Anna Burleson, Forum News Service
GRAND FORKS—From the time interim University of North Dakota President Ed Schafer announced a hiring freeze of sorts and the time he finalized the budget reductions, 34 people were hired at the university. In a campuswide message Feb. 9, Schafer said vice presidents would continue to have hiring authority in their respective areas but "any searches or recruitment efforts now in process are frozen until they can be reviewed to ensure they align with key priorities."
MAYVILLE, N.D.--Mayville State University Foundation Director John Klocke said the first I'm Thankful for Mayville State Day fundraising event was so surprisingly successful he hopes to do it again. The day-long phone call campaign and email blast conducted on April 28 resulted in $25,000 worth of donations matched by $11,620 from the foundation. "The phone just kept ringing all day long," Klocke said.
GRAND FORKS—Thirty-eight candidates have applied to be the University of North Dakota's next president. Applications were due Monday, and Presidential Search Committee co-chairmen Hesham El-Rewini said committee members would independently be given access to the list Thursday evening. Committee members will now view the list individually with the aim of narrowing the pool at the upcoming Jan. 20 meeting. Off-campus interviews are scheduled to take place Feb. 1 and 2, with campus visits following from mid-February into early March.
GRAND FORKS—Officials at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University are downplaying new rankings showing the two schools on the same level for research activity, saying the data is irrelevant or is not a good a measure of research.
GRAND FORKS—Decades of debate and turmoil culminated in one 15-minute press conference on the University of North Dakota campus Wednesday where UND President Robert Kelley announced the university's new athletic nickname, effective immediately, will be the Fighting Hawks. The results of an online vote showed of 27,378 total votes cast by stakeholders, Fighting Hawks received 57 percent, beating out Roughriders. The winning name comes after more than a year of work by committees and three public votes.
GRAND FORKS—The Grand Forks community now sits in wait after the vote to decide the University of North Dakota's athletic nickname came to a close. As many as 82,000 potential voters had the chance to pick from Fighting Hawks, Nodaks, North Stars, Roughriders and Sundogs in an online vote throughout the week. The voting closed at 11:59 p.m.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota's nickname vote proceeded Monday with some hiccups in the process. The UND Alumni Association and Foundation's office fielded about 100 calls Monday from people who weren't able to vote, wanted to vote but weren't qualified or just needed direction, spokesman Milo Smith said. But with about 82,000 potential voters, both Smith and UND spokesman Peter Johnson said the percentage of people experiencing problems was comparatively small. "I'm frankly surprised it has gone as well as it has if you think about the number of emails involved
GRAND FORKS—North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley tried to clarify his recent comments on taking over for University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley, saying Thursday he would be interested in leading UND if it were not an interim role. Wrigley told the media Wednesday he was not interested in being UND's president.
GRAND FORKS—A group of University of North Dakota faculty are calling for the dismissal of Provost Thomas DiLorenzo, but the university system's chancellor says he won't take any action. The Forum News Service on Friday obtained a July 27 letter addressed to North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center brought in more awarded-contract dollars last year and its deficit shrunk. During the fiscal year that ended June 30, the EERC received $28.4 million in new awards, a 16 percent increase over the previous year when awards totaled $24.5 million.