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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 4: September 10, 2008

Contents
Top Stories
President Kelley will be inaugurated Sept. 12; afternoon classes canceled
UND Aerospace Dean Bruce Smith to focus on 'Flight of the Odegard' at next faculty lecture
UND will host Business After Hours Sept. 16
UND President's Cabinet changing
Events to Note
Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn meets Sept 10
State Employee Recognition Week events listed
Earl Beal to speak at International Peace Garden 911 memorial service
Note Sept. 11 Commemoration, Potato Bowl activities
Non-traditional students meet Sept. 12
Reception for women faculty is Sept. 18
Note Sioux Booster fan luncheon dates
Geography of 2008 Presidential, Congressional elections to be discussed
GeoGeographer to discuss emerging strategic significance of North Dakota agriculture
Doctoral examination set for Mari B. Rasmussen
Join the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship Community Rally
UND to celebrate Constitution Day with speaker on Guantanamo Bay detainees
Wellness Center session helps you get and stay fit at work
Aircraft accident investigation course scheduled for Oct. 7-9
U2 lists sessions
University Curriculum Committee meets Sept. 18
ND EPSCoR announces state conference
Women's Center hosts journaling group
Greg Hoffarth tree dedication is Sept. 19
Art & Wine Walk is set for Sept. 20
The Johnie B. Sanders Band to play Blues on the Red
University Senate meets Oct. 2; agenda items due
NDUS students, faculty invited to Summit Oct. 9-10
Nominations accepted for Stone Soup luncheon awards program
Aviation's fall safety seminar set for Sept. 18
Note upcoming Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning conferences
Announcements
UND picks up national award for general education improvement
UND addresses North Dakota's health care workforce with new $1.6 million grant
Note 2009-2011 UND academic catalog deadlines
University Senate elects 2008-09 leadership
Apply now for leadership seminar
Join a faculty study seminar
Assessment retreat funding now available
Senate Scholarly Activities Committee lists grant proposal deadlines
Please return Campus Quality Survey
Note new DMCA copyright policy, procedures
Jewish High Holidays begin soon
Donations accepted for Gade family
Donated leave requested for Jane Grega
Donated leave requested for William McCray, Gerald Frohlich
International Programs newsletter available online
Mayville State University calls no longer incur long distance charge
Housing flyers, stuffers need prior approval
OLLI@UND accepting course proposals for winter 2009 semester
Updated Diversity Web site now available
Chester Fritz Library moves Web site
Note new faculty/staff meal plans
Old Main Marketplace lists daily specials
Museum Cafe lists soups, specials
Subway Restaurant reopens soon
North Dakota Space Grant seeks applicants to promote NASA
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Meridee Danks receives recertification
EERC research impacts over 7,300 jobs
EERC dedicates National Center for Hydrogen Technology facility
President Kelley will be inaugurated Sept. 12; afternoon classes canceled

Robert O. Kelley will be inaugurated as the 11th president of the University of North Dakota Friday, Sept. 12.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the ceremony, which will be held at the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 2 p.m., and a public reception will be held following the ceremony in the Reading Room in the Chester Fritz Library. UND classes will be canceled beginning at 1 p.m. on Sept. 12 to encourage faculty members and students to attend the installation ceremony.

About President Kelley:

Kelley began serving as UND’s 11th president July 1, 2008. He had been dean of the College of Health Sciences and professor of medical education and public health at the University of Wyoming since 1999.

Before then, he was associate vice chancellor for research and executive associate dean of the graduate college at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and professor of biological sciences at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of anatomy and cell biology at the College of Medicine, both at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At the University of New Mexico, he served as chair of anatomy and senior executive associate dean, as well as other faculty capacities. He has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley.

Kelley earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, in 1965, and his master’s degree in 1966 and doctorate in 1969, both in cell and developmental biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kelley has served as chair of the Assembly for the Association of American Medical Colleges, chaired the Council of Academic Societies for the AAMC, and was a member of the executive board of the National Board of Medical Examiners, which is responsible for the U.S. medical licensure examination. In addition, he has served the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on several study sections, served on the director’s advisory board for NIH strategic planning, and chaired the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program advisory committee in the NIH Division of Research Resources. That program helped support research for historically black universities, tribal colleges, and "minority-majority" institutions. He also served as principal investigator for the University of Wyoming/Northern Rockies INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence), an NIH program which promotes biomedical research and connects the state’s community colleges with the University of Wyoming.

He and his wife, Marcia Bell Kelley, who was a lecturer in the University of Wyoming Department of Communication Disorders, have four children.

Questions on the inauguration should be directed to the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events at 777-2724.

UND Aerospace Dean Bruce Smith to focus on 'Flight of the Odegard' at next faculty lecture

"Flight of the Odegard," a recently published book about the history of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, which, incidentally, is celebrating its 40th anniversary, will be the next topic discussed as part of the University of North Dakota Faculty Lecture Series. Bruce A. Smith, dean of the Odegard School, will give the talk Thursday, Sept. 11, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m., followed by the lecture at 4:30 p.m.

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the University and the 10th anniversary of the re-establishment of the lecture series at UND, the committee of Chester Fritz Professors coordinating the University Faculty Lecture Series invited the deans of colleges to speak on their research. This occasion allows the deans to reflect on the important role that their scholarly work plays not only in their career path but in their work on campus today.

The lecture series is free and open to the public.

Bruce Smith

A native of St. Louis Park, Minn., Smith currently serves as dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at UND, where he originally started flying small aircraft in 1969 under John Odegard, who founded UND's fledgling flight school only a year earlier. The Odegard School then had only two small planes and an office at the Grand Forks airport. Today, Smith is fortunate to lead one of the premier aerospace training schools in the world, one of the largest colleges at the University and has a fleet of aircraft that numbers more than 120 as well as numerous state-of-the-art simulators.

Smith graduated from UND in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and education. While a student at UND, Smith capped four years of playing football with All-North Central Conference and All-America honors his senior year. He has been twice inducted into the UND Athletic Hall of Fame, first as a member of the 1966 team in 2001 and then as an individual in 2003.

