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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 5: September 17, 2008

Contents
Top Stories
$9.6 million recommended for UND projects
UND ranks No. 13 among top 50 entrepreneurship programs
Inauguration will be broadcast Sept. 16-19
Events to Note
UND celebrates Constitution Day
Forensic Science teaching lab open house is Sept. 17
Check out upcoming classes in Burnt Toast Demonstration Kitchen
University Curriculum Committee meets Sept. 18
Reception for women faculty is Sept. 18
Aviation's fall safety seminar set for Sept. 18
ND EPSCoR state conference is set for Sept. 19
Note upcoming Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning conferences
Women's Center hosts journaling group
Greg Hoffarth tree dedication is Sept. 19
Sorority raises money for court appointed special advocates
Area women invited to eat, learn at women's health event
Art & Wine Walk is set for Sept. 20
The Johnie B. Sanders Band to play Blues on the Red
Minnesota Wild holds open training camp at Engelstad Arena
U2 announces three new sessions
U2 lists sessions
Evaluating Engagement: Artists & Scholars in Public Life is Sept. 24-25
JFK speechwriter Sorensen is featured guest Sept. 25-27
Skate with the Sioux event is Sept. 28
Fall Career Fair is Oct. 1
BSC hosts arts and humanities summit
Sioux-Per Gala, Auction is set for Oct. 18
Weekend recruitment opportunity events listed
Nominations accepted for Stone Soup luncheon awards program
Announcements
Deadlines listed for research/creativity and publication, travel grants
Linda Neuerburg promoted to AISS assistant director position
N.D. hospitals focus on teamwork to ensure safe care for patients
Outstanding faculty award nominations due Friday, Oct. 17
Join a faculty study seminar
North Dakota Space Grant seeks applicants to promote NASA
Assessment retreat funding now available
Apply now for leadership seminar
Mayville State University calls no longer incur long distance charge
Water fixture upgrades may disrupt use
University Apartment decals expired
Chester Fritz Library lists hours
Facilities department restructures
Student technology fee proposals sought
University policy notice/Code of Student Life
OLLI@UND accepting course proposals for winter 2009 semester
University Police issue safety tips
Preschool children's music classes offered
Surplus items for sale to public
Note new faculty/staff meal plans
Old Main Marketplace lists daily specials
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Cindy Anderson named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar
Keith Malaterre receives HEROS award
JLG Architects receive state design award for Hopper-Danley Memorial Chapel
$9.6 million recommended for UND projects

The North Dakota Centers of Excellence Commission and the State Economic Development Foundation have given the nod to $9.6 million in state money for research and private-sector partnerships at the University of North Dakota to create higher paying jobs and new business opportunities in the state. There are a number of additional steps that the recommendations must go through before funding ultimately is approved.

The Centers of Excellence Commission convened Aug. 29 for the fifth round of the awards, and recommended the funding go to four UND-based research projects. Those recommendations were forwarded to the State Economic Development Foundation, which has approved the proposals.

The UND projects are:

1) SUNRISE BioProducts, which was recommended to receive all of the $2.95 million in COE funds it had requested, is a center of excellence that develops green industrial chemicals, polymers and fiber composites out of crop oils. It promotes the development and improvement of sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels to solve complex energy-related problems. Some of the center's private-sector partners include Bayer Cropscience, Northwood Mills, Global Agricultural Solutions, and Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson.

2) The UND Center of Excellence in Space Technology and Operations is recommended to get $1 million of the $1.6 million it had requested. This center aims to bring an aerospace company to North Dakota, creating new high-value jobs, as well as expand the field of aerospace in North Dakota such that spacecraft operations can become a major part of research and economic development in the state. It is teaming with GeoOptics LLC and Broad-Reach Engineering from the private sector.

3) The UND Petroleum Research, Education and Entrepreneurship Center of Excellence is recommended to take in all of the $3 million it had requested in COE funds. This center is working to improve understanding of geology, geophysics and petroleum engineering characteristics in the Williston Basin of North Dakota. It also is enhancing ways to recover oil from the area, specifically in the so-called "Bakken Formation," which recently has yielded great promise with its potential for oil extraction. This center is working with a number of private-sector partners, including, Schlumberger, IHS, American Petroleum Institute, Hess Corp., and Marathon Oil Corp, to name but a few.

4) The UND Center of Excellence for Passive Therapeutics is recommended to receive all of the $2.65 million it requested from the COE Commission. This center is developing passive (antibodies) therapeutics for people who have been exposed to or who have infectious diseases using value-added agricultural products. Once it is shown to work in preclinical and clinical trials, products using antibodies from goose eggs will be made entirely in North Dakota. The center is teaming with Avianax, Aldevron, Schiltz Goose R&D, Schlitz Goose Farms - North from the private sector.

The UND proposals and those of other North Dakota University System institutions are trying to secure portions of about $14 million set aside by the state for COE projects. UND's proposals, when combined, would bring more than $30 million in private-sector matching investments to the table.

"This significant amount of funding recommended by North Dakota Centers of Excellence Commission and the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation for the University of North Dakota is a powerful indication of the confidence that the commissions have in the University to take on state resources and investment and to turn it into innovative, creative and entrepreneurial enterprises that benefit the entire state," said UND President Robert O. Kelley.

Gary Johnson, interim UND vice president for research, called the COE Commission's recommendations "outstanding news" for the University. He said it follows a soon-to-be released report on another record-setting year for research expenditures at the University.

"These four centers will further advance the agenda of the UND research enterprise," Johnson said. "The recommended $9.6 million in funding and the additional commitments of partner organizations will further the economic development of Grand Forks, the state of North Dakota and the surrounding region. The credit for this outstanding record of research accomplishments belong to UND's faculty and staff members who have embraced a research culture and have aggressively pursued research opportunities."

The projects will now be reviewed by the State Board of Higher Education, followed by the Emergency Commission, and the Budget Section Thursday, Sept. 25. Projects totaling $10 million were approved in fall 2007, but two of them have withdrawn their request for funding. Therefore, those funds have become available for use during this round of funding.

The North Dakota Centers of Excellence program is the product of Gov. John Hoeven's initiative to combine education and economic development to create higher-paying jobs and new business opportunities for North Dakota citizens. The Centers are hubs of research and private-sector development on the campuses of North Dakota's 11 colleges and universities. State Centers of Excellence already have brought more than $20 million to North Dakota's campuses for public/private-sector partnerships.

“The projects demonstrate how our North Dakota universities are skillfully combining education and economic development to create higher paying jobs and new business opportunities in our state,” Hoeven said. “The quality and diversity of the projects reviewed, reflects the level of leadership and innovation at work on our campuses and in our business communities.”

UND ranks No. 13 among top 50 entrepreneurship programs

Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review released the sixth annual ranking of the top 50 graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation last week, and the University of North Dakota landed at 13th on the top undergraduate programs list. A complete listing of the schools ranked can be found at http://www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges.

This is the third consecutive year UND has been ranked among the top 15 schools nationally for its entrepreneurial offerings.

"Our success in the 'Entrepreneur' magazine rankings is a result of the emphasis placed on experiential learning in our Entrepreneurship programs," said Steve Moser, associate dean of the College of Business and Public Administration. "Students are required to have an internship and are encouraged to work directly with practicing entrepreneurs. The rankings are a clear indication that we are focusing on appropriate goals with our programs. With the success of the program, the University has chosen to emphasize entrepreneurship in its branding campaign."

"I'm delighted UND continues to prove itself -- particularly, through the evaluation of others -- that it truly is an innovative and creative place to study, to learn and to actually receive first-hand experiences in what it means to be entrepreneurial," said President Robert O. Kelley. "This most current ranking from the respected source 'Entrepreneur' magazine is a reflection of the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of people within the College of Business and Public Administration, its Center for Innovation and many others on this campus. It also shows that UND is on the right track with an array of first-class programs, including a major in entrepreneurship, which educate, mentor and allow students the freedom to creatively stand on their own."

UND has long been a leader in entrepreneurship, starting in 1984 with the Center for Innovation and later establishing the undergraduate program in 1999. The entrepreneur program at UND, housed in the College of Business and Public Administration, is now one of the fastest growing programs on campus -- which now includes one of the nation’s first solely student-run venture capital invest fund, the Dakota Venture Group.

"One of the reasons Entrepreneurship is such a vibrant and exciting program at UND is the fact that it draws students, faculty and other talent from across our campus and community," said Craig Silvernagel, UND entrepreneurship program director. "I have the great privilege of working with many of these individuals. Being recognized for a third consecutive year as one of the top undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation is a wonderful honor that belongs not just to the entrepreneurship program, but to all those in the local entrepreneur community."

