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Ed Schafer didn't mince words at a Rotary Club meeting Tuesday when he laid out his plan to address problems at UND and said open records laws should be altered to improve the quality of applicants for high-level positions. Schafer took office as university's interim president Friday and said he's ready to meet the challenges facing the school, including a $5 million budget deficit, nickname change and morale problem, head on.
The State Board of Higher Education has approved hiring two applicants to fill empty positions within the North Dakota University System. Based on a recommendation from the Audit Committee, the SBHE unanimously selected Karol Riedman as chief compliance officer and Laura Anne Schratt as director of audit services at a special meeting Tuesday morning.
When Sima Noghanian got into a cab in New York City and told her driver she was attending an antenna conference, he laughed and said the technology was outdated. "Well what do you think those things are coming through?" Noghanian recalled responding as she gestured to the phone beside her. "You have Internet on your phone and things that are wireless, you just don't know it has an antenna."
A committee member and proposal will not be involved in deciding who will design UND's athletic logo. At a Graphic Identity RFP Evaluation and Recommendation Team meeting today, Susan Walton, a team co-chair and UND's vice president for university and public affairs, said Sam Melquist, the associate director of graphic design at the UND Alumni Association and Foundation, has voluntarily left the committee due to a conflict of interest.
Another late application has been submitted for the presidency at UND, bring the total number of candidates to 40. Allen Lee Sessoms applied Monday. He has been a professor at the Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., since 2015 and served as the University System of the District of Columbia president from 2008 to 2013, a position from which he was fired after he reorganized the system and raised tuition, according to WJLA, a TV news station based in Washington, D.C. WJLA also noted there were concerns with how he used travel and housing provided to him.
The chorus of "We Shall Overcome" wafted through the still, cold air in downtown Grand Forks as about 50 community members walked and sang to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday morning. The event was a collaboration among UND, Northland Community and Technical College and the University of Minnesota-Crookston, the chancellor of which, Fred Wood, said it was the best-attended King Day event he had seen in four years. UND Director of Multicultural Student Services Malika Carter said the event felt liberating.
The UND Presidential Search Committee has received another late application. Mary Pat Wohlford submitted an application Sunday, State Board of Higher Education spokeswoman Billie Jo Lorius said.
For UND police officers, unlocking cars or jump-starting dead batteries free of charge is about helping those in need and building rapport with the community. In the last year, the UND Police Department has offered free assistance to more than 300 drivers locked out of their vehicles or in need of a jump-start. Sgt. Danny Weigel said the department started offering the service in 2014 at the direction of Chief Eric Plummer, who started started working at UND in late 2012.
Several UND faculty members are concerned plans to take several old buildings "offline" could lead to their demolition, but administrators say they haven't discussed if that will happen. At an information session Wednesday, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Dave Chakraborty and others involved in the process outlined the same three plans brought before the campus community in December, hoping to continue gathering input through Jan. 31.
UND has received 16 applications from parties interested in designing a logo for the Fighting Hawks nickname. On Dec. 12, UND issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a firm or designer to create the logo using public input along with developing a graphic identity. The application deadline was extended by one day to 2 p.m. Wednesday to accommodate at least one applicant whose application was delayed by weather, UND spokesman Peter Johnson said.