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ISSUE: Volume 45, Number 38: May 14, 2008

Contents
Events to Note
Retirement reception will honor Beverly Uhlenberg
Retirement reception will honor Kay Olesen
Freedom Ride commemoration walk set for May 15
Fire Hall Theatre presents final weekend of "Brighton Beach Memoirs"
Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics seminar is Friday
Art & Wine Walk begins May 17
Wellness Center "Take A Stroll" class begins May 19
U2 lists workshops
Doctor's Golf Tournament is May 30-31
North Dakota Arts and Humanities Summit is Oct. 9-10
Sioux Award, Young Alumni Achievement Award recipients announced
Announcements
Parking ramp unavailable until construction is complete
Essential Studies Web site, course list now available
Note parking lot summer regulations
Memorial Union lists summer hours
Faculty, students participate in geoscience research project
UND's commencement ceremonies will be rebroadcast
Former ODK national leadership honor society members sought
Staff recognized for years of service
"Apply Now" button works on UND Web site
Recent phishing attempt for UND e-mail addresses
Memorial Day is holiday
Chester Fritz Library lists Memorial Day weekend hours
Library of the Health Sciences lists hours change, summer hours
International Centre lists summer hours
Donated leave requested for Candace Williams
AAUW seeks used books, media materials
Women Studies announces essay contest winners
Note Union Services, Sign & Design Studio charges
Museum Cafe lists soups, specials
May is Stroke Awareness Month
Internal job openings listed
In the News
EERC senior researcher provides testimony on mercury legislation
Gary Moore receives award
LaVonne Fox earns first ATHENA Young Professional Award
Gwen Feist selected Outstanding Senior Woman at UND
Family, community medicine faculty serve on national review panels
Medical students present awards for outstanding teaching
Retirement reception will honor Beverly Uhlenberg

The Department of Teaching and Learning personnel invites you to a retirement reception for Beverly Uhlenberg from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. Uhlenberg recently celebrated her 26th year with the University. She started in the Department of Home Economics and Nutrition and joined Teaching and Learning in 1996 in the area of Child and Adolescent Development. We will miss her friendly face and warm personality. Please join us in wishing her well in her retirement. -- Department of Teaching and Learning.

Retirement reception will honor Kay Olesen

The School of Engineering and Mines staff invites you to a retirement reception for Kay Olesen from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 15, in the Nyquist Lounge, first floor, Upson II Hall. Olesen recently celebrated her 28th year with the University. She served in both the Chester Fritz Library and the School of Engineering and Mines Library and, for the last 14 years, has been in the engineering dean's office. We will miss her friendly face and warm personality. Please join us in wishing her well. -- School of Engineering and Mines.

Freedom Ride commemoration walk set for May 15

To commemorate the legacy of the May 1961 “Freedom Rides,” there will be a “Freedom Walk” on campus Thursday, May 15. The walk is open to the public and will begin at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Hyslop Sports Center. The walk will conclude at the Eternal Flame Memorial near Twamley Hall. The rain site will be 300 Merrifield Hall. A short program will follow featuring UND history professor and civil rights expert Eric Burin and other community members.

This march is part of a series of events recognizing President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Grand Forks and his speech at UND in 1963. Future events will be part of a Sept. 24-27, interdisciplinary conference and community celebration commemorating the visit.

“President Kennedy's visit inspired the largest gathering in UND campus history," said Gregory S. Gordon (law), chair of the JFK Conference Committee. “JFK touched us with his charismatic presence and enlightened us with his wise words. We seek to shed light on today's pressing issues by reconsidering some of the salient themes of the Kennedy years, including the clash between tyranny and freedom and the promotion of the individual rights of our citizens. The May 1961 Freedom Rides played a significant role in the civil rights movement and we think commemorating it with a "Freedom Walk" this month is an ideal way to inform the community and the nation about our upcoming JFK Conference. In fact, given the recent hate crimes at UND, the timing for a walk to promote tolerance and embrace diversity could not be better. We hope diverse segments of the community will unite to march with us as we begin the healing process in anticipation of our national dialogue at the JFK Conference in September.”

For more information regarding the walk or the conference, please e-mail the JFK Committee at jfkconference@und.nodak.edu. Additional information regarding the conference is also available at: www.und.nodak.edu/instruct/jfkconference.

Freedom Walk Schedule
* 11:30 a.m., welcome by Gregory S. Gordon, chair; walk begins from the Hyslop Sports Center
* 11:50 a.m., program at Eternal Flame; community voices and keynote address by Eric Burin

The Freedom Rides
The early months of the Kennedy administration saw the birth of a movement called the “Freedom Rides,” in which African American citizens rode various forms of public transportation in the South to challenge local laws or customs that enforced segregation. The May 1961 Freedom Rides bolstered the credibility of the American Civil Rights Movement and called national attention to the violent disregard for law that was used to enforce segregation in the southern United States. The Freedom Rides resulted in the Kennedy administration banning segregation in all interstate commerce facilities.

For more information please contact Gregory S. Gordon, chair, John F. Kennedy Conference and Community Event, gordon@law.und.edu .

Fire Hall Theatre presents final weekend of "Brighton Beach Memoirs"

The Fire Hall Theatre presents the final weekend of Brighton Beach Memoirs, Neil Simon’s beloved coming-of-age comedy which explores the life of a teenager (experiencing puberty and a search for identity) in a struggling Jewish household, raising such enduring issues as guilt ridden parent-child relationships and hunger for dignity in a poverty stricken world.

Julia Porter directs this wonderful comedy. Set in Brooklyn, New York's Brighton Beach in 1937, the semi-autobiographical coming-of-age comedy is the first play in what is known as Simon's "Eugene Trilogy." The small cast consists of Eugene (Wonderfully played by 8th grader Ryan King), his brother Stanley (Sam Ivory) and their parents Kate (Wendy Swerdlow-Pederson) and Jack (UND Professor Jeff Weatherly), as well as Kate's sister Blanche (UND Senior English Lecturer Kathy King), and her two daughters, Nora (Amanda Zimmerman) and Laurie (Carly Flaagen). His protagonist is Eugene Morris Jerome, a Russian-Jewish teenager who experiences puberty, sexual awakening, and a search for identity as he tries to deal with his family, including his older brother Stanley, whom he idolizes and his cousin Nora whom he develops intimate feelings towards. Kate and Blanche also develop through the play, as Blanche finally decides to support herself following a fight with Kate.

