University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 1, August 28, 1998
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PRESIDENT BAKER RESIGNS AS OF JUNE 30, 1999
Following is a statement made by President Baker on Aug. 21:
Despite the excitement, energy and anticipation that I always feel when our students arrive for the new school year, today is not a happy one for me. Earlier today the State Board of Higher Education approved a negotiated agreement regarding the terms of my departure as President of the University of North Dakota. As part of this agreement, I have, with great regret and deep sadness, tendered my resignation as President and Professor of Political Science, effective June 30, 1999.
Leaving the University of North Dakota after seven years of service is not what I would have chosen. I had thought that my statement at the February board meeting, the zero salary increase approved for me at the June meeting, not to mention the many accomplishments of the past year, had brought the difficulties that occurred in January to a close. However, because of the public criticism that began again on July 1, I have concluded that an environment does not exist that is conducive to my long term continuance and success as President. I look forward to serving this year, contributing in whatever ways I can to the upcoming legislative session, bringing a number of projects to conclusion, and facilitating the transition to my successor.
For the past six years, it has been an honor and a privilege for Toby and me to represent UND and its very special and incredibly dedicated students, faculty, staff and alumni. We will look forward to doing that, with gusto, for one more year and after that to supporting this extraordinary institution in whatever ways we can. Today we want, simply, to express our most sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the hundreds of people who have written us, called us, e-mailed or voice-mailed us, or stopped us on street corners and in shopping malls to express their support for us and our leadership. It has meant more to us than any of you can ever imagine.
MUSICAL GROUPS, OTHER ACTIVITIES FEATURED AT U FEST
The Blenders, an a capella group with a strong reputation and ties to Fargo, and the Bobby Llama Band, a Minnesota group with a contemporary brassy sound, will headline the main stage of "U Fest on the Green," Sunday, Sept. 20, on the UND campus. The U Fest will start at noon and run until 6 p.m. The Bobby Llama Band will perform from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and The Blenders will perform from 4 to 5 p.m.
UND's version of Friends and Neighbors Day, U Fest on the Green will host activities geared for all ages and for the entire greater Grand Forks community. In addition to the live performances, U Fest will feature food booths, demonstrations, exhibits, a craft show, a hot air balloon, a book sale, prizes and a host of activities for youngsters -- including kids' games, a chance to sit in a UND airplane, special scientific and engineering activities, and opportunities to meet Sioux athletes. A crowd of several thousand people is anticipated on UND's central mall from the Chester Fritz Library to the Carnegie Building (formerly Home Economics).
"We hope that many of our academic departments will sponsor displays and demonstrations at U Fest, and will help us reinforce UND's importance to the community, the state and the region," said UND President Kendall Baker. An area of the mall is being reserved for such activity. Tables and limited electrical power will be available.
If your department is interested in participating in U Fest on the Green, please contact Rita Galloway, U Fest Coordinator, Office of University Relations, 777-4194, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Dave Vorland (President's Office), U Fest Committee Chair.
DID YOU KNOW?
UND is the oldest and largest institution of higher education in the Dakotas, Montana and western Minnesota.
RECEPTION WILL HONOR JOHN LITTLE
A reception from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, in the North Dakota Museum of Art, will honor John Little, who is retiring after 29 years on the faculty of the English department. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Robert Lewis, English.
UNIVERSITY SENATE MEETS SEPT. 3
The University Senate will meet Thursday, Sept. 3, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.
1. Announcements (Attachments No. 1, 2, and 3)
2. Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes.
3. Question period.
(No items submitted)
4. Election of Senate Chairperson. Betty Gard, Committee on Committees.
5. Election of Vice Chairperson. Betty Gard, Committee on Committees.
6. Election of a Faculty Representative to two-year term on the Senate Executive Committee to replace Thomas Petros. Betty Gard, Committee on Committees.
7. Election of a Faculty Representative to a three-year term to replace Elizabeth Hampsten on the NDUS Council of College Faculties. Betty Gard, Committee on Committees.
