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University Letter

March 20, 1998

Volume 35 No. 29

UNIVERSITY LETTER
University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 35, Number 29, March 20, 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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TABLE OF CONTENTS

EVENTS TO NOTE

OF ACADEMIC INTEREST

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

BILLBOARD

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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PRESIDENTIAL BRIEFING SET FOR MARCH 24

The third 9 O'Clock Briefing of the Spring Semester will be held Tuesday, March 24, at 9 a.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. President Ken Baker will lead the briefing. Coffee and continental breakfast will be provided by Dining Services.

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HONORS DAY TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The Honors Day luncheon is set for noon Wednesday, April 8, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The event recognizes presidents and advisors of honor societies, seniors on the President's Roll of Honor, and outstanding students recommended by departments that do not have honor societies. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the luncheon; they may purchase tickets ($5 each) in the Office of University Relations, 411 Twamley Hall. The speaker will be Mike Jacobs, editor of the Grand Forks Herald and an Honors Program alumnus.

-- Rita Galloway, Special Projects Coordinator, University Relations.

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EVENTS TO NOTE

GRADUATE COMMITTEE WILL MEET MONDAY

The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, March 23, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Consideration of a proposal by Educational Leadership to offer a new Doctor of Education program.

2. Consideration of a proposal by Special Education to revise their admission policies.

3. Matters arising.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.

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PAULETTE JILES SPEAKS TO WOMEN STUDIES SALON

The Women Studies Salon will feature a conversation with Paulette Jiles on Wednesday, March 25, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Women's Center, 305 Hamline St. Jiles is at UND as part of the Writers Conference, and will informally talk about her work at the Salon. Copies of a chapter from her book, "North Spirit," are available from the Reserve Desk of the Chester Fritz Library, the Women Studies Center, 133A O'Kelly Hall, and from 201 Merrifield Hall. For more information call the Women Studies Center, 777-4115, or Rebecca Moore, 777-2705.

-- Rebecca Moore, Philosophy and Religion.

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PULITZER PRIZE WINNER WILL DELIVER PRESIDENTIAL LECTURE

Two-time Pulitzer prize-winning playwright August Wilson will deliver the Presidential Lecture Friday, March 27, 8 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Wilson will also participate in the 29th Annual UND Writers Conference, March 24-27.

Wilson first won the Pulitzer in 1986 for the play "Fences." He won again in 1992 for "The Piano Lesson," a tale of an African-American family in Depression-era Pittsburgh struggling with the decision to sell their family piano, a symbol of the family's survival and identity in America. It recently was performed live as a teleplay on CBS, and the video, featuring Charles S. Dutton and Alfre Woodard, is available at video stores.

Most of Wilson's plays take place in Pittsburgh, where Wilson grew up in poverty and dropped out of school at 15. Today, he is considered to be one of the finest American dramatists alive. A five-time winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best play, Wilson also has won a Tony award. Wilson's collective work takes a look at the African-American experience in America during the 20th century, one play for each decade. Wilson's newest work is "Two Trains Running."

On March 27, Wilson will join writers Toi Derricotte, John Hanson and Susan Yuzna for a noon panel discussion, "History and Genre." He will deliver the Presidential Lecture at 8 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Please see the calendar for the entire Writers Conference schedule.

-- Jim McKenzie (English), Director, Writers Conference.

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BIOLOGY SEMINAR SET

Robert Denver, University of Michigan, will give a seminar titled, "Proximate Mechanisms of Developmental Plasticity in Amphibian Metamorphosis," at noon Friday, March 27, in 141 Starcher Hall.

-- William Sheridan, Biology Department Seminar Coordinator.

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PSYCHOLOGY COLLOQUIUM DISCUSSES EATING DISORDERS

The Psychology Department will hold a colloquium at which Stephen Wonderlich will present "Complicating Variables in the Eating Disorders: Psychiatric Co-Morbidity and Child Maltreatment," at noon Monday, March 30, in Room 202, Nursing Building. Everyone is welcome.

-- Joan Peterson, Psychology Department.