Production runs Thursday through Saturday evening, May 15-17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Chester Fritz Box Office (777-4090) or at the door. Cost is $18/adults; $15/students and seniors. The Fire Hall Theatre is located at 412 Second Ave. nestled between Central High School and City Hall, downtown Grand Forks.

Special Backstage with the Arts following Friday's performance, with wine and hors d'oeuvres, sponsored by the North Valley Arts Council. For more information, visit www.culturepulse.org.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre, benjamin.klipfel@und.edu, 701-777-4090

Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics seminar is Friday

John M. Denu, University of Wisconsin Medical School, will present a seminar titled, "Reversible Protein Acetylation and Epigenetic Control of Chromatin," Friday, May 16, at 4 p.m. in the Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall, Room 1360, School of Medicine. This seminar is sponsored by the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Pathophysiological Signaling in Neurodegenerative Disorders and the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics. All are welcome to attend.
-- Deb Kroese, Administrative Officer, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics, dkroese@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-6221

Art & Wine Walk begins May 17

The North Valley Arts Council and the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau are pleased to present the 2008 Art & Wine Walk, which begins on May 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The walk takes place on the third Saturday of the month, May through October.

Stroll through downtown and view artwork by local artists at galleries, restaurants, and other business that will serve wine or other non-alcoholic refreshment. Most artwork is available for sale, and artists will be 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. Maps can be purchased for $10. At each participating business, the map will be stamped (wine consumption is not required to receive a stamp). You can turn in your map at the end of the event at the Empire Arts Center to enter a drawing for a gift basket of prizes donated by participating businesses.

All ages are welcome to attend, and children under 12 accompanied by an adult receive free admission. Those over 21 will receive a wristband, allowing participation in wine tasting.

Art & Wine Walk 2008 event dates: May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, and Oct. 18.

The Art & Wine Walk is organized by the North Valley Arts Council and the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is sponsored by the Empire Arts Center, the Blue Moose Bar & Grill, Clear Channel Radio, and Gilly’s Bar & Grill.

To learn more about the Art & Wine Walk, visit www.culturepulse.org. To participate as a hosting business or an exhibiting artist, please contact the North Valley Arts Council at 777-6120 or info@novac.org.
-- Nicole Derenne, Executive Director, North Valley Arts Council, nicolederenne@novac.org, 777-6120

Wellness Center "Take A Stroll" class begins May 19

"Take a Stroll" is a new class being offered through the Wellness Center. Bring your kids and the stroller to get in that workout you never seem to have time for. Instructors will teach you how to use the stroller to tone your muscles. This is a great way to get exercise, entertain the kids, and meet other families in the community. You are not required to be a member of the Wellness Center to participate. Meet at the front doors and your instructor will take you on a “stroll.”

Classes begin Monday, May 19, for 10 weeks, through July 25. They will meet at the Wellness Center every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $39 (less than $2 per class).

Registration runs through May 18. Sign up now to reserve your spot in the class. Stop by the Welcome Desk with any questions or visit the Web site www.wellness.und.edu and look in the specialty tab.
-- Stefanie Meyer, Coordinator of Fitness Experience, Wellness Center, stefaniemeyer@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2943

U2 lists workshops

The University within the University (U2) lists the following workshops:

Overtime and Hours Worked
May 20, 9 to 10 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall
Learn which employees are affected by overtime and how to handle administering overtime. Presenters: Desi Sporbert and Joy Johnson.

Defensive Driving
May 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room 10-12. Swanson Hall
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: Tom Brockling.

Records Retention and E-Mail
May 20, 1 to 2 p.m., Room 10-12, Swanson Hall
Learn what role e-mail plays in an organization, UND policy and best practices for retaining e-mail messages. Presenter: Chris Austin.

PeopleSoft Account Numbers
May 21, 10 to 11 a.m., Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine
This class will show how to use PeopleSoft account number listings and provide clarification on how items should be coded. Presenter: Allison Peyton.

Supervisors of Student Employees
May 21, 9 to 10:30 a.m., 210 Clifford Hall or May 22, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union
This session is for anyone who currently supervises student employees or is planning to supervise student employees. The session will provide information on JobX, federal workstudy, and institutional employment, as well as a minimum wage update, along with payroll and career services updates. The session will also provide a student worker success workshop update and information on how you can nominate your Student Employee of the Year (starting 2008-2009).

Running, Reading, and Reconciling Key Financial Reports in PeopleSoft
May 22, 2 to 4 p.m., Room 9, Gamble Hall Lanterman Center
This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft in order to run, read, and understand PeopleSoft financial reports. Important tips will be provided to help you recognize why, when, and how to reconcile revenue and expense transactions posted to your funds. Troubleshooting tips and tools to help you resolve budgeting errors will also be provided. This session includes hands-on practice activities. Presenters: Tom Swangler, Julie Simon, Terry Aubol, Sarah Stennes and Shannon Smidt.

Family Medical Leave Act
May 28, 9 to 10 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall
Who is covered and how do you apply? Presenters: Desi Sporbert and Joy Johnson.

Non-Employee/Student Travel, Payments to Non-Resident Aliens and Moving Expenses
May 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine
Review of travel procedures to follow for non-employees, students and nonresident aliens and review of moving expense procedures. Presenter: Allison Peyton.

Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: phone, 777-2128, e-mail U2@mail.und.nodak.edu, or online www.conted.und.edu/U2/. Please include: (1) workshop title/date, (2) name, (3) department, (4) position, (5) stop number, (6) phone number, (7) e-mail, and (8) 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, U2 Program, U2@mail.und.edu, 777-2128

Doctor's Golf Tournament is May 30-31

After a one-year hiatus the Doctor’s Golf Tournament is back. This tournament exists to sponsor the Buckingham-Dunnigan Foundation which, in turn, sponsors and supplements the efforts of the Bismarck UND Center for Family Medicine residency program in its efforts to produce fine family physicians for the people of North Dakota.

Funding for education of any kind is a perennial issue in political circles, and the residency programs are no different. There are many areas where we incur financial costs that for a variety of reasons cannot be funded by our budget. This is where the Buckingham-Dunnigan Foundation is able to help. It is administered by the UND Alumni Association to ensure that it is used for appropriate reasons. To date, we have reinvested the majority of the proceeds from the endowment to build the foundation’s balance. Last year, we finally reached a point where we could use some of the funds for scholarships to fund family expenses for residents who must travel for required rotations. The Doctor’s Golf Tournament is our only fund raising event, and we thank you all very much for your gracious and generous support in the past. We hope to see you again this year!