8. Election of a Student Representative to the Senate Executive Committee. Betty Gard, Committee on Committees.
9. Election of one Senate faculty member to the Committee on Committees for a one-year term to complete the term vacated by Charlotte Humphries. Betty Gard, Committee on Committees.
10. Election of two Senate faculty members to the Committee on Committees for two-year terms. Betty Gard, Committee on Committees.
11. Discussion of Report from Senate Task Force on Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Janet Kelly Moen, Senate Task Force on Disciplinary Studies. (Attachment No. 4)
-- Alice Poehls (Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.
TENURE AND PROMOTION FORUM SET
The President's Advisory Council on Women (PAC-W) will sponsor a Tenure and Promotion Forum featuring the perspectives of administrators Wednesday, Sept. 9, at noon in the Sioux Room of the Memorial Union. All tenure-track faculty are encouraged to attend.
-- Cindy Juntunen-Smith, Counseling.
SESSIONS WILL DISCUSS DEALING WITH BOMB THREATS
Joe Litzinger, registered bomb technician with the University Police Department, will present a one-hour session on how to deal with bomb threats. The sessions will be held Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. in the Memorial Room in the Memorial Union and on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m. in the Sioux Room in the Memorial Union. You may attend either session. No pre-registration is necessary.
-- Suzanne Gandrud, UND Police.
AVIATION SAFETY MEETINGS SET
Aviation safety meetings, open to all students, staff and faculty, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 14 and 15, in 210 Clifford Hall.
-- Dana Siewert, Aviation.
DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE OFFERED
A free Defensive Driving Course for UND employees and a member of their family will be held Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 211 Rural Technology Center, and again Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., also at RTC. This course is required in accordance with a memo received from Paul Feyereisen, State Fleet Manager in Bismarck. The following criteria was given for any UND employee who is authorized to drive State Fleet vehicles.
1. Any individual who operates a State Fleet vehicle daily;
2. Any individual who operates a State Fleet vehicle at least once a month;
3. Any individual who has received a traffic violation or had an accident while operating a State Fleet vehicle within the past calendar year;
4. Any operator of 7, 12, or 15 passenger vans transporting four or more passengers at least once per month.
This course may reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. Please call the Safety Office at 777-3341 to register.
-- Norma Haley, Safety Office.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION CENTER OFFERS SEMINAR
The Conflict Resolution Center will offer a seminar, "Negotiation and Problem Solving in the Workplace," from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 17 and 18, in the Memorial Union. For supervisors or anyone who deals with conflict at work, this seminar will discuss how to enhance your communication ability in times of stress, learn strategies for promoting teamwork, understand more about sources of conflict in the workplace, use proven conflict management processes for decision making and negotiation, and feel more confident in your ability to solve problems that arise in a variety of situations. UND faculty, staff and students may attend for a reduced rate of $175. The registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 3. Contact the Conflict Resolution Center at 777-3664 to register.
-- Janice Hoffarth, Conflict Resolution Center.
GRADUATE FACULTY NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
The Graduate School has issued the semi-annual call for nominations to membership on the Graduate Faculty. A memorandum detailing the process, and including a copy of the nomination form, has been sent to the chairperson of each department/program offering a graduate degree. The deadline for nominations to be received in the Graduate School is Tuesday, Sept. 8. Final action on the nominations is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 14.
-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.
DOCTORAL EXAMS SET FOR VARGAS AND JOHNSON
The final examination for Trini T. Vargas, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Physiology, is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, in Room 3933, Physiology Conference Room, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is "Cytotoxin Targeting of Oxytocin (OT) Receptive Cells: OT Receptors and Salt Appetite." Willis Samson (Physiology) is the committee chair.
The final examination for James D. Johnson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Biochemistry, is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, in Room 5510, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is "The Beta Subunit Determines the Nucleotide Specificity of ATP-Specific and GTP-Specific Succinyl-COA Synthetases in Vertebrates." David Lambeth (Biochemistry) is the committee chair.
Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.
-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.
