Wednesday, April 7, 2004


Distinguished Faculty Announced

Gary Brunswick (Business), Donald Dreisbach (Philosophy) and Teresa Hunt (English) are recipients of the 2004 NMU Distinguished Faculty Awards. Each will receive a $1,000 award and be recognized at spring commencement. Full Story

Excellence in Teaching Nominations Accepted


Nominations for another faculty honor – the 2004 Excellence in Teaching Award – are being accepted through Friday, April 9. Individuals or teaching teams who are on full-time, continuing, active status are eligible. Completed nomination forms and all supporting documentation must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, April 9, to Academic Affairs.


Up to two faculty members will be selected to receive the NMU Excellence in Teaching Award. They will be recognized at fall convocation. For more information and a downloadable form, visit Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee (TLAC).

Wong to Attend University Forum

Les Wong will return to campus for the first time since being named the 13th president of NMU.

He will be introduced at the next university forum, scheduled from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the Whitman Commons Area.

Topics to be covered at the event include an update on the legislative process and its potential budget implications.


Commencement Speaker Named

Robert Archibald, president and CEO of the Missouri Historical Society, will be the keynote speaker at the May 1 commencement ceremony.

The NMU alumnus will also receive an honorary doctor of history degree. Full Story

Commission Focuses on Higher Ed

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm has created a commission charged with two goals: doubling the number of Michigan college graduates over the next decade; and adapting education to equip citizens with the skills they need to embrace jobs of the 21st century.

In a press release, Granholm said the higher education system is the “jet fuel that propels” the state economy.

“We appreciate the governor’s public recognition of the important role that the state’s public universities play in the economic vitality of Michigan,” said Interim President Mike Roy.

“We are also optimistic that the commission will approach its work recognizing the unique role of Northern and other institutions. Each university is different. It is important to consider things like regional factors that may impact a university, or the issues that drive its costs – from financial aid to implementing technology.”

Lt. Gov. John D. Cherry will head the Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth. It will be composed of key leaders in business, K-12, labor, parents, students and citizens.

Cherry will select members by June 1. The commission is scheduled to report its findings by Jan. 1, 2005.

Center Responds to Aging Upper Peninsula Population

NMU recently established a Center for Gerontological Studies to benefit the Upper Peninsula’s rural aging population through education, research and collaboration with regional service providers.

Patricia Cianciolo (Sociology and Social Work) is director of the center. She said a campus committee spent a couple of years exploring ways that Northern might distinguish itself in the area of gerontology.

“Given the rural location in which we are located and the fact that the average age of the population is increasing, we wanted to do something in response to the unique aspects of that demographic,” Cianciolo said. Full Story

Employees Honored for Retirement, Service

The NMU Retirement and Service Awards Program will be held at noon on Thursday, April 8, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. The list of employees being recognized at the luncheon can be found at Years of Service.


Student Employee Appreciation Week

NMU departments and offices are encouraged to join campuses across the country in recognizing National Student Employment Week April 11-17.

According to the JOBSearch Center, there are about 1,400 students employed on campus, including both work-study and non-work-study participants. The largest employer is dining services.

Celebrate Student Research, Creativity

In addition to recognizing the value of student employees, faculty and staff are invited to support the ninth annual "Celebration of Student Research and Creative Works."

It will be held from 11 a.m. to about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in the Nicolet, Brule and Cadillac rooms of the University Center.

Undergraduate and graduate students will present the results of their independent scholarly and creative activities in a variety of formats: poster sessions, oral presentations, performances and displays.

H.M.S. Pinafore Opens April 23


The NMU music department will present H.M.S. Pinafore April 23-25 at Forest Roberts Theatre. The opera examines a common theme of Gilbert & Sullivan productions: the foibles of love between members of different social classes in Victorian culture.

Cast members pictured at right include Kathy Saville (CITE) in the role of Cousin Hebe and Chet Defonso (History) as Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B.


“There’s nothing quite like the sparkling energy of Gilbert & Sullivan,” said director Rob Engelhart (Music). “This opera is full of infectious tunes, memorable characters and side-splitting comedy. I believe Chet is going to be both historial and hysterical. As a specialist in British history, he has provided lots of interesting background for all of us, and he can turn on a marvelous British stuffiness that is absolutely right for this role.” Full Story



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