|Grand Forks Toastmasters clubs to host open house|
Being able to speak in front of an audience can be beneficial. Whether you are a student, professional, farmer or retiree, effective communication will help you succeed. The Grand Forks Area Toastmasters Clubs invite interested public to attend an open house and demonstration meeting.
· Powerhouse Toastmasters Club - 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, Minnkota Power Cooperative, 1822 Mill Road, Grand Forks, N.D
· Med Park Toastmasters Club - 12:10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, Altru Health System Rehabilitation Center, 1300 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, N.D.
Toastmasters Clubs provide a friendly, supportive environment to learn and practice public speaking and leadership skills. For more information, please call Tom at 775-0008.
-- Kathy Spencer, Rural Assistance Center
|Research and Economic Development hosts faculty forums|
The Division of Research and Economic Development announces a series of faculty forums that will provide critical input into the development of a strategic plan for the Division.
Four forums, on Jan 14, Feb 11, March 11 and April 15, will provide faculty an opportunity to have input into identifying the important questions in their disciplines and the strengths that UND has to address them. Outlining a vision for the future will be critical; we do not want to have a plan that will just maintain the status quo. Although each session has a major area of disciplinary emphasis, we hope to have broad interdisciplinary participation at every forum. While we will invite key people, such as department chairs, to specific forums, every session is open to faculty from any department. Faculty who participate will be eligible for a drawing at each forum, with the prize being a stipend of up to $2,000 for travel related to research or scholarly work.
Because of special funding made available to us, we will also have a session on Jan. 28 involving both faculty and private sector participants to discuss the future of life science-related business in the Grand Forks region.
These will be professionally facilitated forums. Lunch and other refreshments will be provided at no cost to participants. Pre-registration will be required to ensure we have enough food for everyone.
The information derived from these forums will be an important part of the information used in the development of a draft strategic plan for the Division of Research and Economic Development, and more generally, for the entire research enterprise at UND. This plan will be posted on the Division’s website for your feedback before it is finalized and submitted to the President.
Schedule of Sessions -
Jan. 14: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Life Sciences for the 21st Century - Memorial Union/Ballroom - A faculty forum
Jan. 28: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Life Sciences Enterprise for the 21st Century - Memorial Union/Ballroom - Faculty and representatives from regional life sciences companies and economic development agencies
Feb. 11: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Physical Sciences and Engineering for the 21st Century - Hilton Garden Inn - Faculty forum
March 11: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Social and Behavioral Sciences for the 21st Century - Memorial Union Ballroom - Faculty forum
April 15: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Creative and Scholarly Work in the Arts and Humanities for the 21st Century – Hilton Garden Inn - Faculty forum
|Special Denim Day for March of Dimes is Jan. 15|
President Kelley has approved Friday, Jan. 15, as a Special Denim Day to benefit the March of Dimes. More than 1,000 babies are born prematurely in North Dakota every year and face huge health risks, both short and long term. Almost half of all premature births are unexplained. March of Dimes is dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Wear your denim on Friday, Jan. 15, and give what you can afford to your Denim Day coordinator, and know you are helping to make a difference. If you pay by check, make it out to: March of Dimes.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, email@example.com, 777-3791
|"The Disappeared" closes Sunday|
Award-winning exhibition “The Disappeared” ends its four-year international tour across the United States and Latin America at the North Dakota Museum of Art. In conjunction with the closing of “The Disappeared,” Senior Analyst of US policy in Latin America, Kate Doyle will speak in the Museum’s Galleries at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17. Following Doyle, UND anthropologist, Marcia Mikulak will speak about her current work with the Xukuru in Brazil at 4 p.m.
“The Disappeared,” features artwork made by contemporary artists personally touched by the horrors of the civil wars in Latin America. Because of their work with Latin American human rights organizations, Dolye and Mikulak will lecture on their experiences and research.
Sunday, Jan. 17
1 p.m. - Gallery tour with curator Laurel Reuter
2 p.m. - Kate Doyle lecture
3 p.m. - Q & A, followed by reception
4 p.m. - Marcia Mikulak
Kate Doyle is a Senior Analyst of U.S. policy in Latin America for the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C., a research institute and advocacy organization that campaigns for the citizen’s right to know, investigates U.S. national security and foreign policy, and uses the Freedom of Information Act to obtain and publish declassified U.S. documents. Doyle directs several research projects on U.S. policy in Latin America for the Archive, including the Guatemala Project, which aims to obtain the declassification of U.S. and Guatemala government documents on Guatemala’s history of state repression and human rights atrocities. Since 1992, she has worked with Latin American human rights groups, truth commissions and prosecutors to obtain government records from secret archives that shed light on state violence and repression. Doyle has testified as an expert witness in numerous human rights legal proceedings such as the ongoing Guatemala genocide case being heard by the Spanish national court, the trial of former President Alberto Fujimori of Peru for his role in massacring civilians and the 2002 trial of three Guatemalan military officers for planning and ordering a political assassination. She has written about human rights and the challenge of openness for Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, Boston Globe, World Policy Journal and The Nation, as well as newspapers and magazines in Latin America.
On Sunday, Doyle will discuss the kind of forensic archival work she does, trying to excavate hidden government archives of security forces in Latin America in order to expose the history of repression and find evidence of human rights crimes that can be used in legal proceedings. She will go from broad (Latin America) to specific (Guatemala), and focus on some of the amazing developments in documenting human rights abuses that have taken place in the region during the last decade. She will show pictures of the Guatemalan police archive and talk about some of the documents that have been found, such as the "death squad diary" (documenting the disappeared in Guatemala) and documents about genocidal military operations targeting Mayan communities in 1982.
UND anthropologist Marcia Mikulak, a concert pianist-turned-scientist, is currently undertaking a human rights mission in northern Brazil, where she works closely with Chief Marcos and his beleaguered Xukuru (pronounced Shoo-koo-roo) tribe. Mikulak is passionate about human rights, not just in Brazil, but at home, too: here in Grand Forks, where she is an associate professor in the UND College of Arts and Sciences Department of Anthropology, she collaborates with the Grand Forks Community Violence Intervention Center. On academic developmental leave from the University of North Dakota, she's currently working from the village of Pesqueira in Pernambuco, Brazil, where the Xukuru tribe lives in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco," says Mikulak. Students at UND will work with Mikulak's research to provide the basis for a course offered this spring through Honors titled "Indigenous Human Rights: Local to Global 392.
For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release, contact the North Dakota Museum of Art or visit www.ndmoa.com. Museum hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. The Museum shop is open during Museum hours and the café is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, although donations are always appreciated.
-- Brittney Blake, Closing The Disappeared exhibition with speaker Kate Doyle, North Dakota Museum of Art, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4195
|Bookstore Book Club meeting is Jan. 18|
The University Bookstore invites the campus community and the greater Grand Forks area to join the staff of the bookstore for our second reading and discussion at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, in the University Bookstore meeting room. The January selection is "Olive Kitteridge," by Elizabeth Strout. As a special offer to book club participants, UND Bookstore is offering a double punch on your Book Club card (available at the cash register) for each book purchased for the discussions.
-- Maria Northington & Sheri Johnson , Book Club Leaders, UND Bookstore, email@example.com, 777-4980
|H1N1 vaccination clinic open to all UND faculty, staff and students|
Haven’t received your H1N1 vaccination yet? No problem. UND Student Health Services has you covered. Start the New Year off right. UND is opening a vaccination clinic from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in Swanson Hall, Room 10. UND IDs required:
• If you have BC/BS coverage, please bring your current insurance card. Insurance will be filed for vaccine administration.
• For students who are uninsured or underinsured, the cost of vaccine administration will be covered by UND Student Government.
• For benefited faculty and staff, the cost of vaccine administration will be covered by NDPERS BC/BS. Insurance card required.
• For non-benefited faculty and staff, the cost of vaccine administration will be $15.
Seasonal flu vaccination does not protect you against H1N1 flu. Students who are unable to attend this vaccination clinic can still receive their H1N1 vaccination at Student Health Services. Call 777-4500 to make an appointment, or go to www.undstudenthealth.com.
Most community health care providers now have H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccination available by appointment. Student Health Services supply of seasonal flu vaccine has been exhausted. Information about community H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccination opportunities can be found on the ND Flu Clinic Locator @ www.ndflu.gov.
-- Abraham Bilyeu, GSA, Health Promotion Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, 515-720-1576
|CIO faculty forum is Jan 19|
An extensive strategic planning process for information technology lead by CIO Josh Riedy in Fall 2008 resulted in the identification of critical Core Technology Services. This Spring, the Office of the CIO will continue to host a series of open forums to develop solutions, cost, sustainability and implementation for these core technology services. In this next phase we again ask for your valuable input as the success of this process requires the active involvement and partnered decision-making from across campus. All forums will be broadcast live and recorded. Please see the UND CIO web site http://cio.und.edu/ for more information. Online surveys will also be available for additional feedback from the campus community.
Please plan to attend the first spring forum, Technology Support (broad hardware, software and application support), from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the River Valley Room. If you have any questions please contact Mike Lefever.
-- Mike Lefever, Project Manager, AVP/Dean of Outreach/CIO Office, Michaellefever@mail.und.edu, 777-2030
|Work Well hosts BCBS presentations Jan. 20 and 28|
Do you want to know more about the MyHealthCenter and the Health Club Credit programs that allow you to earn up to $250 a year? Join in for the beginner sessions this month:
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2 to 3 p.m. at the Atmospherium (115 Odegard Hall) or Thursday, Jan. 28, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the Reed Keller Auditorium at the School of Medicine (IVN connections to Fargo, Minot and Bismarck). Advanced sessions will be offered later this winter/spring.
-- Kim Ruliffson, Coordinator of Work Well, Wellness Center, email@example.com, 777-0210
|Volunteer Recruitment Day is Jan. 20|
Volunteer Recruitment Day at the Spring Involvement Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in Memorial Union Ballroom. Agencies will be on campus to recruit volunteers for the spring semester. Faculty and staff, in addition to students, are encouraged to attend. Those programs and departments that require service hours are asked to inform students about Volunteer Recruitment Day. For further information, contact Joe Mathern, Graduate Assistant for Student Involvement, 777-0673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Joe Mathern, Graduate Assistant for Student Involvement, Memorial Union, email@example.com, 777-0673
|Christus Rex will hold book study|
Join us at Christus Rex for Wednesday noons beginning Jan. 20 as we read Greg Mortenson's new book, "Stones Into Schools." After his bestseller, "Three Cups of Tea," and his promise to build a school in Pakistan, Mortenson inspires his readers with the story of promoting peace with books instead of bombs in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. In the heart of Taliban country, terrorism is confronted with a passionate determination to give hope to an entire generation with education. This remarkable man and his story will offer us good food for thought as we wonder together about our part in making peace in the world.
Call 775-5581 to reserve a copy for $15, and join us beginning on Jan. 20 at noon in the Christus Rex lounge. Bring your own sack lunch or pick up a bowl of soup at Archives. We will provide hot beverages and snacks. See you there.
-- Christus Rex
|North Dakota Ballet Company presents "Coppelia"|
More than 100 local dancers, ages 3-30, will take part in the North Dakota Ballet Company's classical ballet production of "Coppelia." This timeless ballet is about a young couple in love and their battle between idealism and realism. The ballet premiered in 1870 at the Paris Opera and has brought joy to audiences for over 140 years.
This fun and comedic ballet was one of the first ballets to feature dolls coming to life. It was partly because of "Coppelia's" success that other ballets, such as the Nutcracker and Petrushka, have dolls that come to life in them.
The ballet is about a girl named Coppelia who sits on her balcony all day reading, speaking to no one. A boy named Franz falls deeply in love with her and wants to marry her, even though he is already engaged. His fiance, Swanhilda, sees Franz throwing kisses at Coppelia. Swanhilda soon learns that Coppelia is actually a doll that belongs to Doctor Coppelius, the mad scientist. She decides to impersonate the doll to win the love of Franz. Chaos ensues, but all is soon forgiven. Coppelia and Franz make up and get married. The marriage is celebrated with several festive dances.
The production will take place at the Empire Arts Center at 7 p.m. Jan. 22, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 23, and 2 p.m. Jan. 24. Tickets are $12 and are available through Ticketmaster, as well as at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before each production and tickets will go on-sale at the box office one hour before each show.
A special school show will be held for local elementary schools at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22. Participating schools will be provided with full school curriculums, as well as a special meet and greet with performers. Interested schools should contact Andrea Polries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Laura Dvorak-Berry, Executive Director, North Dakota Ballet Company, email@example.com, 701-746-6044
|History of Biology Department to be presented|
Omer R. Larson, professor Emeritus of Biology, will present a talk describing the 125 year history of the UND Biology Department at noon Friday, Jan. 22, in 141 Starcher Hall. The Biology Department was the first science department on the UND campus, with biology courses offered from the very first day the school opened its doors in 1884. Professor Larson will examine the 125 year history of the department and the multifaceted changes that have occurred during this period. All are invited to attend.
-- Ike Schlosser, Professor & Dept. Chair, Biology, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2254
|Love Your Body Week begins Jan. 22|
Love Your Body Week is an annual campaign at UND to promote positive body image and healthy habits. Love Your Body Week also serves to raise awareness about the media's negative impact on body image. This year's campaign will be held Jan. 22–29. All Events are free. Find Love Your Body Week on Facebook. (Keywords: Love Your Body Week 2010)
Love Your Body Kickoff at Nightlife - 9 p.m. to midnight Friday, Jan. 22, Memorial Union (various areas – enter via main front entrance)
Exercise can be more than working out in a gym. Get moving by dancing the night away at Nightlife. In the mood to get your fingers moving rather than your feet? Decorate a Love Your Body Week button or mirror as a reminder to appreciate yourself the way you are. Take a break from dancing and crafting to savor some delectable chocolate fondue goodies and be sure to check out the Healthy vs. Fit display.
Meet, Eat & Learn: Yoga - What's it all about? - noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, International Centre
For novices, poses such as the cobra, the fish, the downward dog may sound more like zoo animals than yoga. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, come learn about the ancient practice of yoga while enjoying a healthy and FREE lunch! Yoga instructor Heather Lotysz will speak about the benefits of yoga and demonstrate some poses.
Fabulous Chocolate Fondue - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, Memorial Union (1st level, near the Student Health Promotion Office)
This fondue is so good we had to have it twice. Eating healthy can involve treating yourself. Practice balance and moderation with this oh-so-yummy chocolate fondue. Enjoy scrumptious treats while watching an eye-opening slideshow on the illusion of Hollywood beauty.
Events are sponsored by ADAPT, Student Association for Nutrition & Dietetics, Student Health Promotion Office, Student Health Services, University Counseling Center, Wellness Center and Women's Center. For more information, contact 777-4300.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Women's Center, email@example.com, 777-4300
|Music offers community voice lessons and children's classes |
The UND Community Music Program is again offering voice lessons taught by an experienced teacher for children third grade to adult at all levels of expertise.
Musiktanz pre-school music classes for children ages 15 months through kindergarten are also being offered. Musiktanz is a curriculum developed by Dr. Lorna Heyge, an internationally recognized early childhood music educator. In the Musiktanz program the teacher acts as a model to assist the parents/care givers in working musically with their children. The adults attend the children's lessons and participate with them in a variety of 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. An additional benefit for children is that research has shown that participation in such programs may improve skills tied to academic success.
Level I (Ages 15 months-3 years) meets at 6 p.m. Mondays. Level II (Ages 3 years-kindergarten) meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Both classes meet for a half hour 10 times during the semester in HFAC Room 258 starting Jan. 25. They are taught by an experienced music teacher. Cost for each level is $65 per semester. For more information for voice or Musiktanz, please call 777-2830.
-- Barbara Lewis, Associate Professor of Music Education, Music, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2820
|Volunteers are needed for College Goal Sunday|
College Goal Sunday is a one-day event in February where students and their families receive hands-on assistance to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). College Goal Sunday is a growing, national event sponsored by the Lumina Foundation for Education and YMCA.
We are seeking volunteers for the event. Your help is needed for registration, general student assistance, tech support, or tax preparation questions.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete a volunteer form on the College Goal North Dakota Web site by Jan. 29. The site is www.collegegoalnd.org and the form is under the Volunteers tab (at the top of the page). The site also provides more information on the eleven locations and College Goal Sunday's history.
College Goal Sunday North Dakota will be held on Feb. 21 at eleven locations. These include Belcourt, Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Fort Totten, Fort Yates, Grafton, Grand Forks, Minot, New Town, and Williston. Students who participate will be eligible to win prizes and scholarships.
The Grand Forks site is the second floor, Memorial Union, 1 to 3 p.m. Students and families are welcome at any time during the open house; however, it is suggested to allow for up to an hour to complete and submit the FAFSA.
-- Christina Hutchison, Grand Forks CGS Site Coordinator, Student Financial Aid, email@example.com, 777-4412
|Writers Conference is set for March 23-27|
The 41st Annual UND Writers Conference "Mind the Gap: Print, New Media, Art" is fast approaching. This year's conference will take place from March 23-27, and it is very much interdisciplinary in nature. This year's participants are involved not only with traditional print literature, but also film, history, computer programming, time-based media, virtual environments, art, and music, among other fields. As faculty prepares for spring semester classes, we hope that they will consider encouraging their students to attend events and incorporating the works of Conference authors/artists into their classrooms.
The 2010 UND Writers Conference will feature Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman, Affrilachian poet Frank X. Walker, as well as new media authors/artists Nick Montfort, Deena Larsen, Stuart Moulthrop, and Mark Amerika. Video artist Cecelia Condit, whose work will be exhibited at the North Dakota Museum of Art, will also be joining us, as will Saul Williams, spoken word artist and Grand Slam Poetry Champion. Finally, this year's conference will also include a multi-media musical performance by Zeitgeist.
The Conference schedule, biographies of this year's authors/artists, along with links to freely available online works are available at http://www.undwritersconference.org/ . All Conference events are, and always have been, free and open to the public. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Conference co-director Crystal Alberts at firstname.lastname@example.org .
