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ISSUE: Volume 45, Number 34: April 16, 2008

Contents
Top Stories
Grand Cities toast Kupchellas at reception April 22
Community invited to farewell reception for Kupchellas
Phil Jackson to return to UND
Volunteers sought for spring commencement May 10
Events to Note
Memorial service for Rugao Liu is Saturday
Doctoral examination set for Sharon A. Hansen
Doctoral examination set for Julius Ngunde Ngwendson
Mayo Clinic oncology professor presents Dean's Hour talk Thursday
EERC's carbon sequestration documentary premieres April 17
14th annual McNair Forum is April 17
Retirement reception will honor David Marshall, Ursula Hovet
North Dakota Women's Health Research Conference is April 17
Helicopter Association to host webinar April 17
"Pucks for Plates" will benefit Northlands Rescue Mission
Discover the country of Georgia Thursday Night
SAMA Conference, Career Fair is April 17-18; Parents Weekend is April 26-27
Insight Meditation Retreat set with John Travis
Norwegian Ambassador to visit UND April 18
Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics Seminar is Friday
American Indian nursing alumni seminar set for April 18
Keith Richotte Jr. to lecture on rethinking tribal constitutionalism
American Indian Health Research Conference is April 18
Janet Brown presents "Cultural Growth - A Civic Dialogue" April 18
Community-university forum is April 18-19
Opera workshop presents comic opera April 18, 20
Hands-On Learning Fair is April 19
Super Science Saturday is April 19
Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature begins April 19
Rally for Children is April 20
Leading constitutional law scholar to speak at UND April 21
Phi Beta Kappa hosts antiquities expert April 21
Technology Trends Forum: YouTube and U is April 21
U2 lists workshops
Symposium on sustainability is April 21-22
UND Division of Research sponsors training on the responsible conduct of research
Doctoral examination set for Javier H. Jara
Doctoral examination set for Margaret R. Tweten
Dining Centers go trayless for Earth Day
Global Visions Film Series presents Iranian film
Check out classes at Wellness Center's Burnt Toast Kitchen
Doctoral examination set for Suzanne Macdonald Winkel
Doctoral examination set for Marlys Bohn
Doctoral examination set for Mary F. D. Larson
Retirement reception for Caryl Pederson is April 24
Retirement reception honors Madonna Hajicek
Visiting literacy scholar to present talk on status of writing
Box lunch session focuses on sharing opinions in class
National finance expert talks on sub-prime mortgage meltdown April 25
IFMidwest holds annual events
Moviemaking camp added for adults
Staff recognition luncheon tickets on sale now
Nomination deadline extended to April 23 for meritorious, UND Proud Awards
Jeff Dunham to perform at Chester Fritz Auditorium
Announcements
Funding available for curriculum development retreat
FIDC offers additional funding opportunity for ES model projects
University Student Assessment of Teaching forms due
New University policy issued on student financial aid
Thank you from HLC Steering Committee
UND Pride Cards to be used for student refunds
Reminder for tobacco-free survey
Reduce the price of textbooks today
Note UND voicemail outage Thursday, April 17
Studio One features crossing borders, curling
Coulee clean-up part of Big Event
UND Denim Day applications now available
Dates set for cScibot Lego robotic camp
Calculate carbon footprint
Reuse-A-Shoe: worn out, play on
Don't drive to UND
Museum Cafe lists soups, specials
Questions about common health problems? Call a health coach!
Season tailgating passes available
Student Health Advisory Committee application deadline is April 21
Ray Richards golf course 2008 season passes now available
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Small hospitals receive grants through Center for Rural Health program
Geography students present talks, participate in Geography Bowl
Studio One interns receive awards
Grand Cities toast Kupchellas at reception April 22

You are invited to say thank you and farewell to President Charles and Adele Kupchella at the "Grand Cities Toast to the Kupchellas," from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Ballroom of the Alerus Center. This is an opportunity for the entire community to say thank you to the Kupchellas as they begin the next phase of their lives. Join us for an evening of music, laughter, conversation, and delicious hors d'oeuvres. A program will begin at 7:30 p.m. that will feature a short video recognizing some of President Kupchella's accomplishments during his tenure as UND's 10th president.

The Kupchellas joined the University of North Dakota in 1999 and will retire June 30. President Kupchella’s leadership increased economic development in the region and state, and resulted in higher enrollment, better facilities, and a move to Division I athletics.

This event is hosted by The Chamber, the City of Grand Forks, and the University of North Dakota.

Tickets are $20 per person with reservations required by April 16. Contact The Chamber at 701-772-7271 for reservations.

Community invited to farewell reception for Kupchellas

The UND campus will host a thank you and farewell reception for President Charles and First Lady Adele Kupchella, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. A 3 p.m. program will include a short video recognizing some of the president’s accomplishments during his tenure as UND’s 10th president. The reception will be followed by the spring meeting of the University Council at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Everyone is welcome.

Please join us to say thank you to the Kupchellas and to wish them well.

Phil Jackson to return to UND

Legendary National Basketball Association coach Phil Jackson will return to his alma mater, the University of North Dakota, in August to help the University celebrate its 125th anniversary. The 1967 UND graduate will also receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree at a special Aug. 25 convocation open to the public, and he will spend part of his time at UND visiting with students.

Jackson, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, is the NBA leader in playoff victories and winning percentage. He has won a total of nine NBA championships as a head coach, six with the Chicago Bulls and three with the Los Angeles Lakers. He also won an NBA championship as a player with the New York Knicks, who drafted him following his graduation from UND.

The quintessential student-athlete who led the University to the national tournament two years in a row while majoring in psychology, philosophy, and religion, Jackson is widely is known for his creative intelligence as a coach and as the author of five best-selling books, including Maverick (1975) and Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior (1995).

“I am very appreciative of this honor. It will be delightful to return to the campus to join UND faculty, students and friends for this important occasion,” said Phil.

"What great news! Phil Jackson is a sports legend and an icon ... and he is one of ours. Noteworthy is the fact that he exemplifies the ideal of the scholar-athlete in such a visible way, blending athletics and the life of the mind. I am delighted that he will be here in August to receive the honorary degree awarded to him earlier," said President Charles Kupchella.

"Phil is a great example of how a liberal arts education prepares graduates for a broad range of pursuits and careers. His education in philosophy and psychology has served him well in his role as coach, leader and author. We are proud of his accomplishments both on and off the court and are delighted to be awarding him an honorary Doctor of Letters degree," said Martha Potvin, dean of the UND College of Arts and Sciences.

“Phil’s achievements have possibly made him the most recognized North Dakotan around the world, and we are very proud of his UND background. For those of us who were a part of the University when he was a student athlete, we’ve always recognized him as an academic first and foremost. I know he will inspire our current students to reach beyond conventional expectations in setting high standards for their futures. Phil is one of the best examples of an Arts and Sciences graduate our University has -- he is a published author, industry leader, great thinker and motivational speaker. As a UND alumnus, he is a tremendous ambassador for a UND education and for the dreams students at our University achieve,” said Tim O'Keefe, executive vice president of the UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation.

Volunteers sought for spring commencement May 10

You are invited to serve as a “Green Vest" volunteer at UND’s spring commencement Saturday, May 10, in the Alerus Center. Volunteers help organize graduates in the assembly room, greet visitors, and seat guests.

Commencement begins at 1:30 p.m. and all volunteers are asked to report to the Alerus Center Ballroom by noon. Most volunteers will be able to leave shortly after the ceremony begins, by approximately 2 p.m. We anticipate that commencement will conclude by 4 p.m.

To volunteer or if you have questions, please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events in the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services office at 777-2724 or send an e-mail message to Terri Machart at terrimachart@mail.und.nodak.edu. Thanks in advance for your help.

Memorial service for Rugao Liu is Saturday

A memorial service for Rugao Liu will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 1400 24th Ave. S., Grand Forks. Children are welcome; the church will provide childcare for the duration of the service.

Dr. Liu, a neuroscientist and molecular biologist in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, died Sunday, April 13, at a hospital in Qingdao, China, after a brief, valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 45. Dr. Liu was a gifted, productive, and widely published researcher who had achieved notable recognition following his molecular-level research of degenerative disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Among other advanced areas of inquiry, Dr. Liu was studying ways to regenerate nerve cells—neurons—damaged by these degenerative diseases. Dr. Liu, who came to the School of Medicine and Health Sciences in September 2004, was the recipient of two highly competitive and very prestigious R01 research grants from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Liu had five similar grants in the works at the time of his death. He launched his scientific career in the People’s Republic of China, where he earned degrees in marine zoology and biochemistry. Dr. Liu got his Ph.D. in molecular biology and free radical chemistry at the University of Iowa School of Medicine in 1996.

Rugao Liu is survived by his wife, Chun “Nancy” Luo; their two year-old daughter Michelle; and his son David by a previous marriage.

A trust fund is being set up for the benefit of Dr. Liu's daughter Michelle. For more information about the trust fund or to make contributions, please contact Edward Carlson, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stop 9037, 777-2101 or 777-2600, ecarlson@medicine.nodak.edu. Please make your checks payable to "Michelle Liu Trust Fund."
-- Shelley Pohlman, Admin Sec, Office of Public Affairs, spohlman@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-4305

Doctoral examination set for Sharon A. Hansen

The final examination for Sharon A. Hansen, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 9 a.m. Thursday, April 17, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Public Prekindergarten: An Implementation Model for Public Schools in States That Do Not Fund Prekindergarten." Sherryl Houdek (educational leadership) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Julius Ngunde Ngwendson

The final examination for Julius Ngunde Ngwendson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in chemistry, is set for 3 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in 138 Abbott Hall. The dissertation title is "The Design and Synthesis of Zinc(II) Ion Fluorescence Sensors and The Synthesis of Diarylethenes from Arylmethylphosphonium Salts." Anamitro Banerjee (chemistry) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Mayo Clinic oncology professor presents Dean's Hour talk Thursday

Judith S. Kaur, medical director for the Native American Programs of the Mayo Comprehensive Cancer Center, will present a Dean’s Hour address at noon Thursday, April 17, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Kaur, an associate professor of oncology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., will discuss “Moving Toward the Elimination of Heath Disparities.” The presentation, free and open to the public, takes place in the Reed Keller Auditorium, the school’s southwest addition at 501 N. Columbia Road.

Kaur’s research includes a special interest in women’s cancers, particularly breast and cervical cancer. She is a member of the UND medical school’s B.S. medical class of 1977. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, and took residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology there as well. A winner of numerous awards, Kaur is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association of American Indian Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Cancer Society, and the American Association of Cancer Research.

The presentation will be broadcast at the following UND medical school video-conferencing sites: Southwest Campus conference room B in Bismarck, Southeast Campus room 225 in Fargo and the Northwest Campus Office in Minot. It is also available through H.323 (Internet videoconferencing) on the BT-WAN and at medical school employees’ desktop computers through the CRISTAL Recorder.

The Dean’s Hour Lecture Series is a forum for the discussion of health care, medicine, research, education and related issues of the day. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean at 777-2312.

EERC's carbon sequestration documentary premieres April 17

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) has released the second of five documentaries focused on carbon sequestration and global climate change. “Reducing Our Carbon Footprint: The Role of Markets” will premiere regionwide Thursday, April 17, at 8:30 p.m. on Prairie Public Television (check your local listings).

"Reducing Our Carbon Footprint" was produced by the award-winning team at Prairie Public Broadcasting, in Fargo, N.D., in collaboration with the EERC’s Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership.

