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University Letter

September 21, 2001

Volume 39 No. 4

UNIVERSITY LETTER


University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 39, Number 4, September 21, 2001

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CONTENTS

EVENTS TO NOTE

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • GRANTS AND RESEARCH
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    PRESIDENT DISCUSSES ACHIEVEMENTS, STRATEGIC PLAN IN STATE OF UNIVERSITY ADDRESS

    President Charles Kupchella opened his annual State of the University address Sept. 14 with some thoughts about the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., and called for a moment of silence to remember the victims. "Things are not normal," Kupchella said, but it's in our best interests as a nation to operate with as much a sense of normalcy as we can muster. We need to keep students engaged, he said, and the University functioning as a community. He asked faculty and staff to support students and encouraged use of the Counseling Center.

    The terrorists would like the nation to be paralyzed, Kupchella observed. "UND, as an organization, can respond best by being UND and being even better," he said. "We educate, we broaden perspectives. We do not indoctrinate. We educate, we replace ignorance with knowledge, and we substitute knowledge for fanaticism."

    Until this week, Kupchella said, this had been his best school year opening, citing more than 1,900 new freshmen and a successful faculty tour. "It was a terrific beginning," he said.

    Kupchella remarked that we at UND often take ourselves for granted. But, he said, we're a truly national university, regarded as one of the best in the nation. And what makes us unique is our size and comprehensiveness, and our sense of community. Our ability to link to our alumni long after they leave here is remarkable. But we're not perfect, he said. We're funded at 74 percent of the median for benchmark institutions. Though North Dakota citizens rank third in the nation for support of higher education per capita, we simply have too few residents in the state. However, we give a great "return on investment" to those citizens, he said.

    The President then discussed some "dashboard indicators," such as enrollment, funding, new degree programs and more, that suggest UND is on track. He mentioned a variety of accomplishments and milestones, including the new athletic facilities at the Alerus Center and the new Ralph Engelstad Arena; student achievements, including six Millennium Scholars and one Truman Scholar; departmental achievements; and individual faculty achievements.

    He then outlined the basics of the completed strategic plan: learning, research and creative activities, public service, campus climate, enrollment management, information technology, and infrastructure, personnel and funding. The plan takes into account UND's values, strengths, challenges, the state, region, nation, and global scene, as well as the Legislative Roundtable Report. The overall goal of the plan, Kupchella said, is excellence and distinction in all programs and services.

    Other goals in the plan include a strong general education curriculum, experiential or service learning, achieving top ranking as a doctoral research university, reaching $100 million in external support, and an enrollment of 14,000 students, with 2,000 of those off-campus. Our greatest asset in achieving these goals, he said, is our people. All goals will have specific, measurable benchmarks, and these will be tracked, he said. And to achieve these, he said, the University needs resources. One goal is to move salaries to the national median. However, we can't depend too much on state revenues, or raise tuition too high, so we'll have to find external sources of support.

    Action on the strategic plan begins now, Kupchella said, and the plan positions the University as a leading graduate research university in the Upper Midwest. It outlines what could, should and will happen, and achieving its goals will require the efforts of everyone on campus. "Universities are good at talking about things," he said, "but I want to shift to less talk and more action." He said that the goals are a bit of a stretch, but it's possible, with work and passion, to reach them.

    The President thanked the Legislature and the Board of Higher Education for the flexibility to give raises, and said he hopes to continue toward the goal of further improving salaries. But he needs help to achieve that and the other goals in the plan. He asked all members of the University Community to review the plan (available online at www.und.edu), find items they're interested in advancing, and decide how to make it happen. "Grab something, take it on, go for it," he said. "Write an extra proposal, find more ways to serve, design a better educational experience for students, try a new form of technology to recruit and retain students, engage our students in more effective ways. Don't just find fault, find a way to fix it, and connect with people who are this community."

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    EVENTS TO NOTE

    COLLOQUIUM FOCUSES ON REDISCOVERING ADAM SMITH

    The department of philosophy and religion will hold a colloquium, "The Road Not Taken: Rediscovering Adam Smith," presented by Jack Russell Weinstein (Philosophy and Religion), 303 Gillette Hall, Thursday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m.

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    SCIENTIST WILL DISCUSS GENETIC ANALYSIS OF E. COLI

    At 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, Ann Flower (Microbiology and Immunology) will present the first seminar in this year's Foundations of Biomedical Science Seminar Series. Her talk is titled "Genetic Analysis of Protein Export in E. coli" and will take place in room 5510 of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. All members of the University community and the public are welcome to attend this lecture. For more information, contact Jon Jackson, Foundations of Biomedical Science (BIMD) 512 Seminar Series Coordinator, 777-4911.

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    CONCERT BENEFITS RED CROSS, SALVATION ARMY

    The Greater Grand Forks Symphony will perform a benefit concert titled "Music of Sorrow and Hope," in place of its regularly scheduled fall gala, Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. The Symphony will be joined by the Grand Forks Master Chorale. Tickets will be available beginning Monday at Bremer, the North Dakota Museum of Art and from the Symphony office (162 Hughes Fine Arts Center) or at the door beginning at 7 p.m. the evening of the performance. The suggested donation is $10, but all contributions will be welcome. Call 777-3359 for further information.

