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University Letter

September 25, 1998

Volume 36 No. 5

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 5, September 25, 1998

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UND's 570-acre campus, widely admired for its beauty in all seasons, contains 232 buildings and has 5.2 million square feet of space.



I would like to extend my very thanks to the literally hundreds of individuals who planned and carried out the University of North Dakota's first annual "U Fest." Although the weather on Sunday did not cooperate, the public response to this example of UND's renewed commitment to interaction with the citizens of our city and region has been enormously positive and encouraging. A date and chairperson for the 1999 U Fest soon will be selected. The planners of next year's event will be building on a great first effort. Again, thanks very much.

-- Kendall Baker, President.



The University Senate will meet Thursday, Oct. 1, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.


1) Announcements

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

3) Question Period.


4) Annual Report of the Compensation Committee. Robert Korbach, Chair. (Attachment No. 1)

5) Annual Report of the Committee on Committees. Betty Gard, Chair. (Attachment No. 2)


6) Continued discussion of motion (by David Marshall) to accept the report of the Task Force on Interdisciplinary Studies and to direct the Task Force to continue to develop the curriculum.

7) Recommendation from Compensation Committee to dissolve the Senate Compensation Committee. Robert Korbach, Chair. (Attachment No. 3.)

8) Resolution from Stephen Markovich on the office of the President of the University of North Dakota:

Whereas, the State Board of Higher Education has generally created a negative environment for higher education in the state that has effected the resignation of three institutional presidents this past year; and,

Whereas, the State Board of Higher Education has specifically created a negative environment for the University of North Dakota that has forced the recent resignation of President Kendall Baker; and,

Whereas, the negative actions of the State Board of Higher Education have diminished the office of President of the University of North Dakota in terms of public dignity, executive leadership, and academic autonomy;

Therefore, the Senate of the University of North Dakota requests the State Board of Higher Education to restrict its future actions to proper oversight rather than political interference and to restore through positive statements the traditional dignity, leadership role, and considerable autonomy of the office of President of the University of North Dakota.

9) Resolution from Senate Executive Committee on the office of the President of the University of North Dakota:

Whereas, the University of North Dakota is an institution with a unique mission in higher education in the state of North Dakota; and,

Whereas, the University of North Dakota is an institution in the North Dakota University System; and,

Whereas,the State Board of Higher Education is responsible for the control and administration of institutions in the North Dakota University System; and,

Whereas, recent events have resulted in instability in the system, including the resignation of three North Dakota University System presidents, the most recent being University of North Dakota President Kendall Baker.

Be it hereby resolved that the University Senate of the University of North Dakota requests the following:

That the State Board of Higher Education allow institutions in the North Dakota University System the authority to pursue their approved missions through the allocation of available resources; and,

That the State Board of Higher Education specifically address ways to improve communication between it and all stakeholders, especially students, faculty and staff of the University of North Dakota and other institutions in the North Dakota University System.

Upon approval, this resolution should be forwarded to the State Board of Higher Education with a request for reply.

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




The Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies invites you to our fall 1998 open house to celebrate our recent designation as a New Media Center and certification as a Macromedia Authorized Training Center (ATC) for Director. Our New Media Center designation is in conjunction with the Department of Visual Arts in the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

The New Media Center and the Macromedia ATC are the only designated and certified training centers in the North Dakota University System and the state. The recent additions of our designation and certification represent our dedication to continually improving services and support for the enhancement of teaching and learning through the appropriate integration of technology.

Please join us Friday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 108 Sayre Hall as we kick off the 1998 fall semester by showcasing our New Media Studio, projects, demonstrations, and tours of the facility.

-- Kathy Smart, Director, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies.



The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Sept. 28, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Consideration of the nominations to Graduate Faculty.

2. Matters arising.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The History Department will hold a reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, in the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center, in honor of Deneen Marynik to recognize her 10 years of dedicated service to our department and the University. Everyone is invited. For more information call me.

-- David Rowley, History, 777-3380.



The University will host two public meetings to discuss the future of local public radio. Everyone is encouraged to attend with questions, comments and ideas about public radio in the Greater Grand Forks community. The first meeting will be Monday, Sept. 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. A second meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Both will be held in room 211 at the Rural Technology Center on the west edge of the UND campus. For more information you can call the station at 777-2525.

