Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Trustees Appointed

Brian Cloyd (left) of Grand Rapids and Jon "Jack" LaSalle of Marquette have been appointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm to the NMU Board of Trustees.

Their terms are scheduled to expire Dec. 31, 2012.

Cloyd has served as the director of corporate and community relations for Steelcase North America since 2002.

LaSalle (right), a 1971 NMU alumnus, has been the field representative for the Michigan State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO, since 1986.

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Gov. Promises More Cuts

Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants to sell $2 billion in bonds over the next decade to invest in high-tech industries as part of her plan for strengthening and diversifying Michigan 's economy.

She outlined the seven points of her plan, one of which is education, in her State of the State address Tuesday night. But with a projected $1 billion shortfall looming in 2005, the governor also promised more cuts in the executive budget she will unveil later this month.

On the subject of higher education, Granholm said states with the highest number of adults with college degrees have the lowest unemployment, the highest personal income growth, and the fastest-growing economies.

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Forum Promotes Dialogue on Internationalization Efforts

More than 90 NMU faculty, staff and students attended a Feb. 4 campus forum on internationalizing the NMU experience.

"I was very pleased with the turnout," said Louise Bourgault (CAPS), chair of the internationalization task force (ITF). "I was also pleased with the group discussions. They were very productive and generated original responses and a lot of new ideas. The task force will take these ideas, digest them further, and come up with recommendations for the university. We will prepare our report by the end of the academic year." Full Story

Prosen Shares Vision for Graduate College

Cynthia Prosen (Psychology) was recently named dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

Now that she has had some time to settle in to her new position, she said she is enthusiastic about the opportunity and has a clear vision for the future of the college.

“First, I would like to ensure that our graduate programs are academically strong and appropriate for the needs of learners of the 21st century, as well as their employers,” Prosen said. Full Story

Library Adds Online Resources

Olson Library has expanded access to scholarly electronic resources in order to meet the needs of the TLC laptop initiative.

Over the past few months, the library has added approximately 1,500 electronic journals from four publishers and more than 1,000 full-text newspapers.

“In making collection decisions, electronic journals are always selected over their print equivalents if of the same or less cost,” said Kevin McDonough (Academic Information Services). “As a result, our e-journal holdings will increase as the number of print subscriptions declines.” Full Story

USOEC Challenge Tonight

The U.S. Olympic Education Center will kick off its year-long 20th anniversary celebration with an Olympic Challenge tonight (Wednesday) at the Superior Dome.

The challenge begins at 6 p.m. with a special appearance by local band Munbut. Intrasquad competition will start at 7 p.m. and feature Greco-Roman wrestlers, women's freestyle wrestlers and weightlifters. The speedskating program will also be showcased during Olympic-like opening ceremonies.

Admission is $1 for students and $3 for the general public, with proceeds going to American Red Cross tsunami relief.

DeVos Museum Opens

A reception celebrating the first exhibit in NMU's new DeVos Art Museum is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Local band Combo Caliente will provide live Latin music to complement the flavor of the exhibit, which is titled “Contemporary Painting of Latin America.”

The museum, made possible with support from the DeVos Foundation, is attached to the art and design complex near Spooner Hall at the end of Seventh Street. It is comprised of two galleries. One is 2,500 square feet and will feature the work of national artists and students. The other is 2,000 square feet and will showcase the university's permanent collection, which ranges from Japanese art to early 20th century illustration.

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Binational Forum Holds Input Session at NMU

The NMU environmental science program, under the direction of Ron Sundell (Geography), will help the Lake Superior Binational Forum coordinate poster displays in conjunction with a public input session on watershed management and river restoration success stories. The session is scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 12, in Mead Auditorium.

Sundell represents the academic sector as a member of the forum, which works to restore and protect Lake Superior. The forum will also hold a public meeting in Marquette from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the Landmark Inn.

Award Nominations Requested

The Teaching, Learning and Communication Committee is seeking nominations for the first TLC Staff Award(s), which will honor those who have embraced the use of technology in the workplace in support of the university's mission. Up to three awards of $300 each will be presented annually. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 1. For more information, visit TLC Staff.


Nominations for the NMU Distinguished Faculty Awards are due Friday, Feb. 25. Up to three full-time faculty members may be selected, based on their contributions to NMU and to their professional areas. The monetary award is $1,000 per recipient. For more information, go to DFA.



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