University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 24, February 18, 2000
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.edu/dept/our/uletter.htm
The University Relations Office maintains an index for the University Letter.
ALL INVITED TO MEET PROVOST CANDIDATES
The Search Committee for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost cordially invites faculty, staff and students to meet the candidates and listen to and respond to their presentations. Each session will begin with a half-hour informal reception, followed with a presentation by the candidates.
Thursday, Feb. 17 -- John Friedl, Director, Center for Legal Studies, Wayne State University, 3:30 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art
Tuesday, Feb. 22 -- Elizabeth Nichols, UND Dean of Nursing, 2:30 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art (Dr. Nichols' presentation will be followed at 4 p.m. by the regularly scheduled Faculty Lecture, this one by Sharon and Richard Wilsnack, Professors of Neuroscience)
Thursday, Feb. 24 -- Jane Ollenburger, Dean of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, Boise State University, 3:30 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art
Monday, Feb. 28 -- John Ettling, UND Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, 3:30 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art
Wednesday, March 1 -- Patricia Cummins, former Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Toledo, 3:30 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art
Biographical summaries of the candidates was published in last week's University Letter. Full vitae are available at the main circulation desk of the Chester Fritz Library.
-- W. Jeremy Davis, Dean and Professor of Law, Search Committee chair.
SUMMER CONSTRUCTION, SEARCHES MAIN TOPICS AT PRESIDENTIAL BRIEFING
At President Kupchella's regular monthly briefing Feb. 15, the discussion included construction updates, the progress of various search committees, the nickname/logo issue, and strategic planning.
Larry Zitzow (Facilities) updated the audience on construction, both that in progress and planned for this summer. A summary follows:
* Pile driving at the new Engelstad Arena is ahead of schedule because of the mild winter, and should be complete by mid-March. The new arena will be 390,000 square feet, compared to the old arena's area of 84,000 square feet.
* The construction of the Barnes and Noble Bookstore is behind schedule because of a delay in the delivery of steel beams. The beams have now arrived and the skeleton of the new building is up. Deadline for completion of construction remains at June 15; it will be open by the beginning of the fall semester.
* The Biomedical Research Facility has been enclosed and most of the roof is complete; some concrete work is being completed in the interior of the building. It is hoped that a lab may be attached to the existing Medical School basement and boiler room if a grant application is approved. The building should be finished by Homecoming.
* There are still some issues to be resolved, but the Family Practice Center project, in which Altru Health Systems will provide the University a new building in exchange for the remainder of the Rehabilitation Hospital, will go forward. A location for the building has not been determined.
Zitzow also discussed the second and final phase of the steam line replacement project, as well as construction planned by the City of Grand Forks which will impact campus. Access to the University and campus buildings may be difficult. In response to a question, Zitzow said that they will work to beautify the steam access sites which were put in last summer. A summary of the planned construction follows:
* The City will replace 42nd St. from University Ave. to 32nd Ave. South. This will have a significant impact on access to the campus this summer.
* The intersection of 42nd St. and University Ave. will be removed from near the Rural Technology Center to approximately the former 42nd St. Eatery. The distance, comprising about 200 feet, will become a six-lane highway for access to the soon-to-be-renamed Events Center.
* Sewer repairs will continue at the University and throughout the city.
* Phase II of the steam heat line replacement project, which encompasses areas west of the English Coulee, will begin after spring commencement. The Campus Drive loop will be torn up through most of its length. Other roads impacted will include Stanford Road, State Street, Sixth Ave., and University Ave. There is still some work left to complete from last summer's Phase I; the area in which pipe will be replaced encompasses the Steam Plant west to the Museum of Art, Home Economics, and the Armory. Steam lines will also be replaced between Burtness Theatre, Gamble, Chandler, Hancock, Squires, and Walsh Halls, and the Alumni Center. The area from 314 Cambridge to the fraternity houses and Newman Center will also have pipe replaced.
* Manholes will be removed and filled in from the Home Economics building to the Chester Fritz Library.
Search committee chairs updated the audience on their progress; a summary follows:
* Jerry Davis (Dean, School of Law) reported that five candidates for Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost will visit campus; their schedules are online at www.und.edu , then click on "Provost Search." A total of 31 applications were received. He encouraged as many people as possible to attend events and to meet the candidates.
* Bob Boyd (Vice President for Student and Outreach Services), chair of the Vice President for Finance and Operations search, said they have selected nine candidates for telephone interviews. They had 36 applications, and will continue to receive applications because of an error by one of the publications in which they advertised. They plan to conduct on-campus interviews in early March.
* John Ettling (Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost), reported on three searches within his division. They have received 18 applications for Dean of Education and Human Development; they will interview nine candidates after Spring Break. They hope to have a new dean in place by July 1. The Library Search Committee has received 15 applications and will soon begin screening them. The deadline for Registrar applications is March 1; they have received two applications and one nomination.
