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Warne new director of UND public health program

Donald K. Warne has been named the new director of the master of public health program at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Warne fills the role previously held by the program's founding director, Raymond Goldsteen, who retired in June.

"I look forward to building upon the great work that Dr. Goldsteen and his team accomplished in UND's MPH Program," Warne said in a statement. "And we have even more opportunity to link undergraduate and graduate public health programs with the medical curriculum. I foresee UND becoming a regional leader in population health education, research and service."

Warne also serves as the associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion and director of the Indians Into Medicine Program at the SMHS.

In his new role, Warne will provide strategic vision and operational leadership for the program. He is responsible for the leadership and direction of the core curriculum and specialization tracks taught by UND faculty, the medical school said in a press release.

Mayville State awarded $2.2 million grant

Mayville (N.D.) State University has been awarded an almost $2.25 million Strengthening Institutions Program Grant from the Department of Education.

The grant will be distributed over five years and was available as of Oct. 1, according the university.

The SIP program aims to help institutions of higher education become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.

Through the grant, MSU will establish a system of faculty support for "improving pedagogical practices for teaching students who are underprepared and with diverse needs," the university said. Data collection, management and reporting also will be centralized.

The grant also will be used to establish "a cohesive advising and student success model" that coincides with academics, student life and student supports.

NCTC honored in Minnesota Legislature

Northland Community and Technical College recently was honored with a House resolution recognizing its dedication to educational excellence by the Minnesota Legislature, the college announced last week.

The House resolution commends NCTC President Dennis Bona and staff for their commitment to creating "outstanding educational opportunities" for students in the region.

In August, NCTC earned a top-five ranking on WalletHub's list of Best Community Colleges ranking list.

"We are incredibly fortunate to have strong post-secondary education opportunities for students in our area, and I want to once again congratulate all of the students, faculty and staff at NCTC on this fantastic achievement," Rep. Dan Fabian said in a statement.

With almost 5,000 students enrolled full and part-time, NCTC has seen a spike of 6 percent in enrollment for the fall 2018 semester.

"We are privileged to have nationally-recognized higher education institutions like NCTC right here in northwest Minnesota," Rep. Deb Kiel said in a statement.

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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