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J.R. HASSELL WILL KEYNOTE MEDICAL RESEARCH DAY

The Frank Low Research Day keynote speaker will be Burroughs Wellcome Visiting Professor John Robert Hassell, Professor of Biochemistry, Director of Research, and Berry Chair Scholar, Shriners Hospital for Children, Tampa, Fla. He will present "Biological Activity of Proteoglycans in Cornea and Cartilage," from 10:20 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 3, in the Reed T. Keller Auditorium, Karl Christian Wold Bio-Information Learning Resources Center, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

-- Office of Academic Affairs and Research, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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WORKSHOP FOCUSES ON CONFLICT ANALYSIS SKILLS

The Conflict Resolution Center will present a one-day workshop on "Conflict Resolution Skills: Analyzing Conflict" Tuesday, April 7, in the Memorial Union. Participants will learn how to identify the major components influencing a conflict and its outcome, to apply various types of resolution options, and to engage in in-depth analysis of a specific conflict. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The registration fee is $62.50 for students and staff, and includes materials and lunch. The registration deadline is Tuesday, March 31. For more information, contact the Conflict Resolution Center by phone at 777-3664, by fax at (701) 777-6184, or by e-mail at undcrc@badlands.nodak.edu; or visit the Center's Web site at www.und.nodak.edu/dept/crc.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for the Conflict Resolution Center.

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OF ACADEMIC INTEREST

NOT JUST FOR ADVISORS - Transfer Students

Students who previously attended another post-secondary college or university must have on file at the UND Student Financial Aid Office a Financial Aid Transcript to document financial aid information from the school(s) previously attended. This form is required even if the student did not receive financial aid at the previously attended school. These forms are available at the UND Student Financial Aid Office. Failure to comply may result in withholding of aid.

-- Student Academic Services.

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SUMMER, FALL COURSE SCHEDULES AVAILABLE MARCH 27

The Time Schedule of Classes for Summer and Fall 1998, to be used by departments for advising purposes, will be available for pickup in the reception area of the Office of Admissions and Records, beginning at 9 a.m., Friday, March 27. If you have questions, please call 777-2711.

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

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DOCTORAL EXAMS SET FOR HERMANSEN AND RUTHERFORD

The final examination for RaeJean L. Hermansen, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is set for 1 p.m. Monday, March 23, in Room 5510, Medical Science Building. The dissertation title is "Identification of Simian Virus 40 Early Promoter Sequences Capable of Nucleosome Phasing." Barry Milavetz (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Julie C. Rutherford, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Anatomy and Cell Biology, is set for 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in Room B710, Medical Science Building. The dissertation title is "A Comparative Immunocytochemical Analysis of the Secretory Profiles of bovine Retinal Pericytes and Glomerular Mesangial Cells in Vitro." Edward Carlson (Anatomy and Cell Biology) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.

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STUDENTS LEAVING UND MUST USE WITHDRAWAL FORM

The last day to drop a full-term course or withdraw from school for the 1998 Spring Semester is Friday, March 27. Students completely withdrawing form UND must use the UND "WITHDRAWAL" form which is available at the Office of Admissions and Records, 201 Twamley Hall. Students are not to use the Registration Action Form for this process.

-- Alice Poehls, Director, Office of Admissions and Records.

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GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

INPUT INVITED ON RESEARCH REQUESTS, ANNOUNCEMENTS

It has been about a year since the Office of Research and Program Development started publishing research announcements in the University Letter. These announcements have targeted research, teaching, and training in such diverse academic areas as the natural sciences, educational leadership, visual and performing arts, and history.

Over 280 funding sources have been highlighted during this time, including programs funded by federal agencies, private foundations, professional societies, and corporations. However, these represent just a fraction of the announcements that ORPD receives in a year. Space limitations prevent us from including every call for proposals sent to our office, but we make a concerted effort to include as many academic disciplines as possible in the selection.

We'd like to encourage faculty and staff to call us with specific requests for funding opportunities. Suggestions and comments on our newsletter announcements are also welcome.

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

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DECEMBER GRANT RECIPIENTS LISTED

The Office of Research and Program Development would like to congratulate the following UND faculty and staff who were listed as principal or co-principal investigators on awards received during the month of December 1997:

Anthropology: Dennis Toom; Atmospheric Sciences: Leon Osborne; Business and Vocational Education: James Navara; Chemical Engineering: A. Rashid Hasan; Chester Fritz Library: Wes Edens, Robert Garrett; Continuing Education: Dawn Botsford, Lynette Krenelka; Energy and Environmental Research Center: Ted Aulich, Steve Benson, Mike Collings, Bruce Dockter, Thomas Erickson, Bruce Folkedahl, Kevin Galbreath, Ames Grisanti, David Hassett, Steven Hawthorne, John Hendrikson, Marc Kurz, Dennis Laudal, Gale Mayer, Donald McCollor, Stanley Miller, Ed Olson, Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett, Richard Schulz, James Sorensen, Edward Steadman, Daniel Stepan, Donald Toman, Christopher Zygarlicke; Human Nutrition Research Center: Jean Altepeter; Native American Programs: Alan Allery; Nursing: Christine Burd; Pharmacology and Toxicology: Begonia Ho; School of Law: Larry Spain; School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Thomas Norris; Small Business Development Center: Wally Kearns; Sociology-SSRI: Cordell Fontaine.