He spent eight years in the U.S. Air Force, where he received more time in the cockpit, serving as a flight instructor and specializing in piloting T-37 and T-38 jet aircraft. Smith continued his education at Arizona State University, where he earned his master's degree in educational technology in 1975. He completed his Ph.D. work at Florida State University, where he graduated with a degree in instructional design and development in 1984.

Smith brings nearly 40 years of experience to his position as dean and has worked at all levels of the aerospace industry. He is nationally known and recognized in the aviation training field. He's the author of more than 40 technical reports and journal articles in the areas of human performance, aviation training and aircrew training systems. From 1991 to 1998, he worked for flight simulator innovator Hughes/Raytheon Training Inc., as a program manager. He also served as a senior scientist at Hughes. Before coming to UND, Smith was a Director at Delta Airlines in Atlanta, where he was responsible for all training and certification of the airline's mechanics within Delta’s Technical Operations Division.

Smith was named dean of the Odegard School in December 1999. During his tenure at UND, Smith has used his broad range of experience in aerospace and connections to help guide his school through challenges and a series of volatile years in the aviation industry. He has continued John Odegard's pursuit of excellence in aerospace and the school's reputation as a leader in training the world's future pilots. Smith has overseen the onset of several training contracts in aerospace fields with organizations in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Helicopter training also ramped up under Smith, thanks to a number of nonmilitary and military contracts for training, including an exclusive relationship with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Smith was instrumental in helping his school secure several large federal contracts. Recently, under Smith, the Odegard School has been making a name for itself as a pioneer in the study of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, to include development of a first-of-its-kind pilot training curriculum. As dean, Smith not only oversees aviation operations at the Odegard School, but also leads the departments of aviation, atmospheric sciences, earth systems science and policy, computer science and space studies.

In 2006, Smith was awarded the North Dakota National Guard State Meritorious Service Medal by Gov. John Hoeven for Smith's "outstanding services" as a member of Hoeven's Military Issues in North Dakota task force.

Smith is married to Ann; they have two grown children, Allan and Jay, as well as four grandchildren.

UND will host Business After Hours Sept. 16

The University community and general public are invited as UND hosts Business After Hours, 4:45 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at University Place Apartments, 3601 University Ave. Come network with other members of the UND community and Greater Grand Forks Chamber, tour University Place apartments, enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and giveaways. There is no charge; please park in the Chester Fritz Auditorium lot. -- President's Office.

UND President's Cabinet changing

University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley has announced changes that will affect his cabinet.

The first is that Greg Weisenstein, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will be the number two administrator on campus.

"We are introducing a true provost model in which the Provost is the first among equals in the president's cabinet," said Kelley. What that means is that the Provost will be in charge of the campus when the president is away. The vice presidents will continue to report to Kelley, and will continue to serve on the president's cabinet.

"Greg is an excellent administrator and has a tremendous experience base that we can draw from," said Kelley.

Kelley also announced that Robert Gallager, vice president for finance and operations, will retire at the end of December.

"This is a great loss to us and to me personally. Bob has done an outstanding job, not only in managing the finance and operations division, but also in helping the University prepare for the future. His innovative approaches to securing funding for some of our building projects, for example, have been critical to their success," said Kelley. "We will miss Bob immensely, but we will wish him the very best in retirement.

When former President Kupchella announced in January 2007 that he planned to retire in January 2008, Gallager had indicated to Kupchella that he had planned to retire in December of this year. That would have given Gallager one full year with the new president. Kupchella stayed on until the end of June 2008 at the request of the State Board of Higher Education. Meanwhile, Gallager and his wife had already begun building a retirement house in his home state of South Carolina. That house is now completed.

Kelley said he would soon begin a search for Gallager's replacement. He will also soon begin a search for a new vice president for research and economic development. Dr. Gary Johnson, who has filled that position in an interim basis, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the academic year.

Kelley said he has also decided to eliminate the position of vice president for general administration created last year. Under that position, Athletics and the Affirmative Action Office reported to Phil Harmeson. One of Kelley's first acts as president was to bring Athletics directly under his supervision. The Affirmative Action Office will also report directly to the president.

"This decision is about creating the best cabinet structure for the future of the University," said Kelley. "My charge is to create the best governance structure that will help the University reach its goals, and that means making sure that the leadership positions have logical portfolios. As I have said before, some of the cabinet positions have very heavy portfolios; some are lighter. My goal is to create a more balanced cabinet."

Harmeson, a graduate of the UND School of Law, will return to UND's College of Business and Public Administration, where he holds a tenured appointment as associate professor.

Kelley said he will continue to assess the overall cabinet.

Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn meets Sept 10

A mother and daughter will share their story about "The Impact of Meth Addiction" Wednesday, Sept. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. at the International Center, 2908 University Ave. Lunch is provided and everyone is welcome.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Womens Center, undwomenscenter@und.nodak.edu, 74302

State Employee Recognition Week events listed

Following are events in honor of State Employee Recognition Week.

Wednesday - Sept. 10
* Courtyard Picnic - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $1. Location: Swanson Courtyard (includes: hotdog, chips, pop/water and dessert). Rain location: Memorial Union Ballroom. Register for door prizes (drawing held Friday, Sept. 12).
* Farmers Market - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sample fruits and vegetables; nutrition advice information/handout available. Location: Swanson Courtyard - rain location: Memorial Union Ballroom.

Thursday - Sept. 11
* Pie on the Porch - 2 to 3:30 p.m. Location: Gustafson Hall Porch. Rain location: Gustafson Hall Conference Room. Register for door prizes (drawing held Friday, Sept. 12).

Friday - Sept. 12
* Night Staff Appreciation - 6 to 7 a.m. Location: Memorial Union Terrace Dining Room (serving - breakfast). Register for door prizes (drawing held Friday, Sept. 12).

Earl Beal to speak at International Peace Garden 911 memorial service

On Sept. 11, a memorial service will be held at the 911 Memorial located at the International Peace Garden beginning at 11 a.m.

Gov. John Hoeven and Premier Gary Doer have been invited to attend and address those in attendance. There will be no admission fee for this event as the gate admission has been waived for the day.

The keynote speaker for the day will be Earl Beal of the department of counseling psychology and community service. His direct involvement that day was focused more on assisting families involved with the attack on the Pentagon. He was working as the director of the family support center at Grand Forks Air Force Base and supported the staff of the family assistance centers run by the Air Force in the D.C. area.

This year the IPG will host their first "Freedom Walk" in remembrance of "911" by continuing our tradition to reflect on the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, renew our commitment to freedom and the values of our countries and to honor our veterans, past and present. This will be a non-partisan/non-exclusive event open to the general-public. This is not a fundraiser for any organization, nor a platform to discuss politics or policies. We simply wish to remember.

Other noteworthy additions: Grand Forks artist Emily Custer will sing her "Thank You" (www.emilycuster.com) and the North Dakota Army National Guard will have the Blackhawks land and be on display during the ceremony.

Contact Shelle Michaels for more information at shellemichaels@msn.com

Note Sept. 11 Commemoration, Potato Bowl activities

Get ready for a jam-packed week of special activities, ranging from a Sept. 11, 2001 commemoration by students on the Memorial Union front lawn Thursday to the inauguration of Robert O. Kelley as the 11th president of the University Friday, Sept. 12. It all leads up to Saturday's Potato Bowl football game between UND and the University of Wisconsin-LaCross at the Alerus Center.

The following is a breakdown of UND activities:

Thursday, Sept. 11:
* 11:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., UND Students, including members of Student Government, will lead the campus in a tribute to the first responders who dedicated their lives to the service of their country and others following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Students also will rededicate a stone monument that sits near a tree planted on the one-year anniversary of the attacks. The ceremony is set to take place near the flagpole in the front of the UND Memorial Union.
* 4 p.m., "Flight of the Odegard," a recently published book about the history of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, which, incidentally, is celebrating its 40th anniversary, will be the next topic discussed as part of the Faculty Lecture Series. Bruce Smith, dean of the Odegard School, will give the talk at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m., followed by the lecture at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12:
* 2 p.m., Robert O. Kelley officially will be inaugurated president of UND. A public reception will be held following the ceremony in the Reading Room in the Chester Fritz Library. UND classes will be canceled beginning at 1 p.m., to encourage faculty members and students to attend the installation ceremony. Faculty members also have been invited to participate in the ceremony by marching in the procession in academic regalia.

Saturday, Sept. 13:
* 1 p.m., Football, UND vs. Wisconsin-LaCross (Potato Bowl game) at the Alerus Center.
* 6 p.m., 34th annual UND Athletic Hall of Fame Induction at the Alerus Center.

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

Non-traditional students meet Sept. 12

Please join the non-traditional students for an informal gathering on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union third floor lounge area near the Adult Re-Entry Center. Come to share your campus ideas, experiences, and visit with other students who may be just like you! Occasionally we may have a guest visitor or activity.

On Sept. 12, in conjunction with the Veterans Upward Bound, we will have a guest visitor from the Grand Forks County Veterans Service Office. Barbara Zavala is a Veterans Service Officer and will be available for any questions or conversation regarding veteran benefits.

The Adult Re-Entry Center is part of the Student Success Center and provides student services for the non-traditional students on campus including academic advisement, student advocacy, referrals, and general information on UND services. Assistance and support is available as the non-traditional student navigates the many challenges of returning to college with the goal that the higher education experience will be a rewarding one. Who is a non-traditional student? The term "non-traditional student" is not a label, nor does it entail any special status or privileges. We use the term "non-traditional" to target information to the student who, for a variety of reasons, have circumstances that may make it more difficult to access information on campus. Non-traditional students may include undergraduate or graduate, returning, transfer, international, military veteran, commuter, students with family (spouse, dependents, etc.,) obligations, or working full-time. Our services welcome all students in search of assistance or guidance.

Note Sioux Booster fan luncheon dates

Join the Sioux Booster Fan luncheons at the Alerus with great lunches, a 50/50 drawing, hear the coaches talk about past games and upcoming games, and enjoy entertainment by the 42nd Street Symphony. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the program starts shortly after noon and wraps up about 1 p.m. Come join us for food, entertainment, and camaraderie.

Luncheons are scheduled at the Alerus for the following dates:
Sept. 12, Ballroom 5; Oct. 17, Jr. Ballroom 1-3; Nov. 7, Concourse; Nov. 14, Ballroom 4; Nov. 21, Concourse; Nov. 28, Ballroom 4; Dec. 12, Ballroom 5; Dec. 19, Ballroom 4; Jan. 2, Ballroom 4; Jan. 9, Ballroom 4; Jan. 23, Ballroom 5; Feb. 13, Ballroom 4; Feb. 27, Jr. Ballroom 1-3; March 6, location TBA; March 13, Ballroom 5.

There are no dues and everyone is welcome to attend. The cost of a buffet style meal including beverage, dessert, and tax is $9.

Geography of 2008 Presidential, Congressional elections to be discussed

A panel of scholars will discuss the geography of the 2008 presidential and congressional elections at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The panel will discuss how economic, social, and political events (current economic conditions, race, and the Iraq War in 2008) lead to alterations in voting patterns. They will also discuss historical voting trends, minority voting, effects of the mortgage crises on suburban voting, gender voting, generational voting, and congressional seat changes in the U.S. House and Senate. Panelists include J. Clark Archer, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Jeff Crump, University of Minnesota, John Heppen, University of Wisconsin – River Falls, Fred Shelley, University of Oklahoma, Robert Watrel, South Dakota State University, Gerald Webster, University of Wyoming, and Ryan Weichelt, University of Central Oklahoma. The panel is a part of the Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers Conference being held on the UND campus.

For more information, contact Brad Rundquist, Department of Geography, at 777-4589.

GeoGeographer to discuss emerging strategic significance of North Dakota agriculture

John C. Hudson, Northwestern University, will discuss how high crop prices, developing international markets, and advances in grain transportation technology have contributed to a new strategic significance for northern Great Plains agriculture. Hudson will deliver his keynote lecture at 12:30 p.m Saturday, Sept. 13, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The lecture is a part of the Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers Conference being held on the UND campus.

