|Faculty, staff invited to march at Phil Jackson Convocation|
UND Faculty and staff are invited to process in regalia at the first of two major events Monday, Aug. 25, in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the UND.
Phil Jackson ('67), UND alum and coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, will be presented an honorary Doctor of Letters degree at the UND opening academic convocation at 2 p.m. Aug. 25, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The academic convocation serves as the official opening of the 2008-09 academic year, and will be a special time for students, faculty and staff to hear from Jackson and see him presented with this academic honor.
Convocation literally means "coming together" and serves as a formal start to the academic calendar. Jackson will provide a short keynote address to assembled students and members of the campus community. There is no charge for the event, and seats are on a first come, first served basis.
UND faculty and staff wishing to process in regalia should contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events at 777-2724.
Later that afternoon, Jackson will engage in an informal conversation with the community during a "Great Conversation." The event, which begins at 5 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, is open to the public, and will feature a question and answer session with Jackson, moderated by Vice President for Student and Outreach Services Robert Boyd.
If you'd like to submit a question to ask Phil Jackson, you can fill out the form at http://www2.und.edu/our/125th/events.html .
For more information on this and other UND 125th events, visit our Web site at 125.und.edu.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Marketing Coordinator, 125th Anniversary, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-0857
|Dorgan sponsors Hydrogen Action Summit at EERC|
The Energy & Environmental Research Center has announced that the second in a series of action summits focused on the hydrogen economy will take place at the EERC Thursday, Sept. 4. Advancing the Hydrogen Economy Action Summit II is organized and sponsored by U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, through the Red River Valley Research Corridor, and the EERC.
The one-day action summit will begin at 8:30 a.m. and explore the strategic commercialization and research activities surrounding hydrogen use from fossil fuels, hydrogen use from renewable sources, and the infrastructure and utilization issues facing the advancement of a hydrogen economy.
"The Hydrogen Economy Action Summit will bring national energy experts to North Dakota for further discussion on how we can increase using hydrogen to fuel our country's energy needs," Sen. Dorgan said. "There are huge advances being made in hydrogen research and development right here in North Dakota that I've helped to jump-start. It's just one component of my Red River Valley Research Corridor initiative aimed at bringing high-tech research and good-paying jobs to North Dakota."
"Hydrogen is ready for deployment and is one of the answers to achieving energy security in the United States," said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. "This summit will set a course for hydrogen production and distribution technologies for North Dakota and the overall nation."
The summit will include several panel discussions featuring key presenters from Shell Hydrogen; Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc.; the EERC; the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); American Honda Motor Company, Inc.; and Air Products and Chemicals, to name a few. Keynote speakers include Sen. Dorgan; Carl Bauer, director of DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory; and Keith Cole, director of Advanced Technology, Vehicle Strategies, and Legislative Affairs, General Motors (GM) Corporation.
As part of the summit, several GM fuel cell vehicles will be on display. The Chevy Equinox fuel cell vehicles are powered by GM's fourth-generation hydrogen fuel cell system, use no petroleum, and release zero greenhouse gases. Chevrolet has launched a market test fleet of 100 of the vehicles in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Summit participants will have an opportunity to ride in and drive the vehicles. Several more hydrogen vehicles are expected from various other entities from around the country as well.
The registration fee is $225 a person and is limited to 200 people. Registration includes a continental breakfast, break refreshments, lunch, and all workshop materials. Register by visiting www.undeerc.org/H2Summit or call (701) 777-5246.
The next day, Sept. 5, the EERC will dedicate its new $3.5 million National Center for Hydrogen Technology facility at 9:30 a.m. The facility was designed to significantly enhance the strategic research, development, testing, and commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for the EERC and its commercial partners. The building dedication is open to the general public.
|Notifind system will alert U community in emergencies|
Your safety while on campus is of the utmost importance. When an emergency arises, we need to notify you as quickly as possible so that you can take the most appropriate action to ensure your safety.
As an employee of UND, State Board of Higher Education Policy 1902 requires you to participate in the NotiFind emergency notification system, which will be implemented with the 2008 Fall semester. In the event of a threat - such as severe weather warnings or threatening emergencies - alerts will be sent directly to you via cell-based telephone and text messaging, land lines and/or e-mail.
