May 6, 2005
Sets Housing Rates
The NMU Board of
Trustees today approved student housing and dining rates for
The trustees will
not set tuition until this summer, when administrators have
a better handle on the state economic outlook. Because of
the uncertainty, the board also authorized the university
to continue operating at a budget level no greater than in
2004-05 until the new general fund budget is approved.
A final decision
on WNMU-TV will come in October. Full
Business Dean Named
Sanyal is the new dean of the Walker L. Cisler College of
Business. His appointment is effective July 1.
has served as a professor of management in the School of Business
at The College of New Jersey – formerly Trenton State – since
1987. He also spent four years as division head. Full
Involved in Brain Tumor Program
Northern will play a role in a new,
comprehensive brain tumor program being established by The
Upper Michigan Cancer and the Upper Michigan Neuroscience
Centers at Marquette General Hospital.
The biology department
and MGH will collaborate on a research program that will examine
the genetics of primary brain tumors in an effort to identify
the mechanisms that cause a cell to become cancerous. Improved
understanding of altered genetic pathways may lead to new
treatment approaches. Robert Winn (Biology,
pictured in a file photo with an NMU student) will lead the
research effort. Full Story
Nearly 930 students
are eligible to graduate this May, making this one of the
largest classes in NMU history. About 800 May and prospective
August graduates are expected to participate in Saturday's
Baker (pictured) of Lakemoor, Ill., will be the student
speaker. She is an electronic journalism major and
a speech communi-cations minor.
Abell, a senior music education major from West Chicago, Ill.,
will be the student soloist.
Visits the 'Killing Fields'
Goodrich (History) has immersed himself in the study
of genocide, but a recent trip to Cambodia proved that his
scholarly research has hardly desensitized him to the atrocities
associated with the systematic extermination of a targeted
many visitors, he was stunned by the sight of 8,000 human
skulls in a glass shrine, or memorial stupa (pictured). It
was built in the middle of the "killing fields" of Choeung
Ek – one of many sites where Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge soldiers
murdered an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians in the mid- to
you tour the killing fields, you literally walk right over
these sunken areas that served as mass graves," he said. "You
can see exposed human remains all around you. It was a gory
sight – to the point that I actually felt nauseous while I
was there." Full Story
Heating Plant Shutdown Begins May 8
annual Ripley Heating Plant shutdown for maintenance on the
university's boilers and steam distribution system is typically
a weekend job. But this year, it will be extended to nearly
10 days because some campus manholes are in need of extensive
shutdown will begin at 11 p.m. Sunday, May 8, and is scheduled
to end at 6 a.m. Wednesday, May 18. The entire campus will
be without hot water except for Whitman Hall, which has a
stand-alone system. The Berry Events Center, Cohodas, Jacobetti,
Jamrich, Learning Resources and the University Center will
not have air conditioning as those chillers require steam.
All other buildings on campus have stand-alone units or electric
chillers, which will be able to provide air conditioning.
more information, contact Plant Operations at ext. 2292.
Staff Awards Presented
and Communication (TLC) Staff Awards were presented at the
retirement and service awards luncheon held Tuesday, April
The following recipients
were recognized for their work on three campus projects (pictured
left to right): Gerry Ely (Learning
Resources), who was honored for classroom and lab teaching
support through his work with docking stations; Gerri
Daniels (Admissions) and Tony Bertucci
(AdIT), who collaborated on a direct mail search process used
for recruiting prospective students; and Jan Crawford
and Karl Mulder (both of AdIT), who were
recognized for developing and promoting online course evaluations.
Receives Houston Award
Kane, a senior writing major from Bark River-Harris, is the
recipient of the 2005 Houston Award from the English department.
She is pictured with (from left) Mark Smith (English),
director of composition, and Alan Rose (English),
Houston Award honors the memory of Howard Houston, an English
professor at NMU from 1968-1983. It recognizes an exceptional
paper prepared in EN 211: College Composition II. Kane wrote
a narrative titled "Through a Glass."
Honors Pagel with Teaching Award
Pagel (Business) received the 2005 Collegiate Business
Teacher of the Year Award from the National Business Education
Association. The award recognizes Pagel for his achievements
in developing the business curriculum to meet the new state
standards, and for receiving a mean of 4.35 on a 5.0 scale
from students during the 2003 evaluation period.
was surprised when I first learned that I would receive the
award,” said Pagel. “I have taught for 30 years and I know
several other collegiate teachers who certainly deserve it.”