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    MUSEUM LISTS PERFORMERS FOR CONCERT SERIES

    The North Dakota Museum of Art Concert Series, a celebration of classical music that brings performers of international repute to the Museum, opens at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, with guitarist Jason Vieaux and flutist Gary Schocker.

    All performances begin at 2 p.m. Free, informal talks on the music to be played will be given before each concert at 1 p.m. by Anthony Thein, professor emeritus, Mayville State University. Tickets for the concerts are available at the door or may be purchased in advance at the Museum. Concert Series season tickets are also available.

    The Concert Series continues on Sunday, Oct. 14, with a performance by the Eberli Ensemble, with Michael Finckel on cello, Andrea Schultz, violin, Evelyne Luest, piano, and Evan Spritzer, clarinet and narration. The group performs a mix of duos, trios and quartets ranging from Baroque to the avant-garde. They recently recorded a CD of the works of Aaron Jay Kernis.

    The Amati Quartet from Switzerland will appear Sunday, Nov. 4. The Quartet members, who have been performing together since 1981, studied with the Amadeus Quartet. The Amati Quartet makes a full, big, well-balanced sound that is underpinned with sure technique, a prominent sense of musicality, and an alive sensitivity.

    Welsh harpist Catrin Finch, the First Prize winner of the 2000 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, performs on Jan. 27, 2002. Finch was also the first prize winner of the 1999 Lily Laskine International Harp Competition in France. The award included debut concerts throughout England, including a recital at London's Wigmore Hall. In May 2000, Catrin Finch was appointed as harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales.

    The Concert Series will close for the season on March 3 with a concert by pianist Xiaohan Wang, a finalist in the June 2001 Van Cliburn Piano Competition. Wang was selected by Anthony Thein, artistic director of the North Dakota Museum of Art Concert Series, who attended the competition. Only 20 years old, Wang already has amassed an impressive international performance record.

    Season tickets for the Museum Concert Series are $50 for Museum members and $60 for non-members; tickets at the door are $12 for members and $15 for non-members; students and military are $5, and children middle school and under are admitted free. A Concert Series Sponsorship, which includes one season ticket, may be purchased for $100.

    The Concert Series is a Heartland Arts Fund program. The Heartland Arts Fund is a collaborative venture of the Mid-America Arts Alliance, Arts Midwest, their member state arts agencies (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin) with primary funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and support from private contributors. The Series is also supported by local contributors.

    The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the campus of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. The Museum Cafe is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with lunch served between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

    Please call 777-4195 for more information or visit our web site at www.ndmoa.com.

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    A CELEBRATION OF FLUTE AND GUITAR OPENS CONCERT SERIES AT MUSEUM

    Gary Schocker and Jason Vieaux, a flute and guitar duo praised by The Times as being "almost perfect compadres" will perform classical, Latin, romantic, and new and old works for flute and guitar, Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. in the North Dakota Museum of Art.

    Tickets for this first event in the Museum's Concert Series for the 2001-2002 season may be purchased in advance or at the door. A free, informal talk on the music played will be given at 1 p.m. by Anthony Thein, professor emeritus, Mayville State University.

    Guitarist Jason Vieaux, widely recognized as one of the most exciting artists of his generation, is the head of the Cleveland Institute of Music, guitar department, and has performed internationally in recital and as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra. He performs a wide range, from the Renaissance to contemporary music.

    As a result of his achievement in winning the Guitar Foundation of American International Competition, Vieaux performed in concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Concert tours have also taken him to Spain, France, Canada, Mexico, Southeast Asia and New Zealand, and he has performed in most major North American cities. A top prizewinner at the 1996 Naumburg International Guitar Competition, Vieaux records for Naxos. His two recordings have collectively sold over 30,000 copies internationally.

    Flutist and composer Gary Schocker opened this season as soloist with the Dallas Symphony, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. A winner of the Young Concert Artists auditions, Shocker's compositions have been premiered by James Galway, and he has worked with Pinchas Zukerman, Emanuel Ax, The Orchestra of St. Luke's, and I Solisti Italiani.

    Schocker's musical career started when he played piano at age 2 1/2, and he says that he and his father "played at every school and library, church and synagogue in Easton, Penn." where they lived. He soloed with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and at Julliard he studied flute with Julius Baker and piano with Earl Wild. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1980. Highlights of his career include a guest appearance with Jessye Norman at her Carnegie Hall recital, playing with Gerard Schwarz and the New York Chamber Symphony, and teaching at the Australian National Academy in Sydney and in Taichung, Taiwan. His engagements have included playing with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at the Newport Music Festival, and at the Spoleto Festival. He performs regularly with the Chester String Quartet, and recorded on the Chesky label. He is also featured on two Latin CDs with Orquesta Nova. His latest recording features all his own compositions.

    Schocker and Vieaux's CD, Dream Travels, on Azica, will be available for sale at the concert.

    Season tickets for the Museum Concert Series are $50 for Museum members and $60 for non-members; tickets at the door are $12 for members and $15 for non-members; students and military are $5, and children middle school and under are admitted free. A Concert Series sponsorship, which includes one season ticket, may be purchased for $100.

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    FACULTY INVITED TO MEET WITH BUSH PROGRAM EVALUATORS

    Faculty are invited to meet this month with a team of evaluators who will be on campus gathering information about UND's current Bush Foundation-funded faculty development grant programs. Those programs include the Bush Teaching Scholars Program, the Bush Program Assessment Teams, and the General Education Longitudinal Study. If you have not yet participated in the programs, but have an interest or a concern to express, the team wants to hear your views.