Lastly, a few details. We have resumed the overnight portion of the tourney to make it a more special and collegial event. The dates are Friday and Saturday May 30 and 31. The golf courses are Hawk Tree in Bismarck and The Bully Pulpit in Medora. The fee is $150 for one day or $250 for both, which includes your golf and cart, meals, and transportation for the second day event. If you want more information, please log on to our web site at www.cfmbismarck.und.edu, or give Pat Brandt a call at 701-751-9500.

Thank you once again for considering participation in the Doctor’s as either a player or by making a donation. Wishing you all the best. -- Jeff Hostetter, M.D., program director, UND Center for Family Medicine Bismarck.

North Dakota Arts and Humanities Summit is Oct. 9-10

Sherman Alexie will appear as key presenter at the North Dakota Arts and Humanities Summit hosted by Bismarck State College Oct. 9-10. Held every two years, the summit is an educational creative arts showcase, where students and faculty from North Dakota’s colleges and universities share their work with each other and the public.

Alexie, an award-winning author, poet and filmmaker, has written novels, screenplays, short stories, and 11 collections of poetry. Scholars and literary and film critics have lauded his work with countless awards, including the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Pushcart Prize for poetry, PEN/Malamud Award, Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, and many others. He displays his exceptional humor and performance ability at poetry readings and comedy venues.

The arts summit will include a visual arts exhibit, musical performances, readings, and presentations by scholars and students.
-- Patrick Luber, Professor of Art, Art Department, patrick_luber@und.nodak.edu, 777-2230

Sioux Award, Young Alumni Achievement Award recipients announced

The Alumni Association announces its 2008 Sioux Award and Young Alumni Achievement Award recipients. Awards will be presented during the UND Homecoming Sioux Award Banquet Thursday, Oct 16. Tickets are available by calling 777-4078.

2008 Sioux Award:

John “Gino” Gasparini, ’68, ’71 – A Fort Frances Ontario, Canada native, Gasparini became head hockey coach for UND men’s hockey in 1978, winning three national titles (1980, 1982 and 1987). From 1984-1990, Gasparini served as UND’s athletic director and he retired as head coach in 1994. He is currently president of the United States Hockey League and had previously served as commissioner for eight seasons.

Larry Jodsaas, ’62 - His current involvements include board memberships of Normandale Community College Foundation, the National Alzheimer’s Disease Association and Minnesota High Tech Association. At the height of his very successful career, he served as chair of Polarfab, a manufacturing company in Bloomington, Minn. He had previously served as a vice president with Control Data and owner of VTC Inc. The Jodsaas Center within the UND School of Engineering and Mines will be named in honor of his contributions to the School.

Allen Van Beek, ’66 – Dr. Van Beek earned national attention in 1992 for re-attaching the arms of John Thompson after a serious farm accident in North Dakota. Internationally recognized, Dr. Van Beek is the clinical associate professor of surgery at the University of Minnesota, has a private practice at the Centennial Lakes Medical Center, and he specializes in hand and microsurgery. He is a long-standing member and past president of The American Association for Hand Surgery.

David Williamson, ’70, and Gayle Shemorry Williamson, ’69 – Dave and Gay Williamson have traveled the world and back, particularly as Dave’s position as general manager of 3M Central America meant they lived out of the country for several years. David joined MeadWestvaco in 1988 and is currently vice president sales and marketing, Office Products Group. Dave and Gay have very passionately been involved with UND since graduating.

2008 Young Alumni Achievement Award:

Brenda Jo Gillund, ’92, ’97 – An oncology research nurse for Altru Health System in Grand Forks, Gillund was one of 10 outstanding care givers in the United States chosen to receive the 2006 American Cancer Society Lane Adams Quality of Life Award. In that same year, she was also named Outstanding Nurse by the North Dakota Nurses Association. She worked with a partner to implement Filling the Gap to fill the quality of life gap for cancer patients through assistance with nutritional supplements, travel and lodging.

Jennifer Thorson, ’93 – Thorson is a vice president responsible for a major portfolio with American International Group Inc (AIG), a Fortune Top 10 business in New York City. She has previously worked with Oracle and Digital River. She also volunteers with Girls on the Run, a program to teach pre-teen and teenage girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running.

For inquiries about The Sioux Award Banquet, the awards or award recipients, please contact the UND Alumni Association at 777-2611.

Essential Studies Web site, course list now available

In May 2007 the University Senate approved a recommendation to revise the University's General Education program. In the year since that time, people from across campus have been working on the details necessary to implement this change. The Essential Studies program, as the revised version of the General Education program will now be called, retains some features of General Education, but also incorporates a number of significant changes.

To provide information to people interested in the features of Essential Studies, two Web site links are now available through the A-Z index on the main UND Web page. These links can be found by locating "Essential Studies" and "Essential Studies Committee" within the "E" section of the A-Z index.
-- Ryan Zerr, Chair, Senate Essential Studies Committee, Mathematics, ryan.zerr@und.edu, 777-4605

Memorial Union lists summer hours

The Memorial Union lists the following summer hours:

Building hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; the building is closed weekends.

Business services areas:
* Info Center and Union Services: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed weekends
* Sign & Design Studio: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed weekends

Check the Memorial Union Web site for more details or contact Marsha Nelson, assistant director of facility operations at 777-2953. Individual services may vary, check each area for summer hours.
-- Rebecca Slade, Marketing Coordinator, Memorial Union, rebecca.slade@und.edu, 7-3938

Parking ramp unavailable until construction is complete

The parking ramp will be unavailable during the construction project on Second Ave. North, which began May 12. Second Ave. North will be closed from Columbia Road to Cornell Street (between the parking ramp and the north side of Hyslop Sports Center). The project is expected to be completed in three weeks, weather permitting.

In the meantime, all ramp pass holders are asked to park in an "A" lot near your office and continue to display your "R" permit. For events scheduled in the Memorial Union and where parking was planned for the ramp, please ask guests to park in the lot east of Columbia Road. By using the east tower, guests may utilize the skyway on Level Three to cross the street, then they will need to exit the ramp in the southwest tower on Level One because the tunnel to the Union will be closed May 12-16 for cleaning and seal coating. Additional accessible parking stalls have been added to the north Union Loop for those with handicapped permits. Please call the Parking Office at 777-3551 if you have additional questions. -- Parking Office.

Note parking lot summer regulations

The visitor pay lot at the corner of Centennial Drive and Campus Road will be staffed with an attendant from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the summer. Free parking is allowed during the hours of 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and after 4 p.m. as long as a valid UND permit is displayed.

Parking Lots - Those with any valid UND permit is allowed to park in all UND parking lots until Friday, Aug. 22, except the Upson, Twamley, Wilkerson, and Airport lots. These lots still require a red “A” permit to park between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After 4:30 p.m. those with any valid UND permit can park in any lot.

All meters, timed zones, reserved parking spaces, and no parking zones will be enforced. Motorcycles must have permits and park in areas designated as “motorcycle parking” in the lots, in regular vehicle spaces, or in the hash marks at the ends of the rows only in the lots your permit is valid to park in. No motorcycles can be parked on sidewalks, grassed areas, or in bike racks.

Any questions, please call the Parking Office at 777-3551 during the office hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Have a great summer!

Faculty, students participate in geoscience research project

Faculty and students from the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University are participating in a major geoscience research project during the summer of 2008. The NSF-funded project, USArray, is a component of the 15-year EarthScope ( http://www.earthscope.org/ )(http://www.earthscope.org/) experiment designed to use earthquake signals from around the globe to study Earth structure and dynamics and the physical processes controlling earthquakes and volcanoes. The USArray consists of 400 broadband seismometers spaced about 70 km apart in regular grid that is rolling across the nation in a leap-frog fashion over the next decade. The UND Department of Geology and Geological Engineering is participating in this national project by providing site reconnaissance for future earthquake recording stations. More than 325 stations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas will be identified during Summer 2008, and 37 of these stations will be in North Dakota.

The North Dakota segment of the study is being directed by Will Gosnold (geological engineering) and includes two students from UND and two students from NDSU. After training at a workshop in Omaha, Neb., with other participants from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota, the students will work in two-person teams to locate sites for installation of the seismic stations. Installation of the seismometers in North Dakota is scheduled for 2009, and they will remain in place for two years.

UND's commencement ceremonies will be rebroadcast

The video of the University of North Dakota’s general commencement ceremony is archived, allowing it to be rebroadcast on Grand Forks area Cable Channel 3. Rebroadcast times are May 14-16, 12:30 a.m., noon, and 8:30 p.m. The Law School commencement will be rebroadcast May 14-16 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Medical School commencement will be rebroadcast May 20-23 at 12:30 a.m., noon, and 8:30 p.m. Law and medical ceremonies were not broadcast live.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

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 (aaron.flynn@und.edu), president of UND's Leadership Honor Society, or Tara Mertz (tara.mertz@und.edu), vice president of UND's Leadership Honor Society.
-- Tara Mertz, Vice President, UND Leadership Honor Society , tara.mertz@und.edu, (701) 210-01

Staff recognized for years of service

The annual staff recognition ceremony was held May 13. Almost 700 participants gathered to honor UND staff who have completed consecutive years of service at the University in increments of five years. The following were this year’s recipients:

5 years:
Tina Adams, University Children’s Center; Wayde Anderson, Grants and Contracts Administration; Cheryl Arntz, Payroll; Linda Baeza, Graduate School; Thomas Bartley, Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC); Jennifer Batko, dean’s office, School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS); Arlene Behm, Center for Family Medicine, Minot; Matthew Beland, University Police; Jacqueline Bergsnev, Office of Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations; Wendy Bernardy, Student Health Services; Sharon Berning, Office of Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations; Pamela Boltz, Family Medicine; Jayne Brown, Pediatrics; Kathy Brown, Dining Services, Memorial Union; Michael Brown, Dining Support Services; Mike Budziszewski, Flight Support Services; Patti Campoverde, Telecommunications; Rhanda Clow, Counseling Center; Mary Jo Dailey, TRIO Programs; Lynette Dickson, Rural Health; Kathy Dietz, Office of the Registrar; Patricia Dorsher, Office of the Registrar; Laura Eider, Chester Fritz Library; Grant Erickson, Information Technology Systems and Services (ITSS); Joanne Fanfulik, Nursing; Dara Faul, Continuing Education/Outreach Support; Joshua Faul, Flight Support Services; Lisa Flanagan, Facilities; Rosemary Flynn, EERC; Peter Grabanski, housing maintenance, Facilities; Marcie Graber, housing maintenance, Facilities; Richard Gunville, Facilities; Jayson Hajdu, Athletics; John Harju, EERC; Stephen Harken, EERC; Mark Hastings, Flight Operations; Mary Ann Hastings, Microbiology and Immunology; Dee Heisler, EERC, Heather Helgeson, dean’s office, College of Arts and Sciences; Brian Helland, Nursing; Renee Hertel, Internal Medicine; Beverly Hilliard, Counseling Center; Kari Holter, Continuing Education/Outreach Support; Kathleen Howes, Student Account Services; Corrine Iverson, Marketing; Erik Johnson, ITSS; Gary Johnson, interim vice president for research; Robert Johnson, Facilities; Tara Johnson, dean’s office, College of Business and Public Administration; Bonnie Kee, Anatomy and Cell Biology; Kendall Klemmer, Facilities; Benjamin Kliner, Transportation; Jennifer Knudson, EERC; Nicole Koll, Housing Residence; Lingbu Kong, EERC; Janet Kosanda, dean’s office, College of Education and Human Development; Janna Kruckenberg, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies (CILT); Lindsay Kuntz, Student Success Center; Diane Larson, TRIO Programs; Shawn Leake, Duplicating Services; John Lee, Information Resources, SMHS; Denis MacLeod, Continuing Education/Outreach Support; Julie Magnus, Center for Biomedical Research; Keith Malaterre, American Indian Student Services; Heather Martin, Student Success Center; Susan McWilliams, Telecommunications; Jim Melicher, Housing Residence; Sandra Monette, Nursing; Angela Morgan, EERC; Robert Myers, Facilities; Jeff Myhro, Facilities, Housing Maintenance; JoDee Nielsen, School of Medicine NW Campus, Minot; Jane Oakland, Thormodsgard Law Library; Tim O’Keefe, Alumni; Deborah Pankonin, Teaching and Learning; Nikhil Patel, EERC; Shelley Pohlman, Public Affairs, SHMS; Coral Polsfut, Center for Family Medicine, Minot; Jeanne Prom, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention; Lois Quamme, Chester Fritz Library; Jeffrey St. Michel, Dining Residence; Barbara Sandvig, Aviation; Dennis Schultz, Flight Support Services; Nikki Seabloom, Wellness Center; Paul Selke, Flight Support Services; Richard Sethre, Facilities; Dawn Seydel, Dining Vending; Diane Skean, EERC; Richard Smaaland, Dining Residence; Erica Sodeyama, Chester Fritz Library; Larry Spicer, Dining Residence; Stacey Stefonowicz, Office of the Registrar; Dannette Stramer, Research Affairs, SMHS; Mark Thorpe, University Police; Robyn Von Ruden, Continuing Education/Outreach Support; Jennifer Wahl, Center for Family Medicine, Minot; Stephanie Walker, Center for Biomedical Research; Derek Walters, EERC; Amy Warner, Alumni; Wendy Warner, Rural Health; Adam Webster, Center for People and Environment; Mary Welp, School of Law; John Wold, Academic Support Services, Aerospace.

