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UND town hall addresses binge drinking Prairie Public Radio will host a town hall meeting as part of its "High Risk High: Youth Drinking in North Dakota" project. "Binge Drinking at UND, Recovering in a College Setting and Changing the Culture of...

UND town hall addresses binge drinking

Prairie Public Radio will host a town hall meeting as part of its "High Risk High: Youth Drinking in North Dakota" project.

"Binge Drinking at UND, Recovering in a College Setting and Changing the Culture of Alcohol" is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the UND Memorial Union Loading Dock. This event is free and open to the public.

Audio from the event will be recorded for later broadcast on Prairie Public Radio. Video from the event will be uploaded to

www.highriskhigh.org .

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Info: (701) 298-7782 or

e-mail meglutherlindholm@gmail.com .

Community forum set at Fort Totten

"Finding Common Cultural Ground: Heritage, Education, Tourism" is the theme for the third annual Community Connect Forum from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 24 at Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten, N.D. The event is free and open to the public.

The forum is part of the Community Connect Project, coordinated by the UND Center for Community Engagement. Registration deadline is April 9 at http://learn.aero.und.edu/pages.asp?PageID=153852 .

For more information, log on to www.community engagement.und.edu, call (701) 777-0675 or e-mail comunivforum@und.edu .

Rakel addresses integrative medicine

David Rakel will give the third integrative medicine lecture at noon Friday in Reed Keller Lecture Hall, Room 1350 at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The title of Rakel's lecture is "The Salutogenic Oriented Session: A Healing Focused Patient Encounter, Combining the Science and the Art."

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Rakel is editor of one of the main texts in the field, titled "Integrative Medicine." His interests include how the body self-heals, mind-body health influences, sports medicine, nutrition and incorporating a health and healing curriculum into medical school education, a project for which he has National Institutes of Health funding.

The public is invited to attend; lunch will be provided. Info: (701) 777-2733.

Child abuse forum will focus on Internet safety

In support of Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, a class of social work students from UND will host a community-wide forum on how to keep kids safe on the Internet. The free event will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 27 in the UND Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, 2901 University Ave., in Grand Forks.

Free parking will be available in the lot east of the parking ramp at Columbia Road and University Avenue. Door prizes will be given out at the end of the presentation. Log on to safeincyberspace@und.edu for questions regarding the presentation.

For more information on Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota and events occurring throughout the month of April, visit www.pcand.org .

UND's Van Eck researches video games

Video games may look like fun, but for UND educator Richard Van Eck, they're a serious business that may hold the key to the future of teaching and learning in the digital age.

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Van Eck, associate professor and graduate director in Instructional Design and Technology, has edited two major texts set to be released by early April by IGI Global. These books are outgrowths of his research on video games and learning theory and reflect his belief that the field of serious games has significant gaps in theory and practice that can only be filled by synthesizing multiple disciplinary perspectives and theory.

The first book is "Interdisciplinary Models and Tools for Serious Games: Emerging Concepts and Future Directions."

The second book is "Gaming and Cognition: Theories and Practice from the Learning Sciences."

UND schedules Norway lecture, seminar

Monika agar, associate professor of Scandinavian studies at the University of Minnesota, will talk about her latest book "Knut Hamsun: The Dark Side of Literary Brilliance," at 5 p.m. April 7 in the Tower Cafe at the UND Bookstore in Grand Forks.

agar will discuss the controversial Norwegian author Knut Hamsun and her take on the debate about Hamsun's genius, crime and punishment.

The inaugural Norway Seminar is from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 10 in O'Kelly Hall 260.

For more information on these events or to register for the seminar, go to www.und.edu/dept/norwegian/norwaySeminar.html .

Digi-Key offers students work

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corp. of Thief River Falls will again sponsor its sales internship program in conjunction with Northland Community and Technical College.

The program offers college students 18 and older the opportunity to work at Digi-Key while attending classes. Internship program classes start at the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year for full-time students enrolled at NCTC in Thief River Falls.

Participants will receive post-college career assurance in a sales position at Digi-Key and tuition reimbursement up to $5,000 per year of a two-year program, pending fulfillment of internship program requirements.

Applications must be received or postmarked by April 30. For more information or to request an application, call (218) 681-6674, ext. 1883, or e-mail amber.berg@digikey.com .

NDSU names Bollinger VP for finance

Bruce Bollinger recently was appointed vice president for finance at North Dakota State University. He'll fill the role for one year.

Bollinger has been with NDSU since 1987 and became director of the agriculture budget office in 1998. He will take over for Broc Lietz, who was named interim vice president of finance in early March when John Adams resigned. Lietz will return to his position as associate vice president for finance and administration.

St. Cloud State cuts programs

St. Cloud State University said this past week that state budget cuts are forcing the school to close 23 programs and suspend six others.

St. Cloud State President Earl Potter said the state has limited the school's ability to raise tuition at the same time it cuts money for higher education.

Potter says students enrolled in programs no longer offered by SCSU will be allowed to complete their degrees -- those programs just won't accept new students. Among the cuts are master's degree programs in early childhood education, community education and physical education.

College of Science gets state grant

The North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton is getting a $265,000 state Workforce Enhancement Grant.

Gov. John Hoeven said the money will help launch the Automotive Diagnostic Certification Center at the school in partnership with the Snap-On Industrial tool company.

College President John Richman said the school is working to create relationships with private-sector partners to help fulfill the needs of business and industry.

Science already has partnerships with other companies, including John Deere, Caterpillar, Butler Machinery and Haas Automation.

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