    This open meeting is scheduled for 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the Memorial Room of the Union. Refreshments will be provided.

    Those who have participated in one of the Bush-sponsored programs but are unable to get to the meetings designed especially for their groups are also welcome to attend this open session.

    For more information, call Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, 777-3325.

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    GRADUATE COMMITTEE MEETS MONDAY

    The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Sept. 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

    1. Consideration of graduate faculty nominations.
    2. Matters arising.

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    AEROBICS COURSES AVAILABLE TO FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENTS

    UND aerobics is back. A variety of aerobics classes will take place in Hyslop Dance Studio beginning Monday, Sept. 24. Eighteen classes will be offered each week including step aerobics, kickboxing, water aerobics and more. Memberships are available now at a cost of $15/semester for students and $25/semester for faculty and staff. Call 777-4324 for more information or check us out on the web at www.und.edu/org/aerobics. Memberships may be purchased at the Physical Education and Exercise Science office, located on the north end of Hyslop, or from the class instructors. UND Aerobics is sponsored by Student Health Services, Student Government, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Intramurals, and Athletics.

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    STUDENT TECHNOLOGY FEE COMMITTEE MEETS SEPT. 25

    The first meeting of the Student Technology Fee Committee for the fall semester is set for Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall.

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    GRAND FORKS MASTER CHORALE INVITES YOU TO JOIN THEM FOR JUST DESSERTS

    The Grand Forks Master Chorale invites you to join them for "Just Desserts" Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

    You'll be treated to an ice cream social, some serenading by the chorale and get a chance to meet our new music director, Nolan Long. Then, in the midst of the Museum's beautiful "Myth, Memory, and Imagination" exhibit, we will have a silent auction of nearly $2,000 in tickets and gifts from numerous area arts organizations, including the Master Chorale, Museum of Art Concert Series, Chester Fritz Auditorium, Greater Grand Forks Symphony, Fire Hall Theatre and many other prizes.

    We hope you can be there with us as we celebrate the beginning of our 19th season. For more information, contact Gary Paur, Manager, Grand Forks Master Chorale, 777-3376.

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    FACULTY LUNCH DISCUSSION WILL FOCUS ON "GETTING STUDENTS TO DO THE READING"

    On Wednesday, Sept. 26, the On Teaching faculty lunch discussion series continues with a session titled "Getting Students to Do the Assigned Reading: Strategies That Work."

    In this session, we'll look at a survey one professor developed to get information from students about how they handle course reading material. We'll also share strategies we have used both successfully and unsuccessfully to get students to read what we assign and get out of it what we expect.

    The session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union. To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands, 777-4998, by noon Monday, Sept. 24.

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    STUDY ABROAD SESSION SPOTLIGHTS NORWAY

    Study Abroad Information Sessions are held Wednesdays at 2 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The Sept. 26 program spotlights Norway and will have information on study at the American College of Norway in Moss.

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    FACULTY, STAFF INVITED TO JOIN BOOK DISCUSSIONS

    The fall Integrated Studies Program faculty invite all interested campus staff and faculty to join them for a discussion of three books: My Antonia by Willa Cather, Friday, Oct. 26, Great Plains by Ian Frazier, Friday, Nov. 9; and Hope, Human and Wild by Bill McKibben, Friday, Nov. 30. All discussions will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Christus Rex library (behind Tabula) on the dates indicated above. For more information, please contact Tami Carmichael, coordinator, Humanities and Integrated Studies Programs at 777-3015 or via e-mail at: tami_carmichael@und.nodak.edu.

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    UND WILL HOST REGIONAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION CONFERENCE

    The School of Engineering and Mines will host the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education North Midwest Section Conference Sept. 27, 28 and 29. The conference, titled "Entrepreneurship and Engineering Education," will bring together entrepreneurs, educators, and business people in a discussion of the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship and education, experiential learning, innovations in engineering education, recruiting engineering and entrepreneurship students, transitions from student to entrepreneur, and the transition of scientific research into marketable products. Conference events include panel discussions, paper presentations, tours of the Energy and Environmental Research Center and UND Aerospace, and addresses by guest speakers. Guest speakers include Dwight Baumann, professor of engineering design and director and founder of the Center for Engineering Design at Carnegie Mellon University, Aelred Kurtenbach, chairman and CEO of Daktronics, Inc., Brookings, S.D., and Howard A. Dahl, president and CEO of Amity Technology, LLC, Fargo.

    Conference events will be held in the Memorial Union on campus and at the Ramada Inn. Single event tickets are available for the guest speaker eents. For single event tickets or conference program information, go to www.aero.und.edu/asee2001 or call Cheryl Osowski, Engineering, at 777-3390.

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    TREE TO BE PLANTED IN MEMORY OF DAN SHERIDAN

    A basswood tree will be planted in memory of Daniel Sheridan, professor of English and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. The tree and memorial plaque will be located on the walkway to the southwest entrance of Merrifield Hall.

