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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The academic career of UND history professor Gordon Iseminger, 84, might finally be winding down, and he's not happy about it. The Chester Fritz distinguished professor has spent more than 50 years teaching and researching at the university, during which time he focused largely on European history before turning an eye to more local studies of North Dakota's past. Those studies will continue, he said, though most likely they will not conclude in his campus office.
Grand Forks server Peggy Adams has a lot of socks. So many, in fact, they've become a key part of her professional identity and the source of her nickname—Socks. Adams has made a career at El Roco, and after nearly 36 years at the north-end bar, she's become as much a fixture of the place as the bar top itself. She's also amassed a collection of outlandish socks — at current count, 250 pairs and growing.
The State Board of Higher Education approved a policy change Thursday which would cut down the required timeline for dismissing tenured faculty in the North Dakota University System. Discussion of the change during the board's monthly meeting hinged on themes of dire straits for state appropriations and rapid change in the context of an increasingly technology-driven economy. Opponents of the policy shift warn that reducing the timeline is perceived as a shot at tenure itself, an issue they say could hurt NDUS recruitment efforts and employee morale.
UND stakeholders gathered Wednesday for the first of a weekly series of campus forums to discuss the impact of campuswide budget cuts. Discussion through the afternoon forum, which drew several dozen attendees for an extended session with UND Provost Tom DiLorenzo, was aimed at clarifying the means by which university administration intended to meet a $16 million budget reduction while establishing new areas of strategic focus. At certain points, there was little mincing of words.
UND is creating an integrated center to combine multiple areas of unmanned aerial systems expertise on campus. According to a news release, university President Mark Kennedy has forwarded a plan to establish a UND Institute for Unmanned and Autonomous Research. Such an institute would work with UAS functions such as physical flying and testing as well as data capture and management. It would also focus on developing national UAS policy and fostering new innovations in the field.
Olympian hockey-playing twins Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux are releasing branded apparel stamped with a new personal logo created by Bennett Brien.
UND will not be looking to replace an outgoing event coordinator at this time, said university President Mark Kennedy. Kennedy said Tuesday the job is still important, but said the search for an employee to manage events for the president's office has been canceled for now.
UND is preparing to sell its long-held radio station licenses to Prairie Public Radio as it readies plans to tear down the building which houses the local studio. Bill Thomas, director of Prairie Public Radio, said the public radio service is currently in talks with the university about transferring the licensing for its two stations, KFJM and KUND-FM, to the main network.
The UND College of Arts and Sciences released on Friday some draft proposals for how it would accommodate its portion of campuswide budget cuts. Debbie Storrs, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, wrote in a collegewide email that a 12 percent reduction to her unit's budget would amount to a real cut of $4.2 million. Storrs wrote to college stakeholders that her draft plan to make space for the cut would include reducing instructors, staff and graduate teaching assistants, as well as eliminating a non-degree program targeted at first-year students.
The former home of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences is steadily filling with fresh purpose. Debbie Storrs, dean of the UND College of Arts and Sciences, said her college's administrative staff moved during winter break into their new building from their previous facilities in Montgomery Hall. The college's office staff now have the company of their advising team and a growing stream of academic faculty.