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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As Mark Kennedy’s final days as UND president inch closer, rumors about who will fill the role of interim president have begun to circulate. Don Morton, chair of the State Board of Higher Education, has said the board has a “diverse list of possible candidates” for interim president. The topic is expected to come up at the next full board meeting on May 30. North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott told the Herald he has a running list of potential candidates in his head, but he does not have a formal, written list at this point.
While the head of the North Dakota University System and the leader of the State Board of Higher Education map out the search process to replace outgoing UND President Mark Kennedy, at least one member would like the board to try a slightly different route.
GRAND FORKS -- Hundreds of University of North Dakota students walked across a stage Saturday at the Alerus Center. When they reached the end of that stage, they were officially UND graduates -- the culmination of years of hard work and late nights. Outgoing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson addressed undergraduate students Saturday afternoon. Before doing so, Wilson congratulated UND President Mark Kennedy for being named the next president of the University of Colorado system. He will leave for the new job next month.
GRAND FORKS — The North Dakota University System saw a small bump in appropriations for the upcoming biennium, a move that delighted higher education officials across the state. The North Dakota Legislature allotted the higher education system $648.7 million from the state’s general fund for ongoing operations. The appropriation, a 6% increase from the prior biennium, aligns with State Board of Higher Education’s needs-based budget request submitted prior to the legislative session.
GRAND FORKS — As the “braintrust of the Bakken,” the Energy and Environment Research Center is leading research aimed at reducing North Dakota’s carbon dioxide emissions. The EERC, located onthe University of North Dakota’s campus, employs more than 200 people, has more than 1,300 clients in 53 countries and has an economic impact of $90.6 million a year, according to the facility. It receives nearly $40 million in grant funds annually.
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.