    Dan Sheridan joined the English Department in 1975 as a specialist in Victorian literature and English education. He was very active in the preparation of secondary-level teachers. The second edition of his book, Teaching Secondary English: Readings and Applications, was published in 2000. He also was a regular participant in the UND Integrated Studies Program. Chair of the English Department from 1993 to 1996, he was appointed associate dean in Arts and Sciences in 1998. Dan was named North Dakota Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation in 1995 and received a UND Excellence in Teaching Award in 1994.

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    THEATRE ARTS, MEDICAL SCHOOL PRESENT "WIT," PULITZER-PRIZE WINNING PLAY

    vThe Department of Theatre Arts and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences are sponsoring an invitation-only backer's reception at the North Dakota Museum of Art Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The reception will serve as an opportunity for the theatre department and the School of Medicine to publicize their collaboration for the production of "Wit" by Margaret Edson, which opens the 2001-2002 theatre season. In addition, the Department of Theatre will announce the rest of their production season.

    "Wit" is the winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize. The play chronicles the heartbreakingly humorous journey made by Vivian Bearing, a scholar of English, who is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Recently made into a film for HBO and starring Emma Thompson, "Wit," explores the doctor-patient relationship while offering a touching and funny portrait of a woman who attempts to come to terms with her own mortality. Guest artist Margie Weaver portrays Vivian Bearing. The play opens at the Burtness Theatre Thursday, Oct. 18, and runs until Saturday, Oct. 20. There will also be two performances at the University of Mary in Bismarck on Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Wednesday, Oct. 24. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general audience, and $5 for students with ID cards. There is free reserved theatre parking at the Twamley parking lot next to the theatre. For more box office information, please call 777-2587.

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    COLLOQUIUM TOPIC WILL BE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, ALCOHOLISM RISK

    The psychology department will hold a colloquium at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in 302 Corwin/Larimore Hall. Steven Schandler, Long Beach VAMC/Chapman University/UC-Irvine Medical School, will present "The Face of the Enemy: functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Illuminates Central Nervous System Disruptions Associated With Alcoholism Risk." A reception will follow the presentation. Everyone is welcome.

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    MASTER OF FINE ARTS THESIS EXHIBITION RUNS THROUGH OCT. 4

    A Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition - mixed media by Christopher Jury opens Friday, Sept. 28, from 7 to 10 p.m. with a reception and live video/soundtrack performance in the Col. Eugene E. Myers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The exhibition will run through Thursday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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    SPEAKER WILL DISCUSS ACQUAINTANCE RAPE OCT. 1

    Andrea Fuller Cooper will present "Kristin's Story: A Story of Acquaintance Rape and Depression" Monday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. "Kristin's Story" is the story of a young woman's acquaintance rape and subsequent suicide as told by her mother, Andrea Cooper.

    Kristin Cooper, a Baker University student and member of Alpha Chi Omega, was raped by a friend of two years at his apartment. Despite a friend's encouragement to go to the police or share the news with her parents or a counselor, Kristin drifted into a state of depression. Months passed before she realized she could no longer deal with the pain and subsequently committed suicide on New Year's Eve, 1995.

    "Kristin's Story" is a proactive, co-educational rape education program funded by the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation and the Delta Delta Delta Foundation. This event will be co-sponsored locally by Greek Council, Substance Abuse Prevention Office, A.D.A.P.T., University Programming Council, Student Health Services, and the Women's Center. For information, contact Angie Anderson at 792- 3864 or James Kim at 740-1487.

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    U2 SPONSORS WORKSHOP ON COMMUNICATION DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MEN, WOMEN

    U2 is sponsoring a new workshop, "Men and Women: What Planet Should We Be On? Thursday, Oct. 4, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in 235 Rural Technology Center. Ever feel your partner or coworker is definitely an alien? Men and women do think and communicate differently. Join us to look at some of the research and come up with some ideas to bridge the gap. Instructor is Carol Helland, Work and Family Consultant, Parent Education Resource Center.

    Please register prior to Oct. 2. To register, call Amy Noeldner at 777-2128, or e-mail at U2@mail.und.nodak.edu. You can register online at www.conted.und.edu/U2. Thank you for your continued support of the U2 program.

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    INTERNATIONAL CENTRE POSTPONES INDIA NIGHT

    Due to the recent terrorist tragedy which has shocked our nation and the world, the following changes have been made to international cultural nights for this semester. India Night has been postponed to Oct. 4; Spain Night, Sept. 27, remains unchanged; Israel/Palestine Night, Oct. 4, is cancelled.

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    FACULTY/STAFF CALLED TO MILITARY DUTY SHOULD PRESENT ORDERS

    Faculty and staff who are members of the National Guard or the United States armed forces reserve and are called to active duty should provide their supervisors/chairs with a copy of their orders. Questions regarding their status during such mobilization should be directed to Desi Sporbert in Personnel Services, 777-4361.

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    FACULTY INVITED TO TAKE PART IN WRITING SEMINAR

    Faculty are invited to participate in a new Faculty Writing Seminar (FWS) to be offered this fall. Sponsored by Writing Across the Curriculum and the Office of Instructional Development, the seminar is open to faculty in all disciplines. It will meet Thursdays, from 4 to 5:15 p.m.

    Although the seminar format changes somewhat each semester to suit the needs of the participants, it is basically designed as a writing workshop. Each week one faculty member offers a piece of "work in progress" to be read by group members, who ask questions, offer suggestions, and otherwise act as "trial readers" for the piece. This structure allows participants to benefit in two ways: 1) by getting timely feedback and suggestions that will help prepare their work for publication, and 2) by learning techniques of reading, critiquing, and responding to written work that can be carried over into teaching and other areas of professional work.

