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University Letter

December 19, 1997

Volume 35, No. 18

UNIVERSITY LETTER
University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 35, Number 18, December 19, 1997

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

The University Relations Office maintains an index for the University Letter.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

EVENTS TO NOTE

OF ACADEMIC INTEREST

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

BILLBOARD

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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FACULTY INVITED TO MARCH IN COMMENCEMENT, WILL ASSEMBLE IN WILKERSON

Continuing the tradition begun with this summer's ceremony, faculty are invited to march in the winter commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 19. Participating faculty will march in full academic regalia and will be seated on the stage. The ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Because of the very limited space available in the Auditorium, the faculty will assemble in the lobby of Wilkerson Hall. Please report to Wilkerson by 1:30 p.m. Green Gown commencement marshalls will be on hand to guide you to your place in the processional.

-- Rita Galloway (University Relations), Assistant Coordinator of Commencements.

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UNIVERSITY LETTER WILL REVERT TO PAPER COPIES

University Letter will again be distributed via paper copies for those who requested it in a survey conducted earlier this fall. Distribution of paper copies will begin with the Friday, Jan. 9, issue, and will continue as long as funds are available. Two years ago, University Letter subscriptions were converted from paper copies to e-mail because of budget considerations, when the change in photocopy allocations was made from allocation quotas to actual dollars. Because of comments, we surveyed subscribers, who overwhelmingly requested a return to paper copies of University Letter. In order to save space, please note that articles may be edited, and that articles may run no more than twice.

-- Jim Penwarden, Director, University Relations.

Editor's Note: If you filled out a bright yellow response form earlier this fall and requested a paper copy of University Letter, your subscription will begin with the next issue, Jan. 9. You do not need to call our office. If you did not receive a form or did not fill one out and would like a paper subscription, please contact me at jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu to have your name added to the subscription list. I will need your name, department name, and box number. Also, let me know if you'd like to continue or drop your electronic subscription.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.

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HOLIDAY SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR UNIVERSITY LETTER

Because of the reduced activity on campus over the holiday break, the University Letter will NOT be published on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. Weekly publication will resume with the issue of Jan. 9; the deadline for article submissions will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.

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SCHUBERT NAMED INTERIM FACULTY ATHLETIC REPRESENTATIVE

George Schubert, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of University College, has been appointed interim Faculty Athletic Representative by President Baker.

Schubert served as UND faculty representative from 1974 until 1997 before retiring and being replaced by DuWayne Wacker (Accounting and Business Law). Wacker died Nov. 13 of a heart attack.

A search for the faculty representative will begin this spring. Meanwhile, Schubert will represent UND at the upcoming NCAA National Convention, the WCHA annual meeting in April and the NCC annual meeting in May.

-- Kendall Baker, President.

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NASA SELECTS UND AEROSPACE, UMAC AS EARTH SCIENCE INFORMATION PARTNERS

NASA has selected the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium led by UND Aerospace as one of two dozen research teams to develop working prototypes of innovative uses and applications of the agency's Earth science data and related research. The competitive selection was from among 115 proposals. The five-year project is expected to be funded for $7 million.

Known as the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIPs), the awards respond to a July 1996 National Research Council recommendation that NASA evaluate alternative implementation of product generation, publication and user services for the agency's planned Earth Observing System (EOS) science data system.

The UMAC/UND Aerospace project is for the development of a project, titled "A Public Access Resource Center (PARC) Empowering the General Public to Use EOSDIS (Earth Observing System Data Information System)," led by George Seielstad, Associate Dean at UND Aerospace. Seielstad said the expected funding from NAA for the five-year life of the project is $7 million, although the final figure is yet to be announced by NASA.

"UND Aerospace and UMAC deserve special credit for their work in promoting the Public Access Resource Center concept," said Alex Tuyahov, Manager of Applications Research and Development, Office of Mission to Planet Earth, NASA. "UND Aerospace developed the PARC model in its earlier work for NASA on creating a data distribution system architecture for the Mission to Planet Earth program that broadened the traditional view that research data was for scientists. They created a vision and recommended a system architecture that made it possible to extend Mission to Planet Earth data products to a much broader user community. The PARC concept is, in fact, the concept on which NASA's ESIP program is based."

"NASA's support of our work in the development of the EOSDIS PARC is really a milestone in how the scientific community and a major research organization like NASA view the collection and use of research data," said Seielstad. "UMAC has literally built its organization on the PARC model which is focused on developing from raw data sent down from NASA satellites, useful information products which can be used in agriculture, natural resources management and education. We are delighted that we have led a major national program down a new path.

