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University Letter

September 18, 1998

Volume 36 No. 4

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 4, September 18, 1998

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Located at the center of the campus is the Old Main Memorial Sphere, whose flame symbolizes the light of truth and knowledge. The memorial commemorates the University's first building, Old Main, and was inspired by the "everburning torch" in the lines of "Alma Mater," the UND anthem. Built on the former site of Old Main, the sculpture is by the late Stanley Johnson (Visual Arts, Emeritus). The memorial is a steel sphere seven feet in diameter, weighing one-half ton. Rods forming it are overblazed with bronze and laced with 29 figures, 9 to 15 inches high, symbolizing the educational development of man. At the base a circular bronze plaque with star points bears the names of the University presidents who occupied Old Main. The flame was lit the last day of 1963, the year of Old Main's demise.



Two well-known musical groups and another which is making a big hit on college campuses will headline the action on Stage One of the "U Fest on the Green," Sunday, Sept. 20, noon to 6 p.m. on the University of North Dakota's main mall (behind the Chester Fritz Library). U Fest is free and open to the public.

UND's version of Friends and Neighbors Day, U Fest on the Green will feature activities geared for all ages and for the entire greater Grand Forks community. In addition to live performances, U Fest will feature food booths, demonstrations and exhibits by many UND departments, a craft show, a classic car show, a hot air balloon, a book sale, a Native American drum group, demonstrations such as rappelling by the UND ROTC students, prizes and a host of activities for youngsters -- including kids games, a chance to sit in a UND airplane, special science and engineering activities and a chance to meet Sioux athletes. A crowd of several thousand people is anticipated on UND's central mall (behind the Chester Fritz Library).

The main stage for the day will feature three musical groups: The Blenders, the UND Varsity Bards, and Bobby Llama. An a cappella group with a strong reputation and ties to Fargo, The Blenders are Universal Records recording artists based out of Minneapolis. They have spent the last eight years crisscrossing the country with their unique style of a capella music. They have toured 46 states to date and have opened for such acts as Jay Leno, Howie Mandel, Savage Garden, Blues Traveler, Chicago, The Righteous Brothers, Lou Rawls, Chuck Berry and more. They have appeared on the Arsenio Hall Show, The Today Show on NBC, Crook and Chase, WGN TV and Radio, National Public Radio and more.

The Blenders -- Tim Kasper, Ryan Lance, Darren Rust, and Allen Rust -- have received the Contemporary Artist of the Year award two years in a row from the National Association of Campus Activities. Some of their albums include "Now and Then" (1997), "Totally Whipped" (1992), From The Mouth" (1994) and "The Blenders" (1995).

Bobby Llama has entertained college and club audiences throughout the Twin Cities area for the past two years. The band was a surprise hit at UND's Spring Fest a few months ago; the group connected with the UND student audience and was one of the best received acts at that event. The group fuses an electric blend of styles ranging from funked up folk to roots rock to tropical grooves highlighted by jazz. Bobby Llama recently released its self-titled debut CD.

A regional favorite, the UND Varsity Bards have provided excellent music for a number of decades now, and this year's edition is no different. New students this year got a taste of the UND Varsity Bards at new student orientation, and judging from the audience reaction at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, they liked what they saw.

"We hope the entire greater Grand Forks community can join us for U Fest on Sept. 20," said UND President Kendall Baker. "It will be great family fun for everyone."



Members of the University Council are invited to nominate outstanding individuals for honorary degrees. Qualifications include, but are not limited to, the following State Board of Higher Education criteria:

1. The candidate should have an association with the state of North Dakota. This association may be by virtue of birth, residence or education, or of service to the state, the Board or one of the institutions it governs.

2. The candidate must have achieved a level of distinction which would merit comparable recognition in his or her profession or area of excellence.

3. The renown of the candidate should reflect favorably on the Board, the institutions it governs, and the state of North Dakota.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Tuesday, Nov. 24. Nominations must be accompanied by a factual dossier providing evidence that the nominee meets the criteria. Such factual compilation should include the following in this order: (1) a brief biography, (2) a list of scholarly writings, research and publications; (3) description of public service and achievements, (4) a list of offices and positions held, and (5) other factual justification for consideration.

On behalf of the Honorary Degrees Committee, nominations and all supporting materials should be brought to my office in 227 O'Kelly Hall.

-- Raymond Fischer (Communication), Chair, University Senate Honorary Degrees Committee.




Gov. Schafer has declared Sept. 20-25 State Employee Recognition Week. In honor of our employees several events have been planned for the week starting with our community festival on Sunday, Sept. 20, U Fest on the Green. This event is free and open to the whole family. We are anticipating a fun-filled day full of entertainment, a book sale, food, crafts, and hands-on events. The Fest will start at noon with the majority of events taking place on the green space south of the Chester Fritz Library. On Tuesday morning, Sept. 22, the night crew is invited to coffee and muffins at the Memorial Union at 6 a.m. Our annual ice cream social will be on Tuesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. The Benefits Fair is scheduled for Thursday in the Ballroom. Bring your tennis shoes, stop at the Benefits Fair and then take in the walk/run scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The route starts in front of the Memorial Union and continues for two and one-half miles. Friday, Sept. 25, is Show Your Years of Service Colors. Wear your color with your jeans that day and see how many others have been here as long as you have! For one to five years of service, wear black; six to 10 years, blue; 11 to 15 years, white; 16 to 20 years, purple; 21 to 25 years, green; and more than 25 years, red. A schedule of the week's events and a map of the walk/run is attached to this newsletter. Release time is granted to any employee wishing to participate in the events.

-- President's Office.



The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, September 21, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Review of the subcommittee's report on the graduate program in Public Administration.

2. Consideration of a request by the Public Administration department to:

a. Allow students in the Public Administration certificate program to use PSCI 539, Administrative Law, as an alternative course.

b. Allow students in the Policy Analysis certificate program to use PSCI 508, Legislative/Executive Process, as an option to go with PSCI 502, 500, 501, and 532.

3. Consideration of a request by the Psychology department to remove Psy 435, Physiological Psychology, from the list of undergraduate courses acceptable for graduate credit.

4. Consideration of the nominations to Graduate Faculty.

5. Matters arising.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



On Wednesday, Sept. 23, the History Department will sponsor a talk by Edmund Clingan (History), titled "The 12 Years' Crisis in Germany, 1912-1924." A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Bring your lunch to the presentation, which is open to all. For more information please contact me.

-- David Rowley, History, 777-3380.



Fiction writer Mary Ferraro, who has joined the faculty of the English Department this fall, will give a reading of her short fiction at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in 116 Merrifield Hall. The first event in this year's English Lecture Series, the reading is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

-- Martha Meek, Coordinator, English Lecture Series.



The 1998-99 Focus on Teaching faculty lunch discussion series continues this month with two sessions, both to be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Union.

The Thursday, Sept. 24, program will be "Teaching with Writing: Helping Students Understand and Avoid Problems with Plagiarism." To register and reserve a box lunch, call the University Writing Program at 777-3600 by noon Monday, Sept. 22.

The Wednesday, Sept. 30, program is "Compiling a Teaching Portfolio," presented by Melinda Leach (Anthropology) and Tim Schroeder (Recreation/Social Work). To register and reserve a box lunch, call the Office of Instructional Development at 777-3325 by Friday, Sept. 25.

For further information, contact us.

-- Joan Hawthorne, University Writing Program, 777-6381, and Libby Rankin, Office of Instructional Development, 777-3325.



Disability Support Services and Affirmative Action are sponsoring a teleclass Thursday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

"Focus on Faculty: Effective Pedagogy with Students Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing," will feature strategies from a variety of professionals on how to integrate students into mainstream classrooms. Topics include classroom participation, accommodations, using sign language interpreters, grading speeches, evaluating written projects and working with visual learners. For more information call Disability Support Services at 777-3425.

-- Deb Glennen, Director, Disability Support Services.



The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Professor Nicholas E. Geacintov from the Department of Chemistry, New York University, will present a seminar Friday Sept. 25, at noon in 138 Abbott Hall. Professor Geacintov is a highly recognized expert in the field of chemical carcinogenesis. The title of his talk is "Stereochemistry in Action: Environmental Aromatic Carcinogen-DNA Interactions and Structure-Biochemical Function Relationships." Interested individuals are invited to attend.

-- Mahesh Lakshman, Chemistry.



Elizabeth Waters, Professor of Biology at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis., will present a seminar, "The Evolution of the Small Heat Shock Proteins in Land Plants," in 141 Starcher Hall at noon Friday, Sept. 25. Everyone is welcome.

-- William Sheridan (Biology), Seminar Coordinator, Biology Department.



The Anatomy and Cell Biology Department will hold a seminar, "Regulation of Actin Dynamics and Neurite Growth by Actin Depolymerizing Factor," presented by Peter Meberg (Biology), at noon Monday, Sept. 28, in B710, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

-- Bryon Grove (Anatomy and Cell Biology), Fall Seminar Series Coordinator.



The School of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean's Hour Lecture, "Fen-Phen: Professionalism and Fads" will be presented by Bruce Pitts, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean, Southeast Campus, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, at noon Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Reed Keller Auditorium, Wold Bio-Information Learning Resources Center. For more information, contact the Office of Medical Education at 777-6150.

-- Tom Norris, Executive Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Research.



Space Studies Professor and Associate Dean of Aerospace Sciences George Seielstad will deliver the first presentation in the 1998-99 UND Faculty Lecture Series. His talk, "Planets Fit for Life," will begin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. The lecture will be preceded by a social hour which begins at 4 p.m.

-- Faculty Lecture Series Committee.



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

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



The 19th Annual Writers Conference in Children's Literature is set for Saturday, Oct. 3. Registered participants will have an opportunity to meet with visiting faculty and learn more about the art of being an author. The visiting faculty include Bruce Brooks, Walter M. Mayes, Ann Rider, Lois Berg, and Vera McKenna. Each of the visiting faculty members have demonstrated their talent through awards and by completing a number of high quality literary works.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday morning at the Chester Fritz Library. The registration fee is $60 for members of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and $65 for others. Registered participants may choose to submit a manuscript that has not been published for the Emily Rhoads Johnson Award. This award goes to the individual who, in the opinion of the judges, demonstrates the most promise in the area of writing for children.

