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University Letter

February 26, 1999

Volume 36, No. 25

UNIVERSITY LETTER
University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 25, February 26, 1999

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CONTENTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

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DID YOU KNOW?

The expansion of the UND campus westward across the English Coulee began in earnest in 1955 with the placing of the "tin huts" there and occupation of the new president's home.

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DATES ANNOUNCED FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES' CAMPUS INTERVIEWS

Following is the schedule for the on-campus interview visits and presentations by the final eight UND presidential candidates (in chronological order). Further details about locations, times, etc., of the candidates' itineraries will be announced in issues of University Letter preceding each visit.

Phil Beukema, Feb. 28-March 2; Roy Austensen, March 3-5; Stephen Hulbert, March 14-16; John Ettling, March 17-19; William Ruud, March 21-23; James Ash, March 24-26; Charles Kupchella, March 28-30; Robert Kindrick, evening of March 30-morning of April 2.

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.

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INTERVIEW SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BEUKEMA

Following are public activities during the on-campus interview Sunday through Tuesday, Feb. 28-March 2, for UND presidential candidate Phil Beukema. One of eight finalists invited for interviews, Beukema is Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich. Interviews with the eight finalists are scheduled through March, after which three will be recommended by the UND Presidential Search Committee to the State Board of Higher Education, which will select the tenth president of UND, succeeding Kendall L. Baker. He is resigning effective June 30. Activities during the interview schedule include the following:

MONDAY, MARCH 1

Public speech, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, noon; open forum with students, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, 1:45 p.m.; open forum with faculty, Room 1, Gamble Hall, 4 p.m.; public reception, North Dakota Museum of Art, 5 p.m.

TUESDAY, MARCH 2

Open forum with classified staff, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, 10 a.m.; final interview with Search Committee, room 211, Rural Technology Center (RTC), 1:30 p.m.

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.

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INTERVIEW SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AUSTENSEN

Following are public activities during the on-campus interview Sunday through Tuesday, March 3-5, for UND presidential candidate Roy Austensen. One of eight finalists invited for interviews, Austensen is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind. Interviews with the eight finalists are scheduled through March, after which three will be recommended by the UND Presidential Search Committee to the State Board of Higher Education, which will select the tenth president of UND, succeeding Kendall L. Baker. He is resigning effective June 30. Activities during the interview schedule include the following:

THURSDAY, MARCH 4

Public speech, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, 12 noon; open forum with students, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, 1:45 p.m.; open forum with faculty, Room 1, Gamble Hall, 4 p.m.; public reception, North Dakota Museum of Art, 5 p.m.

FRIDAY, MARCH 5

Open forum with classified staff, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, 10 a.m.; final interview with Search Committee, Room 211, Rural Technology Center (RTC), 1:30 p.m.

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.

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PETER MATTHIESSEN IS UND 1999 PRESIDENTIAL LECTURER

National Book Award winner Peter Matthiessen, explorer of and writer about remote regions in the world, will be this year's Presidential Lecturer Friday, March 19, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 8 p.m.

Peter Matthiessen has been a member of expeditions to, and written about, remote regions of all five continents as a naturalist-explorer. Three of his many books, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, The Tree Where Man Was Born, and The Snow Leopard, were nominated for the National Book Award, a prize which the latter won in 1979 in the category of contemporary thought. Among his many other distinctions, Matthiessen is an elected fellow to the Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has won both the Gold Medal for Distinction in Natural History, and the African Wildlife Leadership Foundation Award. Although fiction has always been his passion, much of Matthiessen's success came while writing non-fiction about his travels throughout the world for The New Yorker. A Zen Buddhist, Matthiessen has lived the last four decades in the potato country of Long island, N.Y.

The Presidential Lecture series was established by President Baker in 1995 to further enrich the intellectual life and learning environment of the campus by demonstrating the excitement, relevance, and interdisciplinary nature of scholarship.

This year the Presidential Lecture is part of the 30th Annual UND Writers Conference, "Expressing the Sacred." Matthiessen will also participate in the events that week including panel discussions, readings from participants and students, and a film festival. The participants of the 1999 Writers Conference include Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki author, poet and storyteller; Victor Masayesva Jr., producer and director of experimental, Native American film and video; Lucille Clifton, author of poetry and children's books; Mark Doty, poet; Ruhama Veltfort, religious and spiritual novelist; Galway Kinnell, poet; Terry Tempest Williams, writer of gender, geography and culture; and Peter Matthiessen.

All UND Writers Conference events are free and open to the public and are held in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

-- Kendall Baker, President.

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CHANCELLOR REPORTS ON STATUS OF LEGISLATION

(Editor's Note: This Feb. 19 memorandum is from University System Chancellor Larry Isaak.)

I want to give you a brief update on the status of legislation at the mid-point of the 1999 North Dakota Legislative Session. As is usually the case, there are both some positive and negative things to report.

The budget takes on a great deal of focus. The Governor's recommended budget for the entire University System, including the Medical School and Agricultural Experiment Stations and Extension Service, for the 1999-01 biennium would have increased state support by about $28 million, or 8 percent (excluding major capital projects). The Governor also included funding from tuition increases ranging from $40 to $124 per year during the next two years. The House of Representatives has acted on the Governor's budget. The Senate has not yet acted. The House action reduced the Governor's state support budget in HB1003 and HB1021 by $8.5 million (excluding major capital projects). The House made the following major reductions:

Reduce the employee compensation package from 3% average annual salary increases to 2%; and increase health insurance premium costs: $3,876,923

Across-the-board reduction of of one percent to all campuses: $1,634,694

Targeted reductions in employee positions, technology, equipment, capital improvements and operating expenses: $2,192,014

Elimination of state support for matching dollars for Perkins loans: $102,885

Reduction in EPSCOR funding: $200,000

Other net changes: $516,688

Total Reductions by the House to the Governor's Budget: $8,523,204

As stated earlier, these are the budget actions of the House of Representatives, not the Senate. The two budget bills now go to the Senate for consideration. We will ask the Senate to restore these reductions and to enact, at a minimum, the Governor's recommended spending level. As they did in the House, the campuses will present their original budget request to the Senate. The House approved the Governor's funding recommendation on tuition.

In the area of major capital projects, the House approved a student union renovation at BSC, a music addition at BSC, a health and wellness addition at UND-W, auditorium renovation at UND-LR, electrical and storm sewer projects at UND, construction of the Barnes and Noble bookstore at UND, the new hockey facility at UND from the Engelstad gift, pharmacy building renovation at NDSU, an animal care facility at NDSU, a health and wellness center at NDSU, boiler and fuel storage repair at MaSU, fire sprinkler and exits in three facilities at VCSU, and a fire alarm system upgrade at MiSU-BC. Both chambers approved a student center renovation at DSU. Also, the Senate approved legislation permitting transfer of the UND Rehabilitation Hospital to Altru Health Systems in return for Altru constructing a family practice center on the UND campus. Finally, the House reduced funding for infrastructure projects at NDSCS from $3.7 to $2.0 million.

