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HIGHER ED NOTES: Scholarship recipients ... Former Israeli justice ... Dixon appointed

Scholarship recipients: The UND College of Nursing recently awarded the Alyce & John Travers scholarship to Heather Bengs, Thompson, N.D.; and Katherine Goldade, Shayla Hall, Alison Hand, Christine Iseminger, Laura Jacobson, Bryan Jacques and...

Scholarship recipients: The UND College of Nursing recently awarded the Alyce & John Travers scholarship to Heather Bengs, Thompson, N.D.; and Katherine Goldade, Shayla Hall, Alison Hand, Christine Iseminger, Laura Jacobson, Bryan Jacques and Andrea Lee, all of Grand Forks.

The scholarship is awarded to a full-time student who meets a GPA requirement. Per the agreement, this scholarship has been awarded only to residents of Bowman County in North Dakota and Harding County in South Dakota in the past. But excess funding this past year allowed UND to offer the scholarship to North Dakota nursing students for the 2009-10 academic year, said Becky Cournia, alumni and development coordinator at the UND College of Nursing.

Former Israeli justice: The Honorable Aharon Barak, former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Israel, will deliver the distinguished Oscar and Amelia Fode Memorial Law Lecture at 4 p.m. Monday in the Baker Courtroom of the UND School of Law. Justice Barak's presentation is free and open to the public.

Before his appointment to the Supreme Court, Barak served as Israel's attorney general. In 1978, he was appointed justice of the Supreme Court of Israel, where he served as president from August 1995 until his retirement in September 2006. Barak is now a visiting professor at Yale Law School.

The family said the lecture was created in memory of Oscar and Amelia Fode because of their lifelong interest in education and the young people of North Dakota.

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The Fodes were prominent in business in Jamestown, N.D. They began an automobile business known as Midwest Motors there in 1929, subsequently establishing Midwest Credit Co., Midwest Machine Co., Midwest Insurance Co. and Dakota Sales and Service, which Oscar continued to operate until his death in 1971. Amelia died in 1961.

Partnership: Career Step, a leading health care education company, has partnered with UND to offer training to individuals interested in pursing careers in medical transcription and medical coding and billing.

UND will hold two informational open houses Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 211 of the Skalicky Tech Incubator. Info: (800) 342-8230 or UNDonline@mail.und.edu .

Dixon appointed: Kathleen Dixon, professor of English, has been appointed director of the women studies program in the UND College of Arts and Sciences. She replaces Wendelin Hume, associate professor and chairwoman of the Department of Criminal Justice.

Dixon has taught a number of courses in women and gender studies since her arrival at UND in 1991 and has published scholarly books and essays in these fields.

Dixon's third book, "The Global Village Re-visited: Art, Politics, and Television Talk Shows," has just been published and features case studies of three television talk shows from three countries. Gender differences are central to Dixon's study of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and of Jan Publiek, a Flemish public TV talk show.

Education fair: A Minnesota education fair for all high school students and their parents will be in the gym at Northland Community and Technical College in­­ Thief River Falls from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. Northland's College Fair is sponsored by the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling, the same group that hosts the successful National College Fair each fall in Minneapolis. Admission is free. Students should contact their high school counselor for further information.

Galileo lecture: Allan Chapman will present a lecture titled "Galileo: The Man, The Myth and The Discoverer" at 3 p.m. Monday in Sattgast 208 on the campus of Bemidji State University. Admission is free. Info: (218) 755-4096.

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