Jennifer Johnson covers K-12 education for the Grand Forks Herald.
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How does LEED work? LEED is a point based system where building projects earn LEED points for satisfying specific green building criteria. Within each of the seven LEED credit categories, projects must satisfy particular prerequisites and earn points. The five categories include Sustainable Sites (SS), Water Efficiency (WE), Energy and Atmosphere (EA), Materials and Resources (MR) and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ). An additional category, Innovation in Design (ID), addresses sustainable building expertise as well as design measures not covered under the five environmental categories.
When UND unveiled the $12 million Gorecki Alumni Center last month, the university said it was seeking certification in the highest category of green buildings. If UND succeeds, the alumni center would be in some rare company: Only 6 percent of the 15,000 buildings nationwide that are LEED certified are rated platinum. The alumni center boasts sensors that turn off lights in unoccupied rooms, large windows that let in natural light and a geothermal heating system among a host of environmentally friendly and energy-efficient features. But Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
A branch of UND's petroleum engineering program may go west as part of an effort to expand the university's presence across North Dakota. President Robert Kelley said during his annual State of the University address Tuesday that the College of Engineering and Mines is proposing to offer a bachelor's degree in the west with help from Williston State College. He said he expects to seek funding for the program from the Legislature.
In the corner of a computer window, UND instructor Richard Van Eck speaks about media theory. Minutes later, the screen changes. Images of students appear online with their names, a chat window with their conversation expands, and anyone speaking moves in real time. If you were a student last summer in Van Eck's survey of instructional design and technology class, this is what you would experience. It's one example of the hybrid-blended model of distance education at UND, which combines online and face-to-face delivery.
INKSTER, N.D. -- Casey Anderson, 12, delicately applied silver paint to an inch-high wooden windmill Wednesday, making sure every edge was covered. This wasn't just any art project the Midway Public School seventh-grader and his classmates were working on. His windmill will be placed inside one of 24 ornaments created by the class to adorn a tree in the 2012 National Christmas Tree display in Washington, D.C. North Dakota's tree will stand among others representing every state, the five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia throughout December.
Drunk males in Grand Forks might be getting off the hook too easily, a police sergeant suggested. "The individuals that we catch urinating downtown, we run them for disorderly conduct," said Travis Jacobson.
Two incumbents and three challengers are running for three spots on the East Grand Forks School Board. Cathy Galstad, co-owner of Galstad Chiropractic, has been on the school board for 12 years and said she's made a point to listen to other people's concerns. She'd like to see the district's test scores continue to improve. "With the recent purchase of a new curriculum, which spans several grade levels in math and reading, we are anticipating this will happen," she said.
CROOKSTON -- A former NBA player who soared to international fame while battling life as a junkie told a packed auditorium Wednesday that he was just like them. In 1994, Chris Herren said he'd sat like hundreds of University of Minnesota-Crookston students in the audience that evening and dismissed the speech on substance abuse, saying to himself that it would never be him. "I know what it's like," he said.
One of North Dakota's most famous political families connects two winners of a UND journalism award this year. Sara Garland, now chief of staff for Sen. Kent Conrad, and Coleman James Barry both worked for Burdicks, Garland for former Sen. Quentin Burdick and Barry for Burdick's father, former Congressman Usher Burdick. The two UND alumni are among five recipients of the 2012 Alvin E. Austin Legacy Award, and they will be honored in a ceremony from 2 to 4 p.m.
Construction workers carefully hung art inside UND's new Gorecki Alumni Center on Wednesday, a final touch two days ahead of the grand opening west of the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Solar panels and heat drawn from underground piping are a few hallmarks of its LEED Platinum design, making the $12 million alumni center the first building in the state and the first alumni center nationwide to seek this certification.