10 years:
Gayann Akset, Facilities, Housing Maintenance; Keith Anderson, Facilities; Cindy Barclay, Facilities; David Bell, CILT; Elvira Bell, Human Nutrition Research Center (HNRC); Lisa Burger, Student Success Center; Angela Carpenter, Student Success Center; Mark Christenson, Student Health Services; Jeanie Clement, EERC; Lola Conley, Dining Support Services; David Daucsavage, Facilities; Arlene Davidson, Facilities, Housing Maintenance; Kim Dickman, EERC; MC Diop, Multicultural Student Services; Mary Drewes, Chester Fritz Library; Melissa Gardner, Family Medicine; Jeff Green, Facilities, Housing Maintenance; Dale Griffin, Chester Fritz Auditorium; Kerry Hackett, Chester Fritz Library; Lucinda Hamre, EERC; Lori Hanson, Student Health Services; William Hayes, Facilities; Carol Hjelmstad, ITSS; Patricia Hoeper, Indians Into Medicine; Gail Holweger, Graduate School; Tina Huderle, Office of Dean of Students; Carl Iseminger, Accounting Services; Allyn Johnson, Facilities, Housing Maintenance; Jacque Jones, Occupational Therapy; John Kellebrew, Facilities; Gwendolyn Klawon, Flight Operations; Nicole Klemisch, Center for Family Medicine, Bismarck; Cynthia Knudson, Memorial Union; Gregory Krause, Cyclotron and Positron Operation, SMHS; Debora Kurtz, Dining Support Services; Wendy Larson, Facilities; Gerald Lizakowski, Facilities; Jeffrey Manske, Facilities; David Martin, Facilities; Gloria Matejcek, Disability Support Services; Martin Mills, Facilities; Phillip Moore, ITSS; Troy Noeldner, Housing Residence; Gloria Olson, Office of the Registrar; Michael Osland, ITSS; Drago Ostojic, Transportation; Bruce Pantzer, Dining Residence; Kerrie Peltier, Parking and Traffic; Diamond Pipiles, ITSS; Kathleen Porath, Dining Residence; Corey Quirk, Continuing Education/Outreach Support; Joel Robberstad, Flight Support Services; Richard Roberts, ITSS; Donita Roland, Center for Family Medicine, Bismarck; Pamela Schwanz, Dining Residence; Marlo Seaver, HNRC; Carol Smaaladen, Facilities; Heidi Strande, ITSS; David Sundine, Facilities; Staci Wells, Graduate School; Christine Wiese, Center for Family Medicine, Bismarck; Donald Wosick, Facilities.

15 years:
Perry Benson, Neuroscience; Craig Cerkowniak, ITSS; Leonard Conley, Facilities, Housing Maintenance; Donald Cox, EERC; Grant Dunham, EERC; Edith Green, Microbiology and Immunology; David Halverson, Facilities; Kathleen Hiller, Center for Family Medicine, Minot; Robin Holden, Student Financial Aid; Monte Koshel, Television; Mary Larson, Internal Medicine; Thomas Leake, Facilities; Darin Lee, Mailing Services; Cathy Lerud, EPSCoR; Helen Lund, Mailing Services; Geralyn Lunski, Surgery; Roxanne Miller, Student Health Services; Arlene Nelson, Center for Family Medicine, Minot; Kari Nelson, Student Health Services; Douglas Norgard, Facilities; Maryann Olson, Facilities; Wesley Peck, EERC; Sharlene Rakoczy, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; Stephen Reller, Accounting Services; Rebecca Rude, Continuing Education/Outreach Support; Leo Saucedo, Flight Operations; Cynthia Shabb, Teaching and Learning; Teri Sharp, Mailing Services; Judy Slominski, Dining Support Services; Lee Smith, Academic Support Services, Aerospace; Lori Swinney, CILT; Neal Wilkerson, Chemistry.

20 years:
Julie Arnold, Rural Health; Tammy Batzer, Nursing; Roy Beard, EERC; Diane Blue, Finance; Patricia Bohnet, Office of the President; Jeanne Boppre, Instructional Development; Loran Carl, Facilities; Susan Carlson, dean’s office, SMHS; Robert Davidson, Facilities; Tremayne Ebertowski, Facilities; Roger Gores, Facilities; Jay Gunderson, EERC; Sharon Gustafson, Flight Operations; John Haugen, EERC; Lori Hofland, Office of the Registrar; Peter Johnson, University Relations; Sharon Johnson, Educational Foundations and Research; Darlene Kenmir, Facilities, Housing Maintenance; James Lindlauf, HNRC; Gary Lovejoy, Facilities; Diane Martin, Facilities, Housing Maintenance; Deneen Marynik, History; Elaine Metcalfe, TRIO Programs; Tonya Murphy, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; Keith Myers, University Police; Dennis Pazderic, EERC; Allison Ranisate, Library of the Health Sciences; Linda Reidhammer, Art; Frances Scholand, Dining Residence; Dick Schultz, Flight Operations; Jon Schumacher, Facilities; Daniel Stepan, EERC; Beth Toay, Nursing; Kathryn Williams, Continuing Education/Outreach Support; Christopher Zygarlicke, EERC.

