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March 12, 19989

Volume 36 No. 27

UNIVERSITY LETTER
University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 27, March 12, 1999

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CONTENTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

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DID YOU KNOW?

The University's anthem, "Alma Mater," was written by John Macnie, who taught languages at UND from 1885 to 1906. The lyrics are set to Haydn's "Emperor's Hymn," also known as the German national anthem, "Deutschland uber Alles."

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STEPHEN HULBERT VISITS CAMPUS MARCH 14-16

Stephen T. Hulbert, Commissioner of Higher Education and Chief Executive Officer, Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, will be the third of eight presidential candidates to visit the campus Sunday through Tuesday, March 14-16. The public will have the opportunity to hear and meet Hulbert at several points during his visit:

Monday, March 15

Noon, Public Speech, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl;
1:45 p.m., Open Forum with Students, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl;
4 p.m., Open Forum with Faculty, Room 1, Gamble Hall;
5 p.m., Public Reception, North Dakota Museum of Art.

Tuesday, March 16

10 a.m. -- Open Forum with Classified Staff, Memorial Union Ballroom.

The Presidential Search Committee is bringing eight candidates to campus. The committee will forward the names of three or four unranked candidates to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, which is expected to select UND's 10th president in April.

Stephen T. Hulbert has been Commissioner of Higher Education and Chief Executive Officer, Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, since 1996. Prior to that, Hulbert was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, 1994-96, where he was also a Senior Vice President, 1992; Interim President, for six months in 1991; and Vice President for Administrative Services and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, 1988-91. He received the D.Ed. from the State University of New York at Albany, 1972, with a major in Educational Administration/Higher Education Administration; M.Ed., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1968, major in counseling and student personnel services; and B.S.Ed., Worcester State College, Mass., 1966, major in History and Secondary Education.

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JOHN ETTLING VISITS CAMPUS MARCH 17-19

John Ettling, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Dakota, will be the fourth of eight presidential candidates to visit campus Wednesday through Friday, March 17-19. The public will have the opportunity to hear and meet Ettling at several points during his visit:

Thursday, March 18

Noon, Public Speech, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl;
1:45 p.m., Open Forum with Students, Memorial Union Ballroom;
4 p.m., Open Forum with Faculty, Room 1, Gamble Hall;
5 p.m., Public Reception, Dakota Lounge, Memorial Union.

Tuesday, March 16
10 a.m., Open Forum with Classified Staff, Memorial Union Ballroom.

The Presidential Search Committee is bringing eight candidates to campus. The committee will forward the names of three or four unranked candidates to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, which is expected to select UND's 10th president in April.

Dr. John Ettling has been Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at UND since 1998, and was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1995 to 1998. He holds the academic rank of Professor of History. He came to UND from the University of Houston where he was Associate Dean, Honors College, from 1993-95, and a faculty member in the Honors College and History Department from 1979. He holds the Ph.D. from Harvard University, 1978; the A.M. from Harvard, 1972; and the B.A. from the University of Virginia (Honors Program in History).

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PLEASE TAKE PART IN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE VISITS

All faculty and staff are invited to take part in presidential candidate visits and provide feedback. The final candidates will be brought back to campus to be interviewed by the State Board of Higher Education, but the current round of visits will likely be the only opportunity for faculty and staff to interact with the candidates through structured meetings, and hence, the only opportunity for providing meaningful feedback as part of the search process. Please participate in the search by attending meetings with the candidates, and fill out the evaluation sheets provided at each event.

-- Harvey Knull (Graduate School), Chair, Presidential Search Committee.

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CANDIDATE AUSTENSEN FOCUSES ON EDUCATIONAL "HOT BUTTONS"

Roy Austensen, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind., one of eight candidates for the UND presidency, shared his impressions of the University at a public speech last Thursday, and defined "hot buttons" he feels are affecting higher education and the University.

Dr. Austensen said he was impressed with the countryside, and quipped that if he became the University's next president, he may have to change his "religion" from basketball to hockey. He noted some similarities between Valparaiso and UND athletes, most notably that athletes in both institutions are good students.

Austensen then shared his perceptions of the University, saying that UND can't afford to be as good as it is, and that the University must think about what it wants to do, and move ahead within the constraints imposed by the University System. He said we should take pride in the accomplishments we've achieved thus far with available resources, and in the number of programs that have national reputations. He noted that these accomplishments have been achieved with creative people rather than large amounts of money, and we need to focus on continuing those achievements.

Austensen defined the role of the president as a manager and CEO of the institution, overseeing both the business and academic sides of the equation. The president also serves as the chief spokesperson of the institution, articulating that institution's vision. It is the Board of Higher Education's responsibility to define a university's mission, not that of people within the university, he said. The state owns the university, and it falls to each institution to determine how to fulfill that mission.

He then articulated his views of "hot buttons" in education and how they affect UND:

-- Dinosaurs vs. Cyberschools. Futurist Peter Drucker believes that the great universities of our time will be the dinosaurs of the next century. Alexander Astin (Director, Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA), says that the two things most important to undergraduates are a student-oriented faculty and peer group formation, or residential college experience. It is difficult to achieve collaborative learning in distance education, Austensen said.

-- Demographics. It is estimated that by 2008, the population of 18-year-olds will increase by 20 percent, but not in North Dakota. Austensen says this is a reason to concentrate on education and training, which can become ever more important to develop the state's economy and make North Dakota a more desirable place in which to live. The state must grow, educate and change to ensure its prosperity, and educational institutions will play an increasingly important role.

-- Technology. Some people view technology as a black hole; others said technology would simplify what we do and decrease costs. Austensen believes technology will provide new opportunities for teaching and learning, both on and off campus. Technology will not replace the university, but will enhance it, providing new ways to accomplish goals. "UND will still be here in 2099," he said.

-- Curriculum and pedagogy. "Is the teacher going to become the guy on the side, or the sage on the stage?" he asked. Austensen said that in the university of the future, we will still have lectures, but they will be different, and although it's possible to do a presentation with PowerPoint, sometimes chalk works better. A problem with technology, Austensen said, is that forces outside higher education cause us to change what we do in class. Students have different expectations than previous generations, and universities must change with the times. But we must do it in an organized way and set priorities.

-- Finance, the cost/price conundrum. The price people pay for higher education is usually less than the cost. For example, at a private university, the annual price of an education is upwards of $20,000 per year, but that price doesn't cover the actual cost of $28,000. In order to provide the services people need, we must have resources. Without the services, students will not come. The answer to the problem, Austensen said, is planning and communicating. We must communicate and explain to the Board, students, alumni, and the state why we have these costs, and find alternate funding sources.

In closing, Austensen said he believes that higher education is more necessary today than ever before. "It is the key to economic development, saving Social Security, and the only way to build a democratic community in a knowledge-based society. It is our hope for the future," he said.

In response to a question from the audience regarding his earlier statements about the roles of the Board of Higher Education and the University, Austensen said that activist boards are increasingly common, demanding more accountability and a larger role. The Chancellor and Board have a responsibility to manage higher education and determine a University's mission, and the University must respect that. Austensen compared the Board's role to the DNA in a cell, which determines what kind of organism that cell will form. A University must have the vision to fulfill the mission, and the freedom to carry it out. "A president receives a mandate," he said, "and it is his responsibility to work with people in the University, alumni and other stakeholders to define how to accomplish that mission." Austensen stressed that if it is to be held accountable to achieve that mission, a university needs flexibility and resources.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.

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NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARDS

The University will again present Meritorious Service Awards of $1,000 each to 10 UND staff employees.

These awards will be given to employees in each of the following five major classification groups: Executive, Administrative and Professional (three awards); Technical, Paraprofessional (one award); Office Clerical (three awards); Trades and Crafts (one award); and Service Employees (two awards). Eligible employees are those employed on a regular basis who are not in a probationary period. Those not eligible for consideration include teaching and research faculty, vice presidents, deans, the Director of Personnel and Meritorious Service Award winners from the previous seven years.

All members of the University community are encouraged to present their nominee for these awards by completing a Meritorious Service nomination form by Friday, April 9. Nomination forms are available in the Office of Personnel Services, 313 Twamley Hall, or by calling 777-4361.

The Meritorious Service Award winners will be announced at the annual UND Recognition Ceremony for Staff personnel Tuesday, May 11, at 11:30 a.m, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

-- Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.

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WRITER PETER MATTHIESSEN IS 1999 PRESIDENTIAL LECTURER

National Book Award winner Peter Matthiessen, explorer and writer of remote regions in the world, will be this year's University of North Dakota 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. It is free and open to the public.

This year the Presidential Lecture is part of the 30th Annual UND Writers Conference, "Expressing the Sacred," March 16-19. 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 UND 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 in the UND Memorial Union Ballroom.

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WRITERS CONFERENCE WILL INCLUDE FILM SERIES

A series of films will be shown as part of the Writers Conference March 16-19. All films are free and open to the public and will be shown in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl unless otherwise indicated. The schedule follows:

Tuesday, March 16, 9 to 11:30 a.m., "Kundun"; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., "Jesus of Montreal";

Wednesday, March 17, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., "Itam Hakim Hopiit"; 1:30 to 3 p.m., "The Gospel at Colonus";

Thursday, March 18, 9:30 to 11 a.m., "Imagining Indians"; 1:30 to 3 p.m., "Navajo Talking Picture" and other Native American films selected by Masayesva; 4 p.m., "Ritual Clowns" shown at the North Dakota Museum of Art;

Friday, March 19, 9 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., "At Play in the Fields of the Lord"; 1:30 to 3:20 p.m., "Revolt of Job."

-- Jim McKenzie, Professor of English.

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NORTHERN LIGHTS PUBLIC RADIO WILL AIR WRITERS CONFERENCE

Northern Lights Public Radio, 90.7 FM and 1370 AM, will air a series of commentaries written by area writers that highlight the lives and works of seven of the participants coming to the 30th Annual UND Writers Conference, "Expressing the Sacred." The commentaries are a production of Northern Lights and began airing Wednesday, March 10, at 8 a.m. and continue through the week of the conference, concluding Friday, March 19. Northern Lights will also rebroadcast the March 16-19 noon panel discussion each evening at 6 p.m. on 1370 AM.

The schedule follows:

Thursday, March 11, 8 a.m., Lucille Clifton by Pam Defauw; noon, Victor Masayesva Jr. by Ann Graham; 4 p.m., Galway Kinnell by Martha Meek.

Friday, March 12, 8 a.m., Peter Matthiessen by Robert Lewis; noon, Mark Doty by Jay Meek; 4 p.m., Lucille Clifton by Pam Defauw.

Monday, March 15, 8 a.m., Joseph Bruchac by Janet Spaeth; noon, Galway Kinnell by Martha Meek; 4 p.m., Terry Tempest Williams by Libby Rankin.

Tuesday, March 16, 8 a.m., Joseph Bruchac by Janet Spaeth; noon, Terry Tempest Williams by Libby Rankin; 6 p.m., panel discussion "Defining the Sacred" (AM 1370 only).

Wednesday, March 17, 8 a.m., Mark Doty by Jay Meek; noon, Lucille Clifton by Pam Defauw; 6 p.m., panel discussion "Faith and the Sacred" (AM 1370 only).

Thursday, March 18, 8 a.m., Victor Masayesva Jr. by Ann Graham; noon, Galway Kinnell by Martha Meek; 6 p.m., panel discussion "Art and the Sacred" (AM 1370 only).

Friday, March 19, 8 a.m., Peter Matthiessen by Robert Lewis; noon, Peter Matthiessen by Robert Lewis; 6 p.m., panel discussion "Politics and the Sacred" (AM 1370 only).

-- Hilary Bertsch, Northern Lights Public Radio.

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STATE SENATE CONFIRMS KORSMO FOR HIGHER ED BOARD

John Korsmo won unanimous Senate confirmation for a seat on the Board of Higher Education. Gov. Ed Schafer nominated Korsmo for the board last month.

Korsmo, who holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, works as a health care consultant and is a former Fargo hospital vice president. He once worked as an aide to Schafer, a Republican. Korsmo begins his four-year term July 1, succeeding Paul Ebeltoft Jr., a Dickinson attorney.

The board, which oversees the operations of North Dakota's university system, has eight voting members. Seven are appointed for four-year terms; the eighth; who represents North Dakota's students, serves a one-year term.

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

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GRADUATE COMMITTEE MEETS MONDAY

The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, March 15, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Consideration of a request by the History department to add a course, HIST 585, Directed Readings.

2. Consideration of a request by the Microbiology department to:

a. Change the title for MBio 508 to Microbial Pathogenesis, and change the credits, prerequisites, and course description.

b. Change the prerequisites and course description for MBio 509, Immunology.

3. Grievance

4. Matters arising

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.

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ALL INVITED TO POW WOW CLASS

The Department of Indian Studies invites faculty and staff to visit or enroll in a "Pow Wow" class. This class is designed to introduce students, staff and faculty to the most visible celebration of American Indian culture, the Pow Wow. The one-credit class will begin Tuesday, March 16, and meet each Tuesday from 2 until 3:45 p.m. for the rest of the semester. In addition to the faculty of the Indian Studies Department, presenters will include individuals selected for their knowledge of various aspects of the celebration and Native American cultures. Anyone is welcome to sit in and learn or to enroll. Come and join us in 116 Merrifield Hall.

For information, contact the Department of Indian Studies at 777-4314. The schedule is as follows:

March 16, Introduction to the Pow Wow. The primary presenter will be Ambrose Little Ghost, recognized cultural presenter;

March 23, Drum and Songs. Explanations and demonstrations by UND based Drum;

March 30, Male and Female Traditional Dancers (includes demonstrations and discussion);

April 13, Fancy Dancer and Fancy Shawl Dancer;

April 20, Discussion of the Time Out Pow Wow set for April 16, 17 and 18;

April 27, Other public celebrations of American Indian Cultures (give-aways, naming ceremonies, etc.)

-- Gregory Gagnon, Indian Studies.

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ANATOMY PLANS SEMINAR

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology will hold a seminar at noon Monday, March 15, in B710, Frank Low Conference Room, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Nancy Traiser (Anatomy and Cell Biology) will present "Gap Junctions and Intercellular Communication"

-- Patrick Carr, Anatomy and Cell Biology Spring Seminar Series Coordinator.

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PRE-RETIREMENT SEMINARS UNDER WAY

The 1999 Pre-Retirement Seminars are currently under way. All UND employees, age 55 and older, spouses and interested parties are invited to attend. Please mark your calendars to attend these sessions from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in 16-18 Swanson Hall.

Tuesday, March 16: Rita Fuglie, Assistant Program Director, Senior Health Insurance Counseling Program, will present health insurance information. This program, a part of the North Dakota Insurance Department, assists senior citizens in understanding Medicare and becoming educated buyers of related insurance policies.

Tuesday, March 23: Howard Kossover, Manager of the Regional Social Security Administration Office, will present information concerning the Social Security Program.

Tuesday, March 30: Brian Kraft, President of First National Bank Securities Corporation, will give general information and answer your questions concerning finances/investments, trusts and estate taxes.

A special gift to the first 100 employees attending these seminars will be the 1999 Ready or Not Retirement Guide, which provides information on many retirement topics in an easy-to-read format, and includes checklists and illustrations.

-- Pat Hanson, Director, Payroll.

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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 lecturers for Wednesday, March 17, are Darrel Williams, L7 Project Scientist, Head, Biospheric Sciences Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Jim Irons, L7 Deputy Project Scientist, Biospheric Sciences Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, who will present "Landsat 7: Science."

-- Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, Space Studies.

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WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH LUNCHEON SET

March is Women's History Month, with the theme of "Women's History: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."

On Thursday, March 18, there will be a Grand Forks Air Force Base luncheon in celebration of Women's History Month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Grand Forks Air Base Enlisted Club. Luncheon cost is $6.50; contact Susan Johnson, 777-3620, for more information. There will be displays and a panel discussion centering on the Air Force Women's History Month theme for 1999, "Women Putting Our Stamp on America," and the Major Command 1999 Theme of "Year of the Family."

-- Anne Kelsch, History.

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PHYSICS SET COLLOQUIUM

A Physics colloquium, "Why Save the Metal? Superconductivity in a Two-Dimensional Electron Gas" will be presented by Philip Phillips, Professor at the University of Illinois, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, 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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VIOLINIST WILL PERFORM AT MUSEUM

Ukrainian violinist Oleh Krysa and his Russian-born wife, Tatiana Tchekina, will perform at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, March 21, at 2 p.m. This is the final concert in the Museum's 1998-1999 Concert Series. The Concert Series is supported with major funding by the Myra Foundation, and additional funding from the Heartland Arts Fund, a collaborative project between Arts Midwest, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

Hailed as a "musician of first rank" by The New York Times, and "a violinist of sterling taste and tone" by The New Yorker, Oleh Krysa has performed as soloist in major music centers throughout the world, and with leading orchestras, conductors and ensembles. He won major prizes at the Wieniawski, Tchaikovsky and the Montreal competitions, and was the winner of the Paganini Competition. Krysa also has performed worldwide as a chamber musician, and as first violinist for the celebrated Beethoven Quartet.

Pianist Tatiana Tchekina, who has been Oleh Krysa's partner in recitals and on recordings, was born in Moscow into a family of singers. She studied at the Kiev and Moscow Conservatories with Vsevolod Topilin and Boris Zemliansky, and has performed with her husband in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the world. They have received world-wide critical acclaim for their performances in the former Soviet Union, Europe, United States (including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington), Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Korea. Tatiana Tchekina has also appeared in major music festivals in Russia, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Finland, U.S.A., and Australia.

The program at the March 21 concert will feature Sonata for Violin and Piano Op. 24, F Major ("Spring") by Ludwig Van Beethoven; Sonata for Violin and Piano Op. 108, D Minor, No. 3 by Johannes Brahms; Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major by Maurice Ravel; "A Paganini" for Solo Violin (1982) (written for Oleh Krysa) by Alfred Schnittke; and Three Paganini Caprices, Op. 40 Nos. 20, 21, 24 by Karel Szymanowski.

General admission at the door is $12; students, $5; grades 8 and younger are admitted free. For further information, call 777-4195, or visit our web site at www.ndmoa.com.

The Museum is located on Centennial Drive on the University of North Dakota campus. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 5 p.m. weekends.

-- Marsy Schroeder, North Dakota Museum of Art.

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PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS WILL SHARE EXPERIENCES

Peace Corps is celebrating its 38th year. Several returned Peace Corps volunteers will share their experiences and answer questions at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Please extend our invitation to students, faculty and friends who have an interest in hearing more about opportunities in international development. Also feel free to contact Peace Corps directly at (800)424-8580, option 1, or visit our web site at www.peacecorps.gov.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for Christi Jean Magruder, Poland 1996-98, cmagruder@peacecorps.gov.

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CONFLICT RESOLUTION CENTER PLANS SEMINAR

The Conflict Resolution Center will hold an Advanced Mediation Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 23 and 24, in the Memorial Union. Seminar topics include identifying and responding to opportunities for empowerment and recognition, fundamental premises of mediation, how a mediator's premises guide practice, understanding parties' implicit rules of interaction, and how a party's "face needs" affect mediation. The cost is $350 per person; UND faculty and staff will receive a discount rate of $175. The fee includes instructional materials, continental breakfasts, and lunches. Call 777-3664 to register by Tuesday, March 16.

-- Conflict Resolution Center.

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MATHEMATICS SETS COLLOQUIUM FOR MARCH 25

Tom Langer, graduate student in Mathematics, will present his research in a colloquium titled: "Continuity Through Images" Thursday, March 25, at 3:30 p.m. in 309 Witmer Hall. This talk will discuss the possibility of characterizing continuity of a real-valued function by preservation of some property. The talk will begin by looking at several examples of possible characterizations, proceed through several results, and ultimately show that no such property for continuity can exist. Everyone is welcome.

This talk is appropriate for advanced undergraduate students and graduates. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. in 325 Witmer Hall.

-- Bruce Dearden, Professor of Mathematics.

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DOCTORAL EXAMS SET FOR STURGILL AND YEAGER

The final examination for Danial S. Sturgill, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Clinical Psychology, is set for 9 a.m. Thursday, March 25, in 140 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "The Effects of Thought Suppression on Later Recall of Valenced, Self-Referenced Adjectives." F. Richard Ferraro (Psychology) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Tiffney Jo Yeager, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Psychology, is set for 2 p.m. Friday, March 26, in 210 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "The Development of the Metacognitive Elements of Study Scale." Mark Grabe (Psychology) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.

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INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD MEETS MARCH 31

The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, in 305 Twamley Hall to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development before Monday, March 22. Proposals received later will be considered only if a quorum has reviewed them and time permits.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcom- mittee before being brought to the full Board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Office of Research and Program Development Tuesday, March 15.

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

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

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UNIVERSITY SENATE MEETS APRIL 1

The University Senate will meet Thursday, April 1, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by 4 p.m. Thursday, March 18. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

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

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AWARD-WINNING POET READS AT MUSEUM

North Dakota-born poet Mark Vinz, whose poems, stories, and essays have appeared in more than 200 magazines and anthologies, will read from his published work in the North Dakota Museum of Art on Tuesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. This will be the last event in the Museum's Readers Series for the 1998-1999 season.

Vinz's reading will include poems from the recently published "Affinities," which he wrote in collaboration with photographer Wayne Gudmundson. "Affinities," published by Dacotah Territory, is based in part on a collaborative exhibition of Vinz's poetry and Gudmundson's photographs that appeared at the Plains Art Museum during the fall of 1993, in the Cannon House Office Building Rotunda, Washington, D.C., in October 1994, and subsequently in several galleries in the region.

Minnesota writer Paul Gruchow says this of Affinities: "Wayne Gudmundson is that rare photographer whose wittiness with a camera can make you laugh out loud, and Mark Vinz's poems, spare as the prairie country in which they are mainly set, cast a quiet spell that runs deep and lasts. I don't know of another book that captures more exactly the contrary loneliness and loveliness of life on the plains."

Vinz was born in Rugby, N.D., grew up in Minneapolis and the Kansas City area, and attended the Universities of Kansas and New Mexico. He has taught at Moorhead State University since 1968.

His most recent books include "Late Night Calls: Prose Poems and Short Fiction" (New Rivers Press) and "Minnesota Gothic" (poems, in collaboration with Wayne Gudmundson photographs, Milkweed Editions). He is also the co-editor of two anthologies of literature published by the University of Minnesota Press, "Inheriting the Land: Contemporary Voices from the Midwest," and "Imagining Home: Writing from the Midwest," both of which won Minnesota Book Awards (1994 and 1996), and co-editor of three anthologies published by New Rivers Press, "Beyond Borders: New Writing from Manitoba, Minnesota, Saskatchewan, and the Dakotas" (1992), "The Party Train: An Anthology of North American Prose Poems" (1996), and "The Talking of Hands: Unpublished Writing" by New Rivers Press Authors (1998).

Admission to the reading is free and open to the public. For further information, please call 777-4195, or visit our web site at www.ndmoa.com.

-- Marsy Schroeder, North Dakota Museum of Art.

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COURSE ON LEGAL SYSTEM OFFERED

A course on how our legal system works, "The People's Law School," will be conducted during seven Thursday evening sessions April 8 through May 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the University. The course will be taught by judges and lawyers of the North Dakota State Bar Association and will provide information on a variety of legal topics, including The Courts and How They Operate, Personal Injury, Criminal Law, Wills and Estates, Real Estate, The Human Rights Act and You, Domestic Relations, Social Security, Worker's Compensation, Bankruptcy, and Landlord-Tenant Relations.

"The People's Law School" is coordinated by the University of North Dakota Division of Continuing Education, University of North Dakota School of Law and the State Bar Association of North Dakota. For more information contact the North Dakota State Bar Association at (701) 255-1404 or (800) 472-2685 or Dawn Botsford at Continuing Education, at 777-2663 or (800) 342-8230.

-- Dawn Botsford, Continuing Education.

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RECRUITING FAIR SET FOR EDUCATION STUDENTS

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage Education students to participate in the North Dakota Education Connection Recruiting Fair Wednesday, May 5, in the Multi-Purpose Gym at the Hyslop Sports Center. This fair is sponsored by all North Dakota universities that prepare teachers and is an opportunity for candidates to meet with representatives from many school districts in a single day. Registration forms are available at Career Services, 280 McCannel Hall or online at www.und.nodak.edu/dept/career.

-- Mark Thompson, Director, Career Services.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUMMER, FALL TIME SCHEDULES AVAILABLE MARCH 26

The Time Schedule of Classes for Summer and Fall 1999, to be used by departments for advising purposes, will be available for pickup in the reception area of the Office of the Registrar, second floor, Twamley Hall, beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, March 26. The summer time schedule is now online; the fall time schedule will be online by Monday, March 15. If you have questions, please call 777-2711.

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

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UNDERGRADS RECEIVE NORTH DAKOTA EPSCOR AWARDS

The ND EPSCoR Advanced Undergraduate Research Awards (AURA) provides up to $2,500 for undergraduates who join a faculty laboratory at UND or NDSU for summer research.

The 1999 UND award winners, their home towns and mentors are:

Jeff Andersen, Fargo, Garl Rieke, Anatomy and Cell Biology;

Nicole Arevalo, Grand Forks AFB, John La Duke, Biology;

Peter Biegler, Mapleton, Steven Sternberg, Chemical Engineering;

Karri Bye, Carrington, Serge von Duvillard, Human Performance Lab;

Steven Hill, Monticello, Minn., Tony Borgerding, Chemistry;

Joey Peterson, Moorhead, Minn., Richard Ferraro, Psychology;

Paul Pfennig, Bismarck, Ann Flower, Microbiology and Immunology;

Reyne Shefchik, Grand Forks, James Cronin, Biology;

Melissa Slanicky, Grand Forks, Douglas McDonald, Psychology;

Jennifer Wolff, Lindsay, Mont., Paul Lindseth, Aviation.

Awards are competitive and are made directly to the students from the sciences, engineering, or mathematics disciplines. North Dakota residents and students enrolled at North Dakota University System institutions are eligible. Each fall semester, faculty submit a list of research topics, and students apply for the positions by Nov. 30. A faculty review committee ranks the students.

The AURA program has grown from three students, as a pilot program in 1987, to an average of 20 students per year at the two research universities. A total of 212 undergraduates (118 women and 94 men) from an applicant pool of 443 have received these awards. The average GPA for an AURA awardee is 3.65.

The purpose of ND EPSCoR, a North Dakota University System program, is to make North Dakota more competitive nationally in science, engineering, and mathematics research and development. Learn more about ND EPSCoR at http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/epscor. For more information about AURA, please contact me.

-- David Givers, ND EPSCoR, NDSU, (701) 231-7516, givers@badlands.nodak.edu.

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NORTH DAKOTA QUARTERLY FEATURES RED RIVER BIOREGION

The latest issue of North Dakota Quarterly features work on the bioregion of the Red River of the North and its tributaries. Bioregionalism aims to consider human and non-human topics and issues in a holistic way that transcends political and similar approaches that tend to create artificial divisions.

For instance, in this special issue we hoped to avoid a common geographical provincialism that often ignores the Canadian part of our bioregion. So when our Red River floods, it's an interstate and international phenomenon, and when we address common concerns it is a similar enterprise (or better be).

A number of present or former students and faculty have contributed to this issue. Alumni include Lynn Miller (with a short story set in North Dakota), Jon Hassler (a poem), and Kathleen Brokke (natural history).

Emeritus faculty represented are Mary Ellen Caldwell (a review) and Robert King (a poem and a travel piece). Current faculty included are James McKenzie (an interview with Mayor Pat Owens), Richard Crawford (an essay and a poem on "Buffalo Rubbing Stones" and a review), Curt Stofferahn (a study on ". . . Threats to Rural North Dakota . . . "), Paul Todhunter (on the Grand Forks flood of 1997), Kathleen Tiemann (co-author of an article on "Photographing the Flood of 1997"), James Mochoruk (". . . A Personal and Historical Reflection on Life in a Flood Plain"), Glinda Crawford (a bibliographical essay, "Growing Prairie Roots," a review, and a natural history essay on "The Purple Coneflower," the source of Echinacea), Mary Jane Schneider (on "First Settlements in the Red River Valley"), John Anderton (on the Valley prior to American settlement and the ". . . Landscape Created by Native American Burning"), Elizabeth Hampsten (on the link between the Uruguayan painter Ignacio Iturria and Grand Forks), Gretchen Chelsea Lang, Cigdem Usekes, Susan Koprince, Melissa Anderson, Kenneth Williment, and Robert Lewis (reviews), and Jay Meek (a poem "Red River of the North," dedicated to Dean Emeritus Bernard O'Kelly).

This big issue (372 pages) also includes six essays, a story, four poems, and four reviews by other writers. It is sold at the North Dakota Museum of Art and the UND Bookstore for only $12. A subscription beginning with this issue is only $25 and will include three following issues.

-- Robert Lewis (English), Editor, North Dakota Quarterly, Box 7209, 777-3322.

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FOUNDERS DAY PROGRAM WILL AIR ON CHANNEL 3

"A Tribute," the Founders Day program which honors retired and retiring faculty and staff, will be shown on UND Cable Channel 3 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, and Thursday, March 18. Feel free to tape the 26-minute program off the air. If you would like a VHS videotape of the program, you may also contact the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies at 777-2129 to order a copy. The cost is $4.90; mailing is optional at an additional charge.

-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations.

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RESTRUCTURING/REALLOCATION FUNDING, COMMITTEE CHANGES NOTED BY U SENATE

A report on recommendations for dispersal of funds from this year's Academic Program Investment Pool and approval of changes in its committee structure were among items before University Senate at its regular monthly meeting March 4.

The Restructuring and Reallocation Committee allocated all of the $320,000 available from the pool for support of permanent positions. Seven of the 23 proposals received approval, with two of the main considerations of each program being student demand and relative cost and efficiency. System duplication and uniqueness were also considered. It was reported that fund recipients did not receive "enough to do what they wanted to do, but enough to make a difference." The funds will become part of the base of the programs.

Proposals included requests for funding for undergraduate and graduate program changes and others for web course offerings. The committee's recommendations for funding were: Criminal Justice Program, $45,000; Aviation Department, $48,600; Instructional Design and Technology, $50,600; Rehabilitation Counseling, $50,600; Honors Program, $25,400; Psychology Department, $39,800; Family and Community Nursing, $60,000.

A study by its Committee on Committees and resultant report on Senate's committee structure was approved with one exception. Four existing committees were removed from the report for consideration at the April meeting. They are Continuing Education, Distance Education, and Outreach; Restructuring and Reallocation; Student Policy; and University Assessment Committees. The thrust of the study was to strengthen committees and streamline their descriptions and clarify ambiguities. The study reported the need for three new Senate committees: Intellectual Property, Legislative Affairs, and University Assessment Committees. However, the latter was among those removed for further discussion.

A statement on General Education Requirements to replace that in the current UND Academic Catalog was discussed and amended but did not get final consideration because attendance fell below a quorum level.

Details on proceedings of the March meeting and other Senate information such as agendas, minutes of other meetings, and announcements, can be accessed under the UND Internet home page, Academics -- Senate .

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.

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GUIDELINES ISSUED FOR SYSTEMS THAT ARE NOT Y2K COMPLIANT

If you have a system that is not year 2000 compliant and you need to continue to operate this system after Jan. 1, 2000, please be aware of the following:

* A year 2000 non-compliant system cannot be connected to the UND network. That means it can not be used for access to e-mail or to the Web. To continue to operate, the system must be completely stand-alone. Internet software should be removed and the cable disconnected from the wall jack. For example, if you use a computer system for word processing, you must move documents to and from the system via floppy disk and if you wish to print there must be a printer directly attached.

* The president of UND will be asked to sign a year 2000 compliance statement assuring that "good faith efforts" were made to bring all systems in use on the campus into compliance. Any system that is not year 2000 compliant must be included in an itemized list of non-compliant systems which is attached to the signed compliance statement. In order to accomplish this, we ask that you give your Y2K task force member identifying information about any non-compliant systems you will retain and the reason it won't be brought into compliance and needs to remain in use.

* The system must be tagged as not being year 2000 compliant. The Computer Center has tags that you can affix to the system that will warn all users that the system is not year 2000 compliant.

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

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SUBMIT 1998 FLEXCOMP CLAIMS BY MARCH 25

If you have money remaining in your FlexComp medical spending account and/or dependent care spending account for the plan year ending Dec. 31, 1998, you have until March 31 (90 day IRS regulation) to submit any claims incurred in the 1998 plan year (1/1/98-12/31/98). After that time, any remaining balances will be forfeited.

Please take into account the processing time needed to complete the forms before the plan is closed out on March 31. Vouchers should be received in the Payroll Office no later than Thursday, March 25. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Heidi Vogel, Payroll Office, at 777-4423.

-- Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll.

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KEY REQUEST SHOULD BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY

Thanks to Dori Dunnigan (Nursing), Plant Services now has an electronic key request available in WordPerfect. If you would like a copy we can e-mail it to you. To request a copy, send an e-mail to: jeanette_prax@mail.und.nodak.edu. If anyone has the new key request form set up in Microsoft Word, please contact Jeanette Prax at 777-2592 or send an e-mail. We would like to get a copy to share with other departments. Effective Wednesday, March 31, all key requests must be submitted on the revised form. Key requests submitted on the old forms after that date will be returned for resubmission.

-- Larry Zitzow, Director of Facilities.

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INSTRUCTIONAL AND LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES FACULTY WORKSHOP SESSIONS ANNOUNCED

The following Faculty Workshop sessions will be offered next week:

Tuesday, March 16, 1 to 3 p.m., Preparing PowerPoint Lectures for the Web;

Wednesday, March 17, 9 a.m. to noon, Intermediate PowerPoint; and 1 to 3 p.m., Dream Weaver;

Thursday, March 18, 1 to 2:30 p.m., WI: Supplemental Course Materials on the WWW.

You may register online at http://www.cilt.und.nodak.edu/services/index.html or by calling 777-4150.

-- Lynn Weiner, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies.

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SURPLUS PROPERTY HAS ITEMS FOR DEPARTMENTAL PURCHASE

Surplus Property has the following items for departmental purchase and use through Surplus Property: one used black four-drawer lateral file; one used 48" round table, the top is aqua in color; one used wood secretarial desk with the wing on the right side; two sets of new optional Eck Adams arm sets, burgundy in color; one new United executive chair, brown in color; several used executive chairs, colors vary.

If your department is interested in any of the items listed above, please call Lee at Central Receiving, 777-3125, for further information and prices.

-- Lee Sundby, Central Receiving.

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U2 LISTS MARCH CLASSES

University Within the University (U2) classes for March are:

COMPUTER CENTER (all classes in 361 Upson II)

Access, Excel, and PowerPoint all have an optional $15 manual.