Regarding the nickname/logo issue, President Kupchella encouraged the audience to read a briefing paper on the logo's history written by Assistant to the President Dave Vorland. It is available online at www.und.edu/president . Dr. Kupchella is scheduled to visit each American Indian reservation in the state. On each visit, he will be accompanied by a UND student who is originally from that area. The students are chosen by Student Government. He is also scheduled to meet with alumni groups across the country. He will appoint a commission to study the issue; the makeup is nearly complete. He then took questions from the audience. Answers are summarized below:
* The commission will be made up of students, including Native American students, faculty, staff, and alumni. There will be balance on all sides of the issue. About 15 people will make up the commission; they will have several months to do their work.
* The commission's purpose is to outline possible approaches to the issue, as well as the impact of those approaches, and to give that information to President Kupchella. He, not the commission, will decide the issue.
* The purpose of his trips to the reservations and to visit alumni are to collect information and become educated about the nickname/logo and other issues. President Kupchella had planned to visit the reservations before the logo/nickname issue was raised. The purpose is not to express his viewpoint about that or other issues, but to listen to others.
* A briefing paper will summarize the issue for alumni; they will be asked to read the paper before filling out any surveys on the logo issue. Alumni reunions were also scheduled before the logo issue was raised. There is no set agenda for the reunions, which have a broad purpose, and the logo issue is not often raised. Alumni are aware of the issue, however.
* Cultural differences can place different interpretations on what is said; President Kupchella said he will take that into consideration.
In regard to Strategic Planning and Budgeting, Dr. Kupchella said that he has received a lot of input on the planning process. More than 250 surveys have been returned. The Strategic Planning and Budgeting Committee has been charged to determine six priority areas for the plan. These will go to the University community for comments, and then to each unit. All documents will be placed online at www.und.edu/stratplan .
-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.
PUBLIC INVITED TO HEAR FORMER MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT
The public is invited to a talk by former member of Parliament Matthew Banks at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24. Banks will deliver the talk as part of Dr. Mary Kweit's Legislative Executive Processes class in 280 Gamble Hall. All are welcome to attend. Banks was a member of Parliament from 1992 to 1997 and was in the Ministerial team at the Department of the Environment. He has now returned to advising on the political and business issues relating to The Gulf. He is a former advisor to several Arab governments. Banks will be on campus at the invitation of President Charles Kupchella. In addition to speaking to classes, Banks will take part in the College of Business and Public Administration's "Milestones @ the Millennium" conference.
Briefing paper on Fighting Sioux team name issue
A briefing paper on the issue of UND's use of the Fighting Sioux team name can be found on the President's Web Page at ahttp://www.und.nodak.edu/president/name.html. Comments and suggestions are solicited, and can be directed by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
--Dave Vorland, Assistant to the President
CHEMISTRY WILL HOLD TWO SEMINARS
Miles Koppang will present a seminar titled "Chemical Education: From Infinity to Beyond," at noon Thursday, Feb. 17, in 138 Abbott Hall. Dr. Koppang, a native of Climax, Minn., received his bachelor's degree from Mayville State College. He received his Ph.D in analytical chemistry from UND in 1985. Dr. Koppang joined the chemistry department at the University of South Dakota in 1986, where he currently holds the rank of associate professor and chair.
On Friday, Feb. 18, at noon, John Peters of Utah State University will present a seminar titled "Structural and Mechanistic Studies on the Fe-only hydrogenase (CpI)" in 138 Abbott Hall. Dr. Peters received in bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma and his Ph.D. from the Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University. He was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow with the California Institute of Technology before joining Utah State University.
Everyone is welcome to attend both seminars.
- Department of Chemistry.
STUDIO ONE LISTS GUESTS
Bike racer and inventor David Yearwood (Industrial Technology) will discuss his experience as a national competitive cyclist on the Thursday, Feb. 17, edition of "Studio One" live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3 in Grand Forks.
Yearwood is a level 3 rider, which means he rides 50 to 70 miles per race. To train for competition, he rides 200 miles a week. Training during North Dakota winters can be a challenge by Yearwood has overcome this obstacle by inventing a monster bike that allows him to ride over snow. It has 12-inch tires and weighs 127 pounds. Yearwood uses his cycling to raise money for charitable causes.
"Studio One" will also feature a segment that looks at Parkinson's Disease, which affects boxer Mohammad Ali. Professor and Chair of the Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics department, Ebadi Manuchair is working with a team of researchers to discover a cure for Parkinson's Disease. Ebadi will explain his research and identify some of the public misconceptions about Parkinson's Disease, which is more common in the Midwest region. Ebadi says he believes a strong connection has been made between the disease and herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides.
"Studio One" is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen at noon, 7 and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs "Studio One" on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, and Minneapolis.
- Krysta Hovland, UND Studio One Marketing Team.