For more information, contact Brad Rundquist, Department of Geography, at 777-4589.

Doctoral examination set for Mari B. Rasmussen

The final examination for Mari B. Rasmussen, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Assessment and Accountability: An Exploration of Teachers' Practices in Assessing English Language Proficiency." Shelby Barrentine (teaching and learning) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Join the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship Community Rally

The Local Organizing Committee for the 2011 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship bid is seeking the support of the Greater Grand Forks community during USA Hockey's site selection visit Tuesday, Sept. 16. The committee is hosting a USA Hockey Site Selection Community Rally to demonstrate the community's support for the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship. Free lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m., with the rally from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the main lobby of the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Admission is free and free on-site parking is available at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

We need your help! We need the community to come out and show their support for this event as we attempt to make a favorable impression on the Site Selection Committee and help the Greater Grand Forks community secure this prestigious World Championship event.

Lunch is on us! Free hot dogs, chips, and drinks, will be served. Come on out for live music, prizes, great food, special guest appearances, and a grand community rally!

Grand Forks was the host of the 2005 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, which was the most successful World Junior tournament ever held in the United States. Over 195,000 people attended the 2005 tournament and the event had a significant economic impact on our community.

UND to celebrate Constitution Day with speaker on Guantanamo Bay detainees

In celebration of Constitution Day at the University of North Dakota, Wednesday, Sept. 17, the School of Law will host a speaker on military tribunals and the Guantanamo Bay detainees. Colonel Ward Johnson, an alumnus of both the University of North Dakota and the School of Law, will give a public lecture at 12:15 p.m. in the School of Law’s Baker Courtroom. The lecture is free and open to everyone.

From 2004 to 2007, Col. Johnson served on active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After graduating from the Army War College, he was appointed by the Secretary of the Navy to be the Senior Army Member, Intelligence Officer and Presiding Officer of the Military Tribunals and Administrative Review Boards in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO). He was then appointed by the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Gordon England, to serve as the Branch Chief for the Office for the Administrative Review for the Detention of Enemy Combatants (OARDEC) at the Pentagon. While at OARDEC, Col. Johnson’s cases included many of the 9/11 planners as well as other international terrorists involved with the Cole bombing and the Bali nightclub bombing. These terrorists are now detained at GTMO.

Col. Johnson recently was assigned as the Senior Military Representative to NATO for the Kosovo peacekeeping mission, beginning in Fall 2009. He also will return to federal active duty in GTMO to work in the Military Tribunals and Administrative Review Boards. In June 2008, the U.S. Senate confirmed Col. Johnson for promotion to Brigadier General.

In his civilian life, Johnson is a partner at the Pearson, Christensen and Clapp Law Firm, where he handles military justice cases, defense contracting, criminal law, and civil litigation.

Constitution Day encourages Americans to remember the significance of the Constitution in establishing our system of government, securing our individual civil rights and liberties, and providing the means to keep government accountable to the people in times of war and peace. This Constitution Day celebration is sponsored by the UND School of Law in conjunction with the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the office of the vice president for academic affairs.
-- Rob Carolin, Director of Alumni & Public Relations, Law School, carolin@law.und.edu, 777-2856

Aircraft accident investigation course scheduled for Oct. 7-9

The UND Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF) and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), in a cooperative effort, will conduct a two-and-one-half-day aircraft accident investigation course at the Grand Forks International Airport Oct. 7-9. The course is designed to provide an advanced level of instruction to individuals who may participate in aircraft accident investigations conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Over 30 airline pilots and aviation professionals from around the United States and Canada are expected to participate in the course, which will use actual aircraft wreckage donated by a firm in California. The wreckage “site” will be recreated south of the flight operations’ facility and used specifically for investigative training techniques.

This course is also offered to a select group of aviation employees and a limited number of aviation students who have completed aviation safety courses at UND. Aviation aircraft manufacturers who have expressed interest in this type of course and training will also be attending.

This is the sixth year that UNDAF and ALPA have conducted the course. For further information, contact Dana Siewert at 701-777-7895 (e-mail: siewert@aero.und.edu) or check out http://aaic.aero.und.edu.
-- Karen Ryba, director of communications, aerospace, ryba@aero.und.edu, 777-4761

Wellness Center session helps you get and stay fit at work

Too busy for what? To exercise? To eat well? To take time for yourself? We will show you how to make healthful choices a part of your day. You will leave this interactive session with a customized office workout that fits your space. Come and get motivated to make a lifestyle change.

Please join us from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 17, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sept. 18, or 1:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. 17. All sessions are held at the Wellness Center in classrooms 120 and 121. Presenters are Stefanie Meyer and Jennifer Haugen.
-- 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 workshops.

But I’m Just Too Busy!...
Sept. 17, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Sept. 18, 1:30 to 3 p.m., or Nov. 17, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Wellness Center classrooms 120 and 121. See the article above for mroe information.

Work Hours and Overtime. Whom Does It Impact?
Sept. 16, 9 to 10 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall
Learn which employees are affected by overtime and how to handle administering overtime. Presenters: Desi Sporbert and Joy Johnson.

ABC’s of Fire Extinguisher Use
Sept. 16, 10 to 11 a.m., Auxiliary Services, Conference Room
This class will describe the different types of fire extinguishers, what the rating system used on extinguishers means, and when to consider using a fire extinguisher. Class participants will be given the opportunity to use an extinguisher in a controlled setting. Information gained in this class will be applicable to the workplace, home, and motor vehicles. Presenters: Eric Pearson and Jeff Misialik.

Budgets Overview Inquiry
Sept. 17, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Gamble Hall Lanterman Center, Room 9
Prerequisite: PeopleSoft user ID and password for Finance Module, a local fund number, and/or an appropriated fund number.
This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft to find your department's budget and cash balance, utilize PeopleSoft to track your department's budget, cash, revenue, and expenditures, and complete a budget journal. The session also includes hands-on practice activities. Presenter: Shannon Smidt.

