|From President Kupchella: Thanks for the opportunity to serve with all of you|
In my last several months as President of the University of North Dakota I have taken a bit of time to reflect on how much the opportunity of serving as President has meant to me – and to Adele – over these nine years. Our experience as President and as First Lady has been wonderful, and we thank all who have helped make it so. We have enjoyed working with one of the finest groups of human beings ever to come together for a common purpose anywhere anytime.
It has been wonderful for us to have had some small role – even if primarily as cheerleaders in some cases – in great accomplishments by many great people over the last nine years. We watched our facilities staff manage the unprecedented development of our physical plant. If we include the Ralph Engelstad Arena, the Alerus Center built by the City of Grand Forks, nearly a half-billion dollars has been added to the asset base of UND. We take great pride in having seen our faculty and staff take our annual research and sponsored program base up over the $100 million mark. We have enjoyed the privilege of working with world-class Alumni Association and Foundation staff, Board members, and our new National Campaign Steering Committee, and seeing new records in private giving. We have seen the great effect and benefit of the generosity of such general benefactors as Ralph Engelstad, Norm Skalicky, Ray Rude, James Ray, Larry Jodsaas, the Hopper Danleys, and others. We also take some pride in having seen our enrollment services staff lead the effort to bring several thousand additional students to what is, today, arguably the most highly academically qualified student body in UND’s history. We have enjoyed working with a superb group of students and student leaders on many projects, and we have taken great joy shaking hands with more than 20,000 graduates, and sharing the joy with countless family members. It has also been great to see our academic leaders establish additional nationally recognized signature programs such as the one in Entrepreneurship. In all, it has been a thrill to have been a part of a large team of people moved UND to even more secure status as one of the nation’s very best public doctoral research universities.
When I was inaugurated in October 1999, the inauguration banquet was held downstairs in the Civic Center, and while the Civic Center was a fine building and it served the City well, it’s hard to imagine that with so many world-class facilities in Greater Grand Forks today, that the Civic Center was one of the best we had at the time. It has been wonderful to see all the growth and development and the vibrant progress made in Greater Grand Forks during the past 9-10 years. What a great community! We are so glad to have been a small part of what has happened in the Grand Cities.
Beyond Grand Forks, it has also been very gratifying to have participated in the implementation of the Higher Education Roundtable and the resulting alignment of North Dakota’s public colleges and universities with State government and the private sector. UND has had, along with the State’s other colleges and universities, an unprecedented opportunity to be a part of the shaping of a brighter future for all North Dakotans in so many important ways. It has been our honor to have worked with a great group of university presidents, State Board members, and system office staff.
To the State Board of Higher Education, to the faculty, to the staff, to the students, to UND alumni everywhere, to the people of North Dakota, the owners of the great university that is the University of North Dakota, we extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for the opportunity to serve with you.
As I hand the keys over, I believe the University is headed in a very positive direction and has a very bright future. I congratulate Bob Kelley (and Marcia Kelley) on Bob’s appointment as President of the University of North Dakota, and I am fully confident that he will – certainly with the help I know he will have – lead UND from where it is today to the next level.
We look forward to maintaining a close connection to North Dakota and to the University in the future. It’s been an enormous privilege for us to serve in the roles we’ve been given and for that, we will always be grateful.
Charles E. Kupchella
|Statement from UND President Charles Kupchella|
First, let me say that there have been a number of incidents of harassment and culturally insensitive, and even belligerent, hurtful and hostile, actions which have taken place at the University of North Dakota this semester. I want to reiterate what I have said before: these kinds of activities - which have included the drawings of swastikas and other bias-motivated statements - are NOT tolerated. When these occur, we follow the processes set out in the Code of Student Life and we act as swiftly and as decisively as possible.
UND Police have been investigating these incidents. In late April, information collected by UND Police was turned over to the State’s Attorney’s Office, and that office has subsequently brought charges against a UND student.
The UND Police also turned the file over to UND Residence Life Services, which has the authority to investigate violations of UND’s Code of Student Life that occur in UND housing. UND Housing has completed its investigation and has issued disciplinary sanctions. The Family Right to Privacy Act, a federal law, prohibits the University from releasing the names of any students who received disciplinary sanctions. The law also prohibits the University from releasing the specific nature of the disciplinary sanctions.
As recently as early Friday morning [May 2], we learned of another incident in a separate residence hall which involves the use of a swastika. UND Police have identified suspects and are forwarding the case to the State’s Attorney’s Office with an affidavit for probable cause. UND Police say none of the students involved in this latest incident are Jewish.
|Schafer to deliver UND commencement address|
The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Edward Schafer, will give the main address at the University of North Dakota's general spring commencement Saturday, May 10, at 1:30 p.m. in the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. About 1,650 students are eligible to cross the stage when President Charles Kupchella presides over his last commencements (general, law and medicine) at UND.
At the general ceremony, UND will award two honorary Doctor of Letters degrees -- one to Secretary Schafer and one posthumously to Jean Kiesau, a long-time Grand Forks business and community leader who was president of Home of Economy. UND will award its highest honor for faculty, the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorships, to Michael J. Gaffey, professor of space studies, Thomas Mohr, professor of physical therapy, and Kevin D. Young, professor microbiology and immunology. Also at the general commencement, John Q. Paulson, president of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, will award Kupchella the title of President Emeritus, in honor of Kupchella's nine very successful years as UND's chief executive officer.
In addition to the general commencement, the UND School of Law will holds its commencement ceremony Saturday, May 10, at 9 a.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. North Dakota U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson, a graduate of the UND School of Law, is the speaker.
The UND School of Medicine will hold its commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 11, at 1:30 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Dr. Rod J. Rohrich, professor and chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and UND alum [note: he did post-baccalaureate work at UND; he received his medical degree from Baylor University College of Medicine], is the Medical School commencement speaker.
Each year, UND graduates students through commencements in the spring, summer and winter. The total number of graduates has increased steadily each of the last seven years: 2,783 (2006-07), 2,600 (2005-06), 2,478 (2004-05), 2,327 (2003-04), 2,223 (2002-03), 2,162 (2001-02) and 2,144 (2000-01).
UND Honorary Degrees
Edward Schafer and Jean Kiesau will join the ranks of more than 200 recipients, including President John F. Kennedy, internationally known heart surgeon Michael DeBakey, and philosopher Mortimer Adler. UND presented its first honorary degree, a Doctor of Laws, in 1909 to Webster Merrifield, who served the University for 25 years, including 18 as its third president. Two more will receive honorary degrees in August: Steinar Opstad, the creator and developer of the American College of Norway, at the Aug. 1 summer commencement and Phil Jackson, legendary National Basketball Association coach and standout UND student-athlete and graduate, at a special Aug. 25 convocation in celebration of UND’s 125th anniversary.
Recently appointed the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Edward Schafer received his bachelor's degree in business administration from UND in 1969 and an MBA from Denver University in 1970. He served until recently as a member of the UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation boards of directors.
Schafer was sworn in as the 29th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on January 28, 2008. He served as North Dakota's governor from 1992 to 2000, and made diversifying and expanding North Dakota's economy, reducing the cost of government and advancing agriculture his top priorities in office. He worked to normalize trade relations with China and develop that nation as an export market for North Dakota farm products. He also led efforts to upgrade North Dakota's communications infrastructure and make high-speed voice and data networks available to farmers, ranchers and rural businesses.
To expand the state's job base, he encouraged the growth of value-added agricultural industries such as pasta and corn sweetener manufacturing. As governor, Schafer managed a state workforce of 12,000 people, oversaw a budget of $4.6 billion, and led the state's response to emergencies such as the severe flood that hit Grand Forks and the Red River Valley in 1997. As chair of the Western Governors Association, Schafer led regional efforts to demonstrate how technology could improve efficiency and lower the cost of delivering government services such as health benefits and food stamps. He also worked to make telemedicine more available and affordable in rural areas.