Silvernagel said it's also important to emphasize that this national recognition also belongs to the talented and dedicated students that really make entrepreneurship at UND what it is.

"They continue to excel both in their academic endeavors and in their ability to build and develop meaningful and successful enterprises after they leave UND," he said.

All 2,300 schools surveyed this year were evaluated based on key criteria in the areas of academics and requirements, students and faculty, and outside-the-classroom support and experiences. A total of 50 schools, 25 undergraduate and 25 graduate schools, made the list, with several others, such as Harvard and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, receiving honorable mentions. The number of schools surveyed is up markedly this year from 900 in 2007. The more than 150-percent increase in participating schools in this year's ranking underscores the growing number of entrepreneurial courses nationwide and the established mainstream appeal of business ownership.

The survey questions for the annual top colleges ranking are revisited each year to ensure that clear, concise and appropriate data is collected. This gives prospective students more of the essential information they need to start exploring programs that can prepare them for greater success in their business ventures.

"Being named among the top entrepreneur programs recognizes we put together the right mix of terrific students, entrepreneur mentors, faculty who are also entrepreneurs, solid curriculum, entrepreneur benefactors, and a portfolio of experiential learning that leads to national rankings for three years in a row," said Bruce Gjovig, director of UND's Center for Innovation, part of the College of Business and Public Administration.

Gjovig said, "The Center for Innovation and the Department of Entrepreneurship work closely together to provide both the academic rigor with the extensive hands on learning that allows our students to be top performers. The entire program is possible because of exceptional support from entrepreneur benefactors who invest in the new generation of entrepreneurs. Support from entrepreneurs like James Ray, Norm Skalicky, Ray Rude, Bart & Lynn Holaday, Kurt Mueller, Eugene Dahl, Ethel Stone, Larry Brown and so many others are key to our success. They built incubator buildings, support initiatives, fund faculty positions and provide scholarships."

A detailed analysis of all Top 50 schools will appear in the October issue of Entrepreneur magazine, which hits newsstands Sept. 23. The magazine has a paid circulation of more than 609,000, reaching a total audience of 2.7 million people.

"Aspiring business owners want not just to learn, but to do, and today's top colleges are responding to that demand," said Amy Cosper, vice president and editor in chief at Entrepreneur magazine. "We're finding schools focus more on helping students determine an idea's feasibility, plan and set up all aspects of a business, and network more with other entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

"The opportunities keep expanding, and our ranking is an excellent launching point for a prospective student's research."

Inauguration will be broadcast Sept. 16-19

The inauguration ceremony for President Robert O. Kelley will be broadcast through Friday, Sept. 19, at 1 and 7 p.m. each day. -- Television Center.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

UND celebrates Constitution Day

Ben Franklin will help the University of North Dakota celebrate the 221st anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution Wednesday, Sept. 17, with the following events:

* 11 a.m. Memorial Union, Loading Dock
Free distribution of copies of the Constitution by members of the Department of Political Science and special guest Benjamin Franklin, (Robert Wood, political science).

* 12:15 p.m. School of Law, Baker Courtroom:
Presentation by UND alumnus Colonel Ward Johnson on Guantanamo Bay detainees.

* 2 p.m. Memorial Union, Orth Lecture Bowl:
Public reading of the Constitution followed by question and answer session with University faculty.

The public is welcome at all events.

Forensic Science teaching lab open house is Sept. 17

The University community is invited to the Forensic Science Teaching Lab open house Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. Come tour the facility, or participate in an interactive display. Refreshments will be served. The lab is located in 350 O'Kelly/Ireland Hall. See you there!
-- Phoebe Stubblefield, Director Forensic Science Program/Assistant Professor, Anthropology, phoebe.stubblefield@und.nodak.edu, 7-4870

Check out upcoming classes in Burnt Toast Demonstration Kitchen

The Burnt Toast Demonstration Kitchen, Wellness Center, lists the following upcoming classes:

Cheap, Fast, and Healthy
Class is free; 5:30 to 6 p.m. every Monday during the school year.

Are you on a hectic schedule and tight budget? Are you sick of going through the drive through and ordering unhealthy food just because it’s convenient? Come join us Monday nights for cheap, fast, and healthy! 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.

Microwave Meals
Sept. 17; class is free; 6 to 7 p.m.
Do you hate doing dishes, have a dislike for cooking, or are stuck with an inadequate kitchen? Well, we have got a class for you. Microwave Meals consists of an entire meal made with just a microwave and few tools common in most. 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.

Sports Nutrition
Date: Sept. 18; 6 p.m.; cost is $5
Whether you are eating before an athletic competition, or a basic training workout, what you eat can make a difference in both your performance and recovery. If you are interested in how fat, carbohydrates, protein, and hydration influence an athlete, then this class is for you. Come join us in the Burnt Toast Kitchen for a break down of Sports Nutrition into phases, and get the basic knowledge for peak performance. Learn a great recipe for pre-competition, enjoy the food, and take home the recipe and tips.
-- Karina Wittmann, Burnt Toast Coordinator, Wellness Center, karinawittmann@mail.und.edu , 777-2719

University Curriculum Committee meets Sept. 18

The University Curriculum Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Prairie Room, Memorial Union, to review the request from the College of Education and Human Development to terminate the Bachelor of Science in Education with combined major in Elementary and Middle Level Education program. Anyone interested in the proposal is invited to attend.

Reception for women faculty is Sept. 18

The Women's Center and the President's Advisory Council for Women (PAC-W) are hosting this reception to provide new faculty the opportunity to network with other women on campus. We hope that established faculty members will attend this event to help extend our welcome and provide support to new faculty. The reception is set for 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the North Dakota Museum of Art, 261 Centennial Dr. Refreshments will be served.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Womens Center, undwomenscenter@und.nodak.edu, 777-4302

Aviation's fall safety seminar set for Sept. 18

The John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences will host a fall safety seminar at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The seminar, presented by David Wright, vice president of operations at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Foundation, will focus on mastering takeoffs and landings.

Don’t miss this important safety seminar on takeoffs and landings for all pilots. This safety seminar meets the credit requirements for those airmen who are participating in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Wings Pilot Proficiency Program.

The seminar is free and open to the public.
-- Karen Ryba, director of commuinications, aerospace, ryba@aero.und.edu, 777-4761

ND EPSCoR state conference is set for Sept. 19

The ND EPSCoR 2008 state conference is being held Sept. 19 in the Memorial Union.

The conference theme is “The Dimensions of North Dakota EPSCoR.” EPSCoR, and its sister program in the National Institutes of Health, the IDeA program, will be highlighted during this one-day conference. Particular attention will be focused on the National Science Foundation EPSCoR program and the NIH IDeA program with respect to what these programs are providing in the way of research infrastructure improvement and economic development to the State of North Dakota. A detailed agenda may be found at www.ndepscor.nodak.edu

Registration to submit a poster abstract and for the conference luncheon has closed, but all are welcome to attend the conference presentations and to view the poster sessions.

For further information, contact the ND EPSCoR office on the UND campus at 777-2492.
-- Gary E Johnson, Co-Project Director, ND EPSCoR, garyejohnson@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701-777-2492

Note upcoming Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning conferences

Several upcoming conferences provide faculty with an interest in instructional and faculty development an opportunity to hear new ideas and/or present some of their work. The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning (www.collab.org/) hosts two major conferences yearly (in November and February in Bloomington, Minn.) that feature keynote speakers of national and international renown, as well as presenters from Collaboration institutions. UND is a founding member of the Collaboration and typically the Office of Instructional Development funds several faculty to attend and/or present at the conferences.

The fall conference is titled "Culture Matters: Designing Learning Environments to Foster Cultural Awareness and Intercultural Competence" (more info available at http://www.collab.org/programsservices/conferences/November08%20Conference.htm ). Those wishing to attend should apply for FIDC support (guidelines are available at the OID Web site). Applications for FIDC grants must be submitted prior to travel and the committee deadline for grant applications is noon the first of each month.

