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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Torn-down buildings and empty lots have become a familiar sight along University Avenue at UND, but talks are in the works about what the street could one day look like to add to the student experience. Eight buildings were razed along University Avenue in 2017, with an additional six already or set to be torn down in 2018, leaving many vacant lots around campus.
North Dakota native and “Transformers” star Josh Duhamel is still set to receive an honorary doctorate from UND, it may just take a bit to happen. UND announced last fall that Duhamel would be awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree, recognizing his success in film and his promotion work on behalf of North Dakota. Peter Johnson, spokesman for UND, said the actor’s schedule has not yet aligned with a commencement date to present the degree.
GRAND FORKS—A new usage agreement is in the works between the University of North Dakota and the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Jody Hodgson, manager of The Ralph and board president of the RE Arena Inc., the entity that owns the building, said he believes a new agreement should be finalized within the next week, but declined to comment further on the agreement until it is finalized. UND spokesman Peter Johnson said the agreement is still "a work in progress" and that until it is finalized it would be "premature to comment on the document."
MANVEL, N.D. -- Multiple people were injured after the vehicle they were driving struck a moose Tuesday night on Highway 81, the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday. The crash occurred near the corner of 20th Street Northeast and Highway 81 near Manvel about 10:30 p.m.
GRAND FORKS — Democrat Kylie Oversen and Republican incumbent Ryan Rauschenberger will each be moving on to the 2018 general election for state tax commissioner. Rauschenberger, who has been tax commissioner since 2014, collected 99.3 percent of the vote with 397 of 424 precincts reporting in incomplete and unofficial results from the state’s primary election Tuesday, June 12.
GRAND FORKS—A new agreement between the University of North Dakota and United Airlines will give aviation students the chance to have a direct pipeline to jobs with one of the world's largest airliners. The UND Career Pathway Program with United Airlines gives aviation students the chance to follow defined steps to become United Airlines pilots, as long as they meet eligibility requirements at the university and through the airline.
GRAND FORKS—As the need for psychiatrists in western North Dakota continues to rise, a residency program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences is looking to fill the gap in an untraditional way. The psychiatry program, which is ran primarily out of Fargo, is using telemedicine to serve rural areas of the state, where the services are most needed.
MAYVILLE, N.D. — In 1976, Gary Hagen told his wife, Debbie, that they'd spend one, maybe two years at Mayville. He'd do a bit of teaching, gain a little experience at Mayville State, and then they'd move on somewhere else in life. Forty-two years later, though, the Hagens still call Mayville home. Hagen, who has served as the university's president for the last 12 years, is retiring at the end of the month, closing a chapter in his life that spans more than four decades. Brian Van Horn will be taking over as the leader of the school July 1.
MAYVILLE, N.D.—The University of North Dakota is eyeing a new steam plant, and it is looking at achieving this goal without state appropriations. Mark Pieper, head of facilities at UND, spoke to the Legislature's Higher Education Committee at Mayville State University on Monday, June 4, about the project. The group is an interim legislative committee tasked with looking at various higher education issues in the state before the upcoming biennium.
GRAND FORKS—Officers with the University of North Dakota Police Department will receive yearly training to help alleviate confusion regarding public assemblies and demonstrations. The training involves the department's First Amendment Assemblies policy, which lays out guidelines for officers responding to public assemblies or demonstrations on campus.