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|University House walk-through set for faculty, staff|
President Robert and Marcia Kelley cordially invite all faculty and staff to tour University House, the new residence for the President of UND. The walk-through is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28. -- President's Office.
|Graphics and Photography Society sponsors Google Sketchup workshop |
The Graphics and Photography Society (GaPS) student organization is sponsoring a Google Sketchup workshop led by John Freden at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in 235 Starcher Hall, the Graphics Mac Lab.
Google SketchUp is free software that you can use to create, share and present 3D models. Whether you want to design a new deck for your house, model your business and put it in Google Earth, or design a new living room sofa, you can use SketchUp to see your ideas in 3D. And when you're done, you can export an image, make a movie or print out a view of what you made. SketchUp was created to make it easier for you to think and communicate in 3D. Check out http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/ to see what other people are modeling.
Seats are limited and registration is required. If you are interested in attending the Google Sketchup workshop, please e-mail me.
-- Lynda Kenney, Assistant Professor, Technology, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701 777-2197
|Italian fiction writer, English faculty member read short stories Oct. 22|
Please join the English Department as Giulio Mozzi reads from his fiction and also gives a presentation on the artwork and fiction tied to his fictional author, Carlo Dalcielo. Mozzi has published over 20 works of fiction, poetry, and edited volumes with prestigious Italian presses like Einaudi and Mandadori. His prize-winning collection, Questo e' il giardino (This is the garden) is being translated by UND faculty member Elizabeth Harris Behling. Mozzi and Harris Behling will give a joint reading and presentation at the North Dakota Museum of Art at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception will follow. -- English.
|"Lawyers are the Key to Freedom" lecture set for Oct. 15|
Lieutenant Colonel Colby C. Vokey will present a free public lecture titled â€œLawyers are the Key to Freedom: From Guantanamo Bay to Iraq,â€ at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Baker Courtroom, School of Law. His lecture will address his U.S. Marine Corps experiences, his challenging cases, and his position as a chief defense lawyer. A reception with students will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Law School Student Lounge.
Vokey, a reputable Marine Corps Defense Counsel, was a chief defense lawyer to the Canadian Terror suspect in the Omar Khadr Case. On July 27, 2002, a U.S. Delta Force soldier, Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer, was fatally wounded in an Afghanistan firefight. The suspect was a 15 year old Canadian teenager at the time, named Omar Ahmed Khadr. He was captured and taken to Guantanamo Bay. Under a November 2001 order from President Bush, Khadr was not able to claim many rights defendants are granted in civilian courts. Facing murder charges by the U.S. military commission, Khadr was represented by Vokey.
With a reputation for being a great litigator, Vokey feels strongly for the case and considers it the biggest challenge he has faced. He believes that Omar Khadrâ€™s case was an injustice and that Omar was a young boy who was prosecuted for the crimes of his father. Omarâ€™s father Ahmed Said Khadr is an Al Qaeda financer. Ahmed Said Khadr was killed in a Pakistani battle in 2003.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Vokey also has roots in Canada. His father, a native to Canada, joined the U.S. Air Force and later joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Vokey also joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he was awarded the combat ribbon as an artillery officer during the Persian Gulf War. Vokey is a graduate of the UND School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor with Distinction in 1998. He then worked as a chief of all the Corpsâ€™ defense lawyers in the western United States. Vokey has since then left the Corps and said that the Omar Khadr case had an influence on his decision. He has served as both a prosecutor and a defense counsel in hundreds of military courts-martial and other cases.
For more information about Vokey, including an extended bio and high resolution photo, visit www.law.und.edu/News/f08/CVokey.php The lecture is sponsored by the Criminal Law Association and the International Human Rights Organization.
-- Rob Carolin, Director of Alumni & Public Relations, Law School, email@example.com, 777-2856
|Farewell reception for Gary Johnson is Oct. 15|
A farewell reception for Gary E. Johnson will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Dakota Lounge, second floor, Memorial Union. Dr. Johnson has served UND in a number of capacities over the years, most recently as the interim vice president for research and the co-project director for North Dakota EPSCoR. He leaves UND Nov. 3 to assume the position of system vice president for research for the South Dakota Board of Regents. Please join us in thanking Gary for his outstanding service and to wish him well. --Robert O. Kelley, President.
| Michael Parenti speaks on "Democracy, Labor, and the Prosperity Myth" |
The Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the Multicultural Awareness Committee, the Department of Educational Foundations and Research, and the Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Speakers Series will present award-winning writer and internationally renowned speaker, Michael Parenti, one of the leading progressive political analysts active today.
Dr. Parenti will give a free talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Some of his books will be provided for sale outside the talk, courtesy of Barnes & Noble, and Michael Parenti will sit for a book signing afterward. Dr. Parenti is the author of 20 books. Some 300 articles of his have appeared in scholarly journals, political periodicals and various magazines and newspapers.
He appears on radio and television talk shows to discuss current issues and ideas from his published works. Dr. Parenti's talks and commentaries are played on radio stations and cable community access stations to enthusiastic audiences in the United States, Canada, and abroad.
For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Richard Kahn, Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations and Research, EFR, email@example.com, 777-3431
|Campus barber celebrates 50 years|
There will be a reception for "Jerry the Barber" from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, to celebrate his 50 years at UND. Come celebrate at the UND Campus Barbershop, located in the lower level of the Memorial Union.
-- Marsha Nelson, Assistant Director Facility Operations, Memorial Union, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-2953
|Oct. 15 is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day|
Oct. 15 is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. To honor these lost children, all over the world parents and loved ones will light a candle at 7 p.m. in their time zone, creating a global continuous wave of light. See www.october15th.com for more information.
The Grand Forks Infant Bereavement Support Group will mark International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day with a candle lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the garden room of Holy Family Catholic Church. Anyone who has lost or would like to remember a child lost through miscarriage, stillbirth or any child death is invited to attend. Please feel free to bring pictures or mementos of the child to use in the ceremony. For more information contact Rebecca Weaver-Hightower at 787-8818. -- Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Christin Nelson, and Marcus Weaver-Hightower.
-- Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Assistant Professor, English, email@example.com, 7-6391
|Grand opening for Nursing Clinical Simulation Center is Oct. 16|
The public is invited to the grand opening of the College of Nursing Clinical Simulation Center at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the College of Nursing building.
The Simulation Center houses high-tech simulators to educate nursing students at UND. The virtual patients are capable of simulating nearly any possible human medical emergency including allergic reactions, the effects of nerve gas or weapons of mass destruction, drug overdoses, a severed limb, and other traumatic injuries.
"These simulators help to improve the lives of every patient our graduates care for," said Chandice Covington, dean of nursing. Patient safety is the overriding issue in healthcare today. This equipment will provide students with real life, complex nursing clinical experiences prior to working with live patients. Students will become more effective and efficient in their approach to patient care.
The key to successful nursing education is clinical simulation models. In an ideal world, students would be educated in the healthcare setting, hands-on, with real patients. However, healthcare has progressed to the point where prevention of disease and serious illness is the focus. Very few patients stay in hospitals for an extended period of time and, as a result, clinical rotations offer few opportunities for care.
Through the use of clinical simulation equipment, students have the opportunity to learn hands-on what it takes to work in an emergency situation, how to diagnose more effectively and ultimately to be better prepared for any critical situation they could face. -- College of Nursing.
|Plastic and reconstructive surgeon presents Dean's Hour talk Oct. 16|
Allen L. Van Beek, a clinical adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Surgery, will present a Dean's Hour address at noon Thursday, Oct. 16, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
His presentation on microsurgery, "Handing Back Options" takes place in the Reed Keller Auditorium in the Wold Center, the SMHS's southwest addition at 501 N. Columbia Road. It is free and open to the public.
Van Beek, an internationally recognized plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in hand and microsurgery, has a private practice at the Centennial Lakes Medical Center in Minneapolis. He has been a leading force in developing microsurgery expertise within the Twin Cities.
He is a member and previous president of the American Association for Hand Surgery and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation. He has been actively involved in more than a dozen professional associations and is a founding member of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery.
This year Van Beek was named a recipient of the 2008 Sioux Award. It is the highest honor given by the UND Alumni Association, awarded for outstanding achievement, service, and loyalty.
The presentation will be broadcast at the following UND medical school video-conferencing sites: Southeast Campus Room 225 in Fargo and the Northwest Campus Office in Minot. It is also available through H.323 (internet videoconferencing) on the BT-WAN and at medical school employees' desktop computers through the CRISTAL Recorder.
The Dean's Hour Lecture Series is a forum for the discussion of health care, medicine, research, education and related issues of the day. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean at 777-2312.
|CRC holds open house, brown bag discussion Thursday|
There will be an Open House and Brown Bag Discussion at the Conflict Resolution Center Thursday, Oct. 16. The CRC is celebrating National Conflict Resolution Day along with many community mediation centers and peace organizations worldwide.
Join us for an open house and tour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with cookies, coffee, and gifts. From noon to 1 p.m., we will hold a Brown Bag Discussion about conflict resolution on campus. Find out how we serve UND and our greater community and how to get involved. Center staff and volunteer members will be here to great all faculty, students and staff.
Campus Conflict Communication tips for inciting cooperation vs. resistance:
A) Avoid labeling, blaming, insulting, and judging; instead offer understanding, be open to different interpretations, and respect differences through an open and curious mindset;
B) Acknowledge other's perceptions and use reflective and attentive listening skills; avoid forming arguments while listening, looking for flaws in their message, and making hostile offensive or defensive statements;
C) Offer your own ideas clearly and allow others to ask questions; don't make assumptions about intentions or the meaning of words or gestures - instead inquire as to meaning and work to create a shared framework.