More information will be provided in the very near future, including an e-mail directing you to a secure Web site where you can enter your emergency notification information. This e-mail will be easily identifiable by the sender: email@example.com . Thank you, in advance, for your participation in this important project. -- Robert O. Kelley, president.
|Doctoral examination set for Karthik Krishnan |
The final examination for Karthik Krishnan, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in microbiology and immunology, is set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, in Room 5520 PA classroom, School of Medicine and Health Sciences Building. The dissertation title is "Physiological Role of BipA in Escherichia coli." Ann Flower (microbiology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4005
|Tour University Place housing Aug. 14|
The campus community is invited to a University Place open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. Since the building opened last fall, it has been at full-occupancy. Now is your opportunity to see two and four bedroom apartments and lounge spaces, before the students arrive. The meeting rooms and Stomping Grounds Coffee Shop on the first floor are open to the campus community year-round. Donâ€™t miss your chance to see whatâ€™s new in campus housing.
-- Judy Sargent, Director, Residence Services, email@example.com, 7-4251
|Art & Wine Walk is Aug. 16|
Stroll through downtown from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, and view artwork by local artists at galleries, restaurants, and other businesses that serve wine or other non-alcoholic refreshments. Most artwork is available for sale, and artists are on hand to discuss their work. The Art & Wine Walk is a great way to experience downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, view artwork by regional artists, and learn about the many and varied businesses downtown.
The Art & Wine Walk begins at the Blue Moose Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks, where maps can be purchased for $10. At each participating business, the map will be stamped (wine consumption is not required to receive a stamp). Maps can be turned in at the closing reception at the Empire Arts Center to enter a drawing for a gift basket of prizes donated by participating businesses. The closing reception will also feature a champagne toast, sponsored by Happy Harryâ€™s Bottle Shops.
Other Art & Wine Walk 2008 event dates are Sept. 20 and Oct. 18.
The 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, Blue Moose Bar & Grill, Clear Channel Radio, Happy Harryâ€™s Bottle Shops, and Gillyâ€™s Bar & Grill.
To learn more about the Art & Wine Walk, visit www.culturepulse.org.
-- Nicole Derenne, Executive Director, North Valley Arts Council, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-6120
|Osher Lifelong Learning Institute open house is Aug. 19|
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will hold an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, for individuals age 50 and over who want to experience cultural and social growth through learning and sharing ideas, opinions, and talents. The open house will be held in the social hall, Holy Family Catholic Church, 1018 18th Ave. S., Grand Forks. You can preview upcoming fall courses, meet the instructors, and enjoy refreshments with other OLLI members. Staff will be available to answer questions, enroll new members, and take registrations for courses.
As an added incentive during the open house, if you are a current member who brings a friend and that friend becomes a new OLLI member and signs up for a fall course, you will receive a $25 certificate toward a 2009 winter course (January - March) of your choice.
If you or someone you know loves learning, growing, and making new friends, stop by and visit with OLLI staff at the open house. For more information, visit the Web at: www.conted.und.edu/olli or call 701.777.2661.
It is sponsored by the UND Division of Continuing Education and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; â€œAdd life to your years.â€
-- Connie Hodgson, Coordinator, OLLI@UND, email@example.com, 777-4840
|Annual staff information session is Aug.19|
The annual staff information session ("get the latest information and make sure you're prepared to help students") will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Room 1, Gamble Hall. Materials may be picked up from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Speaker presentations will begin at 10 a.m. sharp.
Designed to provide updates on beginning-of-the-year programs and procedures, the session is designed to prepare us to serve our students in the best and most knowledgeable ways possible.
Short briefings will cover academic advising, financial aid, fee payment and business office, housing and dining services, parking and traffic, parking ramp, continuing education, new student orientation, withdrawal and crisis procedures, immigration matters, registration, help table, tutoring, Writing Center, U Card and IDs, new emergency notification procedures, Memorial Union, Student Health, and UND Police.
Everyone is welcome. Come at 9:30 a.m. to be sure you have collected all the handouts and are ready for the presentations at 10 a.m.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3791
|Hilton Garden Inn social Aug. 19 welcomes faculty, staff |
A welcome back for UND faculty and staff social is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, in the Dahl Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn. Join us for complimentary appetizers and door prizes. Everyone will receive a UND MVP Playbook full of discounts to use for your next meeting or group booked at the Hilton Garden Inn Grand Forks/UND.
Tours will be available. The Hilton Garden Inn now offers 10 percent off in Great American Grill for all UND faculty and staff. All you need is your ID. We will see you there! -- Hilton Garden Inns.
|U2 lists workshops|
University Within the University (U2) list the following workshops.
