|Gov. Hoeven announces $50 million Air Force contract|
Gov. John Hoeven, UND, and company officials discussed Monday a $50 million Air Force Training contract recently awarded to the University of North Dakota’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence and a team of global defense and aviation technology companies. Private sector partners in the contract are Crew Training International (CTI), Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), and BGI-LLC.
Joining Hoeven for the announcement were Dr. Robert Kelley, UND president; Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota National Guard adjutant general; Col. John Michel, commander, Grand Forks Air Force Base; Al Mullen, president of Crew Training Institute (CTI); Ken Stromquist, business developer, SAIC; Bruce Smith, dean of UND Aerospace; Paul Lindseth, associate dean of UND Aerospace; and Al Palmer, director of flight operations at UND Aerospace and a general in the North Dakota National Guard.
Under this contract, the UAS Center will train instructor pilots for the Air Force, and UND will also provide software and training management programs for the Air Force’s unmanned aerial systems. UND is partnering with the private sector, and also with the Air Force and the North Dakota Air National Guard.
“In addition to training Air Force instructor pilots, we believe that the UAS Center of Excellence at UND’s Odegard School will be the only university-based UAS training program in the country,” Hoeven said. “We also believe the UAS Center at UND can help Grand Forks Air Force Base build their UAS mission.”
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), as they are now called, represent one of the most effective intelligence gathering and counter-terrorism weapons. CTI is the prime contractor for the current project. They are responsible to the government for providing the contracted service, which is conducting ground school training, simulator training and live flight training to Air Force pilots and sensor operators transitioning to the Predator. They are also responsible for maintaining and updating all the courseware and syllabi.
The UAS Center of Excellence at UND is vital to the project, according to CTI’s Mullen. The UAS Center of Excellence will provide several key components:
The Center will provide Predator instructor training for the Air Force in response to mounting need by the Pentagon. The Pentagon has tasked the Air Force to provide 50 orbits over Iraq and Afghanistan on a 24/7 basis. This requires the training of more than 400 Predator crewmen per year.
The Center will furnish the software to manage the flight training program. During the first phase of the contract the UAS Center of Excellence will provide distance learning software that will allow Predator transition students to accomplish many of their lessons via computer-based training. UND graduate students may actually adapt the unclassified lessons to the CBT format.
Beginning in September 2009, UND will launch the first undergraduate program in unmanned aerial systems to Air Force standards. The program will produce prime candidates for postgraduate Predator training. Although not cleared at the time the contract was written, Grand Forks Air Force Base is now approved for launch and recovery training under a Federal Aviation Administration agreement with the Department of Defense. This enhances the capabilities of the UAS Center of Excellence.
As the project moves forward the group anticipates that the availability of former Air Force Predator crews will not be sufficient to fill the instructor vacancies. They plan to set up a parallel training track at UND that will allow them to transition civilian pilots to qualified Predator instructors. Once the effectiveness of this training track is demonstrated the group will make an unsolicited proposal to the Air Force to open a third training site at UND for active duty personnel.
“North Dakota is well positioned to play a leadership role in Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” said Al Palmer, director of flight operations.
“In short, the UAS world is exploding,” said CTI’s Mullen. “New missions are being discovered continually as older weapons systems approach the end of their service life. UND Aerospace involvement with Predator and the UAS Center of Excellence here in North Dakota represents brilliant anticipation and positioning for many opportunities to come.”
“This is good news for the University of North Dakota and our Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence,” said UND President Dr. Robert Kelly. “The award acknowledges one of the things we do best -- train pilots. It also acknowledges the innovative and entrepreneurial approach we have taken to being a world-class program in Unmanned Aircraft Systems. We are grateful to the U.S. Air Force for its continued faith in our programs and for our ongoing partnerships, and we look forward to ongoing partnerships with Crew Training International, Science International Corp, and BGI-LLC.”
Other private-sector partners will provide additional components of the contract:
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will provide management expertise alongside CTI. Specifically they will fill the Assistant Site Manager and Courseware Development Director positions. SAIC’s experience in the field will help the team identify some of the additional instructors that will be needed to man this second site.
“SAIC is pleased to be a part of this team and looks forward to helping CTI and the University of North Dakota develop and expand capabilities to train pilots and operators for critical Unmanned Aerial Systems missions,” said SAIC’s Ken Stromquist.