-- Crystal Alberts, English.
|Museum hosts Annual Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction |
The 19th annual North Dakota Museum of Art Gala Benefit Dinner and Silent Art Auction will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. The event, which is both a prominent social event and successful fundraiser for the Museum, will be held in the elegant galleries of the North Dakota Museum of Art. Evening includes multi-course meal prepared by Justin Welsh. Dress is black tie optional, and valet service is provided. Reservations are $100 per person. The tables seat eight and arrangements can be made for parties to be seated together. This year’s co-chairs are Al Boucher, Thomasine Heitkamp and John and Dawn Botsford. A dedicated volunteer committee, along with numerous sponsors, make this evening possible.
As with each of the previous benefits, a silent art auction will go throughout the evening. Matthew Wallace of the North Dakota Museum of Art curated this year's Silent Art Auction. This year, over 50 pieces from regional, national, and international artists will be auctioned. The Auction includes work by emerging artists, as well as contemporary artisans. The pieces will be circulated throughout the dinner by walking-easels. All works of art will open at $100. This year’s auction includes work by Walter Piehl, Gretchen Bederman, Roddy McGinnes, Keith Johnson, Cyruss Swann, Lori Esposito, Matt Anderson, Ryan Frates, Casey Opstad, Sarah Hultin and more. Several artists have donated all proceeds from the sale of their work to the Museum as they have in the past. The artwork will be on the mezzanine and ready for preview by Monday, Jan. 25, and will be open to viewing until the night of the auction.
Vegetarian meals will be provided with prior request. Fine wines chosen by wine connoisseur Michael McCullough accompany the meal. Proceeds from dinner reservations, and art and raffle sales are used for programming and exhibitions at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Exhibitions would not be possible without funds collected at this and other fundraising events, and generous contributions from sponsors, both corporate and individual.
For additional information, contact the North Dakota Museum of Art or visit www.ndmoa.com. Museum hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum shop is open during Museum hours and the café is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, although donations are appreciated.
-- Brittney Blake, North Dakota Museum of Art, email@example.com, 777-4195
|Monday, Jan. 18, is Martin Luther King Day|
Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Day, will be observed as a holiday by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday.
|Federal loan forgiveness program benefits public service employees|
The College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) established a Public Service Loan Forgiveness program for students who pursue a career in public service. Public service includes employment in most public schools, colleges and universities, public child or family service agency, non-profit organizations, tribal college or university, public safety, law enforcement, public health and certain other private organizations that are not a for-profit business.
More information on this program is available at: www.finaid.org/loans/publicservice.phtml.
-- Robin Holden, Director, Student Financial Aid, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3121
|New check deposit process will require ordering an endorsement stamp|
Beginning Feb. 1, Student Account Services will implement a new check deposit process. This change enables UND to process checks more quickly and efficiently. As part of this implementation, departments accepting checks will need to purchase a new check endorsement stamp. Stamps may be purchased at most office supply stores using your purchasing card.
Effective Feb. 1, all checks accepted by your department and submitted for deposit to Student Account Services should have the following new endorsement:
For Deposit Only
Bank of North Dakota
University of North Dakota
Please continue to use your current endorsement stamp (with the bank name of Alerus Financial) through Jan. 31, 2010. You should use your new stamp beginning with the deposits submitted on or after Feb. 1. Student Account Services recommends your new endorsement stamp be ordered immediately to ensure you receive it in time. Please forward this message to appropriate staff in your departments. If you have any questions, please email Matt Lukach, Student Account Relations Manager at email@example.com .
|Review pay information carefully|
Jan. 15 will be the first payday where employees will review their paystubs online, instead of receiving a hard copy paystub. Since this is also the first paycheck of a new calendar year, we strongly recommend reviewing your paystub online, especially your deductions and taxes, to make sure that all amounts are correct. Any errors are easier to correct if reported early. If you see any discrepancies, please contact the Payroll Office at 777-4226.
|UND's Human Research Protection Program re-accredited by AAHRPP|
The Division of Research at the University of North Dakota is pleased to announce that its Human Research Protection Program has been fully re-accredited for three years by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP).
AAHRPP is a non-profit group that works with organizations that conduct research with human subjects to raise the level of protection for research participants. AAHRPP accredits organizations that can demonstrate they provide participant safeguards that surpass the threshold of state and federal requirements. For more information on AAHRPP and the accreditation process, visit www.aahrpp.org.
Through the rigorous accreditation process, organizations must demonstrate that they have built extensive safeguards into every level of their research operation and that they adhere to the highest standards for research. AAHRPP's standards exceed federal regulations by requiring organizations to address conflict of interest, to provide community outreach and education and to apply the same stringent protections to all research involving human participants. (Under federal regulations, such protections are mandated only for federally sponsored or regulated research.) The accreditation process typically results in system-wide improvements that enhance protections for research participants and promote high-quality research.
"Human subjects are an important part of research in many fields, ranging from psychology to human nutrition to pharmaceutical development and other clinical medical research," said Phyllis E. Johnson, Vice President for Research and Economic Development at UND. "All of this work ultimately serves to improve the health and well-being of people all across the United States. It's critically important to make sure that people who participate in such research studies do so in such a way as to involve minimum risk and maximum benefit. Our continuing accreditation is an indication that we have a first-class program to ensure that."
The UND Human Research Protection Program currently oversees more than 600 ongoing research projects that involve human volunteers as subjects. AAHRPP accreditation recognizes UND's commitment to quality and accountability in its Human Research Protection Program, ensuring that all research participants receive the highest standard of protection.
|Syntec and EERC to develop novel technology|
Syntec Biofuel Inc. (Syntec) (OTC BB: SYBF) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a joint development program with the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at UND in Grand Forks for converting a wide variety of biomass and waste into bio-butanol. The core process utilizes Syntec's high-performance catalyst technology in conjunction with an upgrading process exclusively licensed from the EERC Foundation.
Butanol has a high purity and energy level and can be used in a variety of ways, including as a fuel in internal combustion engines. Because its hydrocarbon chain is twice that of ethanol, it is more similar to gasoline than it is to ethanol and thus constitutes a superior fuel. Bio-butanol is also used as a solvent for a wide variety of chemical and textile processes, as a chemical intermediate for organic synthesis, as a base for perfumes and paint thinners, and as a solvent in other coating applications.
"We are delighted to work with the EERC, a leader in the field of biomass gasification and liquefaction able to contribute its expertise to assist Syntec in our quest toward commercialization," said Michael Jackson, CEO of Syntec. "We are not aware of any other company in the world that is developing a thermochemical process utilizing nonfood materials to predominantly produce bio-butanol. In a joint venture with DuPont, BP is building a demonstration plant in the United Kingdom to convert sugar into bio-butanol. This is concerning, as it uses food resources to produce fuel."
"The EERC is very pleased to be partnering with Syntec," said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. "Combining the EERC's expertise in biomass conversion and butanol production with Syntec's unique catalyst technology will provide an excellent commercial opportunity to provide the world with an economical and sustainable renewable fuel option."
Syntec is a Washington State corporation based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Syntec has developed a thermochemical process that breaks down sustainable, low-cost MSW, wood, and agricultural waste into reactive components that form with Syntec's patent-pending catalysts to produce ethanol, methanol, propanol, and butanol. Syntec currently has one of the highest-yielding catalysts within its sector.
The EERC is recognized as one of the world's leading developers of cleaner, more efficient energy and environmental technologies to protect and clean our air, water, and soil. The EERC is a high-tech, nonprofit branch of UND and pursues an entrepreneurial, market-driven approach to research and development in order to successfully demonstrate innovative technologies and commercialize them through its EERC Foundation and many clients. Since 1987, the EERC has had nearly 1100 clients in 50 states and 51 countries. The EERC's current research portfolio tops $236 million.
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|Faculty candidate will give talk|
A campus presentation by Greg Rickwood titled "The Relationship between School Environments and Physical Activity" Hyslop Sports Center, Room 172, Tuesday, Jan. 19 4:30 to 5:40 p.m. He is a candidate for a faculty position at Physical Education, Exercise Science & Wellness.
-- Joni McEnroe, Administrative Secretary, Physical Education, Exercise Science & Wellness, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4324
|Adult Re-entry Center hosts Coffee, Cookies & Conversation Wednesday|
Coffee, Cookies & Conversation for adult/nontraditional students is an informal gathering held every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Adult Re-entry Center (3rd floor of the Memorial Union). It is a great place to network and meet other students. Come visit with our campus or community guest each week and exchange information about campus and college life. You may also learn about the variety of campus and community resources available for students. Students, faculty, staff. and campus community members are welcome to join in anytime. We also have hot chocolate, tea and sometimes muffins or fruit. Bring your lunch while you chat and become better acquainted with the campus community. Please welcome our first featured guests this Wednesday, Jan. 13 from the Financial Aid Office and the Women's Center. See other guests and dates scheduled this semester online at http://ssc.und.edu/reentry/coffeeguestschedule.htm
The Adult Re-entry Center is part of the Student Success Center and provides resources for the adult or nontraditional student, including guidance and support, advocacy, referrals and opportunities to meet other adult/ nontraditional students through peer mentoring and group activities.
-- Sandy Monette, Adult Re-entry Coordinator, Student Success Center, email@example.com, 777-3228
|Duplicating Services is available to faculty and staff|
When copying your classroom or University Related materials or office handouts, consider using Duplicating Services if you aren’t already. The cost for black copies run on white paper is $.018, which is lower than any copier you may have in your office, and you don’t even have to leave your desk. You can electronically submit your order using our online job form at our web site http://www.duplicating.und.edu/ . Most jobs submitted will have a turnaround time of half a day.
We also offer a variety of size, weight, and colored paper and finishing options. Also offered is full color copies and wide format printing. Please call the main office at 777-5088 with any questions your may have.
-- Duplicating Services
|Print document development available at GaPS|
Do you need a brochure, poster, or other print document designed but don’t have the time or ability to do it yourself? Maybe you want photographs taken, a web site developed or improved, or Power Point slides created. If so, you might consider hiring creative and talented students affiliated with UND’s Graphics and Photography Society (GaPS).
GaPS is a student organization established in 2003. The purposes of GaPS is to provide opportunities for professional growth, encourage visual communication and to develop technical skills. This is accomplished by creating designs (both print and electronic) and photographs for clients. All services are faculty supervised.
For more information, contact Lynda Kenney, advisor to the Graphics and Photography Society student organization.
-- Lynda Kenney, Assistant Professor, Technology, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2197
|University Within the University (U2) lists new classes|
Budgets Overview Inquiry
Jan. 19, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., 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; utilizes PeopleSoft to track your department’s budget, cash, revenue, and expenditures; shows you how to complete a budget journal. The session also includes hands-on practice activities. Presenter: Shannon Smidt
Preventing Workplace Violence
Jan. 19, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Memorial Union, River Valley Room
Workplace violence occurs all too often. Communication and training can help to prevent and deal with employee and/or client violence. This session will identify: underlying causes of workplace violence, warning signs, methods for heading off serious situations, as well as planning for prevention. Presenter: Jason Uhlir
Jan. 20, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Swanson Hall, Room 16-18
According to the Business Forms Management Association, eighty percent of all business records are forms. This session will help coordinators understand their role in managing this vital resource according to state and university policy. Presenter: Christopher Flynn
GroupWise 8.0: Intermediate
Jan. 21, 9 to Noon, Upson II, Room 361
You will work with advanced message options; set mail properties; customize message headers; use Web Access interface; create and use rules to automate e-mail responses; set access rights; and work in depth with the Junk Mail folder and archive feature. Presenter: Heidi Strande
Jan. 21, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Skalicky Tech Incubator, Room 211
This session is required by State Fleet for all UND employees who drive State Fleet vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a State Fleet vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse or dependents). This session may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Eric Pearson
Lunch With a Dietitian: Re-Charge Your New Year’s Resolution(s)
Jan. 25, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Brown Bag Lunch Session! Memorial Union, Badlands Room
It’s been a few weeks since you made the resolution to “eat healthier foods”, “work out more”, or even “lose 15 pounds” this year. How is that going? Approximately 64 percent of individuals who make resolutions each year have been able to keep the commitment for one month. Are you one of them? If you need a little extra help with your resolution, whatever it is, join us! Please submit your nutrition-related resolution to Karina Wittmann by Wednesday, January 20th (email@example.com or 777-0769) and as a group we can brainstorm and discuss ways for you to really stick with your resolution this year! Presenter: Karina Wittmann
Microsoft Office Excel 2007: Level 1
Jan. 25, 27, & 28, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse, and file saving and retrieving skills.
