Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.
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As part of a sweeping push to update campus facilities, UND is feeling out a set of major changes to Gamble Hall, home of the UND College of Business and Public Administration. Steven Light, interim dean of the college, said the hall—built in 1968, complete with many of the design style points of that era—has "had a good run" but is in need of an upgrade. "I think our vision outgrew the building we're in," Light said.
Go to church, make it to mosque and see the synagogue—UND is making that easy next week with its annual Interfaith Week. A UND press release announcing the week's schedule of programming from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2. described this year's series as "an opportunity to hear how justice and peace are an integral part of our neighbor's faith."
A reshuffling of athletic training facilities on the UND campus could open space for a science facility in what is now the Hyslop Sports Center. UND President Mark Kennedy said the new lab space, which would be dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics—STEM, for short—would repurpose an area of the Hyslop that currently houses weight room facilities.
GRAND FORKS—Longtime North Dakota legislator Byron John Langley died last week at the age of 91, according to an obituary published Wednesday, Jan. 17. Langley, who spent nearly all his life farming and ranching near Warwick, N.D., within the Spirit Lake Nation, died surrounded by family Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Carrington, N.D.
Longtime North Dakota legislator Byron John Langley died last week at the age of 91, according to an obituary published Wednesday. Langley, who spent nearly all his life farming and ranching near Warwick, N.D., within the Spirit Lake Nation, died surrounded by family Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Carrington, N.D.
The names of two women killed Thursday morning in a head-on car crash outside Thompson, N.D., were released Friday by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The deceased -- both residents of the Hatton Prairie Village retirement and assisted living facility in Hatton, N.D. -- are Lynette Ysteboe, 59, and Alpha Flaten, 97. At the time of the crash, the women were being driven to doctors’ appointments in Grand Forks.
UND is looking to fill a number of high-level positions before this semester is up. Those searches are for new executive cabinet leaders to fill the roles of vice president for finance and operations and the relatively new office for the vice president for university relations. The roles are now respectively held by Alice Brekke and longtime UND spokesman Peter Johnson, both of whom announced last year their intent to retire.
A half-century after his death, the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. lives on. The continued vitality of King's message of justice was a key theme Monday during an event at UND's Gorecki Alumni Center hosted by the university and the city of Grand Forks. Queen Ngale, a leader of the Black Student Association of UND, introduced speakers and musical acts, including university President Mark Kennedy and the Grand Cities Children's Choir.
The college experience is always changing—and now, it's increasingly online. UND provided a key example of that recently with a jump in a national ranking of best online programs put together by U.S. News and World Report. The university was listed this week as taking the 66 place for "Best Online Bachelor's Programs" out of more than 350 ranked schools across the country.
The problems in Mark Hagerott's office began early on, according to the woman who once worked as his right-hand employee. Hagerott is the chancellor of the North Dakota University System, the executive of an office that sits atop the 11 colleges and universities that make up the state landscape of public higher education. Until September, he oversaw that system with the help of Lisa Feldner, a longtime public sector employee hired as a vice chancellor by Hagerott's predecessor.