In other budget actions, the House eliminated a $1.0 million state appropriation contained in the Governor's budget for workforce training at four regional sites (i.e. BSC, NDSCS, UND-LR and UND-W) identified by the State Task Force on Workforce Training. In separate action, the Senate acted on the deficiency appropriation for flood related costs at UND and UND-LR. The Senate approved $3.9 million for emergency flood related costs at UND that is $422,113 less than recommended by the Governor. Because the amount approved by the Senate does not recognize all of the interest costs that have accrued to date on the Bank of North Dakota loan to UND, the total flood related costs not covered by the Senate appropriation is closer to $850,000.

The House approved confidentiality of patient records at student health service centers. The Senate approved legislation capping the amount of campus tuition waivers for National Guard members, and, also approved a prepaid tuition program. In other legislation, the Senate passed a bill approving the University System's separate classification system for classified employees. The Senate also approved a constitutional amendment permitting two State Board of Higher Education members to hold a bachelor's degree from the same institution. They also passed a bill that would no longer require interim legislative committee approval of non-resident tuition rates. The Senate defeated an employee collective bargaining bill, a bill appropriating state funds of $200,000 for tribally controlled colleges in the state, and a bill which would have required approval by a state agency of all federal and private grant applications. The House defeated a resolution urging UND to change their sports teams' name.

The House defeated legislation that would have permitted North Dakota to join the Midwest Higher Education Compact. This would have been a good recruiting tool for students from the Midwestern states. We will ask the Senate to approve this legislation by attaching it to the University System appropriation bill. The House also defeated legislation which would have permitted more flexibility in the use of tuition dollars by the campuses and Board of Higher Education. The House passed legislation that will require an interim legislative committee to approve certain changes to major capital construction projects, and in a separate bill, the House approved legislation requiring more reporting on leases.

These are some of the major actions to date. Your campus president or executive dean is willing to discuss any of this legislation with you. Also, you can call our office at 328-2960 if you have any thoughts or suggestions.

-- Larry Isaak, Chancellor, North Dakota University System.

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UND FACULTY RATED HIGHLY IN SURVEY

University of North Dakota students appreciate their instructors, according to the results of a telephone survey conducted on behalf of Student Government by UND's Bureau of Governmental Affairs. In response to a question asking for a rating of the quality of faculty in their classes, 88.7 percent said "excellent" (33.4 percent) or "good" (55.3 percent). Moreover, 97.7 percent said they were generally very satisfied (50.8 percent) or satisfied (46.9 percent) with UND. When asked for the primary reason for enrolling at UND, students responded in ways that are compatible with other survey results: Combination of reasons, 29.2 percent; academic reputation, 26.3 percent; location, 21.9 percent; recommended by friend or family, 6.6 percent; "other," 9.5 percent; low tuition, 4.4 percent; and social opportunities, 2.2 percent. Some 78.5 percent rated the development of a University Village north of the campus as a "very good idea" (37.1 percent) or "good idea" (41.4 percent). Opinions on Barnes and Noble assuming management of the UND Bookstore were more divided: "very good," 11.7 percent; "good," 30.1 percent, "fair," 24.9 percent; "poor," 23.6 percent; and "don't know," 7.3 percent.

-- Dave Vorland, Executive Assistant to the President.

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STUDIO ONE LISTS GUESTS

Scott Meland, an award winning architect, will be featured on the Thursday, Feb. 25, edition of "Studio One" live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3 in Grand Forks.

Meland recently won a contest to design an affordable and efficient house plan for the Minneapolis area, and will discuss the past and future characteristics of architecture. He will also discuss some fears of being an architect, such as low public awareness of architectural services, the fear some people have of hiring an architect, and fear of not having work.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved irradiation, a treatment of meat similar to microwaving. This process completely destroys bacteria to reduce the risk of food poisoning. Some consumer groups fear that irradiation may be an excuse to reduce sanitation standards inside packing plants. Studio One will explore the issue.

"Studio One" is an award-winning news and information program produced at UND Television Center. The program airs live Thursdays at 5 p.m. on UND Channel 3. Rebroadcasts can be seen Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and noon, as well as Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.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.

-- Mollie Gram, UND Studio One, Marketing Team.

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PHYSICS SETS COLLOQUIUMS

A Physics colloquium, "Spin Stiffness in Frustrated Antiferromagnetics" will be presented by Byron Southern, Professor at the University of Manitoba at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in 209 Witmer Hall. Another colloquium, "Effect of Incomplete Condensation in S-Wave Superconductors" will be presented by Ju Kim (Physics) at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, in 209 Witmer Hall.

Coffee and cookies will be served at 3 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall. Everyone is welcome. The Physics Department would like to thank ND EPSCoR for their financial support for outside speakers.

-- Department of Physics.

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RECEPTION WILL HONOR PHYLLIS FELCHLE

A reception from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium mezzanine will honor Phyllis Felchle, who is retiring after 11 years at the Traffic Division. Please join us in thanking her and wishing her well in retirement.

-- Kris Nelson, Traffic Division.

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FEAST OF NATIONS SET FOR THIS WEEKEND

Come join the UND International Organization at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Civic Auditorium, 615 1st Ave. N., for an evening of international food and entertainment. The Feast of Nations will begin with international vignettes, where you can learn about the countries of UND's international students, move on to a wonderful candlelight dinner catered by Verena Fonder (of the Bronze Boot and the North Dakota Museum of Art), and conclude with dance and song from around the world. The featured entertainment will be Apollo, a Greek dance troupe, that will tell the story of Greece's history through song and dance. Tickets are $7 for children/students and $15 for adults. Reserve tickets at 777-6438.

-- Barry Stinson, International Centre.

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BANDS WILL HOLD CONCERT

The University Band and The Pride of the North Band will present a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Empire Arts Center. General admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. All junior and senior high students will be admitted free of charge with the presentation of their student ID card. The University Band will perform Festivo by Vaclav Nelhybel, Concert Variations by Claude T. Smith, and The University of North Dakota March by Karl L. King. The Pride of the North Band will play a variety of selections that will highlight the spirit and pride in the University of North Dakota including a special feature by the Drum Line. Come and be a part of over 100 years of band tradition at the University of North Dakota. The finale Star Wars Concert, Sunday, April 18, at 2 p.m. will feature Amanda Palachek, our first Clarinet Symposium Concerto Contest winner, movie music from the Star Wars Trilogy, and a special dedication to all those who served in the armed forces. There will be free admission to all veterans and families.

-- Gordon Brock, Director of Bands.

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GRADUATE COMMITTEE MEETS MONDAY

The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, March 1, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Consideration of a request by the Theatre Arts department to add a new course, TA 537, Graduate Co-op Education.