BGI provides operational test and evaluation expertise with respect to networked simulators. Their primary role will be to upgrade the fidelity of the Predator Mission Trainer, configure it for distributed mission operations (networking) and improve the instructors’ working knowledge of the devices. -- Courtesy of Gov. Hoeven's office.
|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
|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, email@example.com, 777-4005
|Museum Garden concert is tonight|
Jazz vocalist and musician Mary Marshall will perform in the Museum's Summer Music in the Garden Series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Note date change.
Mary Marshall experiments with introducing a new performance practice for jazz, which utilizes conventional classical forms. She has performed for Barack Obama at the North Dakota 2008 Democratic Convention in Grand Forks. In addition, according to her Web site, she has taught classical and jazz piano at Concordia College Moorhead, Minn., as well as for the Dakota Jazz Choir. She has also taught piano at North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., as well as at the Music Industry at Minnesota State University of Moorhead.
The public is invited to bring a lawn chair or a blanket and claim a place in the sculpture garden. Museum chef Justin Welsh will run the BBQ grill. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be available for purchase, plus soda, chips, salad and root beer floats. In addition, beer and wine will be served. In the event of rain, the concerts will be moved into the galleries of the Museum. Adult tickets are $5, children 12 and under are free.
This year’s concerts are sponsored by HB Sound and Lights, The Rite Spot Liquor Store and Summit Brewery of St. Paul, Minn.
For more information visit www.ndmoa.com or call 701-777-4195. The Museum is located on Centennial Drive, Grand Forks.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4195
|Doctoral examination set for Patrick L. Kerr |
The final examination for Patrick L. Kerr, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in clinical psychology, is set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, in Room CL-140, Corwin Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "Cortisol Response of Non-Suicidal Self-Injurers versus Non-Self-Injurers Exposed to a Social Rejection Laboratory Stressor." Jennifer Muehlenkamp (psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, email@example.com, 777-4005
|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.
|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; “Add life to your years.”
-- Connie Hodgson, Coordinator, OLLI@UND, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4840
|Transfer Getting Started Program is Aug. 15|
The Student Success Center is holding a second Transfer Getting Started 2008 program Friday, Aug. 15. The program is a one-day advisement and registration program for transfer students admitted for the fall 2008 semester. Transfer students can make their reservation for the program online July 31 to Aug. 7 by logging on to http://www.ssc.und.edu/transfer
For a schedule of the day and more information on the program log on to http://www.ssc.und.edu/transfer
-- Angie Carpenter, Asst. Director of Programs/Academic Advisor, Student Success Center, email@example.com, 777-3910
|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 Harry’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 Harry’s Bottle Shops, and Gilly’s Bar & Grill.
To learn more about the Art & Wine Walk, visit www.culturepulse.org.
-- Nicole Derenne, Executive Director, North Valley Arts Council, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-6120
|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, email@example.com, 777-3791
|Learn more about Workers Compensation, designated medical provider protocol|
If you're an employee who wants more information about the policies regarding work-related injuries or a supervisor who needs a better understanding of this issue, you will want to attend this new U2 session, "Understanding Workers Compensation and Designated Medical Provider Protocol." This session will cover such topics as the management of transitional duty, referrals, and what to do if surgery is indicated. Additionally, the designated medical provider protocol will be outlined in detail. Necessary forms and what to do with them will also be included. All UND employees as well as supervisors will benefit from attending this session from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, in 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Seating is limited so please register early online at www.conted.und.edu/u2; email - U2@mail.und.edu; or phone - 777-2128. The presenter for the session is Claire Moen, Workers Compensation claims coordinator and ergonomics coordinator/campus safety and security.
-- Kathy Williams, Coordinator, University Within the University, Division of Continuing Education, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4266
|Hilton Garden Inn 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.
|Joshua Riedy appointed CIO |
Joshua Riedy has been appointed as the University of North Dakota's next chief information officer. He will also continue to serve as associate vice president for Outreach Services and dean of Outreach Programs. The Hettinger, N.D., native who was raised near Lemmon, S.D., starts his new duties Aug. 1.
"We're very delighted to be able to reach into our talent pool at UND and to find an individual who is extremely well prepared to serve as the institution's next CIO and to assist in moving the University to the next level of technology use," said Greg Weisenstein, provost and vice president for academic affairs. The CIO position reports to Weisenstein.