Produced for a general audience, the 30-minute program provides an introduction to carbon management and the role of carbon markets in helping to finance projects that will lead to a low carbon world. The show includes footage and interviews from Brazil, Europe, Canada, and the United States.

“This documentary highlights the importance of markets in facilitating carbon management,” said Ed Steadman, senior research advisor and PCOR partnership project manager. “The markets allow capital to flow to energy projects that are readily available now which offset the carbon output of major sources worldwide,” he said.

The first documentary produced by the PCOR Partnership, called “Nature in the Balance,” was released in May 2005. The program introduced audiences to the capture and long-term storage (sequestration) of carbon dioxide (CO2) in North America. The video focused on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL’s) seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships and described their role in assessing opportunities for reducing CO2 emissions worldwide to reduce the risk of global warming.

“Nature in the Balance” also provided information about the PCOR Partnership, which is one of DOE’s seven regional centers designed to evaluate potential opportunities for CO2 sequestration in the central interior of North America. Since its inception in 2003, the PCOR Partnership has brought together more than 85 public-and private-sector partners in all or part of nine states and four Canadian provinces to address carbon management issues.

The third PCOR production on "Terrestrial CO2 Sequestration” is due out later this year. For more information, visit www.undeerc.org/pcor.

14th annual McNair Forum is April 17

The McNair Scholars will present their research at the 14th annual McNair Forum Thursday, April 17, from 10:20 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. The event will take place at the Loading Dock, Memorial Union. Everyone is welcome; please join us. The schedule follows.

10:20 a.m. -- Arlene Brown, “Social Costs of Methamphetamines to the Individual”; 10:40 a.m. -- Gayle Almen, “Perceived Social Impact Post Gastric Bypass Females: A Qualitative Study”; 11 a.m. -- David W. Cookman III, “Effects of Prairie Fragmentation on Endemic Orthoptera”; 11:20 a.m. –- Angela Allmaras, “Creativity and Eating Disorder Risk”; 11:40 a.m. -- Ashley Peltier, “Social Distance Between Law Enforcement and Offenders”; 1 p.m. -- Andrea Bancroft, “Recidivism Rates of Offenders that Have Participated in Pre- and Post-Release Programs”; 1:20 p.m. -- Renee Beausoleil, “Effects of Cofilin Knockdown on Actin and Growth Cone Motility”; 1:40 p.m. -- Jonna Korpi, “Perceptions of Single Life Among College Women”; 2 p.m. -- Robin Boe, “Children of Alcoholic Parents and Resiliency”; 2:20 p.m. -- Joshua Mistic, “A Comparison of Methods to Estimate Body Density of Adults”; 2:40 p.m. -- Ritchie Hanson, “The Mondrian Tree Site: Lithic Analysis on the Northern Plains.”
-- Jill Teters, Program Coordinator, TRIO/McNair, jillteters@mail.und.edu, 777-4931

Retirement reception will honor David Marshall, Ursula Hovet

Please join the Department of English at the North Dakota Museum of Art from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, for a retirement reception honoring Ursula Hovet and David Marshall. Hovet, currently an administrative assistant, joined the Department of English during the summer of 1976. She also taught German in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages over the years, and has taught at the American College of Norway. She helped found the UND Children's Literature Conference held each October, and maintains a vibrant international presence for students and professors alike.

Professor Marshall joined our faculty in 1980. He is an internationally recognized linguist and Fulbright scholar whose work has attracted Eastern European students, Fulbright Fellows and teachers to this campus. He has held teaching appointments in Europe, China, and the Soviet Republics during his tenure at UND. He co-founded our department's new program in Writing and Editing, and has placed ESL and linguistics students all over the world. He is currently working as a consultant, editor, and contributor to IF Midwest and for several international linguistics journals.

Everyone is welcome to help us recognize and thank Ursula and David for their hard work and generous spirits which have opened our campus and community to the world. -- Sherry O'Donnell, chair, Department of English.

North Dakota Women's Health Research Conference is April 17

The second annual North Dakota Women's Health Research Conference Thursday, April 17, at the Wellness Center, provides a forum to connect researchers throughout the state whose work relates to women’s health. The conference is an excellent venue for researchers to network and to explore possible coordination and collaboration of their research interests. A statewide research agenda was instituted at last year’s conference and will move forward this year, continuing the momentum North Dakota researchers began in spring 2007.

Researchers are invited to display their recent work via poster presentations in the atrium of the Wellness Center. A conference plenary presentation by Judith Kaur, internationally recognized Mayo Clinic oncologist and UND graduate, will be followed by a presentation of a developing statewide research project. Data set analysis by the North Dakota State Health Department will be the focus of the afternoon session. A plenary conclusion to advance the state research agenda will summarize the day’s events.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. We look forward to engaging women’s health researchers at the North Dakota Women's Health Research Conference 2008.
-- Susan Splichal, Coordinator, Center of Excellence in Womens Health, Family & Community Medicine, SMHS, ssplichal@medicine.nodak.edu, 7.3274

Helicopter Association to host webinar April 17

The UND Helicopter Association invites you to attend a webinar on "How to Leverage the Helicopter Market's Growth" by Aviation Today. The webinar will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Atmospherium, Odegard Hall.

"The helicopter market is enjoying long-term, structural prosperity of historic dimensions. Never before has there been such demand for the special qualities of rotorcraft. Nor have civilian and military OEM coffers ever been so full," according to Aviation Today.

You'll learn:
* Which helicopter sectors stand to see the best growth in the year ahead. A breakdown of prospects in the police, fire, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), utility, tourism, oil and gas, and VIP transport markets.
* What are the hottest helicopter models right now, and why?
* Which helicopter airframe OEMs are gaining market share - and which are falling behind?
* What's the status of major pending military contracts? A rundown of the imminent winners -- and losers. Are European-based firms finally making significant inroads in Pentagon and U.S. Coast Guard contracts?
* What are the latest advancements in helicopter avionics? How are new electronics in the cockpit changing helicopter missions and flight profiles?
* What are the latest innovations in Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) and other types of helicopter-related equipment?
* What's new in the much-needed development of helicopter infrastructure - e.g., helipads and heliports? Are operators getting the help they need, or are they still stymied by NIMBY (Not in My Backyard)?"

Everyone is welcome to attend, admission is free, and light snacks will be provided. -- UND Helicopter Association.
-- Karen Ryba, Director of Communications, Aerospace, ryba@aero.und.edu, 777-4761

"Pucks for Plates" will benefit Northlands Rescue Mission

Northlands Rescue Mission's event, Pucks for Plates, is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Alerus Center Ballroom 5. At the event, you will meet UND men's hockey players and coaches, have the opportunity to get pictures and autographs, and enjoy a delicious dinner served by a member of the team. Proceeds benefit Northlands Rescue Mission's services to the homeless and poor. For ticket information visit www.jointhemission.org ( http://www.jointhemission.org/ ) or call 772-6609. The cost is $25 for adults, $18 for students (with ID), and $10 for children 10 and under. -- Meredith Gilroy, Northlands Rescue Mission.

Discover the country of Georgia Thursday Night

The Thursday Night Cultural Series brings you Georgia Night, Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the Loading Dock, Memorial Union. The event is open to the public. The program is free and food is $1 to try.
-- Shannon Jolly, International Student Advisor, International Programs, shannonjolly@mail.und.edu, 777-4118

SAMA Conference, Career Fair is April 17-18; Parents Weekend is April 26-27

UND's Student Aviation Management Association (SAMA) has scheduled its 27th annual Aerospace Conference and Aviation Career Fair for April 17-18 at the Odegard School in Clifford Hall. Attendees have an opportunity to meet company representatives from a variety of aerospace industries, including: United Airlines, Air Wisconsin, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Altantic Southeast Airlines, and Chicago Center-ATC, to name a few. For further information regarding the Aerospace Conference and Career Fair, contact Jared Herndon at 253-569-5704 or jared.herndon@und.edu.

SAMA, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit organization for students whose interests lie in the administration, business, and management activities of the aviation industry. Affiliated with UND’s Odegard School, its primary objectives are to promote aviation professionalism at the collegiate level and further the aviation knowledge of the entire University student body. The Aerospace Conference was organized to increase students’ awareness of current issues in aviation. Employers throughout the industry are invited to speak about career opportunities, current events, and the future of aviation. Through a variety of viewpoints presented by guest lecturers, students will be able to increase their knowledge of the aerospace industry and expand their horizons for future employment.

Parents Weekend, hosted by Alpha Eta Rho (AHP), will be held April 26-27 in conjunction with the Aerospace Conference and Career Fair. Activities begin with a pancake breakfast (sponsored by UND’s Women in Aviation, International (WAI) Chapter), followed by airport tours of Flight Operations, airport rescue and fire fighting, and static aircraft displays. Tours of campus facilities include the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (Odegard, Clifford and Ryan Halls), including simulator flights at Ryan Hall. Over 250 students will also have an opportunity to take their parents for a flight in one of UND Aerospace’s aircraft.

AHP is an international, coeducational fraternity whose goals are to promote public confidence in aviation and to provide close ties between aviation students and the aviation industry. AHP sponsors field trips, hosts guest speakers and organizes the AHP Parents Weekend.

For further information regarding Parents Weekend, contact Stephanie Kamrath at 701-741-5378 (smkamrath@yahoo.com).
-- Karen Ryba, Director of Communications, Aerospace Communications, ryba@aero.und.edu, 777-4761

Insight Meditation Retreat set with John Travis

The insight meditation retreat at Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave., with John Travis is a non-residential weekend retreat that starts Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m. and ends early Sunday afternoon, April 27. There is a suggested fee of $85 for the weekend, which includes meals. Scholarships and work exchange are available.

More information about John Travis is available at www.mtstream.org. For retreat info call 787-8839.
-- Lora Sloan Anderson, Director, Lotus Meditation Center, lorasloan@gra.midco.net, 701-787-8839

Norwegian Ambassador to visit UND April 18

As part of his tour through the Midwest, Norwegian Ambassador to the United States Wegger Strømmen will visit the University of North Dakota and Grand Forks Friday, April 18. He will deliver a public and campus lecture, "Norway and the United States in the Next Century: Working Together in our Changing World," Friday, April 18, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 1, Gamble Hall, with a reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public. In addition, a luncheon for the Norwegian American community hosted by Nordic Initiative will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 18, at the Hilton Garden Inn. Strømmen will deliver a talk at the luncheon titled "News from Norway to the Midwest." Reservations can be made by calling 777-3132 or e-mail Tara@innovators.net
While on the UND campus, Ambassador Strømmen will tour UND Aerospace, the Center for Innovation, and the Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution, and will meet with the members of Nordic Initiative. The 60-plus Norwegian students on campus are encouraged to attend Nordic Initiative meeting, the luncheon and the public lecture. UND hosts more Norwegian students than any other university in North America.

"The Midwest has been fertile ground for the extensive bonds between Norway and the United States -- between families, friends, schools and businesses," said Strommen. "These contacts and human dimension have proven to be a solid pillar in what is Norway's most important relationship with another country."

Ambassador Strømmen represents Norway in the United States, meets with United States officials on policy issues and hosts visits by Norwegian delegations to the U.S. He promotes Norwegian culture in the United States and works to maintain good bilateral relations between the two countries. In addition to visiting UND, Strømmen's five-day tour through the Midwest will include historical, cultural, and educational institutions, many of which were founded by Norwegian immigrants. He will spend time with leaders of the Norwegian-American community to discuss how to continue to cultivate the strong bonds that exist between Norway and the Midwest. He will meet with former Vice President Walter Mondale, who will assume the position of Norwegian Consul General in Minnesota this summer.