Understanding Workers Compensation and Designated Medical Provider Protocol (NEW)
Aug. 19, 10 to 11 a.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator
Employees need to be familiar with policies regarding work-related injuries in order to get all benefits they are entitled to. This class will review the entire process. Specific topics such as the management of transitional duty, referrals, and what to do if surgery is indicated will be included. The Designated Medical Provider protocol will be outlined. In order to give accurate information and instructions to employees, supervisors will benefit from registering for this session. Necessary forms and what to do with them, will be included. Presenter: Claire Moen.
Purchasing Policies and Procedures
Aug. 19, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union
Discuss current and new policies and procedures. Presenters: Scott Schreiner and Vicki Von Harz.
Aug. 19, 12:30-4:30 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: Tim Lee.
Please reserve your seat by registering with U2: Online, www.conted.und.edu/U2/. email, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu or phone, 777-2128. Please include: (1) workshop title/date, (2) name, (3) EMPLID, (4) department, (5) position, (6) stop number, (7) phone number, (8) e-mail, and (9) How you first learned about this workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.
-- Kathy Williams, Coordinator, University within the University, email@example.com, 777-4266
|Doctoral examination set for James Maskey |
The final examination for James Maskey, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in biology, is set for noon Thursday, Aug. 21, in 141 Starcher Hall. The dissertation title is "Movements, Resource Selection, and Risk Analyses for Parasitic Disease in an Expanding Moose Population in the Northern Great Plains." Richard Sweitzer (biology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4005
|Museum hosts opening for Ewa Tarsia exhibit|
Ewa Tarsia: Absolute Dot will have a gala Saturday evening opening at 7 p.m. Aug. 23. The artist will be present. The exhibition continues through Oct. 5.
Polish-born and educated, this Canadian artist will exhibit both monoprints and relief paintings. She works in painting, sculpture, tapestry, landscape design, and drawing, and is known internationally as a printmaker. She has showed in international print biennials in Spain, France, Poland, Austria, United States, England, Germany, Japan, and Korea. Most recently, Tarsia was included in the New Yorkâ€™s International Print Centerâ€™s New Prints 2008/Summer. This exhibition represents the evolution of Tarsiaâ€™s printmaking into personal techniques that meld the actual lucite printing plate into relief paintings on canvas.
As a printmaker, Tarsia is part of a tradition of artists who acknowledge that their plates â€” the pieces of metal, plastic, wood and linoleum that they print from â€” are the true objects of their affection. Covered with marks, lines, and subtle traces of color, printing plates are often as interesting as the images pulled from them. As an environmentalist, Tarsia sees the irony of using plastic and paper to create images that celebrate the beauty of the natural world. â€œIt reflects our society,â€ she says of the work. â€œPlastic is everywhere.â€ The success of her artistic career in Canada was celebrated in June 2007 when she was inducted into the Royal Academy of Arts.
The success of her passion for garden design was celebrated in the January 2008 issue of Manitoba Gardner. Thus, it is fitting that the Museum galleries will resemble the blaze of color and the plant complexity of a summer garden, just as her own Winnipeg garden in known far and wide for both its brilliant color and the plethora of plants that are only supposed to flourish much further south. Her husband Ludwik grows rhododendrons; Ewa grows everything else.
The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive, Grand Forks. Weekday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend hours are 1 to 5 p.m. The Museum Shop is open during these hours as well. The Museum CafÃ© is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Although the Museum does not charge an admission fee, the suggested donation is $5 for adults and change for children. Wireless internet access is available.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, email@example.com, 777-4195
|Fall yoga classes begin Sept. 2 |
Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in the Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave. Beginners and continuing students are welcome. The first eight-week session ends Oct. 23. The second session runs from Oct. 28 through Dec. 18. The cost is $65 for each session or $10 drop-in fee. Dyan Rey, instructor, can be reached at 772-8840 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Dyan Rey, Lecturer, Visual Art, email@example.com, 701-772-8840
|University Senate meets Sept. 4; agenda items due|
The University Senate will meet Thursday, Sept. 4, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, Aug. 21. They may be submitted electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted. â€“ Suzanne Anderson (registrar), secretary, University Senate.
|Emergency response exercise training seeks volunteers|
Volunteers of all ages are sought for a train accident drill in Grand Forks. Volunteers will play the role of passengers aboard a train derailment. Police, fire, EMS, Red Cross, etc. will practice coming to aid. No prior experience is necessary. You may be trained to act the part of an injured/frightened passenger. Some will be transported by ambulance; others will walk away. Children under 16 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult. The drill takes place from 7:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the BNSF Roundhouse, 1796 DeMers Ave., Grand Forks.
