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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A committee of the State Board of Higher Education has approved a request by UND to sell the former Ray Richards Golf Course, but the full sale of the course still has a few more steps before it is official. The nine-hole golf course, named after a UND alumnus who died in 1972, was shut down in November 2016. The land was a farm that was donated to the university in 1962 with an understanding that it be used as a golf course named after Richards.
BISMARCK—Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler said the process for filling two openings on the State Board of Higher Education is changing slightly because of the resignation of Greg Stemen, the board's vice chairman. Stemen and another board member, Nick Hacker, were each serving four-year terms that are set to end June 30, 2019. However, after the resignation of Stemen last month, Gov. Doug Burgum must appoint someone to fill his position for about six months.
The body of a man possibly in his mid-20s was discovered next to North Washington Street Tuesday morning in Grand Forks, police said. Sgt. Travis Benson said there were no obvious signs of foul play, but the body will be taken to the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office for further examination. “On the surface there was nothing that would suggest any sort of foul play, any sort of trauma or anything that we’ve seen so far,” Benson said.
The Bank of North Dakota could serve as an oversight committee for a potential $100 million investment in the state's two research universities, UND President Mark Kennedy said Thursday. Kennedy, along with North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani, have been promoting a proposal to invest $100 million in research at the two universities over two years. Each school would get $25 million a year under the proposal.
UND President Mark Kennedy is making a trip to Asia this week to meet with leaders from oil and gas industries in China and to speak with other global leaders at a conference in Japan. Kennedy is set to spend a few days in China before flying to Tokyo on Oct. 9 for the G1 Global Conference. Kennedy will return to the United States on Monday. Kennedy departed for the trip over the weekend, Meloney Linder, UND vice president for marketing & communications, confirmed Monday.
GRAND FORKS -- A University of North Dakota law professor has signed a letter presented to the U.S. Senate Thursday saying Judge Brett Kavanaugh should not be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Tammy Pettinato Oltz is one of more than 1,000 law professors to sign the letter.
MINOT, N.D. — The presidents of North Dakota’s two largest universities are hitting the road this week to talk about the importance of research and ask for support for their proposal for $100 million in the next biennium that would go toward research.
GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota Aerospace Dean Paul Lindseth has filed a document accusing Provost Tom DiLorenzo of being disrespectful and treating him (Lindseth) differently than other deans. The memo was sent to Pat Hanson, director of human resources at UND, on Sept. 15, and it specifically names DiLorenzo. It came two weeks after aviation faculty voted 32-0 in favor of a resolution of no confidence in DiLorenzo.
For the first time in nearly 30 years, there will be no french fry feed during Potato Bowl week. Todd Phelps, chairman of the Potato Bowl committee, announced Wednesday afternoon that the annual fry feed would be canceled because of expected rain.
Fall enrollment numbers have fallen again at UND. This year's official fall enrollment at the university is listed as 13,847 students, according to a UND press release. That is a 3.9 percent dip from last fall's final enrollment of 14,406. Even with the decrease, the tally still ranks within the top 10 of highest overall enrollments at UND. On-campus numbers include 10,316 students this fall. There are 3,531 students enrolled in distance education courses exclusively, while 3,186 students are taking at least one online course.