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 -- Mark Johnson compared the boilers inside the University of North Dakota's steam plant to teapots that create steam used to heat buildings. But UND's seven boilers are 42 years old, on average. The newest two were installed more than two decades ago and the oldest is a whopping 64-years-old. "Those teapots are way beyond their useful life," said Johnson, UND's facilities director of operations and maintenance.
GRAND FORKS -- Despite what was said at a State Board of Higher Education meeting, Chairwoman Kathleen Neset released a statement Thursday to clarify the board will support the decision to suspend the University of North Dakota's Music Therapy Program. At a SBHE meeting Tuesday, UND students and the program director explained the importance of music therapy. Neset said during the meeting the board would ask UND's administration to reconsider the suspension of the program.
GRAND FORKS -- Immediately after pulling into his driveway, University of North Dakota Interim President Ed Schafer walked right over to say hello to a group of about 30 students holding a demonstration near his home on campus Monday evening.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota Presidential Search committee selected Steven Shirley, Mark Kennedy, and Nagi Naganathan as finalists to serve as the university's next president.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Interim University of North Dakota President Ed Schafer compared three Hershey's kisses in red, pink and silver wrappers to the ongoing discussion about budget cuts at the school. At a well-attended, campuswide meeting Wednesday, he said a person may want all three chocolates because they're equally delicious, but tough decisions are on the horizon.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Representatives from New York-based firm SME Inc. spent three days in Grand Forks learning about the community and the university they're charged with designing a new athletic logo for. "It should be something that is instantly recognizable, so when you go to Arizona or Florida everyone knows you're from UND," said University of North Dakota Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve Light during a forum Thursday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Some who attended a Tuesday forum intended to collect input on the creation of the University of North Dakota's future logo said they fear it will not live up to the legacy of the Fighting Sioux nickname.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Al Palmer is no stranger to retiring, but this time he thinks it'll stick. The 63-year-old has had ties to the University of North Dakota's aerospace programs for years, retiring in 2010 from his position as UND chief of flight operations and becoming director of UND's Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research, Education and Training.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences has regained full accreditation after being placed into a warning category by an accrediting agency. The Liaison on Medical Education placed the UND Medical School in a "warning" category during the summer of 2014. After making a variety of changes, that label has been removed.
GRAND FORKS -- Bennett Brien posted his first rough sketch of a hawk logo to his Facebook page last week, and two days later he posted the finished image of a fierce bird looking to its right. Despite the design could easily be a logo, Brien said in an interview that he is designing the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawk logos for himself. The university hasn't asked for input from the man who designed the beloved Fighting Sioux logo.