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—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.
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.
GRAND FORKS—The head of the University of North Dakota's aviation department said he still believes that President Mark Kennedy should remove Provost Thomas DiLorenzo from his position. Last week, the aviation department called for Kennedy to remove DiLorenzo as provost in a detailed, two-and-half page resolution. The resolution was passed by aviation faculty 32-0, with two members abstaining. Kennedy penned a letter last week to department chairman Jim Higgins and the department outlining their concerns and plans to address them.
GRAND FORKS — Despite a few stumbling blocks, a group of law school transfer students have found their place at the University of North Dakota. The UND School of Law recently took in about 25 transfer students from Arizona Summit after the American Bar Association pulled the private law school's accreditation. That decision, which is being appealed by Arizona Summit, means the school cannot accept new students and students who were at the school had to find an alternative to finish their degrees and take the bar exam.
GRAND FORKS — No criminal charges will be filed in a Grand Forks County crash involving two drivers from Fargo that resulted in the deaths of two children in March. The Grand Forks County State’s Attorney Office has declined charges against Trista Curry, who was driving an SUV, and Michael Soyring the driver of a tractor-trailer. The two drivers were involved in a March 25 crash on Interstate 29 that caused the death of Curry’s two sons, 1-year-old Maxwell and 9-year-old Camden. Curry and her 3-year-old daughter, Avalon, were injured.
Faculty at UND's aviation school, one the university's largest programs, have given a vote of no confidence to UND Provost Tom DiLorenzo, according to aviation department chair Jim Higgins. The faculty voted 32-0 in favor of a no confidence resolution for DiLorenzo on Wednesday, Higgins said. Two members chose to abstain from the vote. Higgins said he would refrain from further comment about the vote until the university had time to respond to the resolution.
The head of North Dakota's higher education board says he's supportive of the state's largest universities' proposal for new dollars for research, as long as that research doesn't just sit on a shelf. The University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University each are seeking $25 million a year in the next biennium, for a total $100 million, to fund research at the schools. It's a considerably higher amount than the schools would typically receive.
GRAND FORKS - The Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies are responding to a downed small aircraft near the intersection of Columbia Road and 70th Avenue North. The aircraft, which appears to be a crop-duster, crashed into a field along Columbia Road, east of the interchange at Interstate 29 and North Washington Street about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21. No information on the condition of the pilot is available. Check back for more on this developing story.