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University Letter

August 7, 1998

Volume 35 No. 43

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 35, Number 43, August 7, 1998

UNIVERSITY LETTER IS ALSO AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY in the Events and News section of UNDInfo, the University's menu system on the Internet. The address is: http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/our/uletter.htm

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Attention, department chairs: The ninth annual new Faculty Tour of North Dakota is set for Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 17-18. Underwritten in part by the UND Alumni Association, this bus tour offers a low-cost opportunity for new faculty and professional staff to experience small-town and rural North Dakota, visit the Capitol and State Heritage Center, talk to residents -- including Native Americans -- and learn more about the values, challenges and opportunities of our state. Seating is limited, so priority will go to new full-time faculty members and new full-time professional staff. Current faculty members and professional staff are eligible to join on a space available basis; they should contact the University Relations Office at 777-2731 as soon as possible to be placed on a waiting list. Invitations will be mailed to the "new hires" identified by the Academic Affairs office. The assistance of departmental chairs is requested in encouraging participation.

-- Rita Galloway, Special Projects Coordinator, University Relations.



The summer schedule for University Letter follows. University Letter will be published on the following dates: Aug. 7, 21 and 28. The deadline for article submission remains at 1 p.m. the Tuesday before you wish the article published. Articles will be run only once due to space and budget considerations.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.




The next "9 o'clock" Presidential Briefing is Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 9 a.m. in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union. Coffee and breakfast pastries will be provided by Campus Catering. President Baker will also hold a briefing Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Lecture Bowl. All UND employees are welcome to attend.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



The annual Staff Information Session will be Monday, Aug. 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the River Valley Room of the Memorial Union. Designed to provide updates on beginning-of-the-year programs and procedures, the Information Session will help us serve our students in the best (and most knowledgeable) way possible. Short briefings will cover academic advising, financial aid, fee payment and Business Office, housing and dining services, parking, Bookstore, Continuing Education, Orientation, withdrawal and crisis procedures, registration, Help Table, Learning Center, Writing Center, Enrollment Services, and UND Police. All departments are encouraged to attend.

-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services and University Relations.



Chapter 49 of the North Dakota Public Employees Association will hold a short business meeting at noon Thursday, Aug. 20, in the Mandan Room of the Memorial Union. Delegates will be elected to the state-wide Delegate Assembly to be held in Grand Forks Oct. 1-3.

-- Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services, for North Dakota Public Employees Association Chapter 49.



Orientation for new international students will be held during the first week of school. The orientation is to include three sessions during the week and a social gathering and barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 29.

"Academics at UND," held Tuesday, Aug. 25, will give new students information concerning the academic environment, expectations of students by professors and appropriate relationships with advisors and faculty members. The panel will be chaired by Provost Ettling and will include Jeanne Anderegg, Cathy Buyarski, Jacob Chacko, Tom Gilsdorf and Mary Kweit.

The President's Reception and Welcome is the official welcome for all new international students to the University and will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

The final session, "Exploring University Life," Thursday, Aug. 27, will give students a sense of the resources available on campus to ensure social, physical and mental well being. In addition, there will be a panel of current international students who will give their perspectives on how to be successful at UND.

Each session will be held in the International Centre and will start at 7 p.m. If faculty or staff know of international students who have not been invited to this orientation, please inform them of this opportunity. If you have any questions please call me.

-- Barry Stinson, Director of International Programs, 777-3301.



The University Senate will meet Thursday, Sept. 3, at 4:05 p.m., in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

-- Alice Poehls, Secretary, University Senate.




Following are research and grant opportunities. For more information, contact the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278.


Research on Education, Policy, and Practice (REPP) (96-138) grants support projects addressing theory, research, development, demonstration, and implementation that will increase the research knowledge and resources devoted to science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) teaching and learning at all levels. Awards for single investigator, one-year projects typically will not exceed $50,000. Team, or collaborative, project grants of up to 3 years may receive up to $300,000. Goals of the program are to produce new insights that generate new programs of productive research as well as strategic knowledge to inform practices for increasing student learning. The program supports cultivation of a research base for implementing innovative elementary, secondary, and undergraduate reform strategies, as well as ways of improving graduate, professional, and informal lifelong learning. The main focus is on the following themes: data, methodology, and theory; policy; practice; and technology. It will fund: projects that cut across traditional disciplinary definitions and employ unconventional approaches; syntheses of literatures that bear on an education issue, distill what is known in "review article" format, and clarify new researchable issues; development of new knowledge, new tools, and innovative interpretations that enable significant impacts on policies and practices; and research that grows the capacity of organizations and institutions to scale up and sustain change or best practice at all levels of education--formal and informal, school to work to career. Deadlines: 9/15/98 (Preproposal), 12/1/98 (Formal Application); 3/15/99 (Preproposal), 6/1/99 (Formal Application). Contact: 703/306-1650; fax 703/306-0434; rec@nsf.gov; http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/ehr/rec/pubs/nsf96138.html.