Schafer was elected chair of the Republican Governors Association in 2000. That same year he co-founded and co-chaired the Governors Biotechnology Partnership to increase public understanding and support for the benefits of agricultural biotechnology. He has had a lifelong interest in conservation and helped arrange the U.S. Forest Service's May 2007 purchase of the 5,200-acre Elkhorn ranch in North Dakota. The site was where Theodore Roosevelt had his home and operated a cattle ranch in the 1880s. It is near the preserved town of Medora.
Schafer's grandfather immigrated to North Dakota from Denmark and homesteaded land in Hettinger County that he turned into a wheat and livestock farm. Born and raised in Bismarck, Schafer spent summers on the farm while growing up. He helped his uncles with chores, tinkered with engines and learned firsthand about agriculture.
Before entering public life, Schafer was an executive with the Gold Seal Company in Bismarck, a successful marketer of nationally known consumer products such as "Mr. Bubble" bubble bath, "Glass Wax" glass cleaner and "Snowy Bleach." The company had been founded by his father, Harold Schafer.
Schafer joined Gold Seal after he earned his MBA and held a series of management positions with the company before becoming president in 1978. Under his leadership, Gold Seal's sales climbed to $50 million through acquisitions and new product introductions, and its net worth tripled. It was sold in 1986. Schafer then went on to launch several new businesses, including a commercial real estate development company, a fish farm, and a classic car dealership
After leaving office in 2000, he co-founded Extend America, a venture capital-backed company, to provide wireless voice and high-speed data services to commercial and residential customers in five rural Midwestern states. He also served as a director of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation that oversees the historic town's operations and became active in leading several other nonprofit and citizen advocacy groups in North Dakota.
Schafer and his wife, Nancy, have four children: Tom Schafer, Ellie Schafer and Eric Jones and Kari Hammer; and eight grandchildren.
The late president of the Home of Economy stores, Jean Kiesau was born in Arvilla, N.D. Soon after she married her husband Bob Kiesau, she began in the retail business. The two opened their first store in 1939 in Thief River Falls, Minn. Bob organized and was the first president of the Mid-States Distributing Company Inc. in 1953.
Kiesau became the president in 1970. Under her leadership, the five stores were (and remain) the largest independently owned retailers in the Midwest. The Grand Forks store was destroyed by a fire in 1987 and then rebuilt in the same location.
Kiesau was recognized for her contributions to the community with the Greater Grand Forks Woman of the Year from Beta Sigma Phi, and the Henry Havig Community Leadership Award from the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce. In 1994, both Bob and Jean were inducted into the North Dakota Entrepreneur Hall of Fame for their founding of the Home of Economy stores. Both supported UND with their contribution of the M.W. "Bob" and Jean Kiesau Endowment, which funds primary needs at UND, and the M.W. Kiesau Scholarship awarded annually to marketing majors in the College of Business and Public Administration.
Bob Kiesau died in 1984. Jean Kiesau passed away Jan. 24, 2008. She was 93.
|Three professors will receive UND's highest faculty honor|
Three University of North Dakota professors will be named Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors, UND’s highest honor for faculty, at Spring Commencement Saturday, May 10, at 1:30 p.m.in the Alerus Center.
Recipients are Michael Gaffey, professor of space studies; Thomas Mohr, professor and chair of physical therapy; and Kevin Young, professor of microbiology and immunology.
The Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorships are named after one of UND’s first major benefactors, Chester Fritz. A self-made millionaire who made his fortune in silver and other commodities in China, Fritz several times remembered his alma mater with significant gifts, including $1 million each for the Chester Fritz Auditorium and Chester Fritz Library, as well as other gifts. Some of those funds were set aside to honor high-achieving faculty. The full list of Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors is at www.und.edu/dept/our/cfdp .
The work of Michael Gaffey exemplifies the principle that scholarly endeavors generate great excitement and opportunities for students. His accomplishments as a scholar in the field of planetary sciences are widely recognized at the highest national levels. In 2006, he was presented both the Leonard Medal from the Meteoritic Society and the Gilbert Award from the Geological Society of America. At the 2007 Founders Day banquet, he was presented the UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research.
“Professor Gaffey’s enthusiasm for discovering new knowledge in very evident in his instructional activities,” wrote one nominator. “Many students are enamored by his vast expertise in the
planetary sciences field, and easily sense his genuine interest in disseminating new knowledge.” Another nominator observed, “Dr. Gaffey contributes much of his success to his students, providing an enormously stimulating learning environment for each of them.”
Gaffey earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology at the Universityof Iowaand his Ph.D. in earth and planetary sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a faculty member in UND’s Department of Space Studies since 2001. He previously taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and worked as a scientist and team member with numerous endeavors, including NASA’s Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft mission, the New YorkCenterfor Studies of the Origin of Life, and the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics at the Universityof Hawaii.
Gaffey has more than 95 publications in prestigious peer-reviewed journals as well as nearly 250 abstracts. He has received more than $8 million in external support for his projects.
Tom Mohr has developed UND’s physical therapy program into one with a strong national reputation and highly competitive admissions. He led the department in implementing a doctoral degree program.
Mohr has been a faculty member in the department since 1978 and its chair since 1993. He earned his bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees from UND and his master’s degree from the Universityof Minnesota.
Dozens of nominators testified to Mohr’s effectiveness and dedication as a teacher, colleague, and professional. This comment from a graduate was typical: “His personal touch to the overall program is immeasurable. He encouraged me to strive beyond what I thought was achievable.” Other practicing physical therapists cited Mohr’s extensive work on professional boards, licensure testing, credentialing, regulation, and continuing education.
Even with these responsibilities, Mohr has compiled a significant record of research, publications and presentations. He has also been recognized for his extensive involvement in campus affairs, and for his patience, insights and good humor.
A nominator summed up, “Tom Mohr is one of those individuals who every educational institution needs and should recognize. He is admired and respected by students, by his faculty, and by his peers. He provides diligent and wise counsel to those who rely on him. He is enormously engaged in service to his profession.”
Kevin Young joined the faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in 1984. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Texas Tech and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the Universityof Oklahoma. He did postdoctoral work at Texas A&M and the Universityof California, Berkeley, before coming to UND.
Young is an internationally recognized authority on the bacterial cell wall, the forces and influences that determine its shape, and how that shape relates to function. “His reputation is such,” a nominator observed, “that only a few years ago, one of the other world authorities — Dr. Miguel dePedro — came from Spainto Kevin’s lab to study and work with him for a year.” Young’s expertise has led to invitations to present his findings at international conferences and institutions such as Princeton University and the Harvard Medical School.
A highly productive scientist, Young has obtained nearly $4 million in direct costs, with much of his support coming from the highly competitive National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. He has published over 40 full-length papers and 12 book chapters and reviews based on his work at UND. He is now in his second six-year term on the editorial board of the Journal of Bacteriology, the leading international journal in the field.
Even with his extensive research and service involvement, Young is highly regarded as a teacher and colleague. Students have praised the clarity, enthusiasm and humor he brings to his lectures. One student remarked, “Dr. Young seems to be a talking brain at times, in a good way!” He is proud to represent the University and North Dakota, and to share the wonders of science with audiences of all ages.
|Law School Commencement is May 10|
Eighty-one law school students will receive the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree at a special commencement ceremony Saturday, May 10, for the School of Law. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium and will be officiated by School of Law Dean Paul LeBel and President Charles Kupchella.
