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Enrollment has been suspended for UND's advanced public health nurse program. The program is a part of the master's of science in nursing track at the UND College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines. Dean Gayle Roux said the decision was made because of limited faculty resources within the college, the specialized nature of the program and its small size.
With deep budget cuts, angst among students and administrators and an athletic nickname transition behind him, interim UND President Ed Schafer said he tried to clean the slate for a new president to take over. "It's an absolute blur," he said. "It's like two years of work jammed into six months." As his time at UND comes to an end, Schafer told the Herald editorial board his greatest accomplishments in office were receiving an award from students and seeing people who were initially against his work on the university's budget come around to his way of thinking.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota University System Foundation board is still working to define its mission and role. At a meeting Thursday, the board talked at length about developing a strategic plan while making it clear the foundation is not a threat to individual university foundations in North Dakota. The foundation is also seeking an undetermined amount of funds to offer a small faculty award at the upcoming NDUS Arts and Humanities Summit.
Laurie Betting has been chosen to serve as interim vice president for student affairs at UND. Betting is the associate vice president for health and wellness at UND. She is replacing Lori Reesor, who is leaving UND to become vice provost for student affairs and dean of students at Indiana University Bloomington. According to a campuswide email from UND interim President Ed Schafer, Betting will take on her new role effective July 1, at which time Enrollment Services will begin reporting to the Office of the Provost.
Enrollment has been suspended for UND's advanced public health nurse program. The program is a part of the master’s of science in nursing track at the UND College of Nursing...
UND Police Department officers came to the rescue for some very tiny, fluffy and adorable Grand Forks residents Tuesday morning. Sgt. Danny Weigel said about 10 ducklings were found swimming in a street drain at Oxford Street and Fifth Avenue North after someone called because they had seen a lone duck in the area. Lt. Matt Beland and officer Frank LaNasa got right to work as the distressed mother duck waited nearby.
UND placed fifth overall, first in outreach and second in presentation and demonstration in a NASA robotics competition. The team of UND students, advised by professors Jeremiah Neubert and Naima Kaabouch, designed a robot with a traction control system giving it the capability of mining icy regolith, which is a loose layer of soil and broken rock covering solid rock.
The auditorium on the first floor of UND's new School of Medicine and Health Sciences building was just a pit of mud one year ago but as of Friday it was really coming together. Construction workers labored on part of the ceiling that day in what for the most part is one of the last parts of the building to be completed. The four-story building has a modern design with a lot of glass walls, spacious gathering places and color-coded wings with yellow classrooms, orange offices in the east wing for administration and blue west wing.
Almost all of the money Northland Community and Technical College was slated to receive has been withheld by the Minnesota Legislature, but President Dennis Bona is still hopeful. At one point NCTC stood to receive about $400,000 of an $800 million bonding bill. The bill failed to pass last week and Bona said Thursday that the school is only getting $11,000 from a supplemental allocation. "We're grateful for every dollar but it doesn't move the needle very far," he said.
It started with a vegetable garden in Florida. William Sheridan, who goes by Bill, started a small victory garden at his childhood home in central Florida in 1944. His interest in growing things blossomed as he taught himself how to graft plants by cutting the stems and inserting them into each other. It wasn't long before his mother's pink hibiscus plant was showing signs of his work. "Eventually it had seven different colors on that one plant," he said, laughing.