Wade Rupard is a reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. Rupard is a 2014 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and is originally from Normal, Ill.
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The Intercollegiate Athletic Committee recommended a number of proposed changes to help sustain UND's athletics department, but at least one proposal may have to wait. The committee tasked with proposing changes to student fees will recommend not increasing student fees for athletics substantially for the 2018 fiscal year, said Brandon Beyer, the student body president.
The Intercollegiate Athletic Committee recommended a number of proposed changes to help sustain UND’s athletics department, but at least one proposal may have to wait. The committee tasked with proposing...
Northland Community and Technical College President Dennis Bona wants to move the needle and take his college to the next level. Though the role of a community and technical college is always changing and faces a number of challenges, Bona said he wants to build opportunities for both the students who attend the school and the community as a whole. "Everytime I think of a challenge, I think of an opportunity," he said. "That's what they really are."
Thirteen people, mostly UND students, faculty and administration, have been selected to serve on the committee given the task of taking a closer look at diversity issues on UND's campus. The UND Diversity Advisory Council, formed by UND President Mark Kennedy last month, will assist in providing recommendations for improving the campus climate for diversity and students of color. Sandra Mitchell, associate vice president for diversity and inclusion, will chair the committee.
David Schmitz has been named the new chairman of UND's Family and Community Medicine. Since 2013, Schmitz has been the chief rural officer for the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in Boise, where he serves as the chief quality officer, as well as program director of the Rural Training Tracks for the Caldwell and Magic Valley Programs in Idaho. He also practices as a family physician and taught for the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho.
A UND committee recommended Monday to keep all 20 sports programs and leave the final decision on their future to the school president. In its last scheduled meeting before the Nov. 1 deadline, the university's Intercollegiate Athletic Committee forwarded a recommendation to UND President Mark Kennedy to keep all the school's sports by increasing the athletics department's revenue.
Throughout her career, Sally Smith has done her best to both see and seize the opportunities presented to her. While it was seen as a lateral move at the time, Smith had the foresight to join a modest, regional chain of college bars that served spicy chicken wings, called Buffalo Wild Wings. Smith, a UND graduate and Grand Forks native, saw that opportunity and seized it, leading the company as its CEO and president, positions she's held for two decades.
When he came to UND, Dave St. Peter wasn't quite sure what he wanted to do. He had a passion for sports and a talent for communications, so he knocked on the door of Lee Bohnet, the longtime sports information director. Though Bohnet wasn't looking for help, St. Peter volunteered his time to hone his skills, and for three years worked on everything from cross-country meets to football games. Now, as president of the Minnesota Twins, he uses those same skills, just on a much larger scale.
Tears ran down the faces of several softball players as they watched their head coach Jordan Stevens fight to keep the UND softball program alive. When he took over the team in 2014, the program was in shambles, he told the university's Intercollegiate Athletic Committee on Tuesday. Now, they have become more successful, beating two Power 5 schools this past season. The future is bright for the program, Stevens said.
UND has landed on a list of the healthiest campuses in the country. The university is among one of the 26 healthiest campuses in the nation, according to a list compiled by Greatist.com. The ranking comes because students at UND have access to some of the best health resources in the country, ranking it among the top seven healthiest universities in the Midwest — and among the top 26 in the entire nation.