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Bennett Brien said he would love a chance to design a new logo to accompany UND's new Fighting Hawks nickname because, as the artist who created the old Fighting Sioux logo, he would work some of the old, popular logo into a new one. "It would be like the Fighting Sioux transformed into a Fighting Hawk," he said. Brien created the Fighting Sioux logo as a piece of art for the UND Alumni Association and Foundation in 1999.
A lot of work has to be done in a short amount of time for UND to finalize the first phase of a master plan. Dave Chakroborty, the UND associate vice president for Facilities Management, presented three potential plans to a group of about 100 UND faculty, staff and administrators at a forum Friday.
The dean of the UND College of Education and Human Development maintained he had a clear conscience shortly after being placed on paid administrative leave more than a month ago. Robert Hill was placed on leave Nov. 3 pending the results of an internal investigation in which details continue to be scarce. The universitywide announcement said the action was the result of information that came to light during his performance review. The Herald obtained emails through an open records request showing Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning Richard Van Eck reached out to Hill Nov.
FARGO -- The North Dakota University System has plans to reboot its foundation, which has laid dormant in recent years. At a State Board of Higher Education meeting Thursday, NDUS...
University Senate leadership at UND said Wednesday there is still a culture of mistrust at the school. A rewritten version of the UND constitution and supporting documents that would have supported the creation of a faculty senate were originally supposed to be discussed at a University Council meeting Wednesday meeting, but University Senate Chairwoman Rebecca Weaver-Hightower said it was no longer on the table because the senate had failed to vote to approve it at a meeting in early December, citing concerns over wording and shared governance. She went on to use the analogy of a ship to ex
The UND Presidential Search Committee will use a non-traditional voting method to move candidates forward without giving them a sense one is prefered over another. An ad for the position has been circulating to amass candidates, and at a meeting Wednesday, Committee Co-Chairman Grant Shaft said a final list will go out to committee members for consideration around Jan. 8. Committee members will then have until a Jan.
UND's Children and Family Services Training Center is partnering with the Children and Family Services Division of the North Dakota Department of Human Services to host a training session on recognizing human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. According to a news release, human trafficking expert Erin Wirsing will speak at the free event, which is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In the days after President Robert Kelley announced UND's athletic nickname would be the Fighting Hawks, he received a handful of emails expressing both support and displeasure with the decision. While critics of the name change have suggested State Board of Higher Education representatives should intervene, Chancellor Mark Hagerott didn't receive any emails from the public on the topic according to the results of an open records request by the Herald. Kelley's emails, also obtained by the Herald through a records request, illustrated the continued division over UND's nickname.
UND's interim president has signed his contract to begin working at the university next month. Ed Schafer will make $33,216 monthly and will work Jan. 15 to June 30, according to the contract obtained by the Herald. Current UND President Robert Kelley will retire Jan. 14 after leading the college for more than seven years.
At one point on Wednesday evening, the two receiving lines to say goodbye to Robert and Marcia Kelley ran through the ballroom of the Gorecki Alumni Center all the way to the front door. The two hugged, laughed and even cried with a swarm of people who came to wish UND's outgoing president and his wife farewell at a reception. Many in attendance had a story about the president, who will be leaving UND Jan.