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Grand Forks County Correctional Center Administrator Bret Burkholder has purchased a camera for one of his inmate transport vehicles. He told the Grand Forks County Commission he began looking into the $1,297 camera prior to the injury and subsequent death of Freddie Gray while in police custody in Baltimore that sparked riots but that it became relevant and so he purchased the device. Burkholder said the camera system will have audio capabilities and record the front of the vehicle, the officers and the inmate.
UND nickname committee chairman Karl Goehring is excited to get to work now that thousands of ideas for what the school's new permanent nickname should be have been made public...
A new company is coming to UND's Tech Accelerator that will test the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to examine wind turbine blades. EdgeData, a Grand Forks-based startup company, was...
At the beginning of the school year, many faculty members at UND felt they didn't have influence over policy decisions, according to a survey. Eighty-eight percent of respondents reported they...
UND's initiative to hire a director of unmanned systems research is "on hold," according to Provost Thomas DiLorenzo. This was one of many issues addressed when about 20 students gathered earlier this week to ask questions and voice concerns to DiLorenzo as he moves forward with putting together a search committee who will help hire the next dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.
The State Board of Higher Education will be cutting 13 employees after a bill passed through the North Dakota Legislature eliminating funding for auditor positions and removing the board's authority to hire its own attorneys. This was one of many developments at the meeting Thursday in Bismarck, in which board member Kathleen Neset was appointed SBHE chairwoman, effective July 1 when current leader Terry Hjelmstad's term expires. Board member Don Morton was appointed vice chair and board member Kari Reichert was appointed to the position of secretary. The board discussed the auditor and att
The room erupted in applause as Mark Hagerott walked into a State Board of Higher Education meeting Thursday to accept his appointment as the next chancellor of the North Dakota...
Aaron Rients' plan after his UND graduation in December was to get a job at a local accounting firm, find a nice girl and start a family, but with his school looking at replacing its former Fighting Sioux nickname soon, he's having second thoughts about staying in Grand Forks. "It's stupid that it means this much to me but really, just the thought of being something else doesn't seem right," he said.
UND employees weren't afraid to say what they wanted from the future of the Chester Fritz Library at an open forum Wednesday evening. About 20 people attended and had an open dialogue with several consultants working on developing the library's master plan for a future renovation, and many in the audience voiced concern the academic purpose of the library would suffer with more emphasis being put on digital resources and collaborative space. "What I hear is a deep anger on this campus," Grand Valley State University Dean of University Libraries Lee Van Orsdel said.
UND will be awarding honorary degrees to North Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle and Farm Rescue President and founder Bill Gross at the graduation commencement ceremony this month. VandeWalle has served as chief justice since 1993 and received both a bachelor's degree and a juris doctor degree magna cum laude from UND. Gross is also a UND alumnus and founded a nationwide nonprofit to help farmers in need. More than 2,500 students are also eligible to graduate in total at the 1:30 p.m.