English Coulee cleanup set for Saturday morning on UND campus

On Saturday, Oct. 25, University of North Dakota students, faculty, and staff  will work together with community members and workers from the City of Grand Forks to clean up English Coulee.

Interested individuals from UND are asked to meet at the Wellness Center at 9 a.m. to sign up and form groups for working on the University portions of the coulee from 9 a.m. to noon.

Interested community members will meet at Sertoma Park at 1 p.m. and work until 4 p.m. on that section of the Coulee. This is a demonstration project of the Sustainable Cities Initiative  and the initial activity of Transforming English Coulee, a multi-year program to improve the aesthetics, health and recreational functionality of English Coulee.

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Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
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Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

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UND, CVIC agree to put confidential advocate/advisor on campus for victims of sexual violence

Arrangement will put CVIC employee at UND about 20 hours a week

The University of North Dakota and the Grand Forks Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) have agreed to partner in an effort to place a CVIC employee on campus to act as a confidential advocate/advisor for student, staff and faculty victims of sexual violence.

The announcement was made today after UND and CVIC officials completed a memorandum of understanding, spelling out the arrangement. The addition of a confidential advocate/advisor on campus helps UND meet its obligations under Title IX to address sexual discrimination and sexual violence.

“UND is committed to providing a safe environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors,” said Donna Smith, UND’s Title IX Coordinator and Director of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action. “Placing a confidential CVIC advisor on-campus will help UND in its efforts to eliminate, prevent and remedy sexual violence in our campus community.  We are excited to work with CVIC to provide this very important resource.”

Under the plan, a CVIC employee would serve on a half-time basis, about 20 hours per week. The individual would hold a professional license, requiring them to be a confidential advocate for victims.  The cost of the service would be about $20,000 per year, including benefits, payable by UND. There will be no charge to campus members who use the service.

Smith would act as the liaison between UND and CVIC, helping the new CVIC advisor to become familiar with UND policies and procedures regarding sexual violence. The CVIC advisor will also be able to arrange for interim safety measures, such as changes in class or work schedules, changes in housing and no-contact directives without triggering UND’s obligation to investigate under Title IX if the individual does not want a disciplinary proceeding or adjudication.

“We are excited to enhance our partnership with UND to provide on-campus, confidential services to students, faculty, and staff who have been victims of sexual violence,” stated CVIC Executive Director Kristi Hall-Jiran.

While the advisor would be on campus about 20 hours  per week, they would also be available to provide services outside of those hours without additional cost to UND, according to UND’s Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office. For example, if a student, staff member or faculty member initially meets with the advisor during campus hours, the advisor still could accompany the victim to a hearing or to provide counselling outside campus hours.

The CVIC advisor will be on-campus in mid-November.  A decision on office location and office hours will be made shortly.

The announcement about adding a CVIC confidential advocate/advisor on campus coincides with UND’s annual Clothesline Project display and Take Back the Night rally, which, for 19 years, have been solemn reminders that physical and verbal violence against women, children and men still prevail in society.

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David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

701.777.5529 | 701.740.4834 cell | 701.777.4616 fax
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UND’s Digital Press debuts with new work

Inaugural issue of ‘Punk Archaeology’ is first publication to roll out of New Media effort

The University of North Dakota Digital Press, the high-tech heir to the long defunct UND Press, is up and running.

The Digital Press is an imaginative reinvention of the University press, bringing together the spirit of entrepreneurship and digital and new media savvy inherent in the humanities, according to Associate Professor of History William Caraher,  a member of UND’s Working Group in Digital and New Media.

“Our strategy is one part stone soup, one part entrepreneurship and one part commitment to the enduring value of long form arguments, important conversations, and books in any form.” says Caraher.

Recognizing a need at UND, the working group – including Caraher, the late Joel Jonientz, assistant professor art & design; Kyle Conway, assistant professor of English and communication; and Brett Ommen, former UND assistant professor of English and communication, sketched out a plan for a university press that would be something different, disruptive and digital.

The Digital Press at UND has already published its first publication, an inaugural volume of Punk Archaeology (also available at Amazon), edited by Caraher, Franklin and Marshall College Professor Kostis Kourelis and Andrew Reinhard, a member of Punk Archaeology without Borders.

Efficient and dynamic

The Digital Press aims to publish books in both paper and digital formats that will benefit from an efficient and dynamic editorial and production process. For instance, a book on the Bakken oil boom that takes three years to come together might miss out on an opportunity to make an impact on the boom or speak to pressing issues and events.

Conway, co-founder of the press, emphasized, “we see the Digital Press as yet another way for UND to make good on its responsibility to North Dakota and North Dakotans. Although we’re interested in a range of topics, we’re really keen to publish books that address the concerns North Dakotans have right now.”