This year’s commencement speaker is United States District Judge Ralph R. Erickson. Erickson is one of two U.S. district judges in North Dakota and is a 1984 graduate of the UND School of Law. Following his graduation from law school, Judge Erickson was in the private practice of law in West Fargo with a broad general trial practice. Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, Erickson served as a state district judge, a judge of the county court, and a county court magistrate. While on the state bench he presided over civil, criminal and juvenile matters. He was the first judge of the Juvenile Drug Court in the East Central Judicial District. Erickson serves as a member of the Eighth Circuit Judicial Council and is a member of the Defender Services Committee (CJA), chair of the Jury System Committee, Pattern Jury Instruction Committee, and the Tribal Court Committee. He is a member of the State Bar Association of North Dakota, the Cass County (ND) Bar Association, and the Ronald N. Davies Inn of Court. He and his wife Michele currently reside in Fargo, N.D., and have two school-aged daughters.
During the ceremony, North Dakota State Board of Higher Education President John Q. Paulsen will deliver a message from the from the board and Professor Patti Alleva and Adjunct Professor Al Boucher will serve as hooders.
The commencement ceremony is open to the public.
-- Rob Carolin, Director of Alumni & Public Relations, Law School, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2856
|Doctor of Medicine commencement ceremony is May 11|
Fifty-nine senior medical students will receive the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree during the Sunday, May 11, commencement ceremony for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Open to the public, the event is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The ceremony will be officiated by President Charles Kupchella, and Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean H. David Wilson. State Board of Higher Education member Grant Shaft of Grand Forks will deliver greetings from the board.
The keynote address, titled “Being The Best You Can Be,” will be delivered by Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., one of the foremost plastic surgeons in the nation and a UND graduate. Dr. Rohrich is a professor and chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, and heads the largest training program in the country.
Eleven physician-faculty members have been invited to participate in the ceremony and accept the Dean’s Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Volunteer Faculty. They are (by alphabetic order):
* Arvind K. Bansal, M.D., clinical assistant professor of internal medicine, Grand Forks
* Bernie J. Dallum, M.D., clinical assistant professor of radiology, Grand Forks
* Stanley T. Diede, M.D., clinical associate professor of internal medicine, Bismarck
* Anthony T. Johnson, M.D., clinical assistant professor of family and community medicine and alumnus (M.D. Class of ’94), Bismarck
* Mark S. Kristy, M.D., clinical assistant professor of radiology, Hettinger
* Myra J. Quanrud, M.D., FAAP., clinical associate professor of pediatrics and alumnus (M.D. Class of ’90), Jamestown
* Frank E. Shipley, M.D., FACS., clinical professor of surgery, Minot
* Kate P. Stanley, M.D., clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, Fargo
* Keith E. Swanson, M.D., clinical assistant professor of internal medicine and alumnus (M.D. Class of ’01), Grand Forks
* Rodney A. Swenson, Ph.D., clinical professor of clinical neuroscience, Fargo
* John M. Witt, M.D., clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and alumnus (M.D. Class of ’82), Bismarck
|Dean Potvin gives faculty lecture May 7|
"From Organisms to Institutions: Searching for Answers in Complex Environments" is the final University Faculty Lecture talk for the season. Dr. Martha Potvin, UND Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will give the talk Wednesday, May 7, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m. and the talk follows at 4:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.
In honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the University and the tenth anniversary of the re-establishment of the lecture series at UND, the committee of Chester Fritz Professors coordinating the University Faculty Lecture Series invited the deans of colleges to speak on their research. This occasion allows the deans to reflect on the important role that their scholarly work plays not only in their career path but in their work on campus today. And, again to break precedent a little, the committee commemorated President Charles Kupchella's tenure at UND by inviting him to give the opening lecture ("Chickens") Oct. 18. The lecture series is sponsored by the UND Office of the President.
Other upcoming lectures: Sept. 11, Dr. Bruce Smith, dean of the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.
Dr. Potvin, UND Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, since 2001, is the eighth person to serve as the full-time, permanent dean of UND's oldest college. Potvin holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Connecticut, a master's in botany and plant ecology from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to coming to UND, Potvin served as a faculty member and administrator at West Chester University of Pa. She advanced to full professor and chair of her department, and also directed a project to coordinate development of a model green campus before being named interim dean of graduate studies and extended education. Potvin was named UND interim provost and vice president of academic affairs in 2004.
Potvin has been the author of numerous publications and served as a member of several national professional organizations including a current appointment as board member on the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences. In addition to serving on numerous UND committees and councils she has been an active advocate in the community for the arts and for the equality of women.
|OLLI@UND holds open house May 7|
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute(OLLI@UND) will hold their summer open house Wednesday, May 7, from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom, for individuals 50 years young and better who are interested in educational, non-credit classes.
Attendees will learn about the new summer courses as well as meet and visit with instructors teaching those courses. They can also sign up to become an OLLI member, renew memberships, register for the summer classes and enjoy complimentary refreshments.
If you or someone you know loves learning, growing, and making new friends, please join us. We're waiting for you!
-- Connie Hodgson, Program Specialist, OLLI@UND, email@example.com, 777-4840
|Nursing celebrates National Nurses Week|
The work of America's 2.9 million registered nurses to save lives and to maintain the health of millions of individuals is the focus of this year's National Nurses Week, "Nurses: Making a Difference Every Day."
National Nurses Week continues through Monday, May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.
The effect of the nursing shortage is long-lasting and increasing in severity, which will influence nearly every area of healthcare. Patients rely on nurses for personal, quality care delivered in their own communities – a service which is threatened when there is a nursing shortage. What would your health care experience be like without nurses?
“Today's registered nurses are devoted care givers as well as responsible professionals,” said Chandice Covington, dean of nursing. “During National Nurses Week, we honor the men and women who chose this challenging and rewarding career. Nurses are a cornerstone of our health care system and need to be skilled, appreciated and empowered to enjoy long-term careers.”
Invited panel members include Chandice Covington, dean of the College of Nursing; Patricia Moulton, professor at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Carla Sletten, director of nursing at Northwood Deaconess Health Center; Shelly Peterson, president of the North Dakota Long Term Care Association; Connie Kalanek, executive director of the North Dakota Board of Nursing; Terry Watne, associate chief nurse executive of Altru Health Systems; Julie Traynor, director of the Dakota Nursing Program; Ruth Gladen, ASN program coordinator at North Dakota State College of Science; and Suzie McShane, nursing program coordinator at Bismarck State College.
National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.
The American Nurses Association is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 2.9 million Registered Nurses (RNs) through its 54 constituent member associations. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. For more information on National Nurses Week, go to www.nursingworld.org/pressrel/nnw.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, College of Nursing, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4526
|Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibitions open May 8|
Two Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibitions will open Thursday, May 8, with an artist reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Col. Eugene E. Myers Art Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. Laura E. Vein's exhibition, "Matthew Rongen Structured," and Matthew Rongen's, "Laura E. Vein almost Forgotten," will run through May 9. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
|Caroline Levine to speak at Art & Democracy program|
Caroline Levine, professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present "Provoking Democracy: Why We Need the Arts," Friday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center. Her presentation is a part of Art & Democracy, a new program of the North Valley Arts Council that provides arts supporters and advocates with the opportunity to examine how arts affect civic change and explore how democracy enables the creation of vibrant art.
Levine will discuss a series of arts controversies from the 20th and 21st centuries, from the obscenity trial of rap group 2 Live Crew, to the use of Jackson Pollock as CIA propaganda to the destruction of Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc, in order to make the case that democracies benefit from artists who deliberately challenge the majority.
Levine is a specialist on relations between art and politics. She is author of "Provoking Democracy: Why We Need the Arts" (Blackwell 2007), and "The Serious Pleasures of Suspense" (Virginia 2003). She has co-edited three collections of essays, and has published articles on writers and artists, including John Ruskin, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charlotte Bronte, Andreas Gursky, and Richard Serra.
Art & Democracy is funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. For more information, visit www.culturepulse.org
The North Valley Arts Council supports and promotes arts and culture for the artists, arts organizations and citizens of the Grand Forks region.