SPEAKER WILL DISCUSS MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES IN CANCER THERAPY
On Friday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. in Room 5510 of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Glen McDonald of Novapharm Biotech, Inc., of Winnipeg, Manitoba, will present the next lecture in the Foundations of Biomedical Science (BIMD 513) seminar series. The title of Dr. McDonald's presentation is "Monoclonal Antibodies and Biotechnology: Cancer Research Applied Basically." The BIMD 513 seminar series is open to anyone with interest in the subject matter. Dr. David Bradley (Microbiology and Immunology) is the host for Dr. McDonald. Additional queries about his visit should be directed to him at 777-2610.
- Jon Jackson (Anatomy and Cell Biology), course director for BIMD 513.
PHYSICS DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD COLLOQUIUM
The Department of Physics will hold a colloquium at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, in 209 Witmer Hall. Tar-Pin Chen (Physics) will present "Fabrication and Transport Study on Transition Metal Doped PrBa2Cu3O7." Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall. Everyone is welcome.
- Department of Physics.
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING PLANS SPRING COLLOQUIUM
The Department of Electrical Engineering will hold a colloquium Friday, Feb. 18, at noon in 324 Harrington Hall, in which David Heckmann from IBM in Rochester, Minn., will present a seminar on "Clock Speeds in the High-Speed Digital Computers." Clock speeds in the high-speed digital computers of today are rapidly approaching 1 Ghz and beyond. Circuit designers of the future must have an understanding of how digital signals behave in this frequency regime where classical circuit analysis techniques become invalid. However, few universities offer a comprehensive course covering these subjects at this time. To address this need, a new elective course titled Signal Integrity will be presented. The course is planned to be offered later to students at UND. In this course students will encounter problems in both the classroom and laboratory which will give them the skills required to meet the design challenges of tomorrow. Dr. Heckmann is a candidate for a visiting faculty position at UND, Department of Electrical Engineering. Pizza and pop will be served prior to the presentation. Everyone is welcome.
- H. Salehfar, Department of Electrical Engineering.
TELESIS INVITES BASKETBALL FANS TO SHOOT WITH THE SIOUX
The Student Alumni Association, Telesis, has scheduled this year's "Shoot with the Sioux" event for Sunday, Feb. 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hyslop Sports Center all-purpose gym. The event gives youth basketball players and fans from around the region the opportunity to join Women's Coach Gene Roebuck and Men's Coach Rich Glas along with the UND Men's and Women's Basketball teams for an energy-packed afternoon of basketball, autographs and pictures. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. "Shoot with the Sioux" is free and open to the public.
- Lindsey Davis, Shoot with the Sioux Coordinator, and April Martin, Special Events Coordinator, UND Alumni Association.
WOMEN AND ALCOHOL TOPIC OF FACULTY LECTURE SERIES TALK
In February of 1981, Sharon Wilsnack, UND Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, delivered a Faculty Lecture Series talk about her research on women and alcohol. Nineteen years later, nearly to the day, Wilsnack will return to the Faculty Lecture Series podium with her research partner and husband, Richard Wilsnack, to present "Melancholy Baby Revisited: Twenty Years of Research on Women and Alcohol." The lecture is Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 4:30 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m.
The Wilsnacks have conducted sustained research activity at UND for more than 20 years. Their work, begun in 1980, is the world's longest running longitudinal study in the area of women and problem drinking. Their research project has attracted more than $8.6 million in external research funds to the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and has received a non-competitive Merit Award for additional years, an award given to only five percent of the most essential and significant grants funded by the National Institutes of Health.
The Wilsnacks have authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, have edited two books, have conducted national and international collaborative research efforts including extension of the work into more than 30 countries, and made numerous invited presentations at workshops and research conferences. The Wilsnacks have provided review and editorial services to major journals and federal publications and consultation to other professional groups and federal agencies.
- Faculty Lecture Series.
CANCER EDUCATION FOCUS OF DEAN'S HOUR LECTURE
David Sloan, Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, will deliver a talk titled "Cancer Education" for the Dean's Hour presentation Tuesday, Feb. 22, at noon in the Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
In his talk, he will discuss problems associated with the conventional cancer education of students and physician-residents-in-training, and outline some solutions, particularly the structured clinical programs that involve cancer survivors as standardized patients. The Dean's Hour lecture is a forum designed to analyze and discuss ideas and issues related to the practice of medicine and health care.
For more information, contact the Office of the Dean, 777-2514.
- H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS PLANNED
The International Organization and International Programs will hold a video review and group discussion, "Great Decisions 1999 - Pipeline Poker: High Stakes in Central Asia," from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Leadership Inspiration Center, third floor, Memorial Union. This event is sponsored by the Memorial Union and International Programs.
On Wednesday, Feb. 23, a study abroad info session for students interested in exploring study abroad opportunities will be held at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., 4 to 4:30 p.m.
Students interested in summer, fall or an academic year in Moss, Norway, may attend a UND/Norway exchange program info session Thursday, Feb. 24, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave.
The Feast of Nations will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Grand Forks Civic Auditorium. For ticket information call the International Centre at 777-6438.
