Monday, March 20, 2006

Class Size Policy Approved


After operating under informal guidelines on minimum class sizes over the past several years, Northern now has an official policy on record.

The minimum enrollment is 20 for lower-division classes (below 300-level) and 10 for upper-division and graduate classes. Directed and independent studies, along with “single student enrollment” courses, are exempt. Full Story

Senate Proposes 1.8 Percent NMU Increase

The Michigan Senate's proposal for higher education funding approved last week calls for a 1.8 percent increase for most public universities, which would mean an $811,000 boost for NMU.

The Senate bill rewards schools that typically lag behind in average state appropriation per student. Full Story

Mandatory Training in April

NMU faculty and staff are required to attend a two-hour training session that will cover right-to-know standards, as required by state law, and anti-harassment issues, which haven’t been addressed campus wide since 2000. The session will be offered 10 times during the first and third weeks of April to maximize participation. Full Story

Rochester President-Elect of GLATA District


Julie Rochester (HPER) has been elected the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (GLATA) president-elect of her district. She will hold that position until 2008, then serve a two-year term as president. Full Story

Archives Processes U.P. Lawmakers’ Papers


The papers of three prominent Upper Peninsula state representatives – Dominic Jacobetti, Charles Varnum and Pat Gagliardi – were recently processed by the Central Upper Peninsula and NMU Archives. The project was funded by a $50,000 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. It has produced a valuable resource on political history.

“It also resulted in a set of digitized finding aids for area high school social studies teachers that have been published on our Web site,” said Marcus Robyns (Archives, pictured). Full Story

ASNMU Lends 'Upper Hand'


In an effort to demonstrate that college students care about legislative decisions and how they impact higher education, ASNMU representatives are scheduled to join students from Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State on a road trip to Lansing on Thursday, March 23. They will listen to legislators and watch the decision-making process in action. ASNMU created the collaboration, which has been named the "Upper Hand."

President Michelle Cox (pictured) said it is important that the Upper Peninsula's three public universities display a unified front. Full Story

Thompson Gets Second AMU Term

Rebecca Thompson, a senior marketing major from Detroit, was elected to a second term as chair of the Association of Michigan Universities (AMU).

She will represent each of Michigan’s 15 public universities and work with legislators in Lansing on issues and concerns facing college students in the state. Full Story

Business Offers HR Series

The NMU College of Business just completed a five-part professional development series for area human resource managers to help prepare them for a certification exam. Rajib Sanyal (Business) said, "This is an excellent example of how the university can share its intellectual resources to benefit the business and professional community." Full Story


Women's History Month Activities at NMU

NMU is in the midst of Women's History Month, with a variety of activities planned through early April. This year's theme is “Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams.”

Mohey Mowafy (HPER) will discuss “Women and Eating Disorders: Thinness Obsession or Deadly Oppression?” at 6 p.m. Monday, March 20, in the Cadillac Room of the University Center.

New York Times best-selling author and motivational speaker Omar Tyree (pictured) will present “More than a Video Girl: Images of Minority Women in the Media” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in the Michigan and Huron rooms.

Tyree founded his own publishing company, MARS Productions, before partnering with Simon & Schuster. He has written 13 novels, including Flyy Girl and its sequel, For the Love of Money. The latter won the 2001 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature in Fiction. Full Story  

A profile of an NMU employee

Even though the hit TV show Sanford and Son has been off the air since 1977, it still plays on in the heart of Darnell Bradley (Diversity Student Services). He owns the series on DVD, and confesses that it’s a guilty pleasure. “My wife picks on me after having to sit through a few episodes, but otherwise I try to stay out of people’s way with it.”


Guilty pleasures aside, there is more that makes Bradley unique. Having been NMU’s director of diversity student services for only eight months, he has already brought a variety of culture to campus with the Step Afrika concert and African American Heritage Month events. “Step Afrika is my most memorable work experience so far. We had over 500 people in attendance. The response was incredible.” Full Story 


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