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 — Area campuses are playing a wait-and-see game as the comment period continues for proposed changes to federal regulations regarding sexual misconduct on college campuses. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos introduced the proposed regulation changes in November that would bolster protections for students accused of sexual misconduct.
GRAND FORKS — The Nickel Trophy is officially headed to Bismarck next week. The trophy, which was presented to the winner of the UND-NDSU football game from 1938 until 2003, will be given to North Dakota’s Heritage Center on Monday. During the 2017 legislative session an amendment was attached to a Senate bill that required that the two schools either renew their rivalry and continue playing for the Nickel Trophy or have it turned over to the Heritage Center.
MANVEL, N.D. — On a snowy, chilly night, more than 100 people gathered at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Manvel Wednesday, Nov. 28, to honor a family they did not know for long but cared for deeply. The community of Manvel came together to share memories of the Dean family — Chelsi, Anthony and their daughters Avri, 1, and Kaytlin, 5. The family died in a car crash near Billings, Mont., on Thanksgiving Day while traveling from Caldwell, Idaho, to Ekalaka, Mont., to spend the holiday with relatives.
BISMARCK — Thirteen people have applied for two openings on the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, which oversees the state’s 11 public colleges and universities, state superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Wednesday, Nov. 28. The Sept. 27 resignation of Greg Stemen, the board’s vice chairman, created one of the vacancies. The second seat will open in June, when the four-year term of incumbent board member Nick Hacker ends.
GRAND FORKS - The University of North Dakota will not sell Ray Richards Golf Course. The university intends to keep the land and use it as a public golf course again, Meloney Linder, vice president of marketing and communications at UND, said Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 27. The university originally intended to sell the 9-hole golf course that was closed in 2016. The money made from the sale was supposed to support the men's golf team.
Federal officials have dismissed a claim against North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott. Lisa Feldner, former Hagerott chief of staff and NDUS vice chancellor, filed a civil discrimination complaint against Hagerott in 2017.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- A Grand Forks County family that went missing on Thanksgiving has been found dead as a result of a car crash east of Billings, the Montana Highway Patrol confirmed Saturday morning, Nov. 24.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota faculty and staff received notice Tuesday, Nov. 20, that the university will once again be offering a voluntary separation program. Meloney Linder, vice president of marketing and communications at UND, said the move is to align with options that were given to state employees earlier this year.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota National Guard is a step closer to funding its tuition assistance program for the rest of the biennium.
GRAND FORKS -- The recommendation to split North Dakota’s higher education governance into three boards is receiving mixed support from legislators and higher education officials. Members of Gov. Doug Burgum’s Higher Education Task Force voted to advance the concept of a three-board governance model for the state’s 11 colleges and universities on Tuesday, Nov. 13., after almost 10 months of discussions and meetings.