Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact her with story ideas or tips by phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. Examples of her work can be accessed here.
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GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota is going to invest in several facilities and programs, interim President Ed Schafer announced Friday. In the lower of level of UND's...
GRAND FORKS -- Bruce Smith received a standing ovation when he took the stage at his retirement picnic Wednesday. Smith has served as dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota since 2000 and will retire effective June 30.
GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota's Joshua Wynne said he is flattered the University of Minnesota wants to build a medical school at its campus in Minneapolis.
GRAND FORKS -- Jeff Vaughan said he thinks there might be a connection between the way West Nile and Zika viruses are transmitted, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) has given him $50,000 to find out. Vaughan, a professor and interim chairman of the University of North Dakota's biology department, plans to study whether a certain kind of parasite called mansonelliasis expedites the rate at which mosquitoes contract Zika and then transmit it to humans.
GRAND FORKS -- Despite teaching a leadership course, interim University of North Dakota President Ed Schafer said he doesn't believe leadership can be taught. Instead, in a class he led...
GRAND FORKS -- The amount of money University of North Dakota puts into its athletics department has increased in recent years and reports show it almost always breaks even. Direct institutional support from UND to its athletics department has increased by 74 percent from $4.2 million in 2010 to $7.3 million in 2015, according to annual reports filed with the NCAA.
DEVILS LAKE -- Lake Region State College President Doug Darling has had to make difficult decisions. Lower than projected enrollment at Lake Region State College created a $400,000 budget shortfall, which was followed with a state mandated 4.05 percent cut to the school's 2015-17 appropriation. Soon, the total budget problem ballooned to about $1.5 million.
GRAND FORKS -- Twenty people had been laid off as of Wednesday and four academic programs have stopped accepting new students as the University of North Dakota released final budget cut data.
GRAND FORKS -- As interim University of North Dakota President Ed Schafer prepares to make final decision on how to cut $12.6 million from UND's budget, public feedback for proposed reductions have revealed many questions along with some support. Schafer's office accepted online feedback after budget proposals were made public last week.
GRAND FORKS -- About a dozen buildings on the University of North Dakota's campus will be closed up and left empty in coming years because the university has more space than it needs. Some of the buildings are in poor condition. A 438-page master plan released this month states much of what needs to be done is contingent on the ability to obtain funding. Interim UND President Ed Schafer wrote in a campuswide memo that the funding most likely won't come from the state.