-- Nicole Derenne, Executive Director, North Valley Arts Council, email@example.com, 701-777-6120
|Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics seminar is May 9|
Harold Gainer, chief, Laboratory of Neurochemistry at NINDS, NIH, will present a seminar titled "Regulation of Cell-Specific Oxytocin and Vasopressin Gene Expression in the Central Nervous System" Friday, May 9, at 4 p.m. in the Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall, Room 1360, School of Medicine.
This seminar is sponsored by the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Pathophysiological Signaling in Neurodegenerative Disorders and the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics. All are welcome to attend.
-- Deb Kroese, Administrative Officer, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6221
|Retirement reception honors Shannon Gullickson|
A retirement reception honoring Shannon Gullickson, student academic advisor for the School of Communication, will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the Schlasinger Reading Room, 200 O’Kelly Hall. Shannon has provided 25 years of service to the School of Communication. Everyone is invited to come and thank Shannon for her dedication to the University and its students.
-- Joyce Muz, Administrative Assistant, School of Communication, email@example.com, 777-2659
|U2 lists workshops|
University within the University (U2) list the following workshops:
Introduction to Commercializing Your Research
Monday, May 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Medora Room, Memorial Union
Learn what intellectual property is and what steps you need to follow if you think you have an invention. Presenter: Tara Kopplin.
ABC’s of Fire Extinguisher Use
May 13, 9 to 10 a.m., Conference Room, Auxiliary Services
This class will describe the different types of fire extinguishers, what the rating system used on extinguishers means, when to consider using a fire extinguisher, and class participants will be given the opportunity to use an extinguisher in a controlled setting. Information gained in this class will be applicable to the work place, home and motor vehicles. Presenters: Eric Pearson and Jason Uhlir.
Locating Funding Sources For Your Ideas
May 14, 2 to 3 p.m., Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine
You have a wonderful idea for a grant proposal? But where do you send your proposal? Who may be interested in your proposal? This training session will answer those questions and many more by (1) focusing on locating agencies and foundations who may fund a grant project in your area of expertise and/or interest; and (2) discussing websites which may assist you with locating the perfect sponsor for your idea. Presenter: Corey Graves.
Educational Presentation: Parenting the Emerging Teenager
May 14, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union
This presentation promotes the concepts of structure, balance, and fairness to build strong relationships between parents and their teenagers. The presentation will explore both positive and negative family interaction. The speaker will discuss how parental messages and family contracting influence and direct our relationships with
youngsters emerging into adulthood. The speaker will introduce a variety of ingredients to enhance positive parent-teen communication and relationships. Presenter: Kelsey Lang, MA, LAPC, St. Alexius Employee Assistance Program.
NDPERS Pre-Retirement Seminar – Insurance Only
May 14, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union
This session is for both NDPERS and TIAA-CREF employees who are interested in staying on the NDPERS health insurance during retirement. Presenter: NDPERS benefit program specialist.
Fiscal Year-End Procedures
May 15, 9 to 11 a.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union
The workshop will cover fiscal year-end procedures for the Business Office, Accounting Services, Grants and Contract Administration, Payroll and Purchasing. Presenters: Purchasing, Accounting Services, Student Account Services, Payroll, and Grants and Contracts.
Overtime and Hours Worked
May 20, 9 to 10 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall
Learn which employees are affected by overtime and how to handle administering overtime. Presenters: Desi Sporbert and Joy Johnson.
May 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room 10-12, Swanson Hall
This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record.
Presenter: Tom Brockling.
Records Retention and E-Mail
May 20, 1 to 2 p.m., Room 10-12, Swanson Hall
During this workshop, you will learn what role e-mail plays in an organization, UND policy and best practices for retaining e-mail messages. Presenter: Chris Austin.
Supervisors of Student Employees
May 21, 9 to 10:30 a.m., 210 Clifford Hall or May 22, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union
The session will provide information on JobX, federal workstudy, and institutional employment, as well as a minimum wage update, along with payroll and career services updates. The session will also provide a student worker success workshop update and information on how you can nominate your student employee of the year (starting 2008-2009).
Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: phone, 777-2128, e-mail U2@mail.und.nodak.edu, or online www.conted.und.edu/U2/. Please include: (1) workshop title/date, (2) name, (3) department, (4) position, (5) stop number, (6) phone number, (7) e-mail, and (8) How you first learned about this workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.
-- Kathy Williams, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4266
|U2 offers training for supervisors May 14|
As a new supervisor you can greatly enhance your potential for success by taking into account, and then applying some fundamental principles for starting your new role on a solid foundation. "So Now You're A Supervisor" will define some common mistakes of beginning supervisors, and it will introduce principles for lasting success in your evolving career as a leader. This session is sponsored by St. Alexius PrimeCare on May 14, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl. Register through U2 at www.conted.und.edu/U2.
-- Kathryn Williams, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University, email@example.com, 777-4266
|Retirement reception will honor Kay Olesen|
The School of Engineering and Mines staff invites you to a retirement reception honoring Kay Olesen. The reception will be in the Nyquist Lounge on the first floor of Upson II Thursday, May 15, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Kay recently celebrated her 28th year with the University. She served in both the Chester Fritz Library and the School of Engineering and Mines Library and, for the last 14 years, has been in the engineering dean's office. We will miss her friendly face and warm personality. Please join us in wishing her well in her retirement! -- School of Engineering and Mines.
|Art & Wine Walk begins May 17|
The North Valley Arts Council and the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau are pleased to present the 2008 Art & Wine Walk, which begins on May 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The walk takes place on the third Saturday of the month, May through October.
Stroll through downtown and view artwork by local artists at galleries, restaurants, and other business that will serve wine or other non-alcoholic refreshment. Most artwork is available for sale, and artists will be on hand to discuss their work. The Art & Wine Walk is a great way to experience downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, view artwork by regional artists, and learn about the many and varied businesses downtown.
The Art & Wine Walk begins at the Blue Moose Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks. Maps can be purchased for $10. At each participating business, the map will be stamped (wine consumption is not required to receive a stamp). You can turn in your map at the end of the event at the Empire Arts Center to enter a drawing for a gift basket of prizes donated by participating businesses.
All ages are welcome to attend, and children under 12 accompanied by an adult receive free admission. Those over 21 will receive a wristband, allowing participation in wine tasting.
Art & Wine Walk 2008 event dates: May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, and Oct. 18.
The Art & Wine Walk is organized by the North Valley Arts Council and the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is sponsored by the Empire Arts Center, the Blue Moose Bar & Grill, Clear Channel Radio, and Gilly’s Bar & Grill.
To learn more about the Art & Wine Walk, visit www.culturepulse.org. To participate as a hosting business or an exhibiting artist, please contact the North Valley Arts Council at 777-6120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Nicole Derenne, Executive Director, North Valley Arts Council, email@example.com, 777-6120
|Grand Forks Master Chorale presents concert|
The Grand Forks Master Chorale will celebrate the end of its 25th season Sunday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Calvary Lutheran Church, Grand Forks. The concert is free and open to the public.
Under the director of Joshua Bronfman, Master Chorale artistic director and director of choirs at UND, the Master Chorale will perform Frank Martin's Messe for Double Choir and Robert Ray's Gospel Mass. According to Bronfman, the Frank Martin's Messe is one of the great a cappella choral works of all time. It has been recorded by many great choirs, such as the Swedish Radio Choir, the Robert Shaw Chorale, the Dale Warland Singers. Martin originally composed this difficult Mass as a personal expression of his faith; he never intended for it to be publicly performed. The piece was premiered more than 40 years after it was originally composed. Though a very modern setting of the mass text, there are very distinct aural references to the medieval and baroque eras. Often described as 'austere,' the Messe is filled with robust and complex writing, while managing to maintain a beauty that evokes a strongly ground the work as an expression of faith and the divine.
Robert Ray's Gospel Mass is a joyous, exciting and energizing setting of the traditional Catholic mass. Scored for percussion, bass and piano, the work proclaims to glory of the Lord using the best techniques of the Gospel tradition. It promises to lift you out of your seat and have you dancing in the aisles.
