Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.
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UND has the distinction of being around for about as long as North Dakota has been part of the Union, a fact it celebrates each year at Founders Day. That longevity is on display in a couple ways at the annual commemoration, held each year in late February. Members of the university community gathered at Memorial Union reflect on 135 years as an institution, but also to say goodbye to colleagues who are leaving the school in retirement. Longtime philosophy professor Don Poochigian, who died in December, was remembered posthumously.
The search for the next president of Mayville State University took a step forward this week with the Thursday announcement of five semifinalist candidates. After conducting long-range interviews earlier this week, the MSU Presidential Search Committee has extended invitations for campus visits to Tom Corti, vice president for student affairs at Farmingdale State College in New York; Bernell Hirning, interim associate vice president and associate regional dean at National University in Fresno, Calif.; and Brian Van Horn, associate provost at Murray State College in Murray, Ky.
Another year, another birthday—this one for UND. The university is marking on Thursday its 135th year since its founding in 1883. Much has changed in that time, but those at the school are observing the moment in a timeless sort of way with the annual marking of Founders Day. UND spokesman Peter Johnson said the event is traditionally celebrated on the last Thursday of February with a special banquet, much as it's been done since the first Founders Day event of 1904. This year, the dinner is being held at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom on the university campus.
UND has announced its latest roster of North Dakota greats set to receive the university's highest honor, the Sioux Award, during the 2018 Homecoming Week. The most prominent alumnus on the list of five is NBA coach Phil Jackson, a UND graduate who played on the university's basketball team while completing his degree in philosophy and religion. In 2008, UND awarded Jackson with an honorary doctorate.
If you want to see UND hockey face off in Las Vegas this fall, you might want to make your arrangements sooner rather than later—much sooner.
Higher education is changing, a condition increasingly reflected by the physical features of the UND campus.
If you build it, they will come. The adage doesn't just apply to magic baseball diamonds in Kevin Costner movies. In the case of a newly minted state on the Great Plains, it also counted for colleges and universities.
Some swimming events are so fast, you can miss most of the action if you glance away.
A UND research unit has received a $6 million in federal funding to develop technology to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from a North Dakota coal-fired power plant. Members of the state's Senate delegation announced on Friday the funding award to the Energy and Environmental Research Center, a facility on the UND campus that works mainly on projects connected to fossil fuels.
UND President Mark Kennedy will be interviewing for a new job, according to a Thursday statement. Kennedy announced in an email that he has been nominated to a pool of candidates for the role of president of the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Kennedy wrote that he had responded to an inquiry from an executive search firm and “have been included in a group to proceed to initial interviews” in an “accelerated search process” likely to be finished by March 9.