2.Consideration of a request by the Teaching & Learning department to:

a. Give graduate credit for T & L 455, Comparative Approaches to the Education of Young Children.

b. Change the credits for T & L 529, Language Development in Children.

3. Subcommittee report on Academic Standards.

4. Consideration of the M.D./Ph.D. degree.

5. Matters arising.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.

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CHEMISTRY PLANS SEMINAR

Joshua Telser, Associate Professor at Roosevelt University, Chicago, will present a seminar Monday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m., in 138 Abbott Hall. The seminar is titled "Coordination Chemistry of Iron-Sulfur Proteins as Revealed by Paramagnetic Resonance."

Dr. Telser received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Cornell University, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Florida. His interests are inorganic chemistry, biophysical chemistry, and magnetic resonance. Everyone is welcome to attend.

-- Department of Chemistry.

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PSYCHOLOGY PLANS COLLOQUIUMS

The Psychology Department will hold two colloquiums. Mr. Matthew Johnson, Psychology clinical faculty candidate, will present "Interactional Antecedents of Marital Discord," at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 1, in 302 Corwin/Larimore Hall.

Dr. Peter Lopez, clinical faculty candidate, will present "She Said No' -- He Heard Yes': A Laboratory Analogue for Sexual Miscommunication." at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, in 302 Corwin/Larimore Hall. Everyone is welcome.

-- Joan Peterson, Psychology.

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WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH EVENTS LISTED

A variety of events for Women's History Month have been scheduled. The theme this year is "Women's History: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," and the kick off event is from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, March 1, at the International Centre. The schedule follows:

Noon, Welcome and Brown Bag lunch with music provided by the Sweet Adelines. Come see our displays and enjoy music with your lunch;

1 p.m., "The Fabric of Women's Lives," quilt storytelling. Everyone is invited to bring quilts and share the stories they tell, or to just listen;

1:30 p.m., film: "Hearts and Hands," the story of American women in the 19th century as told through their quilts;

2 p.m., "Womanspeak," a play based on the words of Abigail Adams, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth and other famous women, performed by UND students;

2:30 p.m., "A Witch's Tail: Maria Hallett," a costumed historical enactment of a colonial ancestor by Janet Smith;

3 p.m., film: "Nobody's Girl: Five Women of the West," vignettes of frontier women of the American west;

3:30 p.m., "Should a Lady Ride a Bicycle?" Dee Watson presents the popular slide show on the history of women in sports;

4:30 p.m., "Declaration of Women's History Month," by Mayor Pat Owens, with a flag ceremony by Junior Girl Scouts Troop 138, Troop leader Laurie Vasicek;

5 p.m., "Womanspeak," a play based on the words of Abigail Adams, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth and other famous women performed by UND students;

5:30 p.m., "The Fabric of Women's Lives," quilt storytelling. Everyone is invited to bring quilts and share the stories they tell, or to just listen;

6 p.m., "Should a Lady Ride a Bicycle?" Dee Watson presents the popular slide show on the history of women in sports;

6:30 p.m., "Meet and Greet" with UND women athletes. Come and shake hands with UND's female athletes.

7 p.m., "Fannie Mahood Heath: Her Changing Landscape," a costumed historical enactment of Grand Forks' botanist of the prairie, by Kathleen R. Brokke;

8 p.m., Sweet Adelines, women's voices in celebration of women's lives.

All day long, there will be activities and displays including American Indian rugs and dresses, tables and displays by student groups and sorority members, refreshments, and button making.

On Tuesday, March 2, there will be an International Centre's Celebration luncheon and program for International Women's Day from noon to 1 p.m. at the International Centre.

On Wednesday, March 3, the History Department will present a Brown Bag Lunch and Seminar by Sally McBeth and Ester Horne, "Essie's Story: The Life and Legacy of a Shoshone Teacher" from noon to 1 p.m. in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.

On Thursday, March 4, the Grand Forks Air Force Base will hold a "Women in Aviation Forum" from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Forks Air Force Base Sunflower Chapel Annex. Contact Lieutenant Fenny Olson, 747-6649, or Lieutenant Darcy Dowling, 747-6060, for more information.

-- Anne Kelsch, Department of History.

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RECEPTION TO HONOR SUELLEN PALYA

Suellen Palya retired Dec. 31 as instructor/advisor for Student Support Services, a TRIO program. A reception in her honor will be held in the TRIO offices, third floor, McCannel Hall, Monday, March 1, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Everyone is invited.

She began her employment at the University in the spring of 1992 as a counselor/instructor with the TRIO Talent Search program. She joined the Student Support Services staff in the fall of 1994. She is also recognized for her piano playing contribution to many events at the University, especially within the Division of Student and Outreach Services (formerly Student Affairs). Her educational background is in counseling and music education. Suellen's dedication to her profession and the students she served will be greatly missed. Please join us in wishing her well in her retirement.

-- TRIO Programs.

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International Women's Day Luncheon Set For March 2

International Women's Day will be celebrated with a luncheon at the International Center from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 2. There will be a short program featuring Azerbaijani folk music, the presentation of the Women's Studies Essay Contest, and thoughts on International Women's Day. Please join us; lunch will be provided.

-- Barry Stinson, International Centre.

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HISTORY FOR LUNCH EVENT SET FOR MARCH 3

On Wednesday, March 3, the History Department will sponsor a talk, "Essie's Story: The How, the Why, and the What?" in which Sally McBeth, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Northern Colorado, and Esther Horne, a retired teacher in Indian boarding schools and a descendant of Sacajawea, will discuss their collaboration on McBeth's biography of Horne, "Essie's Story: The Life and Legacy of a Shoshone Teacher." There will be a question and discussion period following the presentation. History for Lunch runs from noon to 12:50 p.m., and for this special event will be held in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union (therefore, since eating and drinking is not allowed in the Lecture Bowl, we cannot invite you to bring your lunch). This Women's History Month presentation is open to all. For more information please contact me.

-- David Rowley, History, 777-3380.

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UNIVERSITY SENATE MEETS MARCH 4

The University Senate will meet Thursday, March 4, at 4:05 p.m., in Room 7, Gamble Hall.

AGENDA

1) Announcements.

2) Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes.

3) Question Period.

CONSENT CALENDAR:

4) Annual Report of the Student Academic Standards Committee. Alice Poehls, Chair. (Attachment No. 1)

5) Annual Report of the Administrative Procedures Committee. Alice Poehls, Chair. (Attachment No. 2)

6) Annual Report of the Admissions Committee. Thomas Mohr, Chair. (Attachment No. 3)

BUSINESS CALENDAR:

7) Recommendation from the Faculty Research and Creativity Committee to approve the University Copyright Policy (see Senate Website).