More at http://conflictresolution.und.edu
-- Kristine Paranica, director, UND Conflict Resolution Center.
|MBASA leadership seminar is Oct. 16|
On behalf of the Master of Business Administration Student Association (MBASA), I would like to invite you to a special leadership seminar at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Red River Valley Room, Memorial Union, featuring UND alumni Brenda Jo Gillund and Jennifer Thorson.
Gillund is a UND alumnus with extensive professional experience in leadership, management, and human resource functions. She currently works at Altru Health System and is involved in the American Cancer Society. Along with another ACS partner, she set up "Filling the Gap," a program designed to assist cancer patients with the costs associated with treatment.
Thorson graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in English. She went on to receive her master of arts in human resource development from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. She is the vice president of AIG's Private Client Group leading up strategic projects. Thorson works with the executive management team to provide guidance, support and direction to strategic projects that span across multiple areas in PCG. Additionally, she is a senior advisor for strategic initiatives that involve project teams and outside strategic relationships that may become partners of PCG.
We are very fortunate to have these two successful, talented people attend our event during Homecoming Week. Gillund will speak on "How to be Compassionate yet Competitive at the Same Time," while Thorson will address "Making Connections and Networking," two important subjects that apply across industries and to students of every major.
The MBASA would like you to experience two of UND's own talk about their careers and how each has sustained a passion for her work while succeeding in a competitive business environment.
Please direct any questions you have regarding the event to Jonathon Anderson, events programming, MBASA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Michelle Garske, Graduate Advisor/Accreditation Coordinator, CoBPA, email@example.com, 7-2397
|Reception will recognize award-winning alums|
Arts and Sciences Dean Martha Potvin invites you to a reception recognizing David Williamson, '70 and Jennifer Thorson, '93, both English department graduates, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in 110 Merrifield Hall.
Williamson will receive the UND Alumni Association's top award, The Sioux Award, as one of their outstanding alumni for 2008 and Thorson will receive the 2008 Young Alumni Achievement Award.
The Sioux Award is the highest honor given by the UND Alumni Association. A limited number of Sioux Awards are presented to UND alumni and friends who have distiguished themselves through professional or career achievements, participation in community service, involvement in business and professional associations, and interest in and loyalty to UND.
The Young Alumni Achievement Award was established in 2002 to recognize UND's more recent graduates who have achieved great success in a short time since they have left their alma mater. Recipients have demonstrated high levels of achievement, leadership and support for the University of North Dakota.
-- Tanya Butler, Administrative Secretary, College of Arts & Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6240
|Delta Upsilon Fraternity holds Faculty Appreciation Day Thursday|
Faculty Appreciation Day will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Loading Dock, first floor, Memorial Union, hosted by Delta Upsilon Fraternity. Donuts, cookies, coffee, and juice will be served to faculty in appreciation of their hard work and dedication to the University. -- John Freden, Department of Technology.
|Arts & Sciences' Evening of the Arts is Oct. 17|
Please join Dean Martha Potvin and the College of Arts and Sciences as we celebrate an Evening of the Arts as part of Homecoming 2008 Friday, Oct. 17, at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. with complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Art exhibits feature art from UND students, faculty, and alumni. Mini concerts are from UND groups: Steel Pan Band, 12 O'clock Jazz Ensemble, Varsity Bards, and music assistant professor Alejandro Drago on violin. Special guests include David, '70 & Gay, '69 Williamson; Jennifer Thorson, '93; Kathryn Uhrich, '86; and John Michael Lerma, '89.
-- Tanya Butler, Administrative Secretary, College of Arts & Sciences, email@example.com, 777-6240
|Visit haunted tours for a great cause|
Delta Tau Deltaâ€™s 18th annual haunted tours are from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, at 2700 University Ave. (corner of University Ave. and Columbia Road). Make it a family tradition. Free parking is available behind the house. Save up to two dollars with two non-perishable food items. Cost is $5 per tour guest.
All proceeds benefit the Childrenâ€™s Cancer Research Fund in memory of Matthew Hoff. The tour is recommended for ages 10 and up. Get spooky this season!
-- Andrew Scott, Halloween event, EHD, firstname.lastname@example.org, 763-245-2476
|Chemistry alumni lecture is Oct. 17|
Kathryn Uhrich, professor from Rutgers University, will present the alumni lecture, â€œPolymers with a Purpose: Biodegradable Polymers for Medical Applicationsâ€ at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in 138 Abbott Hall. There will be a reception at 3 p.m. in 232 Abbott Hall prior to the lecture.
-- Kim Myrum, Information Processing Specialist, Chemistry, email@example.com, 701-777-2741
|Residence hall Halloween activities are Oct. 26|
UND faculty and staff are welcome to bring children to the residence halls for Halloween activities from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. A variety of fun events, such as carnivals, mazes, coloring contests, as well as trick or treating are planned. Trick or treating at residentsâ€™ doors will be set up in these halls: Conference Center, Brannon, Hancock, Johnstone/Fulton, and Noren. Halls with activities in the main lobby are Squires, Bek, West, Smith and McVey. Come in costume and enjoy the activities inside.
-- Missy Burgess, Assistant Director, Housing, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-8877
|Physics colloquium is Oct. 17|
A physics colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in 211 Witmer Hall. Coffee and cookies will be served at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall. The talk, "Using Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy (EXAFS) to Investigate the Atomic Structure in Disordered Materials" will be presented by Aranwela Hemantha (physics).
-- Connie Cicha, Secretary, Physics, email@example.com, 777-2911
|English Department hosts Homecoming events|
Yes, there is life after majoring in English! Find out what UND alumni are doing with their English degrees. You may be surprised! Please join us for free homemade chili and cornbread at noon Friday, Oct. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. at the International Center, 2908 University Ave.
Sharon Rezac Anderson, former International Centre director, will return to campus to moderate the panel which includes Jennifer Thorson (B.A., â€˜93), vice president in AIGâ€™s Private Client Group, New York City; John Michael Lerma (B.A.â€™89), author of Garden County: Where Everyone is Welcome to Sit at the Table and Garden County Pie: Sweet and Savory Delights From the Table of John Michael Lerma; and Emily Tobin (â€™06), former VISTA volunteer and a freelance writer.
On Saturday, following the parade and before the football game, take part in a unique form of â€œtale-gatingâ€ on the grounds of the North Dakota Museum of Art. Students, alumni, and faculty will read creative writing from the back of a pick-up truck belonging to department chair Sherry Oâ€™Donnell as we fire up the grill. Poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction on any topic -- keep your odes under 10 minutes. All are welcome. A small donation to offset the costs of the food is requested. Bring your own beverages and a blanket or chair. Full details of events at http://www.english.und.edu
-- Kathy King, Sr. Lecturer , English & Women Studies, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2787
|"Conversations in the Kitchen with John Michael Lerma, Terry Dullum" is Oct. 17|
How does one go from earning a degree in English to becoming a corporate chef and regular in the Food Networkâ€™s cooking competitions?
Join former Grand Forks resident and UND English alum, John Michael Lerma (B.A., 1989), as he and WDAZ anchor Terry Dullum â€œdishâ€ during â€œConversations in the Kitchen with John Michael Lerma.â€
John Michael, a corporate chef and restaurant critic in Minneapolis, is the author of Garden County: Where everyone is welcome to sit at the table, and Garden County Pie: Sweet and savory delights from the table of John Michael. Lerma will demonstrate his celebrated â€œPiemaling,â€ a technique of decorating the top crust of pies, featured on the Food Network Challenge American Pie Festival, as he delights us with stories of his repeat wins at the 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 National Pie Championship in Celebration, Fla. John Michael also runs cooking seminars in Tuscany and the Yucatan each year.
Sample his delicious cooking and enjoy his wonderful storytelling. And -- because John Michael has been selected to represent Emile Henry cookware, he has generously agreed to donate a nine-inch Emile Henry ceramic pie dish as a door prize at this event. Lermaâ€™s first cookbook will be available for purchase and signing.
The event is free and open to the public from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the UND Wellness Center, The Burnt Toast Kitchen. The new name for the kitchen will be revealed during this event. The event is sponsored jointly by the English Department and the Wellness Center. For a full list of homecoming events hosted by the English Department, go to http://www.english.und.edu.
-- Kathleen King, Sr. Lecturer, English/Women Studies, email@example.com, 701-777-2787
|Symposium will discuss ethics in politics|
"Money, Power, and Influence: What is the role of ethics in politics" is the title of the fourth annual Olafson Ethics Symposium to be held Tuesday, Oct. 28, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union's Ballroom. The three-hour Symposium will include two presentations, a pizza social and round table discussion that focuses on ethics and politics.
The event is free and open to all UND students and the Greater Grand Forks community.
The event will begin with a presentation by Steven Light and Kathryn Rand titled "Ethics and Buying Political Influence: Indian Gaming and the Jack Abramoff Scandal." Rand and Light are widely recognized as among the nation's premier experts on Indian gaming.
They have published more than 30 articles and three books on tribal gaming, including "Indian Gaming Law: Cases and Materials" (Carolina Academic Press, 2008), "Indian Gaming Law and Policy" (Carolina Academic Press, 2006), and "Indian Gaming and Tribal Sovereignty: The Casino Compromise" (University Press of Kansas, 2005).
They have twice testified on Indian gaming regulation and oversight before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., and were featured on C-SPAN's Book TV.
Light and Rand are frequent commentators in media worldwide, including the New York Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald, International Herald Tribune, and Bloomberg Media.
They blog on the legal, political, and public policy issues concerning tribal gaming at Indian Gaming Today, at indiangamingtoday.com.
Kathryn Rand (J.D., University of Michigan School of Law; B.A., University of North Dakota) is Floyd B. Sperry Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Steven Light (Ph.D., Northwestern University; B.A., Yale University) is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Dakota College of Business and Public Administration. They founded and co-direct the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy, an interdisciplinary collaboration supported by both the College of Business and Public Administration and the Law School.
