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 Burleson with story ideas or tips by either phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. More examples of her work can be found at grandforksherald.com.
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A former UND secretary accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the school was sentenced Monday in Grand Forks after reaching a plea deal. Lori Ann Pesch pleaded guilty on Aug.
One time while on vacation in Colorado with my mom and aunt, I couldn't get the bottle of shampoo open in the shower. We were staying in a hotel, and I believe I was between the ages of 8 and 10. I remember my struggle vividly before I stupidly tried prying the bottle open with my teeth and accidentally squirted what felt like half a cup of gooey soap directly into my mouth. In terrified silence, I pawed frantically at my face and tried to wash it out with the water spraying from the shower head.
A renegade citizen has decided to "stick his tongue out" at UND's nickname controversy, and the university is asking him to stop. Karl Larson, a UND alumnus and designer who lives in Denver, created New Sioux, a website that sell shirts portraying a modified Fighting Sioux logo that shows its eyes squinted and tongue sticking out. Larson said he toyed with the idea of creating a parody revolving around UND's nickname controversy for some time before landing on his final product "I was at Target and saw this little girl stick out her tongue at her brother," he said "I realized it's the simpl
Shane Herman said when he walked through the door of the newly renovated Wilkerson Commons for the first time, his jaw dropped. Herman, the student president of UND's Association of Residence Halls, was one of several to speak at the building's opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting Friday. "From a student perspective, we wanted to ensure this was a top-of-the-line facility for years to come," he said. "That is exactly what we have today." The $29 million renovation began in the summer of 2014 after getting initial approval from the State Board of Higher Education in 2011.
The Standing Committee on Faculty Rights is recommending UND President Robert Kelley reconsider denying a faculty's application for promotion and tenure. After a week's worth of testimony and deliberation, committee Chairman Eric Murphy said the group voted 4-1 last week in favor of asking Kelley to reconsider assistant professor Alex Johnson's tenure, which was denied this spring. At UND, instructors have to meet standards in research, teaching and service to receive tenure.
A former Bismarck mayor claiming trade names he registered will prevent UND from being able to use them as nicknames has added a fourth name to his list. Marlan "Hawk"...
Three finalists for the mediator position at UND will be on campus for open forums this month. Finalists will give a 15-20 minute presentation, followed by a question and answer period, in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library. John Medinilla will go first at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Medinilla is a certified mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court and worked as an ombuds, a gender-neutral term for a mediator, for the Los Angeles World Airports and the University of California Riverside. Brittany Wollin will present at 4 p.m. Oct 12, and Henok Elias will present at 3:30 p.m. Oct.
It's still unclear how internal audits will be handled at the universities and colleges in North Dakota after the Legislature cut that funding. New state law mandates the State Auditor's Office is responsible for external audits, while $300,000 was left to the North Dakota University System to fund internal audit positions. At an Audit Committee meeting Wednesday, Chief of Staff and Vice Chancellor for IT and Institutional Research Lisa Feldner said $96,000 of that money will have been spent by the end of October. UND Vice President for Finance and Operations Alice Brekke said it's her unde
DICKINSON—North Dakota's Senate majority leader said after years of turmoil, he's happy with the direction the State Board of Higher Education is taking. "I think it's time to bury the hatchet and move forward for the state of North Dakota," Sen.
Officials at UND are looking at decreasing the total number of credits required to graduate in an effort to address scheduling issues for high-demand courses. UND spokesman Peter Johnson said the change could make it easier for students to graduate faster and for less money, but as conversations are preliminary, it's still unclear to what extent at this point. A minimum of 125 credit hours is required to earn a bachelor's degree, according to the 2015-16 online catalogue.