Andrew Haffner covers county, health 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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Between working part time in an emergency room and completing a master's degree in nursing, Abbey Anderson is a busy woman. "I work 12-hour shifts, so 24 hours a week, and I work in the clinic three days a week for clinicals," said Anderson, who also earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from UND. "That leaves about one day a week to do any extra homework, or just catch up on everything else in life—there's always something going on."
UND has submitted a request for authorization from the State Board of Higher Education to move ahead with about $3.3 million in remodeling for the former UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences building. The SMHS left the space over the course of last summer to move into a brand-new facility just a few blocks away. Since then, the administrative and advising offices of the UND College of Arts and Sciences have been moving their operations into the building.
Over the course of their 70 years of marriage, Donna and Harvey Hoiberg have spent more than a few Valentine's Days together. "I made up my mind when we got married that this is it," said Harvey, 94. "We'd do everything possible to stay together." Harvey said the topic of divorce just never came up, a sentiment with which his wife agreed. "We never even thought about it," said Donna, 87.
As some academic areas at UND are in the midst of a hiring freeze, the UND president’s office is seeking to replace a retiring event coordinator and assistant to the first lady whose duties would be based in arranging entertainment. The full-time event coordinator position posted in an internal job listing is salaried at more than $60,000 annually, plus benefits.
Budget cut recommendations submitted last week to the UND president's office by campus leaders have been returned for further editing. A UND news release stated the president's office would not be issuing reduction targets to college deans and department heads Friday as earlier announced. Further, the office has given campus leadership another week to rewrite their proposals with an eye to more structural reductions as opposed to one-time cuts.
Spring enrollment at UND has declined by 2.5 percent, or about 350 students from the same time last year, according to a university release. Sol Jensen, UND assistant vice president for enrollment services, suggested the decrease is coming to campus as the university's 2011 and 2012 freshman classes—its largest on record—are crossing the stage for graduation.
A semester into its first year of use, the recently finished UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences has been fully occupied and put to work by students, staff and faculty. Graduate students Brooke Freeberg and Danyelle Osowski were studying Tuesday in an upper-level common area of the 325,000-square foot building, which is now occupied by about 800 students at any given time. As undergraduates Freeberg and Osowski worked in the old SMHS and helped move laboratory equipment the few blocks over into the freshly built $124 million facility in time for the fall semester.
A bill described by its sponsor as a means to ensure freedom of speech in North Dakota higher education by rejecting "political correctness gone crazy" has been passed in the state House. Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, sponsor of House Bill 1329, said the proposed legislation is a response to an "attitude that free speech is not free speech" on campuses where he said expression is discouraged by university policy.
Daniel Michael Two Hearts, a fugitive accused of firing a handgun at state troopers and stealing at least three vehicles, was taken into custody late Friday in Devils Lake after engaging in a standoff with police and shooting himself, the local newspaper reported.
A bill introduced Tuesday in the state Legislature could pull North Dakota University System sexual discrimination cases from the public record.