Running, Reading, and Reconciling Key Finance Reports in PeopleSoft
Sept. 18, 8 to 9:30 a.m., Gamble Hall Lanterman Center, Room 9
Prerequisite: Must have previously attended either a “Budgets Overview Inquiry” or “Budget vs. Cash Inquiry” U2 session and must have a PeopleSoft user ID and password for Finance Module.
This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft in order to run, read, and understand PeopleSoft financial reports. Important tips will be provided to help you recognize why, when, and how to reconcile revenue and expense transactions posted to your funds. Troubleshooting tips and tools to help you resolve budgeting errors will also be provided. This session includes hands-on practice activities. Presenter: Tom Swangler.

Licensed Logo Vendors and Trademark Usage
Sept. 18, 10 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union, Badlands Room
Step-by-step instructions for ordering trademarked items. Presenter: Sara Satter.

Defensive Driving
Sept. 18, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator
This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Eric Pearson.

Basic International Student Requirements for Faculty and Staff
Sept. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., International Centre
This workshop will provide an overview of the basic requirements governing most international students’ ability to enter and remain in the United States for their studies —- from admission to graduation. Topics addressed will include the visa application process, enrollment requirements, international student employment and Social Security, and program completion requirements. Lunch will be provided by the International Centre. Presenters: Anne Ekkaia and Shannon Jolly.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University, denismacleod@mail.und.edu, 701-777-0720

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.

ND EPSCoR announces state conference

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research is holding its 2008 state conference in the Memorial Union Friday, Sept. 19. The conference theme is “The Dimensions of North Dakota EPSCoR.” The event begins with registration and a complimentary continental breakfast at 8 a.m., with the program beginning at 8:30 a.m. Two hundred faculty and students from North Dakota universities and colleges are expected to register for the event.

EPSCoR, and its sister program in the National Institutes of Health, the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program, will be highlighted during the 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. Additionally, synergistic North Dakota initiatives designed to enhance the research climate and culture of the state will be presented. These include the Red River Valley Research Corridor initiative of Senator Byron Dorgan and the Center of Excellence in Economic Development program championed by Governor John Hoeven.

Senators Conrad and Dorgan, along with Representative Pomeroy and Governor Hoeven have been invited to welcome conference participants. North Dakota University System Chancellor William Goetz, along with Presidents Joseph Chapman and Robert Kelley will share their perspective on the ND EPSCoR program.

Graduate and undergraduate students from North Dakota universities and colleges will have their EPSCoR supported work highlighted in a poster session held in conjunction with the conference. A complete agenda for the conference will be periodically updated and may be viewed on the ND EPSCoR Web page at www.ndepscor.nodak.edu

All attending the conference are asked to please register PRIOR to Sept. 11 at www.ndepscor.nodak.edu

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

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

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

University Senate meets Oct. 2; agenda items due

The University Senate will meet at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, Sept. 18. They may be submitted electronically to: lorihofland@mail.und.nodak.edu. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted. –- Suzanne Anderson (University registrar), secretary, University Senate.
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office, lorihofland@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3892

NDUS students, faculty invited to Summit Oct. 9-10

The students and faculty of the North Dakota University System meet every two years to celebrate the arts and humanities and to share their works with the public. This time the Summit meets at Bismarck State College Oct. 9-10, and everyone is cordially invited.

For two days there are 40 events with speakers, artists, musicians, philosophers, historians, humanists, and experts. Those will be on campus.

On Thursday night, the famous writer Sherman Alexie will present the address at the Grand Belle Mehus Auditorium in downtown Bismarck. On Friday night, acts from several campuses will perform a seamless Collage Concert, also at the Belle.

The public is welcome to all these free events, too. Registrants of the NDUS can sign up for free lunches.

Read the details and register at http://www.bismarckstate.edu/summit/ .

To see what we are studying today, albeit a small snapshot, is impressive. Even if you can't attend the Summit, take a look at the many talents and knowledge of the people in our university system on that web site. -- NDUS Arts and Humanities Summit Committee.

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

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

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

UND picks up national award for general education improvement

The University of North Dakota has been unanimously selected to be a recipient of the 2008 Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS) Award, a national recognition for improving General Education.

UND is one of only two schools in the nation to win the award this year. Tom Steen, recently appointed as UND's first director of Essential Studies, will travel to Asheville, N.C., later this month to accept the National General Education Improvement Award medallion at the AGLS Conference. The award recognizes the ways in which UND’s review and reform process paved the way for creation a new Essential Studies program, which matches up well with national recommendations.

UND's General Education reform process was initiated by the General Education Requirements Committee and carried out primarily through the school's General Education Task Force, which was appointed by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Greg Weisenstein in 2005.

The goal of the Essential Studies program is to provide students with the academic core of the University experience. The courses offered in the ES curriculum provide broad and diverse perspectives, while helping students acquire essential intellectual skills.

According to the AGLS Awards Committee, UND's General Education reform process was unique in the degree to which "inclusivity was valued." The committee also commended UND's General Education Task Force for their success in generating that inclusivity.

The AGLS awards are intended to promote institutional commitment to quality improvement, to recognize faculty and institutions that practice these behaviors and to provide much needed examples of effective and innovative improvements.

The 2008 awards recognized excellence in two crucial General Education processes: the efforts made by institutions to effectively design and implement a new programs, and the successful steps taken to design systematic assessments of General Education to provide evidence that graduates have acquired the knowledge and skills expected by the institutions and their stakeholders.

UND addresses North Dakota's health care workforce with new $1.6 million grant

One of the many barriers rural populations face with health care is a shortage of people working at rural facilities. Strengthening a health care workforce pipeline is a central goal of the new Dakota Area Health Education Center.

With $1.28 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Rural Health and College of Nursing will develop and implement an Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program in North Dakota.

Until now, North Dakota was one of only a few states without a federally funded AHEC, the goal of which is to help clinics and hospitals recruit and retain health care workers in underserved areas, address workforce shortages, and educate students about career options in health care.

The new Dakota AHEC, based in the UND Center for Rural Health, focuses on community-based health care training through all levels of the workforce pipeline, from elementary students to health care providers. Health career awareness programs will be developed for students in grade school and high school while new clinical opportunities will be develop for medical and nursing students at the college and graduate level.