The February 13-14, 2009, Collaboration Conference is themed “The Learning Educator: Fostering Our Own Development for Better Practice and Results.” The conference focuses on “what individual faculty and staff do to foster their own continuous learning and development as teaching professionals and how colleges, universities, and other groups strive to create environments that characterize learning organizations.” So this conference might be of particular interest to those who do SoTL work; or who have dedicated energy to enhancing student learning in your classrooms or creating an environment that supports better teaching in your department and college. The proposal deadline is approaching rapidly -- Sept. 19 and the call for papers is available at http://www.collab.org/programsservices/conferences/CFP%20February%2009.pdf

If you are interested in talking about a potential conference proposal or presenting at or attending either conference, please e-mail or call (anne_kelsch@und.nodak.edu or 777-4233).
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, anne_kelsch@und.nodak.edu, 777-4233

Women's Center hosts journaling group

The UND Women Center will host a six-session journaling group for women Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 19 and continuing on alternate Fridays until Nov. 14. There is no cost for the workshop, simply a desire to write and share your stories.

The workshop will be facilitated by Kathy Coudle-King, senior lecturer in English and Women Studies. She has run community workshops in the summer for six years. This is the first time she has offered one on campus during the academic year. Bring your lunch, a journal, and pen. Space is limited, however, so send an e-mail to Kathleen_king@und.nodak.edu to reserve your space. Please calls 777-2787 for more information. The UND Women Center is located at 305 Hamline Street.
-- Kathleen King, Sr. Lecturer, English/Women Studies, kathleen_king@und.nodak.edu, 701-777-2787

Greg Hoffarth tree dedication is Sept. 19

Please join us to honor the late Greg Hoffarth, formerly of the facilities staff, and all he did for UND, with a tree dedication. The dedication will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, on the front lawn of the Student Wellness Center. Following the ceremony there will be coffee and cookies in the demo kitchen and classrooms of the center. We hope you can make it to celebrate the life of Greg.
-- Yvette Halverson, Director for Wellness Facilities, Wellness Center, yvettehalverson@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-0729

Sorority raises money for court appointed special advocates

The UND chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority will help support Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) with the annual Super Nacho Feed Friday, Sept. 19.

The event will be at Kappa Alpha Theta, 2500 University Ave. The event will include unlimited super nachos for $5, s'mores for $1, and outdoor games and activities (weather permitting). Kappa Alpha Theta invites the community to be part of their fundraising efforts by joining them for this once-a-year event.

CASA is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving a voice to children in court. CASA provides children that have been neglected or abused with legal representation through the help of volunteer advocates. Their organizational goal for 2008 is to increase the number of children they help nationwide by 100,000 kids.

Since 1989 Kappa Alpha Theta has been raising money and awareness for Court Appointed Special Advocates. The efforts of national Kappa Alpha Theta members have resulted in over $900,000 in fundraising for CASA. Together, Kappa Alpha Theta and CASA are helping children get their voices heard in court.

Area women invited to eat, learn at women's health event

Area women of all ages are invited to enjoy a healthy breakfast, learn about tools for living well, and even do a little bit of exercise via line dancing and Dance Dance Revolution at the second annual North Dakota Women’s Health Connection, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20.

The free event is open to the public and will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at the Memorial Union. Featured talks and demonstrations on dance, nutrition, yoga, skin care, spirituality, and overall health will be given by various speakers including Pastor Kathy Fick, Dr. Carol Murie, Dietician Mandy Burbank, and Nurse Jennifer Tinkler. Exhibits, door prizes, and a healthy breakfast will be included and the first 300 registrants will receive a free gift bag.

The morning will feature a keynote session on goal achievement titled “Tools for Living Well” by Sandra Short, physical education, exercise science, and wellness professor at UND who teaches classes in sport sociology, research methods, and sport psychology. She works with athletes on performance enhancement, including setting and achieving goals. In 2007, she received the Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship Award from the College of Education and Human Development.

“The North Dakota Women’s Health Connection is an event to support women in becoming informed consumers and managers of their health and their health care needs,” said Susan Splichal, coordinator of the North Dakota Women’s Health CORE. “Area women of all ages can learn about nourishing their bodies and souls at the event, keeping them connected to a healthier tomorrow.”

A National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and the annual organizer of this event, The North Dakota Women’s Health CORE is located in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Financial sponsors of the event include the Region VIII Office on Women’s Health, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Altru Health System, and Dakota Medical Foundation.

To see the full schedule of events and pre-register online, visit www.med.und.edu or contact Susan Splichal at 777-3274 or ssplichal@medicine.nodak.edu.

Art & Wine Walk is set for Sept. 20

Stroll through downtown Saturday, Sept. 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. and view artwork by local artists at galleries, restaurants, and other business that serve wine or other non-alcoholic refreshment. 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 also feature a champagne toast, sponsored by Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops.

Another Art & Wine Walk 2008 is set for Oct. 18.

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 Harry’s Bottle Shops, and Gilly’s Bar & Grill.

To learn more about the Art & Wine Walk, visit www.culturepulse.org.
-- Nicole Derenne, Executive Director, North Valley Arts Council, nicolederenne@novac.org, 701-777-6120

The Johnie B. Sanders Band to play Blues on the Red

The Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the Chicago-style blues group, The Johnie B. Sanders Band featuring Ms. Iretta, will perform at the Sept. 20, Blues on the Red event in Town Square, downtown Grand Forks. Other featured acts include Little Donny and The GroveTones and Big Buziness, both from the region.

Johnie B. Sanders has played blues for over 42 years. According to Living Blues Magazine, “he plays with a crisp attack and a clear tone, and his soloing is fleet, fingered and inventive. Although he denies any country Western influences, the clarity of his tone evokes the Rockabilly era as well as traditional Blues.” More information can be found at www.johniebsanders.com.

The event, co-sponsored by Canad Inns Destination Center and the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau, is the second of a two-part series this year. Canad Inns is hosting the beer garden and a barbecue food vending area. The music will get rolling at 5 p.m. and last until midnight, and admission is free to all.

The first Blues on the Red was held Aug. 9, with well over 600 people convening in Town Square. Highlights from the event can be found by logging on to the CVB’s Web site at www.visitgrandforks.com and clicking on Videos.

The local planning committee consists of Cheri Reitmeier, Town Square Farmer’s Market; Greg Hoover, Urban Development; Ben Klipfel, UND; Mark Landa, Empire Arts Center; and Julie Rygg, Deb Stewart and James Feist, all of the CVB.

Special thanks go to Simmons Flint for sponsoring and creating the event’s striking logo.

For more information about this project, contact Julie Rygg, executive director, at 701-746-0444 or julie@visitgrandforks.com.
-- Julie Rygg, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau, julie@visitgrandforks.com, 701-746-0444

Minnesota Wild holds open training camp at Engelstad Arena

The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild has announced the team will hold an open training camp day free to the general public from approximately 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, from at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Fans can enter the Ralph Engelstad Arena main entrance beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, to watch the Wild practice during their second day of training camp.

The team selected Ralph Engelstad Arena as its location to open training camp this season as a result of the Xcel Energy Center hosting the Republican National Convention, Sept. 1-4. Minnesota will open training camp presented by Wells Fargo Saturday, Sept. 20, at Ralph Engelstad Arena at 10 a.m.

Media are welcome to cover the Wild’s training camp at Ralph Engelstad Arena and are asked to enter through the Ralph Engelstad Arena main office. Players will be available for interviews following each practice session and Head Coach Jacques Lemaire will address the media following the last practice session each day. For more information on Wild training camp please contact the Minnesota Wild’s Aaron Sickman at (651) 602-6009 or Ryan Stanzel at (651) 602-5736.

The Wild opens its preseason schedule against the Columbus Blue Jackets Sept. 24 at Xcel Energy Center. Preseason tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) locations or charge by calling Ticketmaster at (651) 989-5151.

U2 announces three new sessions

University within the University (U2) lists the following new sessions:

Wellness and You!
Sept. 22, 10 to 11 a.m., Wellness Center classrooms 120 and 121.
The Wellness Center is a place for all UND employees and allows all members to build and live a wellness lifestyle. Join us for a tour of WELLNESS and learn the benefits of creating a healthier you. This session will allow you to learn more about the services and programs available through a Wellness Center membership and will show you how easy it is to create a successful exercise program. You'll also get information about who can use the Wellness Center and steps you can take to help some of your family members and friends sign up for membership also. The Wellness Center doesn’t just want you living a wellness lifestyle, they want others you care about living it too. "Wellness and You" is sure to give you the tools you need to jump start your way into building a healthier you. Presenter: Carrie Strouth.

QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer—Spend an Hour, Save a Life
Sept. 24, 1 to 2:30 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union
QPR stands for question, persuade, and refer —- three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save someone from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour. As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, know how to offer hope, and know how to get help and save a life. Presenters: Jacque Gray and Julii Green, American Indian Support Program. Funded by the Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant.