"NASA's sponsorship of UMAC's work to take data collected by Mission to Planet Earth satellites from the data banks of research computers, process it into useful information and get it to consumers who can make productive use of it is an important step forward. The information will be exceptionally useful to the Upper Midwest region which is highly dependent on agriculture and natural resources, and it will demonstrate to the public the practical value of NASA's unmanned space research activities," Seielstad said.

"This is a significant step in the evolution of our approach to Earth system science data archiving and distribution," said William Townsend, Acting Associate Administrator for the NASA Office of Mission to Planet Earth, Washington, DC. "With our ESIPs, we are working cooperatively with the private sector and the broader user community to greatly extend the use of our data. This future-oriented strategy is just becoming possible because of the tremendous pace of information technology innovation. We have a nice mix of projects to learn from, and I have very high expectations for this experiment."

NASA's Mission to Planet Earth enterprise is a long-term research program designed to study the Earth's land, oceans, air, ice and life as a total environmental system.

UMAC is a research consortium of universities in the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, along with private sector involvement from US West, COMSAT and JR Simplot Company, and the federal government.

-- John Odegard, Dean, UND Aerospace.

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EVENTS TO NOTE

RECEPTION WILL HONOR JIM ROOD

An open house farewell reception will be held for Jim Rood, Athletics Equipment Technician, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, in 172 Hyslop Sports Center before the UND-NDSU men's basketball game. Please join us in honoring Jim as he enters retirement after 26 years of service.

-- Terry Wanless, Director of Athletics.

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IRB SET TO MEET JAN. 9

The Institutional Review Board will meet at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, in 305 Twamley Hall, to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development before Tuesday, Dec. 30. Proposals received later will be considered only if a quorum has reviewed them and time permits.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcom- mittee before being brought to the full Board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Office of Research and Program Development Tuesday, Dec. 23.

Notes from the meeting will be available in the Office of Research and Program Development approximately one week after the meeting.

-- F. R. Ferraro (Psychology), Chair, Institutional Review Board.

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OF ACADEMIC INTEREST

SENATE PROCEEDINGS AVAILABLE ONLINE

A report on proceedings at the regular monthly Dec. 4 University Senate meeting may be found online at http://www.und.edu/dept/AdmisInfo/oar/senate.htm/

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.

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SAMPLE PROMOTION FILES AVAILABLE FOR EXAMINATION

The President's Advisory Council on Women (PAC-W) has placed sample promotion and tenure files of excellent faculty members in the Office of Instructional Development in Twamley Hall. Interested faculty may examine the files but may not photocopy them. For additional information contact me.

-- Jan Zahrly (Management), for PAC-W, 777-4697.

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NOT JUST FOR ADVISORS: ORIENTATION PROGRAMS FOR NEW STUDENTS

The University of North Dakota holds orientation programs for new students (freshman and transfer students) each semester. Emphasis is on acquainting students with people, programs, and resources at UND and the surrounding community. New students will be informed of the dates, times, and specific details. Spring Orientation will be held Monday, Jan. 5. For more information, contact Student Academic Services at 777-2117.

-- Student Academic Services.

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GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

EPSCoR OFFERS FUNDING INFORMATION ON WEB

Highlights from the 13th annual NSF EPSCoR Conference and important background information on several federal EPSCoR agencies' programs and funding can be found at ND EPSCoR's homepage at http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/epscor/ent3.html.

The purpose of ND EPSCoR, a North Dakota University System program, is to make North Dakota more competitive nationally in science, engineering, and mathematics research and development.

-- David Givers, ND EPSCoR, Fargo.

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ORPD LISTS RESEARCH, GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

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

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY

The Phillips Fund Grants for North Native American Research supports research in North Native American linguistics and ethnohistory, i.e., the continental United States and Canada. Applicants may be graduate students who have passed their qualifying examinations for either the master's or doctorate degrees; postdoctoral applicants are also eligible. American Philosophical Society grants are for research only. Grants are made to individuals; institutions are not eligible to apply. Telephone requests for forms cannot be honored. Questions concerning the eligibility of a project, or the use of funds are accepted at the telephone number and e-mail address given below. Contact: Eleanor Roach, (215)440-3429, 104 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3387; eroach@dolphin.upenn.edu; http://www.amphilsoc.org/. Deadline: 3/1/98.

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Research/Training on East Europe and Independent States of Former Soviet Union. Support is provided for U.S. organizations with interest and expertise in conducting research and training to serve as intermediaries administering national competitive programs concerning the countries of Eastern Europe and the independent states of the former Soviet Union. Contact: Kenneth E. Roberts, Executive Director; 202/736-4572/4386; fax 202/736-4851. Deadline: 2/20/98.

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COLLEGE ART ASSOCIATION (CAA)

The Professional Development Fellowship Program for Artists and Art Historians was established to help M.F.A., terminal M.A., and Ph.D. students bridge the gap between graduate study and professional careers. Fellows receive support over a two year period. Use of funds is not restricted and recipients may hold other scholarships, fellowships, or employment during the term of the grant. CAA helps each fellow secure employment or an internship at a museum, art center, college, or university, and subsidizes part of his/her salary. Contact: 212/691-1051, ext. 220; fax 212/627-2381; fellowship@collegeart.org; http://www.collegeart.org/caa/profession/fellowship.html. Deadline: 1/31/98.

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CHARLES STEWART MOTT FOUNDATION

The goal of the Civil Society Program is to promote and support civil society in the United States and selected areas of the world, particularly Central/Eastern Europe, Russia and the Republics, and South Africa, that are engaged in political, economic and social transformation involving citizen participation and empowerment. Grantmaking is focused in four areas: Central/Eastern Europe, Russia and the Republics; South Africa; United States; and special initiatives. The Special Initiatives program area's purpose is to support unique initiatives that address emerging civil society issues outside of the Foundation's priority geographic areas, with special emphasis on the development of the nonprofit sector internationally. Contact: 810/238-5651; fax 810/766-1753; infocenter@mott.org; http://www.mott.org/. Deadline: None.

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VILLA MONTALVO

The Artist Residency Program of Montalvo, a small community of artists, offers free 1-3 month residencies to writers, visual artists, musicians and composers, filmmakers and playwrights, architects, and artists working in new media. Artists are given fully-equipped separate apartments which contain private kitchens. Visual artists receive studio space. The composers' apartment contains a grand piano suitable for rehearsal or composing purposes. Two Villa libraries are available for residents, as well as numerous intimate locations inside and outside where residents can work and relax. Contact: 408/961-5818; fax 408/961-5850; http://www.villamontalvo.org/. Deadlines: 3/1/98, 9/1/98.

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SMITH RICHARDSON FOUNDATION INC

The Children and Families at Risk Program supports policy-relevant research that helps identify "what works" among the many public and private programs intended to assist at-risk families. The overriding objective is to use the best methods of social science to learn if new policy ideas will produce positive outcomes for children and families, especially those lacking stable and nurturing homes. The program supports experimental design projects focused on promising policy innovations, smaller-scale studies or field testing of new ideas for public or private interventions, and analytical or writing projects that seek to synthesize the lessons learned from research and analysis on important issues for the policy community. Contact: Dr. Phoebe Cottingham, Senior Program Officer; 203/222-6222; fax 203/222-6282.

The Governance Program will have three primary areas of interest: public finance, public management, and regulatory policy. These three areas address the fundamental issues of effective governance: how governments raise and spend resources, how governments manage their internal operations and the delivery of services, and how governments regulate the activities of individuals and private sector firms to achieve public goals. Contact: Mark Steinmeyer; 203/222-6222; fax 203/222-6282.

The International Security and Foreign Policy Program supports research and policy projects on issues central to the strategic interests of the United States and has a number of priority areas of interest. Contact: Dr. Samantha Ravich or Nadia Schadlow, Program Officers; 203/222-6222; fax 203/222-6282.

Application guidelines, funded activities, and proposal outline can be found at http://www.srf.org/. Deadline: None.

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NATIONAL POETRY SERIES

The National Poetry Series was established to ensure the publication of five books of poetry each year. Winners of the Annual Open Competition receive $1,000 each and have their poetry published by participating publishers. Applicants should submit book-length, previously unpublished, manuscripts of poetry. Some or all of the individual poems may have appeared in periodicals. Manuscripts may be submitted between January 1 and February 15 of each year. Send a SASE for guidelines. Contact: Coordinator, P. O. Box G, Hopewell, NJ; 609/466-9712; fax 609/466-4706. Deadline: 2/15/98.

The Yale University, Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition is open to any American writer under forty years of age at the time the manuscript is submitted, who has not previously published a volume of poetry. The winning manuscript is published by Yale University Press, and the author receives the usual royalties. All poems must be original; translations are not acceptable. Writers who have had volumes of poetry printed privately or printed in limited editions of no more than 300 copies are eligible. Submissions will only be accepted during the month of February. Contact: 203/432-0960; fax 203/432-0948. Deadline: 2/28/98.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

The Informal Science Education program provides support to institutions for the development of materials and programs to provide stimulating opportunities outside of the formal school setting, where individuals of all ages and interests can increase their appreciation and understanding of science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Grants support projects in which learning is voluntary and self-directed, life-long, vand motivated mainly by intrinsic interests, curiosity, exploration, manipulation, fantasy, task completion, and social interaction. Special emphasis is placed on collaborations linking informal and formal education communities; increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups; and increasing the involvement of parents in science, math, and technology education. Contact: Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Division of Elementary, Secondary & Informal Education, 703/306-1616; fax 703/306-0412. Deadline(s): 3/1/98, 8/1/98 (Preliminary Proposals); 6/1/98, 11/15/98 (Full Proposals).

The Instructional Materials Development program provides support to institutions with educational interests for a wide range of projects designed to provide new and improved materials and strategies that can help to increase the quality of, and continuously renew, the nation's educational resources in mathematics, science, and technology. Grants support the development of instructional materials and assessment tools to improve science, mathematics, and technology (SMT) education for all students at all levels (pre-Kindergarten through grade 12). Contact: Same as above. Deadline(s): 5/1/98 (Preliminary Proposal), 8/15/98 (Full Proposal).

Following is a list of Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education (ESIE) programs, including contact phone numbers and deadline dates for each program.

The ESIE Division is placing special emphasis on mathematics programs. The complete program announcement and guidelines are available at ORPD or http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1998/nsf984/nsf984.txt.

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NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER

NASA/NSF/DOE/USDA/NOAA Joint Program on Terrestrial Ecology and Global Change (TECO). Proposals are solicited for research on terrestrial ecology as it relates to global environmental changes. This Announcement encourages multi-disciplinary applications involving companion experimental/manipulative and modeling efforts to provide critically needed data and information for improved predictions of global change phenomena in three areas: the interactions and feedback between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere, and among linked ecosystems at watershed and landscape scales; the role of terrestrial ecosystems as a source or sink of carbon dioxide and other trace gases; and the consequences of global-scale environmental changes on terrestrial ecosystems, including plant and animal populations. This solicitation will be available electronically on the release date via the Internet at http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/mtpe/under "MTPE Research Announcements" or via anonymous ftp at: ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/mtpe. Paper copies of the announcement will be available by calling (202) 358-3552 and leaving a voice-mail message. Please leave your full name and address, including zip code, and your telephone number, including area code. The NRA will be posted in full on the release date of 12/15/97. This announcement will be open from 12/15/97-2/20/98. (SOL NRA-97-MTPE-15). Deadline: 2/20/98. Contact: POC Dr. Diane E. Wickland, Manager, Terrestrial Ecology Program; 202/358-0245; fax 202/ 358-2771, dwicklan@mail.hq.nasa.gov; http://procurement.nasa.gov/EPS/HQ/date.html#NRA-97-MTPE-15.

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JOSIAH MACY JR. FOUNDATION

The sponsor funds projects that increase the number of minority physicians; improve the clinical phases of undergraduate and graduate medical education; and enhance the education and roles of non-physician primary care practitioners. Support is also provided for major conferences each year to examine important issues in medical education and health care. Initial contact should be a letter of inquiry. Contact: The Foundation at 44 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10021; 212/486-2424. Deadline: None.

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U.S. PHARMACEUTICALS GROUP OF PFIZER, INC.

The Pfizer Scholars Program for New Faculty provides support (up to $65,000 per year for 2 years) to newly appointed full-time medical school faculty who wish to conduct original clinical or basic research in the areas of Biological Psychiatry/Neuroscience, Cancer Biology and Oncology, Cardiovascular Medicine, Infectious Diseases, or Rheumatology/Immunology. Contact: Program Coordinator, Pfizer Scholars Grants for New Faculty, 33 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475; 800/201-1214. Deadline: 2/2/98.

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

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BILLBOARD

EXPECT LINES AT BUSINESS OFFICE DURING FEE PAYMENT

The UND Business Office will work with students attending the spring 1998 semester Wednesday, Jan. 7, through Friday, Jan. 23. The primary responsibility of the Business Office tellers will be fee payment assistance to the students. Due to increased student traffic during this time period you can expect lines at the teller windows. During fee payment Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 13-16, the Business Office will be closed. All students should be directed to the Memorial Union Ballroom. Departmental deposits will be accepted in 202 Twamley Hall between 2 and 3 p.m. only on these four days. Although no receipt will be issued, the deposits must be logged in by a representative from your department. The deposits will be processed as time allows. If departments anticipate special needs during these four days, contact Ellarene Hoverson at 777-3084 by Friday, Jan. 9. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

-- Wanda Sporbert, Director, Business Office.

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VETERANS SERVICES AND JOB SERVICE TO MOVE

North Dakota Job Service, currently in 216 Twamley Hall, will move to 211 Twamley Hall Monday, Dec. 29. They will share the space (formerly occupied by the Office of Student Academic Services) with Veterans Services. There will be no interruption in the services offered by North Dakota Job Service. Veterans Services will move from 107 O'Kelly Hall Wednesday, Dec. 31. Veterans Services staff will be available in Twamley Hall beginning Friday, Jan. 2. If you have any questions, please contact Student Financial Aid at 777-3121.

-- Sue Applegren, Administrative Assistant, Student Financial Aid.

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COMPUTER CENTER OFFERS TRAINING

The following training sessions will be offered in January for faculty, staff and students. Please register in advance by calling Kara at University within the University (777-2128).

Transition to Windows 95, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, Jan. 20, 21 and 23, 1 to 3 p.m., 361 Upson II. There will be a $20 registration fee to attend this training session.

Explore the Web Using Netscape, Thursday, Jan. 22, 9:30 a.m., 361 Upson II.

E-Mail With Eudora, Monday, Jan. 26, 1 to 3 p.m., 361 Upson II.

E-Mail with Pine, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1 to 3 p.m., 361 Upson II.

Creating a Web Page with HTML, Thursday, Jan. 29, 1 to 3 p.m., 361 Upson II.

-- Marlys Hanson, User Services, Computer Center.

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STUDENT ACADEMIC SERVICES IN NEW LOCATION

Student Academic Services has moved to 2 O'Kelly Hall. The office phone number is still the same at 777-2117. Please stop by and visit us in our new space.

-- Student Academic Services.

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CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR'S ARE HOLIDAYS

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Wednesday, Dec. 24,offices will close at noon and be closed Thursday, Dec. 25, for Christmas Day. Offices will also be closed Thursday, Jan. 1, for New Year's Day. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on these holidays.

-- Marlene Strathe, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Diane Nelson, Director of Personnel Services.

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CHESTER FRITZ LIBRARY:

Following are the hours of operation for the Chester Fritz Library holiday period, Dec. 20 to Jan. 6.

HOLIDAY BREAK: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20-21, closed; Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 22-23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 24, 8 a.m. to noon; Thursday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day), closed; Friday, Dec. 26, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 27-28, closed; Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 29-31, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 1 (New Year's Day), closed; Friday, Jan. 2, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 3-4, closed; Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 5-6, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Regular hours of operation resume on Wednesday, Jan. 7.

-- Patricia Berntsen, Assistant Director, Chester Fritz Library.

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HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY:

The hours for the Library of the Health Sciences during semester break are:

Friday, Dec. 19: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 20: 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21: closed; Monday, Dec. 22: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 23: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 24: 8 a.m. to noon; Thursday, Dec. 25: closed; Friday, Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 27: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 28: closed; Monday, Dec. 29, through Wednesday, Dec. 31: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 1: closed; Friday, Jan. 2: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 3: 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 4: closed.

Regular hours resume Monday, Jan. 5. They are: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight.

-- Lila Pedersen, Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences.

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COMPUTER CENTER:

The Computer Center will close for the Christmas holiday at noon Wednesday, Dec. 24, and will reopen at midnight Thursday, Dec. 25. The Computer Center will also close for the New Year's holiday at midnight Wednesday, Dec. 31, and will reopen at midnight Thursday, Jan. 1.

-- Donna Bonderud, Production Control, Computer Center.

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MEMORIAL UNION:

The Memorial Union winter break schedule is listed for Dec. 19 through Jan. 4: Monday through Friday: Lifetime Sports Center, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Info Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Service Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Copy Stop, closed (for special projects, call 777-3926); Union Food Court, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Bookstore, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Administrative Office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Craft Center/Sign and Design Studio, closed; Dining Center (office hours), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch Dec. 18 as the last contract meal (open until 4 p.m. Dec. 18); Barber Shop, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; University Learning Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Computer Learning Lab, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Building hours, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Memorial Union will close at noon Wednesday, Dec. 24, and will be closed all day Thursday, Dec. 25. The Union will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31 and will be closed all day Jan. 1.

-- Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator, Memorial Union.

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U2 OFFERS COURSES ON TAX LOSSES, PARENTING

The spring semester University Within the University catalog is now at the Printing Center. Thank you to all the hosting departments. There are two programs I want everyone to know about even before the catalog is ready. They are:

1997 Individual Tax Returns: Proper Accounting for Casualty Losses. This brown-bag lunch seminar will be held in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, Thursday, Jan. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. This session will be led by Tax Payer Service representatives from the IRS. They will help you understand the documentation you will need to provide in order to claim casualty losses on your 1997 tax returns. Call Jo Coutts at 777-4266 for more information or Kara Hyde at 777-2128 to register.

