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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CROOKSTON—The University of Minnesota-Crookston is in the process of reorganizing its academic structure with the aim of bolstering student success and planning for the future of the university. A move to two large academic units from the current four-department arrangement will better serve the more than 1,800 UMC students enrolled on campus and online, said Vice Chancellor John Hoffman.
Less than a year into his tenure, University of Central Florida President Dale Whittaker is resigning from his position amid a spending scandal at the Orlando-based school. UND President Mark Kennedy had interviewed for the president's position at Central Florida last year and was one of four finalists for the job. UCF's Board of Trustees, which oversees the school, ultimately decided to give the position to Whittaker, who had served as UCF provost for several years.
The State Board of Higher Education’s Budget and Finance Committee approved UND’s request to increase spending authorization for the renovation of the Chester Fritz Library. The motion, which still needs approval from the full board, would increase spending authorization and the scope of the first phase of the Chester Fritz Library from $7 million to $11.65 million.
Leaders at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences hope a new grant aimed at helping teachers in tribal nations create engaging lessons in science, technology, engineering and math will spark interest in the field of neuroscience for American Indian students. The multi-year, $322,260 grant will bring a group of high school instructors to the medical school this summer to work with the school's existing STEM instructors to identify where improvements can be made in their respective curriculums.
UND to host forum for Arts and Sciences candidates UND will be hosting three candidates for the Dean of College and Arts and Sciences position over the next two weeks, the university announced on its University Letter blog.
BISMARCK—A House concurrent resolution that would have allowed the North Dakota Legislature to "study the feasibility and desirability" of privatizing Minot State University and two additional higher education institutions failed on the House floor Friday morning.
UND President Mark Kennedy's chief of staff, who will begin working remotely in Texas in May, received a $30,000 pay increase late last year, a raise university officials say aligned with her job duties and the pay associated with them. UND spokesman David Dodds confirmed Friday that Foster was promoted to chief of staff between October and November. The promotion came with a $30,000 pay raise. Foster's previous title was "special assistant" to the president. Foster was hired in 2016 at a salary of $80,000. In June 2017, she was given a pay increase to $84,000.
An amended version of a campus free speech bill passed in the North Dakota Senate Thursday afternoon. Senate Bill 2320, which was introduced by Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, was previously six pages long and laid out specific regulations surrounding guest speakers at North Dakota University System campuses. The amended bill is now just two pages long and contains broader language. It passed 35-10, with two senators who did not vote.
Two residents from Fergus Falls, Minn., who helped expose a false story about "Trump worship" in the German newspaper Der Spiegel will be visiting UND's campus Friday to discuss what they learned about the stereotypes that many international and urban American readers have about "small town" United States.
UND President Mark Kennedy’s chief of staff will begin working remotely from Texas in May while maintaining a $114,000 salary and having up to $25,000 worth of travel expenses paid for each year. After announcing last year that she would be leaving the university at the end of the school year, Angelique Foster will be staying on in her position. Foster will be commuting back and forth on a monthly basis, UND spokesman David Dodds said Thursday.