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University Letter

May 1, 1998

Volume 35 No. 35

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 35, Number 35, May 1, 1998

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Attached to this issue of University Letter is a statement from President Ken Baker regarding the preliminary plan to meet the University's tuition revenue shortfall and to comply with Gov. Schafer's request for a five percent budget reduction. A budget spreadsheet detailing the preliminary cuts is also attached. Because the spreadsheet cannot be converted to readable text form for those receiving University Letter electronically, we have placed it on UNDInfo, the University's web site. It can be accessed at http://www.und.edu under "News." President Baker will hold open meetings to seek input from the University on the reductions in the Memorial Union Ballroom at 9 a.m. Friday, May 1, and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



Preparations are under way for the University's annual round of spring commencements. Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, will be the speaker for the Law School Commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. John T. McCormack, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will speak at the Medical School Commencement at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. General Commencement will take place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10, in the Hyslop Sports Center. Patricia Owens, mayor of Grand Forks, will deliver the commencement address.

Also at the spring commencement, UND will award four honorary degrees:

Patricia Wallace Ingraham, honorary Doctor of Laws. Born and raised in Ellendale, N.D., Ingraham's grandparents homesteaded in North Dakota and her mother still lives in the state. Ingraham is the Professor of Public Administration at Syracuse University's Maxwell School's Department of Public Administration. She is an expert in public administration.

Theodore V. Galambos, Doctor of Engineering. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Galambos emigrated to Washburn, N.D., with his family in 1948. He earned a bachelor of science and a master of science degree in Civil Engineering from UND in 1953 and 1954. With more than 100 publications, including 11 books, Galambos has devoted most of his research effort to understanding the behavior of steel structural systems so practicing engineers can design steel building systems which are more safe and efficient.

Vito Perrone, Doctor of Humanities. Now the director of teacher education programs at Harvard Graduate School, Perrone came to UND in 1968 as Dean of the New School of Behavioral Studies in Education. Perrone is nationally in academic circles for his work in the field of education. During the 18 years he was associated with UND, the University's education college won national acclaim for its innovations.

Art Link, Doctor of Laws. Link was born in McKenzie County, N.D., and was educated in a one-room school house. Link has had a long and distinguished record of public service in North Dakota. He served in the North Dakota Legislature from 1947 to 1971, including serving as Speaker of the House in 1965, and also served in the United States House of Representatives, 1971-72, where he served on the Agriculture Committee. He served as North Dakota Governor from 1972 to 1980. After retiring from the Office of Governor, Link came to UND for a semester to aid in teaching a course on Rural Public Policy for the Department of Public Science.

-- Rita Galloway (University Relations), Associate Commencement Coordinator.



All UND faculty are invited to participate in the processional as the School of Law holds its commencement exercises Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Participating faculty will march in full academic regalia and will be seated on the stage. Presenting the commencement address will be the Honorable Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. To help us develop an accurate count for setting up, faculty who wish to participate are asked to call the Dean's Office in the Law School at 777-2104.

-- W. Jeremy Davis, Dean, School of Law, and Rita Galloway, Associate Coordinator of Commencements.




The University Curriculum Committee will meet Thursday, April 30, at 3 p.m. in 303 Twamley Hall to review the request from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences to terminate the undergraduate degree for a minor in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Anyone interested in the proposal is invited to attend.

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



A LEEPS (Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Sciences) and Mary Jo Klosterman Lecture will be presented by Palmer Bailey (BS Geol 70, BSGE 80, MS 80), Anchor Point, Alaska. He will discuss "The Surging Bering Glacier" in Leonard Hall at noon Friday, May 1. This lecture is to honor John Reid on his retirement after 37 years of service to the Department and the University.

This lecture is sponsored by the Mary Jo Klosterman Lecture Series and the LEEPS Lecture Series, which is jointly funded by the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, the Energy and Environmental Research Center and the North Dakota EPSCoR Program. All interested persons are welcome to attend. For additional information contact the department office at 777-2811.

-- Richard LeFever, Chair, Geology and Geological Engineering.



Joe Simeonsson from the University of Iowa will present a seminar titled "Laser Induced Fluorescence Studies of Arsenic and Selenium" at noon Friday, May 1, in 138 Abbott Hall. His seminar is open to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend.

-- Chemistry Department.



The Northern Prairie Chapter of the Fulbright Association will have a general membership meeting on Tuesday, May 5, at 4 p.m. in the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. At the meeting we will elect officers for the 1998-2000 term and discuss projects for the upcoming year. All people who have been affiliated with the Fulbright Program or have an interest in supporting international programs at UND are invited to attend and join.

-- Edmund Clingan, President, Northern Prairie Chapter, Fulbright Association, and Assistant Professor of History.



John Reid, Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering for the last 37 years, will retire May 15. The School of Engineering and Mines and the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering will host a reception at the Alumni Center on Wednesday, May 6, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Please join us in wishing him well on his retirement.

-- Richard LeFever, Chair, Geology and Geological Engineering.



The Department of Chemistry will honor Richard Baltisberger and Neil Woolsey on their retirement, Wednesday, May 6, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Alumni Center. All members of the University community are welcome to attend.

-- Chemistry Department.



A reception on Thursday, May 7, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Alumni Center will honor Lyle Beiswenger, Vice President for Finance. He will retire July 31 after 32 years at UND.

A Fisher, Minn., native, Beiswenger graduated from UND in 1964 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. He was employed as accounting supervisor for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service at the Grand Forks Air Force Base until 1966, when he came to UND as an accountant in the Bookstore. In 1968 he joined the Accounting Office as an accountant and in 1971 was appointed Director. Beiswenger was promoted to Comptroller in 1979. On July 1, 1983, he replaced Gerald Skogley as Vice President for Finance. Among Beiswenger's many accomplishments at UND were helping to design the North Dakota University System accounting system and overseeing the development of UND's Computer Center.

During the immediate aftermath of the April 1997 flood, Beiswenger's leadership ensured that North Dakota University System personnel at UND and across the state were paid on time, even though the computer system which handles payroll had been literally uprooted from Grand Forks and trucked to Fargo. It was a significant accomplishment that was welcomed by everyone in the University System.

Beiswenger's duties have been assumed by Al Hoffarth, Vice President for Operations since 1983. Hoffarth is now the Vice President for Finance and Operations.

-- Kendall Baker, President.



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


1) Announcements.

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

3) Question Period.


4) Annual Report of the University Curriculum Committee. Renee Mabey and Earl Mason, Co-Chairs. (To be distributed at meeting.)

5) Annual Report of the Continuing Education Committee. Margaret Zidon, Chair. (Attachment No. 1.)

6) Annual Report of the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee. Harmon Abrahamson, Chair. (Attachment No. 2.)


7) Candidates for degrees in May, 1998. Alice Poehls, Director, Office of Admissions and Records. (Attachment No. 3.)

8) Recommendations from the University Curriculum Committee for Program Suspension Requests, Title Change Requests, New Course Requests, and Course Deletion Requests. Renee Mabey and Earl Mason, Co-Chairs. (To be distributed at meeting.)

9) General discussion of Senate response to the Presidential Plan for Restructuring and Reorganization of UND.

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



"Finding Grant Support for Your Projects" is the focus of a free two-part workshop for faculty and staff to be held Monday and Thursday, May 11 and 14. Designed especially for those new to the grant-seeking process, the workshop is a collaborative effort of the Office of Research and Program Development and the University Writing Program. Sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with participants invited to sign up for one or both days. Both sessions will be held in Upson Hall (room TBA), and refreshments will be served.

Monday's session will focus on how to use search engines to locate possible sources of funds, how to lay the groundwork for a proposal by making personal contact with funding agencies, and how to read and interpret calls for proposals.