The keynote speaker is Bruce Weinstein, Ph.D., "The Ethics Guy", who has a simple purpose in life: he wants to enrich your appreciation of ethics in everyday life and to help you make the best decisions possible. He writes the column, "Ask the Ethics Guy," for BusinessWeek.com.
The title of his Olafson Ethics Symposium presentation is "Lie, Cheat, and Steal Your Way to Success! What would the world be like without ethics?"
Dr. Weinstein has appeared frequently on CNN's "American Morning" and is a contributor to the Anderson Cooper 360 blog. He has also been a guest on NBC's "Today Show," ABC's "Good Morning America," MSNBC's "Live," FOX Business Network's "Cavuto," FOX News Channel's "O'Reilly Factor" and "Fox & Friends," CNBC's "Capital Report," Bloomberg Television's "Personal Finance," and NPR's "Leonard Lopate Show."
Dr. Weinstein is the author or editor of five books on ethics. His writings have appeared in, and he has been quoted or featured in USA Today, The New York Observer, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Investor's Business Daily, Family Circle, Real Simple, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the in-flight magazines of American Airlines, Delta Airlines, USAirways, and United Airlines, as well as Newsweek.com, CNN.com, and FoxNews.com. His latest book is "Life Principles: Feeling Good by Doing Good" (Emmis Books).
He received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. in philosophy and bioethics from Georgetown University, a certificate in film production from New York University, and a National Fellowship from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich. In April 2009, Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press will publish his next book, "Is It Still Cheating If I Don't Get Caught?," which will focus on ethical issues for teens.
The purpose of the Olafson Ethics Symposium is to provide a platform for students and the business community, to explore the importance of ethical behavior. This event is named in honor of Robert Olafson, a 1971 graduate of the University of North Dakota who earned a degree in mathematics. He lives in St. Paul, Minn., where he serves as Vice President at Minnesota Life Insurance Company. Olafson is a native of Edinburg, N.D., and established a gift in 2005 to support ethics education and awareness in the College of Business and Public Administration.
This is the fourth year of Olafson Ethics Symposium and the College of Business and Public Administration is grateful to Mr. Olafson for his generosity and support of UND students and this event. Additional support for this event was made possible by Jane Fercho Ludlow.
For more information regarding the Olafson Ethics Symposium or information posted in this press release, please contact CK Braun-Schultz at (701) 777-6937 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Lynda Kenney, Assistant Professor, Technology, email@example.com, 701 777-2197
|Families of current students invited to visit student classrooms|
As a part of Family Weekend 2008 (Oct. 17-18), families of UND students have been invited to attend class with their student. We hope this event will help highlight the strong academic environment of the University and give families a real sense of the classroom experience their student enjoys at UND. This year's "Go To Class With Your Student" event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17.
If visitors to your classroom on this date will cause a disruption, please contact Kristi Nelson at 777-6468 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be sure to inform families upon check-in for the Weekend of all those classes that are not available for this part of their Family Weekend experience.
Thanks for welcoming the families of our students during this special weekend event! -- Kenton Pauls, director of Enrollment Services.
|California professor to give keynote address at psychology conference Oct. 18|
Elizabeth Loftus will give the keynote address titled "Rich False Memories" at the 2008 Northern Lights Psychology Conference at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. Dr. Loftus' talk is free and open to the public. She is a distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, Department of Criminology, Law, and Society, and the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. She is also Fellow at the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. In 2003 Dr. Loftus received the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Scientific Applications of Psychology. In addition to having published several hundred research articles, she has authored a number of popular books including "The Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse, Witness for the Defense: The Accused, the Eyewitness and the Expert Who Puts Memory on Trial, and Eyewitness Testimony."
For further information contact me.
-- Douglas Peters, Director of Forensic Psychology, Psychology, email@example.com, 777-3648
|UND displays outdoor sculptures to celebrate 125th anniversary |
Students in the art department will create two outdoor sculptures that are on display during the 2008 UND Homecoming Week, through Oct. 18. One of the sculptures is located between Twamley Hall and the â€œCelebratedâ€ wall near the Hughes Fine Art Center. The other is placed on both sides of the sidewalk near the west entrance of the Hughes Fine Art Center.
Sculptures were created as team projects by UND students in Introduction to Sculpture (Art 100) and students in Sculpture I, II, and Advanced Sculpture (ART 200, 201, 400) taught by Patrick Luber.
The temporary sculptures will have lights for night viewing. Everyone is welcome to view the works at any time during the week of UND Homecoming. -- Art.
|Art & Wine Walk is Oct. 18|
Join us from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, for the final 2008 Art & Wine Walk. Stroll through downtown and view artwork by local artists at galleries, restaurants, and other businesses that serve wine or other non-alcoholic refreshments. Most artwork is available for sale, and artists are on hand to discuss their work. The Art & Wine Walk is a great way to experience downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, view artwork by regional artists, and learn about the many and varied businesses downtown.
The Art & Wine Walk begins at the Blue Moose Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks, where maps can be purchased for $10. At each participating business, the map will be stamped (wine consumption is not required to receive a stamp). Maps can be turned in at the closing reception at the Empire Arts Center to enter a drawing for a gift basket of prizes donated by participating businesses. The closing reception will feature a champagne toast, sponsored by Happy Harryâ€™s Bottle Shops.
The Art & Wine Walk is organized by the North Valley Arts Council and the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is sponsored by the Empire Arts Center, the Blue Moose Bar & Grill, Clear Channel Radio, Happy Harryâ€™s Bottle Shops, and Gillyâ€™s Bar & Grill.
To learn more about the Art & Wine Walk, visit www.culturepulse.org.
-- Nicole Derenne, Executive Director, North Valley Arts Council, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-6120
|Norwegian World War II hero to speak Oct. 19|
Gunnar SÃ¸nsteby, World War II hero, leader of the Norwegian resistance to Nazi occupation, author, and former body guard to the King of Norway, will give a public talk about his experiences at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. He will be joined by Ivar Kraglund, assistant director of Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum and Anne Myklebust, Cultural Affairs Officer for the Royal Norwegian Embassy.
SÃ¸nsteby is a guest speaker on the invite of Gregory S. Gordon, professor of law. Professor Gordon is heading up the newly established UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies (CHRGS). One of their first projects is to digitize and make available the records of the Nuremberg Trials relating to Norway. The Chester Fritz Library is working with the CHRGS on this project to make the records more widely known. UND Nordic Initiative is pleased to support this visit and lecture of one of Norway's most distinguished citizens.
Nordic Initiative will have a meeting at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, with Ivar Kraglund and Anne Mykebust at the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center. Please mark your calendars for the talk and the meeting.
Gunnar SÃ¸nsteby is a national hero of the Norwegian Resistance movement. SÃ¸nsteby was born in Rjukan in 1918 and was a 22-year-old student when the Germans invaded Norway in April 1940. After the invasion, he left school and joined the resistance where he became famous as a master of disguise because of his use of nearly 40 fictitious identities. As a member of the resistance, he worked for an underground newspaper (Vi vil oss et land - We want a country of our own), served as a courier between Oslo and Stockholm, and became the British Special Operations Executive resident in Oslo. He is credited with many courageous acts. He quickly established a network of safe houses and contacts with most of the resistancecircles. SÃ¸nsteby operated under steadily changing cover names and made his own identity cards, passports, police badges, official letters, driving permits, attestations of residence in the border area, etc. Late in 1942, he masterminded the smuggling - from the Bank of Norway, to Stockholm and on to the Government in London - of the dies for new printing of banknotes. SÃ¸nsteby is credited with making a significant contribution to weakening the enemy and setting the preconditions for the liberation of Norway. SÃ¸nsteby was also called No. 24 and Kjakan (the chin). The Nazis were never able to catch him. His book Rapport fra Nr. 24 (Report from No. 24) has been published in several editions, also in English and served as the basis for a documentary series on TV. SÃ¸nsteby is the most highly decorated citizen of Norway in history, being the only Norwegian awarded the War Cross with Three Swords. On May 13, 2007, a statue of him was erected on Solli Plass in Oslo. The statue was sculpted by Per Ung and portrays a 25-year-old SÃ¸nsteby standing next to his bicycle. The statue was unveiled by King Harald V of Norway.
|Join in a Great Conversation with Steven Bloom|
Join the University of North Dakota in a Great Conversation with author and professor Stephen G. Bloom, author of "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America," at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.
As a guy who spent much of his career as a journalist, Stephen Bloom knows a good story when he hears one. And when he first heard about a community of Hasidic Jews that moved to the farming town of Postville, Iowa -- pop. 1,465 -- in 1987, his journalistic antennae shot up.
Bloom authored "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America," which tells the amazing story of what happens when an ultra-Orthodox Lubavitcher population moves to a small town in Iowa to run a glatt kosher processing plant. Postville has recently found its way back into the news with controversy at that same processing plant.
Bloom is the co-author of the just-released book, "The Oxford Project," about which documentary film maker Ken Burns said, "This powerful, confessional book draws from the truth that so-called ordinary people, not those with bold-faced names, are actually heroes of our American drama." Bloom is also the author of "Inside the Writer's Mind," and the forthcoming nonfiction book, "Tears of Mermaids," a global detective story about pearls. A professor of journalism at The University of Iowa, Bloom is a former reporter for the Los Angeles Times and Dallas Morning News.
Join us Oct. 20 for this incredible opportunity to engage in a Great Conversation with Bloom. This event is part of the UND 125th Celebration, and the Hagerty Lecture in Contemporary Media Issues. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit us online at 125.und.edu.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Marketing Coordinator, 125th Anniversary, email@example.com, 701-777-0857
|Stand up to the flu|
Protect yourself, get vaccinated!