    The group will be limited to 10 faculty. If you are interested in participating, please contact Libby Rankin at 777-4233 or libby_rankin@und.nodak.edu by Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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    CHILDRENS' MUSIC, PIANO LESSONS AVAILABLE

    The UND Community Music Program offers private piano study for ages 7 through adult as well as Musiktanz classes for children ages 15 months through kindergarten. Musiktanz is a curriculum developed by Dr. Lorna Lutz Heyge, an internationally recognized author and early childhood music educator. She is the founder of Kindermusik and author of the early childhood curriculum, "Cycle of Seasons." In the Musiktanz program the teacher acts as a role model to assist the parents/care givers in working musically with their children. The parents/care givers attend the children's lessons and participate with them in classes which are comprised of a variety of developmentally appropriate musical activities involving singing, moving, playing, creating, and listening.

    Level I (ages 15 months to 3 years) meets at 6 p.m. Thursdays, Level II (ages 3 years to kindergarten) meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday nights. Both classes meet for a half hour 12 times during the semester in 258 Hughes Fine Arts Center starting Sept. 20. Cost for each level is $60 per semester. For more information call 777-2644, 777-2820, or 777-2830.

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    COPIES OF NEW UND ORGANIZATION CHART NOW AVAILABLE

    The new UND organization chart has been completed and copies are available by going to the Office of University Relations, 411 Twamley Hall. Various campus entities sometimes need the organization chart to include in reports, grant applications, etc. The copy obtained from University Relations can be used to make additional copies. This year there are two versions of the chart: horizontal and vertical. There is also available a larger copy (17" x 11") size of the horizontal version along with the regular 8.5 x 11" copies.

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    UNIVERSITY PROVIDES FUNDING FOR COMMUNICATION ACCESS REQUESTS

    If a UND student, staff person, faculty member or a member of the public is deaf or hard of hearing, they may ask that you provide an interpreter or captionist for a meeting or event that your department sponsors. The University is collectively responsible for providing access to the services, events and offerings UND sponsors. Access for some people means communicating through sign language interpreting or real time captioning (RTC).

    For this year, the University has provided limited institutional monies to provide communication for campus events and meetings outside the classroom. Disability Support Services was designated to administer the fund and schedule interpreters and captionists for departments and offices.

    If someone requests sign language interpreting or captioning, please call DSS at 777-3425.

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    SPECIAL DENIM DAY FRIDAY WILL BENEFIT DISASTER RELIEF

    President Kupchella has approved a Special Denim Day for this Friday, Sept. 21, to benefit disaster relief. Minimum donation is a dollar, but larger donations will be cheerfully accepted. If you wish to pay by check, it should be made out to "UND."

    Funds should be given to your "normal" denim day coordinator. If you don't have such a person, proceeds can be sent directly to me at Enrollment Services, Box 8135. Monies collected will be split between the Red Cross and the Salvation Army disaster funds.

    For more information, call Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services/University Relations, 777-3791.

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    NDPEA WILL OPEN UND CHAPTER

    At its June meeting, the Board of Directors for the North Dakota Public Employees Association (NDPEA), Local 4660 of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), approved the request of NDPEA members at UND to organize their own chapter.

    At the organizational meeting of Chapter 41 of NDPEA, the following UND faculty and staff were elected as officers: president, Curt Stofferahn; vice president, Carol Hjelmstad; secretary, Donna Ellertson; Linda Ziegelmann, treasurer; and Kathy Sukalski, at large. Delegates and alternates to the state NDPEA delegate assembly were also elected.

    Faculty members are encouraged to register for the State of the Faculty Conference to be held here at UND on Sept. 21-22. For more information, contact Brenda Keller (Continuing Education) at 777-4260 or (800) 342-8230. You may register online at: www.conted.und.edu/CCF. One of our own AFT members, Daniel Georgianna, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, who is involved at the national level with faculty governance, will speak to present practices, possible threats and future potential. NDPEA will have a booth at the conference.

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    UPCOMING U2 CLASSES ANNOUNCED

    Following are upcoming University Within the University classes.

    ACCOUNTING SERVICES

    Accounting Services Policies and Procedures: Oct. 10, 9 to 11 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Review or learn about the policies and procedures used at Accounting, Purchasing, and Central Receiving. Find out how to use TCC listings, bids, surplus property, and public sale. Instructors: Allison Peyton and Lisa Heher, Accounting Services.

    COMPUTER CENTER

    Computer Center classes are held in 361 Upson II, and require a working knowledge of Windows or a Windows class. Enrollment is limited to 12 in most cases, so please register early. A $10 manual is optional for Excel and Power Point. Instructor: Jim Malins.

    Excel 00: Level II: Oct. 8, 10, and 12, 9 to 11:45 a.m.* (eight hours total). Prerequisite: Excel Level I. Filter and sort data, import and export data, create pivot tables, Link worksheets and workbooks, create reports, create macros.

    Power Point 00: Level I: Oct. 9 and 11, 8:15 a.m. to noon* (7.5 hours total). Create presentations, sort slides, add graphics and transitions, create master slides, develop slide shows and handouts.

    SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

    Defensive Driving: Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 235 Rural Technology Center. This course is required by State Fleet for all UND employees who drive State Fleet vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, receive a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a State Fleet vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This course may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. Instructor: Jason Uhlir.

    HOW TO REGISTER: Registering for U2 workshops is easy! Contact Amy Noeldner at the University Within the University office by phone (777-2128), fax (777-2140), e-mail (U2@mail.und.nodak.edu), or mail to PO Box 7131. To register online, go to www.conted.und.edu/U2. Please provide the following information when you register: your name, department, box number, phone number, Social Security number (for accurate record keeping), and e-mail address, the title and date of the event, and the method of payment (ID billing, personal check, or credit card number and expiration date) if the event has a fee.

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    GRANTS AND RESEARCH

    UNIVERSITY SENATE APPROVES FACULTY RESEARCH SEED MONEY PLAN

    The University Senate at its meeting on Sept. 6 approved, without dissent on the voice vote, the faculty research seed money plan assembled and proposed by a broad-based ad hoc University Senate committee of faculty over the summer.

    Professor William Sheridan (biology), chairperson of the ad hoc committee, presented the plan and answered questions from members of the Senate. There is already money in hand to be awarded under the now-approved plan, and the procedures for applying for funding are below. The deadline for applications for the first round of funding is Thursday, Sept. 27.

    The awarding body, the Faculty Research Seed Money Council, consists of one representative from each of the eight disciplinary review committees, as chosen by each review committee's members.

    Call for Applications for Faculty Research Seed Money Awards

    There will be between $400,000 and $640,000 of seed monies available this fall for the support of faculty research and other scholarly creative activity. Awards will range from $1,000 to $40,000 in amount. Faculty members across all of the academic disciplines are encouraged to consider submitting applications for seed money awards. Applications should not be submitted requesting support for projects that are primarily directed at improving teaching or addressing curricular issues.

    The application package must contain 10 copies of the complete application and should be delivered or sent to:

    Faculty Research Seed Money Council
    C/O ORPD Twamley Hall, Room 105
    Campus Box 7134
    Attn: Review Committee (________________)

    Electronic submissions will not be accepted.

    It is important to mark on the address label the name of the disciplinary review committee selected by the applicant to review the award application. Select one of the following eight review committees for inclusion on the address label. Your care in identifying your choice of review committee and marking this on the outside of the application package will be much appreciated because it will considerably aid in the proper distribution of the applications to the review committee members.

    1. Behavioral Sciences
    2. Biological Sciences
    3. Engineering and Technology
    4. Health Sciences
    5. Humanities and Fine Arts
    6. Physical Sciences
    7. Professional Disciplines
    8. Social Sciences

    Deadline for Receipt of Applications Is Thursday, Sept. 27.

    A complete application will include:

    1. A brief description of the seed money project (not to exceed three pages in length).
    2. A one-page description of the larger research or creative activity project for the support of which external grant funding will be sought. This statement should include an explanation of how the seed money project relates to the larger project and how the seed money project will provide the basis for the research grant proposal to be submitted to an external funding agency. The goal of this statement is to enable the review committee to see how the seed money funds will be used to obtain preliminary data or other results that will make a future request for external grant support a stronger and more competitive proposal.
    3. A budget for the 12- to 18-month funding period.
    4. A statement of current and pending support.
    5. Biographical sketch.

      Biographical sketches are limited to two pages each. The following information must be provided in the order and format specified below:

      A. Professional preparation.
      A list of the individual's undergraduate and graduate education and postdoctoral training as indicated below:
      Undergraduate Institution(s) -- Major - Degree and Year
      Graduate Institution(s) - Major - Degree and Year
      Postdoctoral Institution(s)-- Major -- Degree and Year

      B. Appointments. A list, in reverse chronological order, of all the applicant's academic/professional appointments beginning with the current appointment.

      C. Publications. (i) A list of up to five publications most closely related to the proposed project. (ii) A list of up to five other significant publications, whether or not related to the proposed project. Each publication identified must include the names of all authors (in the same sequence in which they appear in publication), the article title, book or journal title, volume number, page numbers, year of publication, and web site address if available electronically.

      For unpublished manuscripts, list only those submitted or accepted for publication (along with most likely date of publication). Patents, copyrights and software systems developed may be substituted for publications. Additional lists of publications, invited lectures etc., must not be included. Only the list of 10 will be used in the review of the proposal.

    6. A statement of intent to prepare and submit directly to an external funding agency (excluding N.D. EPSCoR) an independent research grant proposal (not part of a larger group proposal) based on the results obtained from expenditure of the seed money award, and to be submitted within approximately 12 to 18 months of the date of the seed money award. This statement must include:
      a. The title of the grant proposal
      b. The external funding agency
      c. The length of the funding period
      d. The total grants funds to be requested

      Applicants whose seed money funded projects are not anticipated to lead to a proposal for external grant support in the 12- to 18-month time frame must provide a description of potential external funding sources for their research or other scholarly creative activity and an assessment of how the proposed seed money project might eventually result in a request for external support.

    7. In addition to the above information the disciplinary area review committee may request additional information from an applicant for a seed money award and the applicant's application will not be considered complete until the requested information is provided to the satisfaction of the review committee.

      For more information, contact Bill Sheridan, professor of biology, 777-4479.