-- Jim Shaeffer, Dean, Continuing Education.



Space Studies Professor and Associate Dean of Aerospace Sciences George Seielstad will deliver the first presentation for 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.

The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and Professor of Space Studies, George Seielstad came to the University of North Dakota in 1993. He earned the A.B. in physics from Dartmouth College and the Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology. From 1985 to 1993 he served as the site director and scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, W.Va. In 1992, he returned to Dartmouth as a visiting professor of physics and astronomy. The Oliver Benediktson Professor of Astrophysics at UND, Seielstad's work as director of the UND Earth System Science Institute led to the development of the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium (UMAC), which brings together eight upper Midwest research universities, the private sector and federal research institutions. UMAC works closely with the raw data from NASA's Mission to Planet Earth satellites. Seielstad has attracted more than $1 million in research funding since arriving at UND.

-- Faculty Lecture Series.



A retirement reception will be held for LeRoy Sondrol, Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Planning, from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Alumni Center. Sondrol, a UND employee for 42 years, joined the UND building and grounds department in 1956. A native of Reynolds, he began working in the housing area in 1957, and was promoted to maintenance foreman of married housing in 1959. In 1961 he was named maintenance foreman of married student housing and food services. He was later named general foreman of auxiliary service maintenance. In 1971 he was named director of Physical Plant and served in that capacity until March of 1998 when he was promoted to his current position. Please join us as we thank LeRoy for his service to UND and to wish him well in his retirement.

-- Peggy Lucke, Interim Vice President for Finance and Operations.



A reception will be held in honor of Barry Bailen Thursday, Oct. 1, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Edna Twamley Room, Twamley Hall. Barry has been at UND since May 1988 when he served as the College Placement Officer for Job Service North Dakota. He joined the Student Financial Aid Office staff in June 1996. He has accepted the position of Assistant Director in the Financial Aid Office at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. Please join us in wishing him well.

-- Peggy Pazderic, Student Financial Aid.



North Dakota Public Employees Association is sponsoring a faculty/staff roundtable discussion as part of the 34th Annual NDPEA Delegate Assembly to be held in Grand Forks at the Ramada Inn, Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 1-3. NDPEA is pleased to announce a special session for higher education faculty and staff on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

"The Future of Higher Education in an Era of Declining Enrollments: A Roundtable Discussion" will be presented by Martin Coffey, Professor Emeritus, Labor Relations Specialist, United University Professions, NYSUT, Plattsburgh, N.Y.

-- Curtis Stofferahn, Sociology.



The UND Career Fair will be held Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Hyslop Sports Center from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Fair offers students a chance to network with company representatives and gather information to plan a career path. Encourage your students to take part in this excellent opportunity to meet prospective employers. Please announce the 1998 UND Career Fair date and time in your classes, departmental newsletters, student publications, etc. A list of participating companies is available on our website: www.und.nodak.edu/dept/career. Should you have employers you wish us to invite, please send the contact name, company, and address to: Career Services, Box 9014. For further information regarding the Fair, call me at 777-4178.

-- Mark Thompson, Director, Career Services.



The Northwestern Minnesota Disaster Response Network is sponsoring two programs. "Raising Careful, Confident Kids in a Crazy World," presented by Paula Statman, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Comfort Inn (Hwy 2), East Grand Forks. This nationally endorsed program equips adults with the skills to safely raise kids today. The topics include: building safety skills without creating fear; helping kids avoid abduction, molestation and other forms of victimization; teaching good judgment and responsible behavior; and building strong self esteem and open communication. There is no charge for this event, and free child care is available at 1825 Central Ave. NW (Headstart Building). Seating is limited, so please register by calling 773-2694. Walk-in seating is available if space permits.

"A Circle of Safety Around Our Children: Prevention Skills for Professionals" will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Northwest Technical College, Room 315 (Auditorium). This award-winning, nationally endorsed program equips professionals with the skills to help children avoid abductions, molestation, and other forms of victimization. Paula Statman is the award-winning author of "On the Safe Side: Teach Your Child to be Safe, Strong and Street-Smart" and the recipient of a 1995 Parents' Choice Honor. She is the creator and founder of KidWise Institute. Prior to KidWise, Statman served as a consultant to schools, youth programs, and community centers. She brings to her program 20 years of experience with children, parents and professionals. This workshop is ideal for principals, teachers, counselors, school nurses, day care providers, social workers, recreation staff and all persons working with children. This workshop has been approved for three training hours. These are also available to licensed day care and foster care providers. The registration fee is $25; registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 5. Contact (218) 281-3940 for more information.

