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University Letter

March 13, 1998

Volume 35 No. 28

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 35, Number 28, March 13, 1998

UNIVERSITY LETTER IS ALSO AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY in the Events and News section of UNDInfo, the University's menu system on the Internet. The address is: http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/our/uletter.htm

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The University Senate will meet Thursday, April 2, at 4:05 p.m., in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of Admissions and Records by 4 p.m. Thursday, March 19. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

-- Alice Poehls (Admissions and Records), Secretary, University Senate.



A seminar, "How to Recruit and Retain the People You Want," will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at 211 Rural Technology Center.

During the recruiting part of this workshop, you will learn more about how to target excellent employees; use non-traditional strategies, such as direct-mail, telemarketing radio, television; sell the opportunity of working for you to prospective employees; develop a recruiting network; create point-of-sale recruitment; and use the media without spending a penny.

The retaining section will discuss why employees take new jobs, why organizational climate is critical to employee retention, how to listen and communicate more effectively with your staff, what incentives are the most meaningful to today's employees, and the best practices from the best companies. This workshop will be conducted in a format which will allow you to work on your company's issues throughout the day. You will leave this session with a "Recruitment Action Plan" as well as "Retention Action Plan."

The presenter is Catherine Fyock, President of Innovative Management Concepts, a management consulting firm specializing in solutions for an aging and changing work force. Some of her clients include: AT&T, Federal Express, and Hardee's Food Systems.

In preparation for this seminar Cathy has done extensive interviewing of Grand Forks employers to learn about our issues and concerns. She will be prepared to talk specifically about how we, in Grand Forks, can address the dual issues of recruitment and retention.

For more information or to register (cost is $25 and includes lunch and breaks), call 777-2128.

Program sponsors are the Grand New Work Force Project, Economic Development Corporation, Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce and others.

-- Jo Coutts, Program Coordinator, Office of Work Force Development.



The last "On Teaching" Box Lunch session for this academic year will be held Wednesday, April 1, at noon in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union and will feature Kathy Smart and Steve Pottenger from the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies (CILT). The session will include a demonstration of a new tool, designed by CILT, that generates and hosts web sites for supplemental course materials. Kathy and Steve will introduce the features of this package and share the preliminary data that is being collected during the Spring of 1998 pilot study. Because food is not allowed in the Lecture Bowl, the box lunches will be available immediately after the presentation. To reserve a complimentary box lunch please phone the Office of Instructional Development at 777-3325 by noon Tuesday, March 24.

-- Dan Rice, Director of Instructional Development.



A seminar, "Violence in the Workplace and Diffusing Aggressive Threatening Behavior," sponsored by the North Dakota Risk Management Division, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27, in the lower level of the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

The three-and-a-half hour seminar is free of charge to any state employee who is interested in attending, and will be repeated to assist all employees who may want to attend. Call 777-3341 to register, or e-mail your response to Linda Rohde. If you are not on GroupWise, the e-mail address is: linda_rohde@operations.und.nodak.edu.

Most University offices are accessible to the public at all times. Through training, employees can reduce their personal risk of being victimized by learning how to protect themselves while maintaining a safe work environment.

The Office of Risk Management is teaming up with Central Personnel, the Highway Patrol and the Workers Compensation Bureau to provide this workplace safety training.

Office Safety Tips:

* If you encounter an unidentified person in your work area, ask if you can be of service. Escort them to the area they are looking for.

* If someone appears to be loitering, or if they exhibit unusual mental or physical symptoms, contact the University Police for assistance.

* Have a plan. Discuss with your office staff what they would do in the event you are faced with a potentially violent situation.

-- Linda Rohde, Environmental Training Institute.



Attention Wylbur Users. Wylbur will be gone April 1. Are you prepared? Have you seen what is replacing Wylbur? It is TSO, Time Sharing Option. Would you like to try the new look and feel of TSO? Remember, Wylbur will be gone, you must use TSO (NOT Wylbur) as of April 1.

Training will fall in two major categories: Group One: people who submit only parameter cards for overnight processing on the mainframe. Group Two: people who submit batch programs (for example SAS jobs) that process on the mainframe and parameter cards.

Group One training session is Tuesday, March 24, in 361 Upson Hall II, from 9 a.m. to noon. Group Two training session is Thursday, March 26, in 316 Upson Hall II, from 1 to 4 p.m.

To register, contact Kara Hyde at 777-2128 or kara_hyde@mail.und.nodak.edu.

-- Kara Hyde, Continuing Education.




The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released guidelines on the inclusion of children in research involving human subjects that is supported by NIH. Effective for all applications submitted after October 1, 1998, NIH expects that children will be included in all research involving human subjects unless one of the following exceptions can be fully justified:

* The research topic to be studied is irrelevant to children.

* There are laws barring the participation of children.

* Knowledge being sought is already available for children, or will be part of an ongoing or additional study.

* A separate, age-specific study in children is warranted and preferable.

* Study is aimed at collecting additional data on a pre-enrolled adult group.

* Other special cases justified by investigator and approved by review group and Institute Director.

The goal of the policy is to increase the participation of children in research so that adequate data will be developed to support treatment modalities for conditions that may affect both adults and children. Researchers should be aware of the additional protection that children require as research subjects and the additional reviews necessary from the IRB. The full announcement is available on the NIH website at http://www.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not98-024.html or on request from ORPD.

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



University Senate, at its regular monthly meeting March 5, approved one item from the Task Force on Tenure and Promotion and tabled another after about half a dozen amendments. Senate also defeated a motion, introduced separately from the published agenda, opposing "the imposition of" common course numbering, descriptions, content and outcomes "on the curriculum of the University of North Dakota . . ."

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 (http://www.und.nodak.edu).

-- Jim Penwarden, University Relations.



1. The University Curriculum Committee met Thursday, Feb. 26, in 303 Twamley Hall. Renee Mabey presided.

2. Members present were: Carrie Anderson, Jason Block, Joe DeFilippo, Pamela Imperato, Earl Mason, Tony Grainger, Renee Mabey, Helen Melland, and Cynthia Shabb.

3. Tony Grainger moved approval of the minutes from Feb. 29. The motion was seconded, voted upon and carried unanimously.

4. Joe DeFilippo presented course change requests for HON 291, HON 292, HON 293, HON 391, HON 392, HON 393 and moved to approve with clarification of repeatability. The motion was seconded, voted upon, and carried unanimously.

5. Earl Mason moved that all notifications of hearings for termination or suspension of programs are published twice in the University Letter before a hearing can occur. The motion was seconded, voted upon and carried unanimously.

6. Pamela Imperato presented new course request for VA 537 and moved to table pending more information. The motion was seconded, voted upon and carried unanimously.

7. Pamela Imperato presented course change request for VA 511 and moved approval. The motion was seconded, voted upon and with a vote of five for, zero against, and one abstaining.

8. Renee Mabey presented the course change request for LING 590 and moved to approve contingent upon clarification of repeatability. The motion was seconded, voted upon and carried unanimously.

9. Renee Mabey presented course change request for LING 594 and moved to approve. The motion was seconded, voted upon and carried unanimously.

10. Tony Grainger presented change in program requirements request for MS with a major in Nursing. The motion was seconded, voted upon and carried unanimously.

11. Tony Grainger moved to table all remaining Nursing items pending more information, with the exceptions of NURS 515 and NURS 555 which will be returned to the department. The motion was seconded, voted upon and carried unanimously.

12. The next meeting will be Thursday, March 12, at 3 p.m.

13. The meeting adjourned at 4:28 p.m.

-- Recorded by Heidi Kippenhan (Admissions and Records) for the Curriculum Committee.



The Institutional Review Board will meet at 4 p.m. Friday, April 3, in 305 Twamley Hall, to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development before Tuesday, March 24. 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 Subcommittee before being brought to the full Board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Office of Research and Program Development Tuesday, March 17. 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.



The final examination for Bartholomew Adam Pederson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Biochemistry Conference Room 2930, Medical Science. The dissertation title is "The Glucose-6-Phosphatase System: Structural Integrity and Physiologic Function." Robert Nordlie (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) is the committee chair.

The final examination for James Daniels, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Biology, is set for 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in 103 Starcher Hall. The dissertation title is "Establishment and Succession of Epiphyllic Bryophyte Assemblages on the Fronds of the Neotropical Understory Palm Geonoma seleri." Diana Lieberman and John La Duke (Biology) are the committee chairs.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.




The Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program, similar to NSF's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program, was designed to broaden the geographic distribution of NIH funding for health research. In the past, program announcements solicited applications from IDeA eligible states to provide support for various research activities that stimulate sustainable improvement in the biomedical research capacities of the institutions. However, in 1998, NIH will modify the program to support high quality applications for shared instrumentation grants (SIG) and support investigator-initiated proposals from IDeA eligible states.

NIH will support meritorious shared instrumentation requests from IDeA eligible states that have already been submitted to the SIG program. Proposals for SIG funds for this year are due March 20, 1998. Investigator-initiated applications are limited to R01, R21, and R03 mechanisms and assigned to the appropriate NIH Institute or Center. NIH will request that meritoriously reviewed proposals be ranked by the Institutes/Center for potential funding. The NIH IdeA Program will co-fund awards at appropriate levels.

Approximately $2.4 million is available for the above mentioned awards in FY 1998. However, no specific solicitation to the IDeA eligible states will be issued for either of these awards.

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



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


Behavioral Science Track Awards for Rapid Transition are made for small-scale, exploratory (i.e. pilot) research projects related to NIDA's behavioral sciences mission. Experimentally-based research applications are encouraged across a wide variety of behavioral factors in drug abuse, including neuro-cognitive, cognitive and perceptual processes, psychosocial, and more broadly motivational, social and community factors in drug abuse. Given the role that drug abuse plays in HIV/AIDS transmission, studies applying basic behavioral science models and methods to address this issue are especially encouraged. Animal and human research applications are encouraged in the following broad areas: behavioral genetic approaches, cognitive effects and causative factors, psychosocial, social and personality factors, and motivational bases of behavior. Awards will not exceed $50,000 in direct costs for one year only. Contact: Jaylan Turrkan, Ph.D., 301/443-1263; jaylan@helix.nih.gov. Deadline(s): 10/1/98, 2/1/99.

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The objective of the Collaborative Research Grants (CRG) program is to stimulate collaboration between laboratories in different countries. Participating research teams should mutually contribute to and benefit from the collaboration on a specific joint research project. Funding is for reciprocal visits abroad of 1-4 weeks. Scientists from NATO countries may apply for a CRG in any scientific discipline in collaboration with scientists from other NATO countries. Scientists from Cooperation Partner countries (CP) and scientists from NATO countries may apply for a CRG in the priority areas.

Advanced Research Workshops (ARW) are working meetings of 2-5 days' duration, involving between 20-50 participants, aimed at contributing to the assessment of existing knowledge of a topic and identifying directions for future research. RWs should be co-directed by a scientist from a CP country and a scientist from a NATO country. ARWs are normally held in CP countries in the priority areas given below. Grants are intended to cover organizational costs of the ARW, travel and living expenses of key speakers, and contribute to travel and living expenses of participants.

Priority areas for both programs include disarmament technologies, environmental security, high technology, and science and technology policy. Computer networking should be used to the fullest extent possible. Network-ing Infrastructure Grants are available to augment regional computer net-working infrastructure of the academic community in CP countries. Contact: +32 (2) 707 4111; fax +32 (2) 707 4232; science@hq.nato.int; http://www.nato.int/science/; gopher://gopher.nato.int:70/1. Deadlines: 5/15/98 (Environmental Security priority area). For the priority area on high technology, applications cannot be considered for ARWs to be held less than 12 months after submission of the application. There are no deadlines for other priority areas.

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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have launched a new Web site offering "one-stop shopping" for seeking information on grants and other forms of support for research and training in the biomedical sciences. GrantsNet features an extensive database on fellowships, grants and various sources of research support, as well as links to funders' Web sites, online applications, and comments from recent application reviewers. The site currently focuses on graduate and postgraduate training and junior faculty positions, but expansion is planned to encompass undergraduate and precollege science training.

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The Waterways Experiment Station (WES) FY98 Broad Agency Announcement (SOL BAA-FY98) covers research interests in the broad fields of hydraulics, dredging, coastal engineering, instrumentation, oceanography, remote sensing, earth-quake engineering, soil effects, vehicle mobility, self-contained munitions, military hydrology, fixed camouflage, environmental impact, environmental engineering, geophysics, pavements, protective structures, aquatic plants, water quality, dredged material, treat-ment of hazardous waste, wetlands, computer science, telecommunications management and business automa-tion, graphic arts and printing, library services, and records management. It is intended to cover, in a general nature, most research areas of interest to WES. The BAA is available only through the Internet. (Commerce Business Daily, 2/17/98, PSA033). Contact: Commander, U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, Corps of Engineers, 3909 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180; POC Trudy H. James, 601/631-7265; Robin Green, 601/631-7266; http://ebs.wes.army.mil; b4ctcthj@smtp.mvk.usace.army.mil. Deadline: 12/31/98.

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The Endowment has a national scope and several distinct programs. The Virginia program provides grant support in four major program priorities: pollution prevention, natural resources conservation, sustainable communities, and environmental education. The Martins Ferry-Ohio River Program offers grants to preserve, protect, and enhance water quality, sediment quality, and aquatic life of the Ohio River in the Martins Ferry-Ohio region. Matching funds from other sources are usually required; challenge grants may be offered by the Endowment to provide leverage in fundraising. Contact: Three James Center, 1051 East Cary Street, Suite 1400, Richmond, VA 23218-0790; 804/644-5000. Deadlines: 4/15/98, 8/15/98, 12/15/98.

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The Electronic Materials Program provides support for research on Diamond Technology and Wide-Bandgap Semiconductors (contact Max Yoder, 703/696-4216); Electronic and Optical Materials (Colin Wood, 703/696-4218); Material Plasma Processing (Jack Davis, 202/767-3278); Organic, Polymeric, and Solid-State Optical Materials (Charles Lee, 202/767-5022); Reliable Wafer-Scale Electronics (Nicholas Bottka, 703/696-4961); Fault-Tolerant Computing (Colin Wood, 703/696-4218); and Superconducting Electronics (Dallas Hayes, 617/377-4264). Applicants should contact the appropriate Science and Technology Agent listed above with their ideas and are advised to obtain the BAA from the BMDO. Deadline: None. Contact: Carol Williams, 703/604-3904; fax 703/604-3342.

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The Humanities Program provides support for projects to further the humanities along a broad front, including programs at the postgraduate and university level, as well as those aimed toward humanistic disciplines in secondary education. Research institutions, cultural and educational organizations are eligible for general operating and project support. Areas of interest are: languages, modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which share the content and methods of these humanistic disciplines. The program includes institutions of the humanities such as learned societies, museums, archives, major editorial projects, and projects that explore the boundaries between the humanistic disciplines and other areas of scholarship. Contact: Secretary to the Board, 212/687-0011 ; fax 212/687-8877; DelmasFdtn@aol.com; http://www.delmas.org. Deadline: None.

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Collection Study Grants provide assistance to enable predoctoral and recent postdoctoral investigators to study the scientific collections at the American Museum. Collections are in the Departments of Anthropology, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Entomology, Herpetology and Ichthyology, Inverte-brates, Mammalogy, Ornithology, and Vertebrate Paleontology. Awards partially support travel and subsistence while visiting the American Museum. The maximum award is $500 except for the Department of Ornithology, which is $800. The special application form for Collection Study Grants should be requested BY NAME from the Museum's Office of Grants and Fellowships. Contact: Office of Grants and Fellowships, 212/769-5467; bynum@amnh.org; http://research.amnh.org/. Deadline: None.

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The Grants Program provides support for work in the following areas of interest: science and technology; standard of living and economic performance; education and careers in science and technology; and selected national issues. Grants up to $30,000 are made throughout the year, usually to support workshops, symposia, and conferences. Grants over $30,000 are made four times a year. There are no standard application forms; a brief letter of inquiry is an advisable first step. Contact: 212/649-1649; fax 212/757-5117; http://www.sloan.org. Deadline: None.

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Activities eligible for support from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), European Community/U.S. Joint Consortia for Cooperation in Higher Education and Vocational Education are development of organizational frameworks for transatlantic student mobility; structured exchange of students, teachers, trainers, and administrators; joint development of innovative curricula, teaching materials, methods and modules; research internships at university, industry, or government laboratories for students in science and engineering; short intensive programs; teaching assignments forming an integral part of the curriculum in a partner institution; and other innovative projects. Goals of the program are to be achieved by promoting an innovative range of student-centered higher education and training cooperative activities between different regions of the EC and the U.S. Each consortium must involve a minimum of six partners, three active partners in the U.S. and three in the EC. This must include at least two higher education or vocational education and training institutions in different member states of the EC and in different states of the U.S. Proposals developing links between different types of higher education and training institutions are welcomed as are proposals establishing business/industry and other links. Consortia involving partners in regions with fewer traditional transatlantic cooperation links are especially welcomed. Projects should be student-centered and oriented to pedagogic rather than research collaboration. Research internships for science and engineering students are eligible. All disciplinary fields, at both graduate and undergraduate levels, are eligible. A major component of each consortium will be student mobility. Awards are for a maximum of 3 years and are intended as seed funding for projects which can be accomplished in 3 years or can be continued without ongoing Program support. Deadline: 4/17/98. Contact: FIPSE, U.S. Department of Education, 202/708-5750; FIPSE@ED.GOV; http://www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/FIPSE.

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Energy Research Undergraduate Laboratory Fellowships at 11 DOE laboratories provide educational training and research experiences for undergraduate students in biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, engineering, geology, material science, mathematics, physics, and related disciplines. Appointments are for 10 weeks during the summer or 16 weeks during the fall. Applications may be submitted electronically. Deadlines: 3/16/98 (Summer); 3/31/98 (Fall). Contact: 423/576-2478; http://www.orau.gov/doe_erulf.

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The Wiener Library Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History is awarded for finished but unpublished works in the field of contemporary history, including Central European and Jewish history in the 20th Century, World War II, fascism and totalitarianism, political violence, and racism. Two awards will be made: one of $5,000, open to all candidates, and one of $3,000 open to candidates who have yet to publish a major work. Deadline: 5/4/98. Contact: Anne Beale, Administrative Secretary, 171-636-7247, fax 171-436-6428, lib@wl.u-net.com.

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The National Endowment for the Arts offers grants to a full range of arts disciplines, types and sizes of organizations. Grants are made in the following categories: Creation and Presentation, deadline 4/3/98; Planning and Stabilization, deadline 5/4/98; Heritage and Preservation, deadline 8/3/98; and Education and Access, deadline 9/14/98. Grants are awarded only for specific projects. Because each organization may apply only once, under only one of the above categories, please contact ORPD if you are interested in applying.

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




You are reminded that if you have money remaining in your FlexComp medical spending account and/or dependent care spending account for the plan year ending Dec. 31, 1997, you have until March 31, 1998 (90-day IRS regulation) to submit any claims incurred in the 1997 plan year, Jan. 1, 1997, to Dec. 31, 1997. After that time, any remaining balances will be forfeited.

Please take into account the processing time needed to complete the forms before the plan year end is closed out on March 31. Vouchers should be received in the Payroll Office no later than Wednesday, March 25. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to call me.

-- Heidi Vogel, Payroll Office, 777-4423.



The University Bookstore is seeking two people to job-share a part-time, non-benefited position of cashier. Successful candidates will alternate between two and three days per week, and six to seven hours per day. Spreadsheet and word processing skills are required; cash handling experience is desirable. Apply by calling 777-2746.

-- Brian Cox, University Bookstore.



The Thormodsgard Law Library will observe the following hours for Spring Break: Friday, March 13, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, closed; Monday through Thursday, March 16-19, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, March 20, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

-- Rhonda Schwartz, Assistant Director and Head of Public Services.




The latest issue of North Dakota Quarterly is now available in the University Bookstore, the North Dakota Museum of Art and the Urban Stampede. The single issue is $8, and subscriptions for four attractive and absorbing issues remain at $25 a year.

This issue features seven essays, seven poems, two stories, four book reviews, and Dean Harvey Knull's annual list of theses and dissertations accepted by the Graduate School of the University of North Dakota for 1997.

Featured in the current issue are stories by Susan Tekulve and Lucia Nevai, poems by Brian Johnson, Robert Wrigley and Rick Mulkey, and essays by Mark Phillips (a UND alum), D.E. Steward and Debra Marquart, as well as several other essays and poems. Book reviews included in this issue are written by Gregory Gagnon (Indian Studies), Susan Koprince (English), and Don McCaffrey (English professor emeritus).

The cover is from a painting by Minot State University art professor Walter Piehl.

-- Robert Lewis (English), Editor, North Dakota Quarterly.



Donald Miller, a Visual Arts professor at the University of North Dakota, will demonstrate and discuss some of the techniques used to form clay into works of art. UND has long been famous for the pottery, made in the 1930s and presented to national and international dignitaries. Donald Miller may talk briefly about Margaret Kelly Cable, a key player in the University's pottery tradition.

The unending question of "paper or plastic" bags at the grocery store, and pros and cons of each decision, will be examined by the Studio One news team. The convenience versus the environmental effects of plastic bags and the recycling issues of both paper and plastic will be some of the questions explored. Watch Studio One for the results.

"Studio One" is an award-winning one-hour weekly afternoon show featuring news, weather, sports, and interviews produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on Channel 3 at 5 p.m. on Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen Fridays at noon and 7 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and noon, as well as Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. "Studio One" also airs in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, and Minneapolis.

-- Matthew Nelson, UND Studio One Marketing Team.



The Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m. program at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., will be a Spring Break Social. The International Centre will remain open during Spring Break and this night will allow for a relaxing and fun atmosphere with movies, music, table tennis and snacks. Please join us.

-- Sharon Rezac Andersen, Director, International Centre.



The University will host the 1998 Speedo Junior Championships-West Tuesday through Saturday, March 24-28. This meet will draw 1,000 swimmers, ages 13 to 19, from the western United States. We are seeking volunteers to help for that week in the following areas: (1) check-in and registration, Monday through Wednesday; (2) hospitality, Wednesday through Saturday; and (3) timing, Wednesday through Saturday. If you are interested you can e-mail mstrombe@plains.nodak.edu or call Kim Sondreal in the Intramural Office at 777-4330.

-- Mike Stromberg, Swim Coach.



The North Dakota Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition of contemporary abstract painting featuring the work of Brad Kahlhamer, Margo Margolis, Antonio Murado and Nicolas Rule, four contemporary artists living and working in New York City.

The work of these four artists speak as a collective voice in painting whose vocabulary comes not from outright representation but from varying degrees of abstraction. The presentation of these voices together creates a dialogue of divergence from a unifying thread through abstraction. The purpose of the exhibition is not to provide an exhaustive survey of abstract painting, but to provide a provocative and challenging exhibition that examines a common, yet varying approach to abstraction, and shows different possibilities within a common ground that in this case is the language of painting.

Brad Kahlhamer's paintings unfold like a life experience. They are born directly from his life as an American-Indian born artist, musician, singer, painter and sculptor. The images resonate with lost, delirious and painful memories. Desert landscapes, cacti, animals or images that have made a powerful and lasting impression, begin to emerge form the canvas in the form of pure gesture of paint, strong layering and a forceful use of color. A fine black line concentrates in a graphic chaos the essence of all this visual activity, words that seem charged with the power and meaning of a particular experience.

In contrast to Kahlhamer's wild chaos of layered experience, a quietness and magic is transmitted through the layering of abstracted language and gesture in the works of Margo Margolis. The absence yet implied presence of words stand out through her use of dots and mark-making that summon a feeling of text. A repeated gesture of hands from Giotto's frescoes, coupled with an ordered chaos of punctuation, the paintings' multiple layers suggest an urgency, as if language needs a communication filtered directly through the abstracted elements.

The paintings of Antonio Murado bring to mind both explorations of codes of communication and the depth of a landscape that exists, however, on an interior level. He uses abstracted patterns that reference rhythms in nature or something we might see looking under a microscope, charging them with an underlying romanticism in his use of bold color and sumptuously painted surfaces.

In contrast to Murado's concentration and attention to the process of painting, Nicolas Rule uses color and words in a sparing and subtle manner. With diluted pale colors the paintings derive their form from genealogical trees. In certain canvases the bloodlines of horses determine the marks made. Lines are drawn to connect points where bloodlines cross or inbreeding has occurred; the connecting lines create an involuntary abstract gesture. This exhibition continues through April 26, and is open to the public without charge.

-- Morgan Owens, North Dakota Museum of Art.



The Coffee Bar at the North Dakota Museum of Art will be open regular hours during Spring Break, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chef Verena Fonder will offer lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Coffee Bar is closed on weekends.

-- Barbara Crow, North Dakota Museum of Art.



MARCH 1998

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

Through Thurs., March 26 -- MASTER OF FINE ARTS EXHIBITION, Elizabeth Raleigh, sculpture and drawings, Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center, gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the opening reception Mon., March 9, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Wed., March 11 -- UNIVERSITY PROGRAM COUNCIL EVENT, "The Joy Luck Club," Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, 9 p.m.; free admission.

Wed. through Sat., March 11-14 -- SWIMMING & DIVING, MEN'S and WOMEN'S, National Collegiate Athletic Association II National Championships, place to be announced.

Thurs., March 12 -- DEAN'S HOUR PRESENTATION, "From Refusal of Care to Assisted Suicide: The Ethics of Decisions at the End of Life," presented by Tom Beauchamp, Professor of Philosophy and Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Center for Bioethics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; responder will be Allan Ingenito, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of Minnesota and Adjunct Professor of Bioethics at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Anoka, Minn.; Reed T. Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, noon; the public is invited.

Thurs., March 12 -- COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM, "An Intelligent Drawing Tool Based on Concepts from Speech Recognition, Computer Vision, and Optimization," presented by Bruce Maxwell (Computer Science), 106 Streibel Hall (formerly CAS II), 3 p.m.

Thurs., March 12 -- ILLUSTRATED TALK, "Whole Cloth," presented by Laurel Reuter, Director of the North Dakota Museum of Art, 8 p.m. at the Museum; Reuter will discuss how the use of cloth by artists and architects has changed the nature of art in the 20th century; lecture is free and open to the public; call 777-4195 for more information.

Thurs., March 12 -- WOMEN'S CENTER MOVIE, "Full Circle," Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, 12:15 to 1 p.m.; everyone is welcome.

Thurs., March 12 -- CELEBRATING THE CULTURE OF NORWAY, the evening will feature foods, artifacts, literature, music, and heritage of Norway, International Centre, 2908 University Ave., 7 p.m.; everyone is welcome to this free event; call 777-4231 for more information.

Thurs., March 12 -- PARENT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER CLASS, "Where Do You Turn When Your Child Needs Help in School?" a lunch box special from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. presented by Linda Jenkins, PERC Center, 500 Stanford Rd., call 795-2765 to register or for more information.

Fri., March 13 -- TEST, Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), Ballroom, Memorial Union, 12:30 p.m.

Fri. through Sun., March 13-15 -- HOCKEY, Western Collegiate Hockey Association First Round.

Fri., March 13, through Sat., March 21 -- BASEBALL, UND at Gene Cusic Spring Collegiate Classic (10 games scheduled), Fort Myers, Fla.

Sat., March 14 -- 16th ANNUAL DAKOTA P.G.A. GOLF SEMINAR, Hyslop Sports Center, designed for players, teachers and coaches who want to improve their play or help others play better golf, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; registration fee is $50 and all proceeds will benefit the Fighting Sioux Golf Program; call 777-2155 or 772-3912 to register.

Sat., March 14, through Sat., March 21 -- FASTPITCH, UND at Fort Myers, Fla.

Sun. through Tues., March 15-17 -- 15th BIENNIAL SUMMIT CONFERENCE FOR STATE OFFICIALS, UND campus.

