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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GRAND FORKS—One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting early Sunday morning, July 8. Shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday, Grand Forks officers were dispatched in response to the report of a suicidal subject, armed with a firearm, police said in a press release Sunday.
GRAND FORKS—Budget cuts have been an unpleasant and all too familiar reality in higher education in North Dakota over the past few years, but UND President Mark Kennedy said it is important to be "nimble" and "transformative" with a budget going forward. The State Board of Higher Education approved the university system's needs-based budget request on June 28 in Mandan during the board's regular meeting.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Devils Lake man killed during an officer-involved shooting in Devils Lake has been identified as Daniel A. Fuller. The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Officers were responding to a call about a suspicious person, the department said in a press release.
MANDAN, N.D.—With potential budget cuts looming, the North Dakota University System may be working with funding levels last seen about a decade ago if 13 percent cuts are approved by the Legislature next year.
DEVILS LAKE—Landowners near the western outlet of the Devils Lake Basin say the outlet has been leaking for several years and if a settlement with the state Water Commission is not reached, they may have to take legal action against the commission. The issue has been ongoing since 2007, according to landowners. Cando, N.D., lawyer Bruce Gibbens, who is representing some landowners in the matter, made a presentation to the state Water Commission on June 15. One landowner affected by the alleged seepage is state Rep. Dennis Johnson, R-Devils Lake.
MANDAN, N.D. -- The State Board of Higher Education voted to extend the contract of UND President Mark Kennedy in a unanimous vote Thursday. However, the board added one caveat to the renewal, directing NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott to develop a “midyear evaluation” of Kennedy. Kennedy’s contract will now run through June 20, 2020, board member Casey Ryan said during the meeting. Contracts for other NDUS presidents were also extended through 2020, except the contract of North Dakota State College of Science, John Richman, whose contract was tabled until September.
GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy received positive remarks on his yearly evaluation from North Dakota University System chancellor Mark Hagerott, according to a copy of the document. Overall, Hagerott applauded Kennedy for his efforts thus far as president of UND, noting that Kennedy was selected for the position in 2016 "just as a 'perfect storm' of commodity price drops created great stress on our state budget."
GRAND FORKS — A summary evaluation of North Dakota University System chancellor Mark Hagerott by State Board of Higher Education chair Don Morton paints a positive view of the chancellor's work over the past year. But, an accompanying survey of board members shows that one member is frustrated with Hagerott and staffing issues within the NDUS. The review was completed Wednesday, June 20, by Morton and obtained by Forum News Service through an open-records request.
GRAND FORKS—As the ongoing pilot shortage continues to take a toll on regional airlines and other parts of the industry, the shortage also is having an effect on those who train up-and-coming pilots at UND. Kent Lovelace, a UND aviation professor who also deals with different parts of the industry for the university, said UND in 2009 did a forecast for the National Defense Transportation Program that indicated there would be a shortage of available pilots in the coming years. The study, Lovelace said, was met with scrutiny and suspicion.