Before entering his current role in October 2007, Strommen served as ambassador and permanent representative of Norway to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, Switzerland. With more than 20 years of diplomatic experience, Strommen has led a distinguished career in the Norwegian Foreign Service, including positions as deputy foreign minister and representing Norway in the United Nations Security Council.

Strommen has practiced law as both a judge and an attorney. He also lectures on international law at institutions such as Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School, and is the author of articles on international law, constitutional law, and human rights.

Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics Seminar is Friday

Laurel Grisanti, a graduate student in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics, will present a seminar titled "Adrenergic Modulation of LPS-Induced Inflammation in Human Monocytes" at 4 p.m. Friday, April 18, 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

American Indian nursing alumni seminar set for April 18

Five outstanding UND College of Nursing American Indian graduates, who are currently nursing professionals, will be on campus from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, for the American Indian Nursing Alumni Seminar. The seminar will be held in Room 102, College of Nursing. They will discuss
* Why nursing?
* Challenges of transitioning from a student to a professional role
* Challenges faced in education and nursing careers, and
* Where their nursing education has taken them

The graduates are:
* Anthony Agard, 1988 graduate. He is the director of nursing for the Standing Rock IHS Hospital in Fort Yates, N.D.
* Madonna Azure, 1988 and 2001 graduate. She is a retired nurse from the PHS Commissioned Corps.
* Mary Lynn Eaglestaff, 1996 graduate. She is currently a nurse consultant for the Aberdeen Area IHS office in Aberdeen, S.D.
* Misty Wilkie Confiff, 2003 graduate. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota.
* Alyssa Martinez deCoteau, 1996 and 2003 graduate. She is currently an advanced practice nurse at the Standing Rock IHS Hospital in Fort Yates, N.D.

The College of Nursing and the RAIN Program invite all interested students, faculty, staff, and community members to join us for this seminar on American Indian nursing. Refreshments will be served. It is free and open to the public.

Keith Richotte Jr. to lecture on rethinking tribal constitutionalism

Keith Richotte Jr. will deliver a lecture titled “Rethinking Tribal Constitutionalism: The Turtle Mountain Experience” at the School of Law Friday, April 18, at 2:30 p.m. in the Baker Courtroom. Richotte is the Northern Plains Indian Law Center Fellow at the School of Law. His lecture is free and open to the public.

Richotte’s lecture will question the conventional wisdom concerning tribal constitutions. Whereas most people, including a preponderance of scholars, believe that a model constitution, developed by the federal government under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, was foisted upon tribal nations, a deeper examination reveals a different story. By examining the constitutional history of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians from a more tribally centered perspective, several important points emerge: Turtle Mountain engaged in the long history of tribal constitutionalism prior to the IRA, the tribal citizenry were active participants in determining the fate of their government, and tribal constitutionalism provides a basis for thinking about constitutionalism both inside and outside of Native America

Richotte is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. He received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2004 and his LL.M. from the University of Arizona in 2007. Richotte will finish his Ph.D. in the summer of 2008 in the American Studies program from the University of Minnesota. His dissertation is titled "'We the Indians of the Turtle Mountain Reservation': Rethinking Constitutionalism in Native America." Richotte will join the faculty at the UND School of Law as an assistant professor in the fall of 2008.
-- Rob Carolin, Director of Alumni and Public Relations, Law School, carolin@law.und.edu, 777-2856

American Indian Health Research Conference is April 18

Please mark your calendars for the sixth annual American Indian Health Research Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 18. This conference is a venue to share current research activities concerning health risk and health promotion among Native American communities. It will include:
* A nationally recognized speaker on American Indian cancer
* Student and researcher oral and poster presentations featuring American Indian populations
* American Indian research opportunity development

The conference is free and open to the public. Register online at: http://ruralhealth.und.edu/projects/aihrc/#info
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, wopsahl@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-0871

Janet Brown presents "Cultural Growth - A Civic Dialogue" April 18

The North Valley Arts Council presents "Cultural Growth - A Civic Dialogue" at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Janet Brown, chair of visual and performing arts at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., will address the importance of cultural planning to spur economic development.

Brown believes communities that are deliberate about providing access to arts participation, historical preservation and cultural understanding to their residents and visitors have a greater opportunity for economic success. She argues that, hand in hand with education, business, infrastructure and transportation development, arts and cultural offerings make our communities richer, both literally and figuratively. The event is free and open to the public.

Cultural Growth - A Civic Dialogue will launch Art & Democracy, a new program of the North Valley Arts Council that provides arts supporters and advocates with the opportunity to dialogue about democracy with one another and experts in political life. Art & Democracy consists of a series of lectures, exhibits, and other art-related events that examine how the arts address civic change; explore how democracy enables the creation of vibrant art; and increase the public understanding of the role of the arts in civic life.

Brown has 30 years of experience working in urban and rural environments for nationally recognized arts institutions, community organizations, state government agencies and statewide organizations. She is a national consultant, speaker, facilitator and teacher, and founder and director of the Prairie Arts Management Institute held annually at Augustana College. She has a B.F.A. in theatre and a master's in public administration from the University of South Dakota.

Cultural Growth - A Civic Dialogue is part of Generating Ideas Through Partnership: A Community-University Forum on April 18 and 19. The forum features programs based on the themes of community-university collaborations, community diversity, community ecology, and community arts.

Community-university forum is April 18-19

Are you interested in community theater, preserving the prairie, or growing rural populations by welcoming new cultural groups? Or would you like the chance to hear about local community writers writing their rural experiences, talk about boom and bust cycles in North Dakota, or connect with university faculty and students on new project ideas?

If so, please join your UND colleagues and North Dakota community members at a first-ever community-university forum April 18-19 in Grand Forks. A collaboration of University of North Dakota faculty and staff and community partners has listened to ideas from community members about what interests them, and designed a program around themes of community-university collaborations, community diversity, community ecology, and community arts. A special feature will be presentation of preliminary results from state-wide research conducted by a dozen UND faculty and students about the information needs and interests of community residents.

If you are still looking for topics of interest, there is a keynote speaker on arts collaborations invited through the new Arts and Democracy Program of North Valley Arts Council, and a performance of William Inge’s play "Bus Stop" put together by the Theatre Arts department as part of the forum program. There is also a community speak-out that gives participants a chance to say what’s on their mind.

The forum is free and open to the public; no advance registration is required. Friday’s event, April 18, will be at University Place on University Avenue (parking is available in the Chester Fritz Auditorium parking lot). Activities on Saturday will be held in a community location, at The Link on Fourth Avenue and Cherry Street.

Questions? Call us at 777.0675 or e-mail comunivforum@und.edu. See you at The Forum.

Forum Program

Friday, April 18
* 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., University Place, 3601 University Ave.
Registration to the forum (free, informative materials included)

10 a.m., University Place
* Session 1. Community ties of University centers
* Session 2. Stories of refugees in North Dakota
* Session 3. Partnering to promote community peace
* Session 4. Community theater within the community

11:15 a.m., University Place
* Session 5. Community partners speaking up
* Session 6. Issues of Refugees in North Dakota
* Session 7. Partnering to improve community services
* Session 8. Creative writing within the community

12:30 p.m., University Place
* Plenary discussion: community-university conversations in North Dakota

2 to 3 p.m., University Place
* Session 9. Community-university projects with tribal community partners
* Session 10. Cultural differences in rural communities
* Session 11. Natural living in the community
* Session 12. Community digital cultural repositories

3:15 to 4:15 p.m., University Place
* Session 13. Model community-university partnerships
* Session 14. The diversity of children in the community
* Session 15. Building partnerships for the prairie
* Session 16. A local collaborative arts center

4:30 p.m., Chester Fritz Auditorium, 3475 University Ave.
Keynote speaker: Janet Brown, arts educator, advocate and organizer, and chair, Department of Performing and Visual Arts, Augustana College, S.D., "Cultural Growth: A Civic Dialogue"

7:30 p.m., Burtness Theatre
Theatre performance: "Bus Stop" (free tickets for the first 50 forum registrants)
Panel discussion: Backstage with the Arts, followed by a reception

Saturday, April 19
8 a.m. to noon, The Link, 300 Cherry St.
Registration to the forum (free, informative materials included)
Idea fair: a showcase of community-university projects

9 a.m., The Link
Staged reading: "Hello! Can You Hear Me Now?" followed by a discussion

10 a.m., The Link
* Session 17: Making ends meet in Grand Forks: what’s next?
* Session 18: Boom and bust in North Dakota communities

11 a.m., The Link
* Session 19: Voices from the community: Grand Forks residents speaking up!
* Session 20: Voices from the community: North Dakota residents speaking up!
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement, lana.rakow@mail.und.nodak.edu, 7-2287

Opera workshop presents comic opera April 18, 20

Two operas for the price of one! The Department of Music's Opera Workshop is proud to present the comic opera, "La Pizza del Destino," by Steve Cohen and Joseph Renard, as well as an opera for young people, "The Silver Fox" by Libby Larsen and John Olive. "La Pizza" is an operatic slice of life from the neighborhood pizzeria. "The Silver Fox" relates the story of a young woman coming of age and learning how to be true to herself. Performance dates are Friday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 20, at 2 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Building. For ticket information, please call 777-2644. -- Anne Christopherson, assistant professor of voice.

Hands-On Learning Fair is April 19

Children, birth through age 7 and their families, are invited to attend the Hands-On Learning Fair, a free family event that is part of the Month of the Young Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month celebrations in April. The 17th annual Hands-On Learning Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Purpur Arena in Grand Forks. The fair features an exciting variety of learning activities for children age birth to 7 and their families, as well as parent information displays. The mayor’s proclamation will kick off the event at 9:45 a.m. "Bring Communities Together for Children —Children Bring Communities Together" is this year’s national theme, emphasizing how critical early education is to the vitality of each community. Sponsors of the event are the Northeast Chapter of the North Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children and Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota. Its purposes include:
* To provide an exciting way for children ages birth to 7 and their families in the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks area to celebrate this special month.
* To underscore the importance of parent involvement to healthy development and optimal early learning in children.
* To create awareness of learning as a process that begins at birth and continues lifelong, with the most rapid brain development occurring during early childhood.
* To highlight the nature of appropriate early education as hands-on, or experiential, building on children's inborn curiosity and motivation to understand their world.

Creative art, language, science, math, sensory exploration, dramatic play, music, games, and stories are among the many choices of age-appropriate activities for children attending the Hands-On Learning Fair. There is also a parent/infant interaction area designed for the very young. Emphasis is on active involvement in the learning process, rather than entertainment, with learning as its own reward. Adults guide children in their explorations, allowing the youngsters to experience the joy of discovery. There are also informational exhibits for parents.

Local early childhood programs, including the University Children’s Center and many other entities involved in early education and development, provide these learning activities. These professionals plan and carry out the educational experiences on a voluntary basis, applying the same commitment and expertise with which they engage in their regular early care and education responsibilities. In the spirit of working together for children, Dakota Science Center’s Super Science Saturday and the annual Scout Show will be in the adjacent Gambucci Arena.

