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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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.
A total of 119 UND faculty and staff members have applied to take part in buyout and phase-down plans intended to cut the university's personnel costs. The open call for voluntary and phased resignations was the second to hit campus in as many years and is one of many methods now being used to bridge an expected funding shortage of about $16 million, a result of falling state revenues.
UND will be closing a series of assets, including a student dining facility, university-owned apartments and a campus coffee shop, starting at the end of this semester. Orlynn Rosaasen, director of UND dining services, said the Terrace Dining Center, one of three main dining facilities on campus, will be shutting down its direct service to students at the end of this semester. Along with the Terrace, the University Place coffee shop—located in the student apartment building of the same name—also is scheduled to close in late spring.
An online petition started by UND students to protest the administrative approach to campus budget cuts labeled university President Mark Kennedy as "unqualified and unfit" to represent the institution. UND senior Madison Berns, a philosophy student, said she and a group of students drafted the change.org petition because they felt "our voices haven't been heard at all" in the reduction process. The petition states administrators have "kept the students in the dark about their plans to gut our liberal arts programs."
At least three UND administrators have been approved to leave their positions at the university through either a voluntary separation or phase-out plan, according to a university news release. The departures will contribute to a total of four executive positions now expected to be eliminated from campus by the end of the fiscal year. Peter Johnson, interim vice president for university and public affairs, and Laurie Betting, interim vice president for student affairs, both will resign effective July 1 through a buyout program announced earlier this year.
Grand Forks native Dr. Casey Ryan has been selected by Gov. Doug Burgum to serve on the State Board of Higher Education, the overseeing body of the North Dakota University System. Ryan is the former president of Altru Health System, a position he held from 1997 to 2014. He is now a practicing doctor within the system and is a current resident of Grand Forks. A news release from Burgum's office identifies Ryan as a past instructor, course director and assistant dean at the UND School of Medicine, as well as a member of its faculty academic council since 2015.