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The purpose of the Western Water Program is to improve the use, management, and quality of water in the U.S., particularly west of the Mississippi River. The Foundation also supports initiatives to promote the conservation and sustainable utilization of natural resources in Latin America and the Caribbean, including tropical forests, wildlife, and fisheries. Preference is given to field projects that have local community involvement and leadership as a central theme and test community-led initiatives to integrate sustainable utilization with conservation. Consideration will also be given to natural resource management training and leadership development programs for individuals from Latin America and the Caribbean. The Foundation prefers projects and/or new, innovative, or demonstration projects offering the promise of making significant contributions. First-time applicants or previous grantees looking for support for new projects should submit a 2-4 page letter of inquiry prior to sending a formal proposal. Deadline: 9/1/98, 2/1/99. Contact: 970/920-6834; fax 970/920-4578; gsf@rof.net.

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Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities are awarded to promising scholar-teachers in the humanities. They are non-faculty, one-year positions carrying departmental affiliation, limited teaching duties and the opportunity for scholarly work and intellectual growth. Applicants must have received a Ph.D. before 9/1/99, preferably since 6/91. The award provides a stipend of $40,050 plus benefits and may be renewed. Applications for 1999-00 will be accepted in the following disciplines: art (film studies), classics (archeology), English, linguistics, Italian languages and literature, French languages and literature, music, and philosophy (ethics in society). Contact: Jane Edsell, Fellowship Coordinator, 650/723-2275; dsell@stanford.edu; http://www-leland.stanford.edu/dept/humsci/office/humanities/mellon.html. Deadline: 11/13/98.

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The Curatorial Program supports programs to assist in the innovative presentation of the visual arts with emphasis on projects that cultivate new, expanded and diverse audiences. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues, audience development and organizational activities directly related to these areas. It also supports the creation of work through regranting initiatives, artist-in-residence programs, and the work of choreographers and performing artists where the visual arts are an inherent element of the production. The Historic Preservation Program provides funds to preserve historic buildings, districts, or landscapes. "Visual arts" is generally defined to include the plastic arts--painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, film, video, decorative arts, art publishing--and those aspects of the performing arts (dance, theater, music) that incorporate the plastic arts. Contact: Pamela Clapp, Program Director, 212/387-7555; fax 212/387-7560. Deadlines: 9/15/98, 3/15/99.

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The Foundation provides grants: 1) to provide scholarships for promising students of music (grants are made to institutions with at least 40 undergraduate music majors; the institutions choose students to receive the grants); 2) to increase the value of musical education by assisting with the acquisition of musical equipment and instruments and with the construction of suitable buildings for musical instruction; 3) to popularize the study and appreciation of music by aiding the promotion of formal music programs and projects; and 4) for emergency financial relief to worthy teachers of music in distress. Contact: Henderson Supplee, III, President; 610/525-4797; Presser Place, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. Deadline: Contact the Foundation.

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The Jerard Fund Award for Emerging American Women Writers of Nonfiction is a biennial award of $4,000 for a writer at an early point in her career. The award honors a work in progress of general nonfiction distinguished by high literary quality. Applicants must be women of any age who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The minimum requirement is publication of at least one magazine article in a national publication or a major literary magazine. Applicants must not have published more than one book of any kind. There are no restrictions on content of the work; emphasis is on quality of writing rather than subject. All serious literary subjects are welcome, but manuscripts such as how-to manuals, inspirational tracts, cookery, craft, or fashion guides, or celebrity biographies will not be considered. Deadline: 1/1/99. Contact: John Morrone, Awards Coordinator, 212/334-1660; fax 212/334-2181; JM@PEN.org.