Safe Zone Ally Training Program
Sept. 25, 2 to 4 p.m., or Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to noon, or Oct. 16, 2 to 4 p.m., or Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to noon. All are in Rooms 10-12, Swanson Hall.
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 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 Women’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 deptartment, 777-3921, safezone@und.nodak.edu.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University, denismacleod@mail.und.edu, 701-777-0720

U2 lists sessions

The University within the University (U2) lists the following sessions:

PeopleSoft Account Numbers
Sept. 25, 1 to 2 p.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union
This class will show how to use PeopleSoft Account Number listings and provide clarification on how items should be coded. Presenter: Allison Peyton.

QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer—Spend an Hour, Save a Life
Sept. 24, 1 to 2:30 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. See the article above for more information.

Safe Zone Ally Training Program (NEW)
Sept. 25, 2 to 4 p.m., or Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to noon, or Oct. 16, 2 to 4 p.m., or Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to noon. All are in Rooms 10-12, Swanson Hall. See the article above for more information.

Wellness and You! (NEW)
Sept. 22, 10 to 11 a.m., Wellness Center classrooms 120 and 121. See the article above for more information.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University, denismacleod@mail.und.edu, 701-777-0720

Evaluating Engagement: Artists & Scholars in Public Life is Sept. 24-25

The North Valley Arts Council, University of North Dakota President’s Office, Provost’s office and Center for Community Engagement are pleased to present Evaluating Engagement: Artists and Scholars in Public Life from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25.

Evaluating Engagement features discussions on public scholarship and service learning in the arts, humanities and design. Evaluating Engagement programs will be facilitated by Jan Cohen-Cruz, director of Imagining America, a national consortium of colleges and universities committed to joining serious intellectual endeavor with a commitment to public practice and public consequence. Cohen-Cruz will present two projects developed by Imagining America in support of public scholarship: The Curriculum Project and the Tenure Team Initiative Report.

The Curriculum Project explores how arts educators educate arts practitioners, and how this training could be deepened and made more effective. Cohen-Cruz will identify resources needed to maintain effective scholarship and community engagement.

The Tenure Team Initiative Report seeks to articulate and support the work of publicly engaged scholars and artists. Team members developed a broad understanding of the university’s public mission and its impact on changing scholarly and creative practices in the cultural disciplines. Cohen-Cruz will discuss evaluation criteria that can serve as models for faculty and administrators seeking to more fully support public scholarship.

Evaluating Engagement features the following events, all of which are free and open to the public:

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 3 to 5 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union
What Do Students Learn – featuring the presentation of UND’s service learning goals and the curriculum project, followed by a panel discussion on incorporating service learning through the arts and humanities. Jan Cohen-Cruz will facilitate the discussion with panelists Kathleen Coudle King (women studies, English), Lucy Ganje (art), Kathleen McLennan (theatre arts), Dana Michael Harsell (political science), Tami Carmicheal (integrated studies), Anne Kelsh (instructional development) and Brianne Huber (honors student). Closing remarks will be provided by Robert Boyd, vice president for student and outreach services, and Gregory Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Thursday, Sept. 25, 8 to 9:30 a.m., The Link (300 Cherry St.)
Standards for Success – a roundtable discussion with members from the University community and the community-at-large on identifying when service learning has been successful, and formulating standards for measuring the success of university service learning and public scholarship projects in the community.

Thursday, Sept. 25, 3 to 5 p.m., Room 16-18, Swanson Hall
Are Faculty Rewarded? – featuring a presentation of the Tenure Team Initiative Report, followed by a panel discussion valuing public scholarship in the cultural disciplines with Dan Rice (dean, College of Education and Human Development), Marcia Mikulak (anthropology), Virgil Benoit (languages), Jon Jackson (University Senate), Jeff Weatherly (psychology), and Royce Blackburn (music).

Evaluating Engagement is sponsored by the North Valley Arts Council through its Art nd Democracy program, the University of North Dakota President’s Office and the University of North Dakota Provost Office, and is organized in partnership with the University of North Dakota Center for Community Engagement. For more information, call 701-777-6120 or visit www.culturepulse.org.

The North Valley Arts Council supports arts and culture for the artists, arts organizations and citizens of Greater Grand Forks.
-- Nicole Derenne, Executive Director, North Valley Arts Council, nicolederenne@novac.org, 777-6120

JFK speechwriter Sorensen is featured guest Sept. 25-27

In celebration of the University of North Dakota's 125th anniversary and the 45th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's visit to Grand Forks on Sept. 25, 1963, the University has invited Ted Sorensen, the last living member of Kennedy's inner circle, to be a featured special guest at a three-day conference dedicated to the life and times of the 35th president of the United States.

The conference, John F. Kennedy History, Memory, Legacy: An Interdisciplinary Conference and Community Event, runs Sept. 25-27 on the UND campus. A majority of the conference events will take place in the UND Memorial Union, unless otherwise noted. The conference will cover significant issues of the Kennedy era and those addressed in the 1963 speech he delivered at the old UND Hyslop Fieldhouse.

Sorensen will be joined by renowned journalist and syndicated columnist Richard Reeves, who wrote what is now considered the authoritative work on President Kennedy -- "President Kennedy: Profile of Power." The two men will be featured speakers at free public events during the conference. Sorensen is slated to speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at UND's Chester Fritz Auditorium. Reeves' event is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks.

The conference will be highlighted by a memorial service for Kennedy at the UND Eternal Flame north of Twamley Hall near the heart of campus at 3:15 p.m. Sept. 25. Local, state and other dignitaries have been invited to take part. The public is invited and encouraged to attend, as well.

Topics that will be discussed during the conference include civil rights, space exploration, nuclear threat, and the influence of media on presidential politics. The conference also will explore issues related to Kennedy's assassination, which took place less than two months after his visit to Grand Forks and UND. Panels of experts and UND faculty members will discuss Kennedy-related topics such as the Peace Corps, Vietnam, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Test Ban Treaty, March on Washington and the idea of "Camelot."

Also, at 1 p.m., on Saturday Sept. 27, there will be a screening of the film "13 Days" in the UND Memorial Union Lecture bowl. It is free and open to the public.

UND undergraduate and graduate students will be able to earn academic credits for attending and participating in the conference.

With one of the finest aerospace schools in the world, a nationally hailed Energy & Environmental Research Center, an innovative Peace Studies program, and faculty expertise in areas such as international law, beat poetry, voting rights, supply-side economics and forensic anthropology, UND is uniquely suited to lead this interdisciplinary exploration of the Kennedy era.

Ted Sorensen
A native of Nebraska, Sorensen worked with President Kennedy on an almost daily basis as the president's speechwriter and special counsel. Kennedy often referred to Sorensen as his "intellectual blood bank." During those years, Sorensen was a first-hand witness to history, and in certain cases, influenced some of the most memorable 20th Century American history, including the showdown with the Soviets over the Berlin Wall and the Cuban Missile Crisis. He helped draft the famed speech that Kennedy delivered during his inaugural address to the nation in 1961, when Kennedy called on fellow Americans to "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." Sorensen initially was responsible for advising Kennedy's on domestic issues. Later in his administration, President Kennedy asked Sorensen to take part in foreign policy discussions. Sorensen is noted for writing Kennedy's correspondence with Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Following Kennedy's assassination, Sorensen briefly assisted the new president, Lyndon B. Johnson, writing Johnson's first speech to Congress, as well as his first State of the Union address.

Sorensen left the White House to write Kennedy's biography in 1965, providing insight into the Kennedy White House and becoming an international bestseller. Today, he continues to play an important role in American history as a speechwriter for Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.

Richard Reeves
Reeves has won several national awards for his book on Kennedy. It was named the Best Nonfiction Book of 1993 by Time magazine and Book of the Year by Washington Monthly. Reeves also has detailed the lives of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. He was the chief political correspondent of The New York Times and named a "Literary Lion" by the New York Public Library. Reeves' weekly column, carried by Universal Press Syndicate, has appeared in more than 100 newspapers across the United States since 1979.

Reeves also has served as a chief correspondent on PBS' investigative series Frontline, won an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award, and has appeared in two motion pictures, Dave (1993), and Seabiscuit (2003).

Reeves has received honorary degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology, Drew University and St. Joseph's College.

For more information regarding the JFK conference, a list of conference events or to register, go to www.und.nodak.edu/instruct/jfkconference, or contact Professor Gregory S. Gordon, conference chair, at gordon@law.edu.

Skate with the Sioux event is Sept. 28

This year's Meet the Sioux event will be an opportunity for youth in the area to skate with current players from the men's and women's Fighting Sioux hockey teams.