Before coming to UND in 2007, Riedy had served as director of the Electronic University Consortium under the South Dakota Board of Regents. In that position, he was responsible for the accreditation, coordination and quality assurance of all off-campus programs and courses delivered by each of the six South Dakota Regental Universities: Black Hills State University, Dakota State University, Northern State University, South Dakota State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and the University of South Dakota. Riedy also had system oversight of academic technologies including interactive video, learning management systems, and online student services.
Prior to that, he served as Distance Education Director at South Dakota State University, where he also had been a distance education specialist, adjunct education instructor, technology training specialist and graduate teaching assistant. Before his employment at South Dakota State University, he worked as a high school agricultural education teacher and coach in Doland, S.D.
Riedy holds a doctorate in education administration from the University of South Dakota, and a master’s degree in career and technical education and a bachelor of science degree in agricultural education, both from South Dakota State University. Riedy and his wife, also a native of Hettinger, N.D., have two children.
|Sean Johnson named associate athletic director for external operations |
UND director of athletics Brian Faison has named Sean Johnson as associate athletic director for external operations. Johnson's appointment begins Aug. 18.
Johnson will oversee marketing, media relations, broadcast properties and NCAA and conference postseason bids. He will also supervise assigned sports.
Sean will be a great addition to the senior management team, said Faison. He has hands-on experience with the approach we want to take at UND, which will focus on strategies to maximize resources and revenue potential, elevate our presence in the local, regional and national media, expand opportunities to participate with the business community and increase fan satisfaction with gameday experience.
Johnson comes to UND after spending the past two years as associate athletic director and sports information director at Texas A&M-Kingsville, where he oversaw all external relations, including corporate fundraising and annual giving.
While at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Johnson cultivated new corporate and private donors for the Javelina Club, the primary athletics fundraising arm. He also created the Wild Hogs program, a student-incentive program aimed at increasing student attendance at athletic events. Johnson also played a key role in significantly widening TAMUKs radio and online coverage.
Prior to his stint at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Johnson spent the previous five years at New Mexico State. From 2001-04, Johnson served as assistant athletics director and media relations director. In 2004 he was promoted to associate athletics director and oversaw areas including sales, marketing, promotions, tickets, radio, television and the departments courtesy car program.
While at NMSU, Johnson aided in the schools transition to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) by helping raise $1.8 million in corporate sales over a two-year period. Johnson also led an initiative to increase local and regional coverage of NMSU athletics, which included a radio network growth from three to 13 stations. In 2005-06 NMSU became the first U.S. college to broadcast its games in Navajo. NMSU also experienced a 90-percent increase in ticket revenue from 2004-05 to 2005-06, surpassing the $1 million mark for the first time in school history.
Johnson was an assistant athletic director at North Texas from 1998-01 and has also enjoyed stints as a sports information director at Idaho (1996-98), Angelo State (1994-96), Arkansas-Little Rock (1988-92), Missouri-St. Louis (1985-88) and Lincoln (1984-85).
Its an honor for me to join the Fighting Sioux family and a great opportunity to represent the University of North Dakota, said Johnson. My wife, my son and I are looking forward to becoming part of the Grand Forks community.
A 1983 graduate of the University of Missouri, Johnson holds a bachelors degree in education. He is currently pursuing his masters degree in adult education.
|Note new DMCA copyright policy, procedures|
A new draft policy and procedures have been created by a campus-wide group of subject matter experts concerning the University's response to Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) copyright violation notices. The entire campus community is invited to review and provide comments at http://itsecurity.und.edu/DMCA/DMCA_Public_Comment.html. The comment period will be open through Oct. 1. Please visit http://itsecurity.und.edu for additional details. If you have questions, please contact Brad Miller, the UND IT security officer.
-- Brad Miller, IT Security Officer, ITSS, email@example.com, 777-3587
|Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center closed Aug. 11-15|
The Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center will be closed all week Monday through Friday, Aug. 11-15. If you need assistance, please call the Dean of Students office at 777-2664. -- Linda Skarsten, Multicultural Student Services.
|Wellness Center will be closed Aug. 11-15|
The Wellness Center will be closed Monday through Friday, Aug. 11-15.
