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 lone candidate to replace University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler spoke Tuesday to a group of more than 50 faculty, staff and community members at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Joan Gabel, provost at the University of South Carolina, was picked as the Minnesota Board of Regents' sole candidate for the president's position last week. She took questions from UMC Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause, as well as staff, faculty and community members during a public forum.
BISMARCK—A change to a North Dakota University System policy allowed the State Board of Higher Education to award tenure to two presidents during its latest meeting. The tenure policy change, which was unanimously approved by the board Thursday, gives the SBHE discretion to allow incoming, out-of-system presidents to keep the tenure they had previously earned at another institution. Presidents would get the tenure if they decided to return to the classroom and teach after being in the leadership position.
The North Dakota University System may see a bump in funding this biennium. However, that proposed $90 million in increased funding still comes at a cost, university officials warn. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum also included a suggested 5 percent cut to the higher education baseline budget from last biennium in his budget proposal, which was released on Wednesday. That equates to a $27 million cut before the $90 million kicks in.
UMC degree earns national accreditation CROOKSTON—The Bachelor of Science in Health Management at the University of Minnesota-Crookston has received accreditation approval by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards, the university announced in a news release. With the NAB accreditation, the program also received Health Service Executive qualification. Both accreditations came under the leadership of Susan Klassen, program director.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education had a long discussion Thursday about whether to offer in-state tuition rates to certain students from out of state. The board's discussion was a direct response to the South Dakota Board of Regents' decision Wednesday to offer in-state tuition to students from six other states: Colorado, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming. The North Dakota SBHE made no decisions Thursday but many on the board indicated a needed to be made quickly so North Dakota universities do not lose out on student recruiting.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has proposed around $90 million in increased funding for higher education in the next biennium, but his budget included no money for a $100 million investment in research proposed by the state's two research universities. Burgum proposed that the increased funding for higher education would support increased staff compensation, targeted capital projects and applied research. UND President Mark Kennedy had an overall positive view on Burgum's budget, but noted that nothing is final yet. "There is still a lot to learn," Kennedy said.
The UND Staff Senate will donate items to the Circle of Friends Humane Society and Sunshine Hospitality Home during its annual Tubs of Love campaign. Tubs of Love committee lead Patricia Reed said the Staff Senate picks organizations based on the needs of each organization at the time. "We do as much as we can to help," said Tyler Clauson, president of the Staff Senate.
Two UND departments are seeing changes to director positions, according to Meloney Linder, vice president of marketing and communications at UND. Katie Davidson, director of international programs at UND, has notified the university she intends to step down from her position to become dean of students services at Southwestern Community College in Iowa, Linder said Tuesday. Linder said she did not have a timeline for Davidson's last day or the time it would take to replace her.
The U.S. Post Office, along with other federal buildings, will be closed Wednesday to honor the life of former President George H. W. Bush. Bush died Friday at age 94. He was the 41st president of the United States. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Saturday declaring all departments and agencies of the federal government to close Wednesday "as a mark of respect for George Herbert Walker Bush."
Area political leaders and others are taking time to reflect on the life of George H. W. Bush, the former president who died Friday at age 94. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton each ordered flags to fly at half-staff for 30 days after Bush's death.