25 years:
Jean Altepeter, dean’s office, SMHS; Teresa Aubol, Office of Dean of Students; Steven Benson, EERC; Wayne Blegen, EERC; Doris Bornhoeft, ITSS; Gregory Boushee, Facilities; John Deitz, Facilities; Raymond DeWall, EERC; Craig Eken, EERC; Dean Evenstad, EERC; James Ford, EERC; Ken Grohs, EERC; Paul Gronhovd, EERC; Shannon Gullickson, Communication; Mylan Hackett, EERC; Douglas Hajicek, EERC; Philip Harmeson, Office of the President; Glen Hoffarth, Facilities; John Hurley, EERC; Jerry Johnson, Facilities; Joy Johnson, Human Resources; Michael Jones, EERC; Bonnie Jundt, ITSS; Carla Kellner, EPSCoR; Mark Kobe, EERC; Kathleen Kraft, Pediatrics; Alan Lilke, EERC; Randall Lillibridge, EERC; Donald McCollor, EERC; David Miller, EERC; Stanley Miller, EERC; Diane Nelson, Human Resources; Edwin Olson, EERC; Allison Peyton, Accounting Services; DeAnn Purcell, Student Health Services; Randy Rasmussen, Chester Fritz Library; Butch Riske, EERC; Robert Russell, Facilities; Rodney Scilley, Facilities; Richard Shockey, EERC; Lona Spicer, Mathematics; Joyce Sundby, EERC; Michael Swanson, EERC; Carolyn Thompson, HNRC; James Tibbetts, EERC; Donald Toman, EERC; Karen Uhrich, EERC; Jean Vorachek, EERC; Gregory Weber, EERC; Debra Wilson, Nursing; Constance Wixo, EERC.

30 years:
Byron Anderson, Facilities; Suzanne Belyea, Housing Residence; Michael Dohman, Facilities; Dominga Fernandez, Facilities, Housing Maintenance; Debra Haley, EERC; James Jerombeck, Facilities; Kathryn Klemisch, Information Systems and Business Education; David Knittel, Chemistry; Roxanne Korynta, Office of Medical Education; Sandra Krom, Pediatrics; Paulette Lindquist, Payroll; Delaine McGurran, University Children’s Center; Sally Page, Affirmative Action; Deborah Pelowski Vonasek, Chester Fritz Library; Catherine Perry, Pathology; Judy Rosinski, Transportation; Janice Swanson, Dining Residence; Paul Tollefsrud, Facilities, Housing Maintenance.

35 years:
Patricia Berntsen, Chester Fritz Library; Paul Clark, Facilities; Linda Duckstad, dean’s office, College of Business and Public Administration; Sharon Metzger, Duplicating Services; Karen Myerchin, Facilities; Dale Wilhelmi, Facilities; Holly Wilson, Facilities; Larry Zitzow, Facilities.

40 years:
Vernon Anderson, Facilities; Diana LeTexier, Continuing Education/Outreach Support; Bonnie Nerby, Accounting Services; David Peterson, Dining Support Services; Harriet Powers, dean’s office, College of Education and Human Development; Phyllis Tweton, Office of Medical Education.

45 years:
Caryl Pederson, ITSS.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

"Apply Now" button works on UND Web site

The "Apply Now" button on the front page of the UND Web site, www.und.edu ( http://www.und.edu/ ), is now working. We were working on the new Web design and inadvertently dropped the link. My apologies. -- Jan Orvik, Web manager, University Relations.

Recent phishing attempt for UND e-mail addresses

Last Saturday many of the UND e-mail accounts received a phishing attempt. The e-mail received asked for the account holders username and password. A copy of the e-mail is below.

The Help Desk or any other support area will never ask for the account holders password. If you replied to this email with your username and password, you should immediately sign onto your account and change your password. If you cannot access your account, call the Help Desk immediately at 777-2222 and we can change your password for you.

The main way you may be able to tell that this is a phishing attempt is that the e-mail address is an off-campus address.

Here is a copy of the e-mail many of you received.

Dear edu Subscriber,

We are currently carrying-out a mentainance process to your edu
account, to complete this process you must reply to this email
immediately, and enter your User Name here (**********) And Password
here(**********) if you are the rightful owner of this account.

This process we help us to fight against spam mails.
Failure to summit your password, will render your email address
in-active from our database.

NOTE: You will be send a password reset messenge in next seven (7)
working days after undergoing this process for security reasons.

Thank you for using edu!
THE EDU TEAM

-- Information Technology Systems and Services.

Memorial Day is holiday

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, May 26, will be observed as Memorial Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday. -- Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources.

Chester Fritz Library lists Memorial Day weekend hours

The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following hours for the Memorial Day weekend: Friday, May 23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 24, closed; Sunday, May 25, closed; Monday, May 26, 5 to 9 p.m. (Memorial Day).
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library, karencloud@mail.und.edu, 7-2618

Library of the Health Sciences lists hours change, summer hours

The Library of the Health Sciences will close at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 15, and Friday, May 16. The library will be open Saturday, May 17, from 1 to 5 p.m., and will be closed Sunday, May 18.

The summer hours begin Monday, May 19. Hours are Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, closed.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences, abyars@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-3893

International Centre lists summer hours

The International Centre will be open during the following hours:
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
-- Tatjyana Richards, Office Manager, Office of International Programs, tatjyanarichards@mail.und.edu, 777-6438

Donated leave requested for Candace Williams

Candace Williams is in need of annual or sick leave donations for a medical condition. She and her family thank you for your generosity. Please send any donations to Suzanne Anderson, Office of the Registrar, Stop 8382. Donated leave forms are available at www.und.edu/dept/payroll, then click on forms. Thank you.
-- Kathy Dietz, Assistant Registrar, Office of the Registrar, kathydietz@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2147

AAUW seeks used books, media materials

The American Association of University Women is collecting used books and working CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, records, and games from now through mid-October. Please drop off at 2420 Ninth Ave. North, Grand Forks, or call one of the following numbers: 772-0247, 772-1622, or 795-9808.

