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 — The finalization of a series of University of North Dakota employee buyouts and phase-downs initially scheduled for an early May completion has been pushed back into next month.
A partnership of local companies and institutions is finalizing research this week to drive forward a NASA project to better manage flight plans for unmanned aerial systems, or drones. The latest round of testing is the second time in as many years that the Northern Plains UAS Test Site has been included in the aeronautic agency's national campaign to develop a more cohesive platform for its UAS Traffic Management system.
GRAND FORKS — Peter Johnson is a man of many hats, though most know him for his primary gig—spokesman for the University of North Dakota. Johnson has held that role for all of his 29 years of employment at the university. During that time, he also picked up a few others, the most recent being the interim vice president for university and public affairs. Technically, Johnson now holds two high-level administrative titles.
GRAND FORKS — A documentary film detailing the life of the University of North Dakota's former Fighting Sioux logo and nickname is coming to a wrap after years in the making.
GRAND FORKS — It's still an applicant's market when it comes to jobs in North Dakota. Despite continued challenges to the state's leading energy and agricultural commodities, the unemployment rate was about 2.7 percent as of April, according to Job Service North Dakota. The jobs data, which coincides with spring thawing, might hold some answers for more than just job-hunters. Unemployment rates are being closely watched by economists tracking the fortunes of North Dakota, looking for signs of recession or growth.
GRAND FORKS—Ray Richards Golf Course isn't as well manicured as it used to be. The University of North Dakota-owned property shut down at the end of last season as the university chose to divest from the public-use, nine-hole golf course in Grand Forks. The course's greens won't be up to par for a game of golf this season, but UND facilities leader Mike Pieper said the course won't look like a prairie either.
GRAND FORKS — For a time on UND's campus, one or more unknown people were chalking sidewalks with an oft-quoted statement—Black Lives Matter. The full motto didn't last long, according to student Lauren Chapple. "A day or so after, simply the word "black" had been crossed out," said Chapple, who is the outgoing president of the University of North Dakota's Black Student Association. For her, the erasure is symbolic of a wider trend on campus in which people of color go unseen and unheard.
GRAND FORKS — Easternwings Airlines Flight 576 departed recently from Sioux Falls, S.D., much as it always has, bound for Grand Forks International Airport. It didn't make it—not in one piece, anyway. The plane is very real, but the flight is a work of fiction. Even the airline is fake, a dreamed-up carrier that only operates a route from Sioux Falls to Grand Forks.
A public program to entice private donations to North Dakota higher education will be funded at a reduced level in the upcoming two-year budget after initially losing its state dollars.
GRAND FORKS — What does identity mean for an institution in flux? And, more specifically, how do you pinpoint what it means to be a part of a university?