Flu Clinic schedule:
* Monday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Memorial Union, Student Health Promotion Office
* Tuesday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 251A Odegaard Hall and
4:30 to 7 p.m., Main Lobby, University Place
* Wednesday, Oct. 29, 9 to 11:30 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall
* Thursday, Oct. 30, 6:30 to 9 a.m., second floor lunchroom, Facilities
and 12:30 to 3 p.m., La Verendrye Room, EERC
* Thursday, Nov. 6, 8 to 10:30 a.m., Room 5006. Medical School
This clinic is open to all UND students, faculty, and staff. Flu shot and mist are available. Insurance may be filed on site for those with ND BC/BS coverage. UND IDs and insurance cards are required.
The cost will be $23 for those who pay by check or cash. Students may also charge to their UND accounts.
Please wear short sleeves.
This is sponsored by Student Health Services. For more information call 777-4500.
-- Jane Croeker, Health Promotion Advisor, Student Health Services, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701.777.2097
|U2 announces new session|
University Within the University (U2) announces a new session.
Advising with Technology â€” Whatâ€™s New at UND?
Oct. 21, 9 to 10 a.m. or 2 to 3 p.m. (both sessions will cover the same information), Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl.
Technology has influenced the world of academic advising in many positive ways. Join us as we explore the areas of course management systems, online courses, PeopleSoft 9.0, UND electronic degree audit, and the National Academic Advising Association student athlete Web course. Participants will be able to explore how these various areas of technology can enhance the academic advising experience for both student and adviser. Presenters: CILT, Division of Continuing Education, registrarâ€™s office, College of Business and Public Administration, and athletics.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University, email@example.com, 701-777-0720
|U2 lists sessions|
University Within the University (U2) lists the following sessions.
Advising with Technology â€” Whatâ€™s New at UND?
Oct. 21, 9 to 10 a.m. or 2 to 3 p.m. (both sessions will cover the same information), Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl. See the article above for more information.
Family Medical Leave
Oct., 21, 10 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall. Who is covered and how do you apply? Presenters: Desi Sporbert and Joy Johnson.
Budgets Overview Inquiry
Oct. 22, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Room 9, 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.
How to Process Payment Documentation
Oct. 23, 9 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union, Badlands Room.
Learn the process for purchase order payments, blanket purchase order payments, and vouchers. Presenter: Allison Peyton.
Safe Zone Ally Training Program
Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to noon, Swanson Hall, Room 10-12.
The purpose of Safe Zone is to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on the UND campus, thereby making our campus a safer and freer environment for all members of our community regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Safe Zone prepares members of the campus community, primarily faculty and staff, to serve as resources on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) issues and also strives to educate the campus community about the Safe Zone program. The goal of the Safe Zone Ally Training Program is to provide a welcoming environment for LGBTQ persons by establishing an identifiable network of supportive persons who can provide support, information and a safe place for the community within our campus. Presenters: Safe Zone committee members. Sponsored by the Safe Zone Committee, dean of students office, residence services, student health services and student health promotion Office, University Counseling Center, Wellness Center, and Womenâ€™s Center.
For more information about the Safe Zone Program or to schedule a custom-designed Safe Zone Ally Training Program for your department or workplace, contact Cheryl Terrance, associate professor, psychology department., 777-3921, firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University, email@example.com, 701-777-0720
|Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen offers classes|
The Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen at the Wellness Center offers the following classes.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m. The cost is $5.
Gain insight as to what foods could supply the nutrients to boost and rejuvenate your memory. You will learn how to make and incorporate the right foods to have your mind working at its optimal performance. If youâ€™ve ever wondered how you could better prepare for a test youâ€™ve found the perfect way.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m. This class is free.
Do you live in the dorms, just hate to cook, or are stuck with an inadequate kitchen? Well, we have a class for you. Microwave consists of an entire meal made with just a microwave and few tools common in much kitchens and residence halls. Attend this class and learn how to cook a fast meal in a microwave, basic cooking skills, and sample some yummy meals that are easy to make yourself.
Cheap, Fast, and Healthy
Time: 5:30 to 6 p.m. This class is free, and is held every Monday during the school year.
Each 30-minute session will feature tips on shopping for fresh and healthy ingredients, easy to prepare recipes, and cost comparisons. Class participants will see the recipe being prepared, enjoy a sample, and leave with a recipe card and nutrition information to make the meal themselves!
Healthy Halloween Treats
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6 p.m. The cost is $5.
Are you intersected in making some fun treats for family and friends this Halloween? Do you enjoy making creative foods and desserts? If this sounds like you, then join us for Healthy Halloween Treats in the Burnt Toast Kitchen Oct. 28. We will learn how to create fun treats that will surprise everyone this Halloween.
For a full monthly calendar of classes, go to Wellness Center Web site at www.wellness.und.edu. Pre-register for these classes at the welcome desk or online. For more information, contact Karina Wittmann.
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services, Wellness Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2719
|George Seielstad presents public lecture Oct. 23|
George Seielstad, director of Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment at UND, will conduct a free public lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The lecture is titled â€œNatureâ€™s Experiment with Humans, Humanâ€™s Experiment with Nature.â€
Seielstadâ€™s lecture explains how we can use our extraordinary cleverness and our newfound understanding of the consequences of our actions to move to a lifestyle that can be sustained. The lecture is part of the Benediktson Lecture Series, which is named after UND alumnus Oliver Benediktson who endowed a Chair of Astrophysics. Dr. Seielstad is presenting public lectures on the wonders of science in appreciation for being the first recipient of the Benediktson Chair.
Refreshments will be served prior to the lecture at 3:30 p.m. The lecture will also be webcast live at HYPERLINK "http://www.umac.org" www.umac.org. for those who are unable to be attend.
|Fire Hall Theatre kicks off season with "Lend Me a Tenor"|
The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre kicks off its season of a million laughs with Ken Ludwigâ€™s hilarious farce, "Lend Me a Tenor," directed by Chris Berg, through Oct. 24.
This night in September of 1934 is the biggest in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company - world-famous tenor Tito Morelli is to perform Othello, his greatest role, at the gala season opener. Saunders, the general manager, hopes this will put Cleveland on the operatic map. Morelli is late; when he finally sweeps in, it is too late to rehearse the company. Through a hilarious series of mishaps, Morelli is given a double dose of tranquilizers, which mix with the booze he has consumed, and he passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant, Max, believe he is dead. What to do? Max is an aspiring singer and Saunders persuades him to get into Morelli's Othello costume and try to fool the audience into thinking he's Morelli. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume. Now, two Othellos are running around in costume, and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo!
Join the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre in this hilarious farce, featuring Dylan Croeker (Morelli), Heath Stevenson (Max), Jesse Mullins (Maggie), Margaret McDonald (Saunders), Michelle McCulley (Maria Morelli), Paige Greenwood (Diana), with Amy Lyste as Opera Guild Chairwoman Julia and featuring Benjamin Klipfel as the Bellhop.
Production contains "lack of clothing" in some scenes and is recommended for mature audiences. Evening performances run Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Reservations can be made at the Chester Fritz Box office (777-4090). All productions are at the Fire Hall Theatre in downtown Grand Forks.
For more information, visit www.ggfct.org, or www.culturepulse.org.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre, email@example.com, 701-746-0847
|World Poetry Evening is Oct. 24|
Please join us from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union, for World Poetry Evening as we listen to international poetry read in original languages, including Arabic, German, Bosnian, Hebrew, Spanish, and a Swiss dialect. We are still signing up readers. If interested, please contact Dr. Czerwiec at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Berwald at email@example.com.
-- Heidi Czerwiec, Assistant Professor, English, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2768
|AAUW book sale is Oct. 24-25|
The annual AAUW (American Association of University Women) used book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Grand Cities Mall. Items include used and new books and media materials. Proceeds fund scholarships.
-- Dianne Stam, DC, UND Alumni Association & Foundation, email@example.com, 777-6760
|Future of Technology at UND open forums are Oct. 27-31|
Have a voice in the future of technology at UND. Students, faculty and staff are asked to tell us your technology needs and how important they are to you; all input is valuable. A full week of gathering information from our community will be held Monday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Oct. 31, at the Memorial Union or Swanson Hall, with various times to accommodate everyone.
For the first time, UND will conduct a fact-finding and strategic planning process for information technology with active involvement from throughout the campus community. Chief Information Officer Joshua Riedy will lead the development and implementation of the plan, and the planning process will involve many representative campus groups and individuals. The process will weigh existing resources and services, perceived strengths and weaknesses, and strategies for delivering significant improvements to the campus. The majority of the fact-finding aspect will occur this fall, while the strategic planning process will begin soon after the holidays. There will be a series of campus forums organized around different aspects of the plan, and anyone from campus is invited to attend any of these sessions. Discussions with campus leaders led to the creation of the following preliminary framework:
â€¢ Applications/services for faculty, staff, students and organizations
(software and services for IT delivery campus wide)
â€¢ Athletics (data management)
â€¢ Core and enabling infrastructure (basic technology building blocks of the campus)
â€¢ Enterprise administration (system technology: ConnectND, HECN, IVN, ODIN)
â€¢ Outreach and public service (serving the campus community)
â€¢ Research (data analysis and proposal development)
â€¢ Teaching and learning (classroom technologies)
The forums will be facilitated by the Office of Conflict Resolution. The first round of forums is scheduled for the week of Oct. 27. A tentative schedule is attached. Additional information and future forum schedules will be forthcoming.
