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 -- 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.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—Dozens of people in support of a Devils Lake family whose son was fatally shot by police in July took to the streets Monday evening, Sept. 17, during the City's Commission meeting to protest his death and call for the dismissal of the detective who shot him.
GRAND FORKS — An anonymous op-ed published last week in The New York Times claimed there were "early whispers" among President Donald Trump's advisers about trying to remove Trump from the presidency by invoking part of the 25th Amendment, an amendment North Dakota never ratified.
GRAND FORKS—A former dean of UND's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences on Tuesday, Sept. 11, described his previous relationship with Provost Thomas DiLorenzo as "tumultuous" and says he agrees with a no-confidence resolution signed by staff at the school. The comment from Bruce A. Smith comes almost two weeks after the aviation department, one of the largest programs on campus, voted 32-0 in favor of the resolution. Two staff members abstained from voting on the resolution.
GRAND FORKS — Researchers at the Energy and Environmental Research Center will study ways carbon dioxide can help with oil extraction thanks to a new grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The nearly $3.5 million grant will allow the EERC at University of North Dakota to establish a field laboratory in the South Central Cut Bank oilfield in north-central Montana to test the geological storage of carbon dioxide, with the goal of advancing similar storage in the Williston Basin.