If you have additional questions please write or call the English Department at 777-3321.

-- English Department.



The National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers presents a live satellite broadcast, "Caring for Women: Management and Prevention of Cervicitis and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease," on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The program features epidemiology, clinical management and prevention of cervicitis and PID. Call Delbert Streitz at the Grand Forks Public Health to register at 746-2525. You can also register on the network website: http://inpharmatics.uc.edu/stdptc.html. For more information contact me.

-- Liz Tyree, Family and Community Nursing, 777-4522.



The Conflict Resolution Center will hold a conference, "Conflict Resolution in the Northern Plains," Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 29-31, at the Memorial Union. It is open to the public. People may register on the day of the conference if space is available, but those who register before Monday, Oct. 5, receive a significant conference fee discount.

The pre-conference provides a seminar on dispute system design, setting up systems within organizations to resolve conflicts. The conference to follow focuses on current trends in conflict management.

Author of several books about mediation and dispute resolution, Christopher W. Moore will present the pre-conference. He is a partner in CDR Associates, an international conflict management firm in Boulder, Colo.

The day-and-a-half conference that follows the pre-conference includes sessions that would be of interest to mediators, human resource personnel, educators, managers, organizational leaders, and those involved in the legal field.

Judge Bruce Bohlman, Northeast Central Judicial District, along with attorney Mary Seaworth, and North Dakota state legislator Eliot Glassheim, will lead a panel discussion about recent developments in family mediation.

Other topics to be covered in the conference include violence prevention, facilitating groups, strategic planning, and mediation as a transformative process. The conference includes both interactive workshop sessions as well as more formal oral presentations.

For more information about conference schedule and presenters, contact the Conflict Resolution Center, 777-3664, or visit their web page at http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/crc.

-- Jim Antes, Director, Conflict Resolution Center.




Philip Hisey, Associate Professor Emeritus of Music, died Sept. 4 in Hot Springs Village, Ark., at the age of 67. Born Oct. 26, 1930, in Shreveport, La., he attended C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport, Southwestern University in Memphis, Tenn., and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. Upon discharge, he earned degrees at Louisiana State University and State University of Iowa in Iowa City. He married Janet Wilson on April 16, 1953.

He taught music at North Caddo High School and the Texas College of Arts and Industry before coming to UND in 1964. He taught voice and opera at the University for 27 years, and was active in University and community activities. Known for his baritone voice, he led the audience in singing "America the Beautiful" at 27 commencements. He retired in 1991. He and Janet, who worked in the Registrar's Office for more than 20 years, retired to Hot Springs Village in 1991.

"I had the pleasure of working with Phil Hisey for 25 years," said Einar Einarson (Music). "I had three people that were my mentors here when I started -- Bill Boehle, Mike Polovitz, and Phil Hisey. He was a wonderful source of guidance for me and served as a fine example of what a dedicated and committed faculty member looked and sounded like. Phil was a man who was absolutely dedicated to his profession, his students, and this school. He was a tireless advocate of opera, having coached numerous productions on campus. I should also remind you that he was a very dedicated fan of Sioux hockey. The University and the Grand Forks community have lost a great artist, teacher, and friend."

"We witnessed his continued involvement with and love of music after the Hiseys' retirement to Hot Springs Village, Ark.," said Veriena Garver (Registrar's Office). "Phil was very much in demand. He sang many arias and took part in several plays and operas. He directed the Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines Church Choir and often provided special music at the church. He spent seven years of retirement in the Village and was loved by all in that community. He will be sorely missed."

He is survived by his wife, Janet, Hot Springs Village; two sons, Philip Hisey Jr. of Cypress, Calif., and Parks Hisey of Madison, Wis.; and one grandson.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, from information submitted by Einar Einarson and Veriena Garver.



It is with regret that the University must report the death of Heather Marie Johnson on Sept. 7. She was admitted into UND in the fall of 1997 and was enrolled in Education and Human Development, majoring in Elementary Education.

-- Lillian Elsinga, Dean of Students.




Faculty are encouraged to make use of the SGID (Small Group Instructional Diagnosis) student feedback process for the improvement of teaching. SGID is a confidential peer consultation service which generates helpful student feedback from individual classes. The process is best used at mid-semester, which enables the instructor to make improvements in the class. To schedule an SGID or for more information about the process contact the Office of Instructional Development at 777-3325.

-- Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development.



The Chester Fritz Library has acquired three new resources to support research and knowledge in the area of diversity. They are:

* Ethnic NewsWatch, a database which provides a comprehensive collection of newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press in America. The database contains full-text articles from over 170 publications. An average of 7,000 new articles are added each month. Users of the Library have access to Ethnic NewsWatch from any computer in the Reference and Research Services area of the Library.

* The West, a nine-part video series by Ken Burns and Stephen Ives, which chronicles the epic of America's most vast region, beginning before European settlement and continuing into the 20th century. Burns and Ives made this documentary with the hope that we be "more frank about our failures and more clear-eyed about the cost of even our greatest successes" in the history of the west. The video series is available from the first floor desk (Documents, Patents, Trademarks and Periodicals) of the Library. Each video circulates for two weeks.

* "In Whose Honor?": American Indian Mascots in Sport, a one-hour documentary by Jay Rosenstein, is a story of Native American artist and activist Charlene Teters who protested against the Indian mascot at the University of Illinois. The documentary takes a critical look at the long-running practice -- and controversy -- of using American Indian mascots and nicknames in sports. The video circulates for one week and is available from the Reserve Collection at the Access Services (second floor) of the Library.

The two video titles were acquired with the support of the UND Cultural Awareness Committee. For more information, please contact Reference and Research Services at 777-4629.

-- Asako Yoshida, Reference and Research Services, Chester Fritz Library.



Spring 1999 textbook requisition materials have been sent to all department secretaries and chairpersons. Book requisitions should be returned to the Unviersity Bookstore before Sunday, Oct. 11. Textbook requisitions can now be submitted via the University Bookstore web page. Our address is http://bookstore.und.edu. Please address any questions to the Textbook Department at the University Bookstore, 777-2106.

-- Shannon Webber, University Bookstore.



World Wide Web space for use as an instructional tool is available for faculty members. Instructors are finding that access to the World Wide Web augments their ability to provide current information to their students. Some examples of how instructors are using the Web include posting class information, study guides for lab material, and links to other resources on the Internet. Training in the html language used to create Web pages is offered on a regular basis; contact Stacy at 777-2128 to find out when the next class is scheduled. Web space application forms are also available from University Relations in 411 Twamley Hall.

-- Doris Bornhoeft, Consultant, Computer Center, and Jan Orvik, Co-Manager, UNDInfo.



Please make your eligible students aware of three prestigious scholarship opportunities.

Juniors are eligible to apply for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $30,000 to college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Students must have strong academic credentials, and extensive community and public service involvement. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1.

Students who will have completed a bachelor's degree before Oct. 1, 1999, are eligible to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship. Successful candidates must have proven intellectual and academic achievement of a high standard, integrity, leadership ability, and the energy to use their talents to the full. The deadline for applications is Oct. 1.

The Marshall Scholarship allows recipients to study for a period of two or three years at undergraduate or graduate level at any university in the United Kingdom, in any discipline leading to the award of a British university degree. To quality, students must apply within two years of graduating from their undergraduate college or university and have a grade point average of at least 3.7. The deadline for applications is Oct. 1.

Applications and more information can be obtained from me.

-- Mary Kweit, Political Science and Public Administration, 265 Gamble Hall.



The University Learning Center announces the fall semester Drop-In Tutoring schedule. Tutoring sessions are held in the ULC Tutor Lab, Room 201K, Memorial Union. Please share this information with students seeking tutorial assistance.

Accounting (Acct 200, Acct 201) -- Monday, 1 to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, 2 to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m.

Anatomy (Anat 204): Tuesday, 1 to 3 p.m.

Biology (Biol 100, Biol 101): Monday, 2 to 3 p.m.; Tuesday, 5 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 2 p.m.; Thursday, 1 to 2 p.m.

Chemistry (Chem 104, Chem 105, Chem 106): Monday, noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 11 a.m. to noon; Wednesday, 1 to 2 p.m.; Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m., 5 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.

Computer Science (Csci 101, Csci 110, Csci 160, Csci 161): Monday, 11 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, 4 to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 1 to 2 p.m.

Mathematics, Level 1 (Math 102, Math 103, Math 104, Math 105): Monday, 11 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 3 p.m.; Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 3 to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 9 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Mathematics, Level 2 (Math 111, Math 204, Math 208, Math 211, Math 212, Math 213): Monday, noon to 1 p.m.; Tuesday, noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon.

Meteorology (AtSc 110): Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m.

Physics (Phys 101, Phys 171, Phys 203, Phys 205, Phys 206, Phys 208): Tuesday, 7 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 to 11 a.m.; Thursday, 2 to 3 p.m.

Psychology (Psy 101, Psy 251): Monday, 3 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 to 11 a.m.; Thursday, 11 to noon.

Spanish (S 101, S 201): Tuesday, 6 to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 to 10 a.m.; Thursday, 4 to 5 p.m.

Statistics (Econ 210, Psy 241): Tuesday, 11 a.m. to noon; Wednesday, 10 to 11 a.m.; Thursday, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

For additional information, contact me.

-- Jeanne Matson, University Learning Center, 201A Memorial Union, 777-4406.



Two graduate student internships are available for work with the North Dakota Legislative Council in the 1999 legislative session. All majors are welcome. Interns will be assigned to legislative committees where they will perform research in areas of committee jurisdiction, complete bill analyses, and undertake legislative impact studies. Each intern will receive $1,450 per month for three and one-half months of work in Bismarck; academic credit is available and can be arranged. For further information and application see me.

-- Ronald Pynn, Political Science, 777-3540, or e-mail pynn@badlands.nodak.edu.



Career Services has a new on-line registration service. The entire process for on-campus interviewing will be done via the Internet. Students who currently have an active paper file must register online to participate in on-campus interviewing. Check us out at www.und.nodak.edu/dept/career.