The Digital Press has several volumes in various stages of production including a book on the Bakken Boom and a translation of a Norwegian study of the Dakota Wars. These books will appear in digital form, paperback, and for various e-readers.

“Because we’re approaching this press from a sensitivity developed from our experience in new media like blogs, we think we can find ways to simplify the publication process without sacrificing quality or academic value.” Caraher says.

“The small size of the press allows us to work closely with authors and to create collaborative relationships that can be hard to establish in traditional academic publishing. This press won’t be for everyone or every project, but we feel like we can publish good books that matter.”

Ommen says, “I truly think the thing that makes Punk Archeology important is that it illustrates its deep commitment to the field in the act of disrupting it.”

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David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

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UND psychology to address behavioral health in Indian Country at its annual Northern Lights Conference, Saturday, Oct. 18

The University of North Dakota Psychology Department will host its annual Northern Lights Conference on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Memorial Union on campus.

The conference includes a panel discussion on “Behavioral Health Challenges in Indian Country: The INPSYDE Story,” which will take place at the lecture bowl of the Memorial Union, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, on Saturday.

Also, this year’s keynote speaker will be Scott O. Lilienfeld, clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Emory University. The title of his address is, “Is Psychology a Science? Confronting Public Perceptions and Misperceptions of the Study of Human Nature. The keynote address is set for 3:30 p.m.

All conference events are open to the general public.

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David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University and Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

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UND College of Arts & Sciences meets dean’s challenge for Writer’s Conference funding

The University of North Dakota College of Arts & Sciences’ alumni, friends, faculty and staff successfully raised more than $10,000 for the UND Writers Conference to meet UND Arts & Sciences Dean Debbie Storrs’ challenge.

The Dean’s challenge was made possible by a generous $10,000 matching gift from two longtime supporters of the UND Writers Conference. These donors challenged the dean to raise $10,000, which they would match with their $10,000 gift. Together, supporters raised more than $20,000 for the 2015 UND Writers Conference.

“The Writers Conference is a one-of-a-kind event not only for UND and the college, but in the literary world,” said Storrs. “Keeping the event free, and providing students, community members, staff and faculty an opportunity to gather and learn from artists and authors from across the nation is one of my priorities.”

In September, Storrs announced the challenge and her personal gift of $1,000 to kick off the challenge. She asked others who shared her commitment to the Writers Conference to give. They were given “30 days to raise” the remaining funds to support the UND Writers Conference. The final amount raised is not yet known, but donors have exceeded the original $10,000 match without including Storrs’ gift.

The UND Writers Conference, now in its 46th year, has featured some of the world’s most influential writers. The 2015 conference, March 25-27, is titled “The Other Half” and will feature women writers and artists exclusively for the first time in four decades.  All events are free and open to the public.

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Contact:
Craig Garaas-Johnson
craig.garaasjohnson@UND.edu
701.777.3669

David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

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Danish students on one-month visit to UND to learn about American entrepreneurship will host ‘Denmark Night’ on TONIGHT, Oct. 16

What: Denmark Cultural Night at the University of North Dakota

Who: The event will be hosted by 10 students and two faculty members from Demark. They are on a one-month visit to UND and North Dakota to learn about American entrepreneurship.

When: 6:30 p.m., TONIGHT, Oct. 16

Where: Loading Dock, in the UND Memorial Union.

Background:

For nearly a month now, UND has been playing host to 10 students and two faculty members from the North Atlantic nation of Denmark for a special educational arrangement.

These students and their teachers will get a chance Thursday night to show off a bit of culture from their homeland at Denmark Night, part of the UND International Centre’s cultural spotlight series known as Culture Night. A few times a month, the centre highlights a different nation and its students for Culture Night.  This Thursday, the Danish visitors, though not traditional full-time UND International students, will be the hosts.

The Danish students will use the occasion to provide a glimpse into Danish culture through a presentation, music and a Danish meal that will be served directly after. The meal will comprise flæskesteg (a Danish pork roast), rice pudding (both hot and cold) with toppings and boiled potatoes with gravy.

The event is free to attend and open to the public.  Members of the media are welcome and encouraged to attend.

About the Danish students:

The Danish students are at UND as part of a one-month arrangement between UND and Denmark’s Kive Tekniske Skole. The program gives them an opportunity to sample some technology and entrepreneurship classes at UND, as well as tour parts of North Dakota to meet with successful business owners. The students also have been able to witness a number of UND Athletics events.

The main goal of this trip is to provide the students with a better insight into American entrepreneurship.

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David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University and Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

701.777.5529 | 701.740.4834 cell | 701.777.4616 fax
david.dodds@UND.edu
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UND Master of Public Health Program launches extension in Wyoming

The University of North Dakota Master of Public Health Program will soon offer the MPH Program to students in Wyoming.

The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), starting in the spring semester 2015, will offer the MPH Program at a distance to classes based at Casper College in Casper, Wyo.

The UND MPH classes will be offered synchronously online, right from the classroom at UND where they are held. Though students in Casper will be encouraged to join their cohort in class on the college campus there, students from all over Wyoming, including the University of Wyoming, Laramie, will be able to participate online—just like many students already do in other UND programs from locations around North Dakota and the country.

“We are highlighting the cohort, in-class aspect of this Program for students in Casper, but we encourage any students in Wyoming to participate,” said MPH program founder and director Raymond Goldsteen.

“This Program will offer Wyoming students the full benefit of our curriculum in real time, interactively with our instructors in the classroom here at UND,” said Goldsteen, who also directs the program’s Center for Comparative Effectiveness Analytics. “The MPH Program that we will be offering in Casper next semester is  building on the success of the UND Occupational Therapy program in Casper.”

The extension of UND MPH Program to a full-fledged distance offering in Wyoming will be administered from the MPH Program offices at SMHS. UND MPH instructors will visit the Wyoming campus at least once a semester.

“The synchronous delivery means students in a cohort class will get all the benefits of being in classroom with a teacher, interacting with students in Grand Forks,” said Goldsteen, author of the widely known textbook in the field, Introduction to Public Health.

Goldsteen says he’s connected with many public health officials about the program in Wyoming before launching this distance education effort, which will include both of the specializations offered at UND—Population Health Analytics and Health Management & Policy.

About the UND Master of Public Health Program

The MPH Program at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) welcomes applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds including the social and behavioral sciences; the basic sciences; mathematics, statistics and computer science; and the humanities.

In addition, the MPH is an excellent partner for all clinical degrees including medicine, nursing, laboratory science, physician assistant, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, as it expands professional opportunities in these fields. Also those who wish to apply for a clinical program find that the MPH degree can enhance their application as well as their preparation for their clinical career. Because of the diversity of our students, the program is designed for full and part-time study, as well as distance education through live broadcast of all classes.

The MPH Program at UND has two specializations – Population Health Analytics and Health Management & Policy. Both prepare students for the work of population health improvement in the diverse communities of the Northern Plains and similar regions. Understanding the multiple determinants of population health – medical care, public health interventions, the social environment, the physical environment, and individual behavior – and learning how to optimize population health in the region are complex, fascinating, and important undertakings.

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Contacts:

Juan Miguel Pedraza
Writer/Editor
National Media Relations Coordinator
Public Relations Group—Division of University and Public Affairs
University of North Dakota
701.777.6571 | 701.740.1321 cell | 701.777.4616 fax
juan.pedraza@und.edu
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Ashley Evenson, MPH
Academic Coordinator
Master of Public Health Program
UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Room 2370
ashley.n.evenson@med.und.edu
701.777.6368

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UND, SkyWest Airlines announce partnership to provide career opportunities for student pilots

The University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and SkyWest Airlines are pleased to announce the SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program. This is a new partnership that provides students with unmatched opportunities toward becoming a first officer at SkyWest Airlines.

UND students from certain aviation majors who meet the requirements and have obtained a Commercial Pilot Certificate and a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate may apply to the SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program. Once accepted, both the school and airline will mentor the students, providing them with specific, current information about all aspects of becoming a SkyWest pilot. Cadets will also receive a retained hire date and may have opportunities to participate in SkyWest recruiting events and outreach programs.

Once the cadets have completed a Bachelor of Science degree and the required flight training, they will work as flight instructors to build up their flight experience, as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Successfully completing the program does not automatically move the graduate into a first officer position; however, cadets are provided with a conditional offer of employment and are guaranteed a final interview for a first officer position at SkyWest Airlines.

UND students who are interested in the SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program should contact Students Services at UND Aerospace at 701.777.4017.

UND also has defined career agreements with Cape Air/JetBlue, ExpressJet Airlines and Envoy/American Airlines.

About UND Aerospace

UND Aerospace, which includes the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota and the UND Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF), is an international leader in collegiate and contract aviation education and training services flying over 115,000 hours per year in over 120 fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft. UNDAF also has facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, in conjunction with Chandler-Gilbert Community College; and Crookston, Minnesota, with the University of Minnesota, in addition to its home-base in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs|
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

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UND clothesline project and ‘Take Back the Night’ rally scheduled for Today, Oct. 13-17

The University of North Dakota Women’s Center will host the 19th annual display of the North Dakota Clothesline Project Oct. 13-16, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. to noon, in the UND Memorial Union Ballroom.