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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 SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)

      The Plant Genome Research Program provides funds for research on plant genomics, and to accelerate acquisition and utilization of new knowledge and innovative approaches to elucidate fundamental biological processes in plants. The focus is on functional genomics, identification of functions of a pathway or a cluster of genes at a genomic scale, and new informatics tools to disseminate, access and analyze massive dispersed datasets. Also encouraged is development of research resources and tools that would enable a broad community of investigators to participate in plant genome research. NSF is especially looking for proposals that are conceptually new and different from many of the already well-supported on-going projects. Emphasis is placed on plants of economic importance and plant processes of potential economic value. Projects will be supported up to $1 million/year for up to 5 years. Deadlines: 11/1/01 (Letter of Intent), 1/8/02 (Application). Contact: Jane Silverthorne, 703/306-1470; fax 703/292- 9062; dbipgr@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2001/nsf01158/nsf01158.html.

      The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) offers approximately 900 graduate fellowships each year, including awards for women in engineering and computer and information science. Fellowships provide 3 years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering supported by the NSF (including the mathematical, physical, biological, behavioral and social sciences; engineering; the history of science and the philosophy of science; and for research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education) and are intended for students in the early stages of their graduate study. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the U.S. Awards provide a $20,500 stipend for a 12-month tenure plus a $10,500 cost-of-education allowance per tenure year pending availability of funds. Deadline: 11/7/01.  Contact: nsfgrfp@orau.gov; http://www.orau.org/nsf/nsffel.htm.

      The Information Technology Research (ITR)-- NSF 01-149 program is seeking proposals that address fundamental research and education in IT; IT implications for individuals, society, and scholarship; or application areas at the intersection of IT and other science or engineering disciplines. Funding will be provided in multidisciplinary areas, focusing on emerging opportunities at the interfaces between information technology and other disciplines. This program seeks innovative projects in research and education that elucidate, expand and exploit IT. Proposers are encouraged to collaborate with international researchers, for-profit corporations, and national laboratories. NSF intends to spend approximately $130 Million in Fiscal Year 2002 on proposals received in response to this solicitation. Up to 5 years support is available for long-term projects. Investments will be focused in 3 multidisciplinary areas: software and hardware systems; augmenting individuals and transforming society; and advancement of the frontiers of science via information technology. Deadlines: Large projects (up to $15 million total budget, no more than $3 million/year): 11/9/01 (Mandatory Pre-proposals); 4/4/02 (Proposal). Medium projects (up to $5 million total budget, no more than $1 million/year): 11/13/01. Small projects (up to $500,000 total budget): 2/6/02 (All directorates except CISE); 2/7/02 (CISE). Contact: William Bainbridge, SBE, 703/292-7470, wbainbri@nsf.gov; John Cherniavsky, EHR, 703/292-5136, jchernia@nsf.gov; Eric Itsweire, GEO, 703/292-8582, eitsweir@nsf.gov; Michael Lesk, CISE, 703/292-8930, mlesk@nsf.gov; Dennis Peacock, OPP, 703/292-8033, dpeacock@nsf.gov; Barry Schneider, MPS, 703/292-7383, bschneid@nsf.gov; Eugene Bruce, Dr., BIO, 703/292-8413, ebruce@nsf.gov; Ronald Rardin, ENG, 703/292-7081, rrardin@nsf.gov; Mark Suskin, INT, 703/292- 8702, msuskin@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov.

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      AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR AIDS RESEARCH (amFAR)

      Targeted Research Grants provide funding for various financial obligations incurred in the course of a one-year biomedical science HIV/AIDS-related investigation. Collaboration among applicants and within existing research projects is strongly encouraged by the amFAR. A total maximum award of $90,000 will be provided. A letter of intent is required.

      Short Term Travel Grants provide up to $5000 for worldwide travel to, and study, specialized training, or research at another institution. Eligible applicants are M.D.s, Ph.D.s or the equivalent affiliated with nonprofit institutions worldwide.

      Fellowships are provided to encourage postdoctoral investigators with limited experience in the field of HIV/AIDS to embark on a career in HIV/AIDS research. Eligible applicants must be postdoctoral staff of nonprofit institutions and sponsored by an experienced faculty-level advisor. Collaboration among applicants and within existing research projects is strongly encouraged by the amFAR. The maximum award is $35,000 for salary support and $10,000 for supplies per year, plus not more than 10% for indirect costs for a 2-year period.

      Targeted Research Grants-Novel Viral Cellular Targets for Anti-HIV Agents Including Use of Combinational Libraries support various financial obligations incurred in the course of novel viral and cellular targets of anti-HIV agents related investigation. Specific research areas include: gene and gene products of HIV that have been neglected in drug development, cellular targets in HIV drug development, and development of high assays to enable screening for candidate anti-HIV compounds. A letter of intent must be submitted. Collaboration among applicants and within existing research projects is strongly encouraged. A maximum award of $90,000 will be provided for a one-year research project.

      The Foundation provides support for AIDS research, prevention, and treatment education as well as advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Funding is provided for projects involved predominantly in basic research; not studies involving clinical trials. Contact: Kent Cozad, 212/806-1696; fax 212/806-1601; grants@amfar.org; http://www.amfar.org. Deadline: 10/23/01.