-- Dawn Botsford, Continuing Education.



The Small Business Development Center and US Bank will host a business seminar, "The Fiscal Physical: Getting Control of Your Business," from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Holiday Inn in Grand Forks. The seminar is for business owners, key managers, entrepreneurs, and all personnel who have an impact on your company's financial performance. It is designed to enhance financial management skills by teaching the process of evaluating the performance of your business, strategies to implement change, and practical aspects of using financial information.

Carl Forssen of Business Resource Services, Inc. in Seattle, is returning to Grand Forks in response to requests from businesses attending the Business Breakfast Forum where he presented a short program on "The Fiscal Physical." This seminar provides a more extensive and in-depth presentation of financial management. Forssen is the founding President and CEO of a successful startup bank in the Pacific Northwest. He has over 20 years of banking experience and has a thorough understanding of the financial problems that confront a business owner.

The cost of the seminar is $150 for UND employees or $195 for non-UND employees, and includes course materials and lunch. Please call me to register or for additional information, at 772-8502.

-- Darlene Czapiewski, Small Business Development Center.




Faculty are reminded that Tuesday, Sept. 29, is the last day to submit a Removal of Incomplete Grade form to the Registrar's Office for a currently enrolled undergraduate student. (The last day for undergraduate students to submit their work to the instructor is Tuesday, Sept. 22.) A Removal of Incomplete Grade form or an Administrative Procedures Petition Form requesting extension of time must be filed with the Office of Admissions and Records by Sept. 29; otherwise, Incompletes will be converted to the grade indicated on the Report of Incomplete Grade form submitted by the instructor at the close of the term the Incomplete was issued.

-- Alice Poehls, University Registrar.




The National Science Foundation (NSF) has published an updated version of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG, NSF 99-2) and Proposal Forms Kit (NSF 99-3). These documents supersede the prior version of the GPG (NSF 98-2) and the Proposal Forms Kit (NSF 98-3). The revised GPG is now available electronically in both ASCII text and PDF on the NSF Web site at: . HTML and Microsoft Word versions will also be available on the Web site.

This revision of the GPG contains many significant changes not only to specific NSF proposal forms but also with regards to the reference to use of electronic systems in proposal preparation and submission of reports to NSF. Since these changes will be effective October 1, 1998, NSF strongly encourages potential proposers and grantees to review the electronic version of the GPG on NSF's Web site. Highlights of the significant changes include:

* Incorporation of additional references throughout the document to the NSF FastLane system as well as access to other electronic sources of information, where appropriate;

* Inclusion of language indicating that some NSF Directorates now require use of FastLane in proposal preparation for all proposals -- including unsolicited proposals. As a result, proposers are strongly encouraged to check the FastLane Web site at: to see if use of FastLane is required to submit all or part of a proposal;

* Implementation of revised OMB guidelines on race and ethnicity standards and corresponding changes to the NSF Form 1225, Information about Principal Investigators/Project Directors and co-Principal Investigators/co-Project Directors;

* Revision of the Proposal Cover Sheet to remove the Social Security Number (SSN) from Page 1 of the Proposal Cover Sheet. This step was taken to protect the privacy of Pis/co-PIs. The SSN will now be collected on Page 2 of the Cover Sheet which is submitted as a single copy document;

* Implementation of the NSF electronic Project Reporting System. This electronic reporting capability has been added as a new component of FastLane and will permit electronic submission and updating of reports on each of a PI's NSF project(s). As designed, PIs will not need to re-enter information previously provided, either with the proposal or in earlier updates using this electronic system. Effective Oct. 1, PIs are required to use the new reporting format for preparation of annual and final project reports. (See GPG VII.G. for more information on these changes.) A complete summary of the significant changes is included on pages iii through v of the revised GPG.

Please address any questions or comments about the GPG to the Policy Office, Division of Contracts, Policy & Oversight, on 703-306-1243 or by e-mail topolicy@nsf.gov.

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



Requests for proposals are now available for the 1998 Title II-Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Program administered by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction for the North Dakota Board of Higher Education. Proposals are due Sunday, Nov. 15, for programs to provide professional development for K-12 teachers of math, science, and other core subjects. A portion of the money is specifically set aside for reading. The RFP is available on the PDI home page: http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/dpi/sch_fin/forms_98/forms.html or from my office. Call 777-2675 for more information.

-- Mary Harris, Dean, Education and Human Development.



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


In-residence Postdoctoral Research Appointments at Los Alamos National Laboratory are granted in many areas of chemistry, physics, biological sciences and biotechnology, materials science/metallurgy, environmental sciences, mathematics, computer science, earth and space sciences, astrophysics, optics, and many engineering fields. Annual stipends range from $44,020-$47,570. Postdoctoral Fellows may pursue independent research of their own choice; Postdoctoral Research Associates pursue research directly related to laboratory programs. Initial appointments are for 2 years, renewable for a third. Eligible applicants have received doctoral degrees within the past 3 years or will have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment. Deadline: None. Contact: Barbara Rhodes, Program Administrator; 505/667-0872; fax 505/665-4562; postdoc-info@lanl.gov; http://www.hr.lanl.gov/html/posdoc.

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)/Folger/Mellon Long-Term Fellowships of 6-9 months are provided to scholars for research projects appropriate to the collections of the Folger Library which holds a noted Shakespeare collection, as well as collections on the English Renaissance, the Reformation, continental Renaissance, English 17th and 18th centuries, early American cultural history, and English and American theater history from their beginnings to the 20th century. Included are materials on the histories of art, architecture, music, philosophy, theology, science, and political thought. Eligible applicants are advanced scholars who have made substantial contributions in their fields of research. NEH fellowships provide up to $30,000; Folger fellowships $2,000/month; and Mellon fellowships up to $45,000. Deadline: 11/1/98.

Short-Term Postdoctoral Fellowships provide $1,800/month for 1-3 months in-residence research projects appropriate to the collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Eligible applicants are postdoctoral senior scholars who have made substantial contributions in their fields of research. Deadline: 3/1/99. Contact: Carol Brobeck, 202/675-0348; fax 202/544-4623; Brobeck@Folger.edu; http://www.folger.edu.

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Grants ranging from $10,000-$100,000 support the following areas: art (including performing arts, arts education, children's' programming, and ticket subsidy projects); education (including incest prevention, natural science education, adolescent substance rehabilitation, environmental education, day programs, newsletters, communications programs, after school programs, teacher training, and multi-cultural curriculum development); environment (including conserving natural resources, public education and advocacy, farming innovations, endangered species, nuclear waste management, recycling, transportation policy, forest management); medicine (including support for clinics in underserved areas, studies of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and adolescent medicine); Native Americans (videos and films, scholarships, arts exhibits, storytelling, music, and dance; child development; reproductive and environmental health; diabetes; computer education; legal services; and conference support); peace/conflict resolution (public education and fellowships); population (defense of reproductive rights, distribution of contraceptives, public education, and family planning programs). Applicants should submit a letter of inquiry. Contact: Diane M. Allison, Executive Director, 203/226-6498; fax 203/227-0424. Deadline: None.

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The Aging and Financial Security program will provide up to $75,000 each for up to 15 projects. Grants are made for up to a 2-year period. Areas of interest are: 1) Future Directions in Private Savings--a) effect of recent legislation altering the law concerning private pension options; b) evaluation studies on efforts to educate employees about savings opportunities, including cross-industry comparisons; c) studies on the growth in part-time work and the contingent workforce (such as contractors, consultants, and temporary workers) affects on savings for retirement; d) studies which look at issues of portability for pensions among older adults; and studies on the psychosocial factors affecting savings decisions; and 2) Economic Impact of Chronic Health Conditions--a) to determine the economic impact on the individual suffering from a chronic health condition and family members who provide care and support. Of particular interest are studies which focus on older adults with more than one chronic health condition and b) studies which emphasize differing responses to economic hardships encountered by family caregivers of various minority groups. Initial contact should be a 2-page letter outlining the concept of the proposed study. Do not fax letters of intent. Contact: Dr. John Feather, 202/434-6190; fax 202/434-6483; andrus@aarp.org; http://www.andrus.org. Deadline:1/15/99 (Letter of Intent).

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The Foundation provides grants for Environmental Projects. The Foundation's board meets 4 times annually to review requests. Within 4 weeks of receiving your proposal, the Foundation will notify you as to the cycle your proposal has been assigned and additional information that may be needed to complete your application. Contact ORPD for the general criteria for grant requests. Grant requests should be sent by REGULAR MAIL ONLY. Contact: Peter Bahouth, Executive Director, One CNN Center, Suite1090 - South Tower, Attn: Program Department, Atlanta, GA 30303; http://www.turnerfoundation.org/. Deadline: None.

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Grants are provided for research on the cure and control of cancer. Most grants have been under $100,000. Of particular interest are innovative, small-scale, short-term projects which may be difficult to fund elsewhere until some interesting results are obtained. Contact: Lucille M. Dougherty, Staff Assistant 517/832-3691; Box 1866, Midland, MI 48641-1866. Deadline: None.

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The Visiting Fellowship Program provides support for U.S. scientists to participate in core research activities at any NCGIA site, with the proposed activity expected to produce results of a publishable nature. Grants are for variable amounts and lengths. NCGIA generally engages in research with computer technologies that enable scientists and policy makers to visualize geographic problems through maps, images, and data. The main element of research involves the development of geographic information systems (GIS). Research initiatives for which proposals are currently most appropriate include: Law, Public Policy, and Spatial Databases; Collaborative Spatial Decision Making; Social Implications of How People, Space, and Environment are Represented in GIS; and Formal Models of Common Sense Geographic Worlds. Proposals should be submitted to the Director of the selected site. Sites and contact information are: University of California, Santa Barbara (805/893-8224; fax 805/893-8617; ncgia@ncgia.ucsb.edu); University of Maine, Orono (207/581-5711; fax 207/581-2206; ncgia@spatial.maine.edu); and State University of New York, Buffalo (716/645-2545x49; fax 716/645-5957; ncgia@ubvms.cc.buffalo.edu; http://www.geog.buffalo.edu/ncgia/NCGIA.html). Deadline: None.

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Exploratory/Developmental Grants (R21) provide $90,000/year for up to 2 years to develop new research activities that will be the basis for the development of future, more intensive, and larger research studies in any area of interest to NIH. Applications that address areas of interest to any of the NIH Institutes are eligible; see programs under the individual agencies for details. Some agencies may have their own specific Exploratory/Developmental Grants announcements. Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate staff person in the relevant institute or center listed below for specific details and program guidelines. Contact: 301/435-0714; girg@drgpo.drg.nih.gov; http://www.nih.gov/; National Cancer Institute, 301/496-9138; National Center for Human Genome Research, 301/496-7531; National Eye Institute, 301/496-5301; National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, 301/443-4375; National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, 301/402-0161; National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Disease, 301/594-8834; National Institute on Drug Abuse, 301/443-2620; National Institute for Nursing Research, 301/594-7590. Deadlines: 10/1/98, 2/1/99.

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The Minority Business Opportunity Committee (MBOC) Program is designed to provide minority business owners with enhanced access to the marketplace by identifying marketing and sales opportunities, financing resources, potential joint venture partners, and otherwise assisting minority firms to position themselves for long-term growth. Core areas in which activities must be conducted are: Access to Markets, Access to Capital, Sustained Advocacy on Behalf of the Minority Business Sector, Business Ownership Opportunities, Youth Entrepreneurship, and Resource Development. MBDA is especially interested in receiving innovative proposals that focus on the following: identifying and working to eliminate barriers which reduce the access of minority businesses to markets and capital; identifying and working to meet the special needs of minority businesses as they seek to enter the export marketing community; or promoting the understanding and use of Electronic Commerce by minority businesses. Awards may range from $100,000-$250,000/year for up to 3 years. Deadline: 10/8/98. Contact: Stephen Boykin, Office of Executive Secretariat, HCHB, Room 5073, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230.

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The Program in Mass Communications supports research, analysis, programming, and innovative developments related to uses of media to inform and facilitate political participation; advances in interactive communication technologies; and communications policy. Awards generally range from $10,000-$75,000 and $125,000-$225,000. Program areas are: Media and Political Participation (focuses on presidential elections and the use of media and technology to expand and improve citizen participation in the electoral process); Interactive Communications Technologies (focuses on the study and development of interactive communications technologies, including multimedia, electronic publish- ing, and computer networks, that enhance lifelong learning); and Communications Policy (focuses on developing telecommunications policy that responds to the challenges of new media and preserves the public interest). A letter of inquiry outlining the project is the preferred form of initial contact. Contact: Cynthia Crook, Grants Manager, 212/489-6655; fax 212/765-9690; marklefnd@aol.com; http://www.markle.org. Deadline: None.

