University Letter

Volume 39, Number 18: January 4, 2002

 

Interim Higher Education Committee Meets On Campus Jan. 9, 10
Marketplace Of Ideas In Grand Forks; UND Units Invited To Reserve Booths


EVENTS TO NOTE

Spring Commencements Are On Two Saturdays In May
Doctoral Examination Set For Karl Wald
Biologist Will Discuss Cocaine, Alcohol, And Nervous System Development
U2 Offers Mediation Course
Local Chapter Of Stuttering Association Meets Jan. 12
University Senate Will Not Meet In January


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Medical School Receives Nearly $600,000 For ROME Program
ERP Progress Continues
Business Office Moved To Union Jan. 17, 18
First Entrepreneurship Major Graduated
New Online Tutoring Offered On Trial Basis
Business College Accepted Into Entrepreneur Symposium
Death Of Student, Joshua Cole, Announced
Memorial Union Hours Listed
Ray Richards Season Tickets Available Through Payroll Deduction
Retirement Meetings Available To All Employees
Staff Senate Raffle Winners Listed
Yoga Class Changed


GRANTS AND RESEARCH

Senate Scholarly Activities Committee Travel Application Deadline Is Jan. 15

 

Interim Higher Education Committee Meets On Campus Jan. 9, 10

The North Dakota Legislature’s Interim Committee on Higher Education will meet on campus Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 9 and 10.

An open meeting is set for 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the South Ballroom of the Memorial Union. Agenda items include a budget overview, the North Dakota University System long-term financing plan, tuition rates and planned uses for the tuition waiver option, resource allocation model, physical plant status and plans for plant improvements during the 2001-2003 biennium and 2003-2005 plant improvement needs, accountability (flexible and responsive system), funding and rewards, educational excellence, accessible system, current enrollment information, long-term enrollment plans, economic development, and more. Speakers will include committee chair Sen. David Nething; President Kupchella; Alice Brekke, assistant to the president and director of the budget office; Matt Brown, student body president; Bob Gallager, vice president for finance and operations; John Ettling, vice president for academic affairs and provost; Bob Boyd, vice president for student and outreach services, Roger Thomas, athletic director; Leon Osborne, director, Regional Weather Information Center; Gerald Groenewold, director of the Energy and Environmental Research Center, and others.
During the afternoon, the committee will tour UND facilities, including EERC, Aerospace, Carnegie Hall, and O’Kelly Hall.
The meeting continues Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the South Ballroom of the Memorial Union, and will focus on the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Agenda items include a budget overview, the North Dakota University System long-term financing and resource allocation model, physical plant status and plans for improvements, flexibility and salaries, educational excellence, accessible system, current enrollment information, and long-term enrollment plans, and an economic development overview. Presenters include President Kupchella, H. David Wilson, vice president for health affairs, and others.

After a tour of the medical school and Family Practice Center, the committee will adjourn at noon.
Members of the Interim Committee on Higher Education include: Sen. David Nething, Jamestown, chair; Sen. Linda Christenson, Grand Forks; Sen. Tim Flakoll, Fargo; Sen. Tony Grindberg, Fargo; Sen. Ray Holmberg, Grand Forks; Sen. Ed Kringstad, Bismarck; Sen. Elroy Lindaas, Mayville; Sen. Ken Solberg, Rugby; Sen. Rich Wardner, Dickinson; Rep. Ole Aarsvold, Blanchard; Rep. Rachael Disrud, Fargo; Rep. Eliot Glassheim, Grand Forks; Rep. Michael Grosz, Grand Forks; Rep. Pam Gulleson, Rutland; Rep. Roxanne Jensen, Grand Forks; Rep. Nancy Johnson, Dickinson; Rep. Myron Koppang, Wahpeton; Rep. Bob Martinson, Bismarck; Rep. Ralph Metcalf, Valley City; Rep. Bill Pietsch, Casselton; Rep. Janet Wentz, Minot; and Rep. Lonny Winrich, Grand Forks. Two members of the State Board of Higher Education will also attend the meeting: Bev Clayburgh and Ralph Kingsbury. Local legislators have been invited.


Marketplace Of Ideas In Grand Forks; UND Units Invited To Reserve Booths

The Marketplace of Ideas, a small business, community renewal, and ag diversification network, will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 9 and 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Organizing sponsors are U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad and N.D. Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson.

UND entities are invited to host booths that showcase programs and services. There is no charge for this service. If you’re interested, please e-mail Sue Bartholomew, Marketplace of Ideas, at kaofice4@btinet.net or call her at (701)663-0150, or 1-888-384-8410. She will fax or e-mail a form to you.

