Diane Kordich (Art and Design, center left) presents a $5,000 check to Michael Cinelli (Art and Design) to enhance the Lake Superior Art Association endowment at NMU. Kordich is a member of the LSAA, a local artists' organization with a long history of providing scholarship assistance for art and design students. She challenged the organization to match her personal contribution to the endowment. The LSAA accepted and treasurer Cindy Deo (center right) presented a $5,000 check to Martha Haynes (NMU Foundation). The funds generated by the LSAA endowment will support scholarships for students from Marquette County.
Kia Richmond (English) and student teacher Shawn O'Neil, an English education major, attended the annual conference of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English on Oct. 6 in Lansing. Richmond registered participants and attended an executive board meeting and a meeting of the Michigan Conference on English Education in her capacity as Region XI coordinator, a role she shares with Tom Hyslop (English). O'Neil attended the conference in part thanks to a grant from the Student Travel Fund Committee. He listened to keynote speaker Alfie Kohn and attended various concurrent sessions on the teaching of English.
Bryant Varney (AIS) loaned many objects from his extensive personal Art Deco collection to the DeVos Art Museum for its current exhibit, titled "Art Deco: The Decorative Arts Movement, 1918-1945." It is on display through Nov. 18. According to the museum's description, the exhibit showcases a wide variety of objects in the Art Deco style, which took hold of America at the end of World War I and continued through World War II. A number of products for everyday use were made in this style, including cocktail shakers, ash trays, lamps and serving plates. Many were manufactured by the Chase Company. The simplified and recognizable design motifs were the three parallel lines, zigzags, tiered “skyscrapers” and rounded corners machine-made, shiny, modern and utilitarian, yet decorative. Graphic design also took up the deco look as did furniture, cars and buildings.
Carol Steinhaus (Business) has been selected by the Midwest Consortium for Study Abroad (MCSA) to teach a semester at the MCSA site in Vienna, Austria. Her course proposal, “Human Behavior in Groups and Organizations,” was selected from a field of submissions from faculty teaching in MCSA member schools. These include Ball State University, Grand Valley and Central Michigan, among others. Steinhaus will spend the fall 2007 semester in Vienna, