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UND to host public dialogue and deliberation series

UND will host a series of public dialogue and deliberation sessions in September.

The sessions are for UND students and the greater Red River Valley community. Events run every Thursday and Friday in September, and all are nonpartisan and open to the public.

Thursday nights will feature films followed by discussions hosted by guest speakers from nearby universities. Friday mornings will feature brown bag lunch discussions with each guest speaker on related themes.

Future discussions planned:

• Sept. 13: "The Hunting Ground," with guest speaker Rebecca Kuehl. Program begins at 7 p.m. at Boardwalk Bar & Grill.

• Sept. 14: Brown bag lunch discussion about sexual violence and the #MeToo Movement. Discussion from 11 a.m. to noon at Archives Coffee House

• Sept. 20: "3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets" with guest speaker Wendy Weimerskirch Plager. Program starts at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

• Sept. 21: Brown bag lunch discussion about racism from 11 a.m. to noon at Archives Coffee House

• Sept. 27: "It Can Happen Here," with guest speaker Craig Rood. Program starts at 7 Boardwalk Bar & Grill

• Sept. 28: Brown bag lunch discussion on the topic of mass shootings. Discussion from 11 a.m. to noon at Archives Coffee House.

Lake Region State professor earns award at educators conference

Randy Olson, associate professor with Lake Region State College's Automotive Technology Program, received high honors at the North Dakota Association of Career and Technical Educators annual conference last month.

Olson earned the Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year award at the conference. The award recognizes post-secondary educators who are providing excellent career and technical programs for youth and/or adults in the respective fields and communities.

UND names new director of University Analytics and Planning

Provost Tom DiLorenzo announced Thursday that Amanda Moske will join the university as director of the Office of University Analytics and Planning. The office previously was known as Institutional Research and Effectiveness. Moske will begin her new duties Oct. 8.

Moske comes to UND from Hartwick College, in Oneonta, N.Y., where she has served as the director of institutional research and effectiveness.

NCTC to host 'Military Families Career & College Day'

Northland Community and Technical College is teaming up with Grand Forks Air Force Base to host a Military Families Career and College Day at the East Grand Forks campus from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 15.

The event is free and will include several presentations and breakout sessions. Childcare services will be facilitated by the college. Lunch will be served.

The goal of the event is to introduce people to the full range of academic programs that are available at NCTC, which is just a short drive from the base.

Interested participants are encouraged to register early, as space is limited for this free event. Online registration is now open at

UMC to host education fair

The University of Minnesota-Crookston will hold a Minnesota Education Fair for all high school students and parents at the university's wellness center from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 18.

The fair provides students and parents an opportunity to explore a variety of options for continued education and technical training after high school. Representatives from almost 60 educational institutions and other organizations will be at the fair.

Rather than filling out information cards, students can register ahead of time and create a personal barcode to be scanned at the fair by the colleges of their choice, according to a university press release.

Students can visit before arriving, print out the barcode and bring it along to the fair.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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