In addition, the “Take Back the Night Rally” will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

The keynote speaker at the Take Back the Night Rally will be Karyn Hippen, Mayor of Thompson, N.D. Hippen is a survivor of sexual abuse and has also overcome the struggles of being in a domestic violent relationship. Hippen will share her story and the effect violence has had on her life.  The public is encouraged to come and listen to Hippen as she shares her experience of abuse, how she overcame those struggles and what she has learned from it.

After Hippen speaks, a march will take place. Everyone is welcome to join the march. The march will start on the north side of University Avenue near the Memorial Union and will proceed to Princeton Street and then back to the Memorial Union on the south side of University Avenue. This march represents taking a unified stance against violence.  It brings the community together to  speak out and work toward ending violence.

Take Back the Night is an opportunity for people to have a voice against violence.  By bringing in a speaker to this event, people are given the opportunity to talk and discuss these topics with each other.

The purpose of the Clothesline Project is to increase awareness of violence in North Dakota. The Clothesline Project is to bear witness to the survivors and the victims of violence, to educate the community about the dynamics of violence and help with the healing process for those who have lost a loved one or are survivors of violence.

The project features decorated t-shirts representing stories told by survivors, family members and/or friends of victims. This year, the Women’s Center will be incorporating shawls that people will be able to decorate along with the t-shirts. “Shawls are held in high esteem by Native women. We feel giving the option of decorating a shawl in place of a t-shirt helps bring awareness to violence against native women and moves us towards being more culturally inclusive.” Jackie Hoffarth, a Graduate Student Assistant at the Women’s Center, said.

The Clothesline Project will continue going green this year. They will be using a QR Code that individuals with smartphones will be able to use to get more information about violence.  This change, along with other additions to the project is based on student/community feedback.

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David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University and Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

701.777.5529 | 701.740.4834 cell | 701.777.4616 fax
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UND Chemistry Department to dedicate student-inspired mural of the Periodic Table on Oct. 10 at Abbott Hall on campus

Celebration will follow annual Chemistry Department Homecoming Lecture, this year, by UND alumnus James Morley of Takeda Pharmaceutical

The University of North Dakota Undergraduate Chemistry Club, with help from the UND Chemistry and Art & Design Departments, has completed a Periodic Table of Elements mural across the walls outside of Abbott Hall’s largest classroom, 101. A dedication ceremony will take place Friday, Oct. 10, following the Chemistry Department’s Annual Homecoming Lecture.

The Homecoming lecturer, this year, is UND alumnus James Morley, general manager of Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control Center at Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. His lecture is titled “Concrete Chemistry: Opportunities for an Organic Chemist” and will begin at 4 p.m., in Room 101 of Abbott Hall.

Refreshments will be served after the dedication, featuring cookies decorated in the formation of the periodic table.

About the Periodic Table mural:

The mural is an artistic representation of the Periodic Table from the perspectives of science and popular culture. It is a part of UND’s Art Collections “The Living Museum across the campus and beyond.”

In keeping with one of University’s “Exceptional UND” initiatives, the mural project is a collaborative effort of many students, faculty, University and community members.

The images were printed using an “MZ” ceramic pigment printing system. The tiles were then fired at the ceramics facilities of the Department of Art & Design.

The co-curators are Wesley Smith, associate professor in the Department of Art & Design, and Julie Abrahamson, assistant professor of chemistry.

This project was supported by contributions from the UND Chemistry Department and its alumni, the UND Department of Art & Design and the Myers Foundations.

About Morley

As general manager, his responsibilities include the leadership of global CMCC operations at eight sites, including three in Japan, three in the United States and two in the European Union, as well as oversight of activities in support of the company’s mid-range and long-term strategic plans.

Under Dr. Morley’s guidance, CMCC strives to be at the leading edge in all aspects of CMC technology, including the manufacture and supply of all drug substance and drug product necessary to support clinical and non-clinical development and technical transfer to commercial manufacturing operations.

Prior to his current position at Takeda, Morley held various positions of increasing responsibility in pharmaceutical development within Takeda’s U.S. operations and within CMCC supporting multiple Takeda affiliates.

Morley started his career at Abbott Laboratories, where he held various positions in analytical and physical chemistry research, including membership in Abbott’s Volwiler Society as an associate research fellow. While at Abbott, his responsibilities included the development of analytical methodology for investigational drug candidates, intermediates and drug products; physiochemical characterization of drug candidates as well as supervising method development and the routine test efforts for multiple projects.

Morley is a long-time member of several industry organizations. He is the holder of three patents and has been published 13 times in various industry journals. His leadership and performance excellence have earned him various awards in the industry, including Abbott’s Chairman’s Award and several Takeda’s Circle Awards.

Morley graduated from UND in 1991 with a doctorate in organic chemistry. He and his wife of 30 years, Renee, live in Kobe, Japan.

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Contact:
Julie Abrahamson
701.777.3043
julie.abrahamson@UND.edu

David L. Dodds
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Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

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