The University Within the University has created a partnership with the Parenting Education Resource Center (PERC). PERC has been around for several years and has developed a series of seminars. They have generously invited all UND faculty, staff, and students to attend their sessions at the PERC Center, 500 Stanford Road. Their telephone number is 795-2765. They have the following events scheduled for January:

-- Jo Coutts, University Within the University.

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SWEATSHIRT SALE WILL BENEFIT DONNA BROWN FAMILY

The "UND Focus on Students: University of North Dakota" fund-raiser for the Donna Brown Family will be handled by the Student Government Office through Friday, Dec. 19. Paid orders placed before Dec. 5 can be picked up at the Student Government Office on Friday, Dec. 12, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Since this office will be closed for the holiday, the Student Affairs Office will be the pick up point after Dec. 19.

Paid orders placed after Dec. 5 will be available for pick up on Dec. 19. Please place your orders now. Sizes available are Large, XL, XXL; the cost is $20. Send c/o Student Government Office, Box 8385. Individuals wishing to give a contribution directly to the Donna Brown family can do so by writing checks to UND and indicating the donation on the check. Thank you!

-- Lillian Elsinga, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.

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SUBMIT PRINTING ORDERS BEFORE HOLIDAYS

Don't be caught after the holidays without your printing. The Printing Center would like to remind everyone to submit printing projects to the Printing Center before you leave for the holiday break. This will assist us in finishing your printing work in a more timely manner. Thank you.

-- Richard Ganyo, Director, Printing Center.

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DEC. 31 IS DENIM DAY

Celebrate New Year's Eve early! Wednesday, Dec. 31, is Denim Day, so pay your dollar, wear your button proudly on your casual wear, and know that all funds go to charity.

-- Patsy Nies (Student Affairs) for the Denim Day Committee.

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CREDIT UNION OFFERS HOLIDAY LOANS

The University Federal Credit Union holiday bill paying special will be available until Wednesday, Dec. 31. Don't miss your chance to take advantage of our special loan rate. Pay 9.7 percent on $1,000 for 11 months. Apply today!

-- George Meister, Manager, University Federal Credit Union.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

REVISED ISSUE OF NORTH DAKOTA READER AVAILABLE

A revised edition of "North Dakota Is Everywhere: A North Dakota Quarterly Reader" will be available for spring semester.

"North Dakota Is Everywhere" is a lively, provocative and varied collection of literary and historical essays, stories, criticism, speeches, poetry and drama. All articles were originally published in North Dakota Quarterly between the Quarterly's founding in 1910 and autumn of 1996. And all are loosely bound together in theme by writers' responses to life on the Northern Plains. Included, for example, are Thomas McGrath's brief remarks to UND's 1982 Writers Conference -- from which our anthology takes its name.

Originally edited by Steve Dilks and Elizabeth Hampsten, Bill Archibald and Elizabeth Hampsten have revised the pilot edition and it may be purchased for class or individual use beginning Jan. 5, at $10 per copy. Purchases may be made in the North Dakota Quarterly office located in 15 Merrifield Hall, Monday through Thursday between 1 and 4 p.m.

-- Robert Lewis, Editor, North Dakota Quarterly.

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COOKBOOKS ARE UNIQUE HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA

The Library of the Health Sciences has cookbooks for sale for last minute shoppers. "Taste of Your Own Medicine" is comprised of favorite recipes submitted by students, staff and faculty from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. It can be obtained at the Circulation Desk in the Library, costs just $7, and is gift wrapped for your convenience. All proceeds are for new book purchases for the Library. Call 777-3993 for more information.

-- Judith Rieke, Assistant Director and Collection Development Librarian, Library of the Health Sciences.

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MUSEUM WILL HAVE LIMITED MENU OVER BREAK

The Coffee Bar at the North Dakota Museum of Art will offer a limited menu for the winter school break. From Monday, Dec. 22, through Tuesday, Jan. 13, sandwiches and hot entrees will not be available, but visitors may choose from a few appetizers, hot soup, French bread, all beverages and pastries. Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 14, sandwiches again will be on the bill of fare, and a full menu will once more be available soon thereafter.

The Coffee Bar will close at noon on Dec. 24 through Dec. 26, and will also close Jan. 1. We thank you for your patronage and hope that these temporary changes will not pose any inconvenience.

-- Andrea Dobberman, North Dakota Museum of Art.

