- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A University of North Dakota committee is recommending that a New York-based company design the logo for the school’s new Fighting Hawks nickname.

The committee is recommending SME Inc. over companies from New Jersey and North Carolina.

Interim UND President Ed Schafer has the final say. A school spokesman says Schafer will make a decision soon.

The Grand Forks school adopted the predatory bird mascot last November to replace the Fighting Sioux nickname that had been deemed offensive by the NCAA and retired.

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