Friday, December 17, 2004

NMU Board Supports Public Radio

The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to continue providing annual general fund support of $50,000 to keep public radio on the air.

Trustees will not take action on the public television station until they receive additional information about the university's liability in obtaining grants, financing alternatives for federally-mandated digital upgrades, and marketing strategies aimed at students pursuing broadcast-related careers. Full Story


USOEC Receives Federal Funding

The U.S. Olympic Education Center will receive about $990,000 in support for B.J. Stupak Scholarships and $400,000 in operational funding through the federal legislative spending package signed Dec. 8 by President George W. Bush.

"We are very grateful to Congressman Bart Stupak and the entire Michigan delegation for their efforts in support of student athletes at the USOEC," said NMU President Les Wong. "Through this legislation, Northern will continue its work with the center to provide a benefit to the campus, community and Upper Peninsula."

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New Computer Update Critical


Microsoft has released a major update that enhances Internet security by more effectively combating viruses, hackers and worms.

Northern employees and students are strongly encouraged to invest the time required to complete a one-time installation of the Service Pack 2 update before or immediately after the holiday break.

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IBM Sale Should Have No Immediate Impact

IBM’s decision to sell its personal computing division to Lenovo, China’s number one PC company, will not have an immediate impact on NMU’s ThinkPad program. Full Story


Temporary Banner Shutdown Planned

Banner, the university’s administrative software system, will be upgraded during the holiday break.

Self-service menu options for employees and students on will be unavailable from 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31.

E-mail and general information will remain operational during the upgrade.

Higher Ed Report Released

Guarantee higher education for all Michigan residents. Double the number of college graduates over the next decade. Help them move through the system faster and easier. Elevate high school standards to turn out college-ready students. Boost Michigan 's strategic research capacity. These are some of the recommendations outlined in a report released Wednesday by the Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth, led by Lt. Gov. John Cherry. Full Story

Cohodas Move-in Begins

Several departments are in the midst of relocating from Magers Hall to the Cohodas Administrative Center. "We started the move on Thursday, bringing items from storage into the office spaces," said Tom Argetsinger (Engineering and Planning). "The main move will start on Monday and continue until the holiday break."

The office for the economics, history, philosophy, and political science departments will be located on the second floor of Cohodas in room 208. The third floor will house the College of Business. The honors program and dean of graduate studies offices will be located in rooms 401C and 401D, respectively. Philosophy department faculty offices will also be located on the fourth floor.

TLC Faculty Award Recipients Honored

Four School of Education faculty members are the first recipients of the recently established Teaching, Learning and Communication (TLC) Faculty Awards. They were honored for their innovative use of technology at the Celebration of Scholarship on Dec. 9. Each received a $300 check and a paperweight.

Pictured from left are Suzanne Standerford, who has integrated the laptop and several software programs into her classes, even creating video clips of student teaching for classroom discussion and electronic portfolios; Kathleen Heikkila, who created a Web site with resources and links related to cognitive impairments and learning disabilities for students, educators and parents; Mitchell Klett, who in his first semester at NMU incorporated laptop use and software projects into his earth science for educators course; and Laura Reissner, who uses interactive video case studies to better prepare education students for the challenge of working with K-12 children who have special needs.

From Concept to Reality

NMU seniors Lewis Sibley and Paul Gorbold (pictured) developed a solar-powered greenhouse ventilation unit as a senior project in their mechanical engineering technology class.

It was one of several proposals submitted by local businesses in need of engineering assistance to Jeff Hoffman (Engineering Technology). Hoffman assigns the projects to his students at the start of each semester. They spend the rest of the time designing and developing feasible solutions. Other projects completed this semester included a garden watering system and a floor layout.

“We're trying to simulate what they’re going to run in to as an engineer when they graduate,” Hoffman said. Full Story

United Way


As of Dec. 15, NMU employee contributions to the United Way of Marquette County totaled about $18,000, or slightly more than half of the $34,000 campus campaign goal.

Employees who still have their pledge forms are asked to submit them to the health promotions office before the holiday break. They were originally due Nov. 30.

“We got a little bit of a late start, but it’s going well,” said Lenny Shible (Health Promotions). “We appreciate everything that’s been donated so far and encourage those who still have their forms to please take a few minutes to turn them in.”

Payroll deduction is available for United Way contributions.

NMU Holiday Hours

Most NMU offices and departments will close Friday, Dec. 24, and reopen Monday, Jan. 3. Exceptions are as follows:

PEIF – closed Dec. 24-26; open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 27-30; closed Dec. 31-Jan. 1; and open from noon to 8 p.m. Jan. 2.

Health Center – open from 8:15-11 a.m. Dec. 28-29. The pharmacy hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the same dates.

Olson Library, the help desk, micro repair, the Superior Dome and dining services will be closed during the break.

Wongs Make Cheer Club Delivery

Les and Phyllis Wong made a delivery to the Mining Journal Cheer Club on behalf of NMU.

They are pictured with some of the items that staff and faculty placed under the tree at the campus holiday reception Dec. 9.

Dear NMU faculty and staff,

Our future is bright because of your hard work and dedication. 

Happy holidays to you and your family! 

President Les Wong

Vice Presidents Fred Joyal and Mike Roy



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