8) Recommendation from the Committee on Committees for changes in committee descriptions and the addition of three new Senate Committees. Betty Gard, Chair. (Attachment No. 4)

9) Recommendation from the Senate Executive Committee to remove two implementation sections from "Special Appointments" section of the Faculty Handbook [II.8.1.2.B.1.c] (Attachment No. 5)

10) Recommendation from the University Curriculum Committee for Program Termination, New Academic Program Request, Title Changes, New Course Requests, New Course Prefixes, and Course Deletions. Earl Mason, Chair. (Attachment No. 6)

11) Report from Senate Committee on Restructuring and Reallocation. Scot Stradley, Chair. (Attachment No. 7; complete proposals available for review in VPAA Office, 302 Twamley Hall). The Senate is invited to attach comments to the report.

12) Recommendation from Council of College Faculties to adopt changes to the Council of College Faculties Constitution. Lynn Lindholm, CCF. (Attachment No. 8)

-- Alice Poehls (University Registrar), Secretary of the Senate.

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SPEAKER WILL DISCUSS WRITINGS OF IRISH REPUBLICAN POWs

English Department graduate student Lachlan O Faolain will speak on "Writings of Irish Republican Prisoners of War" at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in 116 Merrifield Hall. Sponsored by the English Lecture Series, the presentation is free; faculty and students are cordially invited to attend.

-- Martha Meek, Coordinator, English Lecture Series.

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RETIRED FACULTY WILL MEET

Retired faculty will meet for a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, March 11, in the Sioux Room of the Memorial Union. The program will consist of a short speech and a shared table topic. All retired faculty are welcome.

-- Lloyd Omdahl, Bureau of Governmental Affairs.

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SPACE STUDIES TO CONDUCT INTERNET SEMINAR WITH NATIONAL EXPERTS

The United States is scheduled to launch its next major Earth observation satellite, Landsat 7, Thursday April 15. The Space Studies Department is turning this event into a real-time learning opportunity by assembling the major Landsat 7 participants in a one-credit, online seminar titled, "Landsat 7 Live: Past, Present and Future." Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz is the seminar coordinator and instructor. The guest lecturer for March 3 is Philip Sabelhaus, Landsat 7 Project Manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, who will present "Spacecraft Design."

-- Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, Space Studies.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

FEEDBACK SOUGHT ON GER STATEMENT

The GER (General Education Requirements) Task Force is proposing a replacement for part of page 25, all of page 26 and most of page 27 in the UND Academic Catalog with a new description of General Education Requirements at UND. The section which would be replaced if approved by the University Senate begins at the "Introduction" on page 25 and continues through the "Conclusion" on page 27. The replacement text reads as follows:

"General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements at UND ask students to explore a range of content areas and to develop broad learning abilities. Students' general education courses should anchor their future university work, and should provide a model for lifelong learning.

By the time students complete their general education courses, they should be able to communicate effectively, both orally and with the written word. They should be able to evaluate and examine critically how conclusions are arrived at in the natural sciences, the social sciences and the arts and humanities. They should have the tools to acquire information over a broad spectrum of subject areas, and they should develop some familiarity with cultures other than their own.

In choosing general education courses, students are encouraged to venture into areas that are new to them. They are also encouraged to select courses among general education offerings that will complement each other. In so doing, the knowledge and abilities that are being acquired in one course can reinforce and enhance those being acquired in other courses."

Rationale for proposing this change includes the following issues:

* that the present statement is very long and is seldom read by students or faculty;

* that some of the statements in the present language can be misleading;

* that there is some lack of clarity in the present statement;

* that the present statement may not all belong in the catalog, but perhaps in another document.

The GER Task Force is interested in receiving feedback about this proposed change, if possible, before it is presented at the Thursday, March 4, University Senate meeting. Please send comments, questions, concerns to Sara Hanhan, either by phone, 777-4824, or by e-mail, hanhan@plains.nodak.edu.

-- Sara Hanhan, Academic Affairs.

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UNSATISFACTORY PROGRESS REPORTS DUE MARCH 5

"Unsatisfactory Progress Report" forms are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Friday, March 5. Please adhere to the following procedures to assure that accurate and adequate information is transmitted to students.

1. The departmental office picks up forms Wednesday morning, Feb. 24, and transmits them to teaching faculty through routine procedures.

2. Faculty complete a form for each class section.

NOTE: Forms for ALL sections are to be completed and returned. If no students are deficient, the blank sheet MUST be signed and returned. It is considered verification that the instructor considers no students to be deficient at this time.

3. If the form includes names of students who have never attended class, MARK THEM AS FAILING. This information should initiate action by the student to correct any error in registration prior to the last day to drop (Friday, March 26).

4. If a student is attending a class and the name is not listed on the deficiency form, it is an indication that the student's registration is in error. The student should not be allowed to continue attending the class, but should be directed to the Office of the Registrar to correct the problem.

5. The "Unsatisfactory Progress Report" forms are to be completed by all faculty members and returned to the office of the Registrar NO LATER THAN NOON FRIDAY, MARCH 5. Adherence to this schedule is essential since computer processing is done over the weekend. "Unsatisfactory progress reports" will be mailed to students during the week beginning March 8.

6. DO NOT SEND THROUGH THE MAIL. Please return forms directly to the Office of the Registrar, 201 Twamley Hall.

Thank you very much for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please call.

-- Veriena Garver, Admissions and Records Officer, Office of the Registrar.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AND SCHOLAR SPECIALIST WILL MOVE TO INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

Mary Chacko, International Student and Scholar Specialist, will join the Office of International Programs March 1. Her responsibilities include assisting non-immigrant students, scholars, faculty, and researchers with federal regulations concerning immigration, employment and travel. She is the Responsible Office for the Exchange Visitor program of the University of North Dakota approved by the United States Information Agency. Mary has previously worked for the office of Admissions and the University Registrar.

Mary came to Grand Forks from Houston, Texas, in January 1991 and received a Bachelor's and Master's of Business Administration degree at UND. In the last eight years, Mary has been active at the UND International Centre as a peer counselor, cultural presenter and member of the International Programs Advisory Board. In 1997-98, she participated in the Administrative Intern program of the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

-- Barry Stinson, Director, International Programs.

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DEPARTMENTS SHOULD CHECK WARRANTY FOR Y2K COMPLIANCE

Several people have had questions about what to do if a product they want to purchase has Year 2000 date-related issues but the vendor will not warranty compliance. The following statement gives departments the ability and responsibility to make a decision according to their needs.

Should a vendor not agree to warrant products according to UND's Y2K statement, the department is responsible to consider the impact of not having any recourse of assistance and/or upgrades for equipment purchased. If the department accepts non-warranted Y2K products, it is the department's risk to deal with any implications that arise after the year 2000. The alternative is to cancel the purchase order and submit another requisition using another vendor who agrees with UND's Y2K statement.

-- Dorette Kerian (Computer Center), UND Y2K Task Force.

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NEW EDITION OF BOOKLET ON HOW UND SERVES N.D. ISSUED

The third edition has been completed and issued of a booklet on how UND's three-part mission of teaching, research, and service reaches well beyond its campus on the eastern edge of the state. UND Serves North Dakota is a 240-page, county-by-county compilation of how widely UND takes it "product" to the state. Previous editions of the booklet were issued in 1994 and 1996. Production and editing are by the Office of University Relations.