-- Cathy Brooks, Career Services Recruitment Coordinator.



The final examination for Mingming Han, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Chemistry, is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in 138 Abbott Hall. The dissertation title is "Reaction of Arylsulfenyl Chloride Adducts of Glycals with Vinyl Ethers." Irina Smoliakova (Chemistry) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.




North Dakota EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) is soliciting faculty members in the Science, Engineering, and Mathematics departments at UND and NDSU, to provide guidance and mentoring to the next generation of researchers. Mentoring opportunities are available in conjunction with three EPSCoR sponsored programs:

* Science Bound: Entering freshmen in the Science, Engineering, and Mathematics fields experience hands-on research in their area of interest. Science Bound is a competitive program that pays students for up to 10 hours of research assistance per week during the academic year. During the summer following their first year of study, students work full-time. Successful students are eligible for a second year of funding.

* Advanced Undergraduate Research Awards (AURA): AURA provides undergraduates the opportunity to work on original research directed by faculty investigators. AURA students are awarded a stipend for eight to 10 weeks during the summer.

* Faculty Laboratory And Research Experience: This program encourages collaboration between UND and NDSU researchers and the faculty of the North Dakota comprehensive and liberal arts colleges and universities.

Mentor application forms were sent to faculty through campus mail and are due Wednesday, Sept. 30. In all of the above programs, encouragement and consideration is given to participants who are members of underrepresented groups in the fields of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics. For more information contact me.

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



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


Areas of interest are: Biological Diversity and the Human Communities Which Depend On It--forest, marine and freshwater eco-systems and habitat; Human Systems--informing and connecting people to better understand environmental problems and opportunities and urging them to participate in solutions, at the individual and community levels as well as in business and in government; Transportation and Urban/Suburban Land Use--reducing vehicle miles traveled and maximizing accessibility over mobility; and Energy--electrical energy efficiency. Grantmaking Principles include support for government, private and voluntary actions; preference for redesign to eliminate problems rather than amelioration to deal with them after the fact; strong interest in building bridges, defusing conflict and bringing diverse constituencies together; encouraging a diversity of people and interests to participate in addressing environmental concerns; recognizing the interdependence of sectors and disciplines; support for multi-sectoral approaches and partnerships; fostering a population of environmentally informed, responsible, activist citizens; and respect for the community and grassroots perspective. It is strongly recommend that prospective applicants submit a letter of inquiry (guidelines available at ORPD). Both project and general support grants are made. Contact: Edward Skloot, Executive Director; 330 Madison Avenue, 30th Floor; New York, NY10017-5001; request@surdna.org. Deadline: None.

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The purpose of the Funds for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Comprehensive Program is to provide grants or enter into cooperative agreements to improve postsecondary education opportunities. The estimated range of awards is $15,000-$150,000/year with an average size of $80,000; project periods may be up to 36 months long. Areas of special interest are projects to: 1) support new ways of ensuring equal access to postsecondary education and improve rates of retention and program completion, especially for low-income and underrepresented minority students; 2) improve campus climates for learning by creating an environment that is safe, welcoming, and conducive to academic growth; 3) support innovative reforms of undergraduate, graduate and professional curricula to improve what and how students learn; 4) make more productive use of resources to improve teaching and learning and increase learning productivity; 5) support professional development of faculty by assessing and rewarding effective teaching, promoting new and more effective teaching methods, and improving preparation of graduate students; 6) promote innovative school-college partnerships and improve preparation of K-12 teachers in order to enhance students' preparation for, access to, and success in college; and 7) disseminate innovative postsecondary educational programs which have already been locally developed, implemented, and evaluated. Deadlines: 10/22/98 (Preapplications); 3/19/99 (Final Applications). Contact: 202/358-3041 (to order applications); 202/708-5750 (for information); FIPSE@ED.GOV; http://www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/FIPSE/; http://ocfo.ed.gov/fedreg.htm; http://www.ed.gov/news.html.

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The Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program offers Graduate Fellowships for masters and doctoral students in one of 22 environmentally-related fields, including the physical, biological, atmospheric and social sciences; engineering, geology, geography, economics, toxicology, biochemistry, zoology, forestry, entomology, microbiology, etc. Masters students may receive support for up to 2 years; doctoral students for a maximum of 3 years. Awards provide up to $34,000/year. Eligible women, minorities, and disabled students are strongly urged to apply. Pre-applications from all fields are judged within the following categories: Graduate Students with a Bachelor's degree and less than one year of a M.S. or Ph.D. program at time of submission; Doctoral Students who have completed a M.S. and less than one year of a Ph.D. program at time of submission; and Continuing Doctoral Students who have completed at least one year of a Ph.D. program. Pre-applications MUST be submitted in the exact format described in the announcement (available at ORPD). Deadline: 11/10/98 (Pre-Application). Contact: 1/800/490-9194; http://www.epa.gov/ncerqa under "frequently asked questions."

