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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Its purpose is the same, but as of this month, the UND Department of Computer Science has a new place on campus. The department's academic mission was moved July 1 to the UND College of Engineering and Mines from its former home in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Though the official administrative structure has shifted, students and faculty will continue to work as usual in Streibel Hall in the university's Aerospace Complex.
The national health care debate came home Wednesday afternoon at a roundtable with Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
The Lotus center was always going to be a spiritual place, which meant it was important to Tamar Read that it be softly lit. She was paying for it, after all, so when she felt that florescent lighting wasn't conducive to meditation, it meant the long tubes had no place in her building.
Mars is famously known to be a red planet, but the UND rugby field just off Interstate 29 in Grand Forks is downright green. The difference wouldn't matter if it weren't for the Martian colony that's been growing like an odd assortment of mushrooms on a neighboring stretch of grass. The little village of five modules, each a white cylinder about 20 feet long and enclosed in a soft, inflatable casing, make up a newly expanded UND space studies test site created with NASA funding to conduct research that could one day guide astronauts settling on far-away worlds.
The Alerus Center is making upward of $2.1 million in facilities upgrades to boost its venue experience in time for the upcoming UND football season. Acting center leader Darryl Jorgenson said the city-owned arena is enhancing its sound system, lighting and wireless internet capabilities with a target completion date in late summer. The entry to center's suite section will also get a facelift courtesy of Happy Harry's Bottle Shops, which is redoing that area in its characteristic, barn-style exterior finish.
Cuts to Medicaid as proposed in the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would hit low-income residents in Grand Forks county, though it's not yet clear to what extent. "It would be huge," said Judy Swisher, head pharmacist and majority owner of Inspire Pharmacy in Grand Forks. The pharmacy is partly owned and works in partnership with the Third Street Clinic, a nonprofit with a focus on making medication more affordable in Grand Forks.
Summer road trips are fine and well, but you haven't lived until you've raced across most of America in a light aircraft. A team of UND students finished doing that just last week as they wrapped an award-winning finish in the 2,400-mile Air Race Classic 2017. The event is organized for female pilots and has deep roots in U.S. women's aviation and a racing community that once counted Amelia Earhart among its members. With that in mind, at least one UND aviation leader is hoping the team's accomplishments can encourage more young women to pursue pilot training.
State Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, told the State Board of Higher Education Tuesday that the state could probably do with fewer campuses. Becker questioned the need for the current roster of 11 North Dakota University System schools in an opening address at the board's monthly meeting. He attributed the number of colleges solely to a drive for "parochialist economic development" at a time when North Dakota "had little white schoolhouses every couple miles."
UND has settled on a new slogan to form the center of its ongoing branding effort. After parsing through data at the end of months of research, university leaders have chosen to move forward with "Leaders in Action" as its core slogan and brand identity. UND President Mark Kennedy said in a press release that the motto reflected a "recurring theme" gleaned from conversations with university alumni.
UND has been awarded a $3.8 million federal grant to fight substance abuse across a region stretching from the Midwestern prairie to the Rockies Mountains. The dollars will come over the next five years as the university takes on management for its regional section of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the agency that distributed the grant. Thomasine Heitkamp, director of the project, said its focus is mainly on training the next wave of substance abuse workforce in a technology-friendly approach to addiction services.