Wednesday, April 7, 2004
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
in Teaching Nominations Accepted
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).
to Attend University Forum
will return to campus for the first time since being named
the 13th president of NMU.
will be introduced at the next university forum, scheduled
from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the Whitman Commons
to be covered at the event include an update on the legislative
process and its potential budget implications.
Archibald, president and CEO of the Missouri Historical Society,
will be the keynote speaker at the May 1 commencement ceremony.
NMU alumnus will also receive an honorary doctor of history
degree. Full Story
Focuses on Higher Ed
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.
a press release, Granholm said the higher education system
is the “jet fuel that propels” the state economy.
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
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
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.
will select members by June 1. The commission is scheduled
to report its findings by Jan.
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.
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
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.
Employee Appreciation Week
departments and offices are encouraged to join campuses across
the country in recognizing National Student Employment Week
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.
Student Research, Creativity
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."
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
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.
Opens April 23
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.
members pictured at right include Kathy
in the role of Cousin Hebe and Chet
Defonso (History) as Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B.
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