|Letter from President Kelley|
Dear Members of the University Community,
Marcia and I have enjoyed meeting many of you and getting to know the campus, city, region, and state. We are honored to have been named your first lady and president.
Thanks in part to my friend Ed Carlson of anatomy and cell biology, I have known about UND for some years. And as I have learned more, I have become even more impressed. The University truly is a remarkable place, with strengths in so many areas. I look forward to working with you to maintain and build upon those strengths.
My priorities will be academics, research, and scholarship at all levels. We will continue to enhance UNDâ€™s already strong institutional values, such as inclusiveness, understanding of and respect for diversity, integrity, and excellence in learning.
I will work to increase scholarships and other support for students and raise endowments for professors and chairs. This will make us more competitive in both arenas and raise UNDâ€™s stature.
I plan to work with faculty and other partners to find new ways of enhancing our strengths. Iâ€™d like to foster more cross-disciplinary collaborations, such as the UND Center of Excellence in Unmanned Aerial Systems, which results from synergies among the Odegard School, engineering, nursing, and psychology.
We are a University with many complex parts. My goal is to build an integrated, well-managed organization in which we all work together toward our common goals.
I believe that continuing to focus on excellence and building on our strengths will bolster enrollment, aid in economic development for the state and region, and further enhance UNDâ€™s reputation.
I look forward to facing these challenges with your help. Together, we can make UNDâ€™s next 125 years even better.
-- Robert O. Kelley, President.
|President Kelley invites faculty members to participate in summer commencement|
I invite faculty members and administrative staff to join me at UND's summer commencement ceremony Friday, Aug. 1. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Those participating are asked to wear academic regalia and report to the lower level of the Chester Fritz Auditorium no later than 2:30 p.m. Participants will march in the procession and be seated on the stage.
Those planning to participate should contact Terri Machart in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724 or firstname.lastname@example.org by July 30 to confirm their plans.
Please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events at 777-2724 with any questions.
-- Robert O. Kelley, President, Office of the President, email@example.com, 777-2121
|President Kelley takes part in first commencement|
President Robert O. Kelley will take part in his first commencement exercise as president of the University at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.
About 500 candidates for degrees are eligible to participate in this summer's commencement. Typically, between 50 percent and 60 percent of eligible candidates participate in the summer ceremony.
Kelley will be joined by Norway's Steinar Opstad, an international communication, business and education expert known as UND's greatest ambassador in Europe. Opstad is scheduled to deliver the commencement address, as well as receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from UND, his favorite American university.
Opstad joins the ranks of more than 200 UND honorary degree recipients over the last 99 years, including Crown Prince Olav of Norway in 1939, President John F. Kennedy in 1963, journalist Eric Sevareid in 1970, philosopher Mortimer Adler in 1983 and famed cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Michael E. DeBakey in 1990. UND presented its first honorary degree in 1909 to Webster Merrifield who served the University for 25 years, including 18 as its third president.
In 1991, Opstad founded the American College of Norway, which is UND's sister college in that country. More than 1,000 Norwegian and American students and 20 faculty members have taken part in the educational exchange opportunity made possible by Opstad.
Opstad has been a lecturer at UND several times, most often, on communications, business and peace studies. He's been an active participant in the "Nordic Initiative," which has brought 88 delegations and prominent leaders from Norway to America. Many of those connections with UND and Grand Forks were personally sparked by Opstad.
He is trained in pedagogy (science of teaching), sociology and business with bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism and communication from the University of Oslo. He received a Ph.D. in communication technology in 1984 from Columbia University in New York.
Early in his career, he was a journalist, editor and publisher with the Norwegian Broadcasting Company, as well as vice president of Fred Olsen & Co., which did shipping for Timex Corp. He's known for his efforts to bring Internet access and other communication technologies to parts of Asia and other places around the world that were lacking such services. He's also a prolific author of books and pieces on communication, business and education, as well as some fictional works.