FULBRIGHT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
Up to 25 awards for participation in a three-week seminar concerning Alternative Forms of Energy and Environmental Protection are being granted by the Fulbright Program. The seminar will be held in Germany during June and July 1999. For more detailed information call Barry Stinson at 777-3301. For an application, e-mail email@example.com.
If you are interested in other Fulbright opportunities, please call or e-mail me at 777-3301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Barry Stinson, Director of International Programs.
TRIO PROGRAMS RECEIVE FEDERAL GRANTS
Educational Talent Search and Educational Opportunity Center, Federal TRIO Programs at UND, were awarded federal grants, totaling more than $500,000 per year.
Educational Talent Search was awarded $332,565 per year beginning Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, 2002. Talent Search serves more than 1,000 middle school and high school students in northeast and south central North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.
Educational Opportunity Center was awarded $265,339 per year beginning Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, 2003. Educational Opportunity Center received a five-year grant for being one of the grants receiving the highest scores in the review and award process. Educational Opportunity Center serves approximately 1,000 eligible participants throughout North Dakota and East Grand Forks.
-- Judy Cowger, Counselor, UND-Talent Search.
RESEARCH, GRANT OPPORTUNITIES LISTED
Following are research and grant opportunities. For more information, contact the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278.
SOCIETY FOR THE PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDY OF SOCIOLOGICAL ISSUES (SPSSI)
The Grants-In-Aid Program supports scientific research in social problem areas related to the SPSSI's basic interests, particularly research dealing with racism and sexism. Also of special interest are proposals not likely to receive support from traditional sources. SPSSI encourages proposals involving uniquely timely research opportunities; underrepresented institutions, new investigators; volunteer research teams; and actual, not pilot, projects. Highly timely and event-oriented proposals may be submitted at any time, and will be reviewed within one month of receipt. All other proposals must be submitted by the deadline dates. Eligible applicants are researchers, investigators, and graduate students at the dissertation stage of their career. Up to $2,000 per grant is available; up to $1,000 for graduate student research if the university will match the amount requested. Deadlines: 11/13/98, 4/1/99. Contact: 734/662-9130; fax 734/662-5607; email@example.com.
The Applied Social Issues Internship Program provides support to college seniors, graduate students, and first-year postdoctorates for projects applying social science principles to social issues in cooperation with a community, city, or state government organization, public interest group, or other non-profit entity. The purpose is to encourage applied research, intervention projects, non-partisan advocacy projects, and writing and implementing public policy. Awards range from $1,500-$2,500. Deadline: 11/10/98. Contact: See above.
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BURROUGHS WELLCOME FUND (BWF)
The goal of New Investigator Awards in the Pharmacological or Toxicological Sciences ($210,000 over 3 years) is to foster the development of outstanding researchers early in their careers who will bring new approaches and novel thinking to their fields. BWF encourages candidates to define these fields in the broadest terms, as long as the proposed research has application to either the pharmacological or toxicological sciences. Candidates need not have appointments within established programs in these fields. Applicants are sought from such diverse fields as biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and the physical and computational sciences. Clinical and veterinary scientists engaging in fundamental research may also apply. Deadline: 11/2/98. Contact: Jean Kramarik, Program Associate, 919/991-5122; firstname.lastname@example.org (type "menu" on subject line for a list of programs); http://www.bwfund.org.
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WOODROW WILSON NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP FOUNDATION
Woodrow Wilson Women's Studies Grants for Doctoral Candidates provide approximately $1,500 to pursue dissertation research pertaining to women. Areas of interest include the evolution of women's role in society and particularly contemporary America, women in history, the psychology of women, and women as seen in literature. Eligible applicants are students who have completed all pre-dissertation requirements at graduate schools in the U.S. There are no citizenship restrictions. Contact: email@example.com or contacts listed below.
Johnson & Johnson Dissertation Grants in Children's Health provide $2,000 to encourage original and significant research on issues related to child health from a public policy perspective. Eligible applicants are students in vdoctoral programs who have completed all pre-dissertation requirements in programs such as nursing, public health, anthropology, history, sociology, psychology and social work. Research leading to solutions of serious problems is of particular interest. Candidates must have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by 10/30/98, expect to complete their dissertation by the summer of 2000, and have at least 6 months work left to complete. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or contacts listed below.
