Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact her with story ideas or tips by phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. Examples of her work can be accessed here.
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One year and two heart attacks ago, 76-year-old JoAnne Whicker took it upon herself to fix the dilapidated veteran graves at Memorial Park Cemetery. Since then, she has raised more than $16,000 and garnered the support of 54 people and businesses. "I decided that was it. I wasn't going to accept it anymore," Whicker said. "We have a community and an air base. I knew I could get the help I needed to get it done."
Despite teaching a leadership course, interim UND President Ed Schafer said he doesn't believe leadership can be taught. Instead, in a class he led for UND and North Dakota State University students this semester, Schafer tried to lead his pupils to finding the qualities of a leader within themselves. "It isn't telling them what to do, it's showing them they have the capability to be a leader," he said.
The finalization of UND's new Fighting Hawks logo is about two weeks behind schedule. Director of Brand Strategy and Development Conor O'Flaherty of SME Inc., the company working with the school to create the logo, said the delay is due to UND's men's hockey team competing in and winning the Frozen Four championship last month. O'Flaherty said this means the logo will be finalized in mid-June instead of late May but the change won't have any impact on the planned rollout for the fall 2016 school year.
A group of Mayville State University students, faculty and staff are raising money to buy backpacks for children in Nepal, fulfilling the dream of a Stanley, N.D., woman who died in the 9/11 terror attacks. The goal is to raise $4,000 to purchase 200 backpacks, which cost $20 each, according to a news release. Contributions can be made online at bit.ly/1WVzyFW until May 13.
The amount of money UND puts into its athletics department has increased in recent years and reports show it almost always breaks even. Direct institutional support from UND to its athletics department has increased by 74 percent from $4.2 million in 2010 to $7.3 million in 2015, according to annual reports filed with the NCAA and obtained by the Herald.
State Board of Higher Education member Kevin Melicher said this week the North Dakota University System has an "enrollment problem" and increasing student numbers should be a priority, particularly with cuts resulting from the state's shrinking revenue forecast. "We need to really focus on that enrollment problem," he said at a meeting Thursday. "With the Legislature tying us down to 2.5 percent tuition increases at max and 3 percent salary increases ... we have to move our system forward so we're not always talking Negative Nelly."
The State Board of Higher Education Thursday critiqued approaches by North Dakota's colleges and universities to budget cuts and stressed the need to collaborate. After hearing reports from all 11 universities about how budget cuts are being handled, some board members said they were surprised they hadn't heard more about universities working together to meet the budget demands. Interim UND President Ed Schafer said he is partnering with Lake Region State College to supplement the potential elimination of the American Sign Language program.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Lake Region State College President Doug Darling has had to make difficult decisions. Lower than projected enrollment at Lake Region State College created a $400,000 budget shortfall, which was followed with a state mandated 4.05 percent cut to the school's 2015-17 appropriation. Soon, the total budget problem ballooned to about $1.5 million.
Lori Reesor, an administrator at UND, is a finalist for the dean of students position at Indiana University Bloomington. Reesor is the UND vice president for student affairs. She had...
Twenty people had been laid off as of Wednesday and four academic programs have stopped accepting new students as UND released final budget cut data. Interim President Ed Schafer signed off on changes to the budget for fiscal year 2017 totaling $21.5 million, which includes $13.3 million in one-time changes made in response to a $5.3 million shortfall earlier this school year. Schafer said while the budget is final, it could change as it's implemented.