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Steve Light told a group of instructors gathered Monday at UND to talk about the school's general education program that they could pass on suggestions for improving the program to him. "You're the people on the ground who know best, so let me know," said Light, UND's associate vice president for academic affairs. The open meeting was the second of two scheduled forums aiming to gather feedback on ways the general education program, called Essential Studies, can be enhanced after a November 2014 program review found it lacking. The revamped program has only had three graduating classes, but
Higher education officials are taking another look at the oath university employees have to sign that indicates they uphold North Dakota's constitution. In May 2014, UND's University Senate passed a motion that supported adding a "conscientious objection" to the document to address the state constitution's heterosexual definition of marriage, which not everyone agrees with.
UND President Robert Kelley is going to implement the plan that will be used to pick a new nickname and logo for the school. At the well-attended State of the University address Wednesday, Kelley said he would be moving forward with the recommendation of forming another committee that would, through a series of public votes, ultimately pick a new nickname.
After initially voicing concerns about a bill that would allow students to have an attorney represent them in campus disciplinary proceedings, the State Board of Higher Education is now "neutral" on the issue, providing amendments are made to the bill. Senate Bill 2150, which was introduced to the Legislature by Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, is the result of a UND student being accused of sexual assault in 2010 and banned from campus for three years.
The Community and Campus Committee on High-Risk Alcohol Use is going to start pushing for more stringent alcohol consumption laws next week. The CCC will request the implementation of a social party host ordinance, which would hold individuals responsible for underage drinking happening in their homes, and try to restrict "extreme drink specials" at bars, Grand Forks community relations officer Pete Haga said. The group, which consists of community members, city officials and UND representatives, will present to the Service Safety Committee on Tuesday and then at the next two City Council me
After getting approval from the State Board of Higher Education last week, Lake Region State College's Technical Education Center will now be called the Bergstrom Technical Center in honor of a family that has left its mark on the college for years. The decision came after Renard and Candace Bergstrom and Anne-Marit Bergstrom donated at least at least $460,000 to the LRSC Foundation, school spokeswoman Erin Wood said in an email.
Grand Forks County Commissioner John Schmisek said the Grand Forks Air Force Base has signed the agreement to create an unmanned aerial systems tech park. The deal, which has been in the works since 2013, will be officially sealed once the agreement goes through the escrow agent, which Schmisek said should be very soon. At a meeting Tuesday, Commission Chairwoman Diane Knauf said it was wonderful to see the work of all of the agencies involved come to fruition. A commemorative ceremony in honor of the occasion is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 18 at the Air Force Base.
Sheriff Bob Rost was awarded a pay raise at a Grand Forks County Commission meeting Tuesday. As of March 1, Rost will make $105,000 annually, which is $5, 916 more than what he was making before. The decision was made because after Rost was removed from the regular county pay scale in 2012, the county correctional center administrator was earning more than Rost. Commissioner Gary Malm said the salary of the juvenile detention center's administrator would also probably exceed Rost's former salary in the near future. Rost's increased salary amount was chosen by looking at the salaries of the
The Grand Forks County Commission decided Tuesday to request more information regarding how much it would cost to implement a different pay scale. The commission is considering a variety of suggested options from the consulting firm Fox Lawson, which is a division of Gallagher Benefit Services Inc., after a change they made in the county's pay increase scale resulted in backlash from employees in December. One of the recommendations suggested by Fox Lawson was to implement a pay scale based on performance that would be verified through performance reviews.
After several booze-soaked decades, the annual outdoor festival marking an unofficial end to UND 's spring semester, Springfest, has been canceled. The event's usual organizers aren't going to host it,...