Hundreds of college-bound students across Minnesota now have the opportunity to be awarded workforce development scholarships worth $2,500 or more that will help them launch a career in a high-demand occupation in Minnesota. Minnesota State system Chancellor Devinder Malhotra said enhancing access and promoting student success are among the system’s top priorities. This scholarship program falls in line with those priorities.
The head of UND student government said campus has been “chaotic” since President Mark Kennedy was named the sole finalist for the presidency at the University of Colorado. “It’s been a bit of a distraction when you’re constantly thinking about what’s coming next and what’s the next thing that’s going to be in the news,” said Erik Hanson, UND student body president.
Former Grand Forks County State’s Attorney and federal judgeship nominee Peter Welte testified Wednesday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Welte, who was nominated for the post last month by President Donald Trump, was introduced to the committee by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. Welte thanked Trump for the nomination, as well as Hoeven, former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, among others.
BISMARCK — A Senate Concurrent Resolution urging students at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University to develop a new Nickel Trophy passed the Senate on Friday. The resolution, introduced by Sen. Scott Meyer, R-Grand Forks, passed with a voice vote. The Nickel Trophy, which was presented to the winner of the UND-NDSU football game from 1938 to 2003, was given to North Dakota’s Heritage Center late last year.
Lawmakers in Bismarck are urging students at UND and North Dakota State University to create a new version of the Nickel Trophy as the in-state rivals are set to battle once again on the football field this fall. The Nickel Trophy, which was presented to the winner of the UND-NDSU football game from 1938 to 2003, was given to North Dakota’s Heritage Center late last year. The teams are set to play each other again in 2019 and will be in the same conference starting in 2020 and are expected to play each other on a more regular basis.
GRAND FORKS -- Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, said he is in favor of a bill that would devote a certain percentage of Legacy Fund earnings to the state’s two research universities, but noted it is just one of two similar bills being worked on in the Legislature. Senate Bill 2282 would transfer 15 percent of Legacy Fund earnings to an economic diversification research fund that would support work by the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- As Gov. Doug Burgum continues to push his plans for a revamped, three-board governance system for higher education, the State Board of Higher Education is taking steps of its own to consider campus needs through new committees. The SBHE Governance Committee recommended that three additional committees be created under the State Board, including a committee for community and polytechnic colleges, one for regional or dual-admission institutions and one for the research universities.
BISMARCK -- Higher education officials are asking the state Legislature to consider allowing higher education institutions to use a loan program through the Bank of North Dakota to help reduce deferred maintenance costs. Senate Bill 2116 would allow institutions under the control of the State Board of Higher Education to become a part of the Bank of North Dakota’s infrastructure revolving loan fund.
CROOKSTON -- The lone candidate to replace University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler spoke Tuesday, Dec. 11, to a group of more than 50 faculty, staff and community members at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Joan Gabel, provost at the University of South Carolina, was picked as the Minnesota Board of Regents’ sole candidate for the president’s position last week. She took questions from UMC Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause, as well as staff, faculty and community members during a public forum.
BISMARCK -- A change to a North Dakota University System policy allowed the State Board of Higher Education to award tenure to two presidents during its latest meeting. The tenure policy change, which was unanimously approved by the board Thursday, Dec. 6, gives the SBHE discretion to allow incoming, out-of-system presidents to keep the 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 a leadership position.