Higher Education Notebook: NDSU mulls parking permit hikes
Students at North Dakota State University may have to dig a little deeper into their pockets next fall to pay for parking permits. A recent proposal would take a phased approach to increasing the annual parking permit fee.
Students at North Dakota State University may have to dig a little deeper into their pockets next fall to pay for parking permits.
A recent proposal would take a phased approach to increasing the annual parking permit fee. The current fee of $60 would jump to $80 in 2003-04, and by $10 each of the following three years until reaching $110 in 2006.
"We're looking at that possibility, but right now it's kind of in the discussion stage," campus police chief Tim Lee said.
The higher fees will be necessary to pay for $3.6 million in parking lot construction and repair projects over the next five years, Lee said.
The projects include finishing the new parking lot along 15th Avenue North for the Living/Learning Center, repairing the T lot on the south end of campus, a parking lot for the proposed College of Business Administration building, and improved lighting.
The Campus Space and Facilities Committee must approve the fee hike. A vote will probably take place in early March, Lee said.
NDSCS turns 100
The North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton will kick off its yearlong centennial celebration with a gala at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Student Center.
The two-year college opened in 1903 as the North Dakota Academy of Science. Other special events scheduled this year include alumni reunions in three states and a time capsule burial on May 28.
Tickets for the semi-formal event are available at the Student Center. The evening starts with a social at 6:30, followed by a short program and a dance featuring Kid Hollywood.
Asian villages funded
Concordia College's Language Villages recently received a $100,000 grant from the Freeman Foundation to support 2003 summer scholarships for the Chinese, Japanese and Korean language programs.
The Vermont-based Freeman Foundation supports greater understanding between Asia and the United States.
Concordia Language Villages, located near Bemidji, Minn., offers high school credit in language and cultural education to 9,500 students age 7-18 annually. The program will launch its 13th language, Italian, this summer.
The science of life
A six-part series on how science has shaped modern life will run from Jan. 26 to March 2 at the Tri-College University libraries at Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead and NDSU.
The first two sessions, "Atomic Age" and "Robotics," will be held at the NDSU main library, with free parking in the T lot south of 12th Avenue North.
The free sessions are scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Sundays. For details, visit www.lib.ndsu.nodak.edu or www.tri-college.org .
No classes Monday
No college classes will be held at MSUM or NDSU Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Concordia College will be open.
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