“Models for elementary students, such as Dickinson’s Medical Explorers and Park River’s Inspector Wellness Program, are examples of efforts through the AHEC that can be spread across North Dakota communities to encourage our youth to consider health care fields,” said Mary Amundson, assistant professor at the Center for Rural Health, and director for the Dakota AHEC project. A unique aspect of the Dakota AHEC is advancing interdisciplinary training in North Dakota.

Three regional Area Health Education Centers will be developed across the East, Central and Western regions of the state to provide a variety of training experiences.

These Centers will link UND with local communities, hospitals and clinics to augment health-related training activities in each region.

“The Dakota AHEC Program is a wonderful partnering opportunity for the UND College of Nursing and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. We will build relationships with institutions throughout North Dakota to support collaboration between academic partners and community-based programs,” said Loretta Heuer, PhD, professor at the UND College of Nursing and co-program director of the Dakota AHEC. “We’ll be able to address the primary health care workforce needs along with increasing access to health care and disease prevention to medically underserved communities in North Dakota.”

Programs will be established and extended for college students to provide awareness of health care career options as well as rural practice opportunities.

“Our goal is to improve access to the health care workforce,” said Patricia Moulton, PhD, assistant professor at the Center for Rural Health and co-director of the Dakota AHEC. “This will ultimately increase access to health care in underserved areas of North Dakota.”

Additional support for this initiative is being provided by the University of North Dakota and the Dakota Medical Foundation to equal a total of $1.6 million.
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, wopsahl@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-0871

Note 2009-2011 UND academic catalog deadlines

It is once again a catalog year! Please review your department description and course information carefully and submit changes early to assure inclusion in the new catalog. Oct. 3 is the deadline to turn in requests to the University Curriculum Committee that require approval by the State Board of Higher Education or the Chancellor. These requests include: new courses with new programs, title changes, program terminations, and program suspensions. Feb. 6, 2009, is the deadline for all other curriculum changes that require University Senate approval. Feel free to contact Connie Borboa at 777-4852 with any questions. Curriculum information is available online at: http://www.und.edu/dept/registrar/curriculum/curindex
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office, lorihofland@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3892

University Senate elects 2008-09 leadership

Wendelin Hume (criminal justice) was elected 2008-2010 vice chair/chair elect of the University Senate at that body's Sept. 4 meeting. Jon Jackson (anatomy and cell biology) is the 2008-2009 University Senate chair.

Jan Goodwin (nutrition and dietetics) and Sherryl Houdek (educational leadership) were elected for two-year terms as faculty representatives on the Committee on Committees.

Kathy Smart (teaching and learning) was elected to a two-year term as faculty representative, and Student Body President, Tyrone Grandstrand, was elected to a one-year term as student representative on the Senate Executive Committee. The executive committee, which establishes the agenda for meetings of the University Senate and acts in the Senate's place when necessary between Senate meetings, also includes Senate chair Jon Jackson (anatomy); Senate Vice Chair/Chair Elect Wendelin Hume (criminal justice); Senate Secretary Suzanne Anderson (registrar); Senate immediate past chair, Tom Petros (psychology); faculty representative Dexter Perkins (geology); CCF representative, Doug Munski (geology); and Greg Weisenstein, provost.
-- Suzanne Anderson, University registrar and secretary, University Senate.

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

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

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

Senate Scholarly Activities Committee lists grant proposal deadlines

Monday, Sept. 15, is the first deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC). The committee will consider requests from faculty members to support travel associated with the presentation of scholarly papers. Travel requests will be considered only for travel to be completed between Sept. 16, 2008, and Jan. 15, 2009. The committee WILL NOT provide funds for travel already completed. However, awards can be made contingent on receipt of a letter of acceptance from the meeting at which a paper is to be presented or a program listing the applicant among the presenters. Therefore, if you will be traveling during the specified dates, but do not yet have a letter of acceptance, please DO submit your application at this time. If an award is made, it will be set up for you after you submit proper evidence of acceptance for presentation. No other applications will be considered at that time.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to limited funding available for Senate Scholarly Activities Committee awards at this time, the committee may make awards based on the following criteria: official notice of presentation, number of SSAC awards previously received by the applicant, and years at UND (new faculty and first-time applicants are given priority).

The second deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008. Only research/creative activity or publication applications will be considered. No other applications will be considered.

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

The fourth deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009. Research/creative activity and publication grant applications, as well as applications for New Faculty Scholar Awards will be considered. No travel applications will be considered.

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

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

Application forms are available at Research Development and Compliance (RD&C), 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on RD&C’s home page (on UND’s home page under “Research”). A properly signed original and 11 copies of the application must be submitted to RD&C prior to or on the published deadline. 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

Please return Campus Quality Survey

Faculty, staff, and administrators in the 11 North Dakota state universities are being sent a Campus Quality Survey sponsored by the North Dakota University System for the purpose of obtaining information for the December 2008 Accountability Measures Report. This report will provide information for state policy makers, the North Dakota University System, and our campus to continually improve the quality of education and services. The UND Institutional Review Board has approved this study (Project Number: IRB-200808-028).

After the completed survey forms are collected at each individual campus, they will be sent directly to Performance Horizons for tabulation and report generation. Please be assured that your responses will be held in confidence and your anonymity will be preserved. No individual’s response will ever be identified in any report. If you have already completed and returned the survey to us, please accept our sincere thanks. If not, would you please take a few minutes and do so now. While we know that this is a busy time of year, we would like to ask for your help to complete the questionnaire and return it in the self-addressed intercampus envelope to us on or before Oct. 15, 2008.

