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Feedback from the UND community will be turned over to the State Board of Higher Education for review before the next UND president is selected. Six candidates have visited the school's campus over the course of the last few weeks and have met with students, faculty, staff and others. UND Presidential Search Committee Co-chairman Hesham El-Rewini said the feedback will be summarized before being turned over to the SBHE, which has hiring authority for university presidents.
Nagi Naganathan said he sees a lot of himself in the students at UND. As a first-generation college student, he came to the U.S. in 1979 with two suitcases and...
Anti-racism speaker Tim Wise will be at UND Monday, according to a news release from the school. He will present, "Colorblind: What's the big deal about race?" at 7 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Wise's visit will include a series of roundtable events with community leaders. "Diversity and the Changing Face of Grand Forks" will be at 8:30 a.m. at Dakota Harvest Bakery, and an Interfaith Dialogue will take place at 10 a.m. at Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Ministry.
Jay Noren said if he became UND's next president, communication would go both ways. At a forum Friday, the presidential candidate gave a presentation about UND's strengths and how he would accentuate those while communicating with the campus community.
Representatives from New York-based firm SME Inc. spent three days in Grand Forks learning about the community and the university they're charged with designing a new athletic logo for. "It should be something that is instantly recognizable, so when you go to Arizona or Florida everyone knows you're from UND," said UND Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve Light during a forum Thursday. The school's new Fighting Hawks nickname was chosen by vote in November to replace the now-retired Fighting Sioux name.
A new grant program will be available for students attending Northland Community and Technical College next fall. The Occupational Grant Pilot Program will offer financial assistance to students at two-year colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, like NCTC. Director of Financial Aid Gerald Schulte said the program will be most beneficial to those with a family income between $50,000 and $90,000. "What this will do is offer some chance of relief for families that previously didn't benefit from any types of grants," he said.
Some who attended a Tuesday forum intended to collect input on the creation of UND's future logo said they fear it will not live up to the legacy of the Fighting Sioux nickname.
Mark Rudin said he willingly met with faculty at the university where he works as a vice president for research and economic development when many weren't happy with a workload policy, and while the meeting was a tense one, everyone left knowing more information. "In a very sick way, I love conversations like that," he said. "I love the contention of the discussion, the passion of the discussion, because at the end of the day, both groups—myself and them—are trying to make the university better."
CROOKSTON—The University of Minnesota-Crookston has retained accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. The HLC, an accreditation agency for post-secondary educational institutions in the northcentral United States, took action at a Feb. 8 meeting to continue UMC's accreditation.
The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences has regained full accreditation after being placed into a warning category by an accrediting agency. The Liaison on Medical Education placed the UND Medical School in a "warning" category during the summer of 2014. After making a variety of changes, that label has been removed. SMHS Dean Joshua Wynne said the LCME accepted a positive report filed by a team that visited and reviewed the school in October.