Women Studies announces essay contest winners

The Women Studies Program announces the 2008 winners of the Women Studies Essay Contest and wishes to encourage instructors and students to submit essays now for next year’s contest. We seek essays or creative entries that wholly, or in significant part, address issues of particular concern to women. Essays or projects should have been created in 2008 (spring, summer, or fall semesters). Mark entries with date, class title and instructor, and include the author's phone number and address. Please send essays to Wendelin Hume, Women Studies, Stop 7113. Winners will be announced during spring semester 2009.

The winners this year in the graduate division are: Karen Nelson-Schiff for her essay, “Gender Inequality: A Meta-Analysis of Trends in the State Gender Bias Task Force Studies,” for sociology thesis, chaired by Wendelin Hume. Honorable mention in this category goes to Marcella LaVoi Melby for her essay, “A Model of Feminist Identity Development Related to a Woman in the Field of Mathematics,” written for T&L 545 taught by Cynthia Shabb.

In the undergraduate essay division the winner is Kristy Kehler for her essay, "How Does Feminism Function in a Mennonite World?” written for A&S 225 taught by Kathy Coudle-King. Honorable mention for this category goes to Emily Hill for her essay, “The Nymph Woman in William Gass’s “Order of Insects,” written for English 320 taught by Elizabeth Harris-Behling.
-- Wendelin Hume, Director of Women Studies, Women Studies and Criminal Justice, wendelin.hume@und.edu, 701-777-4001

Note Union Services, Sign & Design Studio charges

This is a reminder to all UND departments who use Union Services and the Sign & Design Studio in the Memorial Union. Department charges made after Friday, June 13, will be billed after July 1 (except by special arrangement).
-- Linda Maszk, Business Manager, Memorial Union, linda.maszk@und.nodak.edu, 7-3927

Museum Cafe lists soups, specials

May 21–23
Soups for the week: Cream of Asparagus / Clam Chowder
Wednesday: Lentil Salad
Thursday: Museum Club
Friday: Salmon Caesar Salad

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

May is Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke threatens us all, but it’s often preventable. You have the power to end stroke. Avoid smoking, limit alcohol and work with your doctor toward these goals for a healthy life:
• Total cholesterol: <200
• LDL cholesterol: goals vary depending on risk:
- No heart disease, 0-1 risk factors: <160
- Most people with 2+ risk factors: <130
- Heart disease or diabetes: <70-100
• HDL cholesterol: 50+ women; 40+ men
• Triglycerides: <150
• Blood pressure: <120/80
• Fasting glucose: <100
• Body Mass Index (BMI): <25
• Waist size: <35” women; <40” men
• Exercise: 30+ minutes most or all days.
• Balanced diet: Fruit, vegetables, grains,
low-fat/nonfat dairy products, fish, legumes, poultry, lean meat.
• Regular doctor visits.

If a healthy diet and regular exercise aren’t enough to reduce your risk, ask your doctor about adding medication(s).

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:
WALK (is their balance off?)
TALK (is their speech slurred or face droopy?)
REACH (is one side weak or numb?)
SEE (is their vision all or partly lost?)
FEEL (is their headache severe?)

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Treat it early. Treat it aggressively. Millions who think they’re healthy are actually prehypertensive and should take steps to prevent full-blown high blood pressure. Most of us will have high blood pressure if we live long enough. Heart disease risk begins rising once pressure creeps above 115/75. Risk doubles for each 20-point rise in top number or 10-point rise in bottom number. Wiser lifestyle choices can stave off the blood-pressure creep that comes with age.

Normal: below 120/80
Prehypertensive: up to 139/89
High: 140/90 or higher

The latest guidelines call for tighter control at all levels:
1. Control blood pressure before it’s high. Lose weight if necessary. Get regular exercise. Limit salt and alcohol intake.
2. People over age 50...with a top number of 140 or more should be treated regardless of their bottom number.
3. Two (or more) drugs are better...for most people with 140/90 pressure or higher. For most, one drug should be a diuretic.
4. Doctors should treat more aggressively.
1/3 of people with hypertension don’t know it;
2/3 of those diagnosed don’t have it controlled.

Call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org/hbp to learn more.
This message is brought to you by North Dakota Public Employee Retirement System.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Assistant Director for Work Well, Wellness Center, amandaeickhoff@mail.und.edu, 701.777.0210

Internal job openings listed

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

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

EXECUTIVE/PROFESSIONAL/ADMINISTRATIVE/ATHLETIC COACHES:

POSITION: Financial Aid Advisor, Student Financial Aid, #08-323
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/16/2008
COMPENSATION: $30,000 plus/year

POSITION: SW Clinical Campus Librarian – Bismarck, Library of Health Sciences, #08-322
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/16/08
COMPENSATION: $38,000 plus/year

POSITION: Assistant Director of Athletics Media Relations, Athletics, #08-321
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/14/2008
COMPENSATION: $25,000 plus/year

POSITION: Project Coordinator, Social Work, #08-320
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/14/2008
COMPENSATION: $ 44,000 plus /year

POSITION: Research Scientist/Engineer, #08-286
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/26/2008
COMPENSATION: $ 65,000

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL:

POSITION: Payroll Assistant, Housing, #08-327
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/19/2008
COMPENSATION: $26,000 plus/year

POSITION: Community Service Officer (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 1 to 11:30 p.m.), Dining Services, #08-326
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/19/2008
COMPENSATION: $24,798 plus/year

POSITION: Animal Lab Technician, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics #08-319
APPLICATION DEADLINE:(I) 5/14/2008
COMPENSATION: $ 26,000 plus/year

OFFICE SUPPORT:

POSITION: Student Account Representative, Student Account Services, #08-325
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/16/2008
COMPENSATION: $24,275 plus/year

POSITION: Administrative Assistant (M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), Engineered Surfaces Center, #08-324
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/16/2008
COMPENSATION: $15.00 plus/hour

POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Housing, #08-318
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/14/2008
COMPENSATION: $ 22,400 plus/year

POSITION: Transfer Clerk, Office of the Registrar, #08-317
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/14/2008
COMPENSATION: $ 20,000 plus/year

CRAFTS/SERVICE/TRADES: No vacancies

NORTH DAKOTA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM POSITION OPENINGS:

PeopleSoft Tech Security Specialist
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

Gary Moore receives award

UND Veterans Upward Bound announce an alumnus has been awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award at the NDSU TRIO Day in Fargo. This award was given to Gary Moore,a retired first sergeant with 27 years experience in the U.S. Air Force. Moore participated in Veterans Upward Bound before beginning classes at UND. His interest is continuing to help peple as he did in his position with the Air Force. He is graduating this May with a social work degree and has been accepted into the social work master's program at UND. The staff and students at UND Veterans Upward Bound would like to congratulate Gary on his successful transition into the civilian world and his academic accomplishment.
-- Colleen Reuter, Assistant Director, Veterans Upward Bound, Colleen.Reuter@ndsu.edu, 701-777-6465

EERC senior researcher provides testimony on mercury legislation

Steve Benson, senior research manager at the Energy & Environmental Research Center, has been invited to testify before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works at the hearing on mercury legislation Tuesday, May 13. Benson is part of a prestigious group of panelists representing government, private industry, and research entities. The hearing will be held at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the hearing is to discuss legislation that involves bills to address both mercury air emission and mercury exports (S. 2643, S. 906, and H.R. 1534).