Please contact Roslynn Semrau with the Research Foundation at 772-3698 or email@example.com for more information.
The exercise is sponsored by BORDERS Alert and Ready, UND Environmental Training Institute, Amtrak and BNSF Railway. -- Linda Rohde, director, UND Environmental Training Institute.
|President Kelley will be inaugurated Sept. 12|
Dr. Robert O. Kelley will be inaugurated as the 11th president of the University of North Dakota Friday, Sept. 12. The installation ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. A public reception will be held following the ceremony in the Reading Room, Chester Fritz Library (note change).
All members of the UND campus community are encouraged to attend. More complete information will be available soon. -- Fred Wittmann, director, Ceremonies and Special Events.
|2008-09 Chester Fritz Auditorium shows on sale now|
Tickets for all shows on the 2008-09 Chester Fritz Auditorium season are now on sale. Performances include:
* STOMP â€“ Oct. 7 and 8;
* Little Red Riding Hood and Other Stories â€“ Oct. 25;
* UND Steel Drum Band â€“ Nov. 3;
* Church Basement Ladies â€“ Nov. 22;
* Tonic Sol-fa â€“ Nov. 23;
* Hairspray â€“ Dec. 6;
* Sisterâ€™s Christmas Catechism â€“ Dec. 14;
* Grand Forks Public Schools Messiah â€“ Dec. 16;
* Lorie Line and her Pop Chamber Orchestra â€“ Dec. 21;
* Annie â€“ Feb. 15;
* Winter Dance Party â€“ Feb. 24;
* Defending the Caveman â€“ March 28;
* Footloose â€“ April 16.
Descriptions, pricing and performance times can be found at www.cfa.und.edu/shows2.html
Get your tickets at the Chester Fritz Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 772-5151 or online at www.ticketmaster.com/venue/49273 For information only, call the Chester Fritz Box Office at 777-4090 or 800-375-4068.
-- Betty Allan, Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-2170
|Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson concert is Oct. 23|
Entertainment superstars, Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson's 2 Worlds 2 Voices tour will play the Ralph Engelstad Arena Thursday, Oct. 23. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.
The unique tour, combining both superstar bands and both superstar acts on one stage for a combined non-stop set, sold out 15 markets from mid-January to mid-February of 2008. The tour received unanimous rave reviews. The power vocalists announced 24 additional show dates beginning Sept. 25 in Winnipeg and ending Nov. 22 in Baltimore.
Concert attendees can again expect to hear each act's biggest hits and favorite songs performed together in one seamless, no-intermission show.
Ticket prices are $59.50 / $49.50 and all seats are reserved. Tickets are available at the Ralph Engelstad Arena box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 772-5151. -- Ralph Engelstad Arena.
|University Senate lists agenda item due dates|
The 2008-09 University Senate meeting dates/agenda item due dates follow:
Meeting Date / Agenda item due date:
Sept. 4 / Aug. 21
Oct. 2 / Sept. 18
Nov. 6 / Oct. 23
Dec. 4 / Nov. 20
Jan. 15* / Dec. 31
*A January meeting is usually not held unless it's an emergency.
Feb. 5 / Jan. 22
March 5 / Feb. 18
April 2 / March 19
May 7 / April 23
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office , email@example.com, 777-3892
|EERC and Ducks Unlimited announce carbon credit program|
The Energy & Environmental Research Center's (EERC's) Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership and Ducks Unlimited, Inc., a leading waterfowl conservation organization and a PCOR Partnership partner, announce the creation of a major carbon offset program.
The goal of the program is to secure native and planted grasslands, reducing negative impacts on duck and other wildlife habitats, and to ensure that existing soil carbon will not be exposed to the atmosphere, helping mitigate the effects of climate change.
"Plants absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. As plant roots die, the carbon molecules remain permanently stored in the soil," said EERC Senior Research Advisor Ed Steadman. "Ducks Unlimited will pay landowners for offsetting the amount of CO2 released into the air from other human sources."
Participating landowners can enroll their native prairie or expired Conservation Reserve Program land in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Grassland Easement Program, which prohibits the grassland from being plowed. This ensures that the existing soil carbon remains "sequestered" and is prevented from reentering the atmosphere as CO2. This form of CO2 sequestration is called terrestrial sequestration, one focus of the PCOR Partnership.
When the Fish and Wildlife Service secures the easement, Ducks Unlimited simultaneously purchases carbon rights on the eased land. Those rights are bundled and conveyed to the Eco Products Fund (EPF), which in turn will sell the credits in the voluntary carbon market. EPF is a major funding partner in the project.
"Some of the most promising land management practices for enhancing carbon accumulations in soils, promoting terrestrial sequestration, also improve the quantity and quality of waterfowl habitat," said Barry Botnen, EERC research scientist.
Through the carbon credit program, Ducks Unlimited will provide a substantial one-time payment to landowners who enroll and pass on the carbon rights under the eased acres to Ducks Unlimited.
"Climate change will have a significant impact on ducks. In addition, ducks need large expanses of grassland for successful nesting," said Jim Ringelman, director of Conservation Programs, Ducks Unlimited. "With the emergence of new markets for carbon credits, we are attempting to raise additional funds for habitat conservation through the sale of carbon offsets."
The PCOR Partnership is one of seven regional partnerships funded by the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory's Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Program. Since its inception in 2003, the PCOR Partnership has brought together more than 85 partners representing public agencies, utilities, oil and gas companies, engineering firms, associations and nonprofit organizations, and universities. Ducks Unlimited is part of the PCOR Partnership team researching best management practices for the terrestrial field validation test over the course of the PCOR Partnership's Programmatic efforts. -- EERC.
|Note parking changes|
Street parking on Harvard, Cambridge, and Hamline has been eliminated from University Ave. north to the alley. This change was made by city street crews to improve visibility at the intersections and to improve safety for pedestrians. UND Parking Office staff has been placing warning notes on vehicle windshields to alert vehicle owners to this change. On Princeton Street, a part of the curb parking area near Squires Hall has been changed to Service Vehicle parking only. Finally, the curb on Cornell by the Conference Center will be changed from a â€œGâ€ zone to a Service Vehicle parking.
Questions concerning these changes should be directed to the UND Parking Office at 777-3551.
|Law Library posts fall, holiday hours|
The law library's fall hours follow: Monday through Thursday, Aug. 18-21, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 22, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, Aug. 25-28, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 29, 7:30 to 5 p.m.
Labor Day weekend: Saturday through Monday, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 1 to 5 p.m.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-3482
|Donated leave requested for Tricia Anderson, Ronald Burrows|
Donations of leave are sought for Tricia Anderson and Ronald Burrows, both academic building services technicians in facilities. 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 to Patti at Facilities, Stop 9032.
-- Patti Schmidt, HR Assistant, Facilities, email@example.com, 777-2595
|Donated leave requested for Jane Grega|
Donations of annual leave or sick leave are sought for Jane Grega, serials manager at the UND Law Library. Jane thanks you for your generosity. Donated leave forms are available at www.und.edu/dept/payroll, then click on "forms." Please send the completed form for annual or sick leave to Sherry Zeman, Stop 9004.
-- Kaaren Pupino, Head of Technical Services, Law Library, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2486
|Museum Cafe lists soups, specials|
The North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists their daily soups and specials:
Wednesday: Pumpkin Squash Ravioli
Thursday: Leg of Lamb with Pineapple Glaze
Friday: Mussels Pasta
August 18-22: New Orleans Week
Soups: Paella / Clam Chowder
Tuesday: Jerk Chicken
Wednesday: Vegetable Crepes
Friday: Dirty Rice and Vegetables
The Museum CafÃ© 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, email@example.com, 777-4195
|Arthritis solutions can help benefited employees|
Are your joints stiff and inflamed â€“ painful, even? If so, you may have osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. If your knees or hips are affected, you may be having trouble walking and doing everyday activities. Luckily, there are several treatment options to discuss with your doctor. You have a choice about which one to try.
The main treatment choices for knee or hip osteoarthritis are:
* Lifestyle changes: avoiding activities that cause discomfort, losing weight, using a properly fitted cane, participating in an osteoarthritis education program, and exercising regularly can help with osteoarthritis pain. Weight loss â€“ if you are overweight â€“ is particularly important, because excess weight can strain already diseased joints. Exercise strengthens the muscles surrounding the joints so they can carry some of the load. People with knee osteoarthritis may also benefit from shoe inserts (orthotics) or braces.