Community partners for this year’s Hands-On Learning Fair are Grand Forks County Social Services, Tri-Valley Child Care Resource and Referral, Healthy Families, Northland Community and Technical College Early Childhood Program, Safe Kids Grand Forks, Parent Information Center, Lakes and Prairies Child Care Resource and Referral, Dakota Science Center, and Boy Scouts of America. Many area businesses, institutions, service clubs and individuals donate goods and services for the celebration. These include the Grand Forks Park District, and the University of North Dakota. Their support and the hundreds of hours contributed by early childhood educators have helped to achieve 16 years of success for this family event — and to keep it free of charge.
-- Jo-Anne Yearwood, Director/Instructor, Teaching and Learning, joanneyearwood@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3947

Super Science Saturday is April 19

Super Science Saturday will take place at the Gambucci Arena Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Dakota Science Center and the Parent Information Center have joined together for this free family event featuring hands-on science activities and informational exhibits for children in grades 1-6. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will hold their Scout Show in the Gambucci Arena for children of all ages. The Hands-On Learning Fair, for children birth to age 7, will be held in the Purpur Arena sponsored by the Northeast Chapter of the North Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children (NENDAEYC), Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R), Healthy Families Region IV, and Grand Forks County Social Services.

Families with children will enjoy hands-on activities designed to spark an interest in the sciences during Super Science Saturday. In addition, "Extreme Science" demonstrations will take place on the center stage during the event's hours.

Super Science Saturday is part of National Environmental Education Week. Greater Grand Forks residents will be able to bring their ink cartridges, laser cartridges, laptops, cell phones, pda's, iPods, dvd movies, viseo systems and games, and digital cameras for recycling to the event. The Dakota Science Center uses the Cartridges for Kids program to raise money for hands-on science activities in our community. A technotrash box will also be available for residents to recycle electronic media such as videos, cassettes, computer disks, cd*s and dvd's. The GreenDisk Company began on Earth Day 1993 to provide a secure way to dispose of intellectual property in an environmentally responsible manner.

Bring your used eyeglasses to donate to those in need. Drop off your used eyeglasses at the Lions Club booth and get a free bag of popcorn.

-- Laura Munski, executive director, Dakota Science Center, lmunski@yahoo.com, 772-8207.

Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature begins April 19

The 16th annual Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature Conference lists its schedule. All events will be in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, unless otherwise listed.

Saturday, April 19
9:15 to 10:45 a.m.
* Michelle Sauer, Minot State University, The Rhetoric of Desire and Lesbian Space in the Late Medieval Dream Vision
* Christopher Lozensky, Minot State University, ‘She Loved as Man May Do His Brother’: “Hom(m)osexuality” and Chaucer’s Un-Queer Poetics in The Book of the Duchess
* Dominique Hoche, Northern State University, On Teaching Beowulf

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
* Amy Livingston, Grinnell College, Transforming the Fool's Role In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and More's Utopia
* John Kerr, St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and Chaucer’s Franklin’s Tale
* Christopher Gust, University of North Dakota, The Immortal Kiss Marlowe’s Faustus and Renaissance Magia

12:30 to 1:45 p.m., lunch

2 to 3:30 p.m.
* Kathleen Tamayo, St. John's University / Queensborough Community College, “Swift Re-Fashioning:” Private Women in the Masculinist Public Sphere
* Yvette Koepke, University of North Dakota, TBA
* Michele Wilman, North Dakota State University, Disruptions of Gender: Clerval as Androgynous Soul-Mate in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

3:45 to 5:15 p.m.
* Matthias Rudolf, University of Nevada, Reno, “A Peculiar Process of Decay”: Transcription, Translation, and the Poetics of Violence
* Steven W. Thomas, College of St. Benedict / St. Johns University, The Network Concept in Atlantic Literary Study
* Kevin Harrelson, University of North Dakota, Natural Theology in Newton and Hume

6:30 to 10 p.m.
Dinner and reception, North Dakota Museum of Art

Keynote address: Margaret Groome, University of Manitoba, "'No more, but e'en a woman...' A Brave Tale of Toils and Triumphs: Women Directing the Bard in Twentieth Century Britain"

Sunday, April 20

10 to 11:30 a.m.
* Tarver Mathison, Minnesota State University Moorhead, “The Mask of Glory: the Facade of Royal Spectacle in Henry IV”
* James Schumann, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Language vs. Observation: Empiricism and Power in The Tragedie of Mariam
* Kellie Meehlhause, Minnesota State University Moorhead, "Root of Sin and Salvation: John Milton's Portrayal of Eve in Paradise Lost”

Noon to 1 p.m., lunch/business meeting

1 to 2 p.m.
* Sarah Aleshire, Minot State University, “We are cut with our owne dust”: On Montaigne, Webster, and Twincestuous Desire
* Silas Pera, University of North Dakota, Bloody Murder in Arden of Faversham
* Matt Harkins, College of St. Benedict / St. John's University, Defining Youth in Hamlet

2:15 to 3:30 p.m.
* Kevin Brock, North Carolina State University, "Seeming Wealth": Wyatt's "My Mother's Maids" as Critique of Horace's Satire 2.6
* Michael Lopez, University of North Dakota, “Between Fate and Faith: Navigating Aesthetic and Ethical Morality in Macbeth, and Kierkegaard’s Either/Or”
* Jennifer Christofferson, St. Cloud State University, Viewing the Passion of Christ Through the Eyes of Aemilia Lanyer and John Donne.

Please call 701-777-3984 for additional information.

Rally for Children is April 20

The Federated Church is sponsoring a rally to focus on issues of Child Health and Education Sunday, April 20. The rally will be preceeded by a march from Zion United Methodist Church, 1001 24th Ave. S., to the Federated Church, 2122 17th Ave. S., at 3 p.m. Those wishing to join the march should meet at Zion no later than 3 p.m. The rally will begin at 4 p.m. at the Federated Church. There will be speakers representing Earl Pomeroy, Byron Dorgan and the Children's Defense Fund, among others.

Children are our future. Let's make it the best we can.
If you have questions please contact the main office of Federated Church by phone (775-9089) or e-mail (gfabcucc@infionline.net).
-- Sally Pyle, Director, Honors Program, sally.pyle@und.nodak.edu, 777-3302

Leading constitutional law scholar to speak at UND April 21

“How the American Legal and Constitutional Culture Has Placed Women and Children at Risk” is the theme of Helen Hamilton Day 2008, sponsored by Law Women’s Caucus and the Multicultural Awareness Committee. Marci Hamilton, one of the country’s leading constitutional law scholars, will give two presentations on the topic — at 10 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the Baker Courtroom of the Law School. Both events are free and open to the public.

Hamilton is frequently asked to advise Congress and state legislatures on the constitutionality of pending legislation. She is a visiting professor and senior research fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She has authored “Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children” and “God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law.”

Helen Hamilton Day is an annual event at the UND School of Law, meant to honor the law school’s first female graduate, Helen Hamilton, who graduated in 1905. North Dakota CLE credits are available.

Phi Beta Kappa hosts antiquities expert April 21

The University of North Dakota chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will host Roger Bagnall, director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, at 4 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the North Dakota Museum of Art. Bagnall is part of the visiting scholar program which invites distinguished scholars to visit 100 colleges and universities with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa.

The topic for his discussion is "Excavating a Town in an Egyptian Oasis." Dr. Bagnall will describe recent discoveries at Amheida, a site in Dakhla Oasis in the western desert of Egypt with a history stretching from the third millennium BC to the late Roman period. He will describe the interplay of Egyptian, Greek and Roman cultures in artifacts as humble as food remains or as artistic as mythological wall paintings for the late Roman period.

Bagnall received his B.A. at Yale University, and his M.A. and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. The principal areas of his research are in the field of papyrology, and the social, economic, and administrative history of Egypt in late antiquity. Publications include: Egypt in Late Antiquity, Demography of Roman Egypt, and Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History.

Bagnall was named the first director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University in 2007. He taught at Columbia as a professor of classics and history from 1974 to 2007, and is now professor emeritus; and also served as the curator of the papyrus collection in the Columbia University Libraries. In 2005, Bagnall was the Sather Professor of Classical Literature at the University of California, Berkley, and in 2003 received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Mellon Foundation.

Technology Trends Forum: YouTube and U is April 21

On April 21, the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies/ITSS will host its Technology Trends Forum. Amanda Boyd, assistant professor in the languages department, and Lori Swinney, Chad Bushy and Elizabeth Becker from CILT/ITSS will present information on YouTube and U: Incorporating Internet Videos into your course.

This forum will cover:
* Want to know a little more about YouTube?
* How can YouTube be incorporated into courses?
* How is YouTube being used in Higher Education to enhance learning?
* How can YouTube be used with Blackboard?

The event will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. This forum is open to faculty, staff and students. To register, please call Diane at 777-2129 or send an e-mail to dianelundeen@mail.und.edu.
-- Diane Lundeen, Workshop Coordinator, Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies/ITSS, dianelundeen@mail.und.edu, 777-2129

U2 lists workshops

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

Responsible Conduct of Research
April 21, 4 to 5:30 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union, and School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Reed Keller Auditorium
This training focuses on the definition of research misconduct, how to assure that ethical conduct in research is followed by all employees, how to assure the validity of all data and information developed and communicated by your research group, some honest errors or differences of opinion, and how to deal with allegations of research misconduct.
This session is part of the Grant and Contract Training Series sponsored by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Responsible Conduct of Research
April 22, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Room 16-18, Swanson Hall and School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Reed Keller Auditorium
This training focuses on the definition of research misconduct, how to assure that ethical conduct in research is followed by all employees, how to assure the validity of all data and information developed and communicated by your research group, some honest errors or differences of opinion, and how to deal with allegations of research misconduct.
This session is part of the Grant and Contract Training Series sponsored by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Data Protection and Privacy
April 22, 10 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II
This workshop will introduce secure practices for handling and storing sensitive University and personal data. Topics will include: a discussion of the types of information to protect and why it needs to be protected, practices and configurations for securing your operating system, web browser, e-mail, and other software applications, protecting your personal information online, must-have security software for your computer, and encrypting sensitive data. Presenter: Brad Miller.

Budgets Overview Inquiry
April 24, 9 to 11 a.m., Room 9, Gamble Hall Lanterman Center
Requirements: PeopleSoft user ID and password for finance module, a local fund number, and/or an appropriated fund number. This is for new PeopleSoft users or those PeopleSoft users needing a refresher. This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft to find your department's budget and cash balance, utilize PeopleSoft to track your department's budget, cash, revenue, and expenditures, and complete a budget journal. The session also includes hands-on practice activities. Presenter: Shannon Smidt.

Creating a Learning Outcomes-Based Workplace for Student Employees – Part I - April 24, 8 to 9:30 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union
Part II - May 1, 8 to 9:30 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union
This two-part, lessons-learned session shares specific examples of how departments can create a learning outcomes-based workplace for their student employees. Content includes the ways learning outcomes are identified and written, and how assessment strategies and their results can be implemented and used. The goal is to move employment goals beyond job satisfaction to goals which support student learning. The session will benefit all staff members who supervise or work with student employees, especially those in administrative, auxiliary and support positions. Presenter: Tony Trimarco.

Social Security Pre-Retirement Seminar
April 29, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Room 10-12, Swanson Hall
This presentation addresses the Social Security and Medicare programs at retirement. Presenter: Howard Kossover, Social Security Administration.

GroupWise 7.0 Intermediate**
April 30, 1 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II
Students will work with advanced message options, set mail properties, customize message headers, use Web Access interface, create and use rules to automate e-mail responses, and set access rights. Work in depth with junk mail folder and archive feature. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

** Limited Seating

Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: Phone, 777-2128, Email 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, U2 Coordinator, University within the University, kathrynwilliams@mail.und.edu,777-4266.
-- Kathy Williams, Coordinator, U2 Program, U2@mail.und.edu, 777-2128

Symposium on sustainability is April 21-22

A symposium on sustainability is set from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 21 and 22, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

The presidential address, "The Great Ocean Adventure," will be given by Jean-Michel Cousteau, president, Ocean Futures Society, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

We are the first generation more powerful than nature, and the last generation to escape the consequences. Find out why and how universities, businesses, non-profits, governments, and individuals are committed to improving well-being indefinitely.