If you have misplaced your survey form or have questions about this project, please contact Sue Erickson, Research Analyst, at 777-2265. Participation from our faculty, staff, and administrators is very important to the success of this study. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research, carmenwilliams@mail.und.nodak.edu, 7-4358

Note new DMCA copyright policy, procedures

A new draft policy and procedures have been created by a campus-wide group of subject matter experts concerning the University's response to Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) copyright violation notices. The entire campus community is invited to review and provide comments at http://itsecurity.und.edu/DMCA/DMCA_Public_Comment.html. The comment period will be open through Oct. 1. Please visit http://itsecurity.und.edu for additional details. If you have questions, please contact Brad Miller, the UND IT security officer.
-- Brad Miller, IT Security Officer, ITSS, bradmiller@mail.und.edu, 777-3587

Jewish High Holidays begin soon

As the faculty advisor for the UND Jewish Student Organization, I would like to remind everyone that the Jewish High Holidays begin within a month. These are the most important days of the Jewish year, and, as with Easter and Christmas for Christians, even those Jews who do not regularly observe religious practices will likely observe them. Please remind all of your faculty and teaching assistants that all students who wish to observe these holidays are legally permitted to do so without ANY negative repercussions. So, please, if you have already scheduled exams or other important events on these days, make alternative arrangements with the relevant students.

The relevant dates are:
* Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year): Monday, Sept. 29 through Wednesday, Oct. 1.
* Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement): Wednesday, Oct. 8 and Thursday, Oct. 9. This means students would likely be gone during the weekend and return Tuesday.

Please keep in mind that the students require the time to travel to and from their family's homes. It is therefore important to add a day on either end of the holiday for this purpose (just as UND allows during Easter weekend).

If you have any question regarding this matter, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your understanding. -- Jack Weinstein, philosophy and religion.

Donations accepted for Gade family

There has been an account established to collect any donations for the relief of the Gade family and the fire that took their home over the weekend. Eldon Gade is a professor emeritus of counseling. Any donations can be given to this account at Alerus Financial. The name on the account is The Eldon M Gade Fire Fund. Any donations will be appreciated. Thank you.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

Donated leave requested for Jane Grega

Donations of annual leave or sick leave are sought for Jane Grega, serials manager at the law library. Her family thanks you for your generosity. Donated leave forms are available at the Web site: "http://www.und.edu/dept/payroll" where you can click on forms. Please send the completed form for either annual leave, or sick leave to Sherry Zeman, Stop 9004.
-- Kaaren Pupino, Head of Technical Services, UND Thormodsgard Law Library, pupino@law.und.edu, 777-2486

Donated leave requested for William McCray, Gerald Frohlich

Donations of annual leave or sick leave are sought for William McCray and Gerald Frohlich, academic building services technicians. Their families thank you for your generosity. Donated leave forms are available at www.und.edu/dept/payroll, then click on "forms." Please send the completed forms for annual or sick leave to Patti, facilities management department, Stop 9032.
-- Patti Schmidt, Human Resources Assistant, Facilities Management, pattischmidt@und.edu, 701-777-2595

International Programs newsletter available online

The latest issue of the International Programs newsletter, "Building Bridges," is available online at http://www.und.edu/dept/oip/documents/8-29-08.pdf
Featured this month:
* New OIP staff
* American-Scandinavian Foundation announces award competition
* 2009-10 Fulbright Scholar Award opportunities still available
* Study Abroad Fair
* Welcome Back event
* Study Abroad faculty referral form
* Study Abroad application process
* International Scholar information
* Advising International students
* Cultural Nights schedule
* Country in Focus: Jordan
-- Ray Lagasse, Director, International Programs, raymondlagasse@mail.und.edu, 777-2938

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

Housing flyers, stuffers need prior approval

In order to better facilitate mass distribution of flyers, mailbox stuffers, etc., for on-campus residents, please forward all questions or samples for approval to Ali Moreland, Stop 9029, 777-2497. She will then confer with me and approval will be determined. Once approval is made, we will inform that office or organization on the specific numbers & procedures needed for delivery to residence hall students and/or staff. -- Housing.

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

Updated Diversity Web site now available

A subgroup of the Diversity Advisory Subcommittee has recently updated the "Diversity at UND" Web site at http://www.und.edu/dept/diversity/. There is also a link available on the UND home page and in the A-Z listing under Diversity.
-- Ellen Erickson, Assistant Provost, Office of the Provost, ellenerickson@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701-777-4085

Chester Fritz Library moves Web site

The Chester Fritz Library Web site moved to a different server during the summer. Your existing bookmarks and links to the library's Web site may not work as before. Bookmark the new link at www.library.und.edu .

For help call 777-4629, or e-mail us at library@mail.und.edu .
-- Wilbur Stolt, Director of Libraries, Chester Fritz Library, wilburstolt@mail.und.edu, 777-2189

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

Museum Cafe lists soups, specials

The North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists their daily soups and specials: 



September 10-12

Soups: Pasta Fagioli / Creamy Tomato Basil
Wednesday: Salmon Caesar
Thursday: Salad de poissen
Friday: Sushi

September 15-19: 

Soups: Pasta Fagioli / Kneffla
Monday: Jamaiican Jerk Chicken
Tuesday: 
Ravioli with cream sauce
Wednesday: Mussels Pasta
Thursday: Southwestern Crepes
Friday: Salmon Caesar Salad



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

Subway Restaurant reopens soon

Subway Restaurant is returning to its former location in Johnstone/Fulton Hall. Renovation will soon be under way. Watch for an anticipated opening later this fall semester.
-- Orlynn Rosaasen, Director, Dining Services, orlynnrosaasen@mail.und.edu, 7-3823

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

Internal job openings listed

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

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

EXECUTIVE/PROFESSIONAL/ADMINISTRATIVE/ATHLETIC COACHES:

POSITION: Research Specialist, Anatomy and Cell Biology, #09-064
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 9/10/2008
COMPENSATION: $35,000 plus/year

POSITION: Registered Nurse, (32 hrs/week- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Center for Family Medicine, Bismarck, #09-063
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 9/10/2008
COMPENSATION: $14.50 plus/hour

POSITION: Business Manager, Campus Safety and Security, #09-062
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 9/15/2008
COMPENSATION: $32,000 plus/year

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL:

POSITION: Aircraft Technician, Aerospace Sciences, #09-067
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 9/15/2008
COMPENSATION: $34,000 plus/year

POSITION: Research Instrumentation Technician, Atmospheric Sciences #09-050
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 9/12/2008
COMPENSATION: $50,000 plus/year

OFFICE SUPPORT:

POSITION: Receptionist, Center of Family Medicine - Minot, #09-065
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 9/15/2008
COMPENSATION: $21,000 plus/year

CRAFTS/SERVICE/TRADES:

POSITION: Dining Room Attendant (various schedule, flexible weekends), Dining Services #09-066
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 9/15/2008
COMPENSATION: $8.50 plus/hour

NORTH DAKOTA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM POSITION OPENINGS:

NDUS Programmer Analyst - Grand Forks

Meridee Danks receives recertification

Meridee Danks, assistant professor of physical therapy, was recertified in June as a board certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).

