sensitive University and personal data. Topics will include a discussion of the types of information to protect and why it needs to be protected, practices and configurations for securing your operating system, Web browser, e-mail, and other software applications, protecting your personal information online, must-have security software for your computer, and encrypting sensitive data. Presenter: Brad Miller.

Budgets Overview Inquiry
Jan. 14, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Gamble Hall Lanterman Center, Room 9
Prerequisite: PeopleSoft user ID and password for Finance Module, a local fund number, and/or an appropriated fund number. This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft to find your department's budget and cash balance, utilize PeopleSoft to track your department's budget, cash, revenue, and expenditures, and complete a budget journal. The session also includes hands-on practice activities. Presenter: Shannon Smidt.

MS Office 2007 - How Will It Affect You?
(Informational PowerPoint presentation, not hands-on)
Jan. 15, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
Become familiar with the dramatically different user interface in Office 2007 applications - The Ribbon. Learn how to recognize the new file formats for Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access 2007 documents. Learn about the file format compatibility issues between Office 2007 files and earlier Office versions. Find out how to install the free Office Compatibility Pack for opening and editing Office 2007 files in earlier Office versions, and how to save Office 2007 files in the earlier version (Office 97-2003 file format). Presenter: Heidi Strande.
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education, patriciayoung@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-0720

Volunteer Recruitment Day is Jan. 22

Volunteer Recruitment Day at the Spring Involvement Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Ballroom, Memorial Union. Agencies will be on campus to recruit volunteers for the spring semester. Everyone is invited to visit with agency representatives about available opportunities. Faculty and staff, in addition to students, are encouraged to attend. Those programs and departments that require service hours are asked to inform students about Volunteer Recruitment Day. For further information, contact Linda Rains, assistant director for student involvement, 777-4076 or lindarains@mail.und.edu.
-- Joe Mathern, Graduate Assistant for Programming, Memorial Union, joseph.mathern@und.edu, 7-0673

John Michael Lerma is returning to UND

Mark your calendars -- nationally known chef and UND alum John Michael Lerma will return to UND Saturday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. for a live cooking demonstration. The event will be held in the Culinary Corner at the Student Wellness Center. All are welcome! More information to come. The event is sponsored by the Wellness Center and the English Department.
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services, Wellness Center, karinawittmann@mail.und.edu, 701-777-2719

Make your reservations for the Museum Benefit Dinner Feb. 7

Now in its 18th year, the Benefit Dinner in the elegant galleries of the North Dakota Museum of Art continues the tradition of a gourmet meal, quality artwork, and camaraderie. A silent art auction will be held throughout the evening featuring 50 pieces from local, regional and national artists.

The Dinner and Silent Auction will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are $95 per person. The tables seat eight and arrangements can be made for parties to be seated together.

For information about making a reservation or volunteering, call 777-4195.

Proceeds from dinner reservations and art and raffle sales are used for programming and exhibitions at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Exhibitions would not be possible without funds collected at this and other fundraising events, and generous contributions from sponsors, both corporate and individual.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, blofthus@ndmoa.com, 701-777-4195

UND academic catalog copy going to departments for biennial updating

Academic departments will soon receive an official first proof of the UND Academic Catalog for biennial updating. The 2009-2011 version of the catalog is scheduled for completion in May with publication in June. The graduate sections are being sent by the Graduate School. The undergraduate and other sections are being sent by the Office of the Registrar. The deadline for returning the undergraduate copy and other sections is Monday, Feb. 16. The index of the catalog is also being sent to deans and department chairs for their input. – Suzanne Anderson, University Registrar.

Applications sought for faculty research proposal writing fellowships

Applications are invited from UND faculty for research fellowships ($1,000 each) to facilitate writing proposals for external funding of their research and scholarly activities. Offered through Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) and the University Writing Program, a limited number of faculty in teams of two (faculty proposal writer and mentor) will engage in a 10-session (one hour each) writing seminar beginning Monday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. and continuing Mondays at 4 p.m. through May 4. The goal of the seminar will be for each faculty writer to complete a research proposal, with the assistance of a mentor, that will be suitable for submission to an external sponsor.

