Northern's Human Resources Department received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources’ (CUPA-HR) 2006 SunGard Higher Education Technology Award for its creation and implementation of the new employee orientation program. Sponsored by SunGard, this national award recognizes individuals or teams at a CUPA-HR member institution that have demonstrated technological innovations that serve to advance the higher education human resource profession. Northern will receive $3,000 for an endowment or scholarship fund. The automated, online new employee orientation program was designed to provide an effective, flexible and timely means of orienting new employees to NMU without impacting the operation or business functions of the institution. New employees are able to access, review and complete the orientation program at their convenience from any computer.
The Student Leader Fellowship Program at NMU received a certificate of tribute from Gov. Jennifer Granholm in honor of the program's 15th anniversary. The certificate reads in part "It is a privilege to recognize and congratulate the Student Leader Fellowship Program for 15 years of nurturing and developing service-minded citizens, many of whom have gone on to be leaders in their community and the state." Pictured in the photo are (from left) Janet Crick, Jon Barch and Dave Bonsall (Student Enrichment); Matt Johnson, Granholm's U.P. representative; and Rachel Harris (Student Enrichment).
Beverly Matherne (English) was invited to participate in a memorial service for former U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. She and other poets read his entire Collected Poems from W.W. Norton, 2000. Matherne also spent a month in Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave, France, on an NMU faculty research grant to work on a book of linked prose poems on LaMothe Cadillac, founder of Detroit and first governor of Louisiana.