Described as a “supermarket of ideas, information and resources,” Marketplace relies on the expertise of people who have already succeeded in North Dakota. In the dozens of “idea booths” that will fill the Alerus Center, entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators will discuss their ideas and inventions and explain how they brought them to market.

In addition, a full slate of classes, workshops and seminars will be available, focusing on business topics, advertising, marketing, home-based businesses, new products, business planning, information technology and more. Agriculture-related classes will also be offered with an emphasis on new crops and livestock.

The first marketplace, held in 1989 in Minot, attracted a few hundred people. Since then, the event has been held in Bismarck with an annual attendance of 4,500 to 6,000 people. This is the first time the Marketplace has been held in Grand Forks. Admission is free.
A variety of events have been scheduled, and more information and a detailed schedule are available at www.MarketplaceOfIdeas.org.

Following are some of the main events:
Wednesday, Jan. 9: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., leadership initiative for community strategic planning; 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., New Economy Initiative (NEI) aerospace cluster meeting; noon to 5 p.m., international trade seminar; noon to 7 p.m., second annual North Dakota inventors congress; 1 to 3 p.m., NEI advanced manufacturing pre-cluster meeting; 3 to 5:30 p.m., NEI tourism cluster meeting; 3 to 6 p.m., Information Technology Council of North Dakota annual membership/NEI IT cluster meeting; 4 to 6 p.m., NEI statewide talent pool strategy initiative meeting; 6 to 8 p.m, North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations annual membership meeting; 7 to 9 p.m., new economy night reception (everyone welcome).
Thursday, Jan. 10: 8 a.m., marketplace opens; 8:30 a.m., opening ceremony; 9 a.m., exhibits open, classes begin; 5 p.m., classes end, booths close. -- Jan Orvik, Editor, for Sue Bartholomew, Marketplace of Ideas.

 

 

EVENTS TO NOTE

 

Spring Commencements Are On Two Saturdays In May

General Spring Commencement will be held Saturday, May 11, at 1:30 p.m. in the Alerus Center, not on Sunday as in previous years. The Medical School Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Law School Commencement will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. – Fred Wittmann, Vice President for Student and Outreach Office.


Doctoral Examination Set For Karl Wald

The final examination for Karl A. Wald, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology, is set for 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, in 5510 Health Sciences. The dissertation title is “Characterization of Protein-Protein Interactions Between Aldolase, Lactate Dehydrogenase and the Cytoskeleton Using Green Fluorescent Protein-Labeled Enzymes.’’ Katherine Sukalski is the committee chair. Members of the graduate faculty are invited to attend. – Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

 

Biologist Will Discuss Cocaine, Alcohol, And Nervous System Development

Sally Pyle (Biology) will present “Cocaine, Alcohol and Nervous System Development: Can’t Find My Way Home,” at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in 141 Starcher Hall. Everyone is welcome. -- Department of Biology.

 

U2 Offers Mediation Course

The University Within the University program will offer a workshop titled “Dispel the Myths of Mediation” from 10 am. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 9, in 211 Rural Technology Center. New policies for handling faculty grievances, which include mediation, have been approved by the State Board of Higher Education. The program will be presented by Dan Bjerkness and Linda Hendrikson of the Conflict Resolution Center. You’ll learn about mediation, how it’s practiced at the Conflict Resolution Center, benefits and costs, different practices across the country, and how to make referrals to CRC. To register, contact me. – Amy Noeldner, U2, 777-2128.

 

Local Chapter Of Stuttering Association Meets Jan. 12

The Eastern North Dakota chapter of the National Stuttering Association will meet Saturday, Jan. 12, at noon in 202 Montgomery Hall. For more information, call 777-3724 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or 777-9667 evenings. – Elisa Diederich, National Stuttering Association.

 

University Senate Will Not Meet In January

The University Senate will not meet in January. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. – Nancy Krogh (Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Medical School Receives Nearly $600,000 For ROME Program

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences has received a grant totaling nearly $600,000 for a program aimed at encouraging medical students to practice in rural communities.

The three-year, $590,760 supplemental grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will support the Rural Opportunities in Medical Education (ROME) program, now in its fourth year of operation at the medical school. DHHS has provided funding for the program for the past three years.

“This funding is critical to the ROME program, a promising and very important component of the mission of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences,” said H. David Wilson, dean of the school and vice president for health affairs. “We believe that by exposing medical students to rural practice at an impressionable stage in their education they will become more interested, more inclined and better prepared to choose this type of practice when they are ready to launch their careers.”

Currently six third-year medical students, about 11 percent of the class, are working and studying with practicing faculty-physicians in Devils Lake, Jamestown and Hettinger. Other communities which have been or may become involved in the ROME program include Williston, Dickinson and Belcourt. Grant monies will be used to expand and refine the ROME program to include more collaboration with faculty members in internal medicine and pediatrics.