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

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RESEARCH, GRANT OPPORTUNITIES LISTED

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

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES

The Research Tools and Reference Works program provides support for projects to create dictionaries, encyclopedias, historical or linguistic atlases, databases, textbases, bibliographies, and other research tools and reference works of major importance to the humanities. Awards have ranged from $23,000-$700,000 for projects of up to 2 years in duration.

The Preserving/Creating Access to Collections program provides support in two categories: 1) Preservation Microfilming of Brittle Books and Serials--to preserve the knowledge contained in brittle books and other deteriorating paper-based research materials by supporting projects that will preserve on microfilm the intellectual content of approximately 3 million volumes printed between 1800 and 1950. Grants have ranged from $262,000-$1 million for a 2-year project. 2) Special Collections and Archives--for projects to preserve and create access to special collections and archives. The sponsor also supports projects to conduct archival surveys that will increase the availability of significant humanities resources and to develop oral history collections of cultural importance. Grants have ranged from $30,000-$650,000 for a 2-year project.

The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language (modern and classical); linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences that have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact NEH well before the grant deadline. The staff will read preliminary proposals (which should be received at least 6 weeks before the deadline). Deadline: 7/1/98. Contact: Division of Preservation & Access; 202/606-8570; fax 202/606-8639; preservation@neh.fed.us; http://www.neh.fed.us.

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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CHURCH HISTORY

The Jane Dempsey Douglass Prize is a $250 award made to the author of an essay published during the previous calendar year on some aspect of the role of women in the history of Christianity. The manuscript will be published in the sponsor's journal, "Church History." Deadline: 8/1/98.

The Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize provides $1,000 to assist an author in publishing a book-length manuscript in church history. If competing works are of otherwise equal quality, preference will be given to topics relating to the history of Congregationalism. The book must be the author's first. Manuscripts accepted for publication may be submitted. Deadline: 11/1/98.

The Philip Schaff Prize is a biennial award of $1,000 made to the author of the best book originating in the North American scholarly community which presents original research in the history of Christianity or any period thereof. Books published in the two previous years are eligible. Deadline: 3/1/99.

Contact: Henry W. Bowden, P.O. Box 8517, Red Bank, NJ 07701; aschnoff@aol.com.

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AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

The Mini-Grant Program seeks to cultivate knowledge and understanding of law, the legal process, and law's role in society among students, teachers, and the general public. Projects that address diverse audiences, integrate the newest and best technologies to most effectively reach target audiences, and/or focus upon adults or youth reading at low literacy levels are encouraged. In 1998 special emphasis will be placed on projects in the form of courses, workshops, forums, and other programs; and print, video, and on-line materials on the following topics: human rights in the U.S. and/or international settings; access to the justice system, including mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution; race, ethnicity, justice and American identity; gender, law, and society; courts, judges, and the role of the judicial branch of government as well as other law-related topics. Applicants are invited to collaborate with other individuals/organizations in the planning and execution of projects, to facilitate the formation of partnerships and ensure the inclusion of appropriate law-related expertise. Eight to twelve mini-grants of $1,500-$5,000 are awarded annually. Deadline: 6/1/98. Contact: Tracye Graves, 312/988-5721; fax 312/988-5032; tgraves@abanet.org; http://www.abanet.org/publiced/.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)

The Americas Program (NSF 96-14) supports cooperative activities, including cooperative research projects, joint seminars and workshops, planning visits, international research fellow awards and dissertation enhancement awards with Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela. Deadlines: 5/1/98; 11/1/98; no deadline for planning visits and dissertation enhancements. NOTE: Deadlines have been revised! Contact: Division of International Programs, 703/306-1706; krbrown@nsf.gov.

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AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION (AHA)

Ten Young Investigator Awards ranging from $500-$1,500 will be awarded to researchers submitting papers to AHA's 71st Scientific Sessions in Dallas, TX, November 8-11, 1998. Awards will be given in the following areas: cardiovascular nursing research, cardiopulmonary and critical care biology, cardiovascular research, clinical cardiovascular investigation, cardiovascular or circulatory physiology, arteriosclerosis research, applied research in thrombosis, epidemiology and prevention for investigators in training, cardiovascular radiology and fundamental and applied surgical research. Deadline: 5/1/98. Contact: Richard L. Luna, 214/706-1685; fax 214/373-3406.

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SIGMA XI, THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH SOCIETY

Grants-in-Aid of Research provide up to $1,000 to individuals to support scientific investigation in any field. Amounts up to $2,500 are available in astronomy and eye/vision research. Awards are made only to graduate/undergraduate students in degree programs. Funds are divided into two categories: 1) Sigma Xi--advisor must be a full, active member of Sigma Xi as of the preceding deadline; funds cover all areas of science. 2) NAS funds/unrestricted funds--open competition (no advisor required) for eligible applicants in the natural and physical sciences (including astronomy and eye/vision research). Deadlines: 5/1/98, 11/1/98, 2/1/99. Contact: 919/549-4691; www@sigmaxi.org.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM (NIAAA)

NIAAA (PA-988-037) invites proposals to test strategies for improving the availability, accessibility, delivery, quality, effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes of alcohol-related treatment and prevention services. Objectives include, but are not limited to, advancing scientific understanding of the effects of organizational structures and processes, as well as financing and reimbursement mechanisms (specifically the combination of organizational structures and financing mechanisms that constitute managed care) on the availability, accessibility, utilization, delivery, content, quality, outcomes, cost, and cost-effectiveness of alcohol treatment services. Objectives also include studying the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alcohol prevention services in reducing the demand for health care services and improving the methodological tools, data reporting systems, and analysis techniques useful for conducting health services research. Up to $6 million will be available for approximately 24 awards during FY 1998 and 1999. Inquiries regarding this PA are encouraged. Deadlines: 6/1/98, 10/1/98, 2/1/99. Contact: Robert Huebner, Ph.D., 301/443-0787, fax 301/443-8774, bheubner@willco.niaaa.nih.gov.

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NSF/NASA

NSF, in coordination with NASA's Office of Space Studies, is accepting proposals for research on some comparative aspects of the atmospheres of the planets and satellites in the Solar System. Goals are to focus attention of the research community on these areas of investigation to advance our understanding of the common processes affecting planetary atmospheres and to foster cooperative investigations among the interdisciplinary communities of planetary scientists and atmospheric scientists. In 1998, NSF will support proposals addressing related issues concerning the atmospheres of the terrestrial planets and satellites in the Solar System. NASA will support proposals on the origin and evolution of the atmosphere of Mars. Deadline: 5/13/98. Contact: Dr. Vernon Pankonin, 703/306-1826, vpankonin@nsf.gov; Dr. Sunanda Basu, 703/306-1529, sbasu@nsf.gov; or Dr. Jay Bergstralh, 202/358-0313, jay.bergstralh@hq.nasa.gov.

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BURROUGHS WELLCOME FUND PROGRAM DEADLINES

Career Development: Career Awards in the Biomedical Sciences, 10/1/98; Hitchings-Elion Fellowships, 8/1/98; Life Sciences Research Fellowships, 10/1/98; Wellcome Research Travel Grants, 7/1/98, 11/1/98. Emerging Infectious Diseases, including Molecular Parasitology Scholar Awards, New Investigator Awards, New Initiatives in Malaria Research, Molecular Pathogenic Mycology Scholar Awards, New Investigator Awards, 1/15/99. Therapeutic Sciences, including Clinical Scientist Awards in Translational Research and New Investigator Awards in the Pharmacological and Toxicological Sciences, 11/1/98. Reproductive Science, including Career Awards in the Biomedical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynecology Research Fellowships, Reproductive Scientist Development Program Research Grants, 10/1/98. Interfaces between the Physical/Chemical/Computational Sciences and Biological Sciences--TBA. Student Science Enrichment Program, 10/15/98. Environment for Science, No Deadline. Contact: mailback@bwfund.org (type "menu" on the subject line for a list of programs); info@bwfund.org (for program brochure or to contact program officer); http://www.bwfund.

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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES

Up to four faculty Research Fellows will be appointed at up to $30,000/yr. Applications for fellowships of shorter residency and applications from faculty on sabbatical seeking stipendiary supplements to their income will also be considered. The Center annually brings together external and internal (OSU) faculty fellows whose projects relate to the Center's current research theme, "Endings: Tradition and Innovation." Contact: Peter J. Copek, Director, 541/737-2450; Peter.Copek@orst.edu; http://osu.orst.edu/. Deadline: 12/15/98.

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W. ALTON JONES FOUNDATION

The Sustainable World Program seeks to build a sustainable society and support biological diversity on earth. Goals are to maintain biodiversity; promote economics for a sustainable planet; develop new sources of energy usage and address the related climate changes; eliminate systemic contamination; and promote and develop activities in environmental law and media. Before submitting a proposal, a letter of inquiry (no more than two pages in length) should be sent to the Foundation describing the goals of the project and summarizing, in brief, the means by which these goals will be met and the amount of funding to be requested. Contact: 804/295-2134; fax 804/295-1648; sustainable@wajones.org; http://www.wajones.org/. Deadline: None.

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HUMAN FRONTIER SCIENCE PROGRAM ORGANIZATION

The aim of the Human Frontier Science Program is to promote, through international cooperation, basic research into the complex mechanisms of living organisms, including man, and to make the results available worldwide. Two areas of basic research are eligible for support: Basic Research for the Elucidation of Brain Functions and Basic Research for the Elucidation of Biological Functions through Molecular Level Approaches. Fellowships are provided for investigators from eligible countries who wish to pursue research in foreign countries, but are not for sabbatical leave by senior workers. Independent young researchers, early in their careers, are encouraged to apply. Eligible countries are currently Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. Short-term fellowships may be held for 2 weeks-3 months. Contact: +33 (0)3 88 21 51 27; fax +33 (0)3 88 32 88 97; fellow@hfsp.org.fr; http://www.hfsp.org/. Deadline: None.

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

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BILLBOARD

PAYROLL HAS PACKETS FOR NEW EMPLOYEES

The Payroll Office has developed new employee packets for all employees. New part-time, temporary and student employees also have a packet of mandatory forms that must be completed. A non-benefited/student employee that has been employed by any UND department within the previous or current calendar year is not considered a new employee, and only a Notice of Appointment is required.

The mandatory forms must be completed by the employee within the first week of employment and prior to the employee being placed on our payroll system. It is the employing department's responsibility to ascertain that the mandatory forms are completed. In order for your new employee to receive a check, all mandatory forms must be in Payroll no later than noon three business days prior to payday. Forms received after that deadline will be processed for the next payday.

Since the forms within the packets could change at any time, we request that you do not keep a supply within your department but instead request the packets from Payroll as you need them. If you have any questions to wish to request new employee packets, please call 777-4226.

-- Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll.

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DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE SET FOR MARCH 25

Another free Defensive Driving Course for UND employees and a member of their family will be presented Wednesday, March 25, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Rural Technology Center for all UND employees who are authorized to drive state vehicles. This course may reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. Please call the Safety Office, 777-3341 by Tuesday, March 24, to register.

-- Norma Haley, Safety Office.

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ITEMS FOR SALE ON PUBLIC BIDS

The University is offering for sale to the public on a sealed high-bid basis the following items: older computer equipment, upright piano, electric floor cleaners, forced air natural gas furnaces, and several other miscellaneous items. They may be seen at the Central Receiving warehouse on the southwest corner of the campus. Bids will be taken between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, March 23-26.

-- Jess Carl, Central Receiving.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

"INSIGHT MEDITATION" INSTRUCTION STARTS MARCH 25

Beginning instruction in "Insight Meditation" will be offered on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., starting March 25, in the Lotus Meditation Center, corner of University Avenue and Hamline Street. The instructor is Tamar Read; for more information, contact her at 772-2161.

-- Marilyn Wilkens, Office of International Programs.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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 Fri., March 20 -- SPRING RECESS.

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

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

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. 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.

Mon., March 23 -- MEETING, Graduate Committee, 305 Twamley Hall, 3:05 p.m.

Mon., March 23 -- DOCTORAL EXAM for RaeJean L. Hermansen, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Room 5510, Medical Science Building, 1 p.m.; members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

Tues., March 24 -- 9 O'CLOCK BRIEFING by President Baker, Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, 9 a.m.; coffee and continental breakfast will be provided by Dining Services.

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.

