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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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.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Senate has passed legislation that would fund research at the state's two largest universities in an effort to diversify North Dakota's economy. Senate Bill 2282 would transfer 15 percent of Legacy Fund earnings to an economic diversification research fund that would support work by UND and North Dakota State University. Funding for the program would be capped at $45 million under the bill. Senators voted 43-4 in favor of the bill. The bill now moves onto the House for consideration.
Former Grand Forks County State's Attorney and federal judgeship nominee Peter Welte testified Wednesday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Welte, who was nominated for the post last month by President Donald Trump, was introduced to the committee by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. Welte thanked Trump for the nomination, as well as Hoeven, former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, among others.
UND has named David Dodds as the university's new communications director, university officials said Tuesday. Dodds will serve as the university spokesman and will be the key point of contact for members of the media going forward at the school, said Meloney Linder, vice president of marketing and communications. He takes over the role officially on Saturday, Linder said. "My big goal is to amplify UND's message and raise the prestige of the university by letting more people know about the great things that we are doing here," Dodds said.
More than 35 percent of recent UND students graduated in four years, a record for the university. The 2014 class graduated with a 36 percent four-year graduation rate, a number that has continued to climb over the past decade, said Scott Correll, UND registrar. In 2008, about 23 percent of students graduated within four years; since then, the numbers have gone up incrementally. Correll told the Herald those numbers were low compared with other institutions in the region.
Although an external search for a new UND School of Law dean was not successful, faculty, staff and students say an internal candidate could end up being a better option in the long run. Brad Myers has been serving as interim dean since August. He took over from Kathryn Rand, who had served as dean since 2009 and chose to step down from the position to return to the law school faculty. A search committee, made up of professors, alumni and others, was working to fill the position since July. The committee was recently disbanded following the unsuccessful external search.