Opstad currently lives with his wife, Gudveig, near Sarpsborg, which is Grand Forks' newest sister city. The sister-city designation with Grand Forks was Opstad's idea. A highlight of that relationship took place when more than 100 students from Grand Forks Red River High School marched in the Norwegian Constitution Day parade in Sarpsborg on May 17, 2007. Opstad also was named an "honorary" citizen of Grand Forks.
Kelley, who officially began his duties UND president on July 1, also will be joined at the summer commencement by Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology Jon Jackson, who currently is the North Dakota University System faculty representative on the State Board of Higher Education. The NDUS Council of College Faculties (CCF) elected Jackson faculty advisor to the state board for a one-year term beginning July 1.
Jackson is in his 11th year as a faculty member at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He has served two terms on the CCF and currently is president of the University Senate.
Jackson is the only American anatomist who serves in a leadership capacity with all three major North American anatomical science organizations (American Association of Anatomists, Human Anatomy & Physiology Society and the American Association of Clinical Anatomists). He currently teaches human anatomy to undergraduate, graduate and medical students, as well as courses in scientific writing, responsible conduct of research and the history of science.
Jackson earned bachelor's degrees in chemistry and biology from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and master's and doctoral degrees from UND. He did a postdoctoral fellowship in cell biology/biochemistry at Vanderbilt University and served on the medical faculty there before pursuing teaching and business opportunities in the San Francisco area.
|Save the date for UND Presidential Inauguration|
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.
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.
|UND eclipse chasers to broadcast total solar eclipse live from China|
Two UND professors and a lecturer from the University of Minnesota-Crookston are traveling to Xian, China, to broadcast a total solar eclipse Friday, Aug. 1.
This will be the second total solar eclipse that Tim Young, professor of physics, and Ron Marsh, professor of computer science, will attempt to share with the world via streamed images over the Internet. They will be joined by Tricia Johnson from UMC.
The upcoming webcast could pose a challenge for the UND eclipse chasers, as the "path of totality" traverses regions across Russia, Mongolia, and China, areas with little access to the Internet.
The key to these webcasts is finding a local source on broadband Internet to send the signal back to the servers here in Grand Forks said Young, the team leader. For this eclipse, there are very few spots for this to happen -- Xian, China is one of two; the other is Novobroski, Russia, he said.
Young said weather also was a big factor in the team's decision on where to broadcast.
It looked like the weather on average was better closer to the desert area in China," he said.
Totality for the eclipse will be brief: only one minute and 30 seconds in some places. Those not in the path, can catch the whole astronomical event at the eclipse chasers' Web site, www.sems.und.edu ( http://www.sems.und.edu/ ).
Locally, you will have to get up early Friday, Aug. 1, as it will happen live at 3 a.m. The team also will rebroadcast the event on its Web page. It takes one hour for the moon to move across the disk of the sun, about one minute and 30 seconds of totality, and then one hour for the moon to slowly move out of the direct line between the Earth and sun.
The reason that eclipses are so rare is because the moon's orbit is tilted five degrees from the ecliptic (the Earth-sun plane). That leaves only two points where the sun, Earth and moon can line up exactly.
A total solar eclipse is one of natures most magnificent sights. The moon being nearly the same angular size as the sun can block it out over a 200-mile wide path that sweeps across half the Earth. Lucky individuals along the path witness a breathtaking, albeit, short few minutes of darkness. It's not completely dark, however, as the corona -- a million- degree thin gas surrounding the sun -- still holds some brilliance.
Young said, when the silhouette of the moon is centered on the corona, one can witness the eye in the sky, which looks like a giant eye looking down. Along with this eerie sight in the darkness, quietness settles in as animals assume sunset has come early. When the moon is bulls-eye with the sun, it is dark enough to see planets in the daytime, he said.
The eclipse chasers' first broadcast was from Antalya, Turkey, on March 26, 2006. Soon after, the team did a live interview with students in Brent Millers Century Middle School class. The team's efforts are extremely interactive through use of its chatroom, audio question/answer system, podcasts and blogs.
|UND medical school researcher probes brain for anxiety clues|
The School of Medicine and Health Sciences neuroscientist Saobo Lei has been awarded a prestigious and highly competitive R01 five-year grant totaling $1.52 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the cell-level mechanism that triggers anxiety.
â€œAnxiety is among the most common psychiatric disorders and affects about 20 million American people,â€ says Lei, assistant professor in the medical schoolâ€™s Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics. â€œEveryone at some time or another feels anxious, sometimes enough to warrant medical treatment.
Anxiety is treatable with drugs, but only with moderate success because scientists still do not have a complete picture of the brain mechanisms that produce it. Moreover, most available anti-anxiety medications have side effectsâ€”sometimes very seriousâ€”or they create problems with tolerance or dependence, Lei says.
â€œSo it is of significant interest to further explore these anxiety-producing mechanisms in the brain,â€ says Lei, who grew up in central China and obtained his medical degree there. â€œOf course, we expect our research to lead to novel and much more effective therapeutic strategies to deal with anxiety.â€
Lei and his team of researchers at the UND medical school are testing the role of cholecystokinin, a neuropeptide, in anxiety. Peptides are relatively short chains of amino acids (ingredients in the molecular makeup of our DNA and proteins). Proteins are made up of very long peptide chains. Neuropeptides are protein-like molecules made in the brain.
CCK was originally discovered in the gastrointestinal tract, but it is the most abundant neuropeptide in the brain, Lei notes. Itâ€™s long been known that CCK triggers anxiety, but no one knows exactly how it works.
â€œWe want to figure out how CCK increases anxiety,â€ says Lei, whose research center is part of the medical schoolâ€™s free-standing Neuroscience Laboratory. â€œAfter we know the mechanisms by which CCK increases anxiety, we will explore whether drugs that reduce the function of CCK system in the brain can be used to treat anxiety.â€
That means Lei and his team must pry open the secret of how anxiety is produced.
â€œThere is some recently compelling evidence that anxiety is related to an increase in the function of glutamate system in the brain,â€ he says. Glutamate -- the same compound thatâ€™s in the widely used flavor-enhancing ingredient MSG -- is an excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. Glutamate can be released from one neuron and activate glutamate receptors on another neuron to make the second neuron more excited. Increases in the excitability of neurons in the brain can produce anxiety, Lei explains.
â€œBecause CCK is a natural substance in the brain, we want to test whether and how CCK changes the functions of glutamate in the brain,â€ Lei says. â€œWe want to test the hypothesis that CCK increases anxiety by enhancing glutamate release and up-regulating glutamate receptor functions. We will also test whether down-regulation of the functions of CCK system such as using CCK receptor inhibitors or knocking out the genes for CCK and CCK receptors reduces anxiety.â€
â€œBasically, we are trying to find out whether modulation of CCK system can serve as a novel way to treat anxiety,â€ Lei says.
Leiâ€™s five-year NIH RO1 grant will support several researchers and their lab activities related to the anxiety research project. The R01â€”or Research Project Grantâ€”is the original and historically oldest grant mechanism used by NIH. The R01 supports health-related research and development based on the mission of the NIH.
The NIH awards R01 grants to organizations of all types (universities, colleges, small businesses, for-profit, foreign and domestic, faith-based, etc.). The R01 mechanism allows an investigator to define the scientific focus or objective of the research based on a particular area of interest and competence. Although the Project Director/Principal Investigator writes the grant application and is responsible for conducting the research, the applicant is the research organization.
|John McCarthy presents two lectures at SIL colloquium series|
John McCarthy, an eminent phonologist and distinguished University professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will present two lectures at UND as part of the summer Summer Institute of Linguistics colloquium series. Titled "Introducing Optimality Theory," the lectures will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, July 30 and 31, in Room 5, Gamble Hall. The public is invited.
Dr. McCarthy is author of "A Thematic Guide to Optimality Theory" (Cambridge, 2002), "Hidden Generalizations: Phonological Opacity in Optimality Theory (Equinox, 2007), and "Doing Optimality Theory" (Blackwell, 2008). He edited or co-edited five books and is the author or co-author of over 100 articles. His Boston accent returns in unguarded moments, and heâ€™ll be drawing on evidence from that dialect in one of his lectures.
There is no charge for the event, and seats are on a first come, first served basis.
For more information on this event, contact the director of the SIL-UND Linguistics Program in Johnstone Hall, Albert Bickford, telephone 777-0575, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone, or visit the SIL-UND Web site at www.und.edu/dept/linguistics, or visit our Web site at 125.und.edu.
-- Albert Bickford, Director, Summer Institute of Linguistics, email@example.com, 777-0575
|Barnes & Noble holds sidewalk sale Thursday, Friday|
Come early for the best selection at the Barnes & Noble annual sidewalk sale Thursday, July 31, and Frida, Aug. 1. Save big on general reading titles for all ages, imprinted giftware and clothing.
Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2103
|"Great American Trailer Park Musical" back for one more week|
Grand Forks' guiltiest pleasure returns to the stage for one encore week, July 29 to Aug. 1. Seriously. No coming back this time. So hitch up those denim cutoffs, slip into your highest heels, and come on over to Armadillo Acres. We'll take good care of ya!
What do you get when you mix hot pants and heels, a double-wide trailer, and a hilarious cast? "The Great American Trailer Park Musical." Enjoy this laugh-out-loud comedic musical. With songs like "I Gotta Make Like a Nail and Press on," you'll be itching for more.
It's South Park meets Desperate Housewives. See the show in its final week, Tuesday through Friday, July 29 to Aug. 1, in the Fire Hall Theatre, downtown Grand Forks. Show time is 8 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. The production contains adult situations and language and is not suitable for children or anyone who offends easily.
The all-star cast includes: Debra Berger, Beth Laidlaw, Amanda Speare, Darin Kerr, Ashley Braxton, Natasha Yearwood, and Daniel Dutot.
Musical Numbers: "This Side of the Tracks," "One Step Closer," "The Buck Stops Here," "It Doesn't Take A Genius," "Owner of My Heart," "The Great American TV Show," "Flushed Down the Pipes," "Storm's A-Brewin'," "Road Kill," "But He's Mine / It's Never Easy," "That's Why I Love My Man," "Panic," "Finale."
This show sold out during its first run, so call for tickets at 701-746-0847 and leave a message.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre, email@example.com, 701-746-0847
|Doctoral examination set for Eric D. Koppelman |
The final examination for Eric D. Koppelman, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in anatomy and cell biology, is set for 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, in the Frank Low Conference Room B710, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is "Characterization of the Novel 7a5 and BOG25 Death Domain in Human Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells." Jane Dunlevy (anatomy and cell biology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph N. Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4005
|Sushi Happy Hour is Aug. 4 at Wellness Center |
Do you like sushi or is it something youâ€™ve always wanted to try? This is a perfect opportunity. Come by yourself or bring a friend anytime to â€œSushi Happy Hourâ€ where we will feature three different kinds of sushi rolls for your sampling pleasure, along with various beverages to drink and a place to sit down and relax. The sushi will be made in Burnt Toast just prior to the event so it will be fresh. You donâ€™t need to sign up in advance. Just stop in anytime between 5 and 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, pay at the Welcome Desk when you arrive, and enjoy. The cost is $6.
-- Leah Wagner, Coordinator of Wellness Programs, Wellness Center, email@example.com, 777-0842
|Museum Garden Concert is Aug. 5|
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 yearâ€™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
|National Night Out and Kids Expo is Aug. 5|
Give drugs and alcohol a going away party and check out events that will be held at from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Gambucci/Purpur Arena. Everyone is invited and the event is free. There will be family activities including fire department and law enforcement displays, games, free food, and starting at 5:30 p.m., a kiddie parade with a Sesame Street theme.
-- Thomas Brockling, Police Officer, University Police Department, email@example.com, 701-777-3491
|"I Love You, You're Perfect... Now Change" presented at Empire Arts Center|
Back by popular demand: Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.
Crimson Creek Players and original cast members Deb Berger, Jared Kinney, Darin Kerr and Misti Koop present the fan favorite musical, â€œI Love You, Youâ€™re Perfect, Now Changeâ€ at the Empire Arts Center one week only, Aug. 5-9 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinÃ©e on Aug. 9 at 2 p.m.
A comedic musical written by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts, this celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as "the relationship."
Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car, and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set.
This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, and to those who have dared to ask, "Say, what are you doing Saturday night?"
This show promises to take you on a roller-coaster ride of laughter, tears and sheer entertainment.â€ Off-Broadway's phenomenal longest-running musical celebrates the modern-day suburban mating game. Audiences fill the theatre with laughter as the cast explores the joys of dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives, and in-laws.
Donâ€™t miss an incredible evening of entertainment. This is the perfect show to bring your girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, wives, friends or blind dates. It promises to be the â€œbest night outâ€ this year.
Tickets are on sale, starting July 24 at the Chester Fritz Box Office at 777-4090.
The song list includes: â€œCantata For a First Date,â€ â€œStud and A Babe,â€ â€œA Single Man Drought,â€ â€œWhy? Cause Iâ€™m a Guy,â€ â€œI Will Be Loved Tonight,â€ â€œHey There, Single Gal/Guy,â€ â€œHe Called Me,â€ â€œAlways a Bridesmaid,â€ â€œWedding Vows,â€ â€œBaby Song,â€ â€œMarriage Tango,â€ â€œOn The Highway of Love,â€ â€œWaiting Trio,â€ â€œShouldnâ€™t I Be Less In Love With You?,â€ â€œI Can Live With That,â€ and â€œI Love You, Youâ€™re Perfect, Now Change.â€
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-746-0847
|Chemistry, chemical engineering hold REU poster session|
The Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Departments invite you to a poster session. Participants of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program will present posters describing research data obtained during a 10-week study. The poster session will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the Chemistry Reading Room, 232 Abbott Hall.
-- Kim Myrum, Information Processing Specialist, Chemistry, email@example.com, 701-777-2741
|Make meals to take home for your family|
Tired of rushing home and then having to think about what to make for dinner? Come to Burnt Toast where we will take the guesswork out of your evening meal. Our instructor will assist you with preparing a healthy meal for you and your family (enough for four) to enjoy and all in one hour. All participants will leave with a meal for four to take and share with their family. The class is offered from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, or Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Burnt Toast Kitchen, Wellness Center. The cost is $12 per class, with a limit of six per class. Sign up at the Wellness Center Welcome Desk.
-- Jennifer Haugen, Assistant Director for Nutrition and Wellness Programs, Wellness Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-0233
|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
|Faculty, staff invited to academic convocation with Phil Jackson|
The University of North Dakota community is invited to attend 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 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
|EERC hosts Hydrogen Action Summit Sept. 4|
The director of the Energy & Environmental Research Center, Gerald Groenewold, announced that hydrogen is ready for the people. He made comments at a press event during the fourth annual Hydrogen Implementation Conference, in Laramie, Wyo. The EERC is a sponsor of the event.
â€œHydrogen is not the fuel of the future â€” it is the fuel of today. Depending on the worldâ€™s energy situation, certain fuel cell vehicles could be commercially available in four to five years,â€ said Groenewold. â€œWe have the technologies to move forward with hydrogen as a viable fuel, but we lack the commercial infrastructure to make it available to everyone.â€
The EERC is the National Center for Hydrogen Technology (NCHT), a designation from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2004 in recognition of over 50 years of hydrogen research involving fossil and renewable energy. The NCHT is currently leading more than $60 million in current and pending hydrogen-related research, development, demonstration, and commercialization activities, with more than 70 private sector partners nationwide.
â€œThe EERC is involved with a wide array of projects to make hydrogen available using the current refueling infrastructure, including the development of a unique on-demand hydrogen production technology,â€ Groenewold said. â€œAdditional projects include hydrogen production from biomass and fossil fuels; battlefield hydrogen from JP-8; hydrogen production from wind energy; hydrogen purification, separation, and storage; and end uses, such as small-scale power systems and fuel cell vehicles.â€
On Sept. 4, the EERC will host a Hydrogen Action Summit focused on all of these technologies at its facilities in Grand Forks. The event is sponsored by U.S. Sen. Byron Dorganâ€™s Red River Valley Research Corridor and will feature strategic presentations on hydrogen production, infrastructure, and utilization. The focus of the action summit is how to implement hydrogen today.
â€œSen. Dorgan has been one of the EERCâ€™s strongest supporters, securing seed funding for our hydrogen program, and we are honored to host his summit focused on further advancement of the hydrogen economy,â€ Groenewold said.
The next day, Sept. 5, the EERC will dedicate its new $3.5 million NCHT facility. Construction began about two years ago on the facility. The building, which is already occupied, 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 facility houses a variety of specialized state-of-the-art equipment dedicated to providing strategic solutions for the worldâ€™s energy needs, while at the same time creating opportunities for regional economic growth. More information about the Hydrogen Action Summit and the NCHT building dedication is available at www.undeec.org.
|Library of the Health Sciences lists hours|
The Library of the Health Sciences will be closed Saturday, Aug. 2, and Sunday, Aug. 3. Hours for the week of Aug. 4 are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Fall hours begin Monday, Aug. 11: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences, email@example.com, 777-3893
|Memorial Union announces staff changes|
In an effort to better serve the needs of students and student organizations, the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership in the Memorial Union has re-aligned staff responsibilities following the May departure of Clint Bueling, coordinator of student organizations.
Linda Rains has been named assistant director for dtudent involvement and will serve as a staff resource to the 270 plus student organizations on campus. She also will serve as the primary advisor for the Student Activities Committee and University Program Council, standing committees of student government. Two graduate assistants also will work with Linda to assist with student organizations, Volunteer Bridge, and advisement of the standing committees and programming. Her phone number will remain as 777-4076; her office will be relocated to Room 113F of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.
Cassie Gerhardt has been named assistant director for leadership and assessment. In this role she will assume responsibility for Memorial Union leadership development programs and assessment initiatives. In addition, she will provide supervision for the coordinator for fraternity and sorority life, a position for which recruitment has begun. She will also serve as advisor to the Board of Student Publications, a standing committee of student government. Her phone number will remain as 777-3667 and her office will remain in Room 113B of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.
The coordinator for fraternity and sorority life (when hired) will serve as the primary campus contact and resource for the 18 fraternity and sorority chapters, the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council as well as their advisors, alumni and national organizations.
-- Bonnie Solberg, Associate Director - Student Development and Programming, Memorial Union, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-2898
|Museum Cafe lists soup, specials|
The North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists their daily soups and specials:
July 28 - Aug. 1, Vegetarian Week
Soups: Roasted Red Pepper / Irish Potato
Monday: Vegetable Panini
Tuesday: Heirloom Tomato Salad
Wednesday: Vegetable Lasagna
Thursday: Anti-Pasto Plate
Friday: Caesar Salad
Aug. 4-8, Chefs will play week
Soups: Pasta Fagoili / Chicken Tortilla
Monday: Miso Rubbed Tenderloin Steak with balsamic vegetable terrine
Tuesday: Paella Stir-Fry with curried flat bread
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 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
|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:
â€¢ Move equipment
â€¢ Make major repairs
â€¢ Attend to regular maintenance
â€¢ 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 â€œgreenâ€ 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
|Host families sought for international students|
Families are sought to host international students attending English classes at ELS Language Centers on the UND campus. Duration is one to 12 months, average four months. Families are provided $500 per month to defer costs. For more information, please contact Kristin Pauls, 746-1013 or Jill Shafer, 777-6755.
-- Jill Shafer, Center Director, ELS Language Centers, email@example.com, 777-6755
|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
|School supplies sought for low income families|
As school approaches the Salvation Army is collecting school supplies for low income families. Volunteer Bridge, 113 Memorial Union, is a drop-off location for these items at UND. All types of school supplies are needed and can include backpacks, notebooks, folders, crayons (large and small) rulers, markers, calculators, loose paper, scissors, three-ring binders, tissues, hand sanitizer and pencil boxes. School supplies are being collected for schools in Grand Forks, Grand Forks Air Force Base, Emerado, Larimore, Manvel, Midway, Northwood, Thompson and East Grand Forks. If you prefer to donate money for school supplies, you can send a check to the Salvation Army, 1600 University Ave. Please leave donated items at the Volunteer Bridge office, Room 113, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership in the Memorial Union. Items will be taken to the Salvation Army Aug. 8.
-- Linda Rains, Coordinator of Civic Leadership, Memorial Union, email@example.com, 701-777-4076
|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: Success Courses Coordinator, Student Success Center, #09-020
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 8/01/2008
POSITION: Dietician, Dining Services, #09-019
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 8/01/2008
COMPENSATION: $42,000 plus/year
POSITION: Research Scientist, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #-9-011
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 7/29/2008
COMPENSATION: $40,000 plus/year
TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL: No vacancies.
POSITION: Medical Records Technician, Center of Family Medicine - Minot, #09-023
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 8/4/2008
COMPENSATION: $20,000 plus/year
POSITION: Building Services Technician (Sunday - Friday, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), Facilities, #09-022
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 8/4/2008
COMPENSATION: $18,200 plus/year
POSITION: Journeyman Carpenter, Facilities, #09-021
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 8/4/2008
COMPENSATION: $28,000 plus/year
POSITION: Journeyman Systems Mechanic, #09-018
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 7/31/2008
POSITION: Building Services Technician - LEAD (Sunday - Friday, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), Facilities, #09-017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 7/31/2008
NORTH DAKOTA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM POSITION OPENINGS:
NDUS Programmer Analyst - Grand Forks
|Remembering William Morgan|
Professor Emeritus of Languages William I. Morgan, who served in World War II as a German translator for the Allies before moving on to attain academic degrees in the language, died July 22 at Altru Hospital. He was 85.
Morgan served 34 years in the Department of Languages as a German instructor and scholar. He was a pioneer of sorts at UND, taking part in one of the school's first, if not first, international teacher exchange programs. In 1958, Morgan went to teach English at a German prep school near Cologne in western Germany, while a German professor and his wife came to UND to teach German. The German couple lived in Morgan's home during their stay in Grand Forks.
Morgan chaired the Languages Department from 1963 to 1967. While at UND, he was noted for his English translation of a German biography of Gerhart Hauptmann, the famed German playwright and Nobel Peace Prize Winner of 1912. Morgan's translation reveals for English readers the last years of Hauptmann's life and his devotion to his native homeland of Silesia, once part northern Germany, now in Poland. A German research committee requested the book be published so that more of the world would know about German possessions which are no longer part of modern Germany. Russia took control of Silesia in the waning stages of World War II, eventually ceding it to Poland.
Morgan was born Oct. 26, 1922 in Burlington, Iowa, to Charles and Betty Morgan. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1941, and spent two years at Burlington Junior College before joining the military.
Morgan served in the Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946. It was in the latter part of his service that he was used as a German interpreter by Allied Forces. He would say later, in an interview with the Grand Forks Herald newspaper, that it was his experience as a military interpreter that spurred him to pursue teaching German as a profession.
Morgan attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in German in 1948. He would go on to receive his Ph.D. in German at the University of Iowa in 1951.
Morgan began his teaching career at Mankato State College in 1951. In 1953, he started at UND as an assistant professor. He attained full professor status in 1974.
In 1987, Morgan retired from teaching at UND.
In his career at UND, Morgan served two terms on the University Senate and on various committees. He was a member of the American Association of Teachers of German, and was a longtime secretary-treasurer of the school's Phi Beta Kappa organization. He also was listed in the Directory of American Scholars.
Morgan was preceded in death by his parents. There were no surviving relatives listed for him.
No formal ceremonies have been scheduled at this time. Interment proceedings will be handled by Grand Forks County.