The event will be held Sunday, Sept. 28, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Olympic Rink at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Kids ages 3 to 14 will be able to take the ice with their favorite players.

Skaters must provide their own skates and must be able to skate on their own, as parents will not be allowed on the ice.

Immediately following the hour-long skate session, the teams will hold an autograph session from 4 to 5 p.m. on the main concourse of the Ralph.

The Super Dog stand will be up and running with a combo of hot dogs, chips and a soda available for $1, brought to you by Sioux Boosters.

Free autograph cards from the Grand Forks Herald will be available or you can bring your own item. Only one item per person may be signed; no exceptions.

Fans should park in the north lot and enter the North Olympic Arena entrance. -- Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Fall Career Fair is Oct. 1

Career Services' annual fall Career Fair is set for Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Hyslop Multipurpose Gym from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Career Fair expects over 100 employers from different major areas and professions. Students seeking jobs should dress professionally and bring copies of their resume. The Career Fair will be beneficial for students that attend no matter what their academic level and major.
-- Amanda Schmaltz, Career Services Events Coordinator, Career Services, amanda.schmaltz@und.nodak.edu, 777-4100

BSC hosts arts and humanities summit

Bismarck State College fills with events Oct. 9-10 for the biennial North Dakota Arts and Humanities Summit, a creative showcase of work being done by faculty and students at the state’s public colleges and universities.

More than 40 public events are scheduled during the two days. Presenters will share performances, readings of creative literature, scholarly papers on innovative topics, and much more. In addition, BSC galleries will display work by visual art faculty and students.

The 2008 summit emphasizes future leaders this year. Scholars and entrepreneurs will speak to students about their work as educators, artists, and arts organization workers. Contribute to this display of innovative and inspiring work by encouraging students to attend and learn about the arts and humanities as potential leaders, and to share their talents with others from across the state. Participant registration online comes with complimentary lunch both days.

Author Sherman Alexie, award-winning poet, novelist and filmmaker, appears as key presenter Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Belle Mehus City Auditorium. General seating admission is free for this witty evening of entertainment, which concludes with a question and answer period and book signing.

The BSC Campus Read Committee selected Alexie’s acclaimed book, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” for campus-wide discussion in classrooms and public events during fall semester. All Arts and Humanities Summit attendees are encouraged to read it.

Alexie is a prolific writer with numerous awards for his poetry, novels and short stories. He is a dynamic entertainer, who has done stand-up comedy and opened for the Indigo Girls. Alexie is the only poet to win the World Heavyweight Poetry Bout competition four consecutive years. Among his screenplays are “Smoke Signals,” honored at the Sundance Film Festival, and “The Business of Fancy Dancing.” Alexie has appeared with Oprah Winfrey and on PPS’s “Now” with Bill Moyers, and “Lehrer News Hour” with President Bill Clinton, as well as CBS’s “60 Minutes.”

The summit concludes Friday evening, Oct. 10, with the North Dakota University System Collage Concert in Belle Mehus City Auditorium, a seamless program uninterrupted by applause. Admission is free. For detailed information and registration, visit bismarckstate.edu/summit.

Sioux-Per Gala, Auction is set for Oct. 18

You're invited to attend the third biennial Sioux-Per Gala and Auction at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

Our goal is to raise scholarship funding for UND's move to Division I. Student-athletes study within each of our colleges across campus, and in turn, scholarships to support them benefit every college. Impact Scholarships will be fundamental to the success of the DI transition, going from 140 to 214 full scholarships by 2012. As a guest, your participation will support our student-athletes in the classroom. There are many great things on our growing list of auction items: an ATV, trips to Tahiti and Mexico, autographed memorabilia, dinner with President and Mrs. Kelley, and many one-of-a-kind items you won't find anywhere else.

The Gala caps off Homecoming 2008, which we hope to make the biggest Homecoming celebration in our history, highlighting the 125th Anniversary. Following the gala, you can dance the night away to Johnny Holm on the Olympic ice of Ralph Engelstad Arena. Let's make this a night to remember and rekindle the fun had at homecomings of the past. Check out our Web site to find out more, www.undalumni.org.

If you have questions or want to register, please contact the UND Alumni Association at 777-2611.

The event is hosted by UND Athletics and the UND Alumni Association.

Weekend recruitment opportunity events listed

Enrollment Services appreciates your willingness to participate in the recruitment activities that are planned throughout the year. Knowing that advanced warning is useful as you plan your year's activities, please consider this summary of the main Saturday events for which your assistance is requested. Please mark your calendars, more specific details will precede each event. You'll notice that our Saturday large-group activities are focused around three weekends throughout the year in an attempt to minimize extra work-load for faculty and staff.

Saturday recruitment events:
Nov. 1 - Fall Open House (audience: mainly high school seniors)
March 28 - Transfer Student Getting Started hosted by Student Success Center (audience: transfer students needing advisement and course registration)
April 25 - Spring Open House (audience: high school juniors and seniors)

-- Kenton Pauls, director of Enrollment Services.

Nominations accepted for Stone Soup luncheon awards program

Faculty and administrators are invited to nominate community partners and UND students, departments, and faculty for well-deserved recognition at a special Center for Community Engagement 2008 Civic Engagement Awards luncheon Nov. 5.

Nominees and award winners will be recognized at a special "Stone Soup" luncheon served with the help of President Robert Kelley and Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Information about luncheon reservations will be posted soon. Awards nominations are being accepted until Oct. 3 for the following six awards:

• The 2008 Public Scholar Award will be given to a full-time UND faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary public scholarship, involving community members in the design and implementation of research or creative activity and producing scholarship that has been made available and accessible to the public.

• The 2008 Engaged Department Award will be given to a UND academic department that has displayed an exemplary commitment to engagement of faculty and students in scholarship and learning in community contexts, addressing community needs.

• The 2008 Faculty Service-Learning Award will be given to a full-time UND faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary effectiveness in using service learning as a pedagogy to meet the designated service-learning course goals of a) civic skills, civic knowledge, or civic professionalism, and b) civic impact. UND service-learning course criteria are available at www.communityengagement.und.edu.

• The 2008 Undergraduate Civic Engagement Award will be given to a UND undergraduate junior (class standing in the fall of 2008) who has demonstrated exemplary civic engagement through dedication and innovation in academic-based service and outstanding civic leadership potential.

• The 2008 Graduate Civic Engagement Award will be given to a UND graduate student who has advanced civic engagement through public scholarship, service-learning pedagogy, or scholarship about civic engagement, with outstanding academic or disciplinary civic engagement leadership potential.

In addition to these awards, three undergraduate students will be selected to receive $1,000 grants from applications for service learning projects submitted to the Carter Academic Service Entrepreneurship (CASE) program, supported by the Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Foundation. CASE applications are completed online by the student applicant, with a letter of support from a faculty advisor required.

The awards process is intended to be as streamlined as possible. Most nominations require only a two-page letter of nomination, two letters of support, and two pieces of supporting evidence. Details about all nominations are available at www.communityengagement.und.edu. A campus-community committee makes award determinations. Please let me know if you have any questions.
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement, lanarakow@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2287

Deadlines listed for research/creativity and publication, travel grants

The Senate Scholarly Activities Committee announces the following grant deadlines.

The second deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday, Oct. 15. Only research/creative activity or publication applications will be considered at that time. No other applications will be considered.

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

The fourth deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, Feb. 17. Research/creative activity and publication grant applications, as well as applications for new faculty scholar awards, will be considered at that time. No travel applications will be considered.

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

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

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

Linda Neuerburg promoted to AISS assistant director position

Linda Neuerburg has been promoted to the position of assistant director of American Indian Student Services. She will assist Leigh Jeanotte, longtime director of AISS, in administering the many exciting and unique programs provided and coordinated through the office, including student support services and retention program activities, culturally sensitive advisement to the UND administration, involvement with the tribes of the region, and professional development with American Indian educators and alumni locally and nationwide.

Neuerburg, a member of the White Earth Band of Chippewa, has worked for the University for 12 years and has been with American Indian Student Services since 1998, serving as a program coordinator and fundraiser. She promotes and assists with student success, coordinates American Indian alumni receptions for the National Indian Education Association (NIEA), and serves on the American Indian Program Council, as well as UND Staff Senate. She was also primarily responsible for raising matching funds that went directly to the construction of the new American Indian Center on campus.

In other news, Dr. Neuerburg was recently appointed by Bishop Michael Hoeppner to the newly formed Native American Commission for the Diocese of Crookston, Minn., to encourage the inclusion of Native American culture in the Catholic masses being offered in Native communities.

N.D. hospitals focus on teamwork to ensure safe care for patients

Fifteen hospitals in North Dakota are working to improve staff members’ communication skills in an effort to make care even safer for all of their patients. Hospital employees recently attended a specialized team training session in Bismarck that was designed to improve communications among doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and administrative staff who interact on a daily basis under fast-paced conditions.

The training, called TeamSTEPPS, is designed to help improve teamwork across the hospital and especially in urgent care areas such as the emergency department, operating room, and labor and delivery suites.

"Teamwork and communication are often the key factors in determining whether patients receive outstanding care or whether they don't,” said TeamSTEPPS trainer Katherine Jones, assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. “This training was designed to provide specific tools and strategies that can help hospitals improve communication within all clinical and non-clinical areas.

Fifteen hospitals from across North Dakota participated in the training, reflecting a statewide effort to implement this nationally recognized teamwork curriculum that was developed in 2006 by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Department of Defense. The training was sponsored by the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, North Dakota Health Care Review, Inc., and the AHRQ.

According to Jody Ward, quality improvement network coordinator at the UND Center for Rural Health, Minot, those employees who participated in the training will work with other hospital staff to implement TeamSTEPPS’TM strategies and tools.

“Similar to an investment in new technology or construction, this training is an investment in staff that will improve the coordination and quality of patient care.”

Facilities that participated in the training included: Altru Clinic-Lake Region and Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake; Tioga Medical Center; Garrison Memorial Hospital; Sakakawea Medical Center, Hazen; Medcenter One, Bismarck; Heart of America Medical Center, Rugby; Trinity Kenmare Community Hospital; Innovis Health, Fargo; Cooperstown Medical Center; Wishek Community Hospital; Presentation Medical Center, Rolla; Southwest Healthcare Services, Bowman; North Dakota Health Care Review, Inc., Minot; St. Andrews Health Center, Bottineau; Jacobson Memorial Hospital, Elgin; Altru Health System and the UND Center for Rural Health, Grand Forks.

The Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report, To Err Is Human, identified poor teamwork and faulty communication as major sources of preventable medical errors and called for interdisciplinary team training programs to promote patient safety.

For more information about the TeamSTEPPS program, please visit http://www.ahrq.gov/teamstepps/
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, wopsahl@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-0871

Outstanding faculty award nominations due Friday, Oct. 17

Who are the outstanding teachers and departments at UND? You can help decide. The nomination process requires an easy, one-page electronic form which you can fill out online at www.awards.und.edu . The form will also be linked to the UND home page beginning the first of October. More information on the award process is available on the OID Web page under the “Programs” 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 – 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 criteria. Nomination forms and criteria 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 committee’s workload. Nominations are encouraged from past students and alumni. Additional information is available by calling Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or jana_hollands@und.edu
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, anne.kelsch@und.nodak.edu, 701-777-4233

Join a faculty study seminar

Two Faculty Study Seminars (FSS) will be offered during fall 2008. The FSS program provides a means for faculty with common interests to learn more about a teaching-related topic. Each FSS group meets four times during a single semester, at times mutually agreed to by participants, to read and discuss a teaching-related book (books provided by the Office of Instructional Development). The only obligation of participants is to read and come ready to discuss.

Fall FSS books are:
* Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses by Dee Fink (Jossey-Bass, 2003).

Dee Fink's philosophical and practical approach to course design is based on the premise that teaching should produce something others can observe and conclude "'That learning experience resulted in something that is truly significant in terms of the students’ lives'" (p. 4). This book offers faculty a way to look at their courses, structure them in terms of the knowledge and skills they see as most significant, and create learning experiences that help students achieve those course objectives. If you are designing a new course, redesigning an old one or taking a broader look at significant learning across your curriculum this book can help provide the tools to think about and create useful change.

* They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein (Norton, 2006).

Praised for "demystifying the tricks of the writer's trade," They Say/I Say is used by many teachers (including a number in UND's freshman composition program) who want to help students learn to write and think at a college level. The book synopsis says it all: "At a time when so many lament the decline of writing skills among Americans, They Say/I Say teaches the core moves of effective argumentative writing. Suggesting that there are certain moves that experienced writers use instinctively, and that the moves can be learned." So if you have been frustrated with your students writing and thinking skills, this book offers both food for thought and a pragmatic approach to talking with your students effectively about their writing.

If you have any questions or are interested in participating in either FSS, please send an e-mail to anne_kelsch@und.nodak.edu or call 777-4233.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, anne_kelsch@und.nodak.edu, 777-4233

North Dakota Space Grant seeks applicants to promote NASA

The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC) seeks applications from North Dakota’s undergraduate and graduate college students to represent North Dakota and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in celebration of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy (IYA: http://www.astronomy2009.org). The winning applicant, who must develop an outreach program to educate North Dakotans about NASA’s past and current contributions to astronomy, will receive a $2,000 stipend and $700 for materials required as a part of the project.

Student proposals must clearly align with NASA’s 2009 IYA goals (see http://astronomy2009.nasa.gov for more information), must demonstrate an ability to accomplish the proposed program, and display a record of superior academic achievement. The proposal deadline is Sept. 29, and must be submitted online at https://secure.spacegrant.org/apps/?pk=niya.

Eligibility requirements include: 1) Must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age by Jan. 1, 2009, 2) be studying at an institution affiliated with the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium, 3) be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student, 4) be able to obtain a passport by Jan. 1, 2009, for a possible trip to France to participate in the IYA 2009 opening ceremony, and 5) participate in activities that align with the NASA IYA goal “to offer an engaging astronomy experience to every person in the country, nurture existing partnerships, and build new connections to sustain public interest in astronomy”.

Applicants are encouraged to develop programs that can reach the maximum number of North Dakotans possible, utilize state-wide astronomical resources where possible (i.e., http://observatory.space.edu), educate the public about NASA’s variety of space astronomy missions, and develop partnerships with state media to promote NASA space science and exploration.

The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium is the state’s premier organization promoting NASA workforce development, research, and higher education in North Dakota. The Consortium promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and future careers at 18 affiliates across the state and facilitates student involvement and participation in a wide variety of NASA projects, both in North Dakota and at NASA field centers across the country.

For more information, contact Paul Hardersen at 777-4896 or Hardersen@space.edu, or Suezette Bieri at 777-4856 or bieri@space.edu. For more information about the Consortium, visit us online at http://www.nd.spacegrant.org.
-- Karen Ryba, director of communications, aerospace, ryba@aero.und.edu, 777-4761

Assessment retreat funding now available

“Closing the Assessment Loop” funding is available to academic departments conducting assessment retreats. The best and most useful assessment occurs when there’s a mechanism for regular conversations about data collected. These retreats are intended to make that possible by providing opportunities to bring faculty together to review, discuss, and use findings from assessment efforts.

Funding has been provided through the office of the VPAA/Provost to support assessment through such retreats, up to a maximum of $500 per retreat. Funding will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for qualifying academic departments as long as dollars remain available (this is 2008-09 funding, and dollars awarded must be expended within this fiscal year). Funds awarded may be used for food (consistent with university guidelines regarding retreats), materials, duplicating, and/or faculty stipends for pre-retreat organization, retreat facilitation, or data analysis. (Note: Budgets which include faculty stipends should account for benefit costs within the request.)

To apply for retreat funding: Please submit a one or two page memo that includes a proposed retreat agenda and budget, as well as a narrative description of both. Also include a letter of support from the chair (unless the chair is submitting the proposal). Inquiries or applications should be directed to Joan Hawthorne <joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu> or 777-4684. Proposals will be acted on within two weeks of receipt as long as funding remains available.
-- Joan Hawthorne, Assistant Provost, Academic Affairs, joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu, 7-4684

Apply now for leadership seminar

Each year, the president sponsors a set of professional development programs for faculty and staff. These programs are designed to assist those with an interest in university leadership to broaden their perspectives on issues and policies affecting decisions in higher education. The programs are open to both men and women, though special emphasis is placed on the importance of developing women for professional leadership roles within the University.

The Issues in Higher Education Leadership Seminar is designed for full-time faculty and staff interested in gaining a broader view of leadership in higher education. Six individuals will be selected to participate this year. The program runs from October 2008 to May 2009 and includes participation in a monthly seminar, attendance at one national higher education conference, a Deans Council, and one meeting of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education. Participants will also be expected to organize a campus forum on a higher education topic of their choosing. Each participant will receive a $250 stipend plus travel and conference expenses.