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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.

Toi Derricotte is a poet and teacher from Detroit. Her recent collection of essays, "The Black Notebook," received a glowing review in The New York Times Review of Books in November. In "The Black Notebook," the African-American Derricotte explores the conflicted emotions she felt while "passing for white" in various shopping centers and grocery stores. Derricotte writes of the shame she felt in being black, and the loss of a valued friendship when a friend discovered Derricotte was not white.

Patricia Hampl is a St. Paul native of Czech descent. Hampl's "A Romantic Education" describes the special nature the city of Prague held in her grandmother's memories. She also has written two collections of poetry and the essay "Spillville," about the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak's summer in Iowa. Her most recent work is "Virgin Time," a collection of prose about the quest for spiritual significance.

John Hanson is a St. Paul native who was raised in North Dakota. Hanson is a prize-winning filmmaker. He's best known for "Northern Lights," which depicted the development of the Non-Partisan League of Farmers in North Dakota. That film won the prestigious Camera D'Or for best first feature at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. Since then Hanson has continued to write, direct and produce films and documentaries for the cinema and television. His films have become regulars at film festivals. "Shimmer," featuring Mary Beth Hurt, is Hanson's most recent work. It was broadcast nationally on PSB's American Playhouse. Hanson has several other features in development.

Paulette Jiles is a poet and author currently living in San Antonio. Her collection, "The Jesse James Poems," is a striking poetic reconstruction of the life and times of Jesse James and his outlaw gang. Jiles also is the author of the poetry collections "Celestial Navigation" and "Waterloo Express."

Arnost Lustig is a Czech survivor of Auschwitz who escaped from a train of prisoners bound for Dachau. He returned to Prague in 1945 and fought with the Czech resistance. A prominent member of the Czech New Wave of filmmakers, Lustig left Czechoslovakia in 1968 following the Russian invasion. In the short story collections "Diamonds of the Night" and "Night and Hope," as well as the novel "Darkness Casts No Shadow," Lustig explores how moral triumph can grow from a horrific reality.

Joseph Skvorecky, a Czech emigre, is a Nobel Prize nominee whose novels include "The Miracle Game," a fictional account of the Prague Spring and Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Skvorecky fled his country for Canada after the invasion, setting up a Czech-languge press in Toronto called 68 Publishers, which smuggled banned books into his native country. For his efforts, Skvorecky and his wife, the novelist Zdena Salivarova, were awarded the Order of the White Lion, Czechoslovakia's highest honor. He also was the winner of the 1980 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. His other novels include "The Cowards," "The Engineer of Human Souls" and "Dvorak in Love."

August Wilson has won the Pulitzer twice, for the plays "Fences" (1986) and "The Piano Lesson" (1992), his tale of an African-American family in Depression era Pittsburgh struggling with the decision to sell their family piano, a symbol of the family's survival and identity in America. It recently was performed live as a teleplay on CBS. One of his latest works is "Two Trains Running" which Time Magazine calls "his most mature work to date." Most of Wilson's plays take place in Pittsburgh, where Wilson grew up in poverty and dropped out of school at 15. Today, he is considered to be the finest African-American dramatist alive. A five-time winner of the new York Drama Critics Circle Award for best play, Wilson also has won a Tony award.

Susan Yuzna's first book of poetry, "Her Slender Dress," in its second printing, won the 1995 Akron Poetry Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. A 1995 Bush Foundation writing fellow, she's taught writing at the universities of Montana, Minnesota and UND. An excerpt from her memoir is forthcoming in II Cities, a Twin Cities literary magazine.

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Tues. through Sat., March 24-28 -- SWIMMING & DIVING, Speedo Junior Championships, Hyslop Sports Center; this event draws 1,000 swimmers, ages 13 to 19, from the western United States.

Wed., March 25 -- DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE for UND employees and a member of their family, Rural Technology Center, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.; call the Safety Office at 777-3341 to register.

Wed., March 25 -- "INSIGHT MEDITATION," beginning instruction offered Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Lotus Meditation Center, corner of University Ave. and Hamline St.; call Tamar Read at 772-2161 for more information.

Wed., March 25 -- WOMEN STUDIES SALON will feature a conversation with Paulette Jiles from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Women's Center, 305 Hamline St.; Jiles is at UND as part of the Writers Conference, and will talk about her work at the Salon; call 777-4115 or Rebecca at 777-2705 for more information.

