Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004

NMU Wireless Installed at Public Library


Wireless access is now available at Peter White Public Library for NMU patrons using their university-issued notebook computers.


The collaborative effort was a win-win proposition for both parties. By installing a wireless antenna at the  downtown library, Northern could extend the reach of its network and related services to an off-campus location with a high concentration of students and staff.

For Peter White Public Library, the joint venture offered a dual benefit of improving customer service and reducing demand on its own network. Full Story


Tips for Backing Up Files


How valuable is the information on your computer? What if one day all of your documents, letters, e-mail addresses and business contacts just disappeared?

A few steps to back up the files on your computer every two to three weeks can save time in the long run, not to mention spare you the anxiety and frustration of losing critical information. Full Story








Camerius Sets Faculty Longevity Record

While training for a management position in 1963 with the Dayton Co. – now Target Corp. – in Minneapolis, Jim Camerius (Business) took a brief reprieve from retailing to visit his former professors at Northern. Little did he know that the trip to his alma mater would evolve into a career-altering experience.

Camerius arrived on campus expecting nothing more than to reminisce and catch up with those who played defining roles in his undergraduate education. He left with an offer to join their ranks by filling a teaching vacancy in the business department.


Now in his 41st year of service to Northern, Camerius recently set a new record for longevity among faculty members. He surpassed the 40-year mark held by the late chemistry professor Lucian Hunt (1927-1967). Full Story

NMU and WSU Form MedStart


Northern recently partnered with Wayne State University, which has the largest medical school class in the nation, to form the “WSU MedStart at NMU” program.

It is available to incoming freshmen studying pre-med and features the following benefits: guaranteed admission to the WSU School of Medicine upon completion of the program requirements at NMU; a physician mentor and WSU med student mentor, both beginning in their freshman year; a one-week orientation on the WSU campus each spring after their first two years at NMU; and a 10-week paid clinical research experience at WSU School of Medicine following their junior year.


“Wayne State approached Northern and Michigan Tech to establish similar partnerships,” said Dave Lucas (Physics), director of the NMU pre-med program. “The idea is to give rural students educational opportunities in the hope that they will return to rural areas to practice medicine.” Full Story

ASL Workshop, Seminars Scheduled


NMU faculty members are invited to a breakfast workshop on Academic Service Learning with nationally recognized ASL expert Dale Rice from Eastern Michigan University. It is scheduled from 8-10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the Brule Room of the University Center.


Bob Kulisheck (Political Science) recently completed a campus-wide survey to find examples of ASL that are taking place and to identify untapped opportunities. He was assisted by NMU graduate assistant John Mallo. Kulisheck describes ASL as a step beyond experiential education typically obtained through internships and practicums.


“Academic Service Learning incorporates academic reflection,” he said. “In other words, students have opportunities for hands-on learning to augment the traditional classroom material. They also explore how their real-world observations integrate with the academic theories they have studied in class. The community service involved with ASL supports the notion and practice of becoming a good citizen." Full Story

Distinguished Faculty Nominations Due Feb. 27


The nomination deadline for the NMU Distinguished Faculty Awards is Feb. 27.

The awards honor full-time teaching faculty, including academic department heads, who have made significant contributions to NMU and their professional areas.


Up to three faculty members will be selected based on their demonstrated records of achievement in the following areas: teaching or other assigned responsibilities; research, scholarship, creative or other professional activities; and university or professionally-related community service.


The monetary award is $1,000. For more information, or to obtain nomination forms, contact the Academic Affairs Office at 2920.

Experts, Speakers Directories Soon Available Online


Communications and Marketing is creating an electronic NMU Experts Directory, which identifies faculty and staff with professional expertise on various topics who are willing to be interviewed by the news media.

The office is also preparing an online version of a Speakers Bureau listing for the benefit of service clubs and other organizations. It identifies faculty and staff who are willing to address community groups about some aspect of their professional activity, or even an avid personal interest. Both directories will soon be available via links from the News Bureau Web site.


Employees who have not submitted information may still do so before the sites become active. Please go to the Advancement Gateway Web site and complete the appropriate online form. If you are willing to volunteer your services as a potential contact for the news media, the form is available at Experts. If you would like to volunteer to speak to service clubs or other organizations, go to the form at Speakers.



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