Sustainability is meeting the needs and values of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.

Other speakers to hear from, and discuss with, leaders from a wide spectrum of viewpoints and ways to achieve ecological integrity, economic security, and social justice follow.

- Dr. Charles Kupchella, president, University of North Dakota
- Senator Byron L. Dorgan, U.S. Senator
- Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, president and vice chancellor, University of Winnipeg; Canadian Foreign Minister, 1996-2000
- Dr. Berrien Moore, CEO, Climate Central Member; National Academy of Sciences, Nobel Peace Laureate, 2007
- Dr. Anthony Cortese, president, Second Nature; former commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
- Dr. Richard Norgaard, professor of agriculture and economics, University of California Berkeley
- Kibbe Conti, RD, CDE, LN, registered dietitian, Northern Plains Nutrition Consulting
- Audrey Barnhart, curator, Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, National Park Service
- Dr. Michael R. Brown, mayor, Grand Forks; obstetrician, Altru Health System
- Bruce Farnsworth, M.A., editorial photographer; Bruce Farnsworth Photography
- John Harju, associate director for research, Energy & Environmental Research Center, UND
- Bonny Bentzin, assistant director, Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Arizona State University
- Sarah James, Gwich\'in Activist; recipient, Goldman Environmental Prize, 2002, Arctic Village, Alaska
- Dr. John G. Watson, environmental scientist, Division of Atmospheric Sciences; Desert Research Institute
- Dr. Judith C. Chow, environmental scientist, Division of Atmospheric Sciences; Desert Research Institute
- Dr. Jerry M. Melillo, ecologist; director, The Ecosystems Center, MBL
Science Advisor for Environment to President Clinton, 1996-97
- Dr. Joseph Kiesecker, senior ecologist, The Nature Conservancy

For more information, please e-mail katrinak@aero.und.edu or call (701) 777-2482, http://sustainability.und.edu/ .

UND Division of Research sponsors training on the responsible conduct of research

Are you a present National Science Foundation awardee or considering a Federal grant proposal? If so, you might be interested in attending “Responsible Conduct of Research” on April 21 or April 22, 4 to 5:30 p.m. This special training session, sponsored by the UND Division of Research, is designed to introduce all present NSF awardees, or anyone considering a federal grant proposal, to the basic ethical issues associated with the responsible conduct of research (RCR). Recently, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has made the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), a term used to describe these ethical standards, one of its conditions for any grant or contract supported by the Foundation. Using recent cases from the literature, the session will explore various issues related to financial compliance, conflict of interest, research integrity, and human and animal subject compliance. In addition, the course will cover the University policies concerning these areas and actions in the event of allegations of misconduct. Presenters for this session include: Jon Jackson, Ph.D.; Kathy Sukalski, Ph.D.; Barry Milavetz, Ph.D., associate vice president for research; and David Schmidt, manager, Grants and Contracts Administration. All new faculty, as well as interested staff are encouraged to attend this very important session. In the immediate future, all awardees will be required to demonstrate that they have been trained in RCR prior to acceptance of an award. To register contact U2 – online: www.conted.und.edu/U2; email: U2@mail.und.edu; or phone: 777-2128.
-- Kathy Williams, Coordinator, University Within the University (U2) Program, kathrynwilliams@mail.und.edu, 777-4266

Doctoral examination set for Javier H. Jara

The final examination for Javier H. Jara, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics, is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Room 3933, Building 0210, School or Medicine. The dissertation title is "Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha Modulates NMDA Receptors in the Central Nervous System." Colin Combs (pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Margaret R. Tweten

The final examination for Margaret R. Tweten, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Room 308, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Community Capitals: Examining the Socioeconomics of a Rural Community." Margaret Healy (educational leadership) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Dining Centers go trayless for Earth Day

To recognize Earth Day, all residential dining centers will be going trayless for all meals Tuesday, April 22.

In an effort to raise awareness of food consumption and reduce food waste, UND Dining Services will remove trays from the three dining centers for one day. Students will be asked to carry their plate, utensils, glassware and food directly to tables, without the use of a tray. The hope is to make students more conscious of the amount of food taken while going through the serving line and reduce the amount of uneaten food that ends up in the landfill.

The goal of removing trays for a day is to reduce waste, but also bring to the forefront Dining Services’ commitment to educating students that their actions can make a positive impact on the environment. In an all-you-care-to-eat dining setting, there is a greater tendency to fill a tray with more food than can actually be eaten. As students become more aware of the environmental footprint they are leaving on the earth, dining centers are perfect settings to raise awareness and allow students to make a difference.

To measure whether or not a reduction in waste occurs, Dining Services employees will measure all edible plate waste generated on the trayless day, April 22, and compare this waste to a dining day where trays were used. Edible plate waste was previously measured on March 18, and due to a cyclical menu, the same food items will be served April 22. Having this benchmark from March should create a very accurate comparison of waste which will be compiled and shared with students.

Schools across the country are exploring, and even implementing, the trayless concept. While there are no plans to eliminate trays on a permanent basis here at UND, the Dining Services staff plan to study the results carefully.
-- Orlynn Rosaasen, Director, Dining Services, orlynnrosaasen@mail.und.edu, 777-3823

Global Visions Film Series presents Iranian film

The Department of Anthropology’s popular Global Visions Film Series brings an exciting array of films to the community of Grand Forks for the fifth consecutive year. The series is currently the only venue in Grand Forks to view award-winning, nationally recognized independent films from a wide variety of contemporary film makers around the world.

The films begin at 7 p.m. on various Tuesday evenings at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The series, free and open to the public, is partially funded by the Multicultural Awareness Committee. Filmgoers are encouraged to come early to ensure a seat.

"The Wind Will Carry Us" (Iran) is April 22. Following is a film review.

There is perhaps no living filmmaker as fully alive as Mr. Kiarostami. His eyes -- and therefore ours -- are perpetually open. His absorption in the wide emptiness of the rural Iranian landscape, in a remote corner of which "The Wind Will Carry Us" takes place, yields views -- hillsides, valleys and gnarled, solitary trees -- that seem almost otherworldly in their clarity and depth. And his plots, which tend to unfold almost entirely outdoors because of his own aesthetic priorities and the restrictions on what Iranian films can show, seem to spring from the air and the ground, like those of folk tales or Chekhov stories.

It's easy enough to expound on the spiritual and moral importance of opening oneself to experience -- "prefer the present," the doctor says, offering a Farsi version of an injunction familiar to readers of Western New Age self-help literature -- but it is a rare artist who can prove it. You don't watch "The Wind Will Carry Us" so much as dwell in it. The film lasts about two hours, and the events it depicts occur over a span of a week or so, but the film has a density, an almost physical presence, that cancels time. Its effects seem more like those of a poem or a piece of music than a movie.

If you are already an admirer of Mr. Kiarostami, "The Wind Will Carry Us" will confirm what you already know. But if you haven't yet encountered the work of a man many believe to be one of the giants of contemporary cinema, this movie is a good place to start. It's the funniest and most accessible of his films that I've seen, and maybe the most visually arresting. Take advantage of the opportunity. His wide, clear landscapes will be fatally diminished, like old master paintings reproduced on postcards, if you see them on video. And the graceful adagio of his narrative rhythm may turn to tedium in the banality of your living room. "The Wind Will Carry Us" requires the reverent darkness and communal solitude of a theater. New York Times - by A. O. Scott, July 28, 2000.
-- Marcia Mikulak, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, marcia.mikulak@und.nodak.edu, 777-4718

Check out classes at Wellness Center's Burnt Toast Kitchen

Check out these classes at the Wellness Center's Burnt Toast Kitchen.

Cajun Cooking with the Garlic Girls
Tuesday, April 22, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10.
Join the Garlic Girls for some Cajun/Creole Cooking. Tempt your taste buds while learning the basics of traditional Louisiana recipes. If you like a bit of spice in your food, this is the class to try!

Cooking with Potatoes
Wednesday, April 30, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $6.
Cooking with potatoes taught by Jenn, the Wellness Center licensed registered dietitian, and her husband, Zac, the potato nutritionist. 2008 is the International Year of the Potato, so come and learn fun facts about the potato and why it is a good carbohydrate and vegetable after all. We will explore new ways to create culinary delights with potatoes, all the while learning about how potatoes grow and how many different varieties exist.

Classes are located in the Wellness Center Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen. Sign up for classes 24 hours in advance at the Wellness Center welcome desk.

For more information, please contact Leah Wagner at 777-0842 or leahwagner@mail.und.edu
-- Leah Wagner, Coordinator of Wellness Programs, Wellness Center, LeahWagner@mail.und.edu, 777-0842

Doctoral examination set for Suzanne Macdonald Winkel

The final examination for Suzanne Macdonald Winkel, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in English, is set for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Room 20, Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is "Childless Women in the Plays of William Inge, Tenessee Williams, and Edward Albee." Susan Koprince (English) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Marlys Bohn

The final examination for Marlys Bohn, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in nursing, is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Room 212, College of Nursing. The dissertation title is "Assignment of Meaning in the Male Breast Cancer Experience: A Phenomenological Study." Marcia Gragert (nursing) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Mary F. D. Larson

The final examination for Mary F. D. Larson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 24, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Health Factors and Academic Performance: Implications for College Students, Faculty and Administration." Richard Landry (teaching and learning) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Retirement reception for Caryl Pederson is April 24

The Information Technology Systems and Services staff invites you to a retirement reception honoring Caryl Pederson in the Alumni House from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 24. She has been a part of the UND family for over 45 years. Please join us in wishing her well!
-- Carol Hjelmstad, Administrative Assistant, ITSS, carolhjelmstad@mail.und.edu, 777-3171

Retirement reception honors Madonna Hajicek

A retirement reception will honor Madonna Hajicek Thursday, April 24, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the John Vennes Atrium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Madonna has been employed at the SMHS since 1978. Please join us as we wish her well in her retirement.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

Visiting literacy scholar to present talk on status of writing

The College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Speaker Series, the College of Education and Human Development, and the Department of English present Deborah Brandt, internationally recognized scholar of literacy, speaking on "The Status of Writing." Her talk will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Red River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

The United States was founded as a nation for readers. But as writing comes to rival reading as a focus of mass literate experience, we can ask: How equipped are our social, cultural, and political institutions for sustaining a nation of writers? In this talk Dr. Brandt will examine how the growing importance of writing in economic and social life in the United States challenges ideas about literacy that initially developed as part of a literacy centered on reading. Drawing on the observations of everyday Americans about the writing they do at work and beyond, she will explore how writing threatens to undermine the moral order that has conditioned mass literacy.

Deborah Brandt is professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of "Literacy as Involvement: The Acts of Writers, Readers and Texts" (Southern Illinois University Press, 1990) and "Literacy in American Lives" (Cambridge University Press, 2001) along with numerous articles.

-- Marcus Weaver-Hightower, assistant professor, educational foundations and research, 777-3238, mwh@und.nodak.edu, and Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, assistant professor, English, 777-6391, rwh@und.edu.

Box lunch session focuses on sharing opinions in class

The Thursday, April 24, “On Teaching” session titled “Sharing Opinions in Class: Encouraging Dialogue, Not Diatribe” will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Room, Memorial Union.

In our classes we often address thorny issues and push our students to defend or rethink the intellectual positions they bring to college with them. Discussions of difficult, often divisive, questions are notoriously challenging to facilitate well, especially when your goals are both to respect multiple perspectives and arrive at logical conclusions supported by research and evidence. This situation is complicated by the fact that we live in an age when extreme opponents are often pitted against one another in sound bite dialogues across a seemingly unbridgeable divide and there is a lamentable lack of opportunity for genuine and intelligent intellectual disagreement and debate within our culture. In this session of “On Teaching” we will talk about the challenges of teaching in a way that provides a safe space for students to test their own thinking and encourages the respectful and logical exchange of ideas. How do we model this intellectual process for our students? What can we as teachers do to establish a classroom environment that allows students to intelligently share ideas around controversial or threatening issues in positive ways? Steven Light (political science) and Charles Miller (philosophy and religion), two faculty members who often handle classroom dialogue around tough issues, will discuss some of the challenges and benefits of establishing lively dialogue in class. We hope you can come and share your experiences and ideas with us!

To register and reserve a free box lunch, e-mail Jana Hollands by noon Tuesday, April 22, at jana_hollands@und.nodak.edu, or call at 777-4998.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, anne.kelsch@und.nodak.edu, 777-4233

National finance expert talks on sub-prime mortgage meltdown April 25

The sub-prime mortgage crisis is an ongoing economic problem manifesting itself throughout the banking system, which had led to a growing global financial crisis, including the recent Bear Stearns collapse and buyout. The crisis began with the bursting of the U.S. housing bubble and high default rates on "sub-prime" and other adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) made to higher-risk borrowers with lower income or lesser credit history than "prime" borrowers. During 2007, nearly 1.3 million U.S. housing properties were subject to foreclosure activity, up 79 percent from 2006. As of Dec. 22, 2007, The Economist estimated sub-prime defaults would reach a level between U.S. $200-300 billion.

The Department of Economics will host author, consultant, and nationally renowned financial expert Ed Kane, who addresses this very issue in his upcoming presentation, “The Making of the Sub-Prime Mortgage Meltdown,” set for Friday, April 25, at 3 p.m. in Room 1, Gamble Hall.

Kane asserts problems now facing the mortgage market are a function of lax supervision by many public and private agencies. The event is free and all members of the UND community and Greater Grand Forks businesses are invited to attend; however, RSVPs are requested. To reserve your seat, please call 777-0879 or e-mail: pamelaburkes@mail.business.und.edu.

Ed Kane is the James F. Cleary Professor of Finance at Boston College. Currently, he consults for the World Bank and is a senior fellow in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Center for Financial Research. From 1972 to 1992 he held the Everett D. Reese Chair of Banking and Monetary Economics at Ohio State University. A founding member of the Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee, Kane rejoined the organization in 2005. He served for 12 years as a trustee and member of the finance committee of Teachers Insurance.

Kane has served as a consultant for numerous agencies, including the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the IMF, various components of the Federal Reserve System, and three foreign central banks as well as the Congressional Budget Office, the Joint Economic Committee, and the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress. He is a past president and fellow of the American Finance Association and a former Guggenheim fellow. He also served as president of the International Atlantic Economic Society and the North American Economics and Finance Association. Kane is a longtime research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Besides authoring three books, he has published widely in professional journals and currently serves on eight editorial boards. He received a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Please join us for this interesting and informative event. For more information, check out www.business.und.edu.
-- CK Schultz, Director, External Relations, College of Business & Public Administration, ck.schultz@mail.business.und.edu, 777-6937

IFMidwest holds annual events

Initiatives in French Midwest (IFMidwest) holds annual events at UND and at Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt, N.D., on May 1-3.

Conviviality, entertainment and education characterize initiatives in French Midwest's (IFMidwest) annual gatherings from May 1-3. The public may choose to attend one or all of the following events. See www.ifmidwest.org and click on “News” to see details.

* May 1, 4 to 6 p.m., Chester Fritz Library, fourth floor. The reception is open to the public. Writers, researchers, professors, students and Midwest community members interested in French-Canadian, Michif, Acadian, French and other French language heritages in the Midwest will gather to see and hear about the work of IFMidwest. The reception will be hosted by The Quebec Government Office of Chicago in cooperation with IFMidwest and the Chester Fritz Library. Professor Jean Lamarre will speak on his work on French-Canadian participation in the U.S. Civil War.

* May 2, A French heritage tour (by coach bus) of Northeast North Dakota with seven stops at historic North Dakota sites with a historical presentation at each site and a concluding reception at Belcourt. A $50 heritage tour fee covers admission to the annual meeting and round trip Grand Forks-Belcourt, N.D., from May 2-3.
Check the Web site at http://www.ifmidwest.org/en/places_Belcourt.html for places to stay while at the convention.

* May 3, The annual gathering with ceremony, numerous interactive sessions on topics such as writing family history, Michif music, Michif language, intercultural dialogue between Chippewa, Michifs and French Canadians, heritage travel in the Midwest, western Canada and Quebec, art and artists of the Turtle Mountains, a forum on the importance of community development and heritage, Chippewa stories, early teachers and missionaries in North Dakota, local history and settlement patterns among French Canadians in North Dakota. Major entertainment with the Turtle Mountain Metis Dancers begins at 3 p.m. Coffee and rolls from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. with traditional French-Canadian and Michif lunch at noon. All provided for $20 donation to IFMidwest. Note: The fee for the French heritage tour is a $50 donation to IFM-UND which includes one copy of IFMidwest magazine and gives free admission to annual meeting on May 3.

Admission to the annual meeting is only a $20 donation in form of cash or check payable to: IFM – UND. Mail to: IFM Stop 8198, UND, Grand Forks ND 58202. For each $20 donation, a copy of IFMidwest magazine will be sent to donors. It is a collector’s heritage item, a first in North Dakota, a first in the Midwest. Give a personal gift or a gift to a friend or relative. One free adult admission to the annual meeting with each copy of the IFMidwest magazine 2008. Student admission for entire day is $8; after 3 p.m. is $2. Adult admission is $10 after 3 p.m.

IFMidwest (Initiatives in French Midwest) is a Community-Research Partnership in the Humanities. Persons who collaborate with IFMidwest are interested in history, with a special focus in North Dakota on French-Canadian, Michif and French heritages, from early immigrant histories to present-day pursuits. IFMidwest is a motor for interaction in communities, for appreciation of collective and individual experiences, for artistic expression, for economics with dignity and carefully shared resources. We believe that the best ideals are the result of a combination of traditions and new initiatives well thought out among partners who work together on projects. After all the day’s activities on May 1, the real story will be in the wrap-up session where projects are proposed for 2008-2009.

Moviemaking camp added for adults

Digital moviemaking has become more affordable and accessible than ever before. But are you utilizing the best practices? For the third consecutive year, the English and art departments are running a Moviemaking Camp. This year, by special request, we are adding a camp for adults 18 years and older.

Week 1: May 12, 13, 14 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Learn the craft of screenwriting from award-winning playwright and screenwriter Kathy Coudle King. Learn correct format, how to craft believable characters and authentic dialogue, as well as sound screenplay structure. The cost is $75. *Selected scripts will be made into a movie in week 2.

Week 2: May 19-23, 6 to 10 p.m. Let independent movie maker Christopher Jacobs lead you through pre-production, shooting, directing, and editing a film with state-of-the-art editing software. Cameras and all equipment will be provided. The cost is $125. Attend both weeks for $180.

World premiere screening of films will take place at the Empire Theatre June 29 when we screen the movies made in the youth camp, June 9-23. For more information go to www.english.und.edu or call 777-2787.
-- Kathy Coudle King, Moviemaking Camp for Adults, English, kathleen_king@und.nodak.edu, 777-2787

Staff recognition luncheon tickets on sale now

The 2008 Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the Memorial Union Ballroom. Employees will be recognized for years of service in five-year increments, 10 Meritorious Service Award winners will be presented, and the winner of the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award will be announced. Tickets may be purchased in Human Resources, 313 Twamley Hall, for $4 each or from the human resources manager in your department. Tickets must be purchased no later than Friday, May 2. All members of the University community are invited.

Anyone wishing to participate in the luncheon that may require an accommodation should contact Joy Johnson at 777-4367 or e-mail joyjohnson@mail.und.edu. - Human Resources.
-- Joy Johnson, Human Resources Officer, Human Resources, joyjohnson@mail.und.edu, 7-4367

Nomination deadline extended to April 23 for meritorious, UND Proud Awards

Again this spring, the University will present 10 awards for merit of $1,000 each to staff employees. In addition, the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award of $1,000 will be presented.

The Meritorious Service Awards will be given to employees in each of five major groups. These groups and the number of awards presented are: executive, administrative, and professional (three); technical/ paraprofessional (one); office support (three); crafts/trades (one); and services employees (two). The Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award may be given to an employee from any of the groups.

Eligible employees are UND employees employed on a regular basis who are not in a probationary period. Those not eligible for consideration include the president, vice presidents, deans, associate and assistant deans, teaching and research faculty, and the Human Resources director. Also ineligible are award winners from the previous seven years. All members of the University community are encouraged to nominate eligible employees for the awards. Submit nomination forms to Human Resources, Stop 8010, by Wednesday, April 23. Nomination forms are available from the Office of Human Resources, 313 Twamley Hall or electronically at www.humanresources.und.edu.

The awards will be presented during the annual Recognition Ceremony for staff personnel Tuesday, May 13.

Please direct any questions concerning this program to the Office of Human Resources at 777-4361 or humanresources@mail.und.edu.
-- Joy Johnson, Human Resources Officer, Human Resources, joyjohnson@mail.und.edu, 7-4361

Jeff Dunham to perform at Chester Fritz Auditorium

Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25.

Jeff Dunham’s undeniable talent has transcended the art of ventriloquism and transformed it into a cutting-edge comedy experience. Dunham of course never travels alone, and fans of all ages have fallen in love with his fast-talking and socially reckless “Suitcase Posse.” First, and probably most recognizable to TV viewers, is "Walter," the elderly, outspoken, and politically incorrect curmudgeon who spouts his views on the foibles of marriage, politics, and anything else that needs skewering in American culture. Next is "Peanut," a frenzied, loudmouthed, purple, loveable imp, who Walter describes as "a Muppet on crack." Then there’s "José Jalapeño," a chili pepper who teamed up with Dunham after a pogo accident in his home country of Mexico, permanently placing him "on a STEEK!" Lowest on the I.Q. chart is "Bubba J," simply white trash and trailer park, and a true diehard beer-drinking NASCAR fan. Finally, Dunham’s latest character to join the act is "Achmed the Dead Terrorist," who thankfully has failed in multiple suicidal tasks, and has allowed Dunham to throw a spitball directly in the eye of political correctness. Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uwOL4rB-go&feature=related. (Currently, this clip of Achmed and Dunham boasts over 22 million views.)

Explore Dunham’s world at www.jeffdunham.com or www.myspace.com/jeffdunham.

Tickets are available at the Chester Fritz Box Office, by phone at 701-772-5151, at all Ticketmaster locations or at www.ticketmaster.com/venue/49273
-- Betty Allan, Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium, bettyallan@mail.und.edu, 7-2170

Funding available for curriculum development retreat

The Office of Instructional Development is making grants available to academic programs and departments conducting curriculum development retreats. The most useful and productive program development occurs when there’s a mechanism for collective conversation around student learning goals, pedogogy and curriculum design. These retreats are intended to serve that purpose by providing opportunities to bring faculty together to analyze, discuss, and develop curriculum across their program or department. So, if you have a grad program in need of attention or are trying to figure out the implications of the new ES program for your department and your majors, this funding can help advance those necessary conversations.

An academic department or program may request a maximum of $500. Funding will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for qualifying departments until the available funds are exhausted. Funds awarded may be used for food (consistent with University guidelines), duplicating, and/or faculty stipends for pre-retreat organization, retreat facilitation, or data analysis. The funding will expire June 30, 2008.

To apply for retreat funding, please submit a one- or two-page memo that includes a proposed retreat agenda and budget, as well as a narrative description of both. Also include a letter of support from the chair (unless the chair is submitting the proposal). Inquiries and applications should be directed to Anne Kelsch at anne_kelsch@und.nodak.edu You may also be aware of funding available through the Provost’s office for assessment retreats (information available from Joan Hawthorne at joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu ). If you are working on both curriculum development and assessment activities, please consider applying for both: the same application can be submitted to both offices and both offices should be informed on the dual application.
-- Ann Kelsch, Director, Instructional Development, anne_kelsch@und.nodak.edu, 777-3325

FIDC offers additional funding opportunity for ES model projects

In response to the need to develop courses for the new Essential Studies (ES) program, the Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) has made available additional funding for the ES Model Projects program. Proposals must be submitted electronically and sent as an e-mail attachment to oid@und.nodak.edu . These electronic submissions are due by noon Tuesday, April 22.

The ES Model Projects program is for faculty who want to develop or redevelop “model” courses, focusing explicitly on Essential Studies Learning Goals and addressing identified needs. By the conclusion of the project, courses should be ready to be offered within the ES program. Funding of $3,000 for four-week projects or $1,500 for two-week projects may be requested. All faculty are eligible to apply (GTAs and visiting professors are not eligible). Faculty must commit to spending two or four weeks of full-time summer work on their projects, focusing on a course or courses to be offered the following academic year.

Course projects can focus on any of the following:
â—¦ quantitative reasoning;
â—¦ information literacy;
â—¦ creative thinking;
â—¦ global social-cultural diversity;
â—¦ U.S. social-cultural diversity;
â—¦ capstone courses (addressing at least two ES goals).

Applicants should commit to:
◦ attendance at a “Focus on Course Development for Essential Studies” luncheon on May 2;
◦ participation in an August “show and tell” session with other faculty engaged in model course development;
â—¦ participation in an Essential Studies Summit in Fall 2008.

Additional information on the program, including the application guidelines and the evaluation criteria that will be used by the FIDC, are available on the OID web site at http://www.und.edu/dept/oid/funding_modelprojects.htm To discuss ideas and draft proposals before submitting a final proposal, contact Anne Kelsch at anne_kelsch@und.nodak.edu or 777-4233.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, anne_kelsch@und.nodak.edu, 777-4233

University Student Assessment of Teaching forms due

This is a reminder that the UND Student Assessment of Teaching (USAT) forms are due at the end of the semester. The forms are available for your faculty at your college dean's office. Please estimate the number of forms you need and request them from that office. Please call Institutional Research at 777-4358 if you have any questions regarding these procedures.
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research, carmenwilliams@mail.und.nodak.edu, 7-4358

New University policy issued on student financial aid

A new University policy, "Student Financial Aid, Standards for Participation in Title IV, HEA Programs," was issued April 10. Please visit the Finance and Operations Web site to view the policy in its entirety.
http://www.und.edu/dept/vpfo/html/policies.html

Policy statement: All University of North Dakota departments are required to contact the Student Financial Aid office prior to an award of financial assistance to a University student, regardless of the source of funding, including but not limited to, scholarships, grants, stipends, fellowships, or employment.

For questions relating to the policy, please stop by the Finance and Operations office in 116 Twamley Hall, or call 777-2015.
-- Marisa Haggy, Spec. Projects/Assistant to VP, VP for Finance & Operations Office/Policy Office, marisahaggy@mail.und.edu, 701.777.4392

Thank you from HLC Steering Committee

On April 7 and 8, two site visitors from the Higher Learning Commission (UND’s institutional accreditation association) were on campus to determine whether we have made adequate progress on assessment of student learning. Many faculty, staff, and administrators have worked hard during the past four years to help prepare the University for this visit. And many of you took time from busy schedules to meet with our site visitors when they were on campus, often juggling other appointments and meetings to make yourselves available in response to their requests. Members of the HLC steering committee would like to thank you for those efforts.

A final version of the report and official notification of our status will arrive sometime this summer, but, during the exit interview, site visitors were complimentary about UND’s progress on assessment of student learning, especially regarding the degree to which UND faculty, through faculty-run committees like the Assessment Committee and GERC, have taken responsibility for oversight. They also reminded us that progress is fragile during the early years of any new initiative. So, until assessment of student learning is naturally and productively embedded in all academic programs, it will remain important to keep a strong campus-wide focus on assessment.

Submitted on behalf of members of the HLC Steering Committee: Helen Melland (nursing) and Joan Hawthorne (assistant provost), co-chairs; Kim Kenville (aviation), Paul Sum (political science and public administration), Richard Schultz (electrical engineering), Eric Johnson (law), Margaret Healy (educational leadership), Sherrie Fleshman (languages), Wayne Swisher (graduate school), Renee Mabey (physical therapy), Lillian Elsinga (dean of students), Jane Sims (continuing education), Valerie Johnson (student), and Sarah Owens (student).
-- Joan Hawthorne, Assistant Provost, VPAA/Provost Office, joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu, 7-4684

UND Pride Cards to be used for student refunds

Dear faculty and staff,

Beginning in August, Student Account Services will refund excess financial aid and other refunds to students with the all-new UND Pride Card. To ensure faster refund delivery, students will be encouraged to select one of the electronic methods for receiving their refunds.

Important: Please remind students they should not dispose of their UND Pride Cards! They are required to receive refunds from UND.

The UND Pride Card will be mailed to students using home addresses on file with Campus Connection. Please encourage students to verify their home address by checking Campus Connection at www.und.edu/dept/registrar/campusconnection, or by simply calling 777-3911.

Thank you! -- Robert Gallager, vice president for finance and operations.

Reminder for tobacco-free survey

A survey regarding the tobacco-free campus was sent to all deans and department heads a couple weeks ago. If you have not yet returned your survey, we would like to encourage you to do so by Monday, April 28. Please contact me via e-mail if you need a new copy of the survey mailed, e-mailed, or faxed to you or if you have other questions. Thank you to all who have responded to the survey on behalf of the Tobacco-Free Task Force.
-- Jodi Ramberg, Tobacco Prevention GSA, Student Health Promotion Office, jodi.ramberg@und.nodak.edu, 7-2097

Reduce the price of textbooks today

Barnes & Noble at UND, your campus bookstore, reminds everyone that fall textbook requests were due Feb. 28. Submit your adoption online at: http://und.BNcollege.com - click on faculty service tab, or call Tina Monette, textbook manager at 777-2106.

Here's why:
* It allows us to pay students who choose to sell their books up to 50 percent of the book price at buyback.
* The more books we buy at the end of this spring term, the more students save next term. Used books are 25 percent off the new book price.
* With early information, we can notify you of publisher stock situations, edition changes, and out-of-print titles.

Thank you for continued support!
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND, michelle_aberanthey@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2103

Note UND voicemail outage Thursday, April 17

A patch is required on the voicemail system. This is planned to be installed after 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17. There may be a short time, (a couple of minutes), between 7 and 8 p.m. when the voicemail system may be unavailable. No messages will be lost. Thank you. -- Telecommunications/ITSS.

Studio One features crossing borders, curling

Learn how procedures for crossing the United States border will change on the next edition of Studio One. Currently birth certificates and passports are the major documents needed to cross U.S. borders. Yet in June 2009 passports, passport cards, and enhanced drivers licenses will be the only accepted documents. Learn why these items will make border crossings easier.

Also on the show this week, young and old have participated in the sport of curling since the 1500s. For a beginner, learning to curl happens in stages. Find out what it takes to play this entertaining sport.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
-- Meghan Flaagan, Director of Marketing, Television Center, meghan.flaagan@und.edu, 777-3818

Coulee clean-up part of Big Event

An excerpt from the University of North Dakota Landmarks document describes The English Coulee as one of the most photographed spots in Eastern North Dakota. In an effort to help keep the area around English Coulee looking its best, two teams have volunteered to help clean up trash along it as part of the Big Event in honor of Earth Day.
-- Jennifer Haugen, Assistant Director for Nutrition and Wellness , Wellness Center, jenniferhaugen@mail.und.edu, 777-0233

UND Denim Day applications now available

Application forms for charities seeking Denim Day funding are now available by contacting Karen Cloud at 777-2618 or karencloud@mail.und.edu. The deadline for applying is May 31. Following the deadline, applications will be reviewed and charity selections will be made. Since the UND community represents a wide variety of beliefs and convictions, we can not entertain requests from political, religious or pro-life/reproductive rights organizations. Help support your favorite charity by picking up an application now.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library, karencloud@mail.und.edu, 7-2618

Dates set for cScibot Lego robotic camp

The Computer Science Department will offer an introductory Lego Robotic Camp and an Advanced Lego Robotic Camp this summer. The introductory camp is for 10-14 year olds and runs July 21-25 and Aug. 4-8 from 1 to 4 p.m. The advanced camp is for students ages 10-14 who have already attended our introductory camp. Those dates are July 21-25 and Aug. 4-8 from 8 a.m. to noon. More information is available on our Web site at: http://cs.und.edu/cscibot/
If you have questions, please call us at 777-4107.
-- Annette Glennon, Administrative Secretary, Computer Science, aglennon@cs.und.edu, 7-4107

Calculate carbon footprint

How are you living? Calculate out what footprint you are leaving on the Earth through your daily activities. How long will the Earth last if everyone lived like you do? Calculate your carbon footprint at:

http://www.climatecrisis.net/takeaction/carboncalculator/
http://www.earthlab.com/carbonProfile/LiveEarth.htm

A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment. It is measured in terms of units of carbon dioxide, representing an approximate amount of greenhouse gas that we produce in our daily lives. A carbon footprint is a useful tool for individuals or groups to conceptualize their effect on the environment and their contribution to global warming. More than just a tool for understanding, a carbon footprint can aid in helping people analyze ways in which to change their habits and live “lighter” on the planet, in terms of their use of natural resources.
-- Jennifer Haugen, Assistant Director for Nutrition and Wellness Programs, Wellness Center, JenniferHaugen@mail.und.edu, 777-0233

Reuse-A-Shoe: worn out, play on

Every year, millions of pairs of athletic shoes are thrown away, clogging landfills and wasting a lot of good material. Reuse-A-Shoe is one of Nike’s longest-running environmental and community programs, where worn-out athletic shoes of any brand are collected, processed and recycled into material used in sports surfaces like basketball courts, tennis courts, athletic fields, running tracks and playgrounds for young people around the world.

Reuse-A-Shoe collection will run through Wednesday, April 30, at UND and throughout the Grand Forks community. Bring in your old athletic shoes to collection sites at the Wellness Center, Memorial Union or Facilities. Make sure the shoes have no metal eyelets, cleats or spikes. Other unacceptable shoes include flip flops, water shoes, sandals, pumps, dress shoes or work boots.

To be eligible to win fabulous prizes for the most shoes collected, have your group create your own collection site. Group donations must be received by 5 p.m. April 30. Contact Jennifer at the Wellness Center (777-0233) to set up a delivery time.
-- Jennifer Haugen, Assistant Director for Nutrition and Wellness Programs, Wellness Center, JenniferHaugen@mail.und.edu, 777-0233

Don't drive to UND

Are the gas prices hurting your pocket book? Gas emissions may be hurting the environment. According to National Geographic’s Web site: “Carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is the main pollutant that is warming the Earth. Though living things emit carbon dioxide when they breathe, carbon dioxide is widely considered to be a pollutant when associated with cars, planes, power plants, and other human activities that involve the burning of fossil fuels such as gasoline and natural gas. In the past 150 years, such activities have pumped enough carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to raise its levels higher than they have been for hundreds of thousands of years.”

In honor of Earth Day Tuesday, April 22, let’s reduce our carbon emissions caused by gasoline and “Don’t Drive to UND.” On Earth Day and every day consider doing the following: carpooling, utilizing the city bus, utilizing the campus shuttle service, riding bike to work (or using the campus green bikes!) or walking to your destinations. What is a green bike you might ask? The Green Bike project will be launched on Earth Day to serve as alternative transportation method to get you around campus. See the links below for more information on alternative transportation methods.

Links to campus bus schedule:
http://www.transportation.und.edu/campus_shuttles/
City bus schedule: http://www.grandforksgov.com/bus/index.html
Green Bike Project: http://wellness.und.edu/
-- Jennifer Haugen, Assistant Director for Nutrition and Wellness Programs, Wellness Center, JenniferHaugen@mail.und.edu, 777-0233

Museum Cafe lists soups, specials

The North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists their soups and specials.
April 14-18
Soups for the week: Chicken Tortilla / Tomato Basil
Wednesday: Spinach and Prosciutto Pasta
Thursday: Lamb Stir Fry
Friday: Salmon Caesar Salad

April 21 - 25
Soups for the week: Chicken Tortilla / Tomato Basil
Monday: Fried Tomato Sandwich
Tuesday: Club Panini
Wednesday: Chicken Enchiladas
Thursday: Buffalo Burger
Friday: Monte Cristo Sandwich

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

Questions about common health problems? Call a health coach!

If you have an ongoing or difficult-to-treat health condition, you may have questions or wish you had someone to talk to about it. Your doctor may have prescribed new medications. Perhaps you have decisions to make about tests or treatments. The good news is that a health coach can help you sort out these things.

Health coaches are specially trained healthcare professionals, such as nurses, dietitians, and respiratory therapists. Their job is to answer your questions and support you with your health issues. Health coaches are especially skilled at helping people with conditions such as:
* Chronic kidney disease: A condition in which the kidneys stop working properly.
* Depression: a medical condition that causes a person to feel sad or hopeless for a long time.
* Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): A condition with frequent heartburn. It occurs when stomach juices leak into the esophagus, the tube that connects the throat to the stomach.
* High blood pressure (also known as hypertension): a condition that can damage the heart and kidneys, and lead to heart attacks and strokes.
* Irritable bowel syndrome: A disorder that causes stomach pain or discomfort, cramping or bloating, and diarrhea or constipation.
* Obesity: when a person has so much extra body fat that his or her health is at risk.
* Osteoporosis: a bone-thinning disease that puts people at risk for fractures.
* Peptic ulcer disease: a disease in which sores develop in the lining of the stomach or upper portion of the small intestine.

How health coaches can help
If you have one of the conditions listed above, a health coach can help you understand your treatment options and answer questions. Health coaches can also tell you about lifestyle choices that may improve your condition. Making the right food choices, for example, can make a big difference in chronic kidney disease, GERD, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis. Exercise can improve depression, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis.

If you have trouble keeping track of your medications, a health coach can help you make sense of them. A health coach can also explain what your medications do and how they can help. If medications cause unpleasant side effects, a health coach can help you work with your doctor to minimize or avoid those side effects.

A health coach can even help you understand different types of tests. For example, if your doctor suspects you have osteoporosis, he or she may suggest one of several bone density tests. A health coach can help you decide which test (if any) is best for you.

Health coaches can help you manage your health in many ways. They do not take the place of your doctor. Instead, they support your relationship with your doctor and help you to have productive discussions with him or her. To talk to a health coach, call (800) 658-2750. You can also get information online at www.thedialogcenter.com/bcbsnd.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Assistant Director for Work Well, Wellness Center, amandaeickhoff@mail.und.edu, 701.777.0210

Season tailgating passes available

The Alerus Center announces the opportunity for purchase of season tailgating spaces for the upcoming 2008 UND football season. A limited number of season passes will be available to purchase at the UND apring fame April 19 at the Alerus Center. Spaces are $30/spot and will be sold on a first come, first served basis, beginning at 8 a.m. in Entrance 2 (southwest corner) of the Alerus Center.

For those not interested or able to purchase season tailgating spaces, a limited number of single-game passes will be available for $10/space on game days at the south entrance of the Alerus Center parking lot.

Student Health Advisory Committee application deadline is April 21

UND faculty and staff members are invited to nominate students for the 2008-2009 Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC). Interested students may also apply directly. SHAC promotes communication between students and Student Health Services. Becoming a member of SHAC will provide students the opportunity to develop leadership skills, gain valuable experience through interaction with the Student Health Services administrators, medical providers, and staff; and be involved with implementing change within our University. The group allows UND students to effectively communicate with the administrators, medical providers, and staff of Student Health Services. Members of SHAC play a vital role in the future of Student Health by providing staff and administrators with student feedback obtained through SHAC activities, promotions, and events. The members of SHAC also communicate observations and suggestions of Student Health Services back to the campus population in order to provide open lines of communication. Stop by the Student Health Promotion Office in the Memorial Union, e-mail studenthealthpromotion@mail.und.edu, or call 777-2097 to request an application. Completed applications must be returned to the Student Health Promotion Office by Monday, April 21. Call 777-2097 for more information.
-- Theresa Magelky, GSA - Student Health Advisory Committee Coordinator, Student Health Promotion Office, theresa.magelky@und.edu, 701-777-2097

Ray Richards golf course 2008 season passes now available

The 2008 golf season passes for faculty and staff are now available for $240. With your purchase, you will receive a free season pass for the driving range ($150 value).

UND faculty and staff family season passes are $500; they are not eligible for the free driving range pass, but for an extra $150 the family can have season driving range passes.

Stop at the Ray Richards club house or call 777-4340. Club house hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Remember that passes may be paid through payroll deduction over six pay periods.
-- Tom Swangler, Assistant Director, Ray Richards Golf Course, tomswangler@mail.und.edu, 777-4090

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: Distance Curriculum Designer, College of Nursing, #08-288
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 4/22/2008
COMPENSATION: $45,000 plus/year

POSITION: Project Planner, Continuing Education, #08-285
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 4/16/2008
COMPENSATION: $35,000 plus/year

POSITION: Project Coordinator, Social Work, #08-278
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 4/16/2008
COMPENSATION: $33,000 plus/year

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL:

POSITION: Electronic Building Automation Technician, Facilities, #08-289
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 4/22/2008
COMPENSATION: $40,000 plus/year

OFFICE SUPPORT:

POSITION: Administrative Secretary (20-30 hours/week), Counseling Psychology and Community Services, #08-284
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 4/16/2008
COMPENSATION: $12.00 plus/hour

CRAFTS/SERVICE/TRADES: No vacancies.

Small hospitals receive grants through Center for Rural Health program

Fifteen rural North Dakota communities will benefit from grants given to small hospitals through the North Dakota Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex) administered through the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

This year the North Dakota Flex program distributed approximately $230,000 in grant funds to 15 small hospitals across the state to fund studies and evaluations of the facilities, establish new programs, purchase new equipment and provide training to staff and volunteers.

Facilities that received grants include:
• Ashley Medical Center
• Bowman-Southwest Healthcare Services
• Cooperstown Medical Center
• Garrison Memorial Hospital
• Grafton-Unity Medical Center
• Harvey-St. Aloisius Medical Center
• Hazen-Sakakawea Medical Center
• McVille-Nelson County Health System
• Northwood Deaconess Health Center
• Park River-First Care Health Center
• Rolla-Presentation Medical Center
• Tioga Medical Center
• Turtle Lake-Community Memorial Hospital
• Valley City-Mercy Hospital
• Williston-Mercy Medical Center

The Flex program, funded through a grant from the federal Office of Rural Health Policy (Health Resources and Services Administration), is a state-based partnership that works with and assists rural hospitals to stabilize and sustain their local health care infrastructure. In addition to grants, CRH also uses Flex funds to provide technical assistance to rural providers such as community assessments, internal surveys, and strategic planning.

The Center for Rural Health administers the North Dakota Flex program, which also includes formal partnerships with the North Dakota Department of Health, the North Dakota Healthcare Review, Inc., and the North Dakota Healthcare Association.
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, wopsahl@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-0871

Geography students present talks, participate in Geography Bowl

The Department of Geography was well represented in Brookings, S.D., at the 39th annual South Dakota State Geography Convention April 3 and 4. James Lindstrom presented a paper on “Recreation Use Characteristics of the Maah Daah Hey Trail” and William Wetherholt presented a paper on “A Survey of Ethics in U.S. Remote Sensing Education.” Lindstrom and Wetherholt, graduate students in geography, also participated in UND Geography Bowl teams that included undergraduate students Danny Fasteen and Erin Pederson, and graduate students Matt Golz and Jordan Neau. The UND teams placed second and fourth against their South Dakota State competitors.

“The South Dakota State Geography Convention is the longest-running student organized and sponsored annual meeting in the United States.” The convention also hosted eight prominent academic and applied geographers from the United States and Canada, including Thomas Baerwald, president of the Association of American Geographers; Jeff Crump, University of Minnesota; Lisa Harrington, Kansas State University; John Fraser Hart, University of Minnesota; John Hudson, Northwestern University; Geoffrey Scott, University of Winnipeg; Gray Tappan, U.S. Geological Survey; and Mike Wimberly, South Dakota State University.
-- Gregory Vandeberg, Assistant Professor, Geography, gregory.vandeberg@und.nodak.edu, 777-4588

Studio One interns receive awards

Studio One, the live television show produced by students at the University of North Dakota Television Center, recently received 12 awards at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington, Minn. The awards were presented by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA).

The Studio One web site was awarded first place in the student market web site category. In addition, several individual Studio One interns were honored by the SPJ and the NBNA for their contributions to the show. Studio One News Director Sarah McCurdy says it’s rewarding to see students recognized for their hard work.

“These students put a lot of effort into their stories every single week. So to see the smiles and that excitement as their name is called - it’s a lot of fun.”

Studio One has received more than 525 awards since it began in 1987. The following is a complete list of the individual awards given to Studio One interns at the 2008 Midwest Journalism Conference:

Society of Professional Journalists
Nick Johnson - Second Place, TV Sports Photography; Third Place, TV Sports Reporting
Kenneth Seiden – First Place, TV General News

Northwest Broadcast News Association Eric Sevareid Awards
Kelly Corbo – Award of Merit (three), Broadcast Writing
Stephanie Flyger - First Place, Broadcast Writing; First Place, Soft Feature
Nick Johnson – Award of Merit, Sports Reporting
Ashley Portra – First Place, Series
Kenneth Seiden - First Place, Series; Award of Merit, General Reporting

Studio One is a live one-hour news and information program produced by students at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program can be seen by more than 3.5 million viewers in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
-- Meghan Flaagan, Director of Marketing, Television Center, meghan.flaagan@und.edu, 777-3818