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The NRC has announced the 1999 Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Programs to be conducted on behalf of over 120 research laboratories throughout the U.S. representing nearly all U.S. government agencies with research facilities. The programs provide opportunities for Ph.D., Sc.D. or M.D. scientists and engineers to perform research on problems largely of their own choosing but compatible with research interests of the sponsoring laboratory. Approximately 350 full-time Associateships will be awarded for research in chemistry; earth and atmospheric sciences; engineering, applied sciences and computer science; life, medical, and behavioral sciences; mathematics; space and planetary sciences; and physics. Awards are made for 1-2 years, renewable for up to 3 years; senior applicants who have held the doctorate at least 5 years may request shorter periods. Annual stipends range from $30,000-$50,000. Deadlines: 1/15/99, 4/15/99, 8/15/99. Contact: rap@nas.edu; fax 202/334-2759; www.rap.nas.edu/.

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Research Fellowships in American History and Culture provide support for one month ($1500) of post-doctoral and dissertation research in residence in the Company's collections, which cover a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of North America, principally in the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection is especially strong in Afro-Americana, German-Americana, American Judaica, history of women, domestic economy, banking and business, medicine, agriculture, natural history, philanthropy, education, art, architecture, technology, local and regional history, and the history of printing and publishing as well as a significant collection of British and Continental books and pamphlets of the 17th and 19th centuries. Candidates are encouraged to inquire about the appropriateness of a topic before applying. Deadline: 2/1/99. Contact: 215/546-3181; fax 215/546-5167; jgreen@librarycompany.org; www.librarycompany.org (catalog of holdings).

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The Foundation provides support in the Educational, Medical and Community areas for research and conferences as well as for programs that promote academic excellence in institutions of higher learning; raise literacy levels; attract minority and women students into math, science, and technology; or promote the health and well being of children. The Foundation has supported studies in areas of national and international concern including health, corporate governance, energy, economic analysis, and technology transfer. Conferences sponsored have been designed to enhance information exchange as well as maintain interlinkage among business, academia, community, and government. Medical grant proposals should follow NIH guidelines. Deadline: None. Contact: 512/474-9298; fax 512/474-6389; jhampton@rgkfdn.org.

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The Corporate Contributions Program provides cash and equipment grants for K-12 education programs that bridge schools with communities and enhance learning experiences, particularly in the areas of math, science, and access to technology, i.e., museum programs, summer and after school science/math centers; health programs that address social and family issues, i.e., AIDS education, substance abuse, and violence/abuse against children; and leadership and civic engagement programs that promote positive experiences and personal growth, i.e., academic achievement, youth community service corps and monitoring. Contact a program representative to discuss feasibility of a proposal before submitting an application. Contact: 978/493-9210; fax 978/493-7270; corporate.contributions@digital.com, www.digital.com/info/community. Deadline: None.

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A portion of funds available for each of the programs listed below will be set aside for Strengthening Awards for faculty members who have not been successful in obtaining a competitive grant from the sponsor within the past 5 years, and who are at small and mid-sized institutions that previously have had limited institutional success in obtaining grants under any Federal competitive research grants program. Faculty members from North Dakota are among those encouraged to apply for these awards.

The Improving Human Nutrition and Optimal Health program provides up to 5 years of support for research that will contribute to the understanding of appropriate dietary practices throughout the life cycle and factors that affect these requirements such as gender, race and ethnicity. Areas of special interest are: a) nutritional requirements including metabolism and utilization for all age groups; b) bioavailability of dietary components; c) interrelationships among dietary components; d) mechanisms underlying the relationship between diet and optimal health; e) cellular and molecular mechanisms influencing nutritional status, such as those responsible for the influence of dietary components on gene expression; f) identification of obstacles to adopting healthful food habits with particular emphasis on factors affecting consumer attitudes and behavior; and g) development of recommendations for interventions to improve nutritional status. Deadline: 11/15/98. Contact: Contact: Kathleen Kellwood, 202/205-0250; kellwood@reeusda.gov.; fax 202/401-6488; http://www.reeusda.gov/nri.

The Water Resources Assessment & Protection program provides up to 5 years of support for innovative basic, applied, and developmental research projects to assess, manage, or improve the quality of water resources within existing agricultural, range, and forest ecosystems. Areas of interest are: Development of Methods to Detect, Quantify and Identify Potential Agricultural Contaminants from Agricultural Sources in Surface and Ground Water; Development of Management and Remediation Practices to Ameliorate Adverse Effects of Water Pollutants of Agricultural Origin; Development of New Technologies to More Effectively Reduce or Eliminate the Movement of Agricultural Chemicals to Surface and Ground Waters; and Social, Economic and Policy Considerations Related to Agriculture/Water Resource Risk Assessment and Risk Management Practices. Deadline:11/15/98. Contact: Michael O'Neill, 202/401-4082; fax 202/401-6488; moneill@reeusda.gov; http://www.reeusda.gov/nri.

The Plant Responses to the Environment program provides up to 5 years of support for research which provides an understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of the plant's response to environmental factors, both natural and anthropogenic. Environmental factors may include water, water temperature, light (including UV-B but excluding light as a signal for plant development), nutrient, and atmospheric chemical composition (including carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, ozone and sulfur dioxide). Mechanisms may be studied at the whole plant, cellular, or molecular levels. It is recommended, however, that studies at the cellular and molecular levels be considered in relation to the response at the level of the whole plant. Proposals are encouraged that are based on testable hypotheses and go beyond descriptive levels of experimentation. Hypotheses that consider single or multiple factors are appropriate. Deadline: 11/15/98. Contact: Anne Datko, 202/401-4871; 202/401-6488; adatko@reeusda.gov; http://www.reeusda.gov/nri.

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Areas supported by the Electronic Materials Program and contact persons for each follow. Diamond Technology and Wide-Bandgap Semiconductors, Max Yoder, 703/696-4216; Electronic and Optical Materials, Dr. Colin Wood, 703/696-4218; Material Plasma Processing, Dr. Jack Davis, 202/767-3278; Organic, Polymeric, and Solid-State Optical Materials, Dr. Charles Lee, 202/767-5022; Reliable Wafer-Scale Electronics, Dr. Nicholas Bottka, 703/696-4961; Fault-Tolerant Computing, Dr. Colin Wood, 703/696-4218; and Superconducting Electronics, Dr. Dallas Hayes, 617/377-4264. Applicants should contact the appropriate agent with their ideas and are advised to obtain the Broad Agency Announcement from BMDO. Contact: Carol Williams, 703/604-3904; fax 703/604-3342. Deadline: None.

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General Research Grants of up to $6,000 support postdoctoral research in all areas of knowledge, except those for which support by government or corporate enterprise is more appropriate and regularly available. Eligible applicants have generally held the doctorate for more than one year; however, applications will also be considered from persons who, in the sponsor's judgment, display equivalent scholarly preparation and achievement. The Society encourages research by younger scholars. To obtain application forms, prospective applicants should send a letter briefly describing the project and proposed budget. Telephone requests cannot be honored. Contact: eroach@amphilsoc.org; http://www.amphilsoc.org. Deadline 12/1/98.

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




Participants are needed for a study examining parents' attitudes regarding different treatments for children with illnesses. Participants must be parents of children under the age of 18. Participation takes no more than 15 minutes and is completed by mail. You will be paid for your time. If you are interested in participating, please contact me.

-- Andrea Zevenbergen, Psychology Department, 777-3017.



The Affirmative Action Office seeks members for the American With Disabilities Act Advisory Committee. Purpose of the committee is to provide input to the Affirmative Action Office/ADA Coordinator on disability issues; to review progress of the University toward making the campus accessible in terms of physical access, services, employment, and educational programs; to undertake special projects related to disability issues; and to assist in promoting disability concerns as part of the University's diversity efforts. Disabled and non-disabled faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate. Contact the Affirmative Action Office if you are interested at 777-4171 voice/TDD, Box 7097 for campus mail, or e-mail sally_page@mail.und.nodak.edu.

-- Sally Page, Affirmative Action Officer/ADA Coordinator.



The UND Staff Senate has openings for two senators in the 4000 job category. If you're interested in filling one of these vacancies, please contact Ginnie Ballintine at 795-8378 no later than Wednesday, Oct. 7.

-- Cheryl Danduran (EERC), Secretary, UND Staff Senate.



The Computer Center will offer TSO Training Monday, Sept. 28, from 10 to 11 a.m. in 361 Upson II. The class will deal with parm card, rexx exe, and file transfer. Contact me at 777-2128 to register.

-- Staci Prax, University within the University.




The Alumni Association welcomes home alumni and friends for Homecoming 1998, Oct. 8-10. More than 70 events are planned. This year the Class of 1958 celebrates their 40-year reunion and the Class of 1973 returns for their 25-year reunion. The featured Class of 1958 will kick-off reunion activities Friday, Oct. 9, with a campus tour and a tree planting ceremony. Both classes have reunion activities scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10.

Schools holding special reunion events include the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences 30th Anniversary and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences 10 year Anniversary of the Class of 1988. The football teams from the 1930s era and the NCC Champions from 1958 are also gathering for special reunions.

Medicine and Health Sciences, Engineering and Mines, Education and Human Development, and Nursing will hold special gatherings for alumni, friends, and faculty. Business and Public Administration will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new "Cargill Room" in Gamble Hall. Geology and Geological Engineering, Social Work, Chemistry, Communication, Mathematics, as well as several sororities and fraternities have events planned as part of the Homecoming festivities.

Traditional Homecoming activities include the Kick-Off Luncheon Friday, Oct. 9, at noon in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The Sioux Awards Banquet will be held that evening at the Westward Ho, with a 6:30 p.m. social and 7:15 p.m. dinner and program. The UND Alumni Association is proud to announce this year's Sioux Award recipients: Jim Hester, 67, Davenport, Iowa; Dr. Phyllis Lanes Johnson, 71, 76, Severn, Md.; Bruce Porter, M.D., 72, Seattle, Wash.; and Maj. General Bryan Hawley, 64, 67, 69, Bolling AFB, District of Columbia.

Saturday's activities will begin at 7 a.m. with the 10K Homecoming Run/5K Walk. The Homecoming Parade winds down University Avenue at 10:30 a.m. Following the parade is the President's Luncheon at noon in the Memorial Ballroom. The UND Fighting Sioux football team takes on Mankato State at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Stadium.

