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 President Mark Kennedy proved a somewhat polarizing candidate in the running to be next leader of the University of Central Florida. "He does not strike me as someone I'd enjoy having a beer with, so to speak," wrote an unnamed UCF faculty member. That was one comment made in a survey of a wide slice of the constituency of the Orlando institution of some 66,000 students.
UND President Mark Kennedy’s hunt for a new job has ended unsuccessfully. For now, he’ll be staying in Grand Forks.
The Mayville State University presidential search is down to three finalists. A search committee made up of a cross-section of MSU stakeholders met for the last time Thursday to quickly whittle down a list of four candidates, coming to prompt consensus to end their work for a search begun in November.
A UND professor soon will be leading one of the most prominent outlets in the country for Native American news. Journalism professor Mark Trahant said Wednesday he's "eager to start" his latest role as editor of Indian Country Today, an online publication with a national audience. Trahant currently is winding down a three-year term at the university as the Charles R. Johnson endowed professor of journalism, a position set to end with this academic year.
Sunday's and Monday's winter storm brought the whole gamut of weather to the Grand Forks area, flashing thunder and lightning over rain, hail and snow.
UND President Mark Kennedy could soon be shipping out of North Dakota if this week goes his way. The president, who took office in summer 2016, will appear Wednesday at the University of Central Florida for a final interview for a shot to serve as president of the southern campus of about 66,000 students. Kennedy has been clear that he'll accept the job at UCF if it's offered to him and, if not, he's said he'd happily continue his duties at UND. But now that he's dipped his toe in warmer waters, how effective can Kennedy be in leading the North Dakota campus?
WINNIPEG—The three men had walked similar routes to get to the homeless shelter in Winnipeg. But their road is a little different than many of those they now share residence with. That's because Ibrahim Dumfeh, Appiah Owsu and Majeed Haruna Agure—all originally from Ghana in West Africa—are trying to claim asylum status in Canada after walking over the border between Manitoba and North Dakota.
North Dakota is celebrating its gold medal Olympians in grand fashion. Grand Forks natives and UND alums Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson played a starring role for U.S. Women's Hockey in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, helping to lead the team to a gold medal finish. The victory over the rival Canadian team marked the best showing for the U.S. women in the past 20 years and a first for the Peace Garden State—the twin sisters are the first North Dakotans to win Olympic gold for the United States.
The treasurer of the UND Student Body has been arrested for alleged embezzlement. Chase Alexander Johnson, 23, was arrested Thursday afternoon by UND Police. Booking information from the Grand Forks County jail states he was arrested on suspicion of misapplication of entrusted property of greater than $10,000 value, a Class B felony.
The next president of Mayville State University is—very likely—coming to campus next week. The MSU Presidential Search Committee released on Thursday its March 5-7 itinerary for semifinalist visits to campus. Last week, the committee released the names of the five men who are in the running to fill the university's top office.