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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UND could soon be tearing down another set of campus buildings. The university notified the State Historical Society of North Dakota earlier this month of its intent to demolish Corwin/Larimore and Robertson/Sayre halls, a pair of academic buildings that make up the remaining physical trace of Wesley College, a now-defunct Methodist school whose properties were purchased by UND in 1965.
The UND Center for Innovation is looking to the future with a new mission statement that prioritizes its core entrepreneurial services.
It's like speed dating, but for research grants. That's part of the idea for a Tuesday UND Discovery Grand Challenge event planned to bring researchers together with representatives from multiple federal agencies. But unlike most rounds of speed dating, the networking researchers already know they have a common interest with those on the other side of the table—in this case, rural health and related social issues.
A North Dakota faculty group has issued an official letter of concern about a plan to cut the monthly in-person meetings of the university system's governing board
Cheech Marin, the once-mustachioed half of the stoner comedy duo Cheech and Chong, doesn't think people are surprised anymore by his love for the arts.
Altru Health System is building a new hospital estimated at “well over” $250 million to replace aging facilities in Grand Forks. Health system leaders announced the planned investment to Altru employees Wednesday before describing the project further in an afternoon press conference. Altru Board of Directors Chairwoman Kris Compton said the unexpected loss earlier this year of the system’s main clinic after a structural failure had presented an opportunity to “step back and think about the big picture” of meeting regional health care needs.
Regional leaders in higher education showed early optimism Tuesday after Gov. Doug Burgum launched a task force to assess how North Dakota campuses are meeting the state's needs. Burgum described his initiative in a press conference as a push to identify best practices for governance of the North Dakota University System that can be distilled into recommendations for long-term improvements. The system is currently governed by the State Board of Higher Education, a body that also sets policy for North Dakota's 11 campuses.
The northern Plains are no stranger to fall snowflakes, but these past few weeks have delivered a heavy opening salvo that might signal a snowy winter ahead. Grand Forks streets and facilities manager Mark Aubol said the recent snowfall was one of the biggest autumn weather events he can remember over the past eight years or so. That's not to say he found it unusual.
UND professor Mark Trahant is leaving the university at the end of the academic year—but not before hosting a spring conference devoted to exploring the ways in which the stories of the Standing Rock protests spread across the internet.
The search for the next president of Mayville State University officially begins Monday with a campus meeting open to the public.