Monday, Oct. 27, River Valley Room
* 8:30 to 10:15 a.m., application/service for faculty, staff, students, organizations
* 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., core and enabling infrastructure
* noon to 1 p.m., open forum
* 1:15 to 3 p.m., teaching and learning
* 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., outreach and public service
Tuesday, Oct. 28, Memorial Room
* noon to 2 p.m., research
* 2:15 to 4:15 p.m., application/service for faculty, staff, students, organizations
* 4:30 to 6 p.m., open forum
Wednesday, Oct. 29, River Valley Room
* 8 to 9:45 a.m., outreach and public service
* 10 to 11:45 a.m., teaching and learning
* noon to 2 p.m., open forum
* 5 to 7 p.m., research
Thursday, Oct. 30, Room 16/18, Swanson Hall
* 9 to 11 a.m., research
* 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., core and enabling infrastructure
* 1:15 to 3 p.m., teaching and learning
Friday, Oct. 31, Room 16/18, Swanson Hall
* 8 to 9 a.m., open forum
* 9:15 to 11 a.m., core and enabling infrastructure
* 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., application/service for faculty, staff, students, organizations
For more information, contact Mike Lefever, firstname.lastname@example.org or 777-2030.
-- Mike Lefever, Assistant to the CIO, CIO Department, email@example.com, 777-2030
|Keep Going Program is set for Oct. 27-31|
The Student Success Center will hold the Keep Going program Monday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Oct. 31. Keep Going is an information session on the advisement and registration process for freshman, current and transfer students who need assistance in preparing for their spring semester registration.
Topics covered during each session will include: identifying the roles of the advisor and student, understanding Essential Studies requirements, exploring the UND Catalog, and navigating Campus Connection.
This event will be held at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.
Please encourage students to attend one of the following times:
Monday, Oct. 27, 11 to 11:50 a.m., 1 to 1:50 p.m., 6 to 6:50 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 9:30 to 10:20 a.m., 11 to 11:50 a.m., 1 to 1:50 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 9 to 9:50 a.m., 1 to 1:50 p.m., 3 to 3:50 p.m., 5 to 5:50 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 30, 10 to 10:50 a.m., 2 to 2:50 p.m., 3 to 3:50 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 31, 10 to 10:50 a.m., noon to 12:50 p.m.
If you have any questions please contact the Student Success Center at 777-2117.
-- Angie Carpenter, Asst. Director of Programs/Academic Advisor, Student Success Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3910
|Sign up for On Teaching seminar Oct. 28|
We hope you can join us for the next On Teaching seminar, â€œCreative Thinking Across the Curriculum,â€ sponsored by OID and WAC from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Red River Valley Room, Memorial Union.
In interviews conducted for the Bush Longitudinal Study, faculty at UND found that our students rarely understood creative thinking in the way that their teachers did. Typically when asked which courses required them to think creatively, students replied that they didnâ€™t have courses that did (often reasoning this was because they were only in large lecture courses â€œwhere you donâ€™t need to think creativelyâ€ or they hadnâ€™t taken an art class). On the other hand, when faculty from across disciplines at UND came together to explore what we mean when we use the term â€œcreative thinkingâ€ and to figure out how to assess this ability, they listed activities such as exploring alternate and potentially divergent perspectives on an idea, process, experience, or object; discovering ways to confront complex or ambiguous problems, make new connections, and see how things could be otherwise; and engaging in creative practice as a means to develop aesthetic understanding.
Most of us would argue that creative thinking is an essential skill for college graduates (it has been a goal of UNDâ€™s general education program since its inception) and should probably be part of many â€“- if not all -- courses our students take across the entire campus. In this On Teaching Seminar, Wendy Hume and Tami Carmichael (both recipients of ES Model Project Grants to work on enhancing creative thinking in their courses) will share some of their insights as we discuss creative thinking across our curriculum, how to define it, how to help your students do it (in both large and small classes) and how to assess student learning in this essential skill.
To register and reserve your lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or e-mail email@example.com by noon Friday, Oct. 24.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3325
|Doctoral examination set for Michael William Suckert |
The final examination for Michael William Suckert, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Generational Differences in Values Among Minnesota K-12 Educational Leaders." Gary Schnellert (educational leadership) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Dr. Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, email@example.com, 777-4005
|Register now for Stone Soup Awards Program Nov. 5|
Registration is now available for the Stone Soup Awards Program and Luncheon Wednesday, Nov. 5, sponsored by the UND Center for Community Engagement. It will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with registration and exhibits.
President Robert Kelley and Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown will serve a unique vegetarian stone soup symbolizing the collaborative efforts that sustain a community, like the old folk tale of the travelers who start a soup with a stone and entice the villagers to contribute to the pot.
Recognition and awards will be given to community partners, departments, faculty, and students. Exhibits of exemplary public scholarship and service-learning projects will be on display.
Tickets are $7.50 for students and $20 for community and university members. Checks made out to UND can be sent to the Center for Community Engagement, 317 Cambridge Street, Stop 8254; registration can be completed online at www.stonesoup.eventbrite.com for a nominal fee; or call 777-0675.
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701.777.2287
|Register now for "Writing Your Family Memoirs" writing seminar|
Please register now for the Center for Community Engagementâ€™s Alvin E. Austin Memorial Seminar, â€œWriting Your Family Memoirs," to be presented by Archie N. Hill, former UND professor of journalism and colleague of Al Austin. The seminar will take place during Homecoming festivities from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in 114 Merrifield Hall.
Bring your family memories and your favorite writing utensils or a laptop. Hill will give pointers on effective and exciting ways to use words to "show" rather than "tell" your story, with attention given to words that appeal to all five senses. User friendly, the seminar welcomes the beginning writer as well as those who wish a refresher in the art.
There is no charge for the seminar, but donations to the Alvin E. Austin Memorial Fund are suggested. To register for the seminar, please stop by the Center at 317 Cambridge Street, send an e-mail to the address listed below, or call 777-0675. Space is limited to the first 25 registrants, so register now!
-- Fayme Stringer, Service-Learning Coordinator, Center for Community Engagement, email@example.com, 7-2706
|University Senate meets Nov. 6; agenda items due|
The University Senate will meet at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, Oct. 23. They may be submitted electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted. -- Suzanne Anderson (University registrar), secretary, University Senate.
|Fall mid-term grades available for instructors to update|
Mid-term grade rosters for Fall 2008 were created in PeopleSoft Oct. 8, and are available for instructors to update. If you have not accessed PeopleSoft this semester, please review instructions for doing so at the following link: http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/registrar/FacultyStaff/FacultyStaff.htm , selecting Faculty Center 9.0 Training Presentation.
Use the same link and select Faculty Mid-Term Grading in PeopleSoft for specific instructions on how to enter mid-term deficiencies.
At noon Oct. 17, any deficient mid-term grades that you have entered into PeopleSoft (grades of D, F, or U) will be read by a process that generates mid-term grade files. Those files are then read by several programs that generate letters to students and information to various academic and support units. If you do not enter mid-term deficiencies by noon Oct. 17, it will be your responsibility to notify students if their performance is deficient.
A feature of the upgraded PeopleSoft software is that students can now view any of their mid-term deficiencies via self-service as soon as you have entered them. Students will be sent an e-mail next week to draw their attention to this new feature.
|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 â€œgrandfatheredâ€ 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 NIHâ€™s Enhancing Peer Review effort, visit http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/.
-- Barry I. Milavetz, , Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance, email@example.com, 701/777-4278
|Faculty research seed money applications invited|
Applications are invited for Faculty Research Seed Money Awards. The deadline for submission is 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. Program details follow.
Description: The Faculty Research Seed Money Committee distributes funds to support projects by faculty in any department of the University. The goal of the Seed Money Program is to enhance the ability of the faculty to submit successful extramural research grant applications.
Eligibility: Applicants must have a faculty appointment at UND.
Faculty who have previously received funds from the Seed Money Committee must have a final report on file with Research Development and Compliance (Room 105 Twamley; Stop 7134) one month prior to the application date in order to be considered for an award.
Faculty who have previously received funds from the Seed Money Committee and who wish to apply for additional support must present evidence that they have submitted a related extramural research proposal since receiving Committee funds. (An extramural application is one submitted to an agency or foundation â€œoutside UND.â€ Thus, for example, proposals sent to the following are not extramural: UND Instructional Development, NRI, RD&C, SSAC and North Dakota EPSCoR). The new application must describe how the previous Seed Money Award was used and what applications or related publications resulted.
Review Criteria: Proposals will be subject to competitive review and ranking by discipline-related subcommittees whose members are appointed by individual departments. Proposals must be clear, of high quality, and be designed to develop a project or provide preliminary data for one or more extramural grant proposals.
Higher priority will be given to:
- Proposals with high potential for producing successful extramural applications
- Applicants who have not received recent funding from the Seed Money Committee
- Applicants with a demonstrated record of research or academic accomplishment
- Projects that can be completed in 12 to 18 months
Lower priority will be given to projects from investigators who have significant and/or continuous funding, unless the request is required to begin a project not currently supported. Projects will not be supported if they were previously submitted to an extramural agency but were declined funding because of lack of scientific, technical or academic merit. However, higher consideration will be given to those projects previously submitted to an external agency if the purpose of the Seed Money Application is to address reviewersâ€™ comments, to improve the chance that a revised extramural application will be successful. Where applicable, a copy of the review summary from the most recent unfunded external proposal should be included.
The application should be prepared to convince and be understood by a general audience, only some of whom may be proficient in the applicant's area. The following headings and page limitations apply:
* Cover Page: Include Target Subcommittee; principal investigator's name; department, college; proposal title; amount requested; proposed beginning and ending dates of the project; agency to which extramural proposal will be submitted; list of previous Faculty Research Seed Money Committee Awards and whether or not a final report and external proposal have been filed; signatures of the principal investigator, department chair, and dean of the college.
* Research or Project Plan: Three pages maximum. Include aims, background, significance, approach, methods
Format: One inch margins, single spaced, not to exceed six lines per linear inch. (The three-page limit for the project plan will be strictly enforced. Proposals exceeding the limit will be returned without review. Appendices circumventing this limit will be discarded.) References/bibliography are not included in the three-page limit.
* Detailed Budget (including justification; indirect costs are not included)
The budget should be for a maximum of 12 to 18 months.
Award amounts may range from $1,000 to $40,000.
Projected expenditures must be reasonable, justified and directly related to the project.
Unallowable Budget Items: The committee has ruled that seed money funds may not be used for travel and expenses in conjunction with attendance or presentation of materials at a conference. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you choose to request travel funds that are later disallowed, please be assured this decision will have no impact upon the selection of the remainder of your proposal for an award.
* Biographical sketch (two pages maximum)
* Current and pending grant support (title, short description, agency, requested amount)
* Historical grant support at UND (including national, private and seed money awards)
* List of extramural applications submitted but not funded (include past three years)
* Statement of Intent to Submit Extramural Application (title, agency, time period, funds to be requested). Where support is requested for a project that will not serve as the basis for an extramural application, then potential future sources of external funding should be listed.
All applications must be received in Research Development and Compliance (105 Twamley Hall) no later than 4 p.m. Dec. 5, 2008.
Submit the original application plus the appropriate number of copies for the Target Subcommittee (see below) to:
Faculty Research Seed Money Committee
c/o RD&C, Twamley Hall, Room 105
Note: The subcommittee chair has the option to forward proposals outside the subcommittee expertise to a more appropriate subcommittee.
1. All recipients of Faculty Research Seed Money grants are required to submit a final report to Research Development and Compliance within one month of the projectâ€™s end date or depletion of awarded funds, if that occurs before the project ends. The report should include a brief summary of results of the study, how funds were expended and whether or not the project resulted in external grant proposals/awards, publications, presentations, etc.
2. All funds should be spent by the ending date of the award. In exceptional circumstances, recipients may request an extension for up to six months to complete a project. No further extensions will be granted.
3. All recipients of Faculty Research Seed Money grants are required to submit a proposal to an external funding agency within one year of the awardâ€™s end date.
4. All recipients must present evidence that all work associated with their proposal has been approved by the appropriate compliance committee (IRB, IACUC, IBC, etc.) before the award will be set up.
Target Subcommittees (number of copies to submit)
Composition of Subcommittees
Behavioral Sciences (10): Communication; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Counseling; Educational Leadership; Educational Foundations and Research; Psychology; Physical Education and Exercise Science; Statewide Psych-Mental Health; Teaching and Learning;
Basic Medical Sciences (7): Anatomy and Cell Biology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Microbiology and Immunology; Neuroscience;
Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; Pathology;
Engineering and Technology (8): Aviation and Aerospace Sciences; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical Engineering; Industrial Technology; Mechanical Engineering;
Health Sciences (10): Community Medicine; Family Medicine; Internal Medicine; Nutrition and Dietetics; Obstetrics-Gynecology; Occupational Therapy; Pediatrics; Physical Therapy; Surgery;
Humanities and Fine Arts (8): Art; English; History; Languages; Music; Philosophy and Religion; Theatre Arts;
Mathematics and Natural Sciences (9): Atmospheric Sciences; Biology;
Chemistry; Geography; Geology and Geological Engineering; Mathematics; Physics; Space Studies;
Professional Disciplines (7): Accounting; Finance; Information Systems and Business Education; Management; Marketing; Practice and Role Development (Nursing);
Social Sciences (9): Anthropology; Economics; Family and Community Nursing; Indian Studies; Law; Political Science and Public Administration; Social Work; Sociology.
|Outstanding Faculty Award nominations due Oct. 17|
Who are the outstanding teachers and departments at UND? You can help decide. The nomination process requires an easy, one-oage electronic form which you can fill out online at www.awards.und.edu. The form is linked to the UND home page and more information on the award process is available on the Instructional Development Web page under the â€œProgramsâ€ link.
The Outstanding Faculty Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the following individual and departmental awards:
* Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching (individual)
* Outstanding Graduate/Professional Teaching (individual)
* Excellence in Teaching, Research/Creative Activity and Service â€“
the "Faculty Scholar Award" (individual)
* Outstanding Faculty Development or Service (individual)
* Departmental Excellence in Teaching (department)
* Departmental Excellence in Service (department)
Please take time to reward excellence among your colleagues by nominating a faculty member or department. The best nominations address specific award criterion. Nomination forms and criterion are available at www.awards.und.edu (follow the hyperlinks for specific award criterion.)
Nomination forms must be received by 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Please note the nomination deadline has been moved up to better accommodate the committeeâ€™s workload. Nominations are encouraged from past students and alumni. Additional information is available by calling Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, email@example.com, 777-4233
|Schedule an SGID in your classroom|
Arrangements for SGIDs (small group instructional diagnosis, a process for soliciting student feedback at midterm) can be made now. SGIDs are done by trained faculty who work as facilitators for the process in colleagues' classrooms. A facilitator will collect information from your students, write it up into a report for you, and provide you with high-quality student input regarding their learning at mid-semester, rather than waiting until semester's end when course evaluations are completed. Furthermore, the interactive nature of the process can motivate students to think more carefully and deeply, so SGID feedback is often more thorough, providing you with a clear understanding of student perceptions. SGIDs are intended to be formative (i.e., for your own benefit as a teacher) rather than summative (for a promotion and tenure file). To schedule an SGID, please contact Jana Hollands at firstname.lastname@example.org or 777-4998.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, email@example.com, 701-777-4233
|Faculty sought to teach at American College of Norway|
Each year the Office of International Programs coordinates the selection of faculty to teach at the American College of Norway (ACN) in Moss, Norway. The selection committee is currently soliciting interest for fall 2009.
We encourage faculty to consider spending a semester abroad teaching at the American College of Norway in Moss, Norway. ACN provides an American higher education experience for students, mostly from Norway but from around the world. Through ACN they determine what it would be like to study in the United States and many transfer to U.S. institutions including UND. Instruction is in English and students speak English well. Housing is provided, faculty salaries (100 percent) covered, and assistance with airfare costs is provided. Faculty who can teach courses that have broad appeal and satisfy Essential Studies requirements are preferred.
If interested, please contact Ray Lagasse at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 777-2938.
-- Ray Lagasse, Director, International Programs, email@example.com, 777-2938
|Summer Administrative Leadership Program application deadline is Oct. 24|
The Presidentâ€™s Leadership Programs provides funding for two upper-level UND administrators to participate in one of several national summer leadership institutes. Funding under this program is designed for individuals already in administrative roles at UND who wish to expand the breadth of their experience in anticipation of moving to a higher level of responsibility.
Past opportunities have included the Management Development Program (MDP) and the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) at Harvard (http://gseweb.harvard.edu/~ppe/highered/index.html), the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education at Bryn Mawr (http://www.hersnet.org/HERSHigherEducationResourceServices.htmsisihtm.asp), the AASCU Millennium Leadership Institute (http://www.aascu.org/mli/), and the Frye Leadership Institute Emory University (www.fryeinstitute.org).
To apply for funding to attend a summer leadership institute, please send your CV and a formal application letter in which you explain in some detail your interest in this program, your administrative background, the specific program you wish to attend and why, to Stop 8176 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Oct. 24. Those who receive funding are then required to apply directly to the program of their choice for acceptance.
-- Victoria Beard, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs, email@example.com, 7-4824
|Senate Scholarly Activities Committee announces travel awards|
The Senate Scholarly Activities Committee received 49 requests for funds to travel to domestic or Canadian destinations (a total of $47,123.11 requested); and eight requests for funds to travel to Alaska, Hawaii, or foreign destinations (a total of $18,840 requested), in response to the September call for proposals. The following awards were made at the committee meeting Sept. 29:
Foreign, Alaska, Hawaii travel:
Mark Hoffmann (chemistry), $1,584.03; Ronald Marsh (computer science), $1,075.02; Jeremiah Neubert (mechanical engineering), $750.25; Matthew
Picklo (pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics), $656.47; Michelle Sauer (English), $591.06; Nabil Suleiman (civil engineering), $1,183.54; Xiaodong Zhang (Center for People and Environment), $998.19.
Domestic and Canada travel:
Fathollah Bagheri (economics), $353.85; Carenlee Barkdull (social work), $377.49; Nancy Beneda (finance), $648.59; Olaf Berwald (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures), $485.46; Daniel Biederman (economics), $319.96; Elizabeth Bjerke (aviation), $122.55; Dane Crossley (biology), $346.75; Peri da Silva Jr. (economics), $385.37; Bruce DiCristina (criminal justice), $325.48; Van Doze (pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics), $385.37; Saleh Faruque (electrical engineering), $371.97; Angela Floden (pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics), $385.37; James Foster (biochemistry and molecular biology), $357.79; Lucy Ganje (art and design), $133.97; Cullen Goenner (economics), $319.96; Gregory Gordon (law), $319.96; Thomasine Heitkamp (social work), $377.49; James Higgins (aviation), $122.54; Mark Jendrysik (political science and public administration), $406.65; Arthur Jones (art and design), $424.77; Joel Jonientz (art and design), $133.97; Brenda Kallio (educational leadership), $345.57; Jared Keengwee (teaching and learning), $343.60; Adam Kitzes (English), $304.20; Andrew Knight (music), $325.48; Scott Korom (geology and geological engineering), $356.37; Assion Lawson-Body (information systems and business education), $424.95; Melinda Leach (anthropology), $345.97; Jun Liu (computer science), $400.34; Michael Loewy (counseling psychology and community service), $412.95; Iraj Mamaghani (civil engineering), $385.37; Steven Moser (management), $319.96; Sarah Mosher (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures), $353.85; Seong-Hyun Nam (management), $357.79; Kimberly Porter (history), $200.17; Prakash Ranganathan (electrical engineering), $303.41; Mary Jo Schill (communication sciences and disorders), $353.83; Sandra Short (physical education, exercise science and wellness), $169.44; Pradosh Simlai (economics), $353.85; Rebecca Simmons (biology), $423.99; Jeffrey Sun (educational leadership), $345.57; Marcus Weaver-Hightower (educational foundations and research), $406.65; Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (English), $445.65; Deborah Worley (educational leadership), $402.71; Crystal Yang (art and design), $416.10.
