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UND Aerospace Dean Bruce Smith can sometimes faintly hear the loud sounds of construction going on at UND's campus from his house, but he doesn't mind. "It's music to my ears," he said. That's because the noise means Robin Hall, UND's newest research and classroom building, is closer to being finished. The 66,000-square-foot aerospace research facility, named after the building's lead benefactors Mary E.
The State Board of Higher Education heard passionate testimony at a meeting Thursday from many college and university presidents in response to a House bill that could reduce the amount of funding institutions were expecting to receive this coming biennium. House Bill 1003 alters a funding formula that was developed by a task force and put in place during the last legislative session.
Student dining at UND is going to look different in the coming months. Wilkerson Hall, the hub of UND's Dining Services, is undergoing a $29 million renovation project. To complete...
Mike Ness, the superintendent of the Hazen (N.D.) School District, has been appointed to the State Board of Higher Education. Gov. Jack Dalrymple chose Ness from a group of three finalists, and he still needs to be confirmed by the North Dakota Senate during this legislative session. Ness will fill the seat left open after former board Chairwoman Kirsten Diederich stepped down in January. Terry Hjelmstad was subsequently elected chairman by the board. "It's been an interest area of mine for many years," Ness said.
She started out as a toddler singing "I've Got Friends in Low Places" to her grandparents, but now Jozy Hansen is preparing to possibly sing in front of a much larger audience.
The longtime dean of the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences has announced plans to retire next year. Bruce Smith, who has served as dean for about 15 years, will retire June 30, 2016. "It's really just a function of age," he said, laughing.
Forget Cabo, Florida or Mexico, a Mayville State University christian campus group is spending their spring break somewhere different. Six student members of Cru, formerly called Campus Crusade for Christ, are spending about a week this March in Warsaw, Poland.
Erik Hanson's first experience signing up for classes at UND didn't go that well. After having an academic advisor walk him through the courses freshmen normally take, he sat down with a student assistant to start signing up online. "The downside to it was that after I got with my student advisor, I looked back at my schedule and realized I had a lot of classes that had nothing to do with my major," he said. Hanson knew he wanted to get involved with the School of Entrepreneurship and already had connections at UND through his older sister, former Student Body Vice President Lexi Hanson.
Lisa Schuster donated to UND for the first time last year and said it was really fulfilling as the outreach coordinator for the UND Alumni Association and Foundation to receive a handwritten thank you note from a student in return. "It was kind of cool to see it come full circle," she said. The note was the result of last year's Spirit Week, which the school is holding again starting Monday.
It was apparent moments into Colleen Argenziano's piano lesson that her three young students were learning from each other. "Can you name the first note?" asked Argenziano, a graduate student...