Mon., March 16 -- PARENT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER CLASS, "Sixth Grade Transition to Middle School," a one-hour seminar from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. presented by Ron Gruwell, PERC Center, 500 Stanford Rd., call 795-2765 to register or for more information.

Mon. through Fri., March 16-20 -- SPRING RECESS.

Tues., March 17 -- INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD DEADLINE for clinical proposals that require subcommittee and full board review.

Tues., March 17 -- PARENT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER CLASS, "Raising a Daughter," presented by Cindy Peterson, this seminar meets from 7 to 9 p.m., PERC Center, 500 Stanford Rd., call 795-2765 to register or for more information.

Tues. and Wed., March 17-18 -- ADVANCED MEDIATION RAINING WORKSHOP: BEYOND THE BASICS, seminar offered by the UND Conflict Resolution Center, Memorial Union, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day; designed for those who have had basic mediation training; for more information contact the Conflict Resolution Center, 777-3664, or udcrc@badlands.nodak.edu.

Wed. through Sat., March 18-21 -- BASKETBALL, MEN'S, National Collegiate Athletic Association Finals.

Wed. through Sat., March 18-21 -- BASKETBALL, WOMEN'S, National Collegiate Athletic Association Finals.

Thurs., March 19 -- TEST, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), 200 McCannel Hall, 8:30 a.m.

Thurs., March 19 -- DOCTORAL EXAM set for Bartholomew Adam Pederson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry Conference Room 2930, Medical Science, 10 a.m.

Thurs., March 19 -- SPRING BREAK SOCIAL, the International Centre will remain open during Spring Break; this night will allow for a relaxing and fun atmosphere with movies, music, table tennis and snacks, International Centre, 2908 University Ave., 7 p.m.; everyone is welcome to this free event; call 777-4231 for more information.

Thurs. through Sat., March 19-21 -- HOCKEY, Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five, Milwaukee, Wis.

Sat., March 21 -- TEST, National Board of Certified Occupational Therapists (NBCOT), 116 Witmer Hall, 8:30 a.m.

Mon., March 23 -- TEST, National League for Nursing (NLN-Pharmacology), 200 McCannel Hall, 8:30 a.m.

Mon., March 23 -- MEETING, General Education Committee, 303 Twamley Hall, 3 p.m.

Tues., March 24 -- 9 O'CLOCK BRIEFING by President Baker, Memorial Union, 9 a.m.

Tues., March 24 -- INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD deadline for proposals requiring full board review for Fri., April 3, meeting.

Tues., March 24 -- MUSICAL, "Grease," one of Broadway's longest running musicals. "Grease" takes a rousing look at growing up in the super-cool 50s. "Grease" is an eye-popping, hand-jiving, finger-snapping celebration that has audiences dancing in the aisles. This is your opportunity to do your duck-tail, put on your poodle skirt, and enjoy the show, Chester Fritz Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Tues. through Fri., March 24-27 -- 29TH ANNUAL UND WRITERS CONFERENCE, "The Use of History," UND campus.

Tues., March 24, noon: Public Conversation: "What Went Down" (Arnost Lustig, Josef Skvorecky, moderator: Mike Jacobs); 3 p.m.: Susan Yuzna; 8 p.m.: Josef Skvorecky.

Wed., March 25, noon panel: "Using the Histories of Others" (Patricia Hampl, Paulette Jiles, Arnost Lustig, Josef Skvorecky, moderator: Laurel Reuter); 3 p.m.: Patricia Hampl; 8 p.m.: Arnost Lustig.

Thurs., March 26, noon panel: "Burdens of American History" (Toi Derricotte, Patricia Hampl, John Hanson, Paulette Jiles, moderator: Barbara Handy-Marchello); 3 p.m.: Paulette Jiles; 8 p.m.: Toi Derricotte.

Fri., March 27, noon panel: "History and Genre" (Toi Derricotte, John Hanson, August Wilson, Susan Yuzna, moderator: Michael Anderegg); 2 p.m.: English Alumni Panel; 3 p.m.: John Hanson; 8 p.m.: August Wilson.


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