-- Patrick A. Carr, Ph.D., Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, Anatomy and Cell Biology, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701/777-2576
|New UND online, distance education Web site launched|
The Division of Continuing Education launched a new Web site, UND Online and Distance Education (http://distance.und.edu), on Oct. 1 to recruit new distance students (both credit and non-credit) as well as serve the thousands of current distance students who need access to the University's services.
The goal of this new site is for prospective students to easily find all of UND's distance offerings without needing to know our organizational structure or "jargon."
As such, the Division of Continuing Education has consolidated a number of units under the new brand of UND Online and Distance Education (http://distance.und.edu/). Units that were formally known as Correspondence and Online Studies (open enrollment courses), Distance Degree Programs, Certificate Programs (non-credit), as well as semester-based online courses will be marketed collectively at http://distance.und.edu/ as UND Online & Distance Education.
1. The site separates prospective student information from current student information so they can quickly find the type of information they need.
2. The site uses a shopping cart feature that allows prospective students to easily register for multiple courses at once.
3. Students may receive "instant customer service" by using our Live Help/Live Chat feature to instant message our staff with their questions. We can also track and record information about the student through this special software.
If necessary, please update your department Web site to link to the most appropriate page within the new http://distance.und.edu/ site. Note: Continuing Education's homepage URL (www.conted.und.edu) has not changed and will still work for other Continuing Education programs such as U2 and Workforce Development.
We welcome your feedback as we continue to add spring 2009 courses and refine the site. If you have any questions, please contact me.
-- Jennifer Swangler, Marketing Coordinator, Continuing Education, email@example.com, 777.6374
|Student Satisfaction Inventory, Priorities Survey for Online Learners findings now available online|
UND students participated in the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) and Priorities Survey for Online Learners (PSOL) in spring 2008. The findings reveal how we compare with North Dakota University System institutions as well as other national four-year institutions. The summary describes both strengths and areas in need of improvement (challenges).
Some noteworthy items from the SSI survey are:
â€¢ Nearly half (46.7 percent) of the respondents plan on pursuing graduate studies; up from 44 percent in 2006.
â€¢ Nine of 11 composite scale items showed a significant increase in satisfaction from 2006 to 2008. In order from largest to smallest increase are recruitment and financial aid, registration effectiveness, safety and security, campus life, instructional effectiveness, campus support services, service excellence, concern for the individual, and campus climate. (Important to note, especially as related to the above largest two areas of increase, that the survey period in 2006 was shortly after the new PeopleSoft implementation.) The remaining two of 11 scales also increased (student centeredness and academic advising), however those increases were not significant.
â€¢ When asked the question, â€œAll in all.. would you enroll here again?â€ 78 percent of the respondents would choose UND again. Undergraduates were more likely to enroll again than graduate students, with freshmen reporting the highest percentage of choosing UND again.
Some noteworthy items from the online (PSOL) survey are:
â€¢ Online course designs are easy to navigate is identified as both a strength and challenge. This would imply that students place high importance on this item, and although they also report a high level of satisfaction, there is still a significant gap between the importance placed on the item and the reported satisfaction.
â€¢ In general, UND 2008 satisfaction means are lower than those of their national and NDUS counterparts. On 17 of the 32 items, UND satisfaction means were lower in 2008 than in 2006.
â€¢ When asked the question, â€œAll in all.. would you enroll here again?â€ 89 percent of the respondents would choose UND again.
The complete report is available online at http://www.und.edu/dept/datacol/reports/subFolder/ssi2008/ssi2008.htm .
For questions about this survey, please contact Sue Erickson at 777-2265.
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-4358
|Note changes to moving expense reimbursment policy|
There have been changes made to the Moving Expense Reimbursement Policy:
Effective Oct. 3, 2008
Incoming faculty/staff moving expenses:
The weight limit for moving personal goods and furnishings has been eliminated as long as an original invoice/paid receipt is submitted. The move still needs to be preauthorized as per policy.
The reimbursement limit for permanent employees transferred within the system is still $5,000 with a weight limit not to exceed 11,000 lbs.
Please see the Moving Expense Reimbursement Policy on the Accounting Services Web site. http://www.und.edu/dept/accounts/documents/MovingExpensePolicy.doc
-- Carl Iseminger, Accounting Services Assistant, Accounting Services, email@example.com, 777-4131
|Graphics and Photography Society offers services|
Do you need a brochure, poster, or other print document designed but donâ€™t have the time or ability to do it yourself? Maybe you want photographs taken, a Web site developed or improved, Power Point slides or e-mail advertisements created. If so, you might consider hiring students affiliated with the Graphics and Photography Society (GaPS).
GaPS is a student organization established in 2003. The purposes of GaPS are to provide students with opportunities for professional growth, to encourage visual communication, and to develop technical skills. One way we accomplish this is by creating designs (both print and electronic) and photographs for clients. All services are faculty supervised.
For more information, please contact Lynda Kenney, (technology), advisor to the Graphics and Photography Society student organization, at 777-2197.
-- Lynda Kenney, Assistant Professor, Technology, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2197
|Mini-grants available for summer programs/events; application deadline is Nov. 17|
Are you planning an event at UND next summer but lack funding? Do you plan to develop a new summer course but need financial resources? Consider applying for a mini-grant through the Summer Programs and Events Council (SPEC).
SPECâ€™s Start-Up mini-grant program will fund deserving proposals for:
1. The expansion of existing 2008 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.
2. Or the redesign of existing 2008 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.
3. Or the development of new 2009 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.
Through the mini-grant program, the council wants to create positive learning experiences for the citizens of the Red River Valley Region and beyond by extending the resources of the University. The mini-grant funds will help cover the development, marketing and start-up costs for courses and programs held at UND during the summer months. Examples include camps for kids, academic classes that can be completed in the summer months, or any special event designed for the community. Quality, creativity and â€œout of the boxâ€ ideas are encouraged when developing new programs.
All interested UND faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals. Information can be found at www.summer.und.edu. The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17. Recipients will be announced Dec. 15
For more information on the mini-grant program, contact Diane Hadden, director of Summer Sessions (credit activities), 777-6284, email@example.com or Kerry Kerber, associate dean, Continuing Education (non-credit activities), 777-4264, firstname.lastname@example.org. For operational questions, contact the Summer Programs and Events Office at 777-0841.
-- Brenda Dufault, Summer Programs and Events Coordinator email@example.com, 777-0841.
|Donated leave sought for Wanda Seyler|
Donations of annual or sick leave are sought for Wanda Seyler, administrative secretary in Atmospheric Sciences. Her family thanks you for your generosity. Donated leave forms are available at www.und.edu/dept/payroll, then click on "forms," or by calling 777-4004 or 777-2913. Please send the completed forms for annual or sick leave to Gary Ebel, Odegard School, Stop 9007.
|Honors Program rakes for Heifer International|
Each year the UND Honors Program chooses a service theme on which to focus its service, educational, and fundraising efforts. This year our theme is "Poverty," and students chose Heifer International for their charity. â€œHeiferâ€™s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. Heifer does this by providing appropriate livestock, training, and related service to small-scale farmers and communities worldwide.â€ (www.heifer.org)
To raise money for Heifer, Honors students will rake lawns Sundays throughout the month. The charge is a freewill donation to Heifer International. If you want a group of students to take care of your raking, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule workers.
-- Robin David, Associate Director, Honors Program, email@example.com, 701-777-6185
|Staff Senate announces "U SHINE Award"|
The U SHINE Award was developed by Staff Senate to recognize and award outstanding staff employees who make a difference on our campus. All benefited staff employees are eligible for nomination. UND faculty, staff and students are encouraged to nominate and recognize that special someone who, they believe, did something extraordinary or have gone above and beyond the call of duty in one or more of the following categories: excellent team player; positive attitude; outstanding customer service, innovation and creativity; going the extra mile; magnificent motivator; loyalty and commitment to UND or a category of the nominator's choosing.
Nomination forms are available on the Staff Senate Web site at www.und.edu/org/undss/ or printed forms are also available at dining services, facilities and the Memorial Union post office. The deadline for submission is the 15th of each month. All nominations received after the 15th will be considered the following month. Each month, the Staff Senate executive cCommittee will select one award winner from the nominations received and present the award winner with a check for $50.
|Barnes & Noble's biggest clearance sale of the year is on now|
Barnes & Noble at UND, your campus bookstore, is having the biggest clearance sale of the year. Already reduced imprinted clothing and gifts will be an extra 25 percent off in our store now through Oct. 23. Shop early for best selection. Store Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-2103
|Shop for a Cure comes to Barnes & Noble at UND|
Last year Barnes & Noble College Bookstore as a company raised $50,000 for breast cancer research. This year we hope for similar success. Cancer affects the lives of numerous people every year - regardless of age, race, or gender. Our Breast Cancer Awareness display offers our campus and community the opportunity to contribute to the search for a cure. A portion of the proceeds from each item we have featured will fund breast cancer research. We invite you to stop and Shop for The Cure.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND, email@example.com, 777-2103
|Water research institute invites applications for graduate research fellowships|
The North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute (ND WRRI) has announced its 2009 Graduate Research Fellowship program.
North Dakota State University and University of North Dakota graduate students who are conducting or planning research in water resources areas may apply for fellowships varying from three summer months to a full year in duration. Typically, fellowship awards for masterâ€™s degree students have been in the range of $800 to $1,000 and for doctoral students awards have been $1,000 to $1,400 per month. The fellowship funds must be applied between March 1, 2009, and Feb. 28, 2010.