Danks is one of only two physical therapists in the state of North Dakota to have a neurologic certification. The certification has helped her advance her clinical knowledge in neurologic physical therapy and aided in her teaching and clinical practice, she says.

Recertification, a voluntary process that occurs every 10 years, requires the physical therapist to either pass an examination or submit a portfolio in addition to required clinical practice hours. It verifies current competence as an advanced practitioner in a specialty area and indicates a commitment to clinical excellence and the development of knowledge and skills in a chosen specialty.

Danks teaches mainly in the area of neurologic rehabilitation. She has been a faculty member since 1995 and received her BSPT, MPT, and DPT from UND.

The Department of Physical Therapy offers a clinically oriented, six year curriculum leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Physical therapists are licensed professionals who work with people that have lasting physical function disabilities or impairments, with the goal of reaching maximal patient functional independence.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a national professional organization representing more than 72,000 members. ABPTS is the certification board for specialty areas.

EERC research impacts over 7,300 jobs

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), research at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is creating over 7,300 private-sector jobs in the state and throughout the region.

The EERC has conducted approximately $258 million worth of coal, power, oil, and natural gas programs in North Dakota, which include DOE and private-sector funding. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Regional Input-Output Modeling System II, an average of 28.5 direct and indirect jobs are created per $1 million in research and development funding.

"If you drive out to western North Dakota, the amount of business opportunities and technologies that are being created from research conducted at the EERC is absolutely incredible," said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. "But it's not just the technologies that are being created, its new jobs as well, which is even more impressive," he said.

The EERC's work in North Dakota involving DOE awards, which total over $132 million, includes a wide variety of topics. Projects include everything from the testing of coal types, power plant emissions, and control devices to the development of advanced combustion processes and CO2 sequestration. Other projects involve solving ash-related problems and promoting environmentally safe, economic uses for coal-combustion by-products; developing mercury control technologies; performing strategic studies on coal-to-liquid fuels; and examining selenium's role in seafood safety.

Groenewold says the federal government is the only entity that awards funding for basic fundamental research and development. "Only 6 percent of EERC contracts are with federal entities, but because the EERC leverages every federal dollar with at least a two-to-one cash match from the private sector, our research has a much deeper impact on job creation," he said.

Among the major EERC programs supported by federal funding are the Cooperative Agreement with DOE, the National Center for Hydrogen Technology (NCHT), and the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership.

The Cooperative Agreement involves hundreds of partners supporting national energy goals and homeland security by advancing sustainable supplies of affordable energy, ensuring clean water supplies, and protecting and restoring the environment. The NCHT Program has more than 70 partners advancing the production, storage, and delivery of hydrogen. The PCOR Partnership, which is a regional collaborative framework for testing and demonstrating CO2 sequestration technologies, has 77 Phase II partners in nine states and four Canadian provinces within the central interior of North America.

In FY08, the EERC was awarded more than $95 million in contracts. Operating like a business within UND, the EERC has had more than 1,000 clients in 50 states and 51 countries since 1987.

EERC dedicates National Center for Hydrogen Technology facility

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) dedicated its new $3.5 million building for the National Center for Hydrogen Technology (NCHT) Sept. 8.

The dedication ceremonies included welcome remarks by EERC Director Gerald Groenewold, President Robert Kelley, and North Dakota University System Chancellor Bill Goetz. Gov. John Hoeven and Sen. Byron Dorgan spoke about the history of the building and the NCHT program. Other honored guests included Sen. Kent Conrad, Rep. Earl Pomeroy, Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown, and East Grand Forks Mayor Lynn Stauss.

Ground was broken April 17, 2006, on the 15,000-square-foot NCHT facility, which is designed to significantly enhance the strategic research, development, testing, and commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies at the EERC. It includes specialized state-of-the-art equipment to provide solutions for the world's growing energy needs and, at the same time, opportunities for regional economic growth. The building was constructed with $2.5 million in funding from the North Dakota Centers of Excellence Commission, $500,000 from the City of Grand Forks, and another $500,000 from the EERC.

"This project provides a great model for how our Centers of Excellence program can work to create employment and economic development opportunities in North Dakota," Hoeven said. "In partnerships with the private sector, the EERC is leading the way to develop the hydrogen fuel technology of the future. Their research will work to produce hydrogen from fossil and renewable fuels and use hydrogen in combustion engines and turbines to help our nation achieve greater energy independence and security."

"The NCHT facility provides a cornerstone to address this nation's enormous challenge of developing new technologies to guarantee the country's energy security for the long-term," said Groenewold. "Hydrogen is not only a key bridge to energy security, but also a key solution to managing our carbon footprint."

The EERC was designated the NCHT in 2004 and was awarded a package of federal dollars designated by Sen. Byron Dorgan in recognition of over 50 years of hydrogen research involving fossil and renewable energy. The NCHT is one of the EERC's ten Centers of Excellence.

"This is another very exciting milestone for the Red River Valley Research Corridor," Sen. Dorgan said. "I created the NCHT at the EERC through federal funding I added in Congress to help expand research into hydrogen energy technology and to do it right here in North Dakota. Hydrogen energy technology is on the horizon as a way to help curb America's dependence on foreign energy. And, through these investments, North Dakota researchers are fully participating in this national research effort. This state-of-the-art building will provide our researchers with the laboratory space and equipment needed to help break our nation's dependence on foreign oil through advancements in hydrogen technologies.

Sen. Dorgan has used his key positions in Congress to attain $10.85 million to create and fund research at the NCHT and plans to continue to direct federal research dollars to the facility's programs. A reception and self-guided tours of the facility followed the dedication ceremonies. General Motors also provided four Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell vehicles for the public to ride in and drive.