Thurs., March 26 -- SEMINAR, "How to Recruit and Retain the People You Want," 211 Rural Technology Center, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; presenter is Catherine Fyock, President of Innovative Management Concepts; for more information or to register (cost is $25 and includes lunch and breaks), call 777-2128.

Thurs., March 26 -- CELEBRATING THE CULTURE OF LEBANON, the evening will feature foods, artifacts, literature, music, attire, dance, historical, technological and religious perspectives of the Middle Eastern country of Lebanon, International Centre, 2908 University Ave., 7 p.m.; everyone is welcome to this free event; call 777-4231 for more information.

Thurs., March 26 -- PARENT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER CLASS, "Choosing Developmentally Appropriate Toys," a lunch box special from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. presented by Janie Holtan, PERC Center, 500 Stanford Rd., call 795-2765 to register or for more information.

Thurs. and Fri., March 26-27 -- SEMINAR, "Violence in the Workplace and Diffusing Aggressive Threatening Behavior," lower level, Chester Fritz Auditorium, 10 a.m.; call 777-3341 to register.

Thurs. through Sat., March 26-28 -- HOCKEY, National Collegiate Athletic Association Regionals.

Fri., March 27 -- PRESIDENTIAL LECTURE SERIES, August Wilson, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for the plays "Fences" (1986) and "The Piano Lesson" (1992), will be at UND both as part of the UND Presidential Lecture Series and in this year's UND Writers Conference. His Presidential Lecture Series talk will be at 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The UND Presidential Lecture Series was established by UND President Kendall Baker in 1996 to further enrich the intellectual life and learning environment of the campus by demonstrating the excitement, relevance, and interdisciplinary nature of scholarship.

Fri., March 27 -- LAST DAY TO DROP A FULL-TERM COURSE.

Fri., March 27 -- LAST DAY TO CHANGE TO/FROM S/U GRADING.

Fri., March 27 -- BIOLOGY SEMINAR, "Proximate Mechanisms of Developmental Plasticity in Amphibian Metamorphosis," presented by Robert Denver, University of Michigan, 141 Starcher Hall, noon.

Sat., March 28 -- TEST, PRAXIS Series, 114 and 116 Witmer Hall, 7:30 a.m.

Sat., March 28 -- PIANO FEST, Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sat., March 28 -- PARENT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER WINTER SERIES, "Kid Cooperation," with Elizabeth Pantley, Westward Ho Complex, 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; call 795-2765 to register.

Sat., March 28 -- PARENTING WORKSHOP, "Kid Cooperation" presented by Elizabeth Pantley, Westward Ho Complex, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; call 795-2765 to register.

Sat., March 28 -- BASEBALL, UND at Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb., 1 p.m. (seven-inning doubleheader).

Sun., March 29 -- CHILDRENS THEATRE, "Aladdin," a children's tale full of adventure and the magic of the Arabian Nights, Aladdin leaves home to seek his fortune. Reaching the marketplace, he discovers exciting characters weaving plots of intrigue and mystery. With the help of a fun-loving genie, Aladdin finds his fortune and a princess with which to share his travels and dreams, Chester Fritz Auditorium, 2 p.m.

Sun., March 29 -- BASEBALL, UND at Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb., 1 p.m. (seven-inning doubleheader).

Mon., March 30 -- MEETING, General Education Committee, 303 Twamley Hall, 3 p.m.

Mon., March 30 -- PSYCHOLOGY COLLOQUIUM, "Complicating Variables in the Eating Disorders: Psychiatric Co-Morbidity and Child Maltreatment," presented by Stephen Wonderlich, 202 Nursing Building, noon.

Mon., March 30 -- PARENT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER CLASS, "Make and Take," for parents of preschoolers presented by Holly Cronquist and Dawn Morken, a one-hour seminar from 9 to 10 a.m., PERC Center, 500 Stanford Rd., call 795-2765 to register or for more information.

Mon., March 30 -- PARENT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER CLASS, "A Quarter of a Century of Change in Education," presented by Ginny Bollman from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., PERC Center, 500 Stanford Rd., call 795-2765 to register or for more information.

Mon., March 30 -- BASEBALL, UND at University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D., 1 p.m. (seven-inning doubleheader).

Mon., March 30, through Thurs., April 9 -- MASTER OF FINE ARTS EXHIBITION, Curtis Flexhaug, Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center.