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The Small Grants Program supports scientific research areas relevant to NICHD's programs in the Center for Population Research, the Center for Research for Mothers and Children, and the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research. New or established investigators may request up to 2 years at $50,000/year in direct costs (plus allowable indirect costs). Proposals may involve a wide variety of biomedical, biobehavioral, or clinical disciplines, but relevance to NICHD's mission must be clear. Deadlines: 10/1/98, 2/1/99, 6/1/99. Contact: Lynn McCourt, R.N.; 301/496-1661; fax 301/496-0962; lm119q@nih.gov; http://www.nih.gov/nichd/.

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The Grandparenting: Issues for Aging Research program provides support for research projects to investigate the nature and influence of grandparenting for individual older people, families, and the larger society. Support will be provided by project grant (R01) awards. Areas of research are 1) grand- parents in an aging society (e.g., macrosocial studies, demographic analyses, and economic research); 2) grandparents in the family unit (e.g., family relationships, caregiving, family change); 3) grandparents in the network of aging social, community, and legal affiliations (e.g., churches, aging support and advocacy groups, neighborhood organizations, school-affiliated groups); 4) grandparents as aging individuals (e.g., roles, expectations, and identity of grandparents); and 5) special populations and grandparents in special circumstances (e.g., minority families, custodial grandparents, great-grand- parents, and impoverished families). Deadlines: 10/1/98, 2/1/99, 6/1/99. Contact: Katrina W. Johnson, Ph.D.; 301/402-4156; fax 301/402-0051; kj48y@nih.gov; http://www.nia.nih.gov.

The Oxidative Damage, Antioxidant Defense, and Aging program supports research on oxidative damage and pathobiology as related to aging and the aging process. Support is provided by the R01, R29, K08, F32, and F33 award mechanisms. Priority will be given to projects likely to provide critical insights into these relationships rather than correlative data. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) also have an interest in this research. Deadlines: 10/1/98, 2/1/99, 6/1/99 (R01, R29, K08 applications); 1/10/99, 5/10/99, 9/10/99 (F32 and F33 applications); 3/1/99, 7/1/99, 11/1/99 (Revised Applications). Contact: Huber R. Warner, Ph.D.; 301/496-6402; fax 301/402-0010; hw7a@nih.gov; http://www.nia.nih.gov.

The NIH Predoctoral Training Program in Neuroscience is jointly sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). The goal is to encourage and support broad training in the neurosciences by offering institutions a single comprehensive training grant. Support is focused on the early years of training before full-time thesis research is started. Awards will be for 5 years. Deadlines: 3/1/99 (Letter of Intent); 5/10/99 (Proposal). Contact: Andrew A. Monjan, Ph.D., M.P.H.; 301/496-9350; fax 301/496-1494; am39m@nih.gov; http://www.nih.gov/nia/.

The Cause and Effects of Elderly Population Concentrations program provides funding for new and supplemental applications for research projects focusing on the distribution of the elderly population across geographic areas; the factors influencing this distribution; and the social, economic and health services impacts of these distributions. Applications focusing on the following are welcome: Determinants of Elderly Population Concentration, Health Services System Adaptations, Environmental Adaptations, or Social Supports in Areas of Elderly Concentration. Deadline(s): 10/1/98, 2/1/99, 6/1/99. Contact: Marcia G. Ory, 301/435-3136; mo12x@nih.gov; http://www.nia.nih.gov.

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Futures: Detecting the Early Signals provides support (up to $150,000 for one year) to identify possible future environmental problems and to develop approaches for their solution. Areas of interest are: 1) Natural Sciences--suggest an area where scientific data are minimal, scattered or conflicting that could portend a future environmental problem; and 2) Socio-Economics--examine possible changes in the way we (the USA, industrialized nations, world, etc.), in the next 5-20 years, will think, do things, live, consume, invent, reproduce, etc., and what effects these changes will have on environmental problems, on our mind set, on how we handle them, on the tools we will have available to handle them, on the costs and benefits of handling them, etc. Socioeconomic analyses can cover a variety of subjects. Deadline: 9/10/98. Contact: Dr. Robert E. Menzer, 202/564-6849; menzer.robert@epamail.epa.gov; http://es.epa.gov/ncerqa/rfa/bfutur.html.

The EPA Office of Research and Development's National Center for Environmental Research and Quality Assurance (NCERQA) plans to issue the 1999 SBIR Phase I solicitation on 9/17/98. The solicitation will be placed on the NCERQA website prior to that date. Proposals will be due 11/19/98. EPA encourages you to download the solicitation from the website at http://es.epa.gov/ncerqa/rfa/. EPA does not maintain a mailing list for SBIR publications. However, if you are unable to download the solicitation from the internet you may request a hard copy by sending a fax with your name and address to SBIR Program Manager, 202/565-2447.