Applications are available from VictoriaBeard@mail.und.edu. The application deadline is Friday, Sept. 19.
-- Victoria Beard, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs, victoriabeard@mail.und.edu, 7-4824

Mayville State University calls no longer incur long distance charge

Calls to Mayville State University no longer require a long distance authorization code. By dialing 3 before the lasts four digits of the telephone number, calls can be placed to MaSU without incurring a long distance charge. This service applies only to telephone numbers at Mayville State University and not to other businesses or residences in Mayville. For additional information, please contact Jan Laventure at 777-4720.
-- Jan Laventure, Telecommunications Analyst, Telecommunications / ITSS, janlaventure@mail.und.edu, 7-4720

Water fixture upgrades may disrupt use

Hydra Metrics is working on campus for the next couple of months to upgrade water fixtures in all the academic buildings. There shouldn't be much disruption for the occupants, but there may be some rest rooms that will be out of service for a short time. We are currently working in the Hyslop Sports Center and hope to move over to the School of Medicine next. Buildings will be notified as the company progresses through the campus. --Facilities Management.

University Apartment decals expired

If you are a faculty/staff person living in University apartments, your housing decal expired Aug. 31. If you have a red “A” permit, your hang tag is valid until Dec. 7, but you need to come to the Parking Office and get a new decal for your University apartment assignment. These are free as long as you have a valid hang tag permit.

Any questions, please call the Parking Office at 777-3551 during the office hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Thank You. -- Parking Office.

Chester Fritz Library lists hours

The Chester Fritz Library regular hours for fall and spring semesters follow: Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight. Please note that the library will be open earlier on week days for student convenience.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library, karencloud@mail.und.edu, 7-2618

Student technology fee proposals sought

The Student Technology Fee Committee is calling for proposals for spring 2009 (AY093) technology fee dollars. The committee will make recommendations for proposals based on the following:

Descriptive Criteria
* Dean’s ranking
* How does this project address your unit’s strategic plan?
* Impact on the curriculum and/or on research
* Innovation
* Student benefit

Demographic Criteria
* Number of disciplines served
* Number of students served

Unit Support
* Access to equipment
* Matching funds from the department/unit
* Technical support
* Technology available for redeployment

The above criteria are listed alphabetically, not in priority order.

PLEASE NOTE: All proposals must be submitted using the spring 2009 (AY093) STF request form. Forms may be accessed at: www.und.edu/org/stf/forms.html or you may request one via e-mail from Carol Hjelmstad at carolhjelmstad@mail.und.edu. Departments/units should submit the proposals to their deans or directors for review and prioritization. Units which answer directly to vice presidents should submit proposals to them for review and prioritization. Vice presidents, deans and directors may have earlier deadlines.

The deadline to submit proposals to the Student Technology Committee at Stop 9041 is Friday, Oct. 24.

Proposal writers must consult with the various support offices on campus for costs associated with installation of equipment, accessibility issues, security concerns and adaptive technology. Unless departments are prepared to pay for these out of their own budgets, proposal writers should obtain estimates and include them as a part of the budget for the proposal. In addition, proposal writers must consult with Disability Support Services regarding adaptive technology needed for the proposal and with the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies regarding the equipment requested for compatibility, installation issues, and ensuing issues.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the proposal process, please contact Carol at 777-3171.
-- Carol Hjelmstad, Administrative Assistant, ITSS, carolhjelmstad@mail.und.edu, 701-777-3171

Facilities department restructures

Over the past eight years, the University of North Dakota has grown considerably, and as a result poses new challenges to our maintenance and planning staff. To accommodate this change and to ensure the continued support of our institutional needs, the Vice President for Operations Division has reorganized one of it's principle departments. Effective July 1, 2008, the Facilities Department has been renamed "Facilities Management" and will continue to provide the same dependable maintenance services and process project requests for miscellaneous construction needs. There will be virtually no change in how our constituents interact with Facilities Management, and the daily requests for keys, maintenance, and other services provided by "Facilities" in the past will continue as before under the leadership of its director, Larry Zitzow.

The facilities staff and management responsible for campus planning and capital construction (large scale construction that is completed by contractors) has been organized under a new department, "Campus Capital Projects and Planning." It will be responsible for future planning and large scale construction projects which typically are developed through the University administration. "CCPP" will be administrated by Rick Tonder, who now reports directly to the Vice President for Finance and Operations.

Once again, the above changes reflect a continued commitment by the VPFO Division to support the University responsibly and effectively. Please direct any questions or concerns you may have regarding this issue to the Office of the Vice President For Finance and Operations, Stop #8378.

University policy notice/Code of Student Life

2007 Crime Statistics:
The University of North Dakota Police Department provides statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes occurring on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UND; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The department also maintains copies of various institutional policies concerning campus security such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other matters. Statistics and policies are available on line at: www.police.und.edu.

Contact Information: UND Police Department, 3851 Campus Road, Stop 9035, 777-3491, undpolice@mail.und.nodak.edu
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

OLLI@UND accepting course proposals for winter 2009 semester

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is currently accepting course proposals from teachers, retired teachers and/or people interested in teaching “The Seasoned Learner.” These courses are meant to be fun and informal, although academic in nature, and are held on the UND campus and other venues, depending upon the subject matter and availability. The winter 2009 semester will run once a week for six weeks, Jan. 26 through March 9.

OLLI@UND promotes opportunities for students 50+ to expand their knowledge and enhance their quality of life. Through intellectually stimulating, non-credit programming, courses are held in an environment conducive to social and cultural interaction. There are a variety of subjects ranging from arts and humanities, literature, computers, and wellness. OLLI is not about grades, tests or credits. OLLI is about exploring new topics, indulging in and sharing personal interests, and making new friends.

Founded in 1977, the Bernard Osher Foundation of California and Maine has generously supported cultural and art organizations, with a focus on university-based non-credit programs serving adults age 50+. At present, the Foundation is supporting 119 Osher Institutes on university and college campuses in 48 states. UND is the only campus in the state of ND awarded an OLLI grant.

If you would like to become involved or are interested in teaching a course, or becoming an OLLI member, please contact Connie Hodgson at 777-4840 or conniehodgson@mail.und.edu. The deadline for proposals is Oct. 10.
-- Connie Hodgson, Coordinator, DCE/Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, conniehodgson@mail.und.edu, 777-4840

University Police issue safety tips

Pedestrian Safety
All pedestrians on campus are reminded that on city streets such as University Ave., pedestrians only have right of way on crosswalks.

On campus property, pedestrians always have the right of way. However, University Police request that pedestrians remember that they also have some responsibility for their personal safety.

Section 39-10-28 of North Dakota State Law says: "No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard."

UND Police: 777-3491
Emergency: 911
Campus Escort Service: 777-SAFE
-- UND Police.

Preschool children's music classes offered

The UND Community Music Program offers Musiktanz classes for children ages 15 months through kindergarten. Musiktanz is a curriculum developed by Lorna Lutz Heyge, an internationally recognized author and early childhood music educator. She is the founder of Kindermusik and author of the early childhood curriculum, "Cycle of Seasons." In the Musiktanz program the teacher acts as a role model to assist the parents/care givers in working musically with their children. The parents/care givers attend the children's lessons and participate with them in classes which are comprised of a variety of developmentally appropriate musical activities involving singing, moving, playing, creating, and listening. Emphasis in these classes is on having fun while building musical skills and developing a love of music. Moreover, research has shown that participation in such programs may improve skills tied to academic success as well.

Level I (ages 15 months to 3 years) meets at 6:00 p.m. Monday nights.
Level II (ages 3 years to kindergarten) meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday nights.

Both classes meet for a half hour 10 times during the semester in 258 Hughes Fine Arts Center. Classes began Sept. 15. They are taught by an experienced music teacher. Cost for each level is $65 per semester.

For more information call 777-2830 and ask for KariJo.

Surplus items for sale to public

The University is offering for sale to the public by set price or sealed high bid the following items: Rockwell bandsaw, jigsaw and belt sander, piano, stationary exercise bikes, Universal weight machine, Savin SLP38C copier, Fire Safe file cabinets, 3,000 gallon plastic storage tanks, Miller Matic 35 welder and other miscellaneous items. These items will be sold and bids taken at the Central Receiving Building, Door 2, between 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30.
-- Jacque Brockling, Facilities Central Warehouse Supervisor, Facilities, jacque.brockling@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3033

Note new faculty/staff meal plans

UND Dining Services offers two plans for faculty and staff to enjoy the convenience and variety of eating in the campus dining centers. The meal plans are declining balance plans and you can purchase meals in blocks of 10 or 25. Meal plans are tracked on your U Card/ID Card. Each time you enter a dining center, you will swipe your ID card and a meal will be used. There is no limit to the number of meals you can use each day, and you may bring a guest(s) at any time. Meals do not expire unless your status as faculty or staff changes or you leave UND.

Cost is 25 meals for $132 (total cost is $141.24 after tax; $5.65 per meal); 10 meals for $56 (total cost is $59.92 after tax; $5.99 per meal).

All dining centers offer an all-you-care-to eat environment. Hours are convenient for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Extended lunch is offered in the Terrace Dining Center (Memorial Union lower level) from 1:30 to 4 p.m. for a relaxed lunch.

All UND employees, faculty or staff (full or part-time) are eligible. Purchase a meal plan at the U Card office, Room 3, Memorial Union lower level. You may charge to Visa, Mastercard or Discover credit cards or use cash/check. See http://www.housing.und.edu/dining/facstaff.shtml for more information. Contact dining@mail.und.edu or call 777-3823 if you have questions.
-- Orlynn Rosaasen, Director, Dining Services, orlynnrosaasen@mail.und.edu, 7-3823

Old Main Marketplace lists daily specials

Old Main Marketplace Food Court in the Memorial Union announces new daily specials.

Monday – Sbarro pizza slice, choice of side and medium beverage, $4.99
Tuesday – A&W hamburger combo with small fry and beverage, $2.99
Wednesday – Dakota Deli round sandwich with chips or veggies and beverage, $3.49
Thursday – Dakota Deli footlong sub, $5
Friday – Flatbread taco and beverage, $4.39 (beef or bean); $4.59 (pork or chicken)

Check out the new Sbarro Pizzaria combo meals with New York style or pan style pizza, stromboli, and other pasta entrees. You will also find a wide variety of fresh grab n’ go items including vegan and vegetarian options. The Marketplace is located on the first floor of the Memorial Union. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
-- Jeff St. Michel, Assistant Director, Dining Services, jeffreystmichel@mail.und.edu, 7-3823

Internal job openings listed

The following position vacancies are available only to regular UND staff employees who have successfully completed their six-month iInsurance and TIAA-CREF or ND PERS retirement benefits. Current UND faculty, please contact Human Resources for eligibility.

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

EXECUTIVE/PROFESSIONAL/ADMINISTRATIVE/ATHLETIC COACHES:

POSITION: Instructional Design and Support Specialist, Aerospace-ASN, #09-073
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 9/23/2008
COMPENSATION: $38,000 plus/year

POSITION: Student Records Manager, Continuing Education #09-069
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 9/19/2008
COMPENSATION: $30,000 plus/year

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL:

POSITION: Customer Account Specialist, U Card Office, #09-074
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 9/22/2008
COMPENSATION: $24,000 plus/year

POSITION: Laboratory Technician, Family Medicine - Minot, #09-070
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 9/17/2008
COMPENSATION: $27,000 plus/year

POSITION: Telecommunications Technician, Telecommunications/ITSS, #09-068
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 9/17/2008
COMPENSATION: $28,000 plus/year

OFFICE SUPPORT: No vacancies.

CRAFTS/SERVICE/TRADES:

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Wednesday - Sunday , 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Facilities/Housing, #09-072
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 9/18/2008
COMPENSATION: $18,200 plus/year

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Monday - Friday, 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.), Facilities/Wellness Center, #09-071
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 9/18/2008
COMPENSATION: $18,200 plus/year
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

Cindy Anderson named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar

Cindy Anderson, an assistant professor in the College of Nursing, was one of 15 junior faculty nationwide to receive an inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar award. The three-year, $350,000 grant will begin Sept. 1.

The award will support Anderson’s research to study vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women from the rural, northern plains. In addition to consumption of vitamin D fortified foods, one of the main ways of obtaining vitamin D is through exposure of the skin to sunlight. However, sunlight exposure for women in the northern plains is seasonally limited, contributing to an increased incidence of vitamin D deficiency.

Anderson’s research seeks to identify how vitamin D deficiency affects blood vessel development and function in the placenta, the organ that provides oxygen and nourishment to the developing fetus during pregnancy. Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy may affect fetal metabolic development and future cardiovascular risk. As vitamin D deficiency is associated with pregnancy-induced hypertension and cardiovascular disease, identification of the way in which vitamin D deficiency affects placental vascular development will provide the basis through which physiologic placental development and function can be restored. She hopes her findings will be used to develop low cost, accessible nutritional and pharmacologic interventions aimed at promoting optimal placental vascular development and reducing cardiovascular risk for mothers and their developing children.

The award will also support Anderson’s participation in a training program that will help prepare her for academic leadership and translating evidence into policy and practice initiatives.

“I hope to use this generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to find ways to reduce cardiovascular risk for mothers and their children through optimal nutrition in pregnancy. When a baby has the chance to develop in a healthy environment, the reduced risk for cardiovascular disease over the lifetimes of mothers and their children has the potential to contribute to the health of generations,” said Anderson.

Anderson’s faculty mentors for this research are Glenda Lindseth, associate dean for research, College of Nursing, and Gerald Combs, director, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.

“I am thrilled to learn that Cindy has been awarded this honor,” said Combs. “This award says a lot about her. We are very proud to call her a colleague and are delighted at her success.”

“Cindy is very deserving of this prestigious honor,” says Chandice Covington, dean of nursing at UND. “We are extremely proud of her work and are thrilled that her efforts are being recognized among her peers. We congratulate her on this wonderful accomplishment and honor.”

Anderson has been recognized for her teaching excellence. She was selected as the 2005 American Nurse Foundation/Midwest Nursing Research Society Scholar and most recently received the New Faculty Scholar Award from the University of North Dakota and the 2008 Harriet Werley New Investigator Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society.

The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program is to develop the next generation of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards for outstanding junior nursing faculty. The program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training, salary and research support to young faculty.

Despite a rise in applicants, U.S. nursing schools turn away thousands of prospective students from baccalaureate and masters programs because of an acute shortage of faculty and clinical preceptors, training sites, space and funding constraints. Since the stature of nursing schools and the promotion of nursing faculty are dependent on the quality of the nursing faculty’s scholarly and/or research pursuits, the Nurse Faculty Scholars program seeks to strengthen the link between institutional reputation and faculty success by providing career development and other opportunities to junior faculty.

With a large number of faculty nurses set to retire soon, the Nurse Faculty Scholars program also aims to encourage junior nurse faculty to continue on in their roles as educators.

The program is run out of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Jacquelyn C. Campbell, Anna D. Wolf chair and professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing directs the program. For more information, go to: www.nursefacultyscholars.org.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, Nursing, beckycournia@mail.und.edu, 777-4526

Keith Malaterre receives HEROS award

The Higher Education Resource Organization for Students (HEROS) honored Keith Malaterre of American Indian Student Services with their HERO of the Year award at their 2008 conference recently held in Bismarck, N.D. The HEROS award “recognizes an outstanding individual who has demonstrated exemplary support to American Indian students,” and may be “someone who has made students lives easier, and who may not realize the value of what she/he does.”

Malaterre, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, has worked for American Indian Student Services (AISS) at UND for several years, but in reality, he works for American Indian students every single day, helping them through the application, financial aid, and registration processes, along with housing and academic issues, helping to insure their happiness and success at UND. At American Indian Student Services, we help to building stronger American Indian communities across the state and nation one successful student at a time, and Keith is certainly a vital part of that mission.

JLG Architects receive state design award for Hopper-Danley Memorial Chapel

On Sept. 9 at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) North Dakota Awards Gala in Bismarck, JLG Architects received a Merit Award for their work on the University of North Dakota's Hopper-Danley Memorial Chapel, among several other awards. The awards, part of the 2008 AIA Conference and Building Products Exposition, were "presented for distinguished accomplishments in design and the profession of architecture."

The Hopper-Danley Memorial Chapel is located in the heart of the University of North Dakota campus. Its purpose is to serve as an interfaith chapel for the student body and staff of UND. With its iconic massing and simple detailing, the Chapel strives to evoke the memories and references of our faith roots while providing an unbiased atmosphere that is welcoming to all. The siting of the Chapel compliments the adjacent Memorial Wall and outdoor dedication space, and together, they create a serene and peaceful environment where students and staff may find the privacy to rest and reflect within the surrounds of campus life. The Chapel was financially possible through an alumni gift to the UND Foundation.