 

ERP Progress Continues

The last of this series of the statewide Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system update sessions was held Dec. 20. This system will replace the Higher Education Computing Network (HECN) administrative system. After the first of the year and as progress is made, another series of update sessions will be scheduled. You will be notified about dates and times as soon as they have been confirmed.

The following are highlights from the Dec. 20 session:

— The executive steering committee met for the first time Wednesday, December 19, in Bismarck. They discussed the background of the ERP process for the NDUS and how strategic themes and principles have been adapted over time.
— The implementation of the new system was discussed. We don’t change the software to fit our processes; we need to change and adapt our processes to fit the software. If there is a reason in law that we can’t change our process, then we will have to see how, and if it is possible, to change the software.
— A difference in philosophy between the old and new systems will affect the decision processes. The old system is administrative office-based and the new system will be user-based.
— The executive steering committee will make decisions about the implementation process. They will revise the ERP principles for cabinet approval.
— A schedule and registration information for the sandbox demonstrations will be sent out soon. The sessions will be held at Skills and Technology on 19th Ave. North in Fargo, the week of Jan. 14. Please keep in mind that space will be somewhat limited and preference will be given to those who have been involved with the process thus far: users and IT staff. Peoplesoft and Oracle, the vendor finalists, will be there the whole week and you will be able to see demonstrations by Oracle and Peoplesoft for different parts of the system. We do ask that you see both vendors in order to give a fair evaluation.
— The reference check of both vendors should be completed prior to the week of January 14, 2002.
– Dorette Kerian (ITSS), for the ERP Executive Steering Committee.

 

Business Office Moved To Union Jan. 17, 18

The Business Office will be working with students Monday, Jan. 7, through Friday, Jan. 18. The primary responsibility of the office will be fee payment assistance to the students. Due to increased student traffic, expect lines at the teller windows. During fee payment, Thursday and Friday, Jan. 17 and 18, the Business Office in Twamley Hall will be closed and moved to the Memorial Union Ballroom. Please direct students to the Ballroom. Departmental deposits will be accepted from 2 to 3 p.m. only at the Twamley Hall teller window on Thursday and Friday. Although no receipt will be issued, the deposits must be logged in by a representative from your department. The deposits will be processed as time allows. If departments anticipate special needs during these two days, contact Sandi Brelie at 777-3080 by noon Friday, Jan. 11. Additionally, due to the high amount of telephone traffic during the weeks surrounding fee payment, contacting Business Office staff may be easiest through e-mail. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. – Wanda Sporbert, Manager, Business Office.

 

First Entrepreneurship Major Graduated

The College of Business and Public Administration graduated its first entrepreneurship major, Ryan Foltz, during Winter Commencement Dec. 21. The major was created to prepare students to create and manage new ventures by providing them with a comprehensive set of entrepreneurial skills and a strong general business foundation provided by the business core. To earn the degree, Foltz studied the needs of new and emerging ventures and existing businesses with an entrepreneurial focus. He served as an entrepreneur intern at the Center for Innovation and worked with a number of new and emerging ventures.

 

New Online Tutoring Offered On Trial Basis

An online, real-time tutoring service, Smarthinking, will be offered as a pilot program to assist students. It will be used as a supplement to the on-campus tutoring services already available to students, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The pilot program will gauge student use and perceived value of the service, which will be available this semester. To examine the service, point your browser to www.smarthinking.com. - Laura Driscoll, Continuing Education.

 

Business College Accepted Into Entrepreneur Symposium

The College of Business and Public Administration has been named one of 20 universities to take part in the annual symposium for entrepreneurship educators. Taught by the faculty from Babson College, the nation’s top-ranked entrepreneurship business college, the symposium invites teams consisting of a college entrepreneurship educator and an entrepreneur.

Marketing professor William Lesch (Marketing) will be joined by Howard Dahl, president of Amity Technologies, Fargo. They will travel to the University of California at Berkeley Jan. 9-12. Costs will be covered by a grant from the Center for Innovation Foundation. – Bruce Gjovig, Director, Center for Innovation.

 

Death Of Student, Joshua Cole, Announced

It is with regret that the University announces the death of Joshua Nicholas Cole, on Dec. 24. A junior majoring in Biology, he was admitted into UND the fall of 1999. – Jerry Bulisco, Assistant Dean of Students.

 

Memorial Union Hours Listed

Regular operating hours for the Memorial Union are:
Lifetime Sports Center: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 11 p.m.
Info/Service Center: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
Copy Stop: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
U-Turn C-Store: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
Subway/Juice Works/TCBY: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
Little Caesars: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
Administrative office: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
Craft Center/Sign and Design: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Student Academic Services: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
Dining Center: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
Barber Shop: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
University Learning Center: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
Credit Union: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
Traffic Division: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
Passport I.D.s: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Computer labs: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 a.m.*; Friday, 8 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 2:45 a.m.*
Building hours: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.*; Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.*.
First, second and third floors open until 11 p.m.
* Beginning Jan. 21, access in lower level open only until 3 a.m.