Johnson & Johnson Dissertation Grants in Women's Health provide $2,000 to encourage original and significant research on issues related to women's health. Of interest are the implications of research for the understanding of women's lives and its significance for public policy or treatment. Eligible applicants are students in doctoral programs who have completed all predissertation requirements in any field of study at graduate schools in the U.S. by 10/30/98, expect to complete their dissertations by the summer of 2000, and have at least 6 months work left to complete. Contact: email@example.com or the contacts listed below.
Contact: 609/452-7007; fax 609/452-0066; http://www.woodrow.org. Deadlines: 11/06/98; application forms must be requested by 10/9/98.
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The Small Grants Program provides support for research that promises to yield new knowledge about education in the U.S. and abroad. The Program supports projects with budgets of $1,000-$35,000 and one year or less duration. It is appropriate for modest-sized research projects, exploratory studies, specific phases of larger investigations, and projects which arise in response to unusual opportunities. The Program encourages researchers with diverse perspectives to develop ideas and approaches which extend the conventional boundaries of a research question, area, or method. Support is provided for individual efforts as well as collaborations. The researcher(s) must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field and/or experience in the teaching profession. Proposals should be in the form of a statement with attachments. Deadline: None. Contact: 312/337-7000; fax 312/337-0282; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.spencer.org.
Research Grants provide over $35,000 to support research that promises to yield new knowledge about education in the U.S. and abroad. Principal investigators must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or a professional field. Support is provided for researchers from a wide range of disciplines and fields. Projects are widely-varied, from medium-sized studies that can be completed in a year by an individual researcher to extensive collaborative studies that last several years. Applicants should submit a brief preliminary proposal. Deadline: None. Contact: John B. Williams, Vice President; 312/337-7000; fax 312/337-0282; email@example.com; http://www.spencer.org.
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NATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH RESOURCES (NCRR)
The purpose of the Innovative Approaches to Developing New Technologies announcement is to encourage submission of new Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21) applications to explore new research paradigms in engineering, instrumentation, physical sciences, mathematics or computer science as applied to biomedical research. The research must be innovative, unusually imaginative or drastically different from past paradigms with potential for a broad impact on biomedical research or on improved health care. Projects should provide the opportunity to develop new technologies, methods, devices, and materials that provide greater understanding of fundamental elements of biological phenomena. Efforts should lead to new approaches to the solution of basic research questions in order to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease and disability, ultimately resulting in improved human health. The technolo- gies/instruments/methodologies to be developed must be applicable to a variety of NIH research areas. Proposals are likely to contain an element of risk as they must encompass work at the frontiers or the limits of understanding of a problem or because no historical basis exists for the proposed approach. Deadline: 10/17/98. Contact: Dr. Richard Dubois, 301/435-0758; fax 301/480-3659; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.ncrr.nih.gov.
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
Risk Assessment Research in Statistical Testing and Modeling to Improve Human Health Risk Estimation From Exposure to Mixtures of Disinfection By-products in Drinking Water (SOL NCEA-CIN-05). The EPA seeks proposals for cooperative agreements to conduct statistical research related to the improvement of human health risk assessment methodologies for both cancer and non-cancer toxicity from exposure to mixtures of disinfection by-products (DBPs) in drinking water. Proposals should describe the statistical research to be conducted in collaboration with investigators who are currently collecting laboratory toxicity data or are willing to make existing laboratory data on mixtures of DBPs available. The effort can be associated with an ongoing EPA effort or may be conducted in collaboration with other laboratory investigators outside of the EPA. Areas of interest include: development of novel methods for the design and analysis of laboratory experiments on mixtures of DBPs; establish- ment of either the toxicity or interaction threshold values for mixtures of DBPs; characterization of the nature or magnitude of interaction effects including additivity, synergism and antagonism; and use of data on individual or selected DBPs to estimate risk for the whole mixture. EPA scientists expect to collaborate significantly in the research by providing access to laboratory toxicity data and exposure information on DBPs, collaborating on statistical methods and theory and on the biological sciences, supplying expertise on chemical mixtures health risk assessment, and participating in co-authorship of research publications; therefore proposals should clearly identify an EPA role as well as the role of the proposal writer and institution. The intent is to develop one or more cooperative agreements where the principal purpose is to provide support and stimulation to further scientific understanding in this area of research. Through 9/15/98, written requests only will be taken for a detailed solicitation package. Awards are estimated to range from $100,000-$300,000 total over 3 years. Contact: POC Donna Tucker, USEPA, National Center for Environmental Assessment, Cincinnati Office, MS-117, 26 W. ML King Dr., Cincinnati, Ohio 45268; fax 513/569-7475; email@example.com. Deadline: 10/30/98.
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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)
Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants are awarded for research in the Ecology, Ecosystems, Systematics, or Population Biology programs in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB), or the Animal Behavior or Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology programs in the Division of Integrative Biology and Neuroscience (IBN). Grants of $3,000-$10,000 are typically awarded for 24 months. Awards are intended to provide supplemental funds for items not normally available from the student's university or other sources. Deadline: 11/20/98. Contact: Appropriate NSF program officer in the biological directorate or download document 98-151 from http://www.nsf.gov.
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HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE
Fellowship awards focus on research directed to understanding basic biological processes or disease mechanisms. Predoctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences provide up to 5 years support for full-time graduate study toward a Ph.D. in cell or developmental biology, genetics or molecular biology, immunology or microbiology, mathematical biology or epidemiology, neuroscience or physiology, structural biology or biochemistry, or related fields. Deadline: Mid-November. Contact: 202/334-2872; fax 202/334-3419; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://fellowships.nas.edu.
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Physicians provide 3 years support for training in fundamental research subsequent to at least 2 years of postgraduate clinical training and no more than 2 years of postdoctoral research training. Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students support one year of full-time fundamental research in a laboratory at the student's medical school or another institution. Deadline: Early December. Research Scholars at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) allow U.S. medical students to spend a year in research in the intramural program at NIH in Bethesda, MD. Deadline: Early January. Contact: 301/215-8889; fax 301/215-8888; email@example.com; www.hhmi.org/fellowships.
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ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS
The Walt Whitman Award provides $5,000 to encourage the work of emerging poets and enable publication of a poet's first book, and a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Any U.S. citizen who has neither published, nor committed to publish, a book of poetry (40 pages or more), is eligible. There are no limitations on the kind of poetry or subject matter; translations are not eligible. Poetry must be in English; manuscripts must be between 50-100 pages. Illustrations are not accepted. Poems previously published in magazines may be included, along with a page of acknowledgments. The Academy will purchase at least 6,000 copies of the book for distribution to members. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope when requesting information and entry forms. There is a $20.00 submission fee. Manuscripts are accepted between September 15 and November 16 annually; neither late nor early manuscripts will be accepted. Deadline: 11/16/98.
The Harold Morton Landon Translation Award provides $1,000 for a published translation of poetry from any language into English by a living U.S. citizen. Translations may be a book-length poem, a collection of poems, or a verse drama. Collaborations are eligible. Deadline: 12/31/98 (for books published in 1998).
Contact: India Amos, 212/274-0343 x14; fax 212/274-9427; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.poets.org/aap/prog.whitman.htm.
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-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Assistant to the Director of Research and Program Development.
DIRECTORY INFORMATION FORMS DISTRIBUTED
Wednesday, Sept. 9, is the deadline for returning 1998-99 Directory Information Forms to the Office of University Relations. The forms were distributed to all UND offices and departments, and it is their responsibility to complete and return the forms so personnel may be included in the 1998-99 UND Directory and Handbook. If your department or office did not receive forms, or if more forms are needed, please come to the Office of University Relations, 411 Twamley Hall.
The forms are to be completed for all faculty and staff members, and for graduate teaching and research assistants who have appointments approved by the Graduate School. Your home address and telephone number will NOT be used in the electronic directory. Please double-check all completed forms to ensure that information is accurate. A printable form is online at www.und.edu.