Copies of the booklet have been sent to members of the North Dakota Legislature, Board of Higher Education members, UND vice presidents, deans, and department chairs, other UND administrators, heads of various UND research and service units, and newspaper editors. Copies are available at the Office of University Relations, 411 Twamley Hall, 777-2731. The UND Serves North Dakota booklet is also available on the UND web site at www.und.edu, then clicking on the "Publications" item on the left side of the opening UND page, and finding it on the list of the publications on the next page.

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.

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SECURITY INCREASED AT FLIGHT OPERATIONS

The Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences has revised security policies and procedures at Flight Operations to meet FAA security requirements at the Grand Forks International Airport. Effective Monday, March 1, only authorized and properly identified individuals will be permitted in the hangars or on the UND aircraft parking aprons. All flight students, instructors, support and administrative staff at Flight Operations will be identified by their ID card worn externally on their clothing. Individuals without the proper ID may access the hangars or aprons as long as they are escorted by a person with the appropriate ID. If you are visiting Flight Operations, conducting tours, or meeting arriving or departing guests, please contact the Supervisor of Flight when you enter the lobby. The Supervisor of Flight will make arrangements to provide access to hangar or apron areas you may need to visit. These policies apply to the University Flight Operations facility only, and do not affect visitors to the airport terminal or other areas of the airport.

Although the new policies and procedures may cause some inconvenience, they will ensure that the University is complying with FAA civil airport security regulations, as well as providing a reduced risk to the traveling public.

Any questions concerning airport security may be forwarded to me.

-- Frank Argenziano, Special Projects Coordinator, Flight Operations, at 777-7822, or argenzia@aero.und.edu.

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TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT TRAVEL AGENCY CLOSED

Accounting Services has received notice that the Travel and Transport Inc. Office, located in Grand Forks, closed Feb. 25.

Future travel arrangements may be made through the following local travel agencies: AAA Travel, Anchors Away, Bon Voyage Travel, Brekke Travel, Carefree Travel, Monarch Travel, and Stengl Johnson Cruise and Travel. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie, Accounting Services, by phone at 777-2966 or by e-mail at bonnie_nerby@mail.und.nodak.edu.

-- Lisa Heher, Accounting Services.

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MEMORIAL UNION LISTS SPRING BREAK HOURS

Spring Break hours for the Memorial Union from Friday, March 5, to Sunday, March 14, are:

Lifetime Sports: Fri., March 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Mon. through Fri., March 8-12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Info/Service Center: Fri., March 5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Mon. through Fri., March 8-12, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Copy Stop: Fri., March 5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Mon. through Fri., March 8-12, closed.

Union Food Court: Fri., March 5, and Mon. through Fri., March 8-12: Juice Works, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Subway and TCBY: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Little Caesars: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bookstore: Fri., March 5, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Mon. through Fri., March 8-12, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Administrative Office: Fri., March 5, and Mon. through Fri., March 8-12, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Craft Center/Sign Design: Fri., March 5, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Mon. through Fri., March 8-12.

Dining Center: Fri., March 5, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Mon. through Fri., March 8-12.

Barber Shop: Fri., March 5, and Mon. through Fri., March 8-12, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

University Learning Center: Fri., March 5, and Mon. through Fri., March 8-12, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Union Station: Fri., March 5, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Mon. through Fri., March 8-12, noon to 4 p.m.

Passport IDs: Fri., March 5, and Mon. through Fri., March 8-12, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Credit Union: coming soon.

Computer Lab: Fri., March 5, and Mon. through Fri., March 8-12, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Building Hours: Fri., March 5, and Mon. through Fri., March 8-12, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Memorial Union will be closed weekends during Spring Break. Regular building hours resume Monday, March 15.

-- Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator, Memorial Union.

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LEGISLATIVE FORUM SET FOR FEB. 27

The Grand Forks state legislative delegation will hold a legislative forum from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the City Council chambers at Grand Forks City Hall.

Forums are held every other Saturday; successive dates are March 13 and 27. The Chamber of Commerce's Governmental/Civic Affairs Committee meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 a.m. For more information, call Blake Crosby, committee chair, at 746-7248 or the Chamber at 772-7271.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from the Grand Forks Herald.

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NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR MEMORIAL UNION LEADERSHIP AWARDS

The Memorial Union Leadership Awards Reception, which recognizes outstanding student leaders, organizational advisors and Memorial Union student employees is scheduled for Friday, April 23. The Who's Who award recipients who were selected during the fall semester will also be recognized at this time.

Anyone wishing to nominate someone for the awards mentioned above may pick up a nomination form in Room 100, Memorial Union Administrative Office. All nominations received will be reviewed by a committee of the Memorial Union staff, and those nominees demonstrating outstanding service and commitment to the organization and to the mission of the Memorial Union will be selected for recognition. Completed nominations must be returned to the Memorial Union Administrative Office, by noon Thursday, March 4. For more information, call me at 777-4076.

-- Cynthia Thompson, Coordinator of Leadership Development and Programming, Memorial Union.

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NEW ART ACQUISITION TO BE FOCUS OF CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP

The North Dakota Museum of Art recently acquired a major work by Guatemalan artist Luis Gonzalez Palma, titled "Absences." The photographic work contains images of tiny chairs suspended on a wall against a background of portraits of missing Mayan people. Palma prints his photographic images on transparent Litho film, then overlaps these transparent films over other photographs so his images float in an ambiguous space.

In this workshop, titled "Ghost Drawings," the children will study Palma's artwork, then draw on paper and transparent plastic to create a group mural. This will be done by overlapping everyone's drawings on plastic over the drawings on paper. Find out how layers of plastic create depth and floating ghost images in this explorative workshop.

The "Ghost Drawings" workshop will be held in the North Dakota Museum of Art from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 27. Young people first grade or older, parents, guardians, or adult friends are encouraged to attend. Admission for Museum members is $7 per child per Saturday and for non-members is $10 per child per Saturday. Call 777-4195 to register.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the University of North Dakota campus. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. There is no admission charge.

-- Morgan Owens, North Dakota Museum of Art.

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STAFF SENATE INFO LINE AVAILABLE

A UND Staff Senate information line is now available at 777-3647.

-- Cheryl Danduran (EERC), Staff Senate Secretary.

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U2 CLASSES LISTED

University Within the University (U2) classes for March 1-15 are:

Computer Center (all classes in 361 Upson II):

$15 optional manual for Access, Excel, and PowerPoint

Excel Level III, March 2 and 4, 9 to noon;

Access Level III, March 2 and 4, 1 to 4 p.m.;

WordPerfect 8.0 Intro, March 8, 10 and 12, 8 to 10 a.m.;

Word 97 Intro, March 8, 10 and 12, 1 to 3 p.m.;

Exploring the Web Using Netscape, March 15, 9:30 to 11 a.m.;

TSO Training, March 15, 1 to 3 p.m.

Accounting Services:

TCC Listings, March 4, 9 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl; Inventory Control, Property Insurance, and Surplus Property Procedures, March 4, 10 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

-- Staci Prax, Continuing Education.

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PERC LISTS CLASSES

The Parent Education Resource Center (PERC), 500 Stanford Rd., offers the following programs. Call 795-2765 to register or for more information. Child care offered for all daytime programs; all classes are held at PERC unless otherwise noted.

"Hidden Keys to Loving Relationships," part II of Gary Smalley's video series, 7 to 8 p.m.

Feb. 25, "Recognizing and Transforming Unhealthy Relationships; March 4, "Using Effective Communication"; March 11, "Transforming Trials and Hurts into Life Changing Benefits"; March 18, "Mutually Fulfilling Sexual Intimacy"; March 25, "Keys to Changing Behavior and Habits"; and April 1, "Keys to Reducing and Overcoming Conflicts."

"Good Discipline . . . Good Kids," 9:30 to 11 a.m., March 15, "Respect for Feelings; Rules and Expectations"; March 22, "Setting Limits; Managing Anger"; March 29, "Punishment; Attitude Adjustments."

"Common Sense Parenting," 7 to 9 p.m., March 15, "Parents as Teachers"; March 22, "Effective Praise"; March 29, "Preventive Teaching"; April 12, "Corrective Teaching"; April 19, "Teaching Self Control - Putting It All Together."

"Parents in a Pressure Cooker," 7 to 9 p.m., March 16, "Positive Parenting; the Obedient Child; and, Identity and Needs"; March 23, "Conflicting Needs; The Myth of Control; The Road to Responsible Adulthood"; March 30, "Psychological Strength; Expectations; and, Consistency"; April 6, "Negotiating Win-Win; Motivation, Choices and Cooperation"; April 13, "Recognition, Reinforcement, Independence and Problem Solving; Consequences; Changing Parenting Behaviors"; the book is optional at $12.95, and the workbook is required at a cost of $6.95.

"Discipline for Life! . . . One Step At a Time," by Madelyn Swift, 9:30 to 11 a.m.; March 18, "Vision"; March 25, "Gaining Cooperation Without Losing Your Mind!"; April 1, "Don't Start What You Can't Finish"; April 8, "Building Self Esteem"; books will be available at a cost of $14.95.

"How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Learn," 9:30 to 11 a.m. March 17.

"Promoting Preschool Language Development," 7 to 9 p.m., March 18.

"Safe Surfing -- Kids on the Net," 9:30 to 11 a.m., March 31.

PERC Winter Series, "Understanding and Managing the Child with Attention Deficit Disorder" presented by Linda Jenkins, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 27.

PERC Winter Series, "Landscape Your Life: Plant Joy, Celebration, and Memories for Your Family" presented by lucy Jackson Bayles, 9 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m., March 27, Townhouse Motor Inn.

Video Presentation, "How Difficult Can This Be? Understanding Learning Disabilities," 9:30 to 11 a.m., March 24.

Book Club, "Parenting Toward Solutions: How Parents Can Use Skills They Already Have to Raise Responsible, Loving Kids," by Linda Metcalf, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Feb. 23, March 2, 16, 23 and 30.

Lunch Box Specials, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.: March 4, "It's a Big World Out There! Helping Your Child Choose a Career Strategy," presented by Kim Jones, NDSU Extension Service; March 25, "Celebrate Your Body Today! Promoting a Positive Body Image," presented by Bev Benda-Moe, Grand Forks Public Health.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for the Parent Education Resource Center.

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EVENTS LISTED FOR HIV/AIDS AND STD EDUCATION WEEK

UND Student Health is sponsoring HIV/ADS and STD Education Week Monday through Wednesday, March 1-3. Student Health will have a table in the memorial Union with free information and free condoms. The movie, "Philadelphia" will show Monday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Door prizes will be given away. These programs are brought to you by the Student Health Advisory Committee.

-- Sue Bartley, Student Health.

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YOGA CLASSES HELD AT LOTUS MEDITATION CENTER

New yoga classes will begin Monday, March 15, at the Lotus Meditation Center. Classes are held Monday and Tuesday evenings for beginning students, and Thursday evening for experienced students. Call Dyan Rey, Instructor, at 772-8840 or 777-2419 for information or to register. Pre-registration is necessary. All levels of ability are welcome.

-- Dyan Rey, Lecturer, Visual Arts.

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UPC PRESENTS MOVIE, "THE NEGOTIATOR"

The University Program Council will present the movie, "The Negotiator" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. "The Negotiator" is the story of Chicago's two best negotiators who are forced to face each other, one of them holding hostages and the other demanding surrender. This is one action suspense thriller you don't want to miss. Join us for "The Negotiator" on Sunday. This movie is presented free of charge and is open to all UND students and the community.

-- Tara Wilkens, University Program Council.

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"PHILADELPHIA" WILL BE SHOWN IN LECTURE BOWL

The Student Health Advisory Committee and the University Program Council will present a movie, "Philadelphia" Monday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. "Philadelphia" will be shown in conjunction with the HIV/AIDS and STD Education Awareness Week.

"Philadelphia" features Tom Hanks as an attorney who feels that he has been fired from his job not because of incompetence, but because he has developed AIDS. Hank enlists the help of an unwilling lawyer (Denzel Washington) who is doubtful about the case and who is also prejudiced against homosexuals.

Join us for this movie which is free of charge and is open to all UND students, faculty and staff as well as community members. For more information, call the Student Health Advisory Committee at 777-8183.

-- Tara Wilkens, University Program Council.

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SPECIAL DENIM DAY WILL BENEFIT APARTMENT FIRE VICTIMS

President Baker has authorized a special Denim Day Wednesday, March 3, for the victims of the Gallery Apartment fire, many of whom are from the UND community. The proceeds will be sent to our local Red Cross Chapter for their Gallery Fire Fund.

Dress casually March 3, pay your dollar, wear your button, and enjoy knowing that the proceeds are going to a good cause. Can't dress down? We'll be more than happy to accept your donation anyway!

-- Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services and University Relations, for the Denim Day Committee.

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RALLY WILL PROTEST SIOUX NAME

A support rally advocating discontinued use of the "Fighting Sioux" symbol and nickname will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, on the Twamley Quad. For more information call Holly Annis at 777-2478 or 746-9917; or Ira Taken Alive at 772-2175.

-- Holly Annis, Assistant Director, Native Media Center, School of Communication, for Bridges - Building Roads Into Diverse Groups Empowering Students, 777-2478.

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GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

PARTIAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE FOR SYMPOSIUM

The first annual "Non-Lethal Technology Academic Research (NTAR) Symposium" will be held Monday through Wednesday, May 3-5, at the Quantico Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va. This symposium is designed to engage a wide spectrum of academic researchers not currently active in the emerging field of non-lethal weapons technology. Research sponsors are particularly interested in developing new areas relevant to the use of non-lethal weapons, especially in the fields of engineering and the social, life, and health sciences.

Hosted by the University of New Hampshire, this symposium is co-sponsored by the Department of Defense's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate and the Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice. Representatives of potential sponsors, both federal and corporate, for research in this area will be in attendance.

A draft agenda, and information on registration, is available on the symposium website at http://www.unh.edu/orps/nonlethality. Researchers wishing to attend this symposium should contact ORPD for partial travel support.

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

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DECEMBER/JANUARY GRANT RECIPIENTS NAMED

The Office of Research and Program Development would like to congratulate the following UND faculty and staff who were listed as principal or co-principal investigators on awards received during the months of December 1998 and January 1999:

Anatomy and Cell Biology: Garl Rieke; Anthropology: Dennis Toom; Atmospheric Sciences: Michael Poellot, Jeffrey Stith; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: John Shabb; Bureau of Educational Services and Applied Research: John Hoover; Chemistry: Irina Smoliakova; Community Medicine and Rural Health: Brad Gibbens; Computer Science: Thomas O'Neil, Mahir Ali; Earth System Science Institute: George Seielstad; Educational Leadership: John Backes; Education and Human Development: Mary McDonnell Harris; Energy and Environmental Research Center: Ted Aulich, Michael Collings, Daniel Daly, Thomas Erickson, Kevin Galbreath, Tim Gerlach, Douglas Hajicek, David Hassett, Steven Hawthorne, John Hurley, Dennis Laudal, Michael Mann, Stanley Miller, Thomas Moe, Erin O'Leary, John Pavlish, Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett, Richard Schulz, Tina Strobel, Michael Swanson, Ronald Timpe, Gregory Weber, Christopher Zygarlicke; Geology and Geological Engineering: William Gosnold; Human Nutrition Research Center: Jean Altepeter; John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences: Ronald DePue, Wilfred Jackson, Sherman Weigel; KUND Radio: James Shaeffer; Mathematics: Glenn Prigge, Diana Wells; Microbiology and Immunology: David Bradley; Nursing: Elizabeth Nichols; Pharmacology and Toxicology: Begonia Ho; Physiology: Willis Samson; Political Science and Public Administration - Bureau of Governmental Affairs: Mary Kweit; School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Thomas Norris; School of Medicine and Health Sciences - Bismarck: Louise Murphy, Keith Foster; Small Business Development Center: Wally Kearns; Social Work: Barbara Jacobsen; Social Work - Child Welfare Research Bureau: Thomasine Heitkamp; Sociology - Social Science Research Institute: Cordell Fontaine; Space Studies: Charles Wood; Work Force Development: Galen Cariveau.

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

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RESEARCH, GRANT OPPORTUNITIES LISTED

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

CHEMICAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION (CHF)

The Travel Grant Program provides support to individuals for travel grants to utilize the library collections at the sponsor's facilities in Philadelphia, PA for research in the history of the chemical sciences and technologies. The maximum grant is $500. Resources include the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry, the Othmer Library of Chemical History, and associated facilities. Eligible applicants are individuals with an interest in the history of the chemical sciences and technologies. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a one-paragraph statement on the research proposed, a budget, and the addresses and telephone numbers of two references. Contact: Mary Ellen Bowden, 215/925-2222 x.228; fax 215/925-1954; mebowden@chemheritage.org; http://www.chemheritage.org. Deadline: 5/1/99, 8/1/99, 11/1/99.

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE & MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (SAMHSA)

Knowledge Dissemination Conference Grants support conferences on synthesis and dissemination activities to improve the quality of the nation's substance abuse and mental health treatment and prevention services and systems. Duration is one year. Conferences supported will involve coordinating, exchanging, and disseminating knowledge to improve the provision of effective treatment, recovery, early intervention, and prevention services for individuals who suffer from, or are at risk for, problems related to mental illness and/or substance abuse. Support is provided for up to 75% (to a maximum of $50,000) of total direct costs. Contact: 800/789-2647; fax 301/984-8796; http://www.samhsa.gov. Deadlines: 5/10/99.

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

International/Foreign Program--International Research & Studies Program awards, averaging $108,375 each, support research and studies to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields to provide full understanding of the places in which the foreign languages are commonly used. Approximately $2,059,118 is available to fund an estimated 19 awards ranging from $40,000- $150,000. Duration may be up to 3 years. Deadline: 3/31/99. Contact: Jose L. Martinez, 202-401-9784; http://ocfo.ed.gov.

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MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH BUREAU (MCHB)

The Healthy Start Initiative to Eliminate Racial/Ethnic Disparity in Perinatal Health provides support to enhance a community's service system to address significant disparities in perinatal health indicators. Funding will be made available for up to 5 community projects which have an existing active consortium of stakeholders who can reduce barriers and improve the local perinatal system of care. The sites must have or plan to implement/adapt the Healthy Start models of consortium, case management, outreach, and enhanced clinical services. In addition, they must demonstrate established linkages with key State and local services and resource systems, such as Title V, Title XIX, Title XXI, WIC, Enterprise Communities/Empowerment Zones, federally funded Community and Migrant Health Centers, and Indian/Tribal Health Services. Approximately $5,000,000 is available for 5-7 awards with project periods of 2 years. Deadline: 4/1/99. Contact: Maribeth Badura, 301/443-0543; mbadura@hrsa.dhhs.gov.

The Healthy Start Initiative: Infrastructure/Capacity Building Projects provides support to public or private nonprofit organizations to build infrastructure/capacity in targeted communities/areas of the state where racial disparities in perinatal indicators exist, including among Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and immigrant populations, particularly those living in border counties. Funding will be made available to up to 13 communities to support the development of local plans to fill gaps in and/or expansion of data systems to identify and monitor perinatal outcomes, training of personnel and strengthening of local reporting systems, establishment of networks and links to other systems, assistance in needs assessment, consortium/coalition development. The estimated project period is one year. Priority will be given to communities with significant racial/ethnic disparities in perinatal indicators for the past 3 years for which data is available, communities applying as or on behalf of an existing community-based consortium, which have infant mortality reduction initiatives already underway, and States with (national) border counties. Current Healthy Start grantees can apply for geographic project areas not covered in their current approved grant/cooperative agreement. Deadline: 4/1/99. Contact: Donna Hutten, 301/443-0543; dhutten@hrsa.dhhs.gov.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)/DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (DOEd)/NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)

The Interagency Education Research Initiative (IERI) is a collaboration of NSF, DOEd, and NIH enacted to build a knowledge base for improving educational practice. The long-term goal of the IERI is to develop the knowledge and experimental methods that will allow for the implementation and evaluation of large-scale educational interventions, which will, in turn, inform educational policy and practice. The focus areas for this year will be research directed toward understanding how to make substantial improvements in: school readiness for learning reading and mathematics; K-3 learning in reading, mathematics, and science; and education of preK-12 mathematics, reading, and science teachers in content knowledge and science underlying cognitive development and learning. A particular area of interest is the use of information and computer technologies to reach these goals. NSF will be the agency in charge of the award process, and Fastlane submission of proposals is required. Contact: Program Director, 703/306/1650; eripd@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1999/nsf9984/nsf9984.htm. Deadlines: 4/1/99 (optional Letter of Intent); 5/14/99 (Proposal).

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ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY

Hill Monastic Manuscript Library--Heckman Stipends for Scholars support undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral scholars whose research cannot progress satisfactorily without consulting materials to be found in the collections of the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library at St. John's University. The Library contains microfilms, manuscripts, archival documents, and papyri from Austria, Germany, Ethiopia, Malta, Spain, Portugal, and England as well as 3 research centers that focus on Austria and Germany, Ethiopia, and Malta. The Library's collection of modern printed materials is strong in the areas of manuscript catalogues, paleography, codicology, calligraphy, and manuscript illumination. Stipends up to $1,500 assist with research costs for 2-weeks to 6-month residencies. Deadline: 4/15/99. Contact: Committee on Research, Saint John's University, 320/363-3514; 320/363-3222, http://www2.csbsju.edu/hmml/resources/stipend.html.

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ECONOMIC HISTORY ASSOCIATION

Arthur H. Cole Grants-in-Aid for Research in Economic History support research in economic history, regardless of time period or geographic area. Grants usually range up to $1,500 with higher amounts in exceptional cases. Eligible applicants must have a Ph.D. and be members of the Economic History Association. Preference is given to recent Ph.D. recipients. Deadline: 4/1/99. Contact: Department of Economics, University of Kansas, 785/64-3501, fax 785/864-5270; eha@falcon.cc.ukans.edu.

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CRANE-ROGERS FOUNDATION

The Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship Program provides full support for fellows of varied academic and professional backgrounds to spend a minimum of 2 years overseas to study and write on important areas or issues of the world. Individuals have the opportunity to study and write about areas or issues of the world outside the U.S. in need of in-depth understanding. From time to time, the sponsor offers series of fellowships focused on continuing themes or specific issues. John Miller Musser Memorial Forest and Society Fellowships offer individuals with graduate degrees in forestry or related specialties the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the relationship of forest-resource problems to humans, including policy-makers, environmentalists, peasants, scientists, and forest-product industrialists. John O. Crane Memorial Fellowships provide support for the study of East Europe and the Middle East. Eligible applicants should be under 36 years of age and are expected to have finished their formal education. There are no citizenship restrictions, but applicants are expected to have a good command of written and spoken English. Prospective candidates are invited to write to the executive director, enclosing a resume or c.v., explaining briefly the personal background and professional experience that would qualify them for fellowships of their own devising or for study of the areas listed above, and describing the activities they would like to carry out overseas. Contact: Gary L. Hansen, Program Administrator, Institute of Current World Affairs 603/643-5548; fax: 603/643-9599; icwa@valley.net. Deadline: 4/1/99, 9/1/99.

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RESEARCH CORPORATION

Research Innovation Awards support beginning faculty in doctorate-granting astronomy, chemistry and physics departments who are in a first tenure-track position that began in either the preceding or current calendar year. Applicants must submit a research proposal including a budget for the research and must demonstrate how the award can be combined with other sources of support to carry out the proposed project.

Research Opportunity Awards support mid-career and senior scientists at graduate institutions who are seeking to explore new areas of experimental research and who do not have major research support. Nominations may be made by the chair of any doctorate-granting astronomy, chemistry, and physics department in the U.S. or Canada. Nominations should consist of a letter from the chair and the candidate's statement and curriculum vitae.

Contact: Science Advancement Program, 520/571-111; 520/571-1119; awards@rescorp.org; http://www.rescorp.org. Deadline: 5/1/99.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

The Computing, Information, and Communications Research and Development (CIC R&D) program is seeking proposals aimed at developing high performance information and computing technologies for use in ecosystem assessment and management. Proposals are solicited from individuals or groups for research that is inherently multi-disciplinary within the environmental field including computer science expertise. The main areas of interest are: problem solving environments with object-oriented and/or component-based software design for cross-media ecosystem simulation, data management and manipulation associated with preparation of data for use in multi-scale ecosystem simulation and analysis/synthesis of simulation results for problem resolution, techniques for representation of earth surface and subsurface characteristics, and scalable parallel algorithm development for subsurface geohydrologic modeling. The projected award range is up to $300,000/year for up to 3 years. Software and algorithms developed under these grants shall be made available to the public at the end of the grant period. Deadline: 5/12/99. Contact: Chris Saint, 202-564-6909, saint.chris@epamail.epa.gov; http://es.epa.gov/ncerqa/rfa/batch2.html.

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CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

The Marc A. Klein Playwriting Award is an annual playwriting award designed to encourage and stimulate artistic growth among student playwrights. Eligible applicants are playwrights who are currently enrolled at American colleges or universities. The award carries a cash prize of $1,000 and the play receives a full mainstage production by the Case Western Reserve University's Department of Theater Arts. Manuscripts must be endorsed by a faculty member of a university theater or drama department. A playwright may submit as many scripts as they wish, each accompanied by an endorsed application form. Only plays which have not been professionally produced or received tradebook publication are eligible. Submission is restricted to an original full length play or an evening of related short plays. Musicals and children's plays will not be accepted. Deadline: 5/15/99. Contact: Department of Theater Arts, 216/368-4868; ksg@po.cwru.edu.

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NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF MINNESOTA, INC.

Small Research Grants in Aid for Younger Investigators Involved in Renal Disease ranging from $1,000-$3,000 assist research related to diseases of the kidney or renal physiology, including social and nutritional aspects. Funds are not limited to M.D. or Ph.D. level applicants. "Young Investigator" is defined as an individual at or below the level of Assistant Professor. The applicant must not have other significant funding. Deadline: 4/6/99. Contact: Paul Abraham, M.D., Chairman, Research Allocations Committee, National Kidney Foundation of Minnesota, Inc., 920 S. 7th St., Minneapolis, MN 55415.

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

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UNIVERSITY LETTER is published weekly (bi-weekly during the summer) and distributed at no charge to members of the University community. It is also available electronically through UNDInfo, the University's menu system on the Internet. The address is http://www.und.nodak.edu.

All articles submitted for publication should be labeled "University Letter" and must reach the editor by 1 p.m. Tuesday. Electronic submissions may be sent to jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu. Attachments to University Letter require approval of the editor and an account number. University Letter is issued by the UND Office of University Relations, Jan Orvik, editor, Box 7144, 411 Twamley Hall, 777-2731.

UND is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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