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Entrepreneurship is one of the broad goals UND's new provost hopes to focus on as he settles into his role as second in command at the university. With the walls in his office still bare, Thomas DiLorenzo touched on several topics last week he hopes will help plans to strengthen the university. Unifying faculty across disciplines, supporting more research and bolstering the skills behind a liberal arts education have all been on his mind, he said. "I want people to know I'm excited," he said. "UND is on the rise. ...
An annual water festival held at the height of flood season has been drawing elementary students to East Grand Forks, although high water has prevented some from attending. During the event Wednesday and Thursday, fourth-graders from the region have been exploring water quality, discovering the way steam engines work and following the path of water through plants, lakes, soil and clouds at Heritage Village northeast of East Grand Forks.
UND's chief information officer recently announced he will take on a new role this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee shortly after testifying in front of a North Dakota legislative committee.
When Roanne Malm's children were very young, she read to them every day. Malm, the principal of Lake Agassiz School in Grand Forks, said because she and her husband "never missed a night," their two children knew how to read before kindergarten. "It just comes to them naturally," she said Monday. "Some kids don't have that." Exposing children to language soon after birth helps close a literacy gap among students that has existed at Lake Agassiz for years, preventing the school from meeting federal education standards, said Malm.
The rapidly growing demand for UND's petroleum engineering program, which will turn 3 years old this fall, is the driving force behind a $10 million expansion that could be fully funded as early as next year, according to the dean of the College of Engineering and Mines. Hesham El-Rewini said that, with about 50 to 70 new students expected in the program this fall, and other UND engineering programs also seeing more students, a new space was essential. "Even with the 135 we have today, we cannot meet their needs with labs at this point," he said. The Petroleum Engineering Department began i
The dean of UND's College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines has been criticized by faculty who say she has created a "climate of fear, intimidation and retaliation," according to a statement by college faculty who met Wednesday. A three-page, nonbinding "Document of Concerns Presented to the Dean and Faculty" states Denise Korniewicz, who started her job less than two years ago, will have 10 working days to prepare a written plan that describes how she will address the concerns.
Community High School student Justin Jirout says his little-known school has transformed the way he learns. Jirout, 18, said he tried a traditional school after his family first moved to Grand Forks from southern California three years ago, but he kept falling behind. He's struggled with school his whole life, he said. "I never even thought about Community," he said.
Organizers hope crowds will swell on Tuesday for "Celebrating our cultures," an increasingly popular event that features diverse foods, song and dance at Grand Forks Red River High School. This will be the third year for the annual event, and it promises to be a little bigger than last year, featuring more educational booths staffed by student representatives and several dance performances.
CROOKSTON -- University of Minnesota-Crookston's fifth chancellor used his inauguration ceremony Thursday on campus to broadly outline his plans to further lead staff and students. Fred Wood said he wants to keep tuition low and prepare students for a modern "global" marketplace, requiring the university's continued commitment to technology and a diverse student body. To a packed audience that included University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, he said he wanted to divert attention away from him and toward the university's mission, values and students instead.
CAVALIER, N.D. -- Several young children happily ran around the Pembina County Head Start room downtown on Wednesday, laughing as they clutched plastic balls and hula hoops. "Who wants some streamers?" said Peggy Olson, family service worker and teacher. She smiled as the children clutched the streamers and whirled around the room. There are 11 children in the Head Start program here and 11 more in Langdon, N.D., in neighboring Cavalier County.