To apply:
• Submit an application as a faculty team (writer and mentor) to RD&C of no more than two pages describing your research/scholarly activity idea.
• Identify the organization you will target for funding.
• List your last three examples of creative activity (e.g. publications, performances) and indicate whether they were peer reviewed and when they occurred.
• Describe your experience with submitting external proposals, including agencies and critiques. Also include a short list of recent proposals submitted by your mentor and indicate which have been successful.
• Discuss the significance of your research/scholarly activity.
• Indicate your availability and commitment to attend at least nine of the 10 seminar sessions.
• Be sure to include the name and the expected contribution of the faculty member who has agreed to serve as your mentor for this fellowship. (Mentors must agree to attend at least five sessions and be available to assist you in writing and developing your proposal outside the seminar. Mentors also will receive $1,000 stipends.) If you need help locating a mentor, contact Barry Milavetz at RD&C (777-4280 or barrymilavetz@mail.und.nodak.edu).

Selection Criteria:
• Potential for completing a draft proposal by May 15, 2009.
• Significance and impact of proposed research/scholarly activity.
• Potential for funding by proposed sponsor.
• Evidence of commitment by writer and mentor.
• Participant must be the P.I. on the external proposal.

Deadline:
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009
Submit application to RD&C, 105 Twamley Hall or e-mail to:
barrymilavetz@mail.und.nodak.edu.
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance, barrymilavetz@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701/777-4278

Faculty, researchers invited to participate in New Knowledge Nosh

The Honors Program announces our second annual "New Knowledge Nosh.” Faculty and researchers at UND are invited to visit with undergraduate students in a relaxed, informal setting (and eat — “we’ll nosh”). The conversation will focus on how new knowledge is created in different academic fields. Faculty are asked to talk about any recent/current research. This past year, some faculty recruited undergraduate students to work as volunteers and/or paid research assistants. Talented undergraduates are curious about research opportunities and possible thesis work. The 2009 New Knowledge Nosh events will occur in March and early April. All Noshes will occur at the Honors Program (Robertson Hall), and there is no cost. We hope for a variety of academic areas, including arts and humanities, social sciences, engineering, business, aviation, medicine, law, and sciences. Faculty members who are seeking to recruit students, or who simply want to share their expertise, are asked to schedule their event by contacting Kay Powell at kristin.powell@und.edu. Each “Nosh” lasts approximately one hour, and can be scheduled at your convenience.
-- K. M. Powell, Student Life Coordinator, Honors Program, kristin.powell@und.edu, 701-777-6218

Note new NIH policy on resubmitting of amended applications

NIH has announced a change in the existing policy on resubmission (amended) applications (see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/amendedapps.htm). Beginning with original new applications (i.e., never submitted) and competing renewal applications submitted for the Jan. 25, 2009 due dates and beyond, the NIH will accept only a single amendment to the original application. Failure to receive funding after two submissions (i.e., the original and the single amendment) will mean that the applicant should substantially re-design the project rather than simply change the application in response to previous reviews. It is expected that this policy will lead to funding high quality applications earlier, with fewer resubmissions.

Following the release of the Peer Review Report that was drafted with extensive consultation with the external community, Dr. Zerhouni, NIH director, established a Peer Review Oversight Committee (PROC) to finalize the recommendations and begin immediate implementation of those recommendations. Of particular concern was the marked reduction in the number of awards made in response to original applications. An increasing number of projects were funded only after one or more resubmissions. In periods of constricted funding, a greater number of projects require resubmission, and review committees are more likely to show greater preference for amended applications. These trends have increased the time from original submission to award and the number of submissions per investigator. As a result, there has been greater burden placed on applicants and reviewers as well as a delay in funding for meritorious science.

To change this trend and increase the likelihood that meritorious original applications will be funded, the NIH will decrease the number of amendments allowed. Accordingly, the NIH will begin to phase out second amendment applications starting with the Jan. 25, 2009, due date. This policy will increase the numbers of high quality original and first amendments that can be funded earlier.

Beginning with applications intended for the Jan. 25, 2009 due date, all original new applications (i.e., never submitted) and competing renewal applications will be permitted only a single amendment (A1). For this and subsequent cohorts of original new and competing renewal applications, any second amendment (A2) will be administratively withdrawn and not accepted for review. Applicants who fail to receive funding after two submissions may resubmit but only if the application is fundamentally revised to qualify as new. A new application is expected to be substantially different in content and scope with more significant differences than are normally encountered in an amended application. Note that there is no time limit for the submission of the original and subsequent A1.

Original new and competing renewal applications that were submitted prior to Jan. 25, 2009, will be permitted two amendments (A1 and A2). For these “grandfathered” applications, NIH expects that any A2 will be submitted no later than Jan. 7, 2011, and NIH will not accept A2 applications after that date.

This policy applies to all applications, including applications submitted under the NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, career development awards, individual fellowships, institutional training grants, resource grants, program projects, and centers. Currently no amendments are permitted for applications received in response to a Request for Applications (RFA) unless it is specified in the funding opportunity announcement, in which case only one amendment will be permitted.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their questions with their NIH IC contact. For additional information or questions, please contact:

Division of Receipt and Referral
Center for Scientific Review
6701 Rockledge Drive MSC 7720
Bethesda, MD 20892-7720
Voice: (301) 435-0715
Fax: (301) 480-1987
Or send an e-mail to EnhancingPeerReview@mail.nih.gov.

For more information on NIH’s Enhancing Peer Review effort, visit http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/.
-- Barry I. Milavetz, , Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance, barrymilavetz@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701/777-4278

Code of Student Life changes sought

Departments or individuals with changes to the Code of Student Life should submit these to the Dean of Students Office, c/o Jeffrey Powell, by Tuesday, Jan. 20. The current Code is available at http://sos.und.edu/csl or in paper format by request.
-- Jeffrey Powell, Student Services Officer, Dean of Students Office, jeffreypowell@mail.und.edu, 777-2664

Santhosh Seelan named interim associate dean

Paul Lindseth, associate dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, will be on developmental leave for the spring semester (Jan. 1 through May 15). Santhosh Seelan will be the interim associate dean during this period. He will be located in 221 Odegard Hall, and can be contacted at 777-2355 or seelan@aero.und.edu.
-- Debbie Landeis, Admin, Aerospace, Office of the Dean, landeis@aero.und.edu, 777-2935

Eric Kjeldergaard elected to Council of State Employees

Eric Kjeldergaard (Information Technology Systems and Services) has been elected as a UND represenative to the Council Of State Employees (COSE). Marsha Nelson, representative (Memorial Union), and Doug Osowski, alternate (ITSS), are the other COSE members from UND. A special thank you to all who participated in the nomination and election process. It is essential for the success of the Council to have employees willing to give of their time and services. -- Diane Nelson, director, Human Resources.

Rep. Pomeroy discusses North Dakota as model for national health-care reform

Representative Earl Pomeroy visited staff from the Center for Rural Health recently regarding the future of health-care reform. Joining Rep. Pomeroy were his Washington-based legislative director, Melanie Rhinehart-Van Tassell, and Nick Keaveny, a Fargo office representative.

The congressman’s fact-finding visit with the Center’s staff was part of an effort to discuss effective health practices in North Dakota that can serve as models throughout the nation and help drive positive health-care reform. Congressman Pomeroy is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health in the House of Representatives. He also co-chairs the Rural Health Care Coalition (RHCC), which is a bi-partisan coalition of members of Congress committed to advancing rural priorities in health-care policy. Through the health subcommittee and the RHCC, Pomeroy is working for a more equitable system for Medicare reimbursements among other health care reform measures.