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The Comparative Approaches to Brain and Behavior program, sponsored by NIMH in conjunction with several other NIH Institutes, provides support for research that defines a comparative framework for understanding the neural substrates of behavior, its principles, organization, and disorders. Applicants are encouraged to consider the advantages of using animal species representing different evolutionary levels including species that expand the kinds of animals conventionally used in brain and behavior research, as well as those that may require further development as experimental models. Research should reveal, in many different species, the neural, hormonal, social, and experiential mechanisms underlying the regulation, integration, control, and dysfunctions of behavior over the lifespan of the organism. The goal of the program is to emphasize NIH interest in the following approaches to behavioral neuroscience research: 1) Use of comparative studies for understanding human behavior; 2) Exploration of the substrates of naturally occurring behaviors; 3) Promotion of interdisciplinary bridges in behavioral neuroscience research. Deadline: Standard Dates. Contact: I. Izja Lederhendler, Ph.D.; 301/443-1576; fax 301/443-4822; il1n@nih.gov; http://www.nimh.nih.gov.

-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Assistant to the Director of Research and Program Development.




The Computer Center will soon be setting up the computer learning labs in the Memorial Union, Chester Fritz Library and Room 10, Upson II, for the start of the school year. Any faculty member who needs software to be installed on lab computers should contact Gary Johnson at 777-4238 by Friday, Aug. 14, with your request. Our current lab configurations and installed software can be found on the web at www.und.nodak.edu/dept/cc/cll/info.html.

-- Gary Johnson, Computer Center.



For just $4.17 per credit hour, UND employees may enroll in University classes. You may take up to three academic courses each calendar year, and are granted work release time for one academic class per school session after receiving approval from your supervisor for release time during working hours. You must have successfully completed your probationary period. You can continue your education, earn a degree, or improve your skills. Staff members may work toward a degree; faculty may take courses for credit.

You can choose from hundreds of courses, ranging from management and sciences to languages and music, from exercise and ceramics to first aid and financial management. Here's how to enroll:

1. Pick up admissions materials, registration materials and a tuition waiver form at the Office of Admissions, 205 Twamley Hall (phone 777-3821) or at the Graduate School, 414 Twamley Hall (777-2784).

2. Choose the course you'd like to take. Prerequisites or other factors may affect registration.

3. Fill out the forms and have your supervisor/dean sign the tuition waiver forms. Return them to Admissions (undergraduates) or the Graduate School. Return the completed waiver forms to Admissions. The deadline for filing the waiver is Friday, Aug. 17.

4. Register according to instructions in the Time Schedule of Classes.

If you are enrolling for the first time, you need to complete and return an "Application for Admission" form, available from the Admissions Office or Graduate School. There is a $25 matriculation fee for an employee who has not previously enrolled. You may need to file transcripts from schools that you previously attended. Please note that some courses have additional fees that cannot be waived.

Take advantage of your $1,000 Benefit!

-- Donna Bruce, Director of Admissions, and Diane Nelson, Director of Personnel.



THE TABLE MAY BE FOUND ONLINE AT http://www.und.edu/admissions/fees.html



The faculty of Political Science and Public Administration has received final approval to offer three certificate programs in health administration, public administration, and policy analysis. These programs are designed primarily for people working in public, nonprofit, and health organizations who wish to upgrade their skills and learn about the latest developments in their field. Each program consists of four classes which are offered in the late afternoons and evenings in Grand Forks and Bismarck. Those seeking further information on any of the certificate programs or the Master of Public Administration Program should contact me.

-- Robert Kweit, Graduate Director, Political Science and Public Administration, 777-3831 or rkweit@badlands.nodak.edu.



Barry Stinson has been named Director of International Programs. He replaces Sharon Rezac Andersen, now the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce at Park Rapids, Minn. Stinson's responsibilities include advising and counseling new international students, assisting students in preparation for study abroad, and advising the International Studies degree program. He came to UND in January 1998, as the coordinator of Student Organizations from Columbus, Ohio.

A native of Columbia, Mo., Stinson holds two B.A. degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Art History and History. He also holds M.A. degrees in Higher Education and Student Affairs and Arts Policy and Administration from Ohio State University. His interests include Italian language and culture. He has spent the last two summers studying in Italy, last year on a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education.