In order to provide a first rate facility, our annual shutdown will occur for routine maintenance and cleaning. It is an opportunity to:
• Move equipment
• Make major repairs
• Attend to regular maintenance
• Clean areas that we are unable to do during operation
We appreciate your cooperation and your commitment to cleanliness and a well maintained facility.
Activities to keep you motivated during shutdown:
Outdoor informal rec
* 3 to 6 p.m. every night
* Hop shot competition
* Football and frisbee on the lawn
* Tennis with ball launcher
* 5 to 6 p.m. every night
* Come and get a free “green” grocery bag for participating
* All skill levels are welcome
Burnt Toast Lemonade Stand
* 3 to 6 p.m. every night
* Quench your thirst while getting your questions answered by our dietitian.
All Classes will be held in front of the Wellness Center.
-- Yvette Halverson, Director of Wellness Facilities, Wellness Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-0729
|Donation leave requested for Melissa Johnson|
Donations of annual leave or sick leave are sought for Melissa Johnson, administrative assistant in the Tribal Judicial Insitute for the School of Law. Her family thanks you for your generosity. Donated leave forms are available at www.und.edu/dept/payroll, then click on "forms." Please send the completed forms for annual or sick leave to Julie Simon, Stop 9003.
|Donated leave sought for Wanda Seyler|
The Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is seeking donated annual leave or sick leave for Wanda Seyler, administrative secretary in Atmospheric Sciences. Her family thanks you for your generosity. Donated leave forms are available at www.und.edu/dept/payroll, then click on "forms." Please send the completed forms to Gary Ebel, Odegard School, Stop 9007.
|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
|Center for Rural Health strengthens services to head injury individuals|
The federal Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) a grant to strengthen the coordination of services for individuals with traumatic brain injuries. The $118,000 award is for year two of a three-year project designed to help North Dakota better address the needs of military veterans, American Indians, and others with traumatic brain injuries.
DHS has partnered with the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences to administer the project. The center managed the state's original planning grant for traumatic brain injury. Additional funding partners include the Dakota Medical Foundation, the North Dakota Head Injury Association and the Anne Carlsen Center.
Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control estimates about two percent of the population is affected by traumatic brain injuries that disrupt the normal function of the brain. Using this estimate, about 12,800 North Dakotans have brain injury-related disabilities.
The main causes of such injuries include falls, traffic accidents and assaults. In North Dakota, tribal injury prevention experts have helped focus attention on brain injuries and the need to address the leading causes of TBI hospitalizations among American Indians. The North Dakota Administrative Committee on Veteran's Affairs says more soldiers are surviving traumatic brain injuries, and understanding their concerns and enhancing services is important.
Grant funds will be used to improve screening and referrals for needed services and service coordination. Other goals include strengthening cultural awareness, implementing a peer mentoring pilot program involving American Indians, promoting education and awareness through a statewide summit this fall, targeted medical education, and developing a resource library. Resources may also be used to explore ways to track the incidence of traumatic brain injuries in North Dakota.
"The Center for Rural Health has a 28-year history of connecting resources and knowledge to strengthen the health of people in rural communities,” said Rebecca Quinn, TBI program coordinator at the Center for Rural Health. “We look forward to enhancing the delivery of services to individuals and their families affected by traumatic brain injury."
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-0871
|Museum Cafe lists soup, specials|
The North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists their daily soups and specials:
Aug. 6-8, Chefs will play week (continues)
Soups: Pasta Fagoili / Chicken Tortilla
Wednesday: Coconut Jerk Chicken in broth with asian vegetable
Thursday: Pineapple Pork Chops with sauteed rosemary onion sauce and mashed vegetable puree
Friday: Seared leg of lamb with peach chutney rub over spring greens and vinaigrette
The Museum Café is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, email@example.com, 777-4195
|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 patient’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:
• a flexible schedule
• transportation to and from the University
• 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 can’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 doctor’s office. You would be asked to share your personal medical history and allow the student to do a physical exam. (Don’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 don’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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com, 777-2103
|AAUW seeks books, media materials|
AAUW is collecting used books and working media materials through mid-October. Please drop them off at 2420 9th Ave. N, Grand Forks, or call one of the following numbers: 772-0247, 772-1622, or 795-9808.
