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Hawaiian music drifted through the halls as a group of employees in UND's Information Technologies Building wearing brightly colored flowery shirts and plastic leis poured pineapple juice into a large blender. It was Aloha Day at the center, where the North Dakota University System's computer technology employees work alongside some of UND's IT services. "What we're really trying to get away from is people only working in their own cubicle," said Rich Lehn, assistant to the NDUS chief information officer, as he led a tour of about 10 UND staff members through the building. The nerve center
Many of the medical students at UND's School of Medicine and Health Sciences were placed in out-of-state programs to complete their residencies. During their final year of medical school, students apply for residency programs in places and practice areas they would like to participate in and are interviewed by the directors of those programs. Those administrators then rank applicants and submit a list to the National Resident Matching Program, which then uses an algorithm to place students in the programs they like the most.
The UND College of Engineering and Mines is moving forward with a nationwide initiative to produce problem-solving graduates. About a year and a half ago, Dean Hesham El-Rewini signed a letter to President Barack Obama with about 60 other engineering deans from across the United States committing to establishing special programs that will prepare students to solve "grand challenges," which are goals to improve health, security, sustainability and overall quality of life. "Those are major problems that the National Academy of Engineering identified a few years back," El-Rewini said. The lo
BISMARCK -- Higher education officials pleaded their case to the state Senate Appropriations Committee Monday with the hopes of getting a bigger budget by the time the legislative session wraps...
BISMARCK -- Programs, employees, pay raises and a variety of other essential services would be on the chopping block at UND if lawmakers move forward with the higher education funding...
Amber Flynn is the coordinator of sexual respect and violence prevention at UND, and once in a while she wears a small green pin in the shape of a circle. One time a woman asked her about it and Flynn told her it symbolized her intolerance for sexual violence. "She said, 'Oh you're one of those people,' and I went, 'Yeah, I'm one of those people!'" Flynn said.
Haley Kujava is a sophomore at Northland Community and Technical College but as a massage therapist she makes almost $50 an hour, works about two days each week and gets to make her own schedule, all thanks to enrolling in her school's massage program. But starting next fall, other students won't have that opportunity because NCTC is suspending it due to low enrollment, a tight budget and a new direction. Kujava and a group of eight current and past students were so unhappy about the program's suspension that they penned an editorial published in the Stephen, Minn., newspaper calling for the
Williston State College is partnering with UND to house some back end financial aid employees as the oil field-based college struggles to find and keep its own workers. As soon as possible, UND will hire three new full-time employees and rework the job duties of one that already exists to work on WSC's financial aid services and accounting paperwork. "This is just the institutions within the university system trying to be helpful to each other," UND President Robert Kelley said.
The foyer at Northland Community and Technical College was filled with smiles Thursday as the school's president-elect took the podium. "It felt strangely enough like coming home," Dennis Bona said, referencing the moment he got to the East Grand Forks campus. Bona will take over the job of president July 1 when Anne Temte retires. He was appointed to the position by the Minnesota State College and Universities Board of Trustees Wednesday. "There is no replacement for experience," board of trustees member Louise Sundin said.
UND's School of Medicine and Health Sciences will get a visit from its accrediting agency this fall. Dean Joshua Wynne has announced the Liaison Committee on Medical Education will visit campus Oct. 25-28. This comes after a scheduled LCME visit one year ago and a subsequent July 2014 report detailing several areas the medical school needs to improve in. The school retained accreditation and is not on probation but is currently in a "warning" category. "We're very confident we're addressing the issues," Wynne said.