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 — Joining nearly every institution in North Dakota’s higher education system, the state’s largest university will be conducting courses remotely for the rest of the semester. It will not have a commencement ceremony.
GRAND FORKS -- Joining nearly every institution in North Dakota’s higher education system, the state’s largest university will be conducting courses remotely for the rest of the semester. It will not have a commencement ceremony.
In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed a number of executive orders Thursday, March 19, including one that will close bars, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters to on-site business. As of Thursday evening, North Dakota has 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Most of those cases are in central North Dakota, with 11 cases in Burleigh County, four in Morton County, three in Ward County and one in Cass County. One individual has been hospitalized for COVID-19.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health on Thursday confirmed 12 additional cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. This brings the total number of positive cases in the state to 19. Most of those cases are in central North Dakota, with 11 cases in Burleigh County, four in Morton County, three in Ward County and one in Cass County. “In the last 24 hours our numbers have doubled,” said State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte.
In-person spring commencement has been suspended at all Minnesota State colleges and universities, according to an update published on Northland Community and Technical College's website.
The timeline for when schools in North Dakota could open again remains the same, North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Tuesday evening, March 17, during the first of what will become a daily briefing to superintendents and other K-12 leaders throughout the state. As directed by Gov. Doug Burgum on Sunday night, the state will review the decision to shutter schools at the end of this week.
GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota is preparing to ask all its nonessential employees to work from home to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the university announced on its coronavirus blog. The university says employees should report to work Monday, March 16, as usual to discuss work plans with their supervisor, how to track time and gather necessary files and belongings. "Social distancing continues to be the most effective way to limit the spread of coronavirus," the university said.
GRAND FORKS -- The North Dakota University System has faced deep budget cuts over the past few bienniums, resulting in cuts to hundreds of faculty and staff and putting at risk programs meant to help the state’s workforce. That type of disruption is why the system proposes the North Dakota Legislature create a Higher Education Stabilization Fund. “We should aspire to not have to live this way,” NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott said.
As universities and colleges across the country make decisions about how they will continue classes amid coronavirus concerns, universities in North Dakota are making their own choices. North Dakota has one confirmed case of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. The case is in Ward County, which is in north-central North Dakota. In total, 41 people have been tested in the state with 12 tests turning out negative and 28 with results still pending as of Thursday night. In Minnesota, there are nine confirmed cases with more than 300 tested as of Thursday.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota has become the latest university to alter its class schedule amid coronavirus concerns. UND on Thursday, March 12, made the decision to move its courses online for a two-week period after spring break. The move followed the same decision by University of Minnesota campuses Wednesday and was announced at roughly the same time North Dakota State University took the same path Thursday morning. UND made the announcement shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday.