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 -- 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.
GRAND FORKS -- Emotions ran high Wednesday at a public forum regarding the far-reaching University of North Dakota budget cuts. Some people teared up when professor Michael Gallo talked about how music therapy, a program slated for suspension at UND, has had a positive impact on his wife of 33 years who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota released detailed proposals Monday on how it will comply with state budget cuts. The proposals do not name specific programs slated for suspension. In some cases, they also don't differentiate between positions coming open that won't be filled and current university employees getting cut, though at least three people will lose their jobs.
GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota's approach to cutting $12.6 million has involved forums, interviews with media, protests and public backlash while budget cuts at the research university one hour to the south have been much quieter. Interim UND President Ed Schafer acknowledged Thursday that UND and North Dakota State University have taken different approaches to their cuts.
GRAND FORKS -- The North Dakota University System estimates the search to find the University of North Dakota’s next president was the most expensive in recent years. The search cost was $139,907, which is about $56,000 more than the average cost of other recent university president searches and $20,657 higher than the original estimated cost of the search.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Fifteen percent of those who were eligible applied for a staff buyout program at the University of North Dakota in light of budget cuts. Associate Vice President of Health and Wellness Laurie Betting, Director of American Indian Student Services Leigh Jeanotte and longtime Executive Assistant to the President Patricia Bohnet were among those on the list of 88 people who applied for buyouts, according to documents..
GRAND FORKS -- The target deadlines have been pushed back for budget proposals at the University of North Dakota. A total of $12.6 million must be cut from the 2015-17 budgets at UND, with $3.1 million of that coming separately from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences budget.
GRAND FORKS -- In light of recent controversy, the University of North Dakota Student Senate passed a resolution Wednesday in support of the ROTC and is asking a professor who was critical of the program to publicly apologize.
GRAND FORKS -- University of North Dakota professor Heidi Czerwiec thought some people might respond to her recent letter to the Grand Forks Herald, but the backlash she experienced on blogs and social media was totally unexpected. In her piece, which was published in the opinion section of the Herald earlier this week, Czerwiec recounted seeing what she thought were gumen and calling 911 only to be told the university's Army ROTC was doing outdoor drills.
GRAND FORKS -- Feedback on the University of North Dakota's next president collected through recent online surveys was overwhelmingly positive, but some faculty and staff said they were concerned he isn't the right fit for the university.