Monday, March 8, 2004


NMU Board Considers Finalists After Campus Visits

The NMU Board of Trustees is expected to select Northern’s 12 th president – possibly before the end of March – from among four finalists recommended by the search advisory committee. The candidates visited Marquette the week of Feb. 23 to meet with campus and community groups. Trustees are in the process of verifying credentials, considering qualifications and engaging in follow-up interviews before making an announcement. Timing of the decision could be an important factor. Each of the finalists is in contention for the top administrative post at other schools.

For brief overviews of the candidates, including a few quotes obtained during media interview sessions, go to Full Story.

University ID Number to Replace SSN; Informational Meetings Scheduled


The use of Social Security numbers as the primary identification element of NMU students, faculty and staff is being phased out and replaced with random, computer-generated numbers called NMU identification numbers (NMU IN).


After review by the President’s Council, Interim President Mike Roy approved a new university policy for use of computer-generated numbers to serve as the primary identification factor on all university forms, paperwork and official records.


“The serious threat of identity theft is the driving factor behind this change,” said Roy .


A Sept. 1 deadline has been set for departments to complete the conversion from requesting Social Security numbers to NMU INs on printed and Web forms, as an input in databases, and for any other type of operational process.

For situations that involve an NMU department working with non-NMU persons – for example, workshops or summer camps held on campus – identification must be recorded in some form other than Social Security number. Full Story


University Forum in Review


The focus topic of the university forum held Feb. 18 was an update on legislative and budget planning. It was based on the strategic planning discussion from the NMU Board of Trustees’ annual retreat in Ann Arbor the previous week.


Interim President Mike Roy outlined eight questions addressed by the board. The first was whether Northern is progressing toward its vision and how that progress is measured.

When asked what it means to be the “public university of choice in the Midwest,” the board considered two possible measurements: that NMU has reached its desired enrollment level and does not admit all qualified applicants; and that NMU is identified by 90 percent or more of new freshmen as their first or second choice. Full Story



      NMU Students Assist Bothwell        Classes with Business Plans


The NMU Economics Student Association, comprised of about 20 members, is working with Bothwell Middle School teachers and students on economic education in the marketplace.

Last month, BMS seventh-graders presented business proposals on particular goods or services they plan to produce or implement. NMU Interim President Mike Roy was among those who interviewed students about their proposals. He is pictured with Eric Zaenglein, who plans to make desk lighting “more unique and exciting.”


Tawni Ferrarini (Economics) oversees the program as director of the NMU Center for Economic Education.


“The students’ overarching business plan strategy is to bring their selected goods and services to the marketplace with the goal of maximizing profits,” Ferrarini said. “Through an experience-based instructional system, the students follow the entrepreneurship model and play the role of proprietors, assuming all the risks associated with their business plan successes and failures.

"This helps young people understand the real marketplace, which means understanding the difference between ideas and feasible business opportunities.” Full Story

Come to the Cabaret


The fifth annual musical fundraiser for the First Nighters Club will be held March 20 at Upfront and Company.

All profits from Cabaret 2004: The Best of Broadway will support NMU student artists and the Forest Roberts Theatre production program.


Paul Truckey (CAPS) will be the featured performer. He is pictured standing behind NMU senior Joe Rayome as they rehearse a Stephen Sondheim number for the show. Truckey spent four years with the Broadway cast of Les Miserables.


The Cabaret event features a sit-down dinner, a social hour with complimentary appetizers, entertainment from Forest Roberts Theatre alumni and students, a silent auction, door prizes, raffle prizes, and a Broadway auction.

The musical portion of the evening will feature song highlights from numerous Broadway musicals, including Hello Dolly, A Chorus Line, The Producers, and Rent.


Tickets are $30 and can be reserved by calling the Forest Roberts Theatre at 227-2082 from 12-5 p.m. weekdays, or purchased in person at the box office during the same hours. Seating is limited. Parties of six or more may reserve a table and vegetarian meals are available upon request.

March Signals Start of Job Fair Season

The NMU JOBSearch Center has scheduled four employment/career fairs this semester for NMU students and alumni. They include a new ITV Nursing Job Fair that will use distance education technology and facilities to make the initial contact between NMU nursing students and prospective employers as convenient and cost-efficient as possible.


“Participating in the distance nursing job fair will benefit both the healthcare organizations and students by saving them money on travel costs,” said John Frick ( JOBSearch Center ). “This is NMU’s way of addressing the critical need for nurses in Michigan.

"We are hoping to make this an annual event in order to help our nursing students secure the positions, externships and other opportunities they desire. We hope to expand this fair to include at least 10 organizations next year.”


The ITV Nursing Job Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 5, in the Bresnan Distance Learning Classroom in New Science (room 2810).

Sessions featuring individual health care organizations will be scheduled on the hour so that students can attend one or all, based on their geographical areas of interest. Full Story




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