Projects proposed for fellowship support should relate to water resources research issues in the state or region. Regional, state or local collaborations or co-funding will strengthen an application. Fellowships have a matching requirement of two non-federal dollars to one federal dollar. At the time of applying, applicants should have a plan of study filed and should have a thesis research topic selected. Applications need to be prepared in consultation with advisers. Advisers of the applicant should co-sign the applications. Applications from students and advisers who have not met the reporting requirements of their previous fellowship projects will not be considered for funding.
The general criteria used for proposal evaluation include scientific merit, originality of research, research related to state or region and extent of regional, state or local collaboration and/or co-funding.
Applications are due in the office of the ND WRRI director by 5 p.m. Nov. 14. A panel of faculty members and state water resources research professionals will review the proposals. Announcement of awards will be made by early January.
Consult the instituteâ€™s Web site, www.ndsu.edu/wrri, for background on the program, and guidelines for preparation of applications. Applicants and advisers who are new to the program are urged to contact institute director G. Padmanabhan, at (701) 231-7043, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send applications to G. Padmanabhan, North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute, Civil Engineering, CIE 201E, NDSU Department 2470, P.O. Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050.
-- Steve Bergeson, Senior Writer, NDSU University Relations, Steven.Bergeson@ndsu.edu, 701 231-6101
|Who's Who Nominations sought|
The University of North Dakota is once again participating in the Whoâ€™s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges program. This national program honors outstanding students on campuses all across the country. Each applicant is evaluated on scholarship ability, participation, leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship, service to UND, and potential for future achievements. Applicants must be currently enrolled students at UND and must have earned a minimum of 60 credits by the completion of the 2008 summer term.
Faculty, staff and students are invited to nominate those students they believe are deserving of this honor by sending the names and email addresses of the nominees to email@example.com or by sending a list to Kathryn Vigness, Stop 8385, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Nominees will receive an application that must be completed and returned. Only students completing the application can be considered for this award. If you have any questions, please contact Kathryn Vigness at 777-0673 or Linda Rains at 777-4076.
-- Linda Rains, Assistant Director for Student Involvement, Memorial Union, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-4076
|Donations sought for Mortar Board Turkey Basket Drive|
The Quo Vadis Chapter of Mortar Board at the University of North Dakota has begun planning for their 29th Annual Turkey Basket Drive. Turkey baskets are provided to members of our community who would otherwise not be able to provide a Thanksgiving dinner for their family. Families may sign up for a turkey basket at the Red River Valley Community Action, 1013 North 5th St., Grand Forks, starting Monday, Oct. 27. Turkey baskets will be distributed Saturday, Nov. 22, at the UND Armory ROTC Building on the UND Campus. The Quo Vadis Chapter is accepting food and monetary donations for this project. Donations can be mailed to: UND Mortar Board, 2901 University Avenue Stop 8385, Grand Forks, ND 58202. If you'd like to donate food, please e-mail the chapter at email@example.com. Thank you for your support of this exceptional project.
|Soldiers' Angels collecting cards of support|
Oct. 26 is the third annual Day of the Deployed, a day of honor proclaimed by Gov. John Hoeven. North Dakotans are encouraged to reaffirm their patriotism and allegiance to our flag and country, and to honor our brave men and women in uniform who are selflessly putting their lives on the line to protect and preserve our way of life. How can you help? Please place this proclamation on your department board, showcasing your support for our local and national heroes, many of which are UND students.
In January 2009, the North Dakota Army National Guard 1 - 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment's Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment - RAID, will be deploying to Afghanistan under the command of Lt. Amber Monette. This unit is locally based in Grand Forks/Fargo and many are UND students. Often we "think about" saying thanks to these unsung heroes who leave their families and careers for a year or more to serve our country; why not take the time to say thanks to them before they leave?
Soldiers' Angels is currently collecting cards of support to be placed inside the care packages that will be filled with Thanksgiving goods. These packages will be delivered to the soldiers the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. You can either e-mail your note to Shelle Michaels and she will print them, or you can send it intercampus to Shelle Michaels, 2901 University Ave #7026, UND 58202 and mark the envelope RAID.
Thanks for thinking about all of our deployed students.
|OLLI@UND seeks "Theater Goers," history instructor|
Just a reminder that our OLLI@UND special feature, "Rogers and Hammerstein's South Pacific," begins classes from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday evening, Oct. 20. Please call 777-4840 and speak with Connie directly to enroll in this class where you'll learn while being entertained!
Also, OLLI@UND is seeking a history instructor to teach a course on World War II. Many of us babyboomers were born during that era and would like to learn more about it. Please call Connie at 777-4840 and discuss the rewards of teaching our amazing OLLI members of 50 years and better!
-- Connie Hodgson, Coordinator of OLLI@UND, OLLI/DCE, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-4840
|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.
POSITION: Communications Specialist, Center for Rural Health, #09-104
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 10/21/2008
COMPENSATION: $ 35,000 plus/year
POSITION: Education Program Coordinator, Office of Medical Education, #09-103
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 10/20/2008
COMPENSATION: $39,000 plus/year
POSITION: Business Manager, Campus Safety and Security, #09-102
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 10/20/2008
COMPENSATION: $40,000 plus/year
TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL: No vacancies.
POSITION: Customer Relations Specialist, Continuing Education, #09-101
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 10/15/2008
COMPENSATION: $24,000 plus/year
CRAFTS/SERVICE/TRADES: No vacancies.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-3621
|Lynette Dickson elected president of National Rural Health Organization|
Lynette Dickson, program director at the Center for Rural Health, has been elected president of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). NOSORHâ€™s membership includes representatives from all 50 state offices of rural health, with an agenda that promotes a healthy rural America through state and national leadership.
Dickson was elected by her peers to this leadership position for a three-year term. She previously served on the NOSORH board and as the organizationâ€™s treasurer. Dickson received the NOSORH Distinguished Service Award in 2006 which acknowledges individuals who make outstanding contributions to NOSORH and are actively involved in their state office of rural health. As president of NOSORH, she will provide leadership for a rural health policy platform as well as build partnerships with other organizations that advocate on behalf of rural health issues.
Dickson is the program director for the North Dakota State Office of Rural Health, an affiliate of NOSORH. She directs grant programs which provides support for rural health information technology programs. She also serves as the planning committee chair for the annual Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health and as the chair of the North Dakota Health Information Technology Steering Committee.
â€œItâ€™s to North Dakotaâ€™s credit that one of our own is at the helm of one of the nationâ€™s leading rural health organizations,â€ said Mary Wakefield, director of the Center for Rural Health. â€œSheâ€™s an important and strategic link between North Dakotaâ€™s rural health care issues and concerns and the nationâ€™s rural health agenda.â€
Created in 1995, NOSORH fosters and promotes legislation, information exchange, education, and liaison activities with all state offices of rural health, the federal office of Rural Health Policy, the National Rural Health Association, and other organizations.
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-0871
|Dale Jacobson publishes new book|
Dale Jacobson, senior lecturer in the Department of English, has published his eighth book of poetry, "Metamorphoses of the Sleeping Beast," from Red Dragonfly Press. Comprised of 64 poems written over many years, it is praised by the nationally recognized poet John Balaban (a participant of UND's Writers Conference), who remarks: "If there is a politics in his poetry as there is in McGrath's, it is as spiritually suffused with nature as William Blake's, as imagistic and allusively argued as Neruda's, and as Amerian as a coyote on a hilltop outside town waking us up with his lyrical, plaintive song." -- English.
|Zeidlik named in Marquis' "Who's Who In American Science"|
Tom Zeidlik, associate professor of aviation has been named in "Whoâ€™s Who in American Science" for his innovative contributions to UND research.
Zeidlik has been involved with two research projects that both have proved very successful. The first was replacing runway threshold lights with LEDs (light-emitting diodes) that were made to fit inside the existing socket on the runway. This immediately decreased electric draw by 80 percent, yet pilots noticed absolutely no difference in the lights. Imagine reducing your electric bill at home by 80 percent and it's easy to see the benefit. After an extensive human factors study, the lights were deemed safe by the FAA and are now being placed at airports around the country.
The second research project was to solve the problem of remote runways in Alaska being inaccessible for use during the dark months of the year. If there's a medical emergency, for example, the only choice people have is to wait until the sun comes up around 10 a.m. the next day and hope the weather is good enough to land a plane, or they get on a snowmobile and travel cross-country to a hospital. The sun is only â€œupâ€ for about four hours each day. It actually rarely breaks the horizon, just gives â€œcivil twilight.â€
A system using reflectors from the landing light of the plane itself to illuminate the runway was created, allowing planes to land anytime during the night as long as the weather is good enough.
A U.S. Patent was filed, and a provisional patent granted. With the assistance of Bruce Smith, dean of the Odegard School, UND agreed to release the patent to industry. Because of the patent, no one could make the products to solve this problem. So in the effort to help the people in remote villages immediately, the patent was released and now about 30 companies have developed products for this purpose and are being used around the world at remote airfields, including military airfields.
Marquis' confirmed Zeidlikâ€™s inclusion in June for the "Whoâ€™s Who in American Science" 2009 edition, a commemorative issue celebrating the 110th year of publication. The edition is scheduled for print this month.
Zeidlik also works as a paramedic for Altru Health Systems.
-- karen ryba, director of communications, aerospace, email@example.com, 777-4761
|Death noted of student Kurt Haugstad|
It is with regret that the University reports that Kurt Haugstad of Grand Forks died Saturday, Sept. 27. He attended UND from the 2003 spring semester to the current semester. He was to graduate in December 2008, majoring in rehabilitation and human services. -- Cara Halgren, associate dean of student life.
|Death noted of student Michael Abernathey|
It is with regret that the University reports that Michael Abernathey of Grand Forks died Tuesday, Oct. 7. He was a sophomore attending UND from the 2007 fall semester to the present. -- Cara Halgren, associate dean of student life.