October 21, 2004

Investiture: 'Limitless Possibilities and Unparalleled Opportunities'

Les Wong was officially invested with the NMU chain of office as the university’s 13th president at an Oct. 16 ceremony.

Pictured with Wong are (from left) emcee Fred Joyal (Academic Affairs); Board of Trustees Chair Mary Campbell; Wong’s oldest son, Isaac, who works for a medical software company in New York City; youngest son, Brian, a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army on a special leave from Seoul, Korea; wife, Phyllis; and son, Nathan, a professional flutist in Hayward, Calif. Full Story

Campus Responds to Power Outage

Northern was in the dark along with the rest of Marquette County during Sunday's marathon power outage.

But with 2,300 students in the residence halls, some administrators and staff members did not have the liberty of just "waiting it out." Full Story

NMU Delegation Attends Lilly North

Ten Northern Michigan University faculty and staff members attended the Lilly North Conference on College Teaching in Traverse City Sept. 24-26.

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Student Discovers Rare Blood Type

When NMU student Pete Pelletier started a practicum at the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho, to complete his associate degree as a clinical laboratory technician, he didn’t know the experience would greatly enhance his resume.

While doing routine blood tests, Pelletier detected a rare antibody in a woman’s blood that potentially saved the patient’s life.

“It is a very complex problem to solve when encountered, and it is so hard to find compatible blood, the patient could die before it would be available,” said Wayne Price (Clinical Laboratory Sciences), Pelletier’s adviser.

Pelletier was testing an anemic woman’s blood to find a donor for her transfusion and obtained abnormal results. Full Story


Changes in Library ILL, Reference


Olson Library is working with a vendor to improve the inter-library loan ( ILL ) module that has been in operation since Sept. 1. Krista Clumpner (AIS, pictured) said a number of faculty have reported that the new online form is inferior to the previous version and in need of a redesign. Full Story

Nakai to Open NMU Performing Arts Series

A concert by Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai will kick off the 2004-05 NMU Performing Arts Series.

It is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Kaufman Auditorium.


Nakai has composed and recorded 27 albums. His flutes are handmade from cedar – each unique in sound and pitch.


Advance tickets are $14 for NMU faculty and staff. The price at the door is $16. Season tickets for the series are available at the Superior Dome.

Free PEIF Access for Wellness Week

Northern faculty and staff are invited to participate in Family Wellness Week from Sunday, Oct. 24, to Saturday, Oct. 30.

Those who register will be given free access to the PEIF all week. The schedule of special activities is as follows:

Sunday: “Family Float Fun” from 2-5 p.m. in the diving pool or lap pool.

Monday: Resistance band demonstration from 7-8 p.m. on the second floor of the recreation center. Full Story

Halloween Hiatus

Auxiliary Services will take a one-year hiatus from its annual tradition of hosting a Halloween party in the University Center for children of NMU employees and alumni.

One of the reasons cited is that Halloween falls on a Sunday and the City of Marquette will hold trick-or-treating on the actual date. Another is a conflict on Friday, Oct. 29. NMU Family Weekend registration will be held that afternoon in the UC atrium, which is where kids typically file through as they fill their goodie bags.

Auxiliary Services is planning to resume the event next year.

WNMU-FM Webcasting

WNMU-FM/Public Radio 90 has implemented streaming technology to make its programming and NMU sports broadcasts available on the Internet.

The service extends the station’s reach to listeners with Web access around the globe.

“Public Radio 90 has long struggled with reception problems in the challenging geographical terrain of the Upper Peninsula,” said program director Gregg Beukema (WNMU-FM). “The solution is now just a click or two away. Full Story



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