Tues., March 31 -- DOCTORAL EXAM for Julie C. Rutherford, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Anatomy and Cell Biology, Room B710, Medical Science Building, 3:15 p.m.; members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

Tues., March 31 -- ORATORIO by Joseph Martin Kraus, "Der Tod Jesu (The Death of Jesus)" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. at the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center; Christopher Bartlett will elad the performance.

APRIL 1998

Through Sat., April 4 -- SWIMMING & DIVING, USS Senior National Championships, Minneapolis, Minn.

Through Thurs., April 9 -- MASTER OF FINE ARTS EXHIBITION, Curtis Flexhaug, Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center.

Wed., April 1 -- "ON TEACHING" BOX LUNCH SESSION, Lecture Boxl, Memorial Union, noon; this last session will feature Kathy Smart and Steve Pottenger from the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies (CILT) demonstrating a new tool, designed by CILT, that generates and hosts web sites for supplemental course materials; to reserve a complimentary box lunch call 777-3325 by noon Tuesday, March 24.

Wed., April 1 -- FEAST AND FOCUS PROGRAM, "How to Rune Your Life," Women's Center, 305 Hamline St., noon to 1 p.m.; everyone is welcome.

Wed. through Fri., April 1-3 -- ANNUAL DAKOTA CONFERENCE ON RURAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH, "Connecting the Power of Community," Fargo; call Dawn Botsford at 777-2663 for more information.

Thurs., April 2 -- DOCTORAL EXAM for James Daniels, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Biology, 103 Starcher Hall, 2 p.m.; members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

Thurs., April 2 -- SOUP FOR THE SOUL, Women's Center, 305 Hamline St., 12:15 to 1 p.m.; everyone is welcome.

Thurs., April 2 -- CELEBRATING THE CULTURE OF THE CREOLE, celebrate the culture of the Creole, Cajun style, with history and development of the Cajun culture and Cajun food, International Centre, 2908 University Ave., 7 p.m.; everyone is welcome to this free event; call 777-4231 for more information.

Thurs., April 2 -- CONCERT, Jazz Ensemble, Ballroom, Memorial Union, 7:30 p.m.

Thurs. through Fri., April 2-4 -- HOCKEY, National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship, Boston, Mass.

Fri., April 3 -- MEETING, Institutional Review Board, 305 Twamley Hall, 4 p.m.

Fri., April 3 -- FRANK LOW RESEARCH DAY, keynote speaker will be Burroughs Wellcome Visiting Professor John Robert Hassell, Professor of Biochemistry, Director of Research, and Berry Chair Scholar, Shriners Hospital for Children, Tampa, Fla.; he will present "Biological Activity of Proteoglycans in Cornea and Cartilage," from 10:20 to 11:30 a.m. in the Reed T. Keller Auditorium, Karl Christian Wold Bio-Information Learning Resources Center, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Fri., April 3 -- SATELLITE BROADCAST, the Welfare Reform Academy has scheduled a series of conferences on various topics of welfare reform on the first Friday of each month, from February through June; the conferences will be broadcast from the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and will be viewed in 130 Gamble Hall, noon to 3 p.m.; there is no fee to participants; please register by contacting Mike Jacobsen (Social Work) at 777-3768 or mike_jacobsen@mail.und.nodak.edu.

Fri., April 3 -- FASTPITCH, UND at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Fri. and Sat., April 3-4 -- BASEBALL, UND at University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colo., 1 p.m. both days (seven-inning doubleheaders).

Sat., April 4 -- TEST, American College Test (ACT), McCannel Hall, 8 a.m.

Sat., April 4 -- TEST, Graduate Record Examination (GRE-General and Subject Examinations), 7 Gamble Hall; 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Sat., April 4 -- TEST, Dental Admission (DAT), 114 Witmer Hall, 8 a.m.

Sat., April 4 -- BENEDIKTSON LECTURE SERIES IN ASTRONOMY, "Life in the Universe," presented by George Seielstad, Professor and Associate Dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and recently named to the School's Benediktson Chair in Astrophysics, Clifford Hall Auditorium, 10:30 a.m.; call Suezette at 777-4856 for more information.

Sat., April 4 -- FESTIVAL OF WOMEN'S VOICES, United Lutheran Church, 324 Chestnut St., 4 p.m.

Sat., April 4 -- UNIVERSITY PROGRAM COUNCIL EVENT, comedian Eric O'Shea, Ballroom, Memorial Union, 8 p.m.; free admission.

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