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      DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY (DARPA)

      Molecular Observation, Spectroscopy and Imaging Using Cantilevers (MOSAIC). DARPA is seeking innovative technical approaches to develop new non-destructive tools to observe and control materials, devices, and biomolecules at the nanoscale. One approach would be to combine 3D, non-destructive methods of magnetic resonance imaging with atomic level resolution of atomic force microscopy. DARPA will consider any other ideas with potential for development of real-time, 3D, non-destructive technology for imaging of molecules and nanostructures with atomic level resolution, including approaches that do not use cantilevers. The interdisciplinary nature of this program suggests that teaming will be required to develop the new capability. The research is expected to result in prototypes either able to achieve images of nanostructures with atomic sized features or capable of imaging at room temperature complex biomaterials with the ultimate goal of resolving atomic scale features in aqueous media. Proposals addressing one or both of these capabilities would be appropriate. Deadline: 10/25/01. Contact: Stuart Wolf, 703/686- 3999; fax 703/696-3999; http://www.eps.gov/spg/ODA/DARPA/CMO/BAA01-39/listing.html.

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      NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

      Collaborative Research and Education Efforts to Support the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Science Activities. The Marshall Space Flight Center is soliciting expressions of interest to assist in collaborative research and education efforts at the Microgravity Science and Applications Department (MSAD) and the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC). The goal of MSFC is: 1) To define and implement the Biotechnology and Materials Science research programs of NASA's Office of Biological and Physical Research for the nation, and 2) To leverage resources of NSSTC partners to optimize investments and create stronger research teams to produce cutting edge results in one or all of the 7 science disciplines at the NSSTC (Earth Science, Space Science, Optics and Energy Technology, Materials Science, Biotechnology, Propulsion Physics, Information Technology). MSFC is also interested in promoting scientific collaboration and exchange through active visiting scientists programs at the MSAD and the NSSTC through sponsorship of research visits between visiting scientists and MSFC scientists, support of topical workshops and scientific meetings, and sponsorship of research appointments for short and long-term visitors (including university scientists on academic sabbatical leave). This includes, but is not limited to, graduate student fellowships, post-doctoral positions, and pre-college educational outreach. Deadline: 10/22/01. Contact: Pamela D. White; 256/544-0337; fax 256/544-9354; pam.white@msfc.nasa.gov; http://nais.msfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/EPS/bizops.cgi?gr=D&pin=62#1-0-S4- C603 36.

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      NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION (NOAA)

      Use of Satellite Data for Studying Local and Regional Phenomena. NOAA will provide support to expand use of satellite data for the study of scientific phenomena in local and regional areas and foster new uses of satellite data within the academic community. In order to do so, NOAA will provide free access to satellite data for use in ongoing projects, provide data and funds for purchase of basic equipment required for analysis as part of an existing program or teaching laboratory, and will provide data to support students for research purposes. It is estimated that $100,000 will be available for FY 2002. Funding will range from $0 plus free data to $22,000 for equipment and personnel, plus free data. Duration will be one year. Deadline: 10/25/01. Contact : Hank Drahos, 301/763-8204; Hank. Drahos@noaa.gov; http://www.rdc.noaa.gov/~grants/index/html; http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2001_register&docid=01-22430-filed.

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      LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY

      In residence Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are granted in areas of basic and applied research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Annual stipends range from $54,100-$61,300. Initial appointments are for 2 years, renewable for a third year. Postdoctoral Fellows pursue independent research of their own choice. Postdoctoral Research Associates pursue research directly involved with Laboratory programmatic efforts. Areas of interest to the Laboratory include: accelerators, advanced concepts, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computing, defense sciences, education, energy, engineering, environ-mental sciences, explosives, geology, geophysics, genomics, hazardous waste, manufacturing technologies, mathematics, medicine/health, modeling/simulation, nonproliferation, nonlinear studies, nuclear materials, nuclear weapons, physics, space sciences, superconductivity, testing and evaluation, theoretical sciences. Contact: Barbara Rhodes, 505/667-0872; fax 505/665-4562; brhodes@lanl.gov; http://www.hr.lanl.gov/HRStaffing/Postdoc/postdoctoralprogram.stm. Deadline: 11/14/01.

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      NATIONAL OPTICAL ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORIES (NOAO)

      NOAO provides access to large optical telescopes, observing equipment, and research support services at Sacramento Peak Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico. All qualified researchers and graduate students have access on a competitive basis, subject to the scientific merit of proposed research, the capability of the instruments to do the work and available instrument time. Deadline: 11/15/01, 2/15/02, 5/15/02, 8/15/02. Contact: K. S. Balasubramaniam, 505/434-7000; fax 505/434-7029; sp@sunspot.noao.edu; http://www.sunspot.noao.edu/INFO/INTRODUCTION/submission_proposals.html.

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      ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

      Wetland Program Development Grants provide assistance to conduct projects that promote coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. EPA seeks to increase the quantity and quality of wetlands in the U.S. by conserving and increasing wetland acreage and improving wetland health. Priority will be given to funding projects that address three priority areas: developing a comprehensive monitoring and assessment program; improving effectiveness of compensatory mitigation; and refining protection of vulnerable wetlands and aquatic resources. Deadline: 12/3/01 (Region 8). Contact: Connie Cahanap, 202/260-6531; fax 202/260-8000; http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi- bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2001_register&docid=01-22266-filed.

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      UND is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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