-- Dianne Stam, Executive Assistant, Alumni, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6760
|Weeders sought for Soaring Eagle prairie|
We will be regularly weeding Soaring Eagle Prairie. Until we get this garden under control, and to prevent it from being turned back to grass, it will need invasive plant removal. So, for the next few weeks on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., I will be weeding and can use any help you can provide or send my way. Please bring gloves for one-half hour of weeding. Many half hours add up to a significant change. Thanks. -- John La Duke, College of Arts and Sciences.
|Internal job openings listed|
The following position vacancies are available only to regular UND staff employees who have successfully completed their six-month probation period, earn annual and sick leave, receive BC/BS health insurance and TIAA-CREF or ND PERS retirement benefits. Current UND faculty, please contact Human Resources for eligibility.
TO APPLY: Please complete UND Application/Control Card form. Send letter of application and resume, referencing position name and number, to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, Twamley Hall, Room 313, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010. Applications MUST be received by the deadline date.
POSITION: Air Traffic Control Associate, Aerospace, #09-024
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 8/11/2008
TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL: No vacancies.
POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Physician Assistant Program, #09-028
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 8/08/2008
COMPENSATION: $24,000 plus/year
POSITION: Administrative Assistant, Art, #09-027
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 8/08/2008
COMPENSATION: $31,000 plus/year
POSITION: Art & Design Facilities Technician, Art, #09-026
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 8/8/2008
COMPENSATION: $31,000 plus/year
NORTH DAKOTA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM POSITION OPENINGS:
NDUS Programmer Analyst - Grand Forks.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-3621
|UND history professor, team of archaeologists complete sixth season in Cyprus|
A University of North Dakota history professor and a team of fellow archaeologists recently completed their sixth season of fieldwork on an ancient settlement on the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus.
The Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project (PKAP), under the direction of UND Professor William Caraher, Professor R. Scott Moore (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Professor David K. Pettegrew (Messiah College), and Maria Hadjicosti (Cyprus Department of Antiquities), took part in its latest fieldwork between May 15 and June 25, on the site of Pyla-Koutsopetria on Cyprus. A team of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members from universities in the U.S. and Europe assisted in the effort.
For the past five years, PKAP primarily was concerned with the archaeological remains present on the ground. The goal of this fieldwork was to collect data without disturbing the archaeological remains protected beneath the surface. The results include the discovery of what may be previously unknown shrine from the Archaic to Classical Periods (600-300 B.C.) and an extensive Roman to Late Roman Periods (100 B.C.-700 A.D.) settlement.
During the team's most recent fieldwork, PKAP conducted limited excavations, for the first time, in large part, to confirm and expand the results of the surface survey. A series of small trenches brought to light the remains of a fortified settlement on a prominent coastal ridge called "Vigla." This settlement appears to have been occupied from the Cypro-Archaic to the Hellenistic Periods (600-100 B.C.). The most dramatic feature of this settlement was a fortification wall that ringed the entire plateau. UND's Caraher and the PKAP team think it's probable the shrine of the same date served this small community.
Nearby, the PKAP team excavated three small soundings near the known site of "Kokkinokremos." This work expanded the extent of this Late Bronze Age site (circa 1200 B.C.) The team based this conclusion on the discovery of a wall that was datable to the Late Bronze Age and that was located considerably outside the area of use proposed by earlier studies.
The six seasons of fieldwork in the region of Pylons-Koutsopetria have revealed a dynamic and wealthy Mediterranean landscape filled with towns, fortifications and religious centers. The careful documentation of this material is particularly important as more of the Cypriot coastline succumbs to development.
The project enjoyed the generous assistance of the Estate Manager of the British Sovereign Area - Dhekelia Garrison, the Larnaka District Archaeological Museum, and the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute.
The 2008 season’s fieldwork was funded by grants from UND, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Messiah College, American Schools of Oriental Research, Institute for Aegean Prehistory, the Brennan Foundation, the Mediterranean Archaeological Trust, and generous private donors. All fieldwork was completed with the permission and cooperation of Pavlos Flourentzos, director of the Department of Antiquities in Cyprus.
The daily activities of the Pylons-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project were chronicled on a series of blogs which have had thousands of readers from around the world:
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|Remembering Wilbur Weisser|
Wilbur Oscar Weisser, associate professor emeritus of physics, died Aug. 3 in Grand Forks. He was 87.
