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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UND football notched a less successful season on the field this year compared to last, but the real gameday action might start in the Alerus Center parking lot. This season was the first to debut a series of changes put together by a university committee looking to fine-tune the Fighting Hawk football experience into something with a little more pop. Looking back, UND President Mark Kennedy is happy with what he saw.
UND has made a permanent leader of its interim vice president of diversity and student affairs. Administrator Cara Halgren, a former dean of students, is now the long-term head of the office after being appointed to an interim role last winter. She said earlier this week that she was thrilled with the permanent appointment. "It's amazing and humbling, all at the same time," Halgren said.
Last week, a leader of the UND School of Graduate Studies encouraged students to contact their congressional representatives to share concerns about the GOP tax reform bill. On Thursday, the same day House Republicans approved the wide-reaching bill, UND spokesman Peter Johnson said that official outreach from Graduate Studies Associate Dean Chris Nelson never should have happened.
UND is closely watching a version of the Republican tax reform bill that could ultimately pull money from higher education. University President Mark Kennedy said the House version of the bill being debated Thursday has a "range of issues" that have landed on the radar of school leaders. "The general idea of tax reform is to lower the rates, but also to eliminate all of the special tax provisions there are for a wide range of organizations—and higher education could be one of those," Kennedy said.
UND could soon be tearing down another set of campus buildings. The university notified the State Historical Society of North Dakota earlier this month of its intent to demolish Corwin/Larimore and Robertson/Sayre halls, a pair of academic buildings that make up the remaining physical trace of Wesley College, a now-defunct Methodist school whose properties were purchased by UND in 1965.
The UND Center for Innovation is looking to the future with a new mission statement that prioritizes its core entrepreneurial services.
It's like speed dating, but for research grants. That's part of the idea for a Tuesday UND Discovery Grand Challenge event planned to bring researchers together with representatives from multiple federal agencies. But unlike most rounds of speed dating, the networking researchers already know they have a common interest with those on the other side of the table—in this case, rural health and related social issues.
A North Dakota faculty group has issued an official letter of concern about a plan to cut the monthly in-person meetings of the university system's governing board
Cheech Marin, the once-mustachioed half of the stoner comedy duo Cheech and Chong, doesn't think people are surprised anymore by his love for the arts.
Altru Health System is building a new hospital estimated at “well over” $250 million to replace aging facilities in Grand Forks. Health system leaders announced the planned investment to Altru employees Wednesday before describing the project further in an afternoon press conference. Altru Board of Directors Chairwoman Kris Compton said the unexpected loss earlier this year of the system’s main clinic after a structural failure had presented an opportunity to “step back and think about the big picture” of meeting regional health care needs.