On Thursday, participants will read and analyze sample grant-writing guidelines and discuss some successful proposals. The session will close with a panel discussion on "How I Got My Grant and What I Learned in the Process" featuring Cliff Staples (Sociology), Lynn Anderson (HPER), Jim McKenzie (English), and Eliot Glassheim (North Dakota Museum of Art).

Registration for the workshop is free and open to all UND faculty and staff. (Space may also be available for a limited number of graduate students.) To register or get additional information, e-mail me at rankin@badlands.nodak.edu or call the University Writing Program at 777-3600.

Deadline for registration is Wednesday, May 6.

-- Libby Rankin, Director, University Writing Program.



The 1998 Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, at the Memorial Union Ballroom. Employees will be recognized for years of service in five-year increments, and the 10 Meritorious Service Award winners will be announced. Tickets may be purchased beginning Monday, April 20, in the Office of Personnel Services, 313 Twamley Hall, for $3.50 each. Tickets must be purchased no later than Wednesday, May 6. All members of the University community are invited.

-- Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.



Dates have been set and a limited amount of space is still available for the May Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) workshop. During the first week, sessions will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (May 12, 13, and 15) with sessions scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (May 19, 20, and 21) of the following week. Each session will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The workshop provides an opportunity for faculty to work on course development or re-development in a supportive, collegial setting. Participants will receive stipends of $600. For more information, please contact me at 777-6381 or by e-mail at hawthorn@badlands.nodak.edu

-- Joan Hawthorne, WAC Coordinator.




The State Board of Higher Education, at its April meeting, approved the University's request to confer emeritus status and tenure to the following faculty members. Retired or retiring faculty who were granted emeritus status are:

College of Arts and Sciences: William Borden (1962-1997), Professor Emeritus of English and Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emeritus; Harry L. Holloway Jr. (1971-1996), Professor Emeritus of Biology; Neil F. Woolsey (1965-1998), Professor Emeritus of Chemistry.

Business and Public Administration: W. Fred Lawrence (1980-1997), Professor Emeritus of Management and Dean Emeritus; DuWayne Wacker (posthumously) (1967-1997), Associate Professor Emeritus of Accounting and Business Law.

College of Education and Human Development: Robert N. Klinkhammer (1967-1998), Associate Professor Emeritus of Social Work; Gordon Henry (1970-1998), Assistant Professor Emeritus and Vice President for Student Affairs Emeritus.

School of Engineering and Mines: John Reid (1961-1998), Professor Emeritus of Geology; Joe Hootman (1969-1998), Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering.

College of Fine Arts and Communication: Ronald Schaefer (1965-1998), Professor Emeritus of Visual Arts; Ron Engle (1968-1998), Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts and Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

School of Law: William E. Thoms (1973-1995), Professor Emeritus of Law.

School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Jean Oberpriller (1968-1998), Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Cell Biology; Richard Olafson (1979-1998), Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience.

Tenure was recommended and approved for:

College of Arts and Sciences: Joseph DeFilippo, Associate Professor, Languages; F. Richard Ferraro, Associate Professor, Psychology; Colin Hughes, Associate Professor, Biology; Melinda Leach, Assistant Professor, Anthropology; Justin McDonald, Associate Professor, Psychology; David Pierce, Assistant Professor, Chemistry; John Wagner, Assistant Professor, Physics; Diana Wells, Associate Professor, Mathematics.

College of Business and Public Administration: Fathollah Bagheri, Assistant Professor, Economics; Steven Carlson, Associate Professor, Accounting and Business Law; Janice Zahrly, Associate Professor, Management.

College of Education and Human Development: Shelby Barrentine, Assistant Professor, Teaching and Learning; Gerald Bass, Professor, Educational Leadership; Sue Jacobs, Associate Professor, Counseling; Cindy Juntunen-Smith, Assistant Professor, Counseling; Ralph Woehle, Associate Professor, Social Work.

College of Nursing: Vicki Downey, Assistant Professor, Family and Community Nursing; Rebecca Rude, Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics.

John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences: John Bridewell, Associate Professor, Aviation; Paul Lindseth, Associate Professor, Aviation; Charles Robertson, Associate Professor, Aviation.

School of Engineering and Mines: George Bibel, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering.

School of Law: Larry Spain, Professor, Law.

School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Debra Byram, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy; Jody Rada, Assistant Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology; Kenneth Ruit, Assistant Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology.

-- Kendall Baker, President



The following University faculty have been promoted to Professor, effective Aug. 16: Jeffrey Lang, Biology; Andre Lebugle, Languages; Glenda Lindseth, Nursing Professionalism and Practice; and James Rodde, Music.

The following faculty have been promoted to Associate Professor, effective Aug. 16: Shelby Barrentine, Teaching and Learning; Victoria Beard, Accounting and Business Law; Jane Berne, Languages; John Collings, Mathematics; Vicki Downey, Family and Community Nursing; Gerri Dunnigan, Mathematics; Philip Harmeson, Accounting and Business Law; Susan Hunter, Adult Health Nursing; Cindy Juntunen-Smith, Counseling; Justin McDonald, Psychology; James Mochoruk, History; David Pierce, Chemistry; Richard Shafer, Communication; and Nancy Vogeltanz, Psychology.

Ruth Jenny, School of Law, has been promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor, effective Aug. 16.

The following faculty at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences have been promoted, effective July 1. To Professor: William Becker, Surgery. To Associate Professor: John Baird, Family Medicine; Thomas Cariveau, Family Medicine; Jody Rada, Anatomy and Cell Biology; Kenneth Ruit, Anatomy and Cell Biology; and David Theige, Internal Medicine.

-- Marlene Strathe, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.



The following nine Council members were elected on an at-large basis to serve two-year terms on the University Senate from September 1998 through August 2000:

James Antes (Psychology and Peace Studies), Nagy Bengiamin (Electrical Engineering), Joseph DeFilippo (Languages/Philosophy and Religion), Mary Kweit (Political Science and Public Administration), Stephen Markovich (Political Science and Public Administration), David Perry (Social Work), Lana Rakow (Communication), David Rowley (History), and Daniel Sheridan (English).

Randy Lee (Law) was elected to serve a three-year term as faculty representative on the University Budget Committee.

Randy Lee was elected to serve a five-year term on the Faculty Rights Committee. (Editor's Note: This sentence was mistakenly omitted in last week's article.)

The 30 faculty elected to the Special Review Committee for 1998-99 were the following: James Antes (Psychology and Peace Studies), Nagy Bengiamin (Electrical Engineering), Dale DeRemer (Aviation), Albert Fivizzani (Biology), Mark Grabe (Psychology), Sara Hanhan (Teaching and Learning), Randy Lee (Law), Robert Lewis (English), D. Scott Lowe (Philosophy and Religion), Denise Markovich (Finance), Stephen Markovich (Political Science and Public Administration), David Marshall (English), Jackie McElroy-Edwards (Visual Arts), Janet Kelly Moen (Sociology and Peace Studies), Douglas Munski (Geography), Robert Nordlie (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Sheryl O'Donnell (English), Marcia O'Kelly (Law), Dexter Perkins (Geology and Geological Engineering), David Perry (Social Work), Thomas Petros (Psychology), Donald Poochigian (Philosophy and Religion), Ronald Pynn (Political Science and Public Administration), David Rowley (History), Mary Jane Schneider (Indian Studies), Daniel Sheridan (English), Scot Stradley (Economics), David Uherka (Mathematics), Beverly Uhlenberg (Teaching and Learning), and Cecilia Volden (Nursing Professionalism and Practice).

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



Currently enrolled undergraduate students who have interrupted their college/university education for a period of seven years or more may petition to exclude all previous grades for GPA calculations. The student may not select certain courses to be part of the seven-year rule, but must include all courses which are seven years or older. Such courses and their actual grades would appear on the student's academic record, but letter grades would not be calculated for GPA purposes. Excluded courses could not be used to satisfy any academic requirement.

A student requesting this option must have a written petition approved by the student's academic advisor, department chairperson, and Dean of the college from which the degree is sought. If the student changes degree college after approval of this petition, the student would be required to petition again.

-- Student Academic Services.



The Faculty Instructional Development Committee announces the following awards for the Summer Instructional Development Professorship Program: George Bibel (Mechanical Engineering), "Development of the New Material for ME 529 Advanced Finite Element Analysis"; Steven Carlson (Accounting), "Development of an Extensive Interactive Multi-Course Group Learning Activity"; Jeff Carmichael (Biology), "Renovation of Introductory Biology Laboratories"; James Faircloth (Marketing), "Development of a Course in New Product Development and Management"; Thomas Gilsdorf (Mathematics), "History of Mathematics"; Carla Hess (Communication Sciences and Disorders), "A Multimedia Context for Teaching/Learning in CSD 533: Investigations in Child Language"; Joel Iiams (Mathematics), "Improving the Instruction of Discrete Mathematics at UND"; Marwan Kraidy (Communication), "International/Intercultural Collaborative Learning"; Elizabeth Meyers (Visual Arts), "Greek and Roman History of Art and Architecture Course for the New Classical Studies Program"; and Ronald Rinehart (Atmospheric Sciences), "Develop a New, Graduate-Level Course Titled Advanced Climatology (AtSc 515) for Delivery on Campus and as a Distance-Learning Course."

-- Keith Stenehjem (Biomedical Communications), Chair, Faculty Instructional Development Committee.




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


The purpose of the Chemoprevention in Genetically Identified High-Risk Groups: Interactive Research & Development Projects (RFA-CA-98-002) initiative is to establish integrated, multidisciplinary research programs that define and evaluate chemopreventive strategies in asymptomatic subjects at high risk for cancer. It seeks programs with at least 3 independent but integrated research projects and the associated administrative core functions that share a common focus directed at designing and evaluating chemopreventive strategies in high-risk cohorts. This includes groups with ongoing clinical trials, core functions and laboratory support such as cooperative groups, CCOP Research Bases, NCI designated cancer centers, genetic testing programs and risk registries. Program components include, but are not limited to: definition of cohorts; identification and characterization of early precancerous lesions/biomarkers that may contribute to defining cohorts, serve as endpoints for clinical studies, or both; and clinical studies to evaluate the chemopreventive strategies. Contact: Gary J. Kelloff, M.D., 301/496-8563; fax 301/402-0553; kelloffg@dcpcepn.nci.nih.gov; http://www.nci.nih.gov/. Deadline: 7/15/98 (Letter of Intent); 8/26/98 (Formal Application).

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The foundation funds a wide variety of projects across all major categories, but its primary interest is in education projects with emphasis on projects affecting primary and secondary school children. Funds are provided for seed money, research, or program-related investments/loans. Initial contact should be a one-page letter fully describing the project and cost. Contact: Raymond L. Smart, President, 203/834-0400; fax 203/834-0412; smartfam@netaxis.com. Deadlines: 6/1/98; 1/1/99.

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The Higher Education Support Programme, Research Support Scheme is part of the Soros Foundation's network which is aimed at supporting innovative research of individuals or groups of researchers in the social sciences and humanities on subjects and disciplines concerned with Central and Eastern European issues. Areas of support are: Art, Economics, Education, European Studies, History, Human Ecology and Sustainable Development, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Policy, Social Psychology, Sociology, and Urban and Population Studies. Priority will be given to researchers who are under 45. Special attention is given to multidisciplinary and comparative projects. Individual and group grants will be given for periods from 6 months to 2 years. Priority in group grants will be given to groups of scholars coming from at least 2 countries who aim to study a particular theme or common issue from a multinational comparative perspective. Grants will range between $100-700/month. Contact: Dr. Sylvie Rohanova, RSS Director, +420 (2) 24231960; fax +420 (2) 24231997; office@rss.cz; http://www.rss.cz/. Deadline: 6/30/98.

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The Professional Internship Program at the Federal Energy Technology Centers (Pittsburgh, PA, and Morgantown, WV) provides opportunities to participate in fossil energy-related research. Disciplines supported include: chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental sciences, geology, mathematics, physics, and statistics.

The Professional Internship Program at the Savannah River Technology Center (Aiken, S.C.) provides opportunities to participate in energy-related and environmental research. Disciplines supported are chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, geology, and physics.

Undergraduate students, postbaccalaureates, and graduate students may apply for 3-18 month appointments. Contact: Project Manager, Kathy Ketner, 423/576-3426; ketnerk@orau.gov. Applications can be downloaded at http://www.orau.gov/orise/edu/uggrad/studapp.htm. Deadline: 6/1/98, 10/1/98.

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Level-Two Grants provide support to preserve and make available those records that further an understanding and appreciation of American history. Types of projects include: publication, training, curriculum development and preservation. Average past grants have been $50,000. Some projects require cost sharing of 50%. Deadline: 10/1/98. Contact: Program Director, 202/501-5610; fax 202/501-5601.

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ONR Young Investigator Program awards ($100,000/year for 3 years) are made for research in science and technology areas of interest to the Navy, including the following: mathematical and computer science; electronics; surface and aerospace surveillance, communications, and electronic combat; ocean, atmosphere, and space--sensing and systems or processes and prediction; physical science and technology; materials science and technology; mechanics and energy conversion science and technology; ship structures and systems science and technology; biomolecular and biosystems science and technology; medical science and technology; cognitive and neural science and technology; strike technology; and manufacturing science and technology. Applicants must have received their graduate degrees on or after 12/1/93. Deadline: 10/1/98. Contact: ORPD for contact number in a specific division or ONR Division Director, 703/696-4111; http://www.onr.navy.mil.

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Small Grants provide up to $10,000/year for 1-2 years as seed money for new projects. Deadline: None. Research Grants provide up to $30,000/year for 1-2 years. Deadline: 12/15/98.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are awarded for full-time training projects. Eligible applicants are investigators who have received a Ph.D. degree within the preceding 5 years and have not had more than 3 years of fellowship support. Fellowships provide an annual stipend of $22,000 in the first year, and $24,000 in the second year, if applicable. Deadline: 12/15/98.

All grants are made for projects directed toward the study and prevention of suicide (clinical, biological, or psychosocial research), or projects dealing with manic-depressive disorder and suicide. Contact: Matthew Nock, 212/363-3500; fax 212/363-6237; mnock@afsp.org; http://www.afsp.org.

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Support will be provided to establish a Retirement Research Consortium to serve as a national resource fostering high quality research, communication and education. The Centers will have a combined annual budget of $2.5 million for the first year and $2 million for subsequent years. The project period is five years. The project purpose is to benefit the public through Research and Evaluation, Dissemination, Training and Education and Facilitation of Data Usage. Priority areas are: Social Security Rules and Retirement; Macro- economic and Financial Effects of Changes in Social Security Policy on National Saving, Investment, and Economic Growth; Social Security, Private Saving, and Other Retirement Income; Interactions of Social Security with Other Public and Private Programs; International Research; Distributional Effects; and Demographic and Social Change. Deadline: 7/15/98. Contact: E. Joe Smith, 410/965-9503; fax 410/966-9310; joe.somith@ssa.gov.

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The Geography and Regional Science Program supports basic research on the causes and consequences of geographical differences in economic, social, cultural, and physical phenomena, including interactions among places and regions and interrelations between human activities and the natural environ- ment. Projects on a variety of domestic and overseas topics that will enhance geographical theory and its applications qualify for support. Contact: Dr. Bernard Bauer, 703/306-1754; bbauer@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov:80/sbe/start.htm. Deadline: 8/15/98 (Target Date; proposals accepted any time).

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The objectives of the Short Term Innovative Research Program are to fund innovative ideas in basic research. Proposed research may be for continuation of or the natural outgrowth of experimental or theoretical explorations. Proposals are sought for research in the biosciences, biological, chemical, electronic, engineering, environmental, materials, and mathematical sciences and physics, as identified by the current Army Research Office Broad Agency Announcement. Requests should be for $20,000 or less and must be completed within 6 months of the award. Contact: The division from which you would expect to receive funding; or P.O. Box 12211, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211; http://www.aro.ncren.net/. Deadline: None.

The objectives of the Young Investigator Program are to attract to Army research outstanding young university faculty members, to support their research and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Proposals are invited for research described in the current Army Research Office Broad Agency Announcement, which can be viewed at http://www.aro.ncren.net/research/baa96-1/baa96-1.htm. Awards will not exceed $50,000/year for 3 years. Applicants must hold tenure-track positions and have held their Ph.D. or equivalent for less than 5 years at the time of application. The Army Research Office strongly encourages informal discussions with the cognizant programs manager before submission of a formal proposal. Contact: Director, ATTN: AMXRO-ICA-YIP, 4300 South Miami Boulevard, P.O. Box 12211, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211; http://www.aro.ncren.net/. Deadline: None.

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The Foundation's primary mission is to investigate ways in which education can be improved around the world. Practitioner Research Communication and Mentoring Grants are intended to establish or strengthen channels for rigorous examination and discussion of the characteristics of, and knowledge produced by, well-constructed teacher research and to provide teacher researchers with the opportunity to enhance their research skills through consultation with others in the teacher research and/or traditional academic communities. Grants range from $2,000-$15,000 annually; funded projects may submit a proposal for a second year. Teachers, groups, or networks of teacher researchers and collaborative partnerships between teacher researchers and university researchers are eligible to apply. Applicants are asked to submit a brief preliminary proposal. Contact: Lisa R. Lattuca, 312/337-7000 ext. 630; fax 312/337-0282; pirl@spencer.org; http://www.spencer.org/. Deadline: 8/3/98.

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The Foundation invites grant requests supporting its mission of helping people build financially secure futures; e.g., programs that assist families, young people, and individuals achieve self-sufficiency through money management programs or work-related training. Areas of interest include arts/cultural programs, elementary/secondary education, employment, youth services, community development, government/public administration, and public affairs. Contact: Dana Weller, Foundation Assistant, 612/342-7443; http://www.reliastar.com. Deadline: None.

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Individual Predoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) for M.D./Ph.D. Fellowships (F30) are offered for full-time research training in any field of biomedical and behavioral research related to mental health, drug abuse and addiction and alcohol abuse. Awards provide combined medical school and predoctoral Ph.D. support for up to 6 years, with a stipend of $11,748/year. Medical students are encouraged to apply for support to become trained as clinical and basic researchers. Up to 4 years of medical school and 4 years of graduate school tuition and fees (not to exceed 6 years of support in the aggregate) may be provided. Deadlines: 8/5/98, 12/5/98, 4/5/99. Contact: Mary Curvey, 301/443-3107; fax 301/443-1731; mcurvey@ngmsmtp.nih.gov; http://www.nimh.nih.gov.

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Areas of interest include education (primarily higher education, education associations, economic and minority education), health and humanities (youth, community service, substance abuse, delinquency, vandalism, crime, hospitals), civic and public affairs (especially community improvement, environment, ecology, law and justice, housing, urban renewal), arts and humanities (historic preservation, museums, performing arts, public broadcasting). Grant types include award, capital, challenge, general support, matching, operating expenses, and scholarship. Initial contact must be in writing. Contact: Wayne C. Serkland, U.S. Regional Counsel, 612/347-8000 ext. 8287; fax 612/347-8203; P. O. Box 530, Minneapolis, MN 55402. Deadline: None.

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




The Computer Center and the Student Technology Fee Committee have available for transfer 18 Macintosh computers. All are in good working order and have the following specifications:

* 11 Macintosh Centris 610 machines, 68040, 12-16 MB of memory, 230 MB hard drive, color monitor.

* 7 Macintosh 6100 PowerMac machines, 16 MB RAM, 140 MB hard drive, CD-ROM, color monitor.

These computers have Macintosh OS 7.5 or 8.0 installed. They are capable of running MS Office or ClarisWorks. Hard drive size will limit the number of applications that can be installed. They have ethernet capability but some may need transceivers.

By Friday, May 8, please send your request to me at dorette_kerian@mail.und.nodak.edu or Box 9041, specifying quantity and use. Academic use will have higher priority.

-- Dorette Kerian, Associate Director, Computer Center.



The Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, will be closed for four days, Tuesday through Friday, May 12-15, for parquet floor restoration. Limited reference service will be available by telephone at 777-4625.

-- Sandy Slater, Head, Special Collections.



Effective for travel on or after May 1, employees will be reimbursed for personal telephone calls made to their city of residence while in travel status, subject to the following provisions and limitations:

1. Reimbursement will be limited to one call per day up to a maximum of $5 per day (previously $3 per three days of travel). Allowance for calls not made on one day cannot be carried forward and used on another day. For example, if an employee did not make a call on Monday, the employee cannot claim $10 for calls made on Tuesday.

2. An overnight stay is required to claim this expense. A claim for reimbursement may only be made when an employee can claim the fourth quarter.

3. A claim for this expense may not be made for "free minutes" used on a personal cellular phone.

4. In order to claim this expense, the charge must appear on the receipt submitted for lodging or on a separate receipt.

5. Emergency phone calls will be considered on an individual case basis.

Please forward this information to the appropriate personnel within your department and insert a copy in your Administrative Manual for future reference. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie, Controller's Office, 777-2966.

-- Lisa Heher, Cash and Investments Manager.



For just $4.17 per credit hour, UND employees may enroll in university courses. You may take up to three academic courses each calendar year, and are granted work release time for one academic class per school session after making arrangements with your supervisor. You must have successfully completed your probationary period. You can continue your education, earn a degree, or improve your skills. Staff members can work toward a degree; faculty may take courses for credit.

You can choose from hundreds of courses, ranging from management and sciences to languages and music, from exercise and ceramics to first aid and financial management. Here's how to enroll:

1. Pick up admissions materials, registration materials and a tuition waiver form at the Office of Admissions, 205 Twamley Hall (phone 777-3821) or at the Graduate School, 414 Twamley (phone 7-2784).

2. Choose the course you'd like to take. Prerequisites or other factors may affect registration.

3. Fill out the forms and have your supervisor/dean sign the tuition waiver forms. Return them to Admissions (undergraduates) or the Graduate School. Return the completed waiver forms to Admissions.

4. Register according to instructions in the Time Schedule of Classes.

If you are enrolling for the first time, you need to complete and return an "Application for Admission" form, available from the Admissions Office or the Graduate School. There is a $25 matriculation fee for an employee who has not previously enrolled. You may need to file transcripts from schools that you have previously attended. Please note that some courses have additional fees that cannot be waived.

Take advantage of your $1,000 Benefit!

-- Alice Poehls, Director of Admissions and Records, and Diane Nelson, Director of Personnel.



The University is offering for sale to the public on a sealed high-bid basis the following items: older computer equipment and several other miscellaneous items of equipment. 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, May 4-7.

-- Lee Sundby, Central Receiving.



The last day for submitting applications for "Crazy 8" loans is Wednesday, May 6. All loans will be made Friday, May 8, one day only. The loans are for $1,000. Payments will be $88 a month or $44 a payday.

Register now for one of eight door prizes to be given away starting at 8:08 a.m. on "Crazy 8" Day.

-- George Meister, Manager, University Federal Credit Union.



CHESTER FRITZ LIBRARY: The hours of operation for the Chester Fritz Library for Final Exams and Summer Semester are:

FINAL EXAM PERIOD: Saturday, May 2 (Reading and Review Day), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, May 3, 1 p.m. to midnight; Monday through Thursday, May 4-7, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 8, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, May 9, closed; Sunday, May 10, closed.

SUMMER HOURS, May 11 - Aug. 2: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, closed; Sunday, closed.

-- Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.


LAW LIBRARY: The Thormodsgard Law Library will observe the following hours for Final Exams and Commencement: Monday, April 27, through Thursday, April 30, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 1, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, May 2, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (note early Saturday opening); Sunday, May 3, 10 a.m. to midnight; Monday, May 4, through Thursday, May 7, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 8, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 9 (Commencement), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, May 10, closed.

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


MEMORIAL UNION: The Memorial Union summer schedule for Monday, May 11, through Thursday, Aug. 21, follows:

Monday through Friday: Lifetime Sports Center, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Info Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Service Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Copy Stop, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Union Food Court, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; bookstore, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Administrative Office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Craft Center/Sign and Design Studio, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dining Center (office only), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Barber Shop, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Corner Deli, closed (closes May 8); University Learning Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Computer Learning Lab, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Building Hours, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Memorial Union closes at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8. The Union and all its facilities are closed all weekends from May 11 through Aug. 16 except by special arrangements.

-- Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator, Memorial Union.


UNIVERSITY LETTER: The summer schedule for University Letter follows. University Letter will be published on the following dates: May 9, 16 and 30, June 12 and 26, July 10 and 24, Aug. 7,21 and 28. The deadline for article submission remains at 1 p.m. the Tuesday before you wish the article published. Articles will be run only once due to space and budget considerations.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.




"There must be a million stories down there," said President Clinton as he flew over the devastated area on April 22, 1997.

"Flood of Memories," a play written and acted by Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Frances Ford, tells some of these stories. Its premier performance will be at the North Dakota Museum of Art Thursday through Saturday, May 14, 15 and 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5; student tickets are $3.

"Flood of Memories" takes place on a berm, designed and built by local sculptor Adam Kemp. Ford plays 15 different characters who reappear throughout the play. The audience watches each character tell of their lives before, during and after the flood. We see them going through changes in response to the disaster. Some are strengthened by the experience, others are not yet recovered.

The characters are based on several hundred interviews done by volunteers for the North Dakota Museum of Art's Oral History Project. After listening to the tapes, Ford created the 12 fictional characters by combining many people's experiences.

Ford said the impulse for the play was "to celebrate how far people have come and the quiet strength and humor of their reaction to the flood." "I wanted to share the stories in a form that might speak to people all over the country who have had actual or emotional floods in their lives. The feelings, the losses, the needs that emerge from this flood are similar to any disaster a person has suffered." Ford hopes the play will be performed in other U.S. cities.

This fall Ford starred in the Burtness Theatre production of "The Belle of Amherst," a one-woman performance based on the life and poems of Emily Dickinson. She also performed an evening of Cabaret Songs at Urban Stampede during New Year's Eve festivities.

Before coming to North Dakota, Ford had acted in off-Broadway performances of "Three Penny Opera," "The Importance of Being Earnest," and "She Stoops to Conquer." She was in the movie "Tootsie," directed by Sidney Pollack, and Cable TV productions of "One third of A Nation" and "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Ford played Aunt Eller in "Oklahoma!" in seven European countries and toured the United States with the Glorianna Opera Company for several years playing roles in "The Pirates of Penzance," "The Mikado," and "H.M.S. Pinafore."

She has directed "The Sound of Music," "Twelfth Night," "You Can't Take It With You," "A Kurt Weill Cabaret" and staged readings of plays by George Bernard Shaw.

-- Marsy Schroeder, North Dakota Museum of Art.



T.J. Sullivan and Joel Goldman travel across the United States to educate college students about HIV and AIDS. The two college friends were inspired to tour the States after Joel acquired the HIV virus and they had taken a trip together to Washington, D.C., to see the AIDS quilt. Sullivan and Goldman use graphic true-life anecdotes and humor in their presentation to college students.

High school scholarship opportunities are offered to students for academic and athletic achievements. There are many questions why money is given to one individual and not another. A high school drama teacher, football coach and guidance counselor will be interviewed to find out where high school scholarship money goes and why.

"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.

-- Sara Odland, Studio One Marketing Director.



The Parent Education Resource Center (PERC), 500 Stanford Rd., will offer the following programs in May; call 795-2765 to register or for more information; all events at PERC unless otherwise noted.

Friday, May 1, 9:30 to 11 a.m., three-week series, "Good Discipline . . . Good Kids"; child care provided.

Tuesday, May 5, 1 to 2:30 p.m., four-week book study, "The Birth Order Book"; child care provided; also May 12, 19 and 26.

Wednesday, May 6, 9:30 to 11 a.m., three-part series, "Keeping the Peace at Home"; child care provided; also Wednesday, May 13 and 20.

Thursday, May 7, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., Lunch Box Special, "Understanding and Managing Your Anger," featuring Elizabeth Pantley; bring your lunch or lunch is available upon request.

Monday, May 11, 9 to 10:30 a.m., seminar, " Make and Take' for Parents of Preschoolers"; child care provided.

Monday, May 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m., two sessions, "Successful Parenting"; child care provided; also Monday, May 18.

Thursday, May 14, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., Lunch Box Special, "Everyday is Father's Day: Glad to Be a Dad!"; presented by Randy Slavens, Assistant Regional Supervisor of Child Welfare Services; bring your lunch or lunch is available upon request.

Tuesday, May 19, 9:30 to 11 a.m., "Positive Discipline"; child care provided; also Tuesday, May 26.

Tuesday, May 19, 7 to 9 p.m., two-hour seminar, "Could You Save Your Child's Life?"; no fee for this seminar.

Thursday, May 21, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., Lunch Box Special, "Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents"; presented by Marty Witucki, clinical psychologist with Lipp, Carlson, Lommen, Hagen, Ltd.; bring your lunch, or lunch is available upon request.

Thursday, May 28, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., Lunch Box Special, "Prosocial Behavior: How to Get Kids to Be Nice'"; presented by Eileen Searcy, clinical director of the Child Evaluation and Treatment Program, The Rehab; bring your lunch, or lunch is available upon request.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for PERC.



The University Program Council announces that Spring Fest will be held Saturday, May 2, from noon to 6 p.m. in University Park. This year's Spring Fest will feature the talents of four live bands: Large Olive, Green Pyramids, Bobby Llama and The Atoll. UPC is doing all we can to make this a fun and safe event. To ensure the success of Spring Fest and to ensure its return next year, we need the help of everyone.

Following is a list of Spring Fest Rules and Regulations:

1. Your favorite beverage is welcome, but NO BOTTLES OR KEGS are allowed in the park.

2. Underage drinking will not be allowed; underage drinkers will be prosecuted.

3. Security will be strictly enforced by Grand Forks Police Officers.

4. Please park in the S zone near the park. If you must park on the street, don't block residential driveways. Illegally parked cars will be ticketed and towed.

5. Keep furniture in your house. No couches, etc., are permitted. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

6. Sidewalks are for walking, residential lawns are not. Please be considerate of area residents and their property.

7. Please put garbage in cans provided.

8. Use the porta potties provided. University Park does not need to be fertilized.

By following these rules and regulations, we will be able to enjoy Spring Fest this year and for years to come. Please join us at University Park for Spring Fest May 2. If you have any questions or for more information, please contact the UPC Office at 777-4202.

-- Sarah Bernhardt, University Program Council.



Summer yoga classes at Lotus Meditation Center begin Tuesday, May 5. The Beginners class meets on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Call Dyan Rey at 772-8840 for more information.

-- Tamar Read, Professor Emeritus of Music.



College of Arts and Sciences

Curtis Stofferahn (Sociology) has been invited to be part of the first phase of a new initiative of the Board of Directors of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, addressing the issue "Value Added Agriculture: Panacea or Myth?" This initiative is described below. The goal of this Board initiative is to 1) Increase our knowledge of the impact of value-added agriculture on rural communities and regional economies and 2) Identify strategies that will deliver optimal impacts - minimizing negative impacts and maximizing positive impacts. We will meet with key regional researchers to: (1) Determine what we currently know about value-added agriculture in the North Central Region, (2) Determine from a development view what needs to be done, (3) Design a research agenda and prepare a research proposal to leverage, and (4) Using what we do know, meet with rural development practitioners and policy makers to better attune policies and actions with our knowledge base and to validate/adjust our research approach. We will do this by: (1) Identifying key researchers. We will ask them to summarize what is known from their scholarly perspective on the impact of value-added agriculture. They will submit those papers, which will include appropriate citations, a week prior to the meeting June 10-11 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, and distributed by the NCRCRD to all participants immediately (electronic submission is preferred); (2) We will meet and synthesize their knowledge bases and develop a research agenda on the assumption that we would carry this forward to leverage NCRCRD resources; (3) We would then plan a meeting for the next NCRCRD fiscal year to take that synthesis to key researchers with the appropriate implementers, including the Governors' Association in the Midwest. Seventeen rural sociologists, agricultural economists, and experiment station directors from the North Central have been invited to participate in the research exercise. Stofferahn has been appointed to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity's National Scholarship Committee. He was appointed by the Province Tau Council of SAE at its meeting held in Fargo. Dr. Stofferahn also serves as Province Tau's Scholarship Chair. He has served as a faculty member for the province and national leadership schools of Sigma Alpha Epilson, serves as the faculty/chapter advisor to the chapter at UND, and serves on the SAE House Corporation.

College of Business and Public Administration

Jeong Lee (Finance) co-authored with Shari Hensrud-Ellingson (Mathematics/Economics) "Impact of Marked-to-Market in Hedging with T-Bond Futures and S&P Index Futures," Proceedings of the 27th Annual Meeting of the Western Decision Sciences Institute, April 1998, pp. 174-176. . . . Lee reviewed "Financial Management: An Introduction to Theory and Practice," by Lewellen, Halloran and Lanser (six chapters), South-Western College Publishing, November 1997. . . . He served as a referee on MS #43, "The Growing Need to Incorporate a Personal Finance Course into the General Education Curriculum"; MS #44, "Title Unknown"; and MS #45, "Bank Merger Premiums," for Midwest Academy of Finance and Insurance, October 1997. He served as a discussant for "Currency Futures Trading Strategies: An Adaptive Learning Network Approach," by K. Cogger, et. Al., Universiy of Kansas, Western Decision Sciences Institute, April 1998; and "Intra-Day Arbitrage in the Singapore Euro-Dollar Options and Futures Markets," by M. Raj, et. Al., Robert Gordon University, Western Decision Sciences Institute, April 1998. Lee also served as session chair for "Finance: Risk, Return and Portfolio Selection," Western Decision Sciences Institute, April 1998.

School of Engineering and Mines

Nanak Grewal (Mechanical Engineering) co-authored a paper, "Prediction of Heat Transfer in Prototype Fluidized Reactors from Scale-Model Data," Chemical Engineering Science, vol. 53, No. 4, pp. 807-817, 1998.

Chester Fritz Library

Frank D'Andraia (Director of Libraries) was invited to speak at the Annual Conference of the Manitoba Library Association in Winnipeg. . . . Paulette Dvorak (Head, Access Services) attended the North Dakota Public Employees Association 1998 Winter Steward's Retreat. . . . Shelby Harken (Head, Acquisitions/Bibliographic Control) served on the Collections and Technical Services Advisory Council to the On-line Computer Library Center at the OCLC meeting in Dublin, Ohio. She was elected Secretary Treasurer of the Public Access Library Services (PALS) Users Group and chair of the Online Dakota Information network's Vendor Study Task Force. . . . Randy Pederson (Computer Services Librarian) recently completed a one week course, "IntraNetWare 4.11 Administration," at Corporate Technologies in Fargo. . . . Cynthia Shabb (Chief Bibliographer) is chair of the American Library Association's Committee on Collection Development Issues for the Practitioner. . . . Sandy Slater (Head, Special Collections) will speak at the Midwest Archives Conference spring meeting in Chicago. Her talk, "Archiving Under Fire and Water," examines the aftermath of the 1997 fire and flood and its repercussions to Grand Forks archives.

Energy and Environmental Research Center

Stan Miller gave a presentation, co-authored with Grant Schelkoph, Grant Dunham, and others,"Advanced Hybrid Particulate Collector, A New Concept for Fine-Particle Control" at the Fourth European Symposium Separation of Particles from Gases in Nuremburg, Germany. . . . John Hurley gave a presentation, co-authored with Bruce Dockter, Jan Nowok, and others, "Predicting Residual Ash Deposit Formation in Particulate Filtration Systems" at the Ash Behavior Control Conference in Yokohama, Japan. . . . Stan Miller gave a presentation, co-authored with Denny Laudal, "Observation of SO3 Behavior in a Pilot-Scale Combustor" at the Formation, Distribution, Impact, and Fate of Sulfur Trioxide in Utility Flue Gas Streams Workshop at the Federal Energy Technology Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. . . . John Hurley gave a presentation, co-authored with Bruce Dockter, Jan Nowok, and others, "Hot-Gas Filter Ash Characterization Project" at the Symposium on High-Temperature Particulate Cleanup in Birmingham, Ala.

Studio One

UND's television show, "Studio One," received a first place award from the Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA) at their regional conference in Minneapolis recently. "Studio One placed first in the newscast category. "Studio One" students also received other awards. First place individual awards were won by four students. Two students received awards of merit. The NBNA is a regional competition which covers six states, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska.



(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., May 7 -- MASTER OF FINE ARTS EXHIBITION, David Harms, Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center.


Fri., May 1 -- OPEN MEETING, President Baker will hold an open meeting to seek input from the University on the budget reductions, Memorial Union Ballroom, 9 a.m. (also Tuesday, May 5, at 1:30 p.m.).

Fri., May 1 -- CHEMISTRY SEMINAR, "Laser Induced Fluorescence Studies of Arsenic and Selenium," presented by Joe Simeonsson, University of Iowa, 138 Abbott Hall, noon; open to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Fri., May 1 -- MEETING, Institutional Review Board, 305 Twamley Hall, 4 p.m., to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development before Tues., April 21.

Fri., May 1 -- LECTURE, LEEPS (Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Sciences) and Mary Jo Klosterman Lecture, "The Surging Bering Glacier," presented by Palmer Bailey (BS Geol 70, BSGE 80, MS 80), Anchor Point, Alaska, Leonard Hall, noon; lecture honors John Reid on his retirement after 37 years of service; call 777-2811 for more information.

Fri., May 1 -- INTEGRATED STUDIES WEEKLY SEMINAR DISCUSSION, "The End of Education," Neil Postman, 116 O'Kelly Hall, 10 a.m. to noon; call Pat at 777-3015 or Carl at 777-3058 for more information.

Fri., May 1 -- RECITAL, David Adams Voice Recital, Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.

Fri., May 1 -- DENIM DAY, pay your dollar, go casual, and know that all funds collected go to charity.

Fri., May 1 -- BASEBALL, UND at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn., 1 p.m. (seven-inning doubleheader).

Fri. and Sat., May 1-2 -- FASTPITCH, UND at Conference Tournament hosted by North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D.


Sat., May 2 -- SPRING FEST, University Park, noon to 6 p.m.; four live bands: Large Olive, Green Pyramids, Bobby Llama and The Atoll; sponsored by the University Program Council; call 777-4202 for rules and regulations or for more information.

Sun., May 3 -- BASEBALL, UND at Mankato State University, Mankato, Minn., 1 p.m. (seven-inning doubleheader).

Sun., May 3, through Sun., June 7 -- EXHIBITION OPENING: "Time and the River" (working title), an exhibition based on the 1997 flooding of the Red River, North Dakota Museum of Art.

Mon. through Fri., May 4-8 -- SEMESTER EXAMINATION PERIOD.

Tues., May 5 -- OPEN MEETING, President Baker will hold an open meeting to seek input from the University on the budget reductions, Memorial Union Ballroom, 1:30 p.m.

Tues., May 5 -- GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, Northern Prairie Chapter of the Fulbright Association, International Centre, 2908 University Ave., 4 p.m.

Wed., May 6 -- RETIREMENT RECEPTION for John Reid, Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering for the last 37 years, Alumni Center, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Wed., May 6 -- RETIREMENT RECEPTION for Richard Baltisberger and Neil Woolsey (both Chemistry), J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center, 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Wed., May 6 -- EIGHTH ANNUAL CHESTER FRITZ AUDITORIUM BENEFIT AUCTION, "A Starry Starry Night, 25 Years of Stargazing at the Fritz," Grand Forks Civic Auditorium, 5:30 p.m. social, silent auction bidding, and raffle boards; dinner will be served at 7 p.m., and the live auction will follow at 7:30 p.m.; call 777-2611 for more information.

Thurs., May 7 -- MEETING, University Senate, Room 7, Gamble Hall, 4:05 p.m.

Thurs., May 7 -- RETIREMENT RECEPTION for Lyle Beiswenger, Vice President for Finance, Alumni Center, 9 to 11 a.m.; Beiswenger will retire July 31 after 32 years at UND.

Thurs., May 7 -- RETIREMENT RECEPTION for Marie Korsmo (College of Education and Human Development), Alumni Center, 2 to 4 p.m.

Thurs., May 7 -- GRADUATION AND FAREWELL PARTY, a final farewell to all of our graduating students, as well as our exchange students, International Centre, 2908 University Ave., 7 p.m.; everyone is welcome to this free event; call 777-4231 for more information.

Thurs. through Sun., May 7-10 -- BASEBALL, North Central Conference Tournament, Mankato, Minn.

Fri., May 8 -- ANNUAL CRAZY 8 LOAN SALE, University Federal Credit Union.

Sat., May 9 -- LAW SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT, Chester Fritz Auditorium, 10 a.m., presenting the commencement address will be the Honorable Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Sat., May 9 -- SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES COMMENCEMENT, John T. McCormack, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will present the address, Chester Fritz Auditorium, 3:30 p.m.

Sun., May 10 -- SPRING COMMENCEMENT AND OFFICIAL GRADUATION DAY, Patricia Owens, mayor of Grand Forks, will deliver the commencement address, Hyslop Sports Center, 1:30 p.m.



Mon., May 11 and Thurs., May 14 -- FREE TWO-PART WORKSHOP, "Finding Grant Support for Your Projects," open to all UND faculty and staff; e-mail rankin@badlands.nodak.edu or call 777-3600 to register by Wed., May 6.



[Editor's Note: You can access the list of specific budget actions at the UND website, www.und.nodak.edu under "Publications." Department heads may want to print the list off of the web so that at least one hard copy is available in each department.]

Statement by Kendall L. Baker, President, University of North Dakota April 28, 1998

Today we have released a preliminary plan to meet the University's tuition revenue shortfall in the fiscal year beginning this coming July 1 and to comply with Governor Edward Schafer's request for a five percent reduction in the two-year biennium beginning July 1, 1999. In addition, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, although not experiencing a revenue shortfall in the present biennium, has identified $2.11 million in reductions that would be necessary to meet Governor Schafer's request.

I would now like to solicit additional input from the University community before making final recommendations to the State Board of Higher Education. These recommendations are due in Bismarck on May 11.

Involved in the draft plan (excluding Medicine) are a combination of temporary and permanent reductions totaling $3 million that will bring the University's spending into line with the tuition losses that resulted from the impact of the Red River Valley Flood of 1997 on enrollment. In addition, the plan identifies another set of permanent reductions totaling $2.25 million that would be imposed if the 1999 Legislature adopts the Governor's 95 percent budget. These latter reductions, being proposed at all of the higher education institutions in the State, have been targeted by the Governor for reallocation on our campuses.

This budget plan is based on the twin goals of protecting the University's future by enabling it to recover from the flood disaster without "eating the seed corn," and making a good faith effort, within this limitation, to respond to the Governor's request. UND's enrollment, which was down 905 students last fall, will take another two to three years to fully recover, based upon the experience of other campuses that have experienced major natural disasters.

It is still unclear how many permanent faculty and staff positions would be affected by the reduction plan, but at this stage it appears to be about 84 (plus 35 in Medicine). Final documents being prepared for the State Board of Higher Education will be more precise. Some positions in the plan are already vacant, and I hope that the other staff reductions can be phased in with a minimum of employee disruption. The University is committed to a policy of reasonable transition for programs and personnel involved in budget reductions necessary in the coming fiscal year, and, contingent upon legislative and Board action, reductions that may be necessary in the biennium beginning July 1, 1999.

The following are some major features of the draft budget reduction plan:

Organizational restructuring including the merger of the College of Fine Arts and Communication with the College of Arts and Sciences; structural and administrative reconfiguration of the School of Engineering and Mines and the College of Nursing; consolidation of personnel functions into a new Human Resource Office; consolidation of three now free-standing units (Office of Instructional Development, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies and University Writing Program) into a single Faculty Development Office; merger of the Departments of Geology and Geography; integration of the Department of Industrial Technology into the School of Engineering and Mines;

Elimination of the Vice President for Finance (previously announced); elimination of the Psychological Services Center; redistribution of the functions of the Office of Institutional Analysis; the phasing out of KUND Radio in favor of participation in a statewide public radio network; reduction of the role of the Chester Fritz Auditorium as a sole sponsor of programming;

Programmatic reductions in a number of academic areas resulting from faculty vacancies. These include Atmospheric Sciences, Law, Finance, Banking, Marketing, Industrial Technology, Geology, Geography, English, Communication, Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts. Elimination of the master's degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation and the consolidation of programs in Engineering into a single master's degree. The plan proposes that at least two doctoral programs and five masters programs be identified for elimination by the graduate faculty.

A reduction by $95,000 to state funding allocated to the athletic program, which will result in the elimination of one men's sport and require other operating efficiencies. Programmatic reductions in a variety of administrative and service functions due primarily to personnel changes, including, among others, maintenance and custodial and plant; legal services; cooperative education; multicultural services; Native American programs; the Women's Center; Student Health; Internal Auditing; the President's Office; Duplicating/Mailing Services; and Admissions and Records.