Benson’s testimony will focus on the status of mercury control technologies and specific issues associated with control of mercury emission from coal-fired power plants. He will address the challenges the power industry will face in meeting stricter mercury regulation and the importance of continued investment in research, development, demonstration, and commercialization of mercury control technologies.

“On Feb. 8, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit voted to vacate the Clean Air Mercury Rule, requirements which utilities had been preparing for,” said Benson. “Instead, the utilities may be required to meet more stringent standards at all power facilities. The necessary mercury control technologies needed to maintain 90% control throughout the entire coal-fired power industry are not yet proven because of the wide variability in coal and plant configurations.”

While advancements have been made, many significant challenges and questions remain, and longer-term testing is needed. “This is of critical national importance as our nation faces concerns over energy and electrical shortages, yet calls for environmental stewardship,” Benson said.

Dr. Benson’s testimony is based on more than 20 years of research conducted through the EERC’s Center for Air Toxic Metals® (CATM®) as well as projects supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the utility industry. The EERC is recognized as a world leader for mercury behavior in combustion systems, mercury measurement, and mercury emission control technologies.

“The EERC is known as the premier center for mercury control and measurement,” said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. ”Over the past decade, the EERC has conducted over 80 mercury field tests at more than 60 power plants in the United States and Canada related to mercury measurement and evaluation of control technologies. We are poised to provide long-term solutions to controlling mercury emissions.”

This is the second time Benson has provided testimony in the past five years. He appeared before the Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate Change, and Nuclear Safety in June 2003.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

LaVonne Fox earns first ATHENA Young Professional Award

LaVonne Fox, assistant professor of occupational therapy at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has earned the first ATHENA Young Professional Award at a reception organized by the Chamber of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

The ATHENA Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and forge paths of leadership for other women to follow. The award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential creating balance in leadership worldwide.

The recipients must meet each of the following three criteria:
* Demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession
* Provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community
* Assist women in reaching their full leadership potential

The award was established locally in April 2004 and is hosted by the Chamber to encourage the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the business community. Nominees, male and female, are evaluated by the criteria of the ATHENA Award: business accomplishments, community service, and dedication to promoting leadership opportunities for women.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Administrative Secretary, Public Affairs, spohlman@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-4305

Gwen Feist selected Outstanding Senior Woman at UND

The Grand Forks branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) has presented the Outstanding Senior Woman Award for 2008 to Gwen Feist, who was nominated by Cheryl Terrance, associate professor of psychology. Feist has a 4.0 grade average with a minor in biology. She will attend Medical School this fall at UND with the goal of specializing in neurology. Her award was based on both academic qualifications and community involvement. AAUW awards one student each spring. The honor includes a $200 award along with a plaque and a one year membership in AAUW. American Association of University Women works for equity for women in education and in pay. Feist was chosen from a field of extremely outstanding senior women. We are confident she will be successful in her field.
-- Colleen Reuter, Asst. Director, Veterans Upward Bound, Colleen.Reuter@ndsu.edu, 701-777-6465

Family, community medicine faculty serve on national review panels

James R. Beal, Ph.D., director of Research and Program Development and Robert Beattie, M.D., chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine, served on grant Objective Review Committees for the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) of the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The BHPr training in primary care medicine (family medicine, general internal medicine and general pediatrics, physician assistants) and dentistry grant program supports academic administrative units, residency training, predoctoral training, faculty development, physician assistant training, and general and pediatric dental residency training program areas used to improve access to quality health care, appropriate preparation, composition and distribution of the health professions workforce.

Dr. Beal participated in the BHPr’s residency training in Primary Care Objective Review Committee meeting held Feb. 20-22 in the Washington, D.C. area. Residency training in primary care grant program is used to plan, develop, and operate or participate in approved residency programs in family medicine, general internal medicine, and/or general pediatrics. Dr. Beal has previously served as chair of BHPr’s academic administrative units in Primary Care Objective Review Committee as well as six other committees including Faculty Development in Primary Care and Predoctoral Training in Primary Care.

Dr. Beattie participated in the BHPr’s academic administrative units in Primary Care Objective Review Committee meeting held April 22-25 in the Washington, D.C. area. Academic administrative units in primary care grant program is used to meet the costs of projects to establish, maintain or improve academic administrative units to provide clinical instruction in family medicine, general internal medicine, and/or general pediatrics.
-- Ruth Grzadzieleski, Administrative Assistant, Family & Community Medicine , rgrzadz@medicine.nodak.edu, 7-6304

Medical students present awards for outstanding teaching

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences second-year medical students presented the Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching to Timothy L. Weiland, assistant professor of pathology. Weiland is also the medical director of the Clinical Lab Science program. The Portrait Award is given in recognition of outstanding faculty support provided to the students during their first two years of medical education. Dr. Weiland is the chair of the pathology department at Altru Health Systems. He earned his M.D. degree in 1988 from the Mayo Medical Center, Rochester, Minn.; he joined the SMHS in 1994.

His portrait will be hung with those of past recipients in the Fercho Atrium Atrium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

First-year medical students selected Patrick Carr, associate professor of anatomy and cell biology, to receive a Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching. The award is given annually by medical students, members of the American Medical Student Association, who select the recipient on the basis of outstanding teaching. Carr, who teaches anatomy, joined the School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1998. He earned his Ph.D. in physiology at the University of Manitoba in 1992.

The awards were presented at the sophomore student awards program to recognize faculty and second-year medical students for outstanding performance.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Administrative Secretary, Office of Public Affairs, spohlman@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-4305