-- John Ettling, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.



Chaminda Prelis, a senior pursuing a Bachelors of Business Administration in Aviation Management degree with a minor in music, has been named the new Program Coordinator at the International Centre. Prelis is a native of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Prelis has been active in the International Centre for the last four years, has served as president of the International Organization for two years and has also served in student government. Prelis will coordinate the Centre's traditional Thursday night programming, work with the Speakers Bureau, and work with outreach for anyone that would like to use the Centre and its resources. The Speakers Bureau coordinates international students with faculty and staff who would like to host these students in their classrooms or organizations.

If faculty or staff members would like international students to give presentations in their classrooms, or would like to come to the Centre for a special program, please contact the International Centre at 777-4231.

-- Barry Stinson, Director, International Programs.



The Center for Innovation recently hired Steve Sedlacek as a marketing consultant. He will provide market research, business planning, marketing planning, and technical support to manufacturers, start-up companies and entrepreneurs across North Dakota and in the Rural Technology Incubator.

A native of Warren, Minn., Sedlacek will complete his Bachelor of Business Administration at UND in December, and has finished an entrepreneur internship at the Center. Sedlacek has also worked as a project consultant to Oil Transfer Systems, and has also worked for a number of years at Evergreen Implement, his family's John Deere dealerships in Warren and Thief River Falls, Minn.

-- Bruce Gjovig, Director, Center for Innovation.



Five scholars representing Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Russia will study at UND this fall and spring through an exchange arranged by the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR). These students were placed at UND after the University applied to host them for the academic year.

ACTR is supported by the Freedom Support Act Fellowship Program, which was designed to bring outstanding young people to U.S. colleges and universities to expose them to Western culture, society and academics.

-- Barry Stinson, Director of International Programs.



The School of Law has announced the election of six students from the Class of 1997 to membership in the Order of the Coif.

Selected in recognition of their outstanding scholarship and contribution to the School of Law were Susan Bailey (Fargo), Joel Fremstad (Bismarck), Margaret Lupkes (Oakdale), Timothy Richard (Horace), Kent Rockstad (Moorhead, Minn.), and Daniel Traynor (Bismarck).

The Order of the Coif is the national legal honor society established in the United States in 1902. It traces its history to an association of lawyers in medieval England from whose membership judges were exclusively chosen. Only senior students in the top 10 percent of their graduating class are eligible to be elected.

From among the approximately 200 law schools in the United States, UND is one of approximately 70 at which a chapter of the Order of the Coif has been allowed to be established. Chapters may only be organized at a law school which, in the opinion of a national committee of legal scholars, maintains high standards of scholarship.

-- Larry Kraft, Professor of Law.



The Financial Aid Office will post student job openings for fall Wednesday, Aug. 19. The employment eligibility date for the academic year is Aug. 23, 1998, to May 8, 1999. Please contact Dorothy at 777-4411 for Federal Work-Study jobs and Dennis at 777-3013 for institutional jobs and rehire letters.

-- Dorothy Olson, Federal Work-Study Clerk, Student Financial Aid.



A new version of TCP/IP, a part of the OS/390 software bundling, may have caused your TCP/IP client software to give an error message on sequential file downloads. A fix for this may be to click the Options button at the bottom of the WS_FTP32 admin1.nodak.edu window, click the Session Options button and check the Prompt for Destination box and click Save for this session. As a result of this setting you will be prompted for the destination filename when you download a sequential file. If this works, be sure to select the Save as Default button and then Save in the Session Options window to keep it activated each time you use TCP/IP.

If using the line command FTP, in the GET command specify not only the source file name but also the destination file name. GET Sourcefilename Destinationfilename

-- Rose Keeley, User Services, Computer Center, 777-3062.



Participants are needed for research projects dealing with language and memory. You must be over 55 years of age to participate. All projects take less than one hour, are conducted on campus, and participants will receive $10 for their time and effort. If interested, please call me.

-- F. Richard Ferraro, Psychology, 777-2414.



All Points Bulletin -- If your department has pictures or slides that has "Property of Enrollment Services" written on them, please contact the Enrollment Services office at 777-4463. Photos and slides are MIA, last seen in a white three ring binder labeled "Property of Enrollment Services." Before going AWOL the pictures and slides were used for developing brochures for ES and other departments. Please help us with the safe return of the (POW's) Pictures Out Wandering.

-- Enrollment Services.


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