In the School of Medicine, reductions would include elimination of state funding for the Medical Technology/Cytotechology Program, the Physician's Assistant Program, and one of the four Family Medicine Residency Programs.

This summary cannot be, of course, a complete listing of all of the budget actions that will be necessary to meet our needs. Each of the vice presidents will be working closely with the people in his or her division to review and refine the proposal, and to recommend adjustments to me as necessary before submission to the Board. I strongly encourage as much discussion about this proposal as we can possibly generate in the next 10 days. All input will be carefully reviewed.

Finally, I would like to note that the University also is giving serious consideration to privatizing such services as the Ray Richards Golf Course, the University Printing Center and the UND Children's Center. We are also pursuing other ideas for revenue generation and would welcome any suggestions anyone may have.


Editor's Note:

This was mistakenly omitted from the May 1, 1998, edition of University Letter. -- Jan Orvik, Editor.


The Senate Forum on Budget Reductions was held on April 16. The format for the forum centered on discussion of two sets of principles to guide restructuring and reallocation decisions developed by the UND Senate Executive Committee and the Senate Restructuring and Reallocation Committee.

Recommended Principles for Restructuring and Reallocation: Senate Executive Committee

1. Restructuring of academic programs should minimize the adverse impact on the total student enrollment at UND.

No comments were expressed.

2. Restructuring of academic programs should minimize the impact on the programs of study of continuing students.

No comments were expressed.

3. The outcome of reallocation and reinvestment of resources decisions should be in keeping with the vision statement expressed in the Planning Document of the University Planning Council in September 1995: "The University of North Dakota will be the Upper Great Plains university of choice for both students and faculty. As a community of scholars, UND will provide a strong liberal arts education and focused professional and graduate programs of highest quality."

No comments were expressed.

4. Recommendations for unit restructuring should be based upon academic benefits to be derived as well as identification of cost saving realized.

There is likely to be adverse effects to academics with reallocation.

5. Recommendations addressing budget shortfalls for the 1998-99 Academic Year should be identified and described separately from those resulting from the 5% and 8% "exercises" on the 1999-2001 biennial budget as requested by the Governor.

Clarification was made by the administration in regard to covering the 1998-99 shortfall. The 3 million dollar shortfall is to be approached as permanent reductions as opposed to short-term savings. There are no guarantees on future enrollments and permanent reductions will be selected for implementation next year.

6. The University has a responsibility to support the professional development of all members of the University community, including the faculty and staff.

The importance of faculty developmental leaves was expressed and reduction in the opportunities would be short sighted. Instead, developmental leave should be encouraged or perhaps made mandatory as a cost saving measure.

Resolution of the Senate Restructuring and Reallocation Committee

1. Given the directive by the Governor to examine programmatic changes, and because academic programs are operating at minimum budget levels, across-the-board cuts in programs at UND are not acceptable.

No comments were expressed.

2. Before departments are considered for elimination, consideration should be given to combine them with other departments in order to promote efficiency.

There was a concern expressed that decisions have already been made. President Baker responded that there are no predetermined decisions. There are historical models which have been suggested.

The steps of the campus decision making process were outlined: College recommendations Division recommendations by Vice Presidents President. The process is in progress until May 11.

3. Divisions and departments that propose substantial cost saving measures, such as sharing of resources, should be rewarded.

It was suggested that the "reward" referred to in this statement be defined as a percentage of the dollars saved would go back to the division/department for their use.

4. Programs that are cost-effective and that show rising demand, should have priority for available resources.

The definition of "cost effective methods" was questioned. President Baker indicated that the use of the term is intended to be as broadly interpreted as possible at this point, and not determined solely by faculty/student credit hour ratio.

5. When budget cuts must be made to academic programs, those programs and divisions with low and/or decreasing enrollments should be considered before those with strong or rising enrollments. The cost per student and the load carried by faculty in terms of student credit hours, number of majors, research and service, should be considered.

A suggestion was made to be sensitive when defining faculty loads/student credit hours. Without FAR forms, individual activities (such as directed studies, individual research, etc) may not be properly accounted for in quantifying teaching loads.

In response, it was reported that individual nonformal course credit hours are included in departmental credit hour totals.

6. High priority for possible budget reductions should be given to any program or units that rely on appropriated or local funds, but that are involved only indirectly with the academic offerings. The administration is encouraged to investigate more cost-effective methods for ancillary services (e.g., outsourcing).

Examples of "outsourcing" was requested. Barnes and Noble taking over the functions the UND Bookstore is an example. That option as well as other outsourcing possibilities are being evaluated. While not wanting to lose UND employees, some outsourcing may save the university money.

A comment was made that another term for outsourcing is privatization which often has implications on personnel and cost of services provided.

Concern was expressed for current employees in the event of outsourcing. Would negotiations with private companies include discussions on hiring of current UND employees?

In the event of outsourcing, the University would do what it can to help with the placement of current employees.

Studies on outsourcing show that there are initial savings, but costs increase with time. Comparison of short-term savings against potential problems over the long-term should be researched.

Rental income from the University Village have not yet been included.

A comment was made that "A university can't be broke if it has a golf course." The administration reported that options concerning the golf course are being explored.

7. The restructuring or elimination of programs, departments, divisions, or colleges should be considered at all levels: The goal of offering our programs in the most effective and efficient manner should take precedence over the size and history of a unit or its placement in the organizational structure. High cost, low enrollment, colleges or divisions should be considered carefully.

No comments were expressed.

8. The committee is charged to receive reallocation proposals from the administration and to provide advice on the proposals. Each proposal should include an estimate of the effects on the budget and the academic reasons for the proposal so that we can develop effective responses.

The use of the term "academic reasons" was questioned. There was a suggestion to use the term "implications" instead of "academic reasons." It was suggested to think through implications to all students and programs in considering future costs and effects on students and faculty who are involved.

A comment was received following the forum that the SRRC is charged to receive reallocation proposals from the faculty as well as the administration.

9. The committee requests that our administration cooperate with the other state institutions of higher education and the Board of Higher Education to develop and to implement system-wide restructuring. The new technologies for interactive and distance learning provide increased capacity to share teaching resources across institutional boundaries. This capacity should facilitate cooperation among the institutions.

There was a suggestion to explore providing maximum curriculum to Tribal Colleges. Comments indicated that the Tribal Colleges have not had IVN links until recently and that they have struggled with associated costs. They are interested in receiving instruction in areas that are difficult to provide over IVN (sciences such as chemistry and biology with associated labs). The Tribal Colleges are interested in exchanging instruction via IVN not just a one-sided arrangement (receiving instruction).

There was a suggestion to expand upon on-site instruction at the Tribal Colleges utilizing 2 or 3 day/week teaching schedules.

There was a question as to what efforts are being made regarding state-wide restructuring. The administration reported that at this time there are no formal discussions at the state-wide level. The Board of Higher Education will evaluate the proposals of individual universities before making suggestions at that level.

A question regarding travel policies supporting first class air travel was addressed. In response, it was reported that currently only coach travel is allowed.

A comment was made not to jump on the State Board's institutional specialization bandwagon too quickly.

Baker outlined the timetable for this budget process: Recommendations for UND will emerge the last week in April.

Work will be in progress on the 95 percent biennial budget until the May 11th deadline.

At the May 19 Board meeting in Bismarck, preliminary discussion will occur concerning the entire NDUS biennial budget.

There was a comment, to keep long-range planning in mind. UND should be proactive with the Board of Higher Education. There was a suggestion to urge cooperation between Universities -- for example, offer 1 Ph.D. program per discipline and 2 MS degree programs per discipline within the state.

-- Summarized by Al Fivizzani (Biology), Chair, University Senate.


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