- Barry Stinson, International Program Coordinator.
LECTURE ON MILITARY AND PEACE OPERATIONS SET
Lt. Col. Michael Drumm will discuss military peace efforts in a lecture, "21st Century Roles for the Military: Lessons from the Balkans" Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Students, faculty and staff and the general public are welcome to attend. Coffee and cookies will be provided in the reception area outside the Lecture Bowl.
- Janet Kelly Moen and Al Berger for the Center for Peace Studies.
JOB SEARCH SEMINAR FOR VETERANS PLANNED
The Veterans ReEntry Program will sponsor a resume writing and job search information seminar tailored for veterans at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Sioux Room, Memorial Union. A North Dakota Job Service representative will demonstrate how to convert military experience into marketable skills which will benefit vets in their civilian job search.
- Colleen Reuter, Veterans ReEntry Program.
KLOSTERMAN LECTURE SET AT GEOGRAPHY
Maureen Steiner, University of Wyoming, will present two lectures in the Leonard Hall Lecture Bowl, Room 100. On Thursday, Feb. 24, at 12:15 p.m., she will discuss "Origin of the Oceanic Jurassic Quiet Zones: Geomagnetic Field Reversals Every 10-40,000 Years." On Friday, Feb. 25, at noon, she will consider "Post-Permian Multiple Rotations of the Colorado Plateau."
These lectures are funded by the Mary Jo Klosterman Memorial Fund. Mary Jo Klosterman graduated with a B.S. (Geology) in 1978. She was one of 57 who were killed in a plane crash in North Carolina in 1994 while on a teaching mission for Exxon. The Lecture Series is being funded by an annual donation from another former student, with matching funding from Exxon. All interested persons are welcome to attend.
- Richard LeFever, Geology and Geological Engineering.
BIOLOGY SEMINAR WILL EXAMINE PREDATOR-PREY RELATIONSHIP
The Department of Biology will present a seminar at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in 141 Starcher Hall. "Predator-Prey Dynamics Between Mountain Lions and Mule Deer: Effects on Habitat Selection, Prey Selection, and Population Regulation," will be presented by Becky Pierce, California Department of Fish and Game, Bishop, Calif. Cookies, coffee and tea will be served at 3:30 p.m. in 103 Starcher Hall, prior to the seminar.
- Department of Biology.
ENTREPRENEUR AWARD WINNERS WILL BE HONORED AT BANQUET
The Center for Innovation will hold a banquet to honor North Dakota entrepreneurs Friday, Feb. 25, with a 6 p.m. reception at the Rural Technology Center, 4300 Dartmouth Drive; and a dinner at 7 p.m. at the Ramada Inn.
The North Dakota Business Innovators of the Year are Mark Stutrud and Dakota Growers Pasta.
Mark Stutrud is president of Summit Brewing Company, the 29th largest commercial brewer in the nation. It is considered the premier specialty brewer in the Upper Midwest. Summit distributes beer in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. Stutrud is a native of Wahpeton and a graduate of UND.
Jack Dalrymple serves as chair and Tim Dodd is president of Dakota Growers Pasta Company, Carrington. The company is owned by 1,075 farmers in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana. Dakota Growers is the third largest pasta manufacturer in North America, with daily processing capacity of 40,000 bushels of durum wheat.
North Dakota Entrepreneur Hall of Fame inductees are Dwight M. Baumann, Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Inc. He is considered the "dean" of university-based entrepreneurship programs in the nation. Baumann heads the Center for Entrepreneurial Development at Carnegie Mellon, and is in charge of the product innovation program in graduate engineering. A native of Ashley, Baumann graduated from UND in 1955.
Stanley A. Moe is retired founding partner, General Manager, and Director of Daniel, Mann, Johnson, and Mendenhall, the world's largest architectural, planning, and engineering firm. Moe was a pioneer in the field, making DMJM the first truly international engineering firm by opening two dozen foreign offices. Moe is a native of Ross, and a 1932 graduate of UND.
Awards are underwritten by Gary Tharaldson, Tharaldson Enterprises, Fargo.
Tickets are $15 per person. Please RSVP by Feb. 22, to the Center for Innovation, 777-3132, fax, (701) 777-2339, or e-mail, email@example.com.
- Bruce Gjovig, Director, Center for Innovation.
PSYCHOLOGY CANDIDATE WILL PRESENT TALK
The Psychology Department will hold a colloquium in which Mark Stasson, General-Experimental Psychology faculty candidate, will present "Social Influences on Individual Judgments and Decisions: Conceptual and Methodological Issues." The talk will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in 302 Corwin/Larimore Hall. Everyone is welcome.
- Psychology Department.
