Sydney Mook / Forum News Service
GRAND FORKS — UND’s new virtual reality flight simulator will be a highlight of the university’s Aerospace Community Day this weekend. The third annual event includes tours of UND’s aerospace school and hands-on projects for attendees to learn more about aviation and the atmosphere. Doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the campus’ Aerospace building and at UND’s flight operations at the Grand Forks International Airport. The event, which is free and open to all, goes until 3 p.m.
Michelle Nguyen isn’t a Harvard kid. Her parents were not doctors or lawyers; they were janitors as Nguyen grew up in Eden Prairie, Minn. They spoke nearly exclusively Vietnamese and made as much money as they could. Eventually, Nguyen landed at the University of North Dakota. But affording college was not a given for her family: An injury prevented Nguyen’s father from working, which meant lost income and potential that Nguyen would have to move back home.
BISMARCK — Application fees can rack up quickly for prospective students. It’s $40 here, $25 there, $35 that way. Students applying to a school within the North Dakota University System are generally required to pay a $35 application fee, which goes to the university to which the person applies. That current $35 cost is the same no matter if a person is applying to a large school or a smaller, two-year institution. But the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education may soon eliminate its across-the-board fee, instead allowing universities to set their own rates.
As yet another winter storm hits the Red River Valley, forecasters are looking to more accurately predict just how much snow will fall and where, but high winds and storm movement often make that a difficult task. A research team at UND is aiming to help with that weather data. Led by associate professor Aaron Kennedy, the UND Atmospheric Sciences Department this semester is conducting a National Science Foundation-funded educational weather field campaign to study falling and blowing snow environments.
Friends and family of Hunter Pinke gathered at Hope Church Friday evening to pray for the UND football player who was paralyzed in a skiing accident last month in Colorado. Organized by the UND Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a number of Pinke’s friends and mentors attended the event and shared stories about Pinke's leadership and faith in God. Pinke, a junior tight end, recently was transferred to Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo.
BISMARCK — Attempted cyberattacks against the North Dakota state government grew by nearly 300% last year, according to Shawn Riley, the state’s chief information officer and head of the information technology department. That number equates to more than 15 million cyberattacks a month, up from 5 million a month in 2018. But North Dakota isn’t alone, Riley noted. “That’s part of a world trend,” he said. “We’re trending a little higher than certain organizations, but, yeah, pretty substantial increases overall.”
GRAND FORKS — Incoming University of North Dakota President Andrew Armacost will be paid on a part-time basis beginning next week. As the transition takes place, Armacost will be paid a monthly salary of $6,500. The arrangement does not include benefits, and Armacost would be eligible to receive travel expense reimbursement, per North Dakota State Board of Higher Education policy.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The leader of the newest branch of the U.S. military says universities, such as UND, could be a critical research partner in the years to come. Gen. John “Jay” Raymond and Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., toured UND's space studies program on Friday, Jan. 10, then spent time speaking to ROTC cadets and other UND aerospace students during a town hall meeting.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota is set to receive a visit from the leader of the newly formed Space Force, Sen. Kevin Cramer’s office announced Tuesday, Jan. 7. Cramer, , R-N.D., along with Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, will visit the University of North Dakota and Cavalier on Friday, Jan. 10. Raymond serves as the commander of the U.S. Space Command and chief of space operations for the recently authorized sixth branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force. Raymond assumed the duties as the leader for the U.S. Force on Dec. 20.
Kindness, humor, public service, that was the Glassheim Way. Around 150 friends, family and colleagues gathered at the North Dakota Museum of Art on the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 3, to reflect upon the life of Eliot Glassheim, a longtime public servant who spent decades serving Grand Forks on the city council and in the North Dakota Legislature. Glassheim died on Dec. 25 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 81.