 

Ray Richards Season Tickets Available Through Payroll Deduction

Play golf at Ray Richards in 2002 at the 2001 rate. This rate is available to faculty and staff who sign up for a season pass on payroll deduction. The payroll deduction will occur in January, February, and March 2002. The amount of the season pass will be deducted over six pay periods in equal installments beginning Jan. 15. The season pass will be available to you when the season opens in April. The amount deducted per pay period is $31.14 for a total of $186.81 (includes tax). This offer also applies to a faculty/staff family season pass. The deduction per pay period will be $60.49 for a total of $362.95 (includes tax).

Call 777-3759 for an application or if you have any questions. We will either send or fax you an application. -- Wallace Bloom, Manager of Special Services.

 

Retirement Meetings Available To All Employees

Free, individual retirement meetings are available to all UND employees. To set up a session, register online at https://ifs2.tiaa-cref.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/ARS or call Carolyn Bates at 1-800-842-2009. – Payroll Office.

 

Staff Senate Raffle Winners Listed

Following is the list of winners from the “31 Days of Glory” raffle, sponsored by Staff Senate. Proceeds go to scholarships for dependents of UND staff. Winners received $100 each, except for those drawn on Sundays, who received $500.
Dec. 1, Alice Brekke; Dec. 2, Jim Whiteside; Dec. 3, Phyllis Norgren; Dec. 4, Patsy Nies; Dec. 5, Margaret Zidon; Dec. 6, Connie Noem; Dec. 7, Cindy Stromme; Dec. 8, Pat Hanson; Dec. 9, Dave Vorland; Dec. 10, Jerry Stoldorf; Dec. 11, Debbie Scheevel; Dec. 12, Diane Knauf; Dec. 13, Elizabeth Hochstetler; Dec. 14, Maura Erickson; Dec. 15, John Meagher; Dec. 16, Sandy Moore; Dec. 17, Desi Sporbert; Dec. 18, Dennis Hogan; Dec. 19, Leigh Jeanotte; Dec. 20, Jerry Humble; Dec. 21, Harold Lee; Dec. 22, Janice Troite/Billie Gadde; Dec. 23, Roger Melvold; Dec. 24, Cyndy Langerud; Dec. 25, Harold Lee; Dec. 26, Connie Noem; Dec. 27, Wanda Sporbert; Dec. 28, Deb Melby; Dec. 29, Mike Bushaw; Dec. 30, Peter Johnson; Dec. 31, Susanne Gandrud. – Roberta Klamm (Continuing Education), for Staff Senate.

 

Yoga Class Changed

There has been a change of schedule for the Wednesday yoga class which begins Jan. 16. The class will be held at noon, and may be taken for 50 minutes or the full hour. Evening classes remain the same: 6 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. Thursday. There is a fee for the classes, and pre-registration is necessary, since space is limited. Contact me for information or to register. – Dyan Rey (Art), Instructor, 772-8840, 777-2419, dyanre@aol.com.

 

GRANTS AND RESEARCH

 

Senate Scholarly Activities Committee Travel Application Deadline Is Jan. 15

The third deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee is Tuesday, Jan. 15. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between Jan. 16, 2002, and May 1, 2002. No other applications will be considered at that time.

The fourth deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC) is Friday, Feb. 15. Research/creative activity and publication grant applications as well as applications for new faculty scholar awards will be considered at that time. No travel applications will be considered at that time.

The fifth deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday, May 1. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between May 2, 2002, and Sept. 15, 2002. No other applications will be considered at that time.

The committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. The proposal should be written with a multidisciplinary readership in mind. Avoid technical jargon and undefined abbreviations. Although the SSAC encourages submission of research/creative activity proposals and travel/publication requests, the committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC (or FRCAC) award granted to each applicant. Priority will be given to beginning faculty and first-time applicants. Requests for research/creative activity awards may not exceed $2,500. The Committee has approximately $55,000 available to award during the 2000-2001 academic year.

Application forms are available at the Office of Research and Program Development, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on ORPD’s Homepage (on UND’s Homepage under “Research”). A properly signed original and seven copies of the application must be submitted to ORPD on or prior to the deadline. Applications that are not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered by the committee. Please feel free to contact any of the current SSAC committee members for information or guidance when preparing your application. Their names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are available on ORPD’s Homepage or by calling ORPD at 7-4278. -Garl Rieke (Anatomy and Cell Biology), Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee.