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University Letter

September 8, 2000

Volume 38 No. 2

UNIVERSITY LETTER
University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 38, Number 2, September 8, 2000

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CONTENTS

EVENTS TO NOTE

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GRANTS AND RESEARCH

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PANEL WILL DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE REPORT

Senator David Nething of Jamestown, chair of the Interim Committee on Higher Education, will be a member of a panel to discuss the group's Roundtable Report, "A North Dakota University for the 21st Century," at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Other Roundtable members on the panel will be State Board of Higher Education President Bill Isaacson, North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Isaak, Dickinson businessman Dennis Johnson, and myself. The full report is available online at the State board of Higher Education's web site, http://www.ndus.nodak.edu/ .

-- Charles Kupchella, President.

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STATE OF THE FACULTY CONFERENCE WILL BE IN MINOT SEPT. 15, 16

The State of the Faculty Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16, at the Student Union, Minot State University.

This year's State of the Faculty Conference, "Understanding Intellectual Property in an Environment of Increasing Technology," features David Noble as the keynote speaker. His address is Friday night at 8 p.m. Other important parts of the program include discipline group meetings Friday from 1 to 2:45 p.m., and a general session in intellectual property from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.

On Saturday concurrent sessions will cover (1) distance education and intellectual property; (2) Higher Education Roundtable Interim Report; 3) academic quality and student recruitment; (4) demographics and the future enrollment challenge; (5) common course numbering; and (6) workforce training and development. Faculty are welcome to attend any of the above concurrent sessions. They are the main agenda Saturday morning. The conference ends with the 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. meeting on Saturday, summarizing the work of the concurrent sessions.

David F. Noble is a professor of history at York University in Toronto and has served as the Hixon/Riggs Visiting Professor at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif. He has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Drexel University, and was a curator of modern technology at the Smithsonian Institution. He is author of several books, including: "Progress Without People," "America by Design," and "Science, Technology and the Rise of Corporate Capitalism." For over 20 years David Noble has worked to preserve the university institution from misuse by corporations. A registration form can be acquired from Scot Stradley, Box 8369 or stradley@prairie.nodak.edu.

-- Scot Stradley, Economics.

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STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE

The University is in the midst of a strategic planning process. An emerging strategic plan for UND is online at www.und.edu/stratplan. Click on "Working Draft of the Strategic Plan." This working document will be updated as the plan is fleshed out and edited by the University Planning and Budget Committee. The purpose of posting the plan is to allow those with access to the web site to monitor the development of the plan and to provide input in the form of suggestions, criticism, additions, etc.

-- Charles Kupchella, President.

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EVENTS TO NOTE

INTERNATIONAL CENTRE WILL CELEBRATE TURKISH CULTURE

Turkish Night, a celebration of Turkish culture and cuisine, will kick off the Thursday Night Cultural Night programs for the semester at the UND International Centre on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.

Sara Hanhan, Associate Provost and Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning, and her husband Ugur Hanhan will coordinate Turkish Night. Dr. Hanhan lived and worked in Turkey for over 11 years while with the Peace Corps and later after marrying Ugur, a native of Turkey.

Other nights for the semester include: Middle East, Sept. 21; Colombia, Sept. 28; India, Oct. 12; Japan, Oct. 19; Azerbaijan, Oct. 26; Nepal, Nov. 2; Australia, Nov. 16; Finland, Nov. 30; and Italy, Dec. 7. Everyone is welcome and the programs are free of charge. Cultural Nights are coordinated by the International Organization, a group of international and U.S. students at UND, and are sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the UND Foundation.

-- Barry Stinson, Director, Office of International Programs.

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EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES SET AT MUSEUM OF ART

The North Dakota Museum of Art begins the school year schedule of educational activities Sunday, Sept. 10, with a special edition of Family Days focusing on grandparents. In conjunction with the current exhibition, "The Beaded Universe, Strands of Culture," the North Dakota Museum of Art offers the following events for people of al ages. For more information, visit our web site at www.ndmoa.com or call the Museum at 777-4195.

* Family Day; Grandparent's Day Edition, Sunday, Sept. 10, noon to 3 p.m. Pack your grandparents a picnic, bring a blanket, and enjoy lunch with your family in the Museum Garden. Afterward, explore "The Beaded Universe" exhibition with hands-on activities and games. This event is free and open to the public.

* Looking at Art for Teachers, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. For teachers with an interest in art, we offer tours of current exhibitions. Museum staff will use visual thinking strategies to help empower teachers with new tools to view art and discuss how to use artworks to support classroom studies. Bring a journal and a pencil. Led by Morgan Owens, Education Coordinator.

Note: The North Dakota Museum of Art offers pre-exhibition tours of the exhibitions for teachers to coordinate lesson plans, tour schedules and teaching strategies using artworks and objects in the Museum. Call 777-4195 for more information.

* Looking at Art with Artists, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Join artist Dianne Paulsen of Grand Forks for a group discussion about beaded works in the exhibition, "The Beaded Universe." Bring a journal and a pencil. Free and open to the public.

* Beading for Teens, Saturday, Sept. 23, 1 to 3 p.m. For teens ages 12 through 16, we offer a beading workshop with artist Dianne Paulsen of Grand Forks. Inspired by the many beaded artworks in the Museum galleries, teens will learn about beading and create their own beaded artworks with Paulsen. Tuition for Museum members is $7, $10 for non-members.

* Children's Saturday Art Workshop, Saturday, Sept. 30, 1 to 3 p.m. Chris Allen-Wickler is an artist living in Minneapolis whose beaded rocks are on display in the Museum as a part of "The Beaded Universe." She will conduct a workshop for children ages 6- 12. Tuition for Museum members is $7 per child per Saturday, and $10 per child per Saturday for non-members.

* Lecture: Opening Session of the Cultural Enrichment Group, Saturday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m. This is the opening session for the Museum's cultural Enrichment Group, designed for adults interested in learning about contemporary art in an informal setting. There are five sessions a season, plus two trips. Chris Allen-Wickler will speak about her own artwork on Sept. 30. Call the Museum for registration information.

* Family Day, Sunday, Oct. 1, 1 to 4 p.m. Family Day is the first Sunday of each month at the North Dakota Museum of Art. This day is designed for families to enjoy an afternoon of looking at art together at their own pace. Activities include Design Your Universe, Seek and Find Games, Design Your Famous Wardrobe, Hatmaking, and Building Geographical Charm Bracelets. Led by Morgan Owens, Education Coordinator.

* Looking at Art for Members and Volunteers, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. For members and volunteers of the Museum, the Museum offers tours of current exhibitions. Museum staff will use visual thinking strategies to empower members and volunteers with new tools to view art. Bring a journal and a pencil. Led by Morgan Owens, Education Coordinator.

* Educator's Evening (K-12), Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7 to 9 p.m. Teachers are invited as guests of the Museum to learn about current and upcoming exhibitions and events that might be useful in the classroom. Join your colleagues for an informal evening with the Museum staff.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the campus of the University of North Dakota. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public.

-- North Dakota Museum of Art.

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GRADUATE COMMITTEE WILL MEET MONDAY

The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Sept. 11, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

* Consideration of a request by the Geography department to change its residency requirement.

* Continued discussion on a request by the College of Education and Human Development to offer a cohort doctoral program in Teaching and Learning: Higher Education at Bismarck.

* Strategic Planning

* Matters arising.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.

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UNIVERSITY PROGRAM COUNCIL LISTS TWO EVENTS

The University Program Council and the Multicultural Awareness Committee will present Jabali Afrika, a Kenyan music and dance team, Monday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

The University Program Council will also present comedian Tommy Blaze on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Tommy Blaze will leave the audience rolling on the floor with his quick wit and funny sense of humor. There is no charge for either show.

-- Maria Albertson, University Program Council Public Relations.

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STAFF SENATE LISTS AGENDA FOR SEPT. 13 MEETINGM

The University Staff Senate will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

AGENDA

1. Call to Order

2. Program Speaker - Bob Boyd

3. Approval of Aug. 9 minutes as published

4. Treasurer's Report

5. SS Committee Reports: Bylaws/Election, Legislative, Program, Public Relations, Fund-raising/Scholarship, Staff Development, Executive Board, Staff Recognition Week

6. Other Committee Reports: COSE - David Senne; Campus Climate - Judy Streifel Reller

7. Old Business: Staff Senate Name, Clarify Mission and Purpose, Concession Stand

8. New Business - None

9. Open Discussion

10. Announcements: Read Letter from President Kupchella, New Member

11. Adjournment

-- Roberta Klamm (Continuing Education ), Staff Senate.

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DICKINSON STATE ARTIST WILL GIVE TALK

Sharon Linnehan, a faculty member at Dickinson State University, will give a slide talk on her monoprints at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Eugene Myers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. Her monoprints currently are on exhibit at the Gallery.

-- Brian Paulsen, Art Department.

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BENEFITS FAIR SET FOR SEPT. 20

The University will host the Annual Benefits Fair Wednesday, Sept. 20. The Benefits Fair will give employees the opportunity to talk individually with representatives about health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, retirement, tax sheltered annuities, FlexComp and other UND benefit programs. Employees are invited to stop in the south entrance of the Memorial Union Ballroom anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Spouses and friends are welcome.

-- Pat Hanson, Director, Payroll Office.

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WELLNESS EXPO WILL OFFER HEALTH SCREENINGS, MORE

Come and cash in on a Healthier U at the UND Wellness Expo, Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. "Healthy People/Healthy Choices" is the theme of this year's Wellness Expo.

Take advantage of a creative array of interactive exhibits offering health screenings, wellness assessments, games, healthy food samples, door prizes, demonstrations and giveaways. Health screenings include: blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol ($5 fee), and blood typing or hemoglobin checks. Amazing Grains, Paul's Pintos, Sunrider, and Cass-Clay will provide healthy snacks. IMPACT U will demonstrate self-defense techniques throughout the day. Over 40 UND and community organizations will provide tips to help you stay healthy, balanced, and in control.

The Expo is free and open to students, faculty, staff, spouses, and community members. Sponsors include: UND Student Health Services, Healthy UND 2000 and Beyond, and numerous community partners. Please contact me for more details.

-- Jane Croeker, Health Promotion Advisor, 777-2097 or jane_croeker@und.nodak.edu.

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MEDICAL DEAN WILL PRESENT FIRST IN FACULTY LECTURE SERIES

"The Education of a Physician...Promises to Keep" will be the first talk in the 2000-01 Faculty Lecture Series. H. David Wilson, Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will deliver the talk Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the UND Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. A reception starts at 4 p.m., and the lecture starts at 4:30 p.m. A question and answer period will follow the lecture.

Wilson is a pediatrician with special training in infectious diseases. A native of southern Illinois, he is a graduate of Wabash College in Indiana and received his M.D. from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He received his specialty training for infectious diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. His academic career began at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine where he practiced for 22 years. In that time, he became full professor of pediatrics, vice chair of pediatrics, director of admissions and associate dean for academic affairs.

Wilson has received many awards including the American Medical Student Association "Golden Apple Teaching Award" three times, and the Warren E. Wheeler Teaching Award from the pediatric house officers. He was also given the "Great Teacher Award" from the University of Kentucky, and the Educational Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the field of medical education from the Kentucky Medical Association.

Wilson has written several articles and book chapters; his interests are in professionalism, end of life care, and the use of technology to enhance all aspects of medical education from undergraduate to continuing education.

Here is a look at the upcoming faculty lectures for this series:

Each event will start with a 4 p.m. reception and will be followed by a 4:30 p.m. lecture. A question and answer period will follow each presentation. All upcoming lectures will be held at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

Tuesday, Oct. 24, "Why We Should Be Concerned About Climate Change" Will Gosnold, Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering.

Tuesday, Nov. 28, "Civic Music and Its Institutions in Bergamo, Italy (1300-1600)," Gary Towne, Associate Professor and Chair of Music.

Tuesday, Jan. 23, "Scenarios of Cultural Globalization: An Interdisciplinary Exploration," Marwan Kraidy, Assistant Professor of Communication and Director of Graduate Studies.

Tuesday, Feb. 20, "University Days, and What I Do On My Winter Summer Stays in Uruguay," Elizabeth Hampsten, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of English.

Tuesday, April 10, "Research on the Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa," James Mitchell, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosciences.

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FACULTY, STAFF INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN SEMINAR DISCUSSIONS

The faculty of the Integrated Studies Program invite all interested campus faculty and staff to participate in seminar discussions this fall semester on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in 134 O'Kelly Hall. The tentative reading schedule for the discussions is:

Sept. 14, "Cantor's Dilemma," by Carl Djerassi; Sept. 28, "Ishmael," by Daniel Quinn; Oct. 5, "Walden," by H.D. Thoreau; Oct. 11, "Silent Spring," by Rachel Carson and "Enemy of the People," by Henrik Ibsen; Oct. 26, "A Civil Action," by Jonathan Harr; Nov. 2, "Refuge," by Terry Tempest Williams; Nov. 9, "Metamorphosis," by Franz Kafka; Nov. 30, "The Bluest Eye," by Toni Morrison; Dec. 7, "Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior," by Jonathan Weiner.

If you are interested in participating, or would like more information, please contact Carl Barrentine at 777-3058, barrenti@badlands.nodak.edu, or Tami Carmichael, 777-3015, tami_carmichael@und.nodak.edu.

-- Honors Program.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

APPLICATIONS DUE FOR 2001-2002 DEVELOPMENTAL LEAVES

Eligible faculty and staff who wish to apply for developmental leave projects during academic year 2001-2002 may submit proposals to the faculty member's chair and dean or the staff member's administrative supervisor according to the announced schedule. After review, recommendations and prioritizing at the college and/or administrative supervisory level, all proposals will be forwarded to the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs on or before Nov. 20, for review by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Following presidential approval, applicants will be given notice of an approved or disapproved developmental leave. Confirmed and final approval of the proposals will depend upon the university's 2001-2002 salary budget being approved by the State Board of Higher Education.

As in the past, developmental leaves which are approved must be funded within existing departmental and college resources. Thus, it is likely that some very sound proposals may not be approved for budgetary reasons. Faculty and staff who expect to submit requests for developmental leaves should discuss their plans with their chairpersons, deans, and/or supervisors prior to formally submitting their proposals.

Developmental leave applications and copies of the State Board of Higher Education Policy 701.2 governing developmental leaves are available in the Office of Academic Affairs, 302 Twamley Hall.

-- John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

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NEW NURSING FACULTY WELCOMED

Two new nursing faculty who were not included in the Sept. 1 edition of the University Letter which welcomed new faculty are: Rick Brown, Director of the Graduate Nurse Anesthesia program and Darla Adams, Assistant Director of Graduate Nurse Anesthesia program.

-- Helen Melland, Nursing.

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INTEGRATED STUDIES WELCOMES TAMI CARMICHAEL

Tami Carmichael has been named Coordinator of the Integrated Studies Program, an interdisciplinary general education program for first-year students. Dr. Carmichael comes to the Integrated Studies Program from the Honors Program on campus, where she was Associate Coordinator. She is also an Assistant Professor in the English Department. She and her husband, Jeff Carmichael (Biology) have taught at the University for five years.

This fall Carmichael will coordinate a 13-credit Integrated Studies Program which will involve three other faculty members: Carl Barrentine, Dan Sheridan, and Kathleen Brokke. The program will include four courses, one from each of the general education categories.

All faculty and staff are invited to visit Carmichael at her new office in 134C O'Kelly Hall. Her new phone number is 777-3015, the office campus mailing address is box 7117, and her e-mail address is tami_carmichael @und.nodak.edu.

-- Humanities and

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SUMMER SESSIONS MAILBOX CHANGED

The Summer Sessions mailbox number has changed to 8375. The telephone number will remain the same at 777-4937. Please update your records accordingly.

-- Stacie Varnson, Director of Summer Sessions.

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COMMUNITY MUSIC PROGRAM OFFERED

Following are some offerings through the Community Music Program. Programs for elementary/middle school students include voice classes (grades 3-7), private voice lessons, piano class (ages 5-7), private piano lessons, and Level III Musiktanz. Pre-school children and their parents may sign up for Levels I or II of Musiktanz, a program involving singing, moving, playing instruments, creating, and listening to music.

The Community Music Program also includes various lessons and classes for secondary students and adults. These offerings include an adult class titled "Perspectives on Messiah" as well as private lessons in voice, piano, harpsichord, and organ. Christopher Anderson, (Harpsichord and Organ), has degrees in Organ Performance and Performance Practice from Southern Methodist and Duke Universities respectively. Sergio Gallo, one of several piano teachers in the Community Music Program, earned a D.M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has an active international performance career. Paul Mortenson (Voice) has an M.M. in Vocal Performance from UND as well as additional study with Oren Brown at Julliard and Elizabeth Mannion at University of California Santa Barbara. He is a veteran of numerous stage and choral productions and has had experience teaching students of all ages, abilities, and interests. A new piano instructor this year, Lisa Anderson, has extensive experience in teaching in prep programs and has a master's degree in piano performance.

All classes meet in the Hughes Fine Arts Building for 12 sessions. Most classes are either on Thursday nights or Saturday mornings. Private lessons are arranged with the individual teacher. For more information or to request a brochure please call the Community Music Office at 777-2830 or the Music Office at 777-2644. The fall semester of classes begins Sept. 16, and early registration is advised.

-- Barbara Lewis, Associate Professor of Music.

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MEMORIAL UNION LISTS FALL HOURS

Regular operating hours for the Memorial Union from Sept. 5 to Dec. 21 are: Lifetime Sports: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 11 p.m.

Info/Service Center: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.

Copy Stop: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Subway: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Juice Works: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

TCBY: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Little Caesars: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

GrabaBite: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Administrative Office: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Craft Center/Sign and Design: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Dining Center: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Barber Shop: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

University Learning Center: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Credit Union: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Traffic Division: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Passport IDs: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Computer Labs: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 12:45 a.m.

Building Hours: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. (first, second and third floors open until 11 p.m.); Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (first, second and third floors open until 11 p.m.).

Late hours for the Lower Level start Sept. 10. Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator, Memorial Union.

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ERA BELL CENTER LISTS FALL HOURS

The Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center fall semester hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, closed.

-- Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center.

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MOTOR POOL RATES HAVE CHANGED

As of Sept. 1, the North Dakota State Fleet has adjusted their motor pool rates as follows. The increase is because of higher fuel costs. If there are any questions, please call me at 777-4123.

Vehicle Type -- Rate Per Mile
Compact Sedan -- 0.265
Compact Stationwagon -- 0.265
Minivan -- 0.385
Van, 8 passenger -- 0.530
Van, 12 passenger -- 0.530
Van, 15 passenger -- 0.530
Compact 4x4/Jeep -- 0.360
Suburban, 6 passenger -- 0.510
Chevy S-10 Pickup -- 0.390
Cargo Van-Full Size -- 0.540
Mini Cargo Van -- 0.390

Motorcoach Rates

Per Mile -- Minimum Daily

47 Passenger -- $1.75 -- $386.00
Deadhead mileage -- $1.35

39 Passenger -- $1.65 -- $366.00
Deadhead mileage -- $1.35

Overnight:

Actual lodging cost with a minimum of $50 per night.

-- Mary Metcalf, Office Manager, State Fleet Motor Vehicle. *******

GRANTS AND RESEARCH

RESEARCH, GRANT OPPORTUNITIES LISTED

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

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

Proposals are requested for the Environmental Education Grants Program for projects which design, demonstrate, or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, including assessing environmental and ecological conditions or specific environmental issues or problems. The purpose of the program is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and to provide the skills to make informed decisions and take responsible actions. Appropriate projects will not advocate a particular viewpoint or course of action, but rather teach individuals how to weigh various sides of an issue through critical thinking and to enhance their own problem-solving skills. Proposals requesting over $25,000 in Federal environmental education grant funds must be mailed to EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC; proposals requesting $25,000 or less must be mailed to the EPA Regional Office where the project will take place (ND is in Region 8). Deadline: 11/15/00. Contact: Diane Berger/Sheri Jojokian, 202/260-8619 (EPA Headquarters); Cece Forget, 303/312-6605 (Region 8); http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/grants.html.

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VIRGINIA CENTER FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS (VCCA)

The VCCA is a working retreat for writers, visual artists, and composers. It is located at Mt. San Angelo, a 450 acre estate in Amherst County, Virginia, approximately 160 miles southwest of Washington, DC. The VCCA provides residential fellowships of 2 weeks to 2 months in a rural setting where artists may work, free from distractions and responsibilities of day-to-day life. Applications are accepted and reviewed throughout the year, but scheduling is conducted at only three designated times during the year. For residencies from October-January, the deadline date is May 15; for residencies from February-May, the deadline date is September 15; and for residencies from June-September, the deadline is January 15. Applicants may indicate a first and second choice for specific dates of residence within the same four-month scheduling period, but cannot apply for more than one scheduling period at a time. Contact: 804/946-7236, vcca@vcca.com, http://www.vcca.com/.

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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

The Ames Research Center accepts unsolicited proposals for research of a fundamental nature which has potential for advancing the state of the art in a particular area, contributes to knowledge of a specific phenomenon, or provides fundamental advances in engineering or the sciences. The following are examples of areas of interest: Advanced Instrumentation, Advanced Life Support, Aeronautics, Aerothermal Materials and Structures, Atmospheric Physics, Earth Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics, Ecosystem Science; Ecosystem Science and Technology, High Speed Computer Architectures, Human Factors, Hypersonics, Infrared Astronomy and Astrophysics, Infrared Astronomy Projects and Technology Development, Neuroscience, Rotorcraft Technology, Scientific Visualization and Interactive Computer Graphics, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Solar System Exploration, Space Biology, Space Physiology, Space Projects, Spacecraft Data Systems, and Telecommunications. There are no deadline dates, but funding availability is greater during the start of the Government's fiscal year cycle beginning October 1 of each year. Contact: For organization and technical personnel, see http://www.arc.nasa.gov/about_ames/organization.html; for guidance on an unsolicited proposal, see http://ec.msfc.nasa.gov/hq/library/unSol-Prop.html.

The Goddard Space Flight Center accepts unsolicited proposals for fundamental research in the follow-ing areas of the interest: Advanced Data Systems and Avionics; Astronomy and Solar Physics; Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics; Biogeochemical Cycles; Biospheric Studies; Climate Change; Cryogenics; Detector Technology (Gamma-ray, x-ray, UV, Visible, Infrared, Microwave, Radion); Environmental Sensors; Experimental Instrumentation; Flight Dynamics; High Energy Astrophysics; Hydro-spheric Process; Interdisciplinary Research; Laser Instrumentation; Microwave Sensors; Ocean Bioproductivity; Optics; Planetary and Extraterrestrial Physics; Precision Attitude Control; SeaWiFS Project; Sensor and Instrument Calibration; Solid Earth Geophysics; Space Geodesy; Terrestrial Physics; Thermal Systems; and Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM). There are no deadline dates, but applicants should submit proposals early in the fiscal year, starting October 1. Contact: For organization and technical personnel, see http://pao.gsfc.nasa.gov/gsfc/org/org.htm; for guidelines for unsolicited proposals, see http://ec.msfc.nasa.gov/hq/library/unSol-Prop.html.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)

NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowships in Science and Engineering (00-145) are provided to postdoctoral scholars to conduct research in mathematics; engineering; geosciences; biological, behavioral, economic, social, computer and information sciences; and the history and philosophy of science at institutions in NATO Partner Countries. The current stipend is $2,750/month plus allowances. Eligible applicants must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S. by November 15, 1998; have been awarded a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) on or after October 1, 1995 but normally no later than October 1, 2000; and have not previously held this fellowship. Contact: Sonia Ortega, 703/292-8697; nsf-nato@nsf.gov, http://www.nsf.gov/cgi- bin/getpub?nsf00145. Deadline: 11/28/00.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)

The National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Senior Fellows (F33) Program provides support to experienced scientists who wish to make major changes in the direction of their research careers or to broaden their scientific background by acquiring new research capabilities. These awards will enable individuals with at least 7 years of research experience beyond the doctorate, who have progressed to the stage of independent investigator, to take time from regular professional responsibilities for the purpose of receiving training to increase their scientific capabilities. In most cases, this award is used to support sabbatical experiences for established independent scientists in biomedical or behavioral science. Most NIH institutes support this mechanism. Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their plans with a contact from one of the Institutes or Centers listed in the program announcement at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-131.html. Support may be requested for a period of up to 2 years. Annual deadlines: 4/5, 8/5, 12/5.

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SCHOOL OF AMERICAN RESEARCH

In-residence Weatherhead Fellowships are provided for scholars who need time to think and write about topics important to the understanding of humankind. Topics may be either humanistic or scientific. Resident scholars may approach their research from the perspective of anthropology or from anthropologically informed perspectives in fields such as history, sociology, art, and philosophy. Humanistically and scientifically oriented scholars are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to applicants whose field work or basic research and analysis are complete and who need time to write up their results. Broad, synthetic, interdisciplinary work is also preferred. Two positions are available annually for either pre-doctoral or postdoctoral scholars. Deadline: 11/15/00. Contact: Resident Scholar Coordinator, 505/954-7201; scholar@sarsf.org, http://www.sarweb.org.

The Katrin H. Lamon Fellowship supports a either pre- or postdoctoral Native American scholar whose work falls within the humanities and who needs time to think and write about topics important to the understanding of humankind. Preference will be given to applicants whose field work or basic research and analysis are complete and who need time to write up their results. Broad, interdisciplinary, synthetic work is also preferred. Predoctoral applicants must be nominated by their department, and only one nominee will be considered from each. The fellowship provides a stipend of $30,000 for a 9-month tenure. Deadline: 11/15/00. Contact: See Above.

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INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY

The Institute supports fellowships to study and pursue research at the School of Social Science in Prince-ton, New Jersey. Fellows pursue their own research, but the Institute organizes a weekly seminar at which members and invited guests present their on-going work. The fellowships are concerned with a multidisciplinary, comparative, and international approach to social research to examine historical and contemporary problems. Fields may include history, philosophy, literary criticism, anthropology, politics, economics, and other traditional disciplines of social science. Scholars whose work is relevant to any aspect of the human sciences are urged to apply. Contact: Deborah Koehler, 609/734-8250; ssaps@ias.edu; http://www2.admin.ias.edu/ss/home/applications.html. Deadline: 11/15/00.

School of Historical Studies Fellowships support one or two terms of study and research in the history of the western world at the Institute for Advanced Study's School of Historical Studies. Senior and younger scholars from research institutes and universities throughout the world are eligible. The School of Historical Studies is concerned principally with the history of western and near eastern civilization, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe, Islamic culture, the history of modern international relations and the history of art. Approximately 40 fellowships are provided each year. Deadline: 11/15/00. Contact: Marian Zelazny, 609/734-8300; mzelazny@ias.edu; http://www.admin.ias.edu/hs/hs.htm.

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AMERICAN RESEARCH CENTER IN EGYPT, INC.

The Center provides support for fellowships to promote a fresh and more profound knowledge of Egypt and the Near East through scholarly research and to aid in the training of American specialists in the Middle Eastern studies in academic disciplines that require familiarity with Egypt. The fellowships range for a period of 3-12 months. They are available to support scholars and dissertation students conducting research in Egypt in all periods and phases of Egyptian civilization, including topics in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences. Deadline: 10/1/00. Contact: 404/712-9854, arce@emory.edu, http://www.arce.org/research.html.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION RESEARCH (NIDRR)

Fellowships are available to build research capacity by providing support to highly qualified individuals, including those who are individuals with disabilities, to perform research on the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. Fellows may address problems encountered by persons with disabilities in their daily lives that are due to the presence of a disabling condition, problems associated with the provision of rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities, and problems connected with the conduct of disability research. Eligible applicants are highly qualified individuals with the ability to work creatively in scientific research. To be eligible for a Distinguished Fellowship, an individual must have 7 or more years of research experience in subject areas, methods, or techniques relevant to rehabilitation research and must have a doctorate, other terminal degree, or comparable academic qualifications. To be eligible for a Merit Fellowship, an individual must have either advanced professional training or experience in independent study in an area which is directly pertinent to disability and rehabilitation. Deadline: 10/10/00. Contact: Kym Butler, 202/205-9250, Kym_Butler@ed.gov; Donna Nangle, 202-205-8207, Donna_Nangle@ed.gov (both at the U.S. Department of Education).

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AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY (APS)

The Sabbatical Fellowship is open to mid-career faculty of humanities or social sciences who have been granted a sabbatical/research leave, but for whom financial support from the parent institution is available for only part of the year. Candidates must not have had a financially supported leave during the 3 years prior to date of application. There is no restriction on where the fellow resides, but an indication of the appropriateness of the available library resources should be given. It is expected that the candidate's doctoral degree was conferred no fewer than 5 and no more than 25 years prior to the date of application. The Fellowship carries a stipend of $40,000. Tenure of the fellowship is for the academic year 2001-2002. Deadline: 11/1/00. Contact: http://www.amphilsoc.org/grants/; contact 215/440-3429 or eroach@amphilsoc.org for questions concerning eligibility of a project or use of funds.

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- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Associate Director, Office of Research and Program Development.

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