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The Fellowship Program provides support for senior statisticians and social scientists to conduct statistical research at the Census Bureau. Salaries are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Researchers become special sworn Census Bureau employees which gives them the same access to survey microdata that regular Census Bureau employees have. Three areas for suggested projects are: Social and Demographic Studies, Economic Measurement and Analysis, and Statistical Methodology and Computing. Projects may fall into more than one category and are not limited to those listed. They should have the potential to encourage further significant and broadly-based research and should require hands-on access to Census Bureau data. Projects are welcomed which may lead to improvements in the quality and usefulness of the data. Terms range from 6-12 months. Deadline: 12/10/98. Contact: Ms. Marie Argana, Director, 703/684-1221; fax 703/684-2037; asainfo@amstat.org; http://www.census.gov/srd/www/fellweb.html.

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One-year in-residence External Faculty Fellowships are provided to tenured and untenured faculty to promote humanistic research and education. Projects may be in any of the following areas: anthro- pology, communication, history (including art history and criticism, film history, musicology, and theater history), religious studies, ethnic studies, jurisprudence, languages and linguistics, literature, philosophy, women's studies, and historical or philosophical issues in the social and natural sciences. They provide stipends of $28,500, office space, access to library holdings, and use of a personal computer. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. by June 1996. Deadline: 12/01/1998. Contact: Emily Heward, 801/581-7989; fax 801/585-3510; eheward@mail.hum.utah.edu; http://www.hum.utah.edu/humcntr/Welcome.html.

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




President Baker addressed the second meeting of the Staff Senate Sept. 9, thanking senators for taking part in the new organization. He stated that Staff Senate should serve as a forum to articulate issues that are important to staff members. Planned activities for the next year include keeping track of State Legislature activities, improving staff morale, staff development, and others. For a copy of the minutes, contact Cheryl Danduran (EERC) at cdanduran@eerc.und.nodak.edu or 777-4473.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for Staff Senate.



With the beginning of the new academic year, certain faculty and staff members, and some students, need to be aware of actions they are required to take relating to open meetings and open records laws changes passed by the last North Dakota legislature.

Requirements of the new law about open meetings involve steps which chairs of certain governing bodies and committees of the University must take. Those steps involve how they must post notice of their meetings. Chairs of affected governing bodies will be informed of those procedures directly through memos. The procedures include providing to the Office of University Relations the dates, times, and locations of meetings.

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.



The Student Technology Fee Committee will solicit proposals to be funded from the spring student technology fee dollars. Proposals forms will be distributed to vice presidents, deans, directors and chairpersons in early October. Because of vacancies in the Student Technology Fee Committee and a change in administrative support in Academic Affairs, the time lines for this fall are running slightly behind last year. Since forms will not be available as early as in previous years, this notice is to serve as a reminder to interested parties to begin considering proposals.

The deadline to submit proposals to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs will be Friday, Oct. 30. Deans and other division administrators may have an earlier deadline. More information will be available after the Student Technology Fee committee convenes.

-- Stacie Varnson (Vice President for Academic Affairs Office), Student Technology Fee Committee Convener.



The first training under the aviation training teaming agreement formed by Oxford Air Training School, Great Britain, UND Aerospace and Raytheon Systems is taking place at the UND Aerospace training facilities in Mesa, Ariz.

UND Aerospace, with its U.S. partner, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Mesa, Ariz., will provide initial training for classes of 10 ab initio cadets, with new classes starting each month. Training will be to British CAA standards and after the initial training, the students will return to Oxford for multi-engine and advanced training.

The UND Aerospace training facility in Arizona is located at CGCC's Williams Campus on the Williams Gateway Airport, the former Williams Air Force Base.

-- John Odegard, Dean, UND Aerospace.



