Jennifer Johnson covers K-12 education for the Grand Forks Herald.
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A hush fell over the American Indian Center at UND Friday as a soulful, keening sound emerged from the lips of Rebecca Smith, a student who is working two jobs to support three children young children. Her song was not of lament but of "having strength and prayer, and focus," she explained before singing the self-written piece, one of several moments highlighted during First Nations Day on campus. "Singing and prayer through song is what helps keep me stay focused," she said.
After UND student Brittany Burton was sexually assaulted, she instilled a policy for her closest friends: They shouldn't use the word rape loosely. "I don't allow it around me, and I would expect that they would have that kind of respect around me," she said. Voted by Urban Dictionary users as "the most misused word in the English language," the word is everywhere -- music, movies, comedy.
"Fjells." "Place." "Fjells." "Feeyace." Pronunciation of the Norwegian word for "mountains" stumped a group of first-graders at Century Elementary School on Tuesday, but it didn't keep them from singing along. A community choir from Sarpsborg, Grand Forks' sister city in Norway, is celebrating its 40th anniversary by singing at a few select places from here to the Twin Cities.
A group of West Elementary third graders recently had no problem naming their favorite lunchtime food: "Salad!" Salad? As the federal overhaul to school lunches continues to get skewered by students nation-wide, popping up recently in a YouTube parody and commentary by Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show," local students are divided over a change that's piled more fruits and vegetables onto their plates.
A meeting between the North Dakota legislative higher education committee and Chancellor Hamid Shirvani was "tense" Thursday after he revealed the details of his proposed reform to the education system, said Sen. Mac Schneider, D-Grand Forks. "There are some unease about the plan, there's no question about that," he said. "I think part of that is it's just a natural reaction to proposed change, and how the details are going to work out in practice." Expanding financial aid and toughening college admission standards are among the changes mentioned in the plan.
The elimination of two bachelor's degrees at UND is being considered by the State Board of Higher Education today. The bachelor's degree of business education in the Education Department and the bachelor's degree of education in the Industrial Technology Department are targeted for elimination due to low demand, say university officials in both departments. Timothy O'Keefe, chairman of the information systems and business education department, said the market for business education teachers has been soft for some time. North Dakota had roughly five institutions that offered business educati
At the start of Gordon Iseminger's class one morning last week, students received a lecture that had nothing to do with European history. "Some of you are having difficulty understanding what's in the textbook, and you shouldn't be having any difficulty, because it's written for college and university students," he said as a few stragglers wandered in. "And some of you are having difficulty writing and spelling, and you shouldn't be.
One of the Bakken's biggest players is funding a new geology school at UND's College of Engineering and Mines with a gift that will cover new equipment, faculty pay, student scholarships and a virtual library, the university announced Monday. Harold Hamm, an oil billionaire who has been a lead player in drilling the Bakken shale, and his Oklahoma-based Continental Resources Inc. donated $10 million toward the $14 million project.
Nearly 100 new immigrant and refugee students entered the Grand Forks School District this fall, up 43 from the previous year, according to district documents. It's the mark of a trend that's been happening the last five years. While the number of these students enrolling each fall has generally stayed the same, the total number in the district this year is 426, double the number in 2008. The district directly serves about 200 students identified as having limited English proficiency.
Final fall enrollment at UND grew significantly compared to NDSU, maintaining its hold as the largest campus in the state. Enrollment was 15,250, an increase of 553 students from last year's record-breaking figure, according to the university. "These are very good numbers. We're very pleased to see the increase," said UND spokesman Peter Johnson. While the increase is widespread and can't be attributed to one thing, he noted the growing number of incoming freshmen.