“We do health care extremely well in North Dakota as compared to the rest of the nation. We have the highest outcomes for the lowest costs,” Congressman Pomeroy said, citing a recent report from the Commonwealth Fund.

He believes that the way North Dakota manages its health care could lead the national discussion on health-care reform. In particular, Congressman Pomeroy stated the need for a better health information technology infrastructure for primary care because better data help to drive delivery reform and “delivery reform drives reimbursement reform.” He was impressed with the Center for Rural Health’s internal health data tracking system, which provides factual information on the impact of the Center’s programs on health care delivery in the state.

Congressman Pomeroy heard from Center staff on issues ranging from health information technology to quality improvement measures in rural hospitals. Rebecca Quinn, project coordinator for the Traumatic Brain Injury State Partnership Grant, briefed Pomeroy and his team on the lack of traumatic brain injury services in North Dakota, and proposed state legislation to remedy the deficiency in state services. Assistant Professor Mary Amundson reported a need for greater incentives to attract and retain primary care physicians both financially and through better health information technology, which she says is expected by recent graduates who have been trained to use the technology.

Congressman Pomeroy expressed a keen interest in continued discussions with Center staff to inform health-care reform discussions in more detail. He said the Center for Rural Health is the nation’s “go-to” resource for rural health-care information.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, Communications Specialist, Center for Rural Health, dmacleod@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-3300

SSAC announces travel application deadline

The third deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee is Thursday, Jan. 15. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between Jan. 16, 2009 and May 1, 2009. No other applications will be considered.

The fourth deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee is Tuesday, Feb. 17. Research/Creative Activity and Publication grant applications as well as applications for New Faculty Scholar Awards will be considered at that time. No travel applications will be considered.

Friday, May 1, is the final deadline for submission of travel grant applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee. This deadline is for travel occurring between May 2, 2009, and Sept. 15, 2009. No other applications will be considered.

The committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. The proposal should be written with a multidisciplinary readership in mind. Avoid technical jargon and undefined abbreviations. Although the SSAC encourages submission of research/creative activity proposals and travel/publication requests, the Committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC awards granted to each applicant. Priority will be given to beginning faculty and first-time applicants. Requests for research/creative activity awards may not exceed $2,500. The committee receives requests for funding that far exceed funds available for awards; therefore, please prepare your application carefully.

Application forms are available at Research Development and Compliance (RD&C), 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on RD&C’s home page (on UND’s home page under “Research”). A properly signed original and 11 copies of the application must be submitted to RD&C prior to or on the published deadline. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications that are not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered by the committee. Please feel free to contact any of the current SSAC members for information or guidance when preparing your application. Their names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are available on RD&C’s home page or by calling RD&C at 777-4278.
-- Patrick A. Carr, Ph.D., Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, Anatomy and Cell Biology, pcarr@medicine.nodak.edu, 701/777-2576

Chester Fritz Library lists spring semester hours

The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following hours of operation for spring semester (beginning Monday, Jan. 12): Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library, karencloud@mail.und.edu, 7-2618

UND Bookstore extends hours Jan. 12-13

Barnes & Noble at UND will have extended hours Monday, Jan. 12, and Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND, michelle_abernathey@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2103

Tower Cafe' seeks part-time booksellers

The Tower Cafe' at the UND Bookstore is seeking part-time booksellers. We have day time, as well as late afternoon and weekend hours available. Employees do get a 20 percent discount on textbooks and up to a 35 percent discount on other store merchandise. If interested, please stop in for an application and ask to speak to a manager.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND, michelle_aberanthey@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2103

Note surplus property policy revision

Please note revisions have been made to the surplus property policy effective Dec. 16, 2008. The policy can be viewed in its entirety on the vice president for finance and operations policy Web site under facilities: http://www.und.edu/dept/policyoffice/html/facilities.html

