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 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.
Marilyn Hagerty, 91, is no stranger to accolades, as she's frequently been a recipient of them while making a point to honor the everyday efforts of others. Still, the longtime Herald columnist was caught off guard when she walked into a surprise ceremony Thursday evening to collect the 2017 UND Spirit Award, a high recognition bestowed by the UND Alumni Association and Foundation. The award wasn't the end of it though. Before the evening was over, Hagerty had also received from the school's provost an honorary master's degree in community engagement.
The stowaway snake in Alyssa Kennelly's SUV first appeared when it wriggled up onto her windshield from her engine block. It picked an inopportune moment to reveal itself. Kennelly was driving on the interstate and was, understandably, a bit shocked by its reveal. Her first thought when she saw the scaly passenger? "I don't know—probably nothing that can be written in the newspaper," she said with a laugh. Though she was shocked, Kennelly still kept her wits about her to deal with the wily serpent.
UND is submitting to the State Board of Higher Education plans to raze a set of 39 apartment buildings occupied by upper-level students and a child care facility. The buildings are clustered in two groups known in the university housing system as the Northwestern Drive and 6 Plex apartments. They're located, respectively, in a horseshoe-shaped street of the same name and in rows along State Street and Stanford Road, both near the University Place student housing complex.
A UND diversity leader is leaving her position at the institution, citing professional and philosophical differences. Sandra Mitchell, UND associate vice president for diversity and inclusion, described her departure as amicable but said the focus on the field as defined by UND's recently laid-out strategic plan is "very different" than the role she believes she was hired for. Her resignation is official Tuesday.
The concept of the “world’s largest” something is a classic feature of greater Midwest, but between the largest fish statues and the biggest balls of twine, there’s one stop that’s become engrained in the cultural fabric of its region.
The North Dakota University System is in transition, but the rhythm of the messages around that depends on who you're listening to.
A hold on annual North Dakota state employee pay raises means workers at UND and other state schools won't be seeing their usual salary increase, said UND spokesman Peter Johnson. In the past several years, Johnson said, the North Dakota Legislature and the State Board of Higher Education have been "pretty consistent" in granting UND a pool of money in its appropriated two-year budget to be used for some annual percentage raise.
Recent UND graduate Joseph Aymond wore a skullcap to be fitted with dry electrodes as he prepared to have his thoughts read and displayed for all to see on the two computer monitors before him. Or, rather, he modeled the cap in a demonstration of what one might look like during testing in the university's biomedical engineering lab. The cap wasn't actually hooked up the machine, so Aymond's "thoughts" appeared as a yellow line squiggling across the glass of one monitor as the other presented groups of letters arranged in hexagonal patterns.