Netscape, March 15, 9:30 to 11 a.m.;

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

GroupWise Intro, March 16, 1 to 3 p.m.;

HTML, March 18, 9 to 11:30 a.m.;

GroupWise Intermediate, March 18, 1 to 3 p.m.;

Excel 97 Level I, March 22, 24, and 26, 1 to 3 p.m.;

Excel 97 Level II, March 29 and 31, 8 to 11 a.m.;

Access 97 Level II, March 30 and April 1, 1 to 4 p.m.

To register for any of these courses, please contact me.

-- Staci Prax, U2, 777-2128.

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DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSES OFFERED

A free Defensive Driving Course for all employees and a member of their family will be held Wednesday, March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 211 Rural Technology Center. We will be a holding a subsequent class Wednesday, March 31, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Some faculty and staff have requested an evening class, which will be held Wednesday, April 21, from 6 to 10 p.m. All classes will be held at 211 Rural Technology Center, on 42nd Street and University Avenue. This course may reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. Please call the Safety Office at 777-3341 to register and for directions.

-- Corrinne Kjelstrom, Safety Office.

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MARCH 19 IS GREEN AND WHITE DAY

Friday, March 19, has been designated by President Baker as a Green and White Day. Members of the University community are invited to wear green and white in honor of women's basketball at the Elite 8 tournament, hockey vs. St. Cloud State University, and baseball at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Baseball Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.

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GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

RESEARCH, GRANT OPPORTUNITIES LISTED

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

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Phase I proposals are invited for the 1999 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. The 1999-solicitation period begins March 1, 1999 and ends June 9, 1999. The primary objective of the Program is to increase the incentive and opportunity for small firms to undertake cutting-edge, high risk, high quality scientific, engineering, or science/engineering education research that would have a high potential economic payoff if the research is successful. The STTR program further expands the public/private partnership to include joint venture opportunities for small businesses and non-profit research institutions. A team approach is required with at least one research investigator employed by the small business concern and at least one investigator employed by the research institution. The proposed research for both programs must be responsive to the NSF program interests, but the following critical technology areas of national importance are emphasized: Applied Molecular Biology; Distributed Computing and Telecommunication; Integrated, Flexible Manufacturing; Materials Synthesis and Processing; Microelectronics and Optoelectronics; Pollution Minimization and Remediation; Software; and Transportation. The SBIR/STTR Phase I Solicitation and Phase II Instruction Guide is available only via electronic means on the SBIR/STTR home page (http://www.eng.nsf.gov/sbir/). Contact: sbir@nsf.gov; fax 703/306-0337. Deadline: 6/1/99.

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KPMG PEAT MARWICK FOUNDATION

Special Grants are provided to U.S. higher education institutions for specific, innovative projects or for a special need. Any activity which falls in the Foundation's scope of interests in accounting and business education will be considered. Grants may be used for professorships or fellowships. Currently, the sponsor is focusing on minority scholarships and developing curricula. Award amounts vary based on proposed activities. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter describing proposed activities.

Professorships are created to honor outstanding faculty who have demonstrated quality accounting education and research at colleges and universities in the U.S. Eligible applicants are accounting faculty at colleges and universities in the U.S.; there are no citizenship restrictions. Professorships are awarded based on availability. Interested applicants should contact the sponsor for more information about this program.

Contact: Jean Johnson, Foundation Administrator, 201/307-7152; fax 203/307-7093; foundation@kpmg.com; http://www.kpmg.campus.com. Deadline: None.

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HENRY LUCE FOUNDATION, INC.

Grants and Responsive Grants provide support in the areas of public affairs (public policy, which concerns issues of national domestic policy, and youth at risk with promise), Asian affairs (project grants; limited to the humanities and social sciences), theology (seminary education, leadership, publications, religion and the arts, ecumenical programs and special initiatives), higher education (project grants; often originate as requests for establishment of Luce Chairs), and American art (wide range of projects including archival work, exhibition, catalogue support, research scholarship, preservation, dissertations). Duration may be 1-3 years. Letter requests may be submitted at any time. Contact: 212/489-7700; fax 212/581-9541; hlf@hluce.org; http://www.hluce.org. Deadline: None.

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GENERAL ELECTRIC FOUNDATION (GE)

Support is provided for programs in: Higher Education (to improve the process of teaching and learning and increase access to opportunities for success for people currently under-represented in the education system, especially in the areas of engineering, physical science, and business); Pre-College Education (combines support of the GE Fund with efforts of GE Elfuns to double the number of students attending a selected high school who go on to attend college); Public Policy (to educate key decision-makers on critical global issues: the environment, international trade, and work force development; theses grants support relationships between school-to-career programs with school reform, economic development, standards implementation, work force preparation, and related education efforts); and Arts and Culture (encourages partnerships between arts organizations and schools); International (to improve the quality of life for people from disadvantaged communities around the world). Grants typically range from $10,000-$50,000. Applicants may wish to submit a brief concept paper to assess the Foundation's interest in a particular project prior to submission of a full proposal. Contact: 203/373-3216; fax 203/373-3029. Deadline: None.

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CHARLES STEWART MOTT FOUNDATION

The Grants Program supports national and international projects in civil society, the environment, poverty, and exploratory/special projects. Of special interest are: fresh approaches to solving community problems in the defined program areas; approaches that, if proven successful, can generate long-term support from other sources and/or that can be replicated in other communities when appropriate; public policy development as well as research and development activities to further existing programs and explore new fields of interest; and approaches and activities that lead to systemic change. While multi-year proposals are considered, most grants are for up to one year. Previous grants have ranged from $10,000-$150,000. Support is generally provided for demonstration, action-oriented projects. Previous support has included funding for research and development activities to advance concepts to the demonstration stage or to explore new interests; support may also be provided for program-related investments, as direct technical or fundraising assistance, or to assist with the dissemination of findings. Letters of inquiry are encouraged. Contact: 810/238-5651; fax 810/766-1753; infocenter@mott.org; http://www.mott.org. Deadline: None.

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NORTHWEST ACADEMIC COMPUTING CONSORTIUM (NWACC)

The NWACC, of which the NDUS is a member, awards grants to stimulate innovative uses of new information tools in education and research. The goal of the Faculty Incentive Award is to stimulate innovative use of the World Wide Web in the development and sharing of instructional material within and among institutions. The program provides awards of $3000 for faculty summer stipends or $10,000 for small projects. Projects should focus on innovative ways of using the web for instruction. Deadline: 4/15/99.

The Collaborative Program Development Grant seeks to assist development of collaborative proposals by NWACC institutions for the use of technology resources. Grants will support travel, workshops, shared databases, or other needs required to develop and write a proposal to another sponsor. Deadline: 6/30/00 (earlier submissions strongly recommended).

Contact: Robert G. Gillespie, President/Executive Director, NWACC, 425/688-9038; bobg@u.washington.edu. Announcements and forms available at http://www.nwacc.org/programs/grants/.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS & TECHNOLOGY (NIST)

Cooperative Research Opportunities are available utilizing the NIST Electronics & Electrical Engineering Laboratory or with NIST staff. Interest areas include electricity, semiconductor electronics, electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic technology, and optoelectronics. The Laboratory provides the fundamental basis for all electrical measurements in the U.S. Its scientists work to meet the most critical measurement needs for the manufacture and operation of electrical and electronic systems. It also conducts studies on promising future technologies such as high-temperature superconductors, quantum mechanical devices, and hybrid computer chips that utilize both electronic and lightwave signals. Contact: Judson C. French, Director, 301/975-2220; fax 301/975-4091; judson.french@nist.gov; http://www.eeel.nist.gov.

Cooperative Research Opportunities are available utilizing the NIST Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory or with NIST staff. Interests include precision engineering, automated production technology, intelligent systems, and manufacturing systems integration. The Laboratory provides technical support for industry groups that develop standards for measurements, measurement techniques, hardware, software, and data interfaces. It operates the National Advanced Manufacturing Testbed, a unique national resource for studying advanced infrastructure technologies required to support future manufacturing operations at both the systems and equipment levels. Contact: Richard H. F. Jackson, Acting Director, 301/975-3400; fax 301/948-5668; jackson@nist.gov; http://www.nist.gov/mel.

Cooperative Research Opportunities are available utilizing the NIST Chemical Science & Technology Laboratory or with NIST staff. Interests include biotechnology, process measurements, surface and microanalysis science, physical and chemical properties, and analytical chemistry. The Laboratory performs cutting-edge research in measurement science; develops and maintains measurement methods, standards, and reference data; and develops models for chemical, biochemical, and physical properties and processes. The technologies and services provided help the U.S. chemical manufacturing, energy, health care, biotechnology, food processing, and materials processing industries to meet the broad range of international measurement requirements and compete in global markets. Contact: Hratch G. Semerjian, Director, 301/975-3145; fax 301/975-3845; hratch.semerjian@nist.gov; http://www.cstl.nist.gov.

Because sponsored programs change constantly, interested applicants who do not find a topic area that specifically matches their needs should contact the division office for the research area closest to their field of interest. Eligible applicants are scientists and engineers from industry, universities, trade associations, and other government agencies. Deadline: If any, available from division contacts.

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD)

The Community Outreach Partnerships Center (COPC) provides funding for projects addressing at least three of the following: local housing, infrastructure, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, health care, job training, crime prevention, education, planning, and community organizing. Issues may be addressed by conducting and applying relevant research, coordinating outreach efforts with neighborhood groups and residents, acting as a local information exchange, galvanizing support for neighborhood revitalization, developing public service projects and instructional programs, and collaborating with other partnership centers. COPC is also a vehicle for institutionalizing outreach and applied research in colleges and universities. Deadline: 6\9\99. Contact: SuperNOFA hotline, 1/800/HUD-8929. The application kit is also available on the Office of University Partnerships web site at www.oup.org.

Support is available for a small number of unsolicited research and demonstration projects addressing the following priorities: reduce homelessness, through HUD-assisted, comprehensive local initiatives that help homeless individuals and families achieve stable lives in permanent housing; revitalize severely distressed public housing, through project-management reforms, redevelopment and/or replacement of rundown, high-density units with low-density, smaller scale developments, and housing choices that span communities; increase housing production, through restoration of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) as a positive force for affordable housing in general and affordable homeownership in particular; reduce racial barriers to residential mobility, through vigorous enforcement of Federal fair housing laws and creative metropolitan-wide housing and community development strategies; and reinvigorate economically distressed communities, through implementation of the FHA's Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities initiative and partnerships with State and local governments, community-based organizations, and the private sector. Applicants should submit 3 copies of a brief summary proposal letter. Contact: Office of Policy Development & Research Correspondence Unit, 202/708-1796; Room 8228, 451 7th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20410. Deadline: None.

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JOHN M. OLIN FOUNDATION, INC.

Grants ranging from $15,000-$105,000 support programs in the areas of: Public Policy Research (formulation, implementation, and evaluation of public policy in the social and economic fields, including regulatory policy, tax policy, fiscal policy, monetary policy, and welfare policy); Strategic and International Studies (the relationship between American institutions and the international context in which they operate; including studies of national security affairs, strategic issues, American foreign policy, and the international economy); American Institutions (to promote understanding of the moral, cultural, and institutional foundations of free government; studies may include the American Constitution, operation of American political institutions, and moral and cultural principles underlying these institutions); and Law and the Legal System (to deepen understanding of the American judicial system and preserve the rule of law as the bedrock of American constitutional government; includes public interest law and studies related to the judicial system, jurisprudence, and the relationship between law and economics). Support is provided for programs that strengthen political, economic, and cultural institutions that reflect the democratic processes by encouraging thoughtful study of the connections between economic and political freedoms and the cultural heritage that sustains them. Proposals should take the form of a letter, for which guidelines are available. Contact: 212/661-2670; fax 212/661-5917; inquiry@jmof.org; http://www.jmof.org. Deadline: None.

-- 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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