* Medications: over-the-counter pain medications, such as acetaminophen (TylenolÂ®) and medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can relieve osteoarthritis pain. NSAIDs include ibuprofen (AdvilÂ®, MotrinÂ®) and naproxen sodium (AleveÂ®). If over-the-counter products arenâ€™t effective, prescription-strength NSAIDs are also available.
* Complementary therapy: Some people find that acupuncture and massage help relieve osteoarthritis pain. Others report pain relief after taking glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate supplements. However, the data demonstrating these benefits are not very strong.
* Surgery: Many people with osteoarthritis are able to live well using a combination of non-surgical treatments to manage their pain and stiffness. Some, however, find that their arthritis is too disabling and/or painful, and they canâ€™t do the things they want to do. At this point, a person might start talking with his or her doctor about surgery. Total knee and total hip replacement surgery are the most common surgeries used to treat osteoarthritis.
People with knee osteoarthritis have an additional treatment option that is not available to people with hip osteoarthritis: hyaluronic acid or corticosteroids injections. Hyaluronic acid makes joint movement more comfortable by making the fluid in the joint more slippery. Corticosteroid injections reduce swelling and temporarily relieve pain.
A health coach can help
The treatments described above are often combined. Your options will depend on the severity of your condition, your overall health, how much your symptoms disturb your life, and the treatment youâ€™ve already had. A health coach can help you work with your doctor to understand your specific circumstances and find the treatment that is best for you.
Health coaches are specially trained healthcare professionals, such as nurses, dietitians, and seven days a week, at no charge to you. If appropriate, a health coach will send you a complimentary video, such as Treatment Choices for Hip Osteoarthritis or Treatment Choices for Knee Osteoarthritis.
To talk to a health coach, call 800-658-2750. You can also get information online at www.thedialogcenter.com/bcbsnd.
The above article was brought to you by NDPERS.
-- Cara Demaine, Work Well, Wellness Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-0210
|Patients sought for medical students|
The Office of Medical Education is seeking people willing to be patients for our medical students. You would help the students as they learn to take a patientâ€™s medical history and practice their physical exam skills. You would be paid $10 an hour for your participation.
We need a diverse group of healthy men and women, ages 18 to 80, with the following:
â€¢ a flexible schedule
â€¢ transportation to and from the University
â€¢ limited number of health problems/medications
We need you for only one of the following Tuesday afternoons from 12:45 to 5:30 p.m. Sorry, you canâ€™t come more than once. The afternoons are Aug. 26 and Sept. 2 and 9. During this time, you would be interviewed and examined by three different student physicians. The experience would be much the same as a visit to your own doctorâ€™s office. You would be asked to share your personal medical history and allow the student to do a physical exam. (Donâ€™t worry, this does not require shots, blood tests or other invasive procedures.) Students are observed by physicians and all information given would be confidential. If there is medical or personal information you do not wish to share, you donâ€™t have to.
If you are interested, please contact Dawn at 777-4028 in the Office of Medical Education as soon as possible. Please feel free to pass this information along to others you know who may be interested.
-- Dawn Drake, Coordinator, Standardized Patient Program, Office of Medical Education, email@example.com, 777-4028
|Barnes & Noble at UND seeks part-time booksellers|
Barnes & Noble at UND is seeking temporary booksellers to support bookrush in August through early September. If you are interseted in working, please stop by the Bookstore to pick up an application or contact Danielle Jalan at 777-3630.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2103
|Former ODK national leadership honor society members sought|
In the effort to charter North Dakota's first chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, a group of students seeks faculty members who are former members of this national leadership honor society. If you are a former member, please contact Aaron Flynn (email@example.com), president of UND's Leadership Honor Society, or Tara Mertz (firstname.lastname@example.org), vice president of UND's Leadership Honor Society.
-- Tara Mertz, Vice President, UND Leadership Honor Society , email@example.com, (701) 210-01
|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: No vacancies.
POSITION: Line Service Operator, Aerospace Sciences, #09-030
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 8/15/2008
COMPENSATION: $22,000 plus/year
OFFICE SUPPORT: No vacancies.
POSITION: Building Services Technician (Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Facilities, #09-032
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 8/15/2008
COMPENSATION: $18,200 plus/year
POSITION: Building Services Technician (Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Facilities, #09-031
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 8/15/2008
COMPENSATION: $18,200 plus/year
POSITION: Building Services Technician (Monday-Fridiay, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Facilities, #09-029
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 8/14/2008
COMPENSATION: $18,200 plus/year
NORTH DAKOTA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM POSITION OPENINGS:
NDUS Programmer Analyst - Grand Forks