Sara Bloom accompanies the 30-plus member Grand Forks Master Chorale. Peter Johnson serves as executive director, a position which will be assumed by Juan Pedraza this summer.
|TIAA-CREF consultant on campus May 20-22|
Schedule an individual appointment with a TIAA-CREF consultant to discuss your personal financial situation on a confidential basis. They will be available to discuss how to help meet your financial goals with products, such as mutual funds and annuities, or other financial matters you may have. A consultant will be on campus May 20-22.
To schedule an appointment visit the web site at www.tiaa-cref.org/moc or call 800 842-2005 ext. 5674.
|ADA access expert coming to campus May 22|
The University ADA Advisory Committee is co-sponsoring a one day conference on the new ADA Accessibility Guidelines on Thursday, May 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union.
Kristi Thomas, national leader and consultant in access issues, will explain the new guidelines and how to avoid lawsuits. She will also share ways of creating access solutions that not only comply with minimum standards, but exceed them when possible.
The registration and lunch costs are $25, payable by departmental journal entry. Contact Janice Troitte, Facilities, (firstname.lastname@example.org or 777-2591) for a brochure and registration form.
-- Judy Sannes, Chair, Facilities Sub Committee of the ADA Advisory Committee, Disability Services for Students, email@example.com, 777-3425
|Doctor's Golf Tournament is May 30-31|
After a one-year hiatus the Doctor’s Golf Tournament is back. This tournament exists to sponsor the Buckingham-Dunnigan Foundation which, in turn, sponsors and supplements the efforts of the Bismarck UND Center for Family Medicine residency program in its efforts to produce fine family physicians for the people of North Dakota.
Funding for education of any kind is a perennial issue in political circles, and the residency programs are no different. There are many areas where we incur financial costs that for a variety of reasons cannot be funded by our budget. This is where the Buckingham-Dunnigan Foundation is able to help. It is administered by the UND Alumni Association to ensure that it is used for appropriate reasons. To date, we have reinvested the majority of the proceeds from the endowment to build the foundation’s balance. Last year, we finally reached a point where we could use some of the funds for scholarships to fund family expenses for residents who must travel for required rotations. The Doctor’s Golf Tournament is our only fund raising event, and we thank you all very much for your gracious and generous support in the past. We hope to see you again this year!
Lastly, a few details. We have resumed the overnight portion of the tourney to make it a more special and collegial event. The dates are Friday and Saturday May 30 and 31. The golf courses are Hawk Tree in Bismarck and The Bully Pulpit in Medora. The fee is $150 for one day or $250 for both, which includes your golf and cart, meals, and transportation for the second day event. If you want more information, please log on to our web site at www.cfmbismarck.und.edu, or give Pat Brandt a call at 701-751-9500.
Thank you once again for considering participation in the Doctor’s as either a player or by making a donation. Wishing you all the best. -- Jeff Hostetter, M.D., program director, UND Center for Family Medicine Bismarck.
|Conflict Resolution Center holds conference|
The Conflict Resolution Center will hold a conference June 22: Transforming Communities Where We Live, Work & Play: A Conference Celebrating 20 Years of Conflict Resolution at UND.
We welcome the campus community to join us for a day of thinking and learning about peacemaking and conflict resolution in a variety of contexts. There will be a welcoming breakfast plenary. Choose from 12 1.5-hour sessions; enjoy a keynote luncheon with Magistrate Judge Karen Klein; and an exhibitors reception (wine tasting). Location: UND EERC Conference Center. The cost is $160 or $125 if registered by May 1. Register online at http://conflictresolution.und.edu ( http://conflictresolution.und.edu/ ) or call us at 777-3664 - space is limited. Consider an exhibit and sponsorship package! Join us for our pre- and post-conference workshops! Check out our great UND rates! UND students may attend for just $25.
June 16-20 - Pre-Conference 40-hour Workplace Mediation Seminar
( http://conflictresolution.und.nodak.edu/train-workplace.php?id=7 )Learn the leadership skill of effective conflict management and third party mediation to transform destructive workplace conflict into opportunities for change, connection, and growth. With the nice low unemployment rates in North Dakota and the region, losing employees creates major problems for employers. These skills will be helpful in managing light conflict to mediating major conflict with the possibility to create positive impact in workplace culture. Cost: $875; UND rate of $300. Register early. Space is limited. Continuing ed available.
June 23-24, 2008 Post Conference Workshop:
Two days on team development: A transformative approach to facilitating teams with Dr. Joseph P. Folger (author of The Promise of Mediation, many legal journal articles, founder of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, consultant to many Fortune 500 companies). Learn new skills and ideas for supporting a team atmosphere in the organizations you belong to and work with. The transformative approach is responsive to both the empowerment of individuals and the desire to have connection with others and support common goals in order to achieve outstanding results. This is a must for anyone who works with people! Expect a lively, interactive, and hands-on experience with one of the best workshop leaders and trainers in the industry. Cost: $425. Register early. Space is limited.
June 25-26, 2008 Post Conference Workshop:
Two days with Judith Saul and Scott Sears, New York: Relational Facilitation: The Purpose and Practice of Leading Groups Responsively. Working effectively as a facilitator of group deliberations requires a firm grasp of group dynamics and an understanding of the contexts in which groups are interacting. Working from a transformative perspective offers new ideas to the group leader to integrate this knowledge with interactive and process skills that are responsive to the group's (and the facilitator's) sense of purpose. This training will provide a new framework specifically developed for relational group facilitation. Scenarios will be generated by participants with opportunities for interaction and hands-on exercises. A great workshop for anyone who works in and with all kinds of groups, political parties, environmental and civic groups, and others. Cost: $425. Attend both at a cost of only $800. Register early. Space is limited. Contact us at 777-3664 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on the web at http://conflictresolution.und.edu . ( http://conflictresolution.und.edu%20./ )
-- Conflict Resolution Center.
|BSC hosts Sherman Alexie at state arts summit|
Sherman Alexie will appear as key presenter at the North Dakota Arts and Humanities Summit hosted by Bismarck State College Oct. 9-10.
Held every two years, the summit is an educational creative arts showcase, where students and faculty from North Dakota’s colleges and universities share their work with each other and the public.
Alexie, an award-winning author, poet and filmmaker, has written novels, screenplays, short stories, and 11 collections of poetry. Scholars and literary and film critics have lauded his work with countless awards, including the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Pushcart Prize for poetry, PEN/Malamud Award, Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, and many others. He displays his exceptional humor and performance ability at poetry readings and comedy venues.
The arts summit will include a visual arts exhibit, musical performances, readings, and presentations by scholars and students.
|PeopleSoft finance, grants modules unavailable during upgrades|
The PeopleSoft finance module will be upgraded from 8.4 to 9.0 next week. The finance module will be unavailable beginning Thursday, May 8, at 5 p.m. and ending Tuesday, May 13, at 7 a.m. You will not be able to sign in to the finance module during this time. In addition, the grants module will not be available beginning Thursday, May 8, at noon and ending Tuesday, May 13, at 7 a.m. You will not be able to access the grants module during this time. On Tuesday, the upgrade will be complete and users will be able to sign-in to the new version.
A presentation identifying some of the changes in the upgrade was given April 29. The presentation is still available online at http://www.und.edu/cnd/docs/PS Finance Upgrade - 042908.ppt ( http://www.und.edu/cnd/docs/PS%20Finance%20Upgrade%20-%20042908.ppt )
The journal entry form and the budget form will be updated by Monday, May 12, to reflect the changes in the upgrade. The journal entry will no longer require an offsetting entry to cash. The budget journal will no longer require a budget at the "parent" account level.
The Tip Sheets on the Connect'U'ND web site (http://www.und.edu/cnd/HTML/Financetipsheets.htm) will be updated in the coming weeks to reflect the new screens and options available in the upgrade.