Upon successful completion of this session, you will be able to explore the Microsoft Office Excel 2007 environment and create a basic worksheet; perform calculations; modify a worksheet; format a worksheet; print workbook contents; and manage large workbooks. Presenter: Heidi Strande
Jan. 26, 9 to 11 a.m., Twamley Hall, Room 305
Supervisors will receive guidelines for using a progressive discipline system.
Presenters: Desi Sporbert & Joy Johnson
* Required training for all Finance and Operations supervisors,
PeopleSoft Account Numbers
Jan. 26, 9 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union, Badlands Room
This session will show how to use PeopleSoft Account Number listings and provide clarification on how items should be coded. Presenter: Allison Peyton
Basic International Student Requirements for Faculty & Staff
Jan. 26, 10 a.m to Noon, International Centre
Government regulations for international students create unique challenges for students to be able to pursue their degrees in the U.S. Faculty and staff who advise international students must be aware of the extra expectations that are placed on these students and what that may mean for arrival on campus, selecting courses, program duration, financial support and post-graduation planning. This session provides an overview of the basic requirements governing most international students’ ability to pursue their studies in the U.S.-from admission to graduation. Topics addressed include visa application, enrollment requirements, international student employment and social security, program completion requirements. Presenters: Shannon Jolly & Matt Hiller
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education, U2@mail.und.edu, 777-0720
|Chester Fritz Library lists holiday hours|
The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following hours of operation for the Martin Luther King Weekend: Saturday, Jan. 16 - 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 17 - Library Closed; Monday, Jan. 18 - 1 p.m. to Midnight (Martin Luther King Day).
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2618
|Law Library lists holiday hours|
The Law Library will be open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Martin Luther King Day.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library, email@example.com, 777-3482
|Library of the Health Sciences lists holiday hours|
Library of the Health Sciences hours for the Martin Luther holiday weekend are Saturday, Jan. 16 - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 17 - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 18 - 10 a.m. to midnight.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistand, Library of the Health Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3893
|Museum Cafe offers Argentinean coffee service|
The North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe is now offering Argentinean style coffee service from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. This includes a cup of premium coffee, a small water and a petite dessert served on custom made pottery. All for only $1.75.
-- Jessica Mongeon, Event Coordinator, North Dakota Museum of Art, email@example.com, 777-4195
|ITSS lists holiday closing hours|
ITSS will close for the Martin Luther King Day holiday at midnight on Sunday, Jan. 17, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.
-- David Levenseller, Help Desk Leader, ITSS, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2222
|University seeks nominations for Student Employee of the Year |
UND is now seeking nominations for Student Employee of the Year. The Student Employee of the Year will be a chance for on campus department supervisors to nominate and highlight their outstanding full time degree seeking undergraduate student employees that portray reliability, quality of work, professionalism, and show creativity and independence when dealing with work situations. Students must have a 3.0 or higher institutional cumulative GPA and be currently employed as a Federal Work Study student or Institutional student at the time of nomination. The individual that is selected by the Student Employee of the Year Committee will receive a $500 award for spring semester. The Student Employee of the Year Committee will forward this years recipient to the Regional Student Employee of the Year and the student could possibly advance to the National Student Employee of the Year.
Nominations need to be submitted to the Student Financial Aid Office by Feb. 1, 2010. Go to http://www.financialaid.und.edu/SEG_Student_Employee_of_the_Year.html to submit your nomination.
Presentation of the award will be on April 30, 2010 during the Memorial Union Leadership Awards. For details, contact Hanna Baker, Student Employment Clerk, email@example.com or Janelle Kilgore, Student Financial Aid Student Employment Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Janelle Kilgore, Financial Aid Administrator, Student Financial Aid, email@example.com, 777-4794
|Wellness Center holds New Year's promotions|
Do you want to get into better shape this New Year? Try the New Year's eight-week program at the Wellness Center. You will get weekly tips and motivational messages by e-mail, a pre- and post-fitness assessment, a goal consultation with a personal trainer, a four week fruit and veggie tracking challenge and one free culinary corner class. This entire program is $69, and if you participate in the BCBS Health Club Credit, you could save $40, making it only $29 for two months. Please stop by the Wellness Center or call 777-9355 to get started.
Work Well January Calendar is available on-line: http://www.workwell.und.edu/?page=january
Exercise with Mandy - Abs and Back: Tennis Shoe Tuesday, Jan. 12, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. (Wellness Center, Room 272-274).
Free class for staff and faculty offered by Work Well. Join us to learn proper technique, number of repetitions and to learn how often to complete your abs and back workout. RSVP by Jan. 11 to hold a spot by calling Kim at 777-0210 (with you name and phone number). You do not need to be a Wellness Center member to participate, but come a few minutes early to get a visitor pass and sign a waiver. If you are a Wellness Center member, consider/use the Health Club Credit program because this will count as one of your 12 times of working out a month.
BCBS Wellness Programs: MyHealthCenter and Health Club Credit Computer Session (for beginners), 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, Room 361. Sign up through U2 - seats are limited. Kim will help you get started. Please bring your BCBS insurance card, and have the following information for the health assessment: your weight, height, waist measurement, cholesterol (LDL, HDL, triglycerides, total cholesterol), blood glucose, and blood pressure.
Work Well Winter Wellness Challenge: Try to create a balance of all seven dimensions of wellness (physical, occupational, social, emotional, spiritual, environmental and intellectual) through creative activities. One weekly prize of $30 for Scheels, the Ski and Bike shop, Target and Cabelas is available. Three grand prizes of $50 to Hugo's and Super One and one pair of snow shoes from the Ski and Bike shop will go to three staff/faculty members (who can integrate all dimensions in five weeks). Register at www.workwell.und.edu and click the Winter Challenge banner by Jan. 18.