-- Jim Penwarden, Director, University Relations.
Business Office Lists Fee Payment Schedule
Fall 1998 fee payment will be conducted Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 1-4. If you are consulting with an individual who needs one-on-one assistance from Business Office staff, please refer the individual to the Memorial Union Ballroom, Business Manager's table, from Sept. 1 through 4. The Business Office in Twamley Hall will be closed during these four days. Your assistance is appreciated.
-- Wanda Sporbert, Business Office.
EXPECTANT FAMILY AND CHILD HEALTH PROGRAMS SEEK PARTICIPANTS
The College of Nursing is seeking expectant mothers to participate in the Expectant Family Program and children with chronic illness, developmental disability or health risks to participate in the Child Health Program. The programs are coordinated through the course, N387, The Family in the Community.
The Expectant Family Program and the Child Health Program serve as a learning experience for Nursing students by providing the students with the opportunity to support the expanding family. The student's role focuses on the needs of the family during the time of normal childbearing, or caring for a child with special needs.
In the EFP or the CHP the student visits a family about every two weeks and focuses on applicable areas of prenatal assessment, preparation for labor and delivery, infant feeding and child care, child nutrition and development, safety, and family support.
The College of Nursing has been serving 150 to 200 families per year. Nursing students are supervised by College of Nursing faculty throughout the assignment period. There is no cost to participate. This is a community service and an educational experience.
If you are interested in participating in the Expectant Family Program or Child Health Program, please contact Janet Schauer, Coordinator, 777-4539, or the secretary for the Nursing Center, 777-4147, for a brochure or more information.
-- Janet Schauer, College of Nursing.
CHESTER FRITZ LIBRARY:
The Chester Fritz Library Labor Day hours are: Saturday, Sept. 5, closed; Sunday, Sept. 6, closed; Monday, Sept. 7, l p.m. to midnight (Labor Day).
-- Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.
HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY:
Labor Day hours for the Library of the Health Sciences are: Saturday, Sept. 5, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 6, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 7, 1 p.m. to midnight.
-- April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.
UND FACTS WILL BE FEATURED
Debuting in this week's University Letter will be a new feature, "Did You Know?" featuring facts about the University. The brainchild of the Faculty Ambassadors, the UND factoids are intended to give faculty and staff more information about the University for use in recruiting and for general information. If you have a fact or statistic that you feel would be useful in this space, or if you would like to see a specific piece of information, please contact Jan Orvik (University Relations) at 777-3621 or email@example.com.
-- Jan Zahrly (Management) for the Faculty Ambassadors.
LEAVE DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR LORI SWANSON
Donated leave is being requested for Lori Swanson, Assistant Director/Advisor for The Educational Opportunity Center, TRIO Programs. Lori was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a few years ago. In April she suffered a relapse and is now on a new treatment program. Her doctors have advised her to file for disability. Lori would appreciate any leave you could donate to assist her during her time of need. To donate leave please contact Gail Colwell at 777-3809 or send e-mail to Gail Colwell@UND1.TRIO.
-- Gail Colwell, TRIO Programs.
COLLEGIUM MUSICUM SEEKS MEMBERS
Singers and instrumentalists interested in great, unusual music, small ensemble and solo opportunities and the opportunity to learn historic instrumental and vocal techniques are invited to join the UND Collegium Musicum. The Collegium performs music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and rare works of other periods, from fourth-century chants through 19th-century American Christmas carols. This year, we hope to perform romantic songs of the troubadours, as well as sacred music, part-songs, and instrumental music.
The vocal group varies in size from four to 16 singers, and exceptional singers have solo opportunities. The instrumental group varies. The most constant group is a Renaissance Loud Band, with sackbuts (the ancestral trombone), shawms (a loud Renaissance oboe, often successfully played by modern sax players), and cornetts (a woodwind-like instrument with a tiny trumpet-like mouthpiece). From time to time, we have additional ensembles of medieval strings, recorders, and krummhorns.