Members of the UND faculty and staff who, while students here or elsewhere, were elected to membership in and were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa are asked to identify themselves to the UND chapter so they may participate in its affairs. Please inform me by phone at 777-4381 or by e-mail at elericks@badlands.nodak.edu. The UND chapter of Phi Beta Kappa soon will begin its activities for the year. Initiations will again occur in early December and April. This year's Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar will be Paul Steven Miller of the U.S. Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency charged with enforcing federal employment discrimination laws. Prior to his appointment at the EEOC, Mr. Miller served as director of litigation for the Western Law Center for Disability Rights, a non-profit legal services center specializing in disability rights issues. He has also held appointment as adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, visiting professor of law at UCLA, and Parson Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney. He has written many articles on the civil rights of the disabled.

He will deliver a public lecture Thursday, April 8, and will be engaged in classes and meetings across the campus April 8 and 9.

-- Ellen Erickson (Arts and Sciences), Secretary-Treasurer, UND Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.



October U2 Classes offered through the University Within the University (U2) are:

COMPUTER CENTER (All classes are held in 361 Upson II)

Windows 95-Intro, Oct. 1 and 2, 1 to 3 p.m. ($15 manual, optional).

WordPerfect 8.0-Intro, Oct. 6-7-8, 10 a.m. to noon.

Word 97-Intro, Oct. 6-7-8, 2 to 4 p.m.

Exploring the Web Using Netscape, Oct. 8, 8 to 9:30 a.m.

GroupWise 5.2-Intermediate, Oct. 9, 1 to 3 p.m.

Power Point 97-Intro, Oct. 12, 14, 16, 8 to 10 a.m. ($15 manual, optional)

Windows 95-Intro, Oct. 13, 15, 8 to 10 a.m. ($15 manual, optional).

Access 97-Advanced, Oct. 13, 14, 15, 10 a.m. to noon ($15 manual, optional).

Excel 97-Intermediate, Oct. 19, 21, 23, 9 to 11 a.m. ($15 manual, optional).

Creating a Web Page Using HTML, Oct. 20, 1 to 3 p.m.

GroupWise 5.2-Intro, Oct. 29, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.


Sexual Harassment, Oct. 19 (Administrators), Oct. 20 (Faculty and Staff), 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.


Legal Issues for Supervisors, Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 235 Rural Technology Center.

Supervisory Series (all classes at 235 Rural Technology Center from 8 a.m. to noon; three more sessions continued in November)

You as a Manager-Oct. 13, Interview and Hiring at UND, Oct. 20; Daily Issues of Supervision, Oct. 27.


Travel Policies and Procedures and Food Purchase Approvals, Oct. 1, 9 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

Payment to Non-Resident Aliens, Oct. 6, 9 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

Controller's Office and Purchasing Training Session, Oct. 28, 8 to noon, Memorial Union Memorial Room.

-- Contact me at 777-2128 to register for any of these courses. -- Staci Prax, University Within the University.



UND will join hundreds of colleges and universities across the country in the eighth National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, Oct. 8. The university Counseling Center will conduct a free educational program and depression screening between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. in 200 McCannel Hall. Students who participate in this program will have an opportunity to learn about the symptoms and effective treatments of depression. They will also be given a free self-administered depression questionnaire and confidential interpretation. For those students who may be in need of further evaluation and treatment, the Counseling Center will provide therapeutic assistance. Please help bring this important program to the attention of UND students.

-- Dick Grosz, Director, Counseling Center.




"U Fest on the Green" turned into "U Fest on the Red" when rain forced the musical acts Bobby Llama and The Blenders inside to the Chester Fritz Auditorium and forced the rest of the festival to shut down. Still, those who attended the outdoors activities and the concerts indoors seemed to have a good time, including the following winners of the U Fest door prizes:

* Maureen Drees, Grand Forks, winner of airplane ride, sponsored by the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (Marlene and her husband are both UND alumni and had one of the Craft Booths at U Fest. She said that her husband had told her that he'd help set up her booth, but then she was on her own because there were too many things he wanted to do at U Fest. They were both very impressed with U Fest, despite the weather, and are eagerly waiting for next year's)

* Greg Gagnon, Grand Forks, winner of season pass to Ray Richards Golf Course

* Shirley Moen, Grand Forks, winner of pair of season tickets for hockey, sponsored by the UND President's Office (She squealed when she found out she won the tickets. She thought U Fest was GREAT.)

