Wednesday, June 21, 2006

State Teacher Education Programs to be Graded

Teacher education programs at NMU and other state schools will receive annual report cards from the Michigan Board of Education in a measure unanimously approved by the MBE last week. Areas assessed will include programs, students graduating in six years, recruitment of minority students, and graduates passing the teacher certification test.

“We will continue the excellent programs we have while paying more attention to the grading criteria to make sure we are addressing them satisfactorily,” said Rod Clarken (School of Education, pictured). Full Story

NMU Contracts with 'Prime Vendor' for Office Supplies


NMU has selected a “prime vendor” for office supplies – similar to its existing contracts for food and custodial products – in an effort to save money through volume purchasing from a single source. Office Depot was the successful bidder in a competitive process.

Beginning with the fall semester, campus departments and offices will be able to order supplies through the store’s secured Web site. Full Story

Biology Professors Reassess Gender Differences in Aging

It has been widely assumed that men age earlier than women, as evidenced by their higher mortality rates and shorter average life spans. But three NMU biology professors contend that the opposite is true. They say theory and data suggest that females begin to exhibit signs of physiological decline earlier than males, and that higher mortality figures are not necessarily correlated with the rate at which we age.


In a recent issue of the American Journal of Human Biology, an article co-authored by Brent Graves (pictured), Mac Strand and Alec Lindsay presents a novel interpretation of how selection interacts with cultural and environmental factors to account for gender differences in the aging process. Full Story

Seaborg Shipment Arrives


Russ Magnaghi (History) pores through one of about 400 boxes of items that belonged to the late Nobel Laureate Glenn T. Seaborg. NMU inherited the materials from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. The papers, photos, journals, books and artifacts span much of the chemist's career in academia at UC-Berkeley, and his service as chair of the Atomic Energy Commission.

Seaborg lived in Ishpeming the first 10 years of his life and maintained close ties to NMU. The Seaborg Center was named in his honor to promote mathematics and science education.

Online Form Enables Anonymous Fraud Reports


Northern has an online mechanism for employees to remain anonymous while reporting potential violations of the university’s fraud policy.

The action conforms to one of the “best practices” recommendations developed by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) in response to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which was signed into law in 2002. Full Story


Kupper in Russia on Fulbright

Nell Kupper (Modern Languages and Literatures) is one of 15 people nationwide selected for a Fulbright Scholar Program for teachers of the Russian language.

She is spending seven weeks this summer studying at Moscow State University in Russia. Full Story

Branch Bank to Open

TCF National Bank and NMU have announced a partnership that will bring banking services to campus.

Starting this summer, students and employees will have the opportunity to receive new Wildcat Express ID cards (as pictured), which can be linked to TCF checking accounts. Full Story

Snak Shak to Close

Willy's Snak Shak will close June 23. Its products and services will be distributed between the Bookstore and Wildcat Den. Rita Gordon (Auxiliary Services) said the vacated space will be occupied by a new Wildcat Express office. "This will allow us to better serve students and to work closely with TCF Bank."

NMU Involved in 'One Book, One Community'

In 1998, the Washington Center for the Book created “One Book, One Community”—a reading program that focuses on bringing people of all ages who live in the same city or county together by reading and discussing the same book. The program has since been adopted by all 50 states, along with Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. Within Michigan, more than 15 cities and counties currently participate, including Marquette.


Sue Szczepanski (School of Education) said that the goals for Marquette’s chapter are to foster a sense of community by bringing NMU and Marquette County readers together as well as to introduce new NMU students to the community through a common book. Full Story






Students Get Hands-on Lesson in Promotion

NMU students received hands-on experience in their fields by helping local "clients" promote their business and causes in two separate projects this past semester.

An advertising and sales promotion class taught by Jim Camerius (College of Business, pictured far left) was divided into teams for a competition to develop a winning advertising campaign for the Ramada Inn of Marquette.

In a separate project, the NMU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) wrote and produced two radio public service announcements—one for the Upper Peninsula Health Plan that focused on child immunizations, and one for the NMU annual wellness run. Full Story

“Tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you who you are.” André Mallie (Dining Services) recites this Voltaire quotation with a subtle humor that belies his firm belief in the notion that our dining habits can offer revealing glimpses of our personalities.

Mallie was destined to pursue a career in culinary arts. He was born in Madagascar, but raised near Bordeaux in southwest France – an area synonymous with fine food and wine – where his family operated a restaurant. That potent combination of lineage and location instilled in Mallie a passion that is still palpable today as he discusses his new role as director of Dining Services at NMU. Full Story


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