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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GRAND FORKS—North Dakota higher education could take some cues from Arizona, said Gov. Doug Burgum Friday, April 6, at the University of North Dakota.
GRAND FORKS—The Fighting Hawk could soon be flying at UND events. Or, if not flying, at least maybe dancing and hamming it up on the sidelines. By the end of this semester, students will have a chance to vote on designs for a new mascot character to represent their school at sporting events and community gatherings. A 17-member design committee has been working since the start of the year to bring the Hawk to life.
GRAND FORKS—10 people, including a Grand Forks legislator and a former UND professor, have applied to fill two seats on the board that governs North Dakota's colleges and universities. The seats are those of incumbent members Kevin Melicher and Mike Ness, whose four-year terms on the State Board of Higher Education are due to expire June 30. Both men are voting members of the SBHE and were appointed by former Gov. Jack Dalrymple.
GRAND FORKS—An email exchange late last week between UND President Mark Kennedy and a state legislative leader reveals lingering frustration after last year's steep budgetary cuts to higher education. North Dakota Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, said he "felt the need to set the record straight" with Kennedy after the university leader made comments aimed at the Legislature on a March 20 radio program.
GRAND FORKS—Leaders long have tried to square their plans for the community with statistics indicating that poverty rates here are some of the worst among cities in North Dakota. But the basis of the comparisons also might need another look. "Sometimes, we overlook these basic demographic issues that are really important and really illustrative," Mark Schill, a vice president at Praxis Strategy Group in Grand Forks, said Thursday. "I think it's helpful to start with that and then unpack it to see what's going on."
GRAND FORKS—The world is at war—and every sneeze, a battleground. Multidrug-resistant bacteria, also known as "superbugs," have taken on an increased focus from medical researchers as older drugs continue to lose their effectiveness in curing disease. If evolution is a fight for survival, then medicine is an arms race between antibiotics and fast-adapting microbes. A recent international study with research from UND could give us a new molecular weapon that attacks hardy bugs from the outside-in.
GRAND FORKS—A UND investigation has begun to determine the security of student fee dollars after last week's arrest of the former student body treasurer. Chase Johnson was arrested by University Police and charged with Class B felony theft following accusations that he embezzled between $10,000 and $50,000 from his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. He was fraternity treasurer at the time of the alleged theft.
GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy's hunt for a new job has ended unsuccessfully. For now, he'll be staying in Grand Forks. The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees voted Friday against nominating Kennedy to be their next president, instead choosing their internal candidate, current UCF Provost Dale Whittaker.
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.
GRAND FORKS—A University of North Dakota professor soon will be leading one of the most prominent outlets in the country for Native American news. Journalism professor Mark Trahant said Wednesday, March 7, 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 this academic year.