Thank you. -- Finance and operations.
|College representative elected to U Senate|
University Council members who have been elected to serve one-year terms on the 2008-2009 University Senate as college representatives are the following:
John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences: Ernest Anderson and Gary Ullrich
College of Arts and Sciences: April Bradley, Martin Gottschalk, Mark Hoffmann, Kathleen McLennan, Charles Miller, Donald Poochigian, Isaac Schlosser and Wesley Smith
College of Business and Public Administration: Bill Lesch and Tim O’Keefe
College of Education and Human Development: Amy Johnson and Grace Onchwari
School of Engineering and Mines: Frank Bowman and Yeo Lim
School of Law: Joshua Fershee and Katherine Traylor Schaffzin
School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Saobo Lei and MaryAnn Sens
College of Nursing: Janice Goodwin and Susan Hunter
Libraries: Sally Dockter and Barbara Knight
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrar Office, email@example.com, 777-3892
|Water Resources Research Institute fellows, advisers present research |
The North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute (NDWRRI) sponsored a day of seminars by research fellows and advisers at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck on April 15. There were 12 presentations attended by more than 60 water professionals.
The advisory committee of the institute, consisting of Bill Schuh of the North Dakota State Water Commission, Gregg Wiche of the U.S. Geological Survey and Mike Sauer of North Dakota Department of Health, were instrumental in the institute hosting the event in Bismarck.
The presentations can be viewed online or downloaded from www.swc.state.nd.us/4dlink9/4dcgi/redirect/index.html. The second text section pertains to the WRRI seminars. Select “here” for a menu of talks.
The NDWRRI was founded in 1965 by authority of Congress as one of the 54 institutes throughout the nation and is administered through the U.S. Geological Survey. Each year the institute, supplemented by 15 percent match from the North Dakota State Water Commission, grants fellowships to graduate students at North Dakota universities for research in water-resource related areas on a competitive basis.
For information on NDWRRI, contact G. Padmanabhan, director of the institute, at (701) 231-7043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Steve Bergeson, Senior Writer, NDSU University Relations, email@example.com, 701 231-6101
|Kirundi, Swahili translator sought|
Every year, about 40 refugees come to Grand Forks from countries all around the world. Many of these refugees have limited or no English skills, and require a translator for such things as going to the doctor, applying for social services, etc. The Refugee Resettlement Coalition of Grand Forks has a need of volunteers who speak Kirundi and/or Swahili. If you speak one of these languages, and would be willing to volunteer as a translator, please call 701-330-8220. --
John Dickinson, ConnectND — Applications Systems Development programmer/analyst (UND) and refugee resettlement volunteer.
|David Dodds joins Office Of University Relations as writer/editor|
David Dodds, a Grand Forks Herald reporter who spent several years covering higher education, has been named a writer/editor at the Office of University Relations. He starts May 19.
The New Rockford, N.D., native will serve as managing editor of the University's research magazine, UND Discovery, and will serve as a writer and editor for other University Relations publications and projects. Dodds will also serve as an additional media contact. Peter Johnson, who serves as interim executive associate vice president for University Relations, will retain his position as Media Relations Coordinator and as a spokesman for UND.
Dodds lived in New Rockford and Leeds, N.D., before moving to Dickinson, where he attended public school and Dickinson State University before transferring to UND. He spent a semester as the news editor of the Dakota Student before taking an internship at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Grand Forks Herald in December in 1997. He graduated from UND in 1998 with a degree in communication and joined the Herald part time. He became a full time reporter in February 1999. He covered an array of "beats," including police and courts, city government and regional happenings. He spent most of 2001 to 2006 as the UND beat reporter.
Dodds has served with the North Dakota National Guard for nearly 19 years, including deployment in 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served 12 months in the Middle East, including stops in Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar. He was the top enlisted leader of the U.S. Central Command Public Affairs Office in the Middle East, where his primary duties were to manage day-to-day operations of the office and to escort private-sector media members during visits to the area.
"We are delighted that David will be joining our staff," said Johnson. "We had an excellent pool of candidates to choose from, but David brings a great background in writing and editing through his work at the Grand Forks Herald, and a great background in public relations through his work with the North Dakota National Guard. Since David covered UND for most of this decade, he already has a solid relationship with many key personnel at UND. Those relationships and the depth of understanding he already has about the University will be great assets to our office."
Dodds and his wife Jennifer, a library media specialist at Ben Franklin Elementary in Grand Forks, have two daughters, Emma and Eliza. -- University Relations.
|Road closure will impact Second Ave. N.|
Improvements to Second Ave. N. between Columbia Road and Cornell St. are being planned for May. The work will require a road closure that will prevent traffic from using this reach of Second Avenue for approximately 10 days. Although the precise timing for closure is still being determined, this message is meant to provide the University community with advanced notification should motorists elect to begin using an alternative route. Once the work is scheduled, we will once again notify the public of the change. -- Facilities.
|State fleet rates increase May 1|
State fleet services has announced a rate increase effective May 1. Per Paul Hanson, director of state fleet services, drivers can help keep rates down by using state-owned fueling sites whenever possible, practicing good defensive driving habits, and slowing down to increase fuel economy. Rates will be reviewed again in July.
EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2008
Minivan - 7 passenger $0.463/mile
Van, 12 & 15 passenger $0.623/mile
Compact 4x4 SUV $0.513/mile
Expedition, 6 passenger $0.523/mile
Suburban, 6 passenger $0.623/mile
Pickup, ext. cab, 4x4 $0.523/mile
Cargo Van-Full Size $0.623/mile
Mini Cargo Van $0.523/mile
-- Mary L. Metcalf, Manager, Transportation, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-4123
|Chester Fritz Library lists summer hours|
The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following hours of operation for the summer session, May 12 through Aug. 1: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
Saturday, closed; Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library, email@example.com, 7-2618
|Library of the Health Sciences lists extended hours|
The Library of the Health Sciences will have extended hours Friday, May 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3893
|Summer hours listed for Law Library|
Summer hours for the Law Library begin Monday, May. 12. They are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library, email@example.com, 7-3482
|Note new financial literacy web site for UND students|
Two-thirds of all undergraduates borrow money to pay for college. The average undergraduate today leaves campus with just over $19,000 in student loans; one in four grads will carry more than $25,000. Almost three out of four young adults carry balances on their credit cards. Young adults commonly report not following a budget and nearly a third of young people ages 19 to 29 are uninsured. This data suggest that many of our recent graduates lack the financial savvy to manage money concerns.
UND has partnered with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) to provide students access to CashCourse, a comprehensive non-commercial web site where students can find key information on financial basics, paying for college, college life and the world of work.
The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) is an independent, nonprofit foundation committed to educating Americans on a broad range of financial topics and empowering them to make positive and sound decisions to reach their financial goals. NEFE accomplishes its mission primarily by partnering with other concerned organizations to provide financial materials to members of the public. For more than 30 years, NEFE has been providing funding, logistical support, and personal finance expertise to develop a variety of materials and programs, such as this web site.
Financial literacy is an essential life skill for the 21st century. This is especially important for our college students who will have more financial choices and opportunities than any generation before. Help their financial decisions be informed ones through CashCourse at www.cashcourse.org/und.
-- Robin Holden, Director, Student Financial Aid, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3121
|Faculty academic apparel now on sale at Barnes & Noble|
The UND bookstore now has an academic apparel package on sale. We welcome faculty to stop by and visit us about regalia for commencements and convocations, Tuesday, April 29, from 3-6 p.m. Special pricing is good through June 1.
|Note relocating, moving company agreements|
When departments fund new employee moves, two or more binding estimates should be requested from moving companies to determine the best value for each move. UND has agreements with three moving companies. Departments are not required to use these agreements. They are available only as a source for departments. If you decide to use one of these companies, you need to mention your affiliation with UND to qualify for the contract pricing.