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RAY RICHARDS GOLF SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE ON PAYROLL DEDUCTION

Play golf at Ray Richards in 1998 at the 1997 rate. This rate offer is available to faculty and staff who sign up for a season pass on payroll deduction. The payroll deduction will occur in January, February, and March 1998. The amount of the season pass will be deducted over six pay periods in equal installments beginning Jan. 15. The season pass will be available to you when the season opens in April. The amount deducted per pay is $22.24 for a total of $133.44 (includes tax). This offer also applies to a faculty/staff family season pass. The deduction per pay period will be $42.70 for a total of $256.20 (includes tax).

Call 777-3759 for an application. We will either send or fax you an application.

For more information, please call 777-3759.

-- Wallace Bloom, Manager of Special Services.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

DECEMBER 1997

(Please contact Mavis at the Office of University Relations, Box 7144, or call 777-4304, if you wish to make changes or have an event included.)

Through Fri., Dec. 19 -- SEMESTER EXAMINATION PERIOD.

Thurs., Dec. 18 -- FAREWELL RECEPTION for Ron Singh, Office Manager for the Olaf Thormodsgard Law Library, Tisdale Faculty Library, second floor, Law School, 2 to 4 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 19 -- WINTER COMMENCEMENT AND OFFICIAL GRADUATION DATE, Chester Fritz Auditorium, 2 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 19 -- BIOLOGY CANDIDATE LECTURE, "The Urban Ecology of Raccoons: Mechanisms and Implications for Overabundance," presented by Stanley Gehrt, Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation in Dundee, Ill., 141 Starcher Hall, noon.

Fri., Dec. 19 -- FAREWELL RECEPTION for Jayne Coupland (Business Office) who leaves to continue her education in Omaha, Neb., 204 Twamley Hall, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 20 -- BASKETBALL, WOMEN'S, UND vs. North Dakota State University, Hyslop Sports Center, 7 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 21 -- CONCERT, Lorie Line and Her Pop Chamber Orchestra, performing original holiday songs, Chester Fritz Auditorium, 3 and 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 21 -- FAREWELL RECEPTION for Jim Rood, Athletics Equipment Technician, 172 Hyslop Sports Center, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; Rood enters retirement after 26 years of service to UND.

Sun., Dec. 21 -- BASKETBALL, MEN'S, UND at North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D., 2 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 23 -- GRADES DUE FOR FALL SEMESTER.

Tues., Dec. 23 -- INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD PROPOSALS DUE for clinical medical projects in the Office of Research and Program Development.

Sat. and Sun., Dec. 27-28 -- HOCKEY, Pepsi Invitational, Grand Rapids, Mich., with UND, Western Michigan University, Ferris State University and Cornell College.

Sat., Dec. 27, through Mon., Jan 5 -- SWIMMING & DIVING, Christmas Training Trip, Sarasota, Fla.

Tues., Dec. 30 -- INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD deadline for proposals requiring full board review for Fri., Jan. 9, meeting.

Wed., Dec. 31 -- DENIM DAY, wear your casual clothes, pin your button on, and know that your dollar goes to charity.

JANUARY 1998

Fri., Jan. 2 -- BASKETBALL, MEN'S, UND at University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D., 8 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 2 -- BASKETBALL, WOMEN'S, UND at University of South Dakota Vermillion, S.D., 6 p.m.

Fri. and Sat., Jan. 2-3 -- HOCKEY, UND vs. Western Michigan University, Engelstad Arena, 7:35 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 3 -- BASKETBALL, MEN'S, UND at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, 8 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 3 -- BASKETBALL, WOMEN'S, UND at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, 6 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 4 -- MUSICAL COMEDY CLASSIC, "Damn Yankees," the multiple Tony-winning comedy follows middle-aged Joe Boyd as he makes a pact with the devil, becomes a 22-year-old hunk and leads his beloved Washington Senators to victory over the unbeatable Yankees. With songs like "You Gotta Have Heart" and "Whatever Lola Wants," "Damn Yankees" has been hitting home runs for critics and audiences since it received the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1955, Chester Fritz Auditorium, 4 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 5 -- TEST, American College (Residual), 116 Witmer Hall, 8:30 a.m.

Wed., Jan. 7 -- BEGINNING OF INSTRUCTION FOR SPRING SEMESTER.

Wed., Jan. 7 -- LAST DAY FOR ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY FOR ALL GRADUATE STUDENTS PLANNING TO GRADUATE IN MAY.

Fri., Jan. 9 -- PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT GRADUATION, Chester Fritz Auditorium, 4 p.m.; dinner following graduation at the Ramada Inn; call 777-2397 for more information.

Fri., Jan. 9 -- MEETING, Institutional Review Board, 305 Twamley Hall, 4 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 9 -- BASKETBALL, MEN'S, UND vs. St. Cloud State University, Hyslop Sports Center, 7 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 9 -- BASKETBALL, WOMEN'S, UND vs. St. Cloud State University, Hyslop Sports Center, 5 p.m.

