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UND released detailed proposals Monday on how it will comply with state budget cuts. The proposals do not name specific programs slated for suspension. In some cases, they also don't differentiate between positions coming open that won't be filled and current university employees getting cut, though at least three people will lose their jobs. Interim Vice President for University and Public Affairs Peter Johnson said having to deal with the reality of people losing their jobs isn't enjoyable for anyone.
UND's approach to cutting $12.6 million has involved forums, interviews with media, protests and public backlash while budget cuts at the research university one hour to the south have been much quieter. At a Herald editorial board meeting Thursday, interim UND President Ed Schafer acknowledged that UND and North Dakota State University have taken different approaches to their cuts.
My feet are curvaceous. They look small, but they're chubby little buggers, and my smaller toes all look like shrimp. They're rather wide across the ball of my foot and while a dance teacher told me they were great for pointe ballet dancing, my boyfriend describes them as "suspiciously round." It wasn't until this year that I discovered I've been wearing the wrong size shoes for most of my teenage and adult life.
Grant McGimpsey said he's a bit of an optimist, but he thinks some might take for granted all the great things Grand Forks has to offer. As the vice president for research and economic development and newly appointed dean of the School of Graduate Studies, McGimpsey said he sees UND as a big part of the city's economic growth. "There's an atmosphere of entrepreneurship in Grand Forks, which I don't see elsewhere," he said. "There's kind of a youth to it."
UND's interim president said historical overspending created the $5.3 million budget gap that existed when he took office, something he hopes to eliminate in the future with ongoing changes to the budget. At a meeting with the Herald editorial board Thursday, Ed Schafer said that's why he's having departments identify priorities and efficiencies when looking at long-term solutions for an additional $9.5 million in cuts required by the governor's office because of a forecast decrease in state revenue.
UPDATED AT 6:09 P.M. UND’s student TV news program Studio One could be suspended unless a solution is found. The possibility is part of budget cuts the university faces, interim...
Some students are working with a new professor at UND to launch a multimedia news website covering Native American interests. The launch date for the Indigenous News Network has been pushed back a couple of times and is now scheduled for next week. Lisa Casarez and Amber Guthmiller, a recent UND graduate in History and American Indian Studies, are reporters and editors for the project, which is overseen by UND professor Mark Trahant.
One of the older buildings at UND will get a facelift this summer. The first floor and basement of O'Kelly Hall will be renovated periodically during school breaks starting this...
Student loan repayment management has changed slightly in the state because Student Loans of North Dakota transferred its portfolio to the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. last month. Janelle Kilgore, director of the UND Student Financial Aid Office, said the change only will affect those who don't pay back their student loans, and overall UND's loan default rate is very low. "Now if a student doesn't repay, Great Lakes would track them down," Kilgore said.
One of the older buildings at UND will get a facelift this summer. The first floor and basement of O'Kelly Hall will be renovated periodically during school breaks starting this summer with plans to finish the project by the fall of 2017. UND Facilities Design Project Manager Chris Wetch said O'Kelly will receive mechanical upgrades and have a more modern interior design once the project is completed.