Interested singers or players should attend the first rehearsals Monday, Aug. 31, and Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 4 p.m. in Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. Interviews/auditions will be arranged at those times. Rehearsal time may vary according to the group's needs. Or call or leave a message for Gary Towne at 777-2826, or (home) 772-1982 for more details. Good intonation, sight-reading, and initiative are important qualifications. Community members and non-music majors are welcome.
The UND Collegium Musicum was founded in the early 1960s by Professor Tamar Read as an outgrowth of her Music History course. The ensemble developed from students' performing the music they were studying. The group was revived by Gary Towne, after Dr. Read's retirement in 1988.
-- Gary Towne, Director, Collegium Musicum.
LOTUS MEDITATION CENTER LISTS EVENTS
The Lotus Meditation Center, University Ave. and Hamline St., lists their fall events. They are:
T'ai chi ch'uan, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 7 to 8:30 a.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
T'ai chi chih, Tuesdays, 5 to 6 p.m. (a fee will be charged).
Hatha Yoga, Mondays, 6 to 7:15 p.m., introduction to Hatha Yoga (beginners); Thursdays, 6 to 7:15 p.m. (on-going class), a fee will be charged.
Hatha Yoga, time to be arranged, fee will be charged.
Islamic Prayers, Fridays, noon to 2 p.m.
Insight Meditation, Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. (beginning Sept. 23). Open to all levels of experience including basic meditation instruction for beginners.
Silent Meditation, Tuesdays, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., "Come and go" as your schedule permits; occasional guided meditation.
For further information call 772-2161.
-- Tamar Read, Professor Emeritus of Music.
PIZZA PURCHASES BENEFIT SPECIAL OLYMPICS
From now through Friday, Aug. 28, for every large or medium pizza sold at Italian Moon, 810 S. Washington St., the restaurant will donate $2 toward Special Olympics, headquartered in Grand Forks. The Special Olympics programs provide year-round sports training and competition for individuals with mental retardation.
-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for Linda Hanson-Bell, Special Olympics.
PERC LISTS SEPTEMBER PROGRAMS
The Parent Education Resource Center, 500 Stanford Road, offers the following programs. Call 795-2765 to register or for more information.
"Parents On Board," 9:30 to 11 a.m., Sept. 8, 15 and 22; child care provided.
"Help Your Child Succeed in School," 9:30 to 11 a.m., Sept. 9, 16 and 23; child care provided.
"Setting Limits," 7 to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Oct. 7.
"Positive Parenting II," 9 to 10:30 a.m., Sept. 10, 17 and 24; child care provided.
"Developing Capable People," 9 to 11:15 a.m., Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6; child care provided.
"Parents of Young Children," 9:30 to 11 a.m., Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5 and 12; child care provided.
"Common Sense Parenting," 1 to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5 and 12; child care provided.
"Strengthening Your Stepfamily," 7 to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5 and 12.
"Active Parenting of Teens," 7 to 9 p.m., Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 15 and 22.
"Good Discipline ... Good Kids," 9:30 to 11 a.m., Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and 13; child care provided.
Book Club, "How to Raise a Child With a High EQ," a parents' guide to emotional intelligence, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6 and 13; child care provided.
Seminar, "Taking Charge, Tips in Time Management," 7 to 9 p.m., Sept. 15.
Lunch Box Specials, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.: Sept. 10, "State of the School District," presented by Mark Sanford, Superintendent of the Grand Forks Public Schools; Sept. 17, "The Magic Thing You Can Do to Change Your Life Today," presented by Pamela Elmquist, Head Start counselor; Sept. 24, "What the School Needs to Know About Your Family," presented by Barb Kitko, social worker at Lake Agassiz Elementary School.
-- Carol Helland, PERC Coordinator.
CENTER FOR AEROSPACE SCIENCES
Associate Dean George Seielstad was presented the FAA's 1998 Excellence in Aviation Award, a major competitive award that recognizes the contributions to the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences to safety through research, education and outreach to the aerospace community. The award was presented by FAA Administrator Jane Garvey as part of the FAA's celebration of the Tech Center's 40th anniversary in Atlantic City, N.J. . . . Dale DeRemer (Aviation) co-authored "Seaplane Operations," a complete collection of information on seaplane operations, environment, techniques, and history. . . . Northwest Airlines sponsored a third session this summer of the UND International Aerospace Camp for 32 selected students, ages 13 to 17, who each received a need-based scholarship valued at more than $1,000.