* Sue Bartley, Larimore, winner of pair of season tickets for football, sponsored by UND Athletics

* Darlene Hettwer, Grand Forks, winner of $250 travel certificate from Travel & Transport

* Bill Reid, Grand Forks, winner of pair of theatre series tickets at Chester Fritz Auditorium

* Sean Larson, Minto, winner of the bike sponsored by Home of Economy

* Jennifer Schulte, Grand Forks, winner of the other $250 air travel certificate from Travel and Transport

* Curt Stofferahn, Grand Forks, winner of the country series tickets at the Chester Fritz Auditorium

* Craig Geier, Grand Forks, winner of the helicopter ride from the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

-- Peter Johnson, U Fest Committee Member.



The Burtness Studio Theatre will present "Glengarry Glen Ross" by David Mamet, Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 and will be available only at the door of the Studio Theatre.

Sharyl Elshaug-Dorsher, Master of Arts candidate, directs the all-female cast. This scalding comedy is about small-time, cutthroat real estate saleswomen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never ending scramble for their fair share of the American dream. Here is Mamet at his very best, with brutal power about the tough life of tough characters who cajole, connive, wheedle, and wheel and deal for a piece of the action -- where closing a sale can mean a brand new Cadillac but losing one can mean losing it all. The show contains profanity and should be considered an adult only performance.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



The Wednesday, Sept. 30, Feast and Focus program at noon in the Women's Center, 305 Hamline St., will be "Close To Home." This program will focus on stripping, prostitution, and pornography in rural areas. We will examine how these activities impact rural communities and what you, your community, school, business, or organization can do about the commercial sex industry.

The noon Thursday, Oct. 1, For Women Only program will discuss women's sexuality issues. Please join us.

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



The University Program Council will present comedian Jaz Kaner Friday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union South Ballroom. Jaz Kaner has appeared on ABC, Fox, Showtime and MTV, and the feature film, "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane." Don't miss Jaz Kaner, whose comedy has been described as upbeat, playful and audience interactive. The Los Angeles Times describes Kaner as a "likeable, quick-on-his-feet, crowd pleasing entertainer." Kaner can be enjoyed free of charge to all UND students and community members. For more information about Jaz Kaner or other upcoming UPC events, call 777-4FUN (4383).

-- Tara Wilkens, UPC Public Relations.



The Greater Grand Forks Symphony will present the first program of its 90th Anniversary Season on Saturday, Oct. 3, starting at 7 p.m. The Heritage Festival, an evening of fine food and music from Norway, will be held downtown at the Civic Auditorium. The musical program includes selections from Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt and Sigurd Josalfar suites, as well as pieces by Grieg contemporaries Johan Svendsen, Eyvind Alnaes and Johan Halvorsen. The featured artist for the evening is tenor Dan Dressen, who has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Chorale, and who chairs the Department of Music at St. Olaf College. The evening also includes a three course Norwegian buffet, a hardanger fiddler, and an exhibit of rosemaling by local artists. Tickets are $25 per person. For reservations, call the Symphony office at 777-3359.

-- Jennifer Tarlin Ettling, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.



Plan to rock the night away at the UND Homecoming 98 Party Saturday, Oct. 10. You won't want to miss this opportunity to celebrate with others who share the UND spirit.

The party is open to everyone, including the Grand Forks community, alumni and friends. It is the "grand finale" of the Homecoming festivities. This year's party will feature two dance bands, beginning with Dick King and the Classic Swing Band from 8 to 9:15 p.m., playing its most toe-tappin', memory-makin' tunes. At 9:30 p.m., "Large Olive," a local Grand Forks band, will perform their repertoire of classic hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

The UND Homecoming 98 Party is from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 or by calling the UND Alumni Association at 1-800-543-8764 or 777-2611. No reservations are needed. The UND Homecoming 98 Party is hosted by a local Grand Forks All-Alumni Committee made up of George and Ellen McKinnon, Dick and Dolores King, John and Dawn Botsford, Walt and Norma Swingen, Jack and Yvonne Widdel, Don and Jolly Lindgren, Ken and Loretta Svedjan, Dr. Jim and Jolene Brosseau, and F. John and Sharon Marshall.

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



Wednesday, Sept. 30, is Denim Day. Pay your dollar to your area coordinator, wear your button proudly, and enjoy going casual. Can't find your button? Your area coordinator (the person whose name is on the Denim Day poster) can give you a replacement. All proceeds go to charity.

-- Patsy Nies (Enrollment Services and University Relations) for the Denim Day Committee.


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