Weiser, the son of Jakob and Karolina (Heupel) Weisser, was born Dec. 17, 1922 in Ashley, N.D. He grew up on the family farm near Ashley attending a rural elementary school and graduating from Ashley High School. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1949 with a bachelor of science degree in education and earned a master of science degree in mathematics and physics in 1953. He furthered his studies at Purdue, Western Michigan and Ohio State Universities.
Weisser taught mathematics and served as an assistant coach at the Carrington, N.D. High School from 1949 to 1953. He and Lois Josewski were married Aug. 20, 1950 at Maxbass, N.D. They moved to Staples, Minn., in 1953 where he taught mathematics and served as an assistant track coach at the Staples High School. In 1956 they moved to Dickinson, N.D., where he taught mathematics, physics and surveying at Dickinson State Teachers College.
In 1957 they moved to Grand Forks where he joined the UND physics department faculty as an instructor. He advanced to the rank of associate professor and then served as chair of the physics department from 1973 through 1987. During most of his tenure he served as regional counselor of high school physics in North Dakota for the American Association of Physics Teachers. He retired as associate professor emeritus of physics in June 1987.
He was especially interested in gardening which he learned from his parents and enjoyed throughout his adult life. He also enjoyed a variety of sporting activities as a spectator, especially football and basketball. Weisser served as official scorekeeper for the UND basketball games over a period of 20 years. He participated in league bowling for many years.
During his undergraduate years at UND Weisser was a member of the UND boxing team. He loved playing pool, cards and other competitive games as well as hunting waterfowl and upland game.
He especially loved watching his two grandsons, Max and Duddy, play competitive tennis. He was thrilled when in 1997 they were both members of the Grand Forks Central tennis team that won the North Dakota state title.
Weisser was a member of the Elks, AARP, Germans from Russia Heritage Society, as well as the American Association of Physics Teachers.
For the last one and one-half years, he lived with his Hearthstone Family at 4000 Valley Square.
He is survived by his wife Lois, sons Steve (Margo) of Grand Forks and Paul (Linda) of Lacey, Wash., six grandchildren and one great grandson; one brother and six sisters: Oswald (Alma), Ashley, N.D., Leota Stading, Bismarck, N.D., Lorraine (Reinhold) Dockter, Ashley, N.D., Eleanora Sackmann, Carson City, Nev., Anna (Elroy) Walker, Ashley, N.D., Mavis Gall, Fargo, N.D., and Lillian (Lawrence) Dobler, Bismarck, N.D.
He was preceded in death by siblings Fred, Richard, Urban, Roland, Hertha Grosz and Olga Olsen.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, in Wesley United Methodist Church, 1600 4th Ave. N., Grand Forks, with visitation Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Amundson Funeral Home, 2975 S. 42nd St., and one hour before the church service.
Memorials are preferred to Wesley Methodist Church or Valley 4000 Hearthstone.
|Remembering Alfred Lindem|
Alfred C. Lindem, retired special projects manager, Computer Center, died July 27, after a battle with cancer. He was 76.
Lindem was born April 20, 1932 in Grand Forks. He graduated from North Dakota State University in 1954 and began active service as an officer in the U.S. Navy. In December of the same year, he married Constance Clair Anderson in Hillsboro, N.D. During his naval career, he served in many venues including Kodiak, Alaska, where his son Alfred C. Lindem (Acee) was born in 1957.
In 1958, he left active service amd returned to Bygland, Minn., to take over the family farm. During the late 50s and early 1960s, he started working winters in data processing at a local Grand Forks bank and found he had a passion for solving problems with computers.
In 1968, he left farming and began a 25-year information technology career at the University of North Dakota where he also received his master's degree in applied statistics. During his time at UND, he rose to the position of director of academic programming, taught several statistics courses, and helped many graduate students with the statistical analysis for their master's thesis and doctoral dissertations.
In Bygland and Grand Forks, Landem was active in the Bygland Lutheran Church. He retired in 1994 and moved to Carol Stream, Ill., in 1997 to be closer to his daughter Katherine.
Landem is survived by Connie, his beloved wife of more than 53 years; daughter Katherine Dalmia of Carol Stream, Ill., son-in-law Manoj Dalmia and grandson Kashev Falmia; son Acee Lindem of Cary, N.C., daughter-in-law Shelley Lindem, and granddaughter Sophie Lindem.
Funeral services were held in Carol Stream, Ill. Memorials may be made to the Lance Armstrong Foundation (www.livestrong.org).