For specific questions relating to the policy, please contact Laura Thoreson, Facilities, at 777-3006.
-- Marisa Haggy, Policy Manager, VP for Finance and Operations, marisahaggy@mail.und.edu, 701-777-4392

Staff Senate names final 31 Days of Glory winners

The winners of the Staff Senate 31 Days of Glory fundraiser follow:
Day 1, Roxanne Hurley, $100; Day 2, Janelle McGarry and Joanne Albrecht, $100; Day 3, Val Krogstad, $100; Day 4, Cathy Lerud, $100; Day 5, Beth Toay, $100; Day 6, Dana Siewert, $100; Day 7, Lana Rakow, $500; Day 8, Lisa Spencer, $100; Day 9, Susan Rundquist, $100; Day 10, Phil Yale, $100; Day 11, Anita Kemnitz, $100; Day 12, Milissa Van Eps, $100; Day 13, Geralyn Lunski, $100; Day 14, Bob Nelson, $500; Day 15, Cari Mack, $100; Day 16, Joyce Ketchum, $100; Day 17, Grant Erickson, $100; Day 18, KayLynn Bergland, $100; Day 19, Kathy Newman, $100; Day 20, Jeannie Lewis, $100; Day 21, Nancy Rice, $400; Day 22, Darlene Kenmir, $100; Day 23, Cheryl Widman, $100; Day 24, Joan Lee, $100; Day 25, Sandie Routier, $100; Day 26, Richard Martin, $100; Day 27, Alex Moe, $100; Day 28, Trish Chyle, $500; Day 29, Mary Schmidt, $100; Day 30, Joshua Rahn, $100; and Day 31, Gene Skarsten, $100. -- Staff Senate.

Museum Cafe will open Monday

The Museum Cafe will open Monday, Jan. 12. The Café is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, blofthus@ndmoa.com, 701-777-4195

Class instructors sought for Culinary Corner

Calling all cooks! Are you a whiz in the kitchen, or just have a knack for cooking? Then the Culinary Corner is looking for you! The Culinary Corner demonstration kitchen at the Wellness Center is expanding its classes for next semester and is looking to the experience of the faculty and staff at UND. If you are interested in leading a class in the kitchen, please notify Karina via the contact information below. Volunteer class instructors have the opportunity to earn free monthly Wellness Center memberships with minimum hours worked.
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services, Wellness Center, karinawittmann@mail.und.edu, 701-777-2719

Student Health Services closed Jan. 9 for planning retreat

Student Health Services will be closed Friday, Jan. 9, for a strategic planning retreat.

Students with immediate health care needs may access community health care providers. Emergency care is available at the Altru Emergency Room, 1200 S. Columbia Road. In the case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

Urgent care services are available at the locations listed below. Charges incurred for use of off-campus health care options are the responsibility of the individual.

Altru Urgent Care
1200 S. Columbia Rd. Use emergency room entrance
701-780-5968

Aurora Urgent Care
1451 44th Ave. S.
701-732-2710
-- Jane Croeker, Health Promotion Advisory, Student Health Services, jane.croeker@und.edu, 701.777.2097

Ray Richards lists winter golf specials

Ray Richards is offering a winter golf special. Buy a punch card for five rounds of golf for $45 or 10 rounds of golf for $90. Added bonus: the buyer will receive a free round of golf for buying the 10-round punch card.

Also this year, you may buy a cart seat for each punch card. Five rounds of golf with a cart seat will cost $70 or 10 rounds of golf with a cart seat for $140. A free round is included with 10-round purchase.

Winter golf special punch cards may be purchased at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office or by calling 777-4090. Box office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Payroll deductions are accepted. The deadline to purchase is March 15.
-- Tom Swangler, Asst Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium, tomswangler@mail.und.edu, 777-4094

Ray Richards golf course season passes now available

The 2009 golf season passes for faculty and staff are now available for $240. With your purchase you will receive a free season pass for the driving range ($150 value). Prices go up to $250 Feb. 1.