Freedom from Smoking and Chewing Class. Are you interested? This course has worked for UND staff and faculty. It will start Tuesday, Feb. 9, and meet weekly for six weeks every Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (and one Thursday, Feb. 25), in Swanson Hall, Rooms 10-12. It is free ($200 value) for benefitted staff and insured spouses and dependents. There is scholarship money through Work Well for non-benefitted staff/faculty. Contact Teresa Knox at 701-787-8140 to sign-up or Kim at 777-0210 for non-benefitted staff/faculty. Contact Kim Ruliffson, Coordinator of Work Well if you have questions.
-- Kim Ruliffson, Coordinator of Work Well, Wellness Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-0210
|Work Well holds Winter Wellness Challenge|
Join in the Winter Wellness Challenge and try to achieve all seven dimensions of Wellness over five weeks. There are great prizes weekly (gift cards to Scheels, the Ski and Bike shop, Cabelas, and Target). Grand Prizes include gift cards to Hugos, Super One and a pair of Snow Shoes. To register, log on to www.workwell.und.edu and click the Winter Challenge icon.
-- Kim Ruliffson, Coordinator of Work Well, Wellness Center, email@example.com, 777-0210
|Museum Cafe weekly menu listed|
Gorgonzola Spinach Walnut Salad:
Spinach topped with Gorgonzola cheese, toasted walnuts, and dressed with a bacon or vinaigrette dressing. Served with toasted French bread.
Crisp romaine lettuce with sweet cherry tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, English cucumbers, shredded carrots, celery and sprinkled with toasted sunflower seeds. Served with croutons or toasted French bread with your choice of poppy seed, raspberry vinaigrette or tomato basil dressing.
Winter Fruit Salad:
Crisp romaine lettuce topped with dried cranberries, sweet sliced apples, pears, cashews and shredded Swiss cheese, in a light Dijon poppy seed dressing.
Sandwiches - Served with fruit and chips
Bagel and Lox:
Smoked salmon on a toasted bagel with a cream cheese dill spread and sprout
Stir-fried assorted mushrooms, onions, bell peppers lightly seasoned with garlic, cayenne and oregano, served in a warm tortilla. Your choice of whole wheat or plain tortilla. Accompanied with corn chips and salsa.
Tortillas stuffed with strips of chicken seasoned with Mexican spices, refried beans, Spanish rice, chopped onions, assorted bell peppers, and black olives, topped with a red gravy sauce and Monterey jack cheese. Served with corn chips and salsa.
White Swiss Chard and White Bean Soup
Pull-Apart Pork Sandwich:
Savory pulled pork on an onion roll, topped with coleslaw, with a horseradish blend dressing.
Ask Server about Selections
Museum Café hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- Jessica Mongeon, Event Coordinator, North Dakota Museum of Art, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-4195
|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.
Assistant to SBDC State Director
Posting Number: #10-180
Closing Date: 1/19/2010
Minimum Salary: $35,000 plus/year
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: Small Business Development Ctr
Posting Number: #10-181
Closing Date: 1/19/2010
Minimum Salary: $40,000 plus/year
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: Small Business Development Ctr
Posting Number: #10-177
Closing Date: 1/14/2010
Minimum Salary: $10 plus/hour
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: Dining Memorial Union
Programs Planner /Advisor
Posting Number: #10-175
Closing Date: 1/12/2010
Minimum Salary: $33,250 plus/year
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: Student Success Center
Posting Number: #10-176
Closing Date: 1/14/2010
Minimum Salary: $11.75 per/hour
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: Dining Memorial Union
|Application deadline for faculty research proposal writing fellowships is Jan. 15|
UND FACULTY RESEARCH PROPOSAL WRITING FELLOWSHIPS
Spring 2009-2010 Semester
Applications are invited from UND faculty for research fellowships ($1000 each) to facilitate writing proposals for external funding of their research and scholarly activities. Offered through Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) and the University Writing Program, a limited number of faculty in teams of two (faculty proposal writer and mentor) will engage in a 10-session (1 hour each) writing seminar beginning at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, and continuing on Mondays at 4 p.m. through April 26. The goal of the seminar will be for each faculty writer to complete a research proposal, with the assistance of a mentor that will be suitable for submission to an external sponsor.
• Submit an application as a faculty team (writer and mentor) to RD&C of no more than 2 pages describing your research/scholarly activity idea.
• Identify the organization you will target for funding.
• List your last three examples of creative activity (e.g. publications, performances) and indicate whether they were peer reviewed and when they occurred.
• Describe your experience with submitting external proposals, including agencies and critiques. Also include a short list of recent proposals submitted by your mentor and indicate which have been successful.
• Discuss the significance of your research/scholarly activity.
• Indicate your availability and commitment to attend at least nine of the ten seminar sessions.
• Be sure to include the name and the expected contribution of the faculty member who has agreed to serve as your mentor for this fellowship. (Mentors must agree to attend at least 5 sessions and be available to assist you in writing and developing your proposal outside the seminar. Mentors also will receive $1000 stipends.) If you need help locating a mentor, contact Barry Milavetz at RD&C (7-4280 or email@example.com).
• Potential for completing a draft proposal by May 15, 2010.
• Significance and impact of proposed research/scholarly activity.
• Potential for funding by proposed sponsor.
• Evidence of commitment by writer and mentor.
• Participant must be the P.I. on the external proposal.
Friday, Jan. 15
Submit application to RD&C, 105 Twamley Hall or email to:
-- Barry Milavetz, Associate Vice President of Research and Economic Development, Research Development & Compliance, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4278
|NSF issues announcement for Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT)|
Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT)
Program Solicitation# 10-523
The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcement for Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT).
The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program has been developed to meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers who will pursue careers in research and education, with the interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills to become, in their own careers, leaders and creative agents for change. The program is intended to catalyze a cultural change in graduate education, for students, faculty, and institutions, by establishing innovative new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. It is also intended to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, and to contribute to a world-class, broadly inclusive, and globally engaged science and engineering workforce.
As a result of the limited number of proposals that can be submitted, UND will conduct an internal review of preproposals. Preproposals should consist of the following sections:
Cover page listing the project name, collaborators, contact person, total budget amount
Instrument(s) to be purchased or developed and its (their) function(s)
Impact on the research program of the collaborators, department(s), and college(s)
Impact on the university’s mission as a whole
Preproposals should be no more than 3 pages in length using a reasonable format (1 inch margins, font size 11, single-spaced). Preproposals are due in Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. Criteria used for reviewing preproposals will include appropriateness to the goal of the program; probability for funding by NSF; reasonableness of budgetary requests; and impact of the request on the university and the academic units involved. Investigators will be notified of the review results as soon as possible in order to provide as much time as possible to prepare a final proposal for submission.
-- Barry Milavetz, Associate Vice President of Research and Economic Development, Research Development and Compliance, email@example.com, 777-4278
|Dale Jacobson's article on poet published|
Dale Jacobson (English) recently had an article published in Great River Review (issue #51, fall/winter 2009) on the Greek poet Yannis Ritsos, titled "Yannis Ritsos, a Legacy and a Warning." Jacobson's piece elicited a response to the editor from nationally known poet John Haines (University of Alaska), who in part said, "Having read Jacobson on this issue [political substance of Ritsos' poetry largely absent in American poetry], I am more convinced than ever of the significance of what he has to say..."
-- Dale Jacobson, Senior Lecturer, English, firstname.lastname@example.org, 218-773-9226
|Lois J. Merrill remembered|
Lois Jean Merrill, Nursing dean emeritus, died Dec. 22 in Rogers, Ark. She was born Aug. 3, 1932, to the late Robert and Lydia (Crook) Merrill in New Haven Connecticut.
Merrill earned her B.S. degree in Nursing from the University of Connecticut in 1955, her M.S. degree in Nursing in 1960 from the University of Colorado and her Ph.D. in education from the University of Nebraska in 1978. In 1986, Lois moved to North Dakota where she was Dean and Professor of the UND College of Nursing until her retirement in 1995. In 1995, she established the Lois J. Merrill UND College of Nursing Endowment. It was her desire to continue to enhance and strengthen the Nursing Program at UND and to provide a means for students in nursing to continue their education. Her previous professional experience included professor and dean of the University of Evansville School of Nursing and Health Science, associate professor and associate dean of the University of Nebraska College of Nursing, associate professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing and Instructor at Syracuse University School of Nursing. Before starting her teaching career she practiced Nursing at Presbyterian Hospital, Denver, Colo., and at Cincinnati General Hospital. After retiring, she moved to Bella Vista where she resided until 2005.
Lois published many education articles, was program director for grants provided by DHHS, Division of Nursing and presented a variety of professional papers throughout the States and Canada. During her professional career, she was a member of ANA, NLN, Midwest Alliance, American Association of Colleges of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau, International. In addition, she participated as an external evaluator and accrediting visitor for baccalaureate nursing programs.
She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Wilfred St. John of North Branford, Conn.; three nephews, Bob and Eileen St. John of North Haven Conn., David St. John of Racine, Wis. and Craig St. John of Milwaukee, Wis. and her friend of 50 years, Beverly McDermott of Gravette, Ark.
Lois fought a long and hard battle with poor health since March of 2004. However, throughout it all she remained strong and continued to maintain her very dry and spontaneous sense of humor. She will be remembered for her keen administrative abilities, her dedication and leadership in guiding students and faculty in nursing and her love of the water and mountains. Her proudest accomplishment was her education. Lois will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
At her request, no services are planned. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial will take place at a later date at Fairhaven-Union Cemetery in New Haven, Conn. Memorial may be made in her name to the Lois J. Merrill UND College of Nursing Endowment; Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780; AAUW Scholarship Fund; or a charity of donor’s choice. On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, College of Nursing, email@example.com, 777-4526
|Nancy Ann Haskins (Walker) remembered|
Nancy Ann Haskins (Walker), former associate director of ITSS, died Thursday, Jan. 7, at Altru Hospital following a courageous battle with breast cancer for several years. She was 58
Nancy was born to Ralph and Jennie Walker on Sept. 14, 1951 in Bottineau. She graduated from Bottineau High School in 1969, received her A.A. degree from NDSU School of Forestry in Bottineau, N.D. in 1971, and received her B.A. in mathematics and math education from North Dakota State University in 1974. On July 13, 1974, Nancy married James P. (Jim) Haskins at Peace Lutheran Church in Fargo, N.D.
Nancy had a long and very successful career in information systems and technology. She worked for Westinghouse Hanford in Richland, Wash.; Platte River Power Authority in Ft. Collins, Colo., from which she retired after 20 years of employment; UND ITSS and NDUS HECN. Her last position prior to taking long term disability was director of applications development for the North Dakota University System. Nancy was particularly known for her strength of character and intellectual abilities, problem solving and organizational skills, management of personnel, fairness and desire to help people achieve their career objectives and dreams.
Nancy’s greatest pleasures included spending time with her husband Jim Haskins, assistant professor of finance, and their son’s family – particularly her grandchildren. Nancy was a voracious reader. She was also her husband’s best friend and soul mate, strategist, and confidant. Her wisdom and ability to identify underlying sources of issues and ability to focus on specific solutions were just some of her hallmark characteristics. Although a very private person, those who knew her understood her capacity for love and concern for others.
She is survived by her husband, Jim of Grand Forks; son Jason (Bonnie) and three grandchildren: Alexander, Logan, and Gabriel of Columbus, Ohio; two siblings and their spouses: Connie (sister) and Frank Sardina of Freedom, N.Y. and Bryan (brother) and Corinne Walker of Medina, N.Y.; her father-in-law Kenneth (Paula) Haskins of Tacoma, Wash; mother-in-law Dee Christopherson (Haskins) of Williston, N.D.; brother-in-law John (Phyllis) Haskins of Williston, N.D.; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Nancy was preceded in death by her mother and father, Ralph and Jennie Walker.