Allied Van Lines
Agent: Jobbers Moving & Storage Co., 1330 40th Street N., Fargo, ND 58102, 800-523-6203 / 701-356-8080, 701-356-8082 (fax), Who can use: faculty, staff, students, retirees, and alumni
United Van Lines
Agent: Wherley Moving & Storage, Inc., 216 2nd Street N.E., East Grand Forks, MN 56721, 800-999-4294 / 218-773-1173, 218-773-8932 (fax), Who can use: faculty, staff, and retirees (within 120 days of last date of employment)
Wheaton Van Lines
Agent: Preferred Movers of Nashville, 3201 Ambrose Ave., Nashville, TN 37207, 866-909-1767, 615-227-1739 (fax), Who can use: faculty, staff, students, retirees, and alumni
Consult the moving expense reimbursement policy on the accounting services web site to see if your move qualifies for reimbursement. Please contact the Purchasing Department at 777-2681 with any questions.
-- Scott Schreiner, Director of Purchasing, Purchasing Office, email@example.com, 7-2681
|Beware of online scams|
There is a new scam discovered on campus and the local area where an individual sells something online, such as through the UND Underground web site. An individual contacts you to purchase the item, then "mistakenly" sends you too much money. This can take the form of a personal check, money order or cashiers check. The buyer requests that you send them the difference since they overpaid. The seller gives the buyer the item sold and the difference, then, days later, discovers that the check/money order is false. Now the seller is out the item and the money they sent the to buyer.
If this happens to you, do not send the item or any money until the check/money order clears your bank. If it turns out that the check or money order is false then please discuss what to do next with your bank. They may suggest that you contact law enforcement. -- ITSS.
|University Assessment Committee sends thanks to campus |
On behalf of the University Assessment Committee, thank you for your hard work on assessment plans, reports and activities within your departments, programs, schools, and units. Assessment activities of the entire campus helped UND achieve a positive HLC oral review.
The campus continues to move toward a culture of assessment and we need to keep the momentum! The University Assessment Committee looks forward to learning of your future developments. Please contact the committee if you have any questions.
But first, please accept this sincere thank you for your hard work! -- Renee Mabey, chair, UAC.
|Donated leave requested for Candace Williams|
Candace Williams is in need of annual or sick leave donations for a medical condition. She and her family thank you for your generosity. Please send any donations to Suzanne Anderson, Office of the Registrar, Stop 8382. Donated leave forms are available at www.und.edu/dept/payroll, then click on forms. Thank you.
-- Kathy Dietz, Assistant Registrar, Office of the Registrar, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2147
|Women Studies announces essay contest winners|
The Women Studies Program announces the 2008 winners of the Women Studies Essay Contest and wishes to encourage instructors and students to submit essays now for next year’s contest. We seek essays or creative entries that wholly, or in significant part, address issues of particular concern to women. Essays or projects should have been created in 2008 (spring, summer, or fall semesters). Mark entries with date, class title and instructor, and include the author's phone number and address. Please send essays to Wendelin Hume, Women Studies, Stop 7113. Winners will be announced during spring semester 2009.
The winners this year in the graduate division are: Karen Nelson-Schiff for her essay, “Gender Inequality: A Meta-Analysis of Trends in the State Gender Bias Task Force Studies,” for sociology thesis, chaired by Wendelin Hume. Honorable mention in this category goes to Marcella LaVoi Melby for her essay, “A Model of Feminist Identity Development Related to a Woman in the Field of Mathematics,” written for T&L 545 taught by Cynthia Shabb.
In the undergraduate essay division the winner is Kristy Kehler for her essay, "How Does Feminism Function in a Mennonite World?” written for A&S 225 taught by Kathy Coudle-King. Honorable mention for this category goes to Emily Hill for her essay, “The Nymph Woman in William Gass’s “Order of Insects,” written for English 320 taught by Elizabeth Harris-Behling.
-- Wendelin Hume, Director of Women Studies, Women Studies and Criminal Justice, email@example.com, 701-777-4001
|Prevent stormwater pollution|
It is great to see things heating up around campus, but hotter air also means moisture in those clouds. Rain makes up an integral part of our ecosystem. Falling from high above, it cascades over the landscape. It then trickles into small streams, eventually flowing into larger bodies of water. When rain falls into developed land, organized storm drain systems funnel it out of the area. Everything works like a charm, until those storm drains become polluted. These pollutants can be anything from fertilizers, grass clippings, and pet waste, to automotive fluids, construction materials, and soaps.
Contaminants that end up in the storm drains are carried off, untreated, to water bodies used for drinking, swimming, or fishing. Here are 10 helpful habits to reduce the amount of harmful pollutants entering storm drains this summer season:
• Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks, and roads.
• Never dump anything down a storm drain.
• Vegetate bare spots in your yard.
• Compost your yard waste.
• Avoid pesticides: learn about Integrated Pest Management (IPM). For more information go to: http://www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/aginfo/ndipm/ipmedefinition.htm
• Direct down spouts away from paved surfaces. Placing the down spout toward a grassy area will filter out any unwanted debris.
• Take your car to the car wash instead of washing in the driveway.
• Check car for leaks and recycle motor oil.
• Pick up after your pet (except for fish).
• Have your septic tank pumped and system inspected regularly.
(from the Safety Office News)
-- Paul Clark, Associate Director, Facilities, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4878
|Museum Cafe lists soups, specials|
The North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe soups and specials follow.
Soups for the week: Chicken Tortilla / Tomato Basil
Wednesday: Mushroom Turkey Swiss Panini
Thursday: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Friday: Salmon Caesar Salad
Soups for the week: Pasta Fagioli / Tuscan Bean
Monday: Chicken Strip Sandwich
Wednesday: Lemon Chicken Pasta
Friday: Pasta with Mussels
The Museum Café is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, email@example.com, 777-4195
|Director sought for Essential Studies|
Position: Director of Essential Studies
Note: This is a position description for the 2008-09 academic year; the job description may change in future years in response to needs of the new ES program.
The Director of Essential Studies will coordinate and lead the new Essential Studies Program at UND. This is a half-time position with administrative support. The Director will report to the Provost, or Provost designee and will work closely with the Senate General Education Requirements Committee (GERC). The Director’s responsibilities will include:
Leadership & Advocacy
-- Serve as campus leader and key-point person for the ES Program, particularly in communicating the importance of the ES Program, its intentions and its requirements.
-- Maintain currency of ES Program with national trends and research in general education, changes in state higher education policies, etc.
-- Serve as ES liaison to university units including OID, Student Affairs, Registrar’s Office and Enrollment Services.
-- Serve as ex-officio member on the Senate GERC and Assessment Committees.
Implementation and Coordination of ES program
-- Work with deans to ensure that adequate number of ES courses will be offered each semester, on campus and on-line, in relation to the ES goals and requirements.
-- Work with faculty, chairs and deans to promote the development of ES courses in areas of shortage, and in the creation of innovative and interdisciplinary ES courses.
-- Facilitate the implementation of the new ES Program and address issues that may arise in coordination with departments, colleges, and other university units.
Assessment of ES Program
-- Collect, analyze and report annually to the Provost and GERC on the status of the ES program and its effectiveness in enhancing student learning.
-- Coordinate full ES program review on a 5-year basis.
Promotion of Essential Studies
-- Constitute and coordinate an ES “faculty interest” group which will meet at least once each semester to discuss issues specific to the ES program and broader issues in general education.
-- Ensure the ES Program website is maintained and current
-- Develop a Recognition & Rewards program for ES Faculty
-- Establish and conduct orientation for new ES faculty in conjunction with OID.
-- Working with OID, provide Faculty Development opportunities on ES related topics.