RESERVE TICKETS FOR FEAST OF NATIONS
The UND International Organization will hold the 38th Annual Feast of Nations at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, in the Grand Forks Civic Auditorium, 615 First Ave. N. Come and enjoy an international candlelight dinner, music and entertainment featuring the Japanese taiko drum troupe Fubuki Daiko, international attire, and vignettes. For ticket reservations please call 777-6438. Tickets are $15 for adults; $7 for students and children. The event is partially sponsored by the Multicultural Awareness Committee, Academic Affairs, and the Cultural Awareness Committee.
- Barry Stinson, International Programs.
POSITION AVAILABLE FOR ACTING DIRECTOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
The College of Arts and Sciences is soliciting applications for a non-tenure track position to begin fall 2000. The successful candidate will serve as the acting director of the new Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Program during the academic year 2000-2001.
Responsibilities will include:
* organization and recruitment of faculty for Interdisciplinary and linked courses;
* coordinator of faculty meetings, planning retreats and faculty seminars;
* student advisement;
* development and implementation of plans for assessment of the program and courses;
* teaching two interdisciplinary courses each semester;
* ongoing research in the area of interdisciplinary studies methodology and curriculum;
* exploration of funding opportunities.
Appropriate teaching experience required; Ph.D. and administrative experience preferred.
Interested parties should send a letter of application addressing their qualifications and a vita with references to: Janet Kelly Moen, Search Committee Chair, Box 7136, UND, Grand Forks, ND 58202.
The University of North Dakota is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and subscribes to the laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, Vietnam era/disabled status, or any other proscribed category. Inquiries or complaints regarding equal employment or educational opportunities, or affirmative action problems should be directed to the Affirmative Action Office, Box 7097, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58202.
- Janet Kelly Moen (Sociology and Peace Studies), Search Committee Chair.
NORTH DAKOTA ACADEMY OF SCIENCE PLACES CALL FOR PAPERS
The North Dakota Academy of Science announces a call for papers to be presented at the Tri-State (North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota) Academies of Science Annual Meeting, April 28-29, at Moorhead State University.
Papers are to be submitted in one of two categories: Professional Research Paper or A. Rodger Denison Student Research Paper (North Dakota undergraduate or graduate student competition). Awards in the Denison Competition will be announced at the Academy Luncheon. Deadline for receipt of communications is Thursday, March 16.
An "Intent to Present a Paper" notice should be filed with the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer, North Dakota Academy of Science, P.O. Box 7081, Grand Forks, ND 58202 by Wednesday, March 1.
The basic format for Research Communication is a single page (8.5 x 11") with 1" margins on all sides. Use a 10- or 11-point font such as Times/Times Roman. Disk submission is required. For more information on the required format, or to file an electronic "intent to present" form, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- Jon Jackson (Anatomy and Cell Biology), Secretary-Treasurer, North Dakota Academy of Science.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 15
Faculty are encouraged to remind students that March 15 is the deadline for submitting scholarship applications for 2000-2001. Applications for scholarships need to be made each academic year. Honor scholarship application forms are available in the Student Financial Aid Office, 216 Twamley Hall, or web site, und.edu/dept/finaid.
- Alice Hoffert, Director, Student Financial Aid Office.
STUDENT VS. PART-TIME APPOINTMENT POLICY CHANGED
In accordance with federal tax laws, the University of North Dakota shall grant an exemption from Social Security (FICA) tax withholding on wages paid to a student during an academic semester or summer session in which that student is enrolled and regularly attending classes at UND. To qualify for the exemption, the student must be enrolled in a minimum of: six credits during the fall and spring semester; five credits during summer session; one credit in their last semester prior to graduation; or one credit in active dissertation status.
If a student qualifies for the exemption, both the student and the department (institution) save money by appointing the student to a student position (TCC312). A student appointment, instead of a part-time appointment, would create a cost-savings of 7.65 percent of total wages for both department and student.
When hiring a part-time, non-benefitted employee, please verify whether or not they are a student (according to the minimum credit requirements listed above) and appoint them to the appropriate type of position.
Effective spring semester, any department employing a student in a part-time (TCC 313) position, will be notified by the Payroll Office to re-appoint that individual to a student position (TCC 312). This will no longer be a request, as it has in the past, but will be required. Student position numbers, if needed, may be requested by contacting the Budget Office at 777-3840. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact me at 777-4228
- Patricia Hanson, Director of Payroll/Risk Management.
EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT EXPLAINED
The Earned Income Credit (EIC) is a special tax break that entitles low-income employees to receive "tax refunds" that exceed their income taxes owed. Eligible employees may be entitled to up to $2,312 if they have one qualifying child, $3,816 if they have two or more qualifying children, and $347 if they have no qualifying children. You are not eligible for the EIC if your income exceeds: $26,928 and you have one qualifying child, $30,580 with two or more qualifying children, or $10,030 if you have no qualifying children. You are also ineligible if your investment income (interest and dividends) exceeds $2,350.
Employees may file Form W-5 to claim advance payment of a portion of the credit in their regular paychecks. (There's no advance payment if you don't have a qualifying child. Your employer may not advance the entire earned income credit - only up to 60 percent of the maximum credit for eligible employees with one qualifying child is available.)
