Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Provost Candidates to Visit Campus

Four candidates for NMU provost will visit campus next week. University forums are scheduled from 4-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday in the University Center. Each forum will include a 15-minute presentation by the respective candidate, followed by a question-and-answer period.

The candidates (in order of their scheduled visits) are: William McKinney, dean of the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania; Martin Tadlock, dean of the College of Professional Studies and the School of Graduate Studies at Bemidji State University in Minnesota; Mark Workman, acting provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville; and Julia Wallace, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Full Story

Personal Services Contracts Addressed

Northern is making a diligent effort to educate the campus community about the correct protocol for personal services contracts. The goal is to ensure university compliance with Internal Revenue Service guidelines and union master agreements.

“If personal services contracts aren’t done right, the university could be placed in a liability situation with the IRS,” said Art Pickering (Human Resources). “If an audit uncovered an infraction, we could be fined. And once that happens, the auditors could look back at previous records up to three years old and levy fines for other violations. It could put Northern at great risk financially with the IRS.” Full Story

Shelley Russell (right) gives direction to actors Jessica Luiz and Adam Maslak.

Russell's Pendragon Opens Tonight

Award-winning playwright Shelley Russell’s (CAPS) latest work, Pendragon: The Legend of King Arthur, opens tonight at Forest Roberts Theatre.

Arthurian myths have captivated generations and spawned numerous literary and dramatic interpretations. Despite their medieval context, Russell says it is the central themes of unification, human responsibility, progressive thought, and maintaining a connection to Mother Earth that continue to resonate with audiences.

Her new dramatic fantasy – like her previous plays – blends Russell’s love of research and social history with her desire to explore the human experience.

“My creative writing tends to be a composite of what I read, hear, and talk about with my friends and family," she says. "Over the last few years, it has focused on society and the legacy we’re leaving our children. I can’t help but feel we’re in need of a King Arthur right now." Full Story

Chemistry Alumnus Named Commencement Speaker

David Hart, a leading expert in connective tissue repair biochemistry and NMU alumnus, will deliver the keynote address at the spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6. He will also receive an honorary doctor of biochemistry degree. Full Story

Stipends Help Students

Nine nursing students admitted in January to the online cohort of the new "fast track" BSN program recently received stipends to offset costs associated with their full-time pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

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Excellence in Service Award winners pictured with President Les Wong are (bottom row) Kathryn Dawe (Registrar), Terry Johnson (Nursing) and (top row) Dave Bonsall (Student Activities and Leadership Programs), Brian Larson (AdIT/Consulting and Support Services) and Eric Smith (Learning Resources Division). Not pictured is Kristen Rasmussen (Admissions).

Employees Honored

NMU faculty and staff who reached retirement or various years-of-service milestones were recognized at an April 10 luncheon. The honorees are listed here.

The following awards were also presented: excellence in service, staff TLC for effective use of technology in the work environment, and distinguished team service. Full Story.

      A profile of an NMU employee.

When Tom Argetsinger (Engineering and Planning) was young, he liked to build small dams and watch them cave in.  Now, he works on and creates estimates for renovation projects—this time with the confidence that his structures will remain standing. Full Story


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