The Homecoming weekend will conclude with a community gathering of all alumni and friends at the Westward Ho for the UND Homecoming Party and Dance on Saturday, Oct. 10. Dick King and the Classic Swing Band will play renditions of the big band classics from 7:30 to 9:03 p.m. Large Olive will rock the crowd with 50s and 60s tunes from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The party is open to the public and tickets are $5.

Many open houses, exhibits, and campus tours are also planned. Make reservations for all events by calling the UND Alumni Association at 777-2611. Reservations can also be faxed to 777-4859.

-- April Martin, Special Events Coordinator, UND Alumni Association.



The Visual Arts Faculty Biennial Exhibition will be held Monday, Sept. 21, to Thursday, Oct. 8. The opening reception will be held Monday, Sept. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Art Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center.

-- Brian Paulsen, Visual Arts.



The Wednesday, Sept. 23, Feast and Focus program at noon in the Women's Center, 305 Hamline St., will be "Celebrate Our Earth: Discovering the Earth's Seasonal Changes With Our Cycle of Growth." We will discuss the fall equinox, a season of harvest and thanksgiving. The noon, Thursday, Sept. 24, For Women Only program will discuss women's sexuality issues. Please join us.

-- Donna Oltmanns, Coordinator, Women's Center.



Art Studio Saturdays will be held at the North Dakota Museum of Art. The theme, "Views of Ancient Greece," will allow children to create art based on the architecture, utilitarian objects and statues from ancient Greece. The sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on the following Saturdays:

Sept. 19, "A Capital Day." Children will create column-like sculptures based on architecture from ancient Greece out of tall PCV pipe which will be painted and decorated with recyclable materials found in the household.

Oct. 3, "Portraits of the Gods." Immortalize yourself in foam and cotton when we create self-portrait sculptures based on Grecian sculptures.

Oct. 17, "Holy Vessels." Weave a vessel out of reeds in shapes much like the vases the Greeks made.

7, "Musical Junk." Create a stringed instrument based on the idea of a Grecian lyre out of recyclable materials such as bleach bottles, wire, string, cans and found objects such as muffler parts and tree limbs.

Art Studio Saturdays are for children to create paintings and sculptures with a variety of materials. Parents/guardians are encouraged to accompany their child/children and create their own artwork so that a dialogue about the art made that day may continue at home. Art materials are provided. Please wear clothes which can withstand paint spills. These sessions are designed for children grades 1 through 6 with intermediate to higher developed motor skills (having the ability to shape wire into a conceived form).

Cost for museum members is $7 per child per session, for non-museum members, $10 per child per session. Scholarships are available and enrollment is limited.

To apply for a scholarship for one or more sessions, write a letter to Laurel Reuter, Museum Director, at P.O. Box 7305, Grand Forks, ND 58202 stating the need for a scholarship. Scholarships are underwritten by the Bremer Foundation. Call 777-4195 to register.

-- Morgan Owens, North Dakota Museum of Art.



The Department of Music will host the First Annual Northern Plains Clarinet Symposium and Young Artist Competition, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18 and 19, in the Hughes Fine Arts Center. Artists/faculty and students from North and South Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba will present solo and chamber music recitals, lectures and master classes. High school clarinetists from the three states and province area will participate in the Young Artist Competition, with the winner receiving a cash award and a guest solo appearance with the UND Wind Ensemble. A registration fee is required; one or two-day passes are available. For additional information, please call me.

-- Elizabeth Rheude, UND Music Department, 777-2823.



The Music Department offers a variety of children's music classes for fall semester. Children in grades 2 to 5 are eligible to enroll in voice classes. The cost of each voice class per semester is $60 plus materials. The classes in Levels I, II, and III of the Musiktanz program are comprised of a variety of developmentally appropriate musical activities for children (aged 15 months to 7 years). The cost per semester for Level I (ages 15 months to 3 years) is $60 for a weekly half-hour class. The cost per semester for Levels II (ages 3 to 5) and III (ages 5 to 7) is $75 for a weekly 40-minute lesson.

For registration information please call the Music office at 777-2644, Paul Mortenson at 775-5176 (voice class), or Kathy Stith/Whitney Berry (Musiktanz) at 777-2830. Most classes will be scheduled for Saturday mornings. Voice and some Musiktanz classes will be scheduled on Thursday nights. For additional information, visit our new web site at http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/commusic.

-- Barbara Lewis, Associate Professor of Music.



University Staff Bible Study will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the Engelstad Loft. Students, staff, and faculty are welcome.

-- Marvin Asp, Telecommunications.


UNIVERSITY LETTER is published weekly (bi-weekly during the summer) and distributed at no charge to members of the University community. It is also available electronically through UNDInfo, the University's menu system on the Internet. The address is http://www.und.nodak.edu.

All articles submitted for publication should be labeled "University Letter" and must reach the editor by 1 p.m. Tuesday. Electronic submissions may be sent to jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu. Attachments to University Letter require approval of the editor and an account number. University Letter is issued by the UND Office of University Relations, Jan Orvik, editor, Box 7144, 411 Twamley Hall, 777-2731.

UND is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.


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