Fri. and Sat., Jan. 9-10 -- HOCKEY, UND vs. Colorado College, Engelstad Arena, 8:35 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 10 -- BASKETBALL, MEN'S, UND vs. Mankato State University, Hyslop Sports Center, 7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 10 -- BASKETBALL, WOMEN'S, UND vs. Mankato State University, Hyslop Sports Center, 5 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 11 -- MUSEUM CONCERT SERIES, classical guitar music by David Burgess, a protege of Andres Segovia; he also has performed solo recitals through North and South America, Europe, and the Far East; North Dakota Museum of Art; call 777-4195 for ticket information.

Mon., Jan. 12, through Thurs., Jan. 29 -- ART EXHIBITION, Harold O'Connor, Metals, Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center.

Tues. through Fri., Jan. 13-16 -- SPRING FEE PAYMENT AND CHECK DISBURSEMENT, Business Office, Twamley Hall.

Wed., Jan. 14 -- UNIVERSITY PROGRAM COUNCIL MOVIE, "Liar Liar," Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, 9 p.m.; free admission.

Thurs., Jan. 15 -- TEST, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), 200 McCannel Hall, 8:30 a.m.

Thurs., Jan. 15 -- MEETING, University Senate, Room 7, Gamble Hall, 4:05 p.m.; agenda items due in the Office of Admissions and Records by 4 p.m. Mon., Jan. 5.

Thurs., Jan. 15 -- LUNCHEON, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Ramada Inn (by invitation only); for reservations call the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center at 777-4119.

Thurs., Jan. 15 -- UNIVERSITY PROGRAM COUNCIL EVENT, "Con-Air," Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, 9 p.m. free admission.

Fri., Jan. 16 -- CONCERT, UND Showcase of Ensembles, Chester Fritz Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 16 -- BASKETBALL, MEN'S, UND at South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D., 8 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 16 -- BASKETBALL, WOMEN'S, UND at South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D., 6 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 16 -- GREEN AND WHITE DAY, President Baker has approved this day for employees to wear UND colors and jeans to show support for our Sioux athletes.

Fri. and Sat., Jan. 16-17 -- HOCKEY, UND vs. Michigan Technological University, Engelstad Arena, 7:35 p.m.

Fri. and Sat., Jan. 16-17 -- SWIMMING & DIVING, UND at St. John's Invitational, Collegeville, Minn., 9:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Fri. through Sun., Jan. 16-18 -- HONOR BAND AND HONOR CHOIR sponsored by the UND Music Department, Festival at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Sat., Jan. 17 -- BASKETBALL, MEN'S, UND at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., 8 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 17 -- BASKETBALL, WOMEN'S, UND at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., 6 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 19 -- HOLIDAY, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY.

Tues., Jan. 20 -- SECOND DEADLINE for submission of applications to the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee (FRCAC); travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between Jan. 20 and April 14.

Tues., Jan. 20 -- MUSICAL, "Carousel," a musical production featuring Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic fable of love and redemption, set to one of their greatest scores featuring "If I Loved You," "June is Bustin' Out All Over," "The Carousel Waltz," and "You'll Never Walk Alone." On the rocky shores of the New England coast, the love story between carousel barker Billy Bigelow and local mill worker Julie Jordan continues to touch the heart of theater-goers everywhere, Chester Fritz Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 21 -- LAST DAY TO ADD A FULL-TERM COURSE FOR SPRING SEMESTER.

Thurs., Jan. 22 -- UNIVERSITY PROGRAM COUNCIL EVENT, "Fools Rush In," Lecture Bowl, 9 p.m.; free admission.

Fri., Jan. 23 -- BASKETBALL, MEN'S, UND vs. University of Northern Colorado, Hyslop Sports Center, 8 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 23 -- BASKETBALL, WOMEN'S, UND vs. University of Northern Colorado, Hyslop Sports Center, 6 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 23 -- SWIMMING & DIVING, UND at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., 4 p.m.

Fri. and Sat., Jan. 23-24 -- HOCKEY, UND at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn., 7:05 p.m.

Fri. through Sun., Jan. 23-25 -- FIREHALL THEATRE PRODUCTION, "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," Chester Fritz Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25.

Sat., Jan. 24 -- BASKETBALL, MEN'S, UND vs. University of Nebraska at Omaha, Hyslop Sports Center, 8 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 24 -- BASKETBALL, WOMEN'S, UND vs. University of Nebraska at Omaha, Hyslop Sports Center, 6 p.m.

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UND is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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