UND faculty and staff family season passes are $500; they are not eligible for the free driving range pass, but for an extra $150 the family can have season driving range passes.

Stop at the Chester Fritz Auditorium box office or call 777-4090. Box office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Remember that passes may be paid through payroll deduction over six pay periods.

-- Tom Swangler, Asst Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium, tomswangler@mail.und.edu, 777-4094

Internal job openings listed

The following position vacancies are available only to regular UND staff employees who have successfully completed their six-month probation period, earn annual and sick leave, receive BC/BS health insurance and TIAA-CREF or ND PERS retirement benefits. Current UND faculty, please contact Human Resources for eligibility.

TO APPLY: Please complete UND Application/Control Card form. Send letter of application and resume, referencing position name and number, to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, Twamley Hall, Room 313, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010. Applications MUST be received by the deadline date.

EXECUTIVE/PROFESSIONAL/ADMINISTATIVE/ATHLETIC COACHES: No vacancies.

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL:

POSITION: Research Information Associate/Administrative Assistant, EERC, #09-172
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 1/12/2009
COMPENSATION: $ 27,000 plus/year

OFFICE SUPPORT:

POSITION: Administrative Secretary (9-month, 20 hrs/week), Essential Studies, #09-173
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 1/13/2009
COMPENSATION: $ 13.00 plus/year

CRAFTS/SERVICE/TRADES:

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Sunday – Friday, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), #09-170
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 1/7/2009
COMPENSATION: $ 18,200 plus/year

UND Denim Day applications now available

Application forms for charities seeking Denim Day funding are now available by calling Karen Cloud, 777-2618, or e-mail karencloud@mail.und.edu. The deadline for applying is Friday, Jan. 30. Following the deadline, applications will be reviewed and charity selections will be made. Since the UND community represents a wide variety of beliefs and convictions, we can not entertain requests from political, religious or pro-life/reproductive rights organizations. Help support your favorite charity by picking up an application now.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library, karencloud@mail.und.edu, 7-2618

North Dakotan elected to National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps

Mary Amundson, assistant professor at the Center for Rural Health, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). The National Advisory Council is a body of clinicians and health care administrators who possess knowledge of underserved communities and health care implementation and improvement. She and other health care experts will advise newly appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Daschle on issues related to implementation of NHSC and related programs. The NHSC is committed to improving the health of the nation’s underserved by providing primary care health professionals to adults and children in the communities of greatest need.

Current Health and Human Services secretary Michael O. Leavitt selected Amundson for this leadership position. Prior to her current appointment, Amundson served on the National Health Service Corps Re-engineering Committee, which addresses provider placement in frontier and underserved areas. She also works with health workforce policies and programs within North Dakota.

Mary Amundson is an expert in the area of recruitment and retention of health care providers, student interdisciplinary service learning programs, and access to health care in underserved and frontier areas. She speaks to local, regional and national groups on those topics and has produced several publications. She served as a member of the National Frontier Definition Committee to issue regulations defining the concept of "frontier" area. She also served on the National Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary Community-Based Linkages, which advises Congress on Title VII programs related to educational training for health professional students. Currently, she is the director of the new Area Health Education Center in North Dakota.

Created in 1972, the National Health Service Corps collaborates with underserved rural areas and inner-city neighborhoods alike to develop and expand health care for underserved populations. The NHSC recruits and retains caring and culturally competent health care professionals through a combination of programs, including educational loan repayment and scholarships.
-- Denis MacLeod, Communications Specialist, Center for Rural Health, dmacleod@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-3300

Student Health laboratory receives excellence award

The Student Health Services laboratory has received the Outstanding Laboratory Excellence Award for the eighth year in a row. The laboratory earned the excellence award and COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality service to UND students.
-- Jane Croeker, Health Promotion Advisor, Student Health Services, jane.croeker@und.edu, 777-2097