Form W-5's are available in the Payroll Office, 313 Twamley Hall. Form W-5's must be completed each year and submitted to the Payroll Office to remain eligible for the advance payment of the EIC.
- Patricia Hanson, Director of Payroll/Risk Management.
UPC WILL PRESENT "SUMMER OF SAM"
The University Program Council will present "Summer of Sam" Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. This story is about the summer that serial killer David Berkowitz murdered several women in New York City, and how the community reacted. "Summer of Sam" will be shown free of charge.
- Maria Albertson, University Program Council.
CREDIT UNION HAS SPECIAL AUTO LOANS, LISTS NEW OFFICERS
Cool auto loan rates at the University Federal Credit Union end Feb. 29. Get your application in now to take advantage of these special rates.
At the 62nd Annual Meeting held on Jan. 27, Frank Slater was elected to the Board of Directors. Loretta Prather was elected to serve on the Credit Committee. The officers for the year are Patricia Hanson, President; Leo Saucedo, Vice President; Marsha Nelson, Secretary; Tom Wiggen, Treasurer; and member is Frank Slater.
- George Meister, Manager, University Federal Credit Union.
DENIM DAY IS LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
Wednesday, Feb. 23, is Denim Day. Dig out your button, pay your dollar, and enjoy "going casual" in the middle of the week. All proceeds go to charity, as always. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I'll set you up with buttons and posters for your area.
- Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services/University Relations, 777-3791, for the Denim Day Committee.
HOLIDAY HOURS LISTED
HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY:
The Library of the Health Sciences Presidents Day weekend hours are: Saturday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 20, 1 p.m. to midnight; Monday, Feb. 21, 8 a.m. to midnight.
- April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.
Law Library hours for the Presidents Day holiday are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Cherie Stoltman, Thormodsgard Law Library.
The Computer Center will close for the Presidents Day holiday at 1 a.m. Monday, Feb. 21, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22.
- Marv Hanson, Associate Director, Computer Center.
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER GRANT RECIPIENTS LISTED
The Office of Research and Program Development would like to congratulate the following faculty and staff who were listed as principal or co-principal investigators on awards received during the months of November and December 1999:
Anatomy and Cell Biology: Michael Atkinson; Anthropology: Dennis Toom; Atmospheric Sciences: Michael Poellot; Center for Innovation: Bruce Gjovig; Communication Sciences and Disorders: Wayne Swisher; Community Medicine and Rural Health: Mary Amundson, Brad Gibbens; Economics and Public Affairs - Political Science and Public Administration - Bureau of Governmental Affairs: Mary Kweit; Energy and Environmental Research Center: Ted Aulich, Steven Benson, Bruce Dockter, Thomas Erickson, Kevin Galbreath, John Gallagher, Jay Gunderson, David Hassett, Ann Henderson, John Hurley, Michael Jones, John Kay, Marc Kurz, Dennis Laudal, Michael Mann, Donald McCollor, Stanley Miller, Jan Nowok, Erin O'Leary, Edwin Olson, John Pavlish, Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett, Joyce Riske, Grant Schelkopf, Darren Schmidt, Richard Shockey, Jaroslav Solc, Daniel Stepan, Bradley Stevens, Tina Strobel, Michael Swanson, James Tibbits, Ronald Timpe, Donald Toman, Gregory Weber, Christopher Zygarlicke; Geology & Geological Engineering: Scott Korom; Human Nutrition Research Center: Jean Altepeter; Office of Research and Program Development: Carl Fox; Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics: Begonia Ho; Physics: Glenn Lykken; School of Medicine and Health Sciences: H. David Wilson; Social Work: Barbara Jacobsen; Social Work - CFSTC: Ann Lochner; Sociology - SSRI: Cordell Fontaine; Space Studies: Charles Wood.
-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Associate Director, Office of Research and Program Development.
RESEARCH, GRANT OPPORTUNITIES LISTED
Following are research and grant opportunities. For more information, contact the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will be issuing Solicitation No. DE-PS36-00GO10499 (State Science Initiative for Applied Research, Development and Demonstration Projects) for applications for cooperative agreements to pursue applied research, development and demonstration (including field testing) involving energy efficiency. Demonstrations will be limited to field tests which provide critical operational feedback to researchers and/or manufacturers for the purpose of improving technical performance or lowering costs. Approximately $6 million will be available for 7-10 awards under this solicitation in fiscal year 2000. Priority areas are: Bio-Based Products and Bioenergy, Fuel Cells and Microturbines, Petroleum Industry, Schools, Combined Heat and Power and Distributed Generation, Data Acquisition, and Transportation. Awards will be for 1-3 years. Public energy and energy research organizations are eligible. The formal solicitation is expected to be issued later in February 2000 through the Golden Field Office's World Wide Web site at http://www.eren.doe.gov/golden/solicitations.html. Prospective applicants will be encouraged to submit a pre-application. Contact: James Damm, Contract Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org; fax 303/275-4788; U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office, 1617 Cole Blvd., Golden, CO 80401.
