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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With higher education in flux across the country, steady sources of funding are hardly guaranteed. The drawdown of state dollars for many institutions could make outside fundraising an even more attractive option than it is today. In North Dakota, as with most of the colleges and universities in the country, much of that fundraising goes toward building and growing an endowment, a pool of investment funds that grow over time and send gains back to campus.
The UND campus is home to its fair share of characters, but a new prospect could rise above the rest. UND Athletics is exploring the possibility of establishing a new mascot to represent the Fighting Hawks, the university nickname established in 2016. A university press release stated the mascot revival is driven in part by members of the UND Student Government.
Grand Forks sports fans should mark off the weekend of Sept. 22 well in advance, if not that whole week. That's because the weekend is now set to host both the 2018 Potato Bowl and UND Homecoming—meaning that two of the biggest fall events in Grand Forks are being paired for one major celebration.
Aspiring interns take note—a new UND-led program could open some doors for you. The university is providing $35,000 in seed funding to cover some of the costs of hiring interns through a joint initiative launched Thursday with the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp. The program, named InternGF and spearheaded by the UND Center for Innovation, will focus specifically on pairing student interns with businesses in the startup and new technology sectors, said EDC President Keith Lund.
Bruno, a bearded dragon lizard, started out his new life on the wrong foot. Considering he's missing one of his hind feet, that's really saying something. Bruno was one of a pair of lizards—the other being a fat-tailed gecko—abandoned in a Grand Forks apartment a few weeks ago. Like other, furrier animals who hit that same bump in the road, Bruno and his scaly friend ended up at the Circle of Friends Humane Society.
As part of a sweeping push to update campus facilities, UND is feeling out a set of major changes to Gamble Hall, home of the UND College of Business and Public Administration. Steven Light, interim dean of the college, said the hall—built in 1968, complete with many of the design style points of that era—has "had a good run" but is in need of an upgrade. "I think our vision outgrew the building we're in," Light said.
Go to church, make it to mosque and see the synagogue—UND is making that easy next week with its annual Interfaith Week. A UND press release announcing the week's schedule of programming from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2. described this year's series as "an opportunity to hear how justice and peace are an integral part of our neighbor's faith."
A reshuffling of athletic training facilities on the UND campus could open space for a science facility in what is now the Hyslop Sports Center. UND President Mark Kennedy said the new lab space, which would be dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics—STEM, for short—would repurpose an area of the Hyslop that currently houses weight room facilities.
GRAND FORKS—Longtime North Dakota legislator Byron John Langley died last week at the age of 91, according to an obituary published Wednesday, Jan. 17. Langley, who spent nearly all his life farming and ranching near Warwick, N.D., within the Spirit Lake Nation, died surrounded by family Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Carrington, N.D.
Longtime North Dakota legislator Byron John Langley died last week at the age of 91, according to an obituary published Wednesday. Langley, who spent nearly all his life farming and ranching near Warwick, N.D., within the Spirit Lake Nation, died surrounded by family Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Carrington, N.D.