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Wendelin Hume (Criminal Justice Studies/Women Studies) was selected as a "Who's Who Among America Teachers" for 1997-1998, an honor given to less than 5 percent of America's educators at all levels. . . . Mary Jo Schill (Communication Sciences and Disorders) has been elected the Associate Coordinator of the Speech-Language Pathology/Speech-Language Science Assembly of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Jacob Chacko (Marketing) attended the 29th annual Promotional Products Association International Very Important Professor (VIP) workshop held recently in St. Louis, Mo. The workshop acquaints college professors with the promotional products industry and encourages inclusion of promotional products advertising as part of the curriculum. . . . Bill Dougan co-authored a paper, "Network Externalities and Path Dependence: The Role of Organizational Strategy and Industry Practice," presented at the annual National Academy of Management Meeting in Boston, Mass.
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
George Henly (Counseling) co-presented "Applying for Score to Item Responses on Non-Cognitive Measures," at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Classification Society of North America and the Psychometric Society in Urbana, Ill. . . . Kathy Gershman (Educational Foundations and Research) presented "The Ethos of Caring and the Ethics of Censure: Sharing Negative Conclusions with a Local Audience" at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif.
COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS AND COMMUNICATION
Lana Rakow (Communication) has been elected to the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) at the national convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication held in Baltimore, Md. She will serve as one of only four representatives from ACEJMC to the Council, which is comprised primarily of representatives from media associations. Rakow was elected to serve a three-year term on the council beginning in 1999. She also was re-elected to serve as secretary of the AEJMC Teaching Standards Committee, the body which selects representatives to ACEJMC. . . . Richard Shafer (Communication) has been presented the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre Ltd. (AMIC) 1998 award for best research on Asian print media. Shafer has published numerous journal articles related to mass media and national development in Asia.
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MINES
George Bibel (Mechanical Engineering) recently had two chapters published in the "Handbook of Bolts and Bolted Joints."
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES
Stephen Wonderlich, co-director of the Eating Disorders Institute in Fargo and Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the Fargo campus, has been elected president-elect of the Academy for Eating Disorders at the group's annual meeting held during the Eighth New York International Conference on Eating Disorders in New York City. In Fargo, the Eating Disorders Institute, which Wonderlich co-directs with James Mitchell, Chairman and Professor of Neuroscience, offers a cooperative program for the evaluation, treatment and research of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder and obesity. This is a joint effort of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Neuropsychiatric Research Institute and MeritCare Health Systems.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION CENTER
Jim Antes and Donna Turner Hudson (Conflict Resolution Center) were selected to be part of a 25-member national panel to train Postal Service managers and REDRESS (Resolve Employment Disputes, Reach Equitable Solutions Swiftly) in Seattle. They were chosen for the national training team, in part because UND's Conflict Resolution Center has been recognized a leader in the specific mediation technique being used in the REDRESS program, Transformative Mediation.
HUMAN NUTRITION RESEARCH CENTER
Gary Adams, Virginia Ballintine, Rodney Bubach, Sandra Gallagher, Barbara Kueber, Denice Schafer, Judy Schumacher and Karin Tweton (all Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center employees) were recipients of the USDA Secretary's Award for Emergency Response Category, at the 52nd USDA Annual Honor Award Ceremony held in Washington, D.C. The award reads: "For extraordinary effort in the preservation of animals, human life, salvaging of experimental materials, minimizing structure damage, overseeing safety and security during the flood of 1997."
Rich Lehn (Telecommunications) was presented an Achievement Award for maintaining campus telecommunications through the North Dakota floods and for sharing invaluable restoration information at the Association for Telecommunications Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA) spring seminar and in the June 1997 issue of the "ACUTA News."
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