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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A special edition of the Dakota Student, the UND campus newspaper, has taken a rare turn from athletics to focus on social issues—in this case, diversity and resilience on campus. Diane Newberry, Dakota Student news editor, said the collection of more than a dozen articles was intended to be "both a celebration of diversity but also sort of a dive into where the university kind of fails on diversity on all aspects."
The Grand Forks area will likely get some reprieve from the cold this week, though warm weather could give out to a weekend storm. Early forecasts show high temperatures for the next few days hovering right about freezing with overnight lows between 10 and 15 degrees, said Dan Riddle, a meteorologist with the Grand Forks office of the National Weather Service. "This far out, there remains some uncertainty," Riddle said of the weekend storm prediction, "but there will be something in the region."
The dojo in the basement of UND's Swanson Hall was bustling Friday night with students of a different kind than those typically found in the campus residence building. Pupils of the karate class had trooped in, ages ranging from adults to a 5-year-old, for one of the regular gatherings of the UND Karate Club, a student-run organization that holds open classes free of charge. Friday's lesson was taught by third-degree brown belt Mohammed Mahmoud, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science.
With UND President Mark Kennedy now well in the running for the top job at a major Florida university, it may be time for campus stakeholders to make contingency plans.
After the top executive North Dakota University System was hit with labor allegations, the governing board that oversees him is revamping his evaluation process.
UND has the distinction of being around for about as long as North Dakota has been part of the Union, a fact it celebrates each year at Founders Day. That longevity is on display in a couple ways at the annual commemoration, held each year in late February. Members of the university community gathered at Memorial Union reflect on 135 years as an institution, but also to say goodbye to colleagues who are leaving the school in retirement. Longtime philosophy professor Don Poochigian, who died in December, was remembered posthumously.
The search for the next president of Mayville State University took a step forward this week with the Thursday announcement of five semifinalist candidates. After conducting long-range interviews earlier this week, the MSU Presidential Search Committee has extended invitations for campus visits to Tom Corti, vice president for student affairs at Farmingdale State College in New York; Bernell Hirning, interim associate vice president and associate regional dean at National University in Fresno, Calif.; and Brian Van Horn, associate provost at Murray State College in Murray, Ky.
Another year, another birthday—this one for UND. The university is marking on Thursday its 135th year since its founding in 1883. Much has changed in that time, but those at the school are observing the moment in a timeless sort of way with the annual marking of Founders Day. UND spokesman Peter Johnson said the event is traditionally celebrated on the last Thursday of February with a special banquet, much as it's been done since the first Founders Day event of 1904. This year, the dinner is being held at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom on the university campus.
UND has announced its latest roster of North Dakota greats set to receive the university's highest honor, the Sioux Award, during the 2018 Homecoming Week. The most prominent alumnus on the list of five is NBA coach Phil Jackson, a UND graduate who played on the university's basketball team while completing his degree in philosophy and religion. In 2008, UND awarded Jackson with an honorary doctorate.
If you want to see UND hockey face off in Las Vegas this fall, you might want to make your arrangements sooner rather than later—much sooner.