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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING RESEARCH (NINR)
The Clinical Trials: Collaborations for Nursing Research (RFA NR-00-003) initiative capitalizes on the resource of available study populations in clinical trials to provide opportunities for the unique perspective of nursing research and special expertise of nurse researchers. The purpose is to link substudies posed by nurse researchers to currently funded clinical research studies, or to link substudies by non-nurse researchers with ongoing clinical studies where nurse researchers are the Principal Investigators (PIs). The applicant responding should be a registered nurse with doctoral preparation who poses a research question from her/his ongoing program of research which can be answered by accessing a currently funded clinical trial, or, a nonnurse doctorally prepared scientist who seeks to answer a clinical question or solve a nursing problem using the clinical study resources where the PI is a nurse researcher. Collaborations and consortia promoting the cross-fertilization of ideas are encouraged. The R01 award mechanism will be used. Currently NIH-funded clinical trials are listed on the NIH website http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NR-00-003.html. Deadlines: 4/30/00 (Letter of Intent), 5/19/00 (Proposal). Contact: Hilary D. Sigmon, Program Director, 301/594-5970, Hilary_Sigmon@nih.gov.
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NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
The goal of the Biobehavioral Research for Effective Sleep program announcement is to stimulate clinical and applied research on behavioral, psychosocial and physiological consequences of acute and chronic partial sleep deprivation in chronically ill or healthy individuals and develop environmental, clinical management, and other interventions with potential to reduce sleep disturbances and significantly improve the health of large numbers of people. Although sleep disorders are a cause of sleep loss in affected individuals, the questions to be addressed under this solicitation should focus on causes and consequences of sleep deprivation, apart from any sleep pathology. The standard research project (R01) mechanism will be used. The full program announcement may be downloaded from the NIH website at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-046.html. Contact: Karin F. Helmers, National Institute of Nursing Research, 301/594-2177, email@example.com; Michael Twery, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 301/435-0202, TweryM@nhlbi.nih.gov; Andrew A. Monjan, National Institute on Aging, 301/496-9350, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ellen Witt, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 301/443-6545, email@example.com; Lynne Haverkos, National Institute on Child Health and Development, 301/435-6881, firstname.lastname@example.org; Harold W. Gordon, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 301/443-4877, email@example.com; Israel I. Lederhendler, National Institute of Mental Health, 301/443-1576, firstname.lastname@example.org; Noreen Aziz, National Cancer Institute, 301/496-0598, email@example.com. Deadlines: Standard NIH.
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U.S. WEST FOUNDATION
The U.S. West Foundation Community Outreach Grants Program is primarily interested in funding new and innovative projects or programs that build on existing strengths of an organization. Areas of interest are: 1) Education--priority given to proposals that provide technological outreach and access, and those that reach the largest number of people; 2) Arts and Culture--priority given to a collaboration of organizations which will provide free access for a day or weekend to the major cultural attractions in the participating community; 3) Economic/Workforce Development--effective programs supported by a variety of constituents in the community. Award amounts will be based on the number of people impacted by the proposal, appropriateness of budget items, and degree to which the proposed program correlates with the U.S. West's criteria. Contact: Julie Wetteland, Grants Manager for North Dakota, 303/896-043, firstname.lastname@example.org; or 800/843-3383; http://www.uswf.org/2000guideline.html. Deadlines: 4/15/00 (Arts and Culture), 8/15/00 (Economic/Workforce Development), 2/15/01 (Education).
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ELIZABETH FIRESTONE GRAHAM FOUNDATION GRANTS PROGRAM
The Foundation provides support to foster awareness and appreciation of contemporary visual art, particularly through catalogues and other publications that document art produced by emerging or under-recognized artists. Also of interest are special projects that attempt to bring together artists and the community and efforts to provide exposure to contemporary art where it may not otherwise be seen. Funding is available for: exhibition catalogues, periodicals, brochures and other publications related to the grantee organization and its programs; exhibitions and installations (on or off site); visiting artist programs and other special events. Limited funds are available for film projects in their final completion phase. Grant amounts typically range from $5,000-$20,000. Deadlines: None (Preliminary Proposal); 4/15/00 or 9/15/00 (Full Proposal). Contact: 1115 South Main Street, Akron, OH 44301.
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NATIONAL INVENTORS HALL OF FAME
Full-time graduate or undergraduate college students in any course of study may enter The Collegiate Inventors Competition. Program goals are to promote interest in scientific problem solving and technology, fuel a passion for economic prosperity, and increase understanding of U.S. patent laws and intellectual property rights. The invention, idea or process must be original, and the work of a student or team together with their advisor. Awards are $20,000 for the student inventors and $10,000 for their advisers. Up to 6 awards will be made. Contact: 1/800/968-4332 x 6887; fax 330/762-6313; email@example.com; www.invent.org.
