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 — 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.
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.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota National Guard leaders are working to restore funding for their tuition assistance program, which provides scholarships to ROTC students and soldiers across the state. The Guard does not have enough money in its budget to pay for student tuition for the upcoming spring semester, but the organization is actively trying to solve the issue, National Guard Adjutant Gen. Alan Dohrmann said.
GRAND FORKS -- The use of fake identification to purchase alcohol has been going on for decades, but those fake IDs are only getting better and easier to obtain, officials say. Fake IDs have “absolutely” gotten better over time, University of North Dakota Police Lt. Danny Weigel said. “I think as the technology improves, you see better watermarks underneath the IDs, and when you move them toward light they reflect differently; those have gotten better in the five, six, seven years,” he said.
GRAND FORKS — Potential changes to the North Dakota University System’s tenure policy have been delayed after faculty questioned the proposal’s financial impact. The change would give the State Board of Higher Education discretion to allow incoming, out-of-system presidents and deans to keep tenure they had previously earned at another institution. Presidents would get the tenure if they decided to return to the classroom and teach after being in the leadership position.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota is partnering with a national airliner to help students get on the fast-track to flying a Boeing 737 across the world. Sun Country Airlines, a Twin Cities-based airline, announced Monday, Oct. 22, a partnership with UND's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences to offer commercial aviation students employment prior to graduation through a new program known as the Sun Country Bridge Program.
BISMARCK—Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler said the process for filling two openings on the State Board of Higher Education is changing slightly because of the resignation of Greg Stemen, the board's vice chairman. Stemen and another board member, Nick Hacker, were each serving four-year terms that are set to end June 30, 2019. However, after the resignation of Stemen last month, Gov. Doug Burgum must appoint someone to fill his position for about six months.
GRAND FORKS — Democrat Kylie Oversen and Republican incumbent Ryan Rauschenberger will face off for the state tax commissioner role this November. The tax commissioner office oversees six divisions dealing with tax law, revenue collection and fiscal management, among others. The tax commissioner has a four-year term in North Dakota and is up for election during midterm election years.
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.
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.