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Kupchella travels to Kyrgyzstan soon

UND President Charles Kupchella and his wife, Adele, will travel to the Kyrgyz Republic next week to sign an accord with Osh State University to expand UND's international presence. Mukhtar Orozbekov, rector of Osh State, visited UND last year.

UND President Charles Kupchella and his wife, Adele, will travel to the Kyrgyz Republic next week to sign an accord with Osh State University to expand UND's international presence. Mukhtar Orozbekov, rector of Osh State, visited UND last year.

Kupchella is expected to sign draft agreements with Orozbekov to help Osh State develop expanded distance learning capabilities, including the addition of more English language instruction, according to a news release.

UND also will offer two tuition-waiver scholarships for eligible Kyrgyz students.

Orozbekov has established a UND Room at Osh State, which will feature UND publicity materials and course catalogs, as well as publicity materials for Grand Forks and North Dakota, according to the news release.

The UND Chester Fritz Library has shipped several boxes of books and other publications about UND and the region to the school, including histories, research materials and several back issues of the North Dakota Quarterly.


Three research VP

candidates to talk

Three candidates to be UND's next vice president for research will speak about their research philosophies and field questions this month.

Chuck Staben, acting vice president for research at the University of Kentucky, will speak at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Internal candidate Jim Petell, UND's technology transfer and commercialization director, will give his talk at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Wayne Watkins, associate vice president for research at the University of Akron, will speak at 2 p.m. Sept. 20.

All talks will be in Room 16 of Swanson Hall.

UND president


search forums setThe UND Presidential Search Committee will continue to hold public forums this week to discuss the proposed profile for the president's job. The forum schedule and a draft of the profile are at: www.und.edu/presidentialsearch/ .

UND honors alumniThree UND alumni will receive Sioux Awards, the university's highest honor, at an event Sept. 27 in the Alerus Center.

Recipients are Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., a 1965 graduate of UND's School of Business and Public Administration; Tom Hamilton, a longtime energy executive and former president of the UND Alumni Association, who earned a doctorate in geology from UND in 1970, and Dale Morrison, a former chief executive officer of Campbell Soup Co. and a 1971 graduate of the School of Business and Public Administration.

VCSU to go smoke-

free starting Jan. 1Valley City State University will become the fourth North Dakota University System school to ban smoking on campus Jan. 1.

UND plans to go smoke-free in October.

Two North Dakota colleges already have campuswide smoking bans in place - Bismarck State College and Minot State University.

EERC, others host


energy conferenceUND's Energy and Environmental Research Center is one of five sponsors of a conference focusing on the evolving energy industry, beginning Sept. 24 in Arlington, Va.

More than 400 people from 40 states, four Canadian provinces and 12 foreign countries are registered for the Air Quality VI conference, according to a press release.

Speakers include Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan, both D-N.D., and Carl Bauer, director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Grad establishes Fort Yates practiceDr. Lynelle Noisy Hawk, a graduate of UND's Family Medicine Residency Program in Bismarck, has established her medical practice at the Indian Health Service Hospital in Fort Yates, N.D.

Noisy Hawk is a member of the Oglala/Hunkpapa Lakota Nation. She has a special interest in diabetes care and women's and children's health.

NDSU prof published

in GeographicAn article by North Dakota State University professor Heather Gill-Robinson will appear in this month's issue of National Geographic magazine.

The article, "Tales from the Bog," discusses the discovery of 2,000-year-old mummies, preserved with amazing detail in the peat bogs of Europe.


Vitamins, vascular

disease in lectureThe role of vitamins in the prevention of vascular disease will be discussed by a visiting professor from Harvard Medical School at the UND medical school's Dean's Hour on Monday.

Dr. Kilmer McCully's talk is "Homocysteine, Vitamins, and Prevention of Vascular Disease." It will begin at noon in Keller Auditorium in the school's Wold Center.

Vascular diseases affect the body's vessels or ducts, which circulate blood and other fluids. The talk is free and open to the public.

UMC junior wins data

processing awardUniversity of Minnesota-Crookston junior Delano D. Robinson recently earned first place at the 29th annual National Black Data Processing Associates Technology Conference in Washington.

Robinson was recognized for his presentation "Electronic Stability Control System Benefits," which focused on increasing vehicle safety through computer technology.

This was the first time Robinson has entered a technology competition, according to a press release.


Marks reports on higher education. Reach him at (701) 780-1105, (800) 477-6572, ext. 105; or jmarks@gfherald.com .

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