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The purpose of OSERS--Research to Improve Services for Children with Disabilities--Directed Research Projects is to produce, and advance the use of, knowledge to improve services provided under IDEA, including the practices of professionals and others involved in providing those services to children with disabilities; and improve educational and early intervention results for infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities. Projects must support innovation, development, exchange of information, and use of advancements in knowledge and practice and be designed to contribute to the improvement of early intervention, instruction, and learning of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities. A research project must address one of the following focus areas: Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Large-scale Assessment Programs, Instructional Interventions and Results for Children with Disabilities, Early and Prescriptive Assessment of Children with Learning or Emotional Disabilities, Gender and Special Education, Research to Improve Literacy Results for Children Who Are Unresponsive to Effective Classroom or Schoolwide Programs in Grades K-3, or Research to Improve Reading Comprehension Results for Children with Disabilities. Requests for funding cannot exceed $180,000/year; the project period is up to 36 months. Deadline: 3/20/00. Contact: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), 877/433-7827; fax 301/470-1244; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html.
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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
The NIC--Community Restorative Justice Outcomes/Measurements and Evaluations program provides up to $41,000 to any state or general unit of local government, public or private agency, educational institution, organization, or individual with the requisite skills to establish and develop "community restorative justice" performance outcome, measurement and evaluation protocols. This program is for Phases I and II of a three-phase project. The goal is to provide criminal justice agencies the capability to evaluate the design, implementation, and impact of programs and initiatives being conducted under the auspices of community and restorative justice. The desired outcome and product for Phase I is identification of specific process, outcome and impact measures for evaluating restorative justice programs and initiatives. Intended work activities include assembly of a focus/work group to participate in the identification of restorative measures. The desired outcome and deliverables for Phase II are the actual design and development of an evaluation tool/instrument and protocol, the pilot application and revision of the tool at two jurisdictional sites, and development of a document for broad public dissemination containing the results from Phase I and II activities. This program shall provide a basis for Phase III, a training curriculum development and pilot delivery in restorative justice evaluation techniques. Project duration for is 8 months. Deadline: 3/30/00. Contact: Judy Evens, Cooperative Agreement Control Office, 800/995-6423 x.159; email@example.com; http://www.nicic.org.
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The Grants Program supports demonstration and research programs in prevention of family dysfunction, such as prevention of teenage pregnancy and infant mortality and morbidity, infant mental health and early childhood development, Jewish charities, and the arts and educational television. Fields of interest include: arts/cultural programs; early childhood education; child development, education; family planning; human services; children and youth, services; child development, services; family services; and Jewish federated giving programs. Grants can be used for general operating support, program development, research, and employee matching gifts. Recent grants have ranged from $50,000 to $200,000. Deadlines: 4/1/00 and 9/1/00 (Arts Organizations); None (all other proposals). Contact: Joan W. Harris, President, 312/621-0566; fax 312/621-9179.
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BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM FONDS
Fifteen Postgraduate Scholarships are allocated per year, from the natural sciences, medicine, veterinary science and pharmacy, for research projects on specific subjects, not for vocational or scientific training. Activities must be concerned with basic research and aimed at acquiring new scientific knowledge. At the time of application, the applicant should not have worked on his/her project for longer than one year. Scholarships are generally awarded for 2 years and can be extended up to 12 months. Basic grant amounts are DM 1.800/month for pre-doctorate applicants. All scholars are paid an additional flat rate sum of DM 200/month to cover minor project-related costs. Awards are available to scientists of any nationality. European citizens are supported in Europe and overseas, non-European citizens are supported when working in Europe. Applicants should not be older than 28 years at the time of application. Deadlines: 4/1/00, 8/1/00, 12/1/00. Contact: Stafflenbergstrasse 32, D-70184 Stuttgart 1, Germany; telephone 711 247 397; fax 711 248 140; http://www.bifonds.de.
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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES (NEH)
Division of Research--Fellowships for College Teachers/Individual Scholars awards provide up to $30,000 for 12 months of study and research to enhance the recipients' capacities as humanities scholars and enable them to contribute to thought and knowledge in the humanities. Projects may contribute to scholarly knowledge, the advancement of teaching, or the general public's understanding of the humanities. Recipients might eventually produce scholarly articles, a monograph on a specialized subject, a book-length treatment of a broad topic, an archaeological site report, a translation, an edition, or other scholarly tool in either traditional or electronic format. "Humanities" includes, but is not limited to, the study of: modern and classical language; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to current conditions of national life. Applications must be postmarked between 3/1/00 and 5/1/2000. Fellowships normally support full-time work for continuous periods of 6-12 months. Independent scholars, scholars affiliated with or retired from institutions that do not grant the Ph.D. in the proposed research area, and scholars from non-academic institutions may apply. Deadline: 5/1/00. Contact: 202/606-8200; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.neh.fed.us.
- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Associate Director, Office of Research and Program Development.
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