Qualifications -- The successful candidate will possess:
Status as a tenured faculty member
A commitment to the ES program
A commitment to increased student learning, especially related to the ES goals
Familiarity with General Education (e.g. best practices, assessment, national trends)
Ability to provide leadership
Strong ability to liaison with university units and administrators
Strong communication skills, both oral and written
Successful experience working with multiple constituencies (e.g. faculty and administrative groups)
Strong organizational skills
To Apply -- Please submit the following by May 16, 2008:
Letter of Interest addressing the above qualifications
Names and contact information for three references
Application materials should be submitted to:
Martha Potvin, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Montgomery Hall 125
290 Centennial Drive, Stop 8038
|Internal job openings listed|
The following position vacancies are available only to regular UND staff employees who have successfully completed their six-month probation period, earn annual and sick leave, receive BC/BS health insurance and TIAA-CREF or ND PERS retirement benefits. Current UND faculty, please contact Human Resources for eligibility.
TO APPLY: Please complete UND Application/Control Card form. Send letter of application and resume, referencing position name and number, to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, Twamley Hall, Room 313, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010. Applications MUST be received by the deadline date.
POSITION: Programmer/Analyst, Application Systems Development, #08-312
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/07/2008
COMPENSATION: $ 45,000 plus/year
POSITION: Financial Aid Administrator, #08-287
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/12/2008
COMPENSATION: $ 42,016 year
POSITION: Electronics Technician (re-advertised) #08-235
DEADLINE: (I) 5/09/2008
SALARY: $42,500+/year (Salary change)
POSITION: Administrative Secretary (8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), English, #08-302
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/9/2008
COMPENSATION: $ $10.25 plus/hour
POSITION: Building Services Technician (Sunday through Friday, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), Facilities, #08-316
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/09/2008
COMPENSATION: $ 17,680 plus/year
POSITION: Vending Route Driver (variable schedule, flexible weekends), Dining Services #08-315
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/09/2008
COMPENSATION: $12.88 plus/hour
POSITION: Building Services Technician (Saturday - Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Facilities, #08-314
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/9/2008
COMPENSATION: $ 17,680 plus/year
POSITION: Lead Cook (variable schedule, flexible weekends), Dining Services #08-313
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 5/07/2008
COMPENSATION: $ 10.22 plus/hour
NORTH DAKOAT UNIVERSITY SYSTEM POSITION OPENINGS:
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|Kathryn Rand, Steven Light testify in Washington, D.C.|
Law professor Kathryn Rand and political scientist Steven Light testified before the United States Senate Indian Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C. on April 17. Rand and Light were called to provide written and oral testimony at a legislative oversight hearing on the authority of the National Indian Gaming Commission, the agency responsible for federal regulation of Indian gaming. Their testimony is available at http://indian.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=a55afc45-e982-4ab1-9352-3c0df1d0e647.
This marks the second time that Light and Rand, co-founders and co-directors of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy — the first academic center in the U.S. dedicated to research on Indian gaming — have been asked to testify before the Senate Committee.
Rand and Light are widely recognized as among the foremost experts on Indian gaming in the United States. They are the authors of some 30 publications, including three books, on the law, politics, and policy of tribal gaming, and have been quoted in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald.
|Yurkovich receives international education award|
Eleanor Yurkovich, director of the psychiatric mental health program and professor at the College of Nursing, has been awarded the 2008 Education Award from the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses.
ISPN awards provide an opportunity for the association to formally recognize some of the many outstanding contributions of psychiatric mental health nurses throughout the world. The education award acknowledges exceptional creativity and effectiveness in curriculum development, teaching strategies, student recruitment and support, educational outreach and/or other activities by a psychiatric-mental health nurse educator who is viewed as a mentor and role model by colleagues and students.
“This is a great honor not only for Eleanor, but for the College of Nursing. North Dakota needs advanced practice mental health nurses to fill huge gaps in service delivery in rural areas,” said Liz Tyree, department chair.
The national shortage of registered nurses is well known, but that shortage extends beyond bed-side care and into advanced practice nursing as well. The UND Center for Rural Health has reported that 50 out of 54 counties in North Dakota are designated as shortage areas of advanced practice mental health nurse practitioners.
It is estimated that 9.5 percent of people in the U.S. suffer from a depressive illness and 21 percent of children ages 9 to 17 are in need of mental health services annually.
“Often it is the primary care provider who is the entry point for many individuals experiencing a mental health problem,” said Chandice Covington, dean of nursing. “We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Yurkovich working with such dedication on behalf of the mental health needs of our state.”
In addition, Dr. Yurkovich has developed and patented an evaluation tool used to assess community-based psychosocial clubs for individuals with mental illness. In March 2008 she was recognized by the UND Office of Intellectual Property Commercialization and Economic Development as one of 54 inventors on campus that filed for 47 invention disclosures, 38 patent applications and four trademark applications.
Dr. Yurkovich received both her BSN and MSN as a psychiatric clinical specialist from Loyola University and her Ed.D. from Montana State University-Bozeman in adult higher education. Dr. Yurkovich’s research interests include factors supporting success of American Indian nursing students, alternative approaches to maintaining wellness and defining health and health seeking behaviors of persons with chronic/severe and persistent mental illness.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, Nursing, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4526
|UND student investors attend Warren Buffet's Berkshire annual meeting|
Eight students from the Dakota Venture Group attended the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, as well as heard the "Oracle of Omaha" - Warren Buffett.
An anonymous donor from Grand Forks who is a successful entrepreneur reserved four shareholder spots at the Berkshire annual meeting but could not attend as planned. He wanted the Dakota Venture Group students to attend in his place so the shareholder information was shared. He encouraged another successful entrepreneur from Bismarck who also cancelled to do the same, thus eight shareholder spots total. The entrepreneur donor wants the students to learn more about practical investing from one of the best. The donor is a strong believer in hands-on learning for students, to learn from doing.
DVG Managing Director Amy Indridason said, "This was an incredible opportunity for our investor group who could not afford to buy Berkshire's shares which are trading for $125,000 or more per share. We wanted to learn from one of the most successful investors in the world who understands the value of growth companies, and we wanted to meet successful entrepreneurs that Buffett has invested in." The weekend seminar had numerous speakers and networking events in addition to the talk by Buffett.
DVG members hope some of Buffett's insight and successful track record will be instructive. Managing Partner Matt Maurer said, "Berkshire was once a new investment fund like the Dakota Venture Group, and they built a significant fund based on investing in growth companies. This weekend should be packed with good information and good contacts as well as be an inspiration."
The Dakota Venture Group was established by Bart and Lynn Holaday through a donation to the Center for Innovation Foundation. The donation created an "evergreen fund" where the profits will come back to the Foundation to be invested by future entrepreneur-minded students. The Holadays were interested in providing hands on learning of investing in private companies as well as providing support for entrepreneurs and expanding the economy of North Dakota through entrepreneurship, what he calls a "triple bottom line" impact of return on investment, student learning, and economic development.
DVG is the only completely student-managed venture capital fund within the United States, and was the fourth venture fund in the nation to have students engaged in the investing process when established in September 2006. In the first year, the DVG invested in four companies, including two student-formed companies.
The Center for Innovation Foundation supports the Center for Innovation to fulfill their mission of helping entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers and students launch new technologies, products and ventures, develop business and marketing plans, and access talent and sources of venture financing. The Center has initiatives in developing seed, venture and angel capital infrastructure across the Great Plains. The Center manages two Tech Incubators that host more than 20 entrepreneur ventures employing more than 120 people. The Center was among the first technology entrepreneur outreach centers in the nation and has helped launch more than 440 new products and ventures since it was formed in 1984. The Center has won six national awards for excellence in innovation and enreprenmeurs. Along with the department of entrepreneurship the have three national rankings since 2004 to be among the nation's top programs out of 900 entrepreneur programs nationwide, and in October of 2007 was ranked #9 or was in the top 1%.
The students attending were: Amy Indridason, Grant Marquardt, Nate Carpenter, Mark Giese, Dan Waind, Will Kusler, Shannon Pearson, and Sterling Wiggins.