Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!
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BISMARCK—Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler said the process for filling two openings on the State Board of Higher Education is changing slightly because of the resignation of Greg Stemen, the board's vice chairman. Stemen and another board member, Nick Hacker, were each serving four-year terms that are set to end June 30, 2019. However, after the resignation of Stemen last month, Gov. Doug Burgum must appoint someone to fill his position for about six months.
GRAND FORKS - The body of a man possibly in his mid-20s was discovered next to North Washington Street Tuesday morning, Oct. 9, in Grand Forks, police said. Sgt. Travis Benson said there were no obvious signs of foul play, but the body will be taken to the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office for further examination. “On the surface there was nothing that would suggest any sort of foul play, any sort of trauma or anything that we’ve seen so far,” Benson said.
GRAND FORKS — Democrat Kylie Oversen and Republican incumbent Ryan Rauschenberger will face off for the state tax commissioner role this November. The tax commissioner office oversees six divisions dealing with tax law, revenue collection and fiscal management, among others. The tax commissioner has a four-year term in North Dakota and is up for election during midterm election years.
GRAND FORKS — The Bank of North Dakota could serve as an oversight committee for a potential $100 million investment in the state's two research universities, University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy said Thursday, Oct. 4. Kennedy, along with North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani, have been promoting a proposal to invest $100 million in research at the two universities over two years. Each school would get $25 million a year under the proposal.
GRAND FORKS -- A University of North Dakota law professor has signed a letter presented to the U.S. Senate Thursday saying Judge Brett Kavanaugh should not be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Tammy Pettinato Oltz is one of more than 1,000 law professors to sign the letter.
MINOT, N.D. — The presidents of North Dakota’s two largest universities are hitting the road this week to talk about the importance of research and ask for support for their proposal for $100 million in the next biennium that would go toward research.
Meetings between leadership at the University of North Dakota's aerospace school and administration have been "productive" and led to two changes for the aviation school, according to UND officials. The meetings, which include aerospace dean Paul Lindseth, UND Provost Thomas DiLorenzo and Vice President for Finance and Operations Jed Shivers, began a couple of weeks ago amid brewing tension between the aviation department and UND administrators.
GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota Aerospace Dean Paul Lindseth has filed a document accusing Provost Tom DiLorenzo of being disrespectful and treating him (Lindseth) differently than other deans. The memo was sent to Pat Hanson, director of human resources at UND, on Sept. 15, and it specifically names DiLorenzo. It came two weeks after aviation faculty voted 32-0 in favor of a resolution of no confidence in DiLorenzo.
GRAND FORKS—Thanks to a $3 million gift from Hal and Kathy Gershman of Grand Forks, the original president's home on the University of North Dakota's campus will be renovated for use as a place for graduate and international students to gather. "We get to save an old building that is really beautiful," Kathy Gershman said. "But originally the idea was to find a place on campus that we could dedicate to graduate students to use for quiet study space and collaborating."
GRAND FORKS—Fall enrollment numbers have fallen again at the University of North Dakota. This year's official fall enrollment at the university is listed as 13,847 students, according to a UND press release. That is a 3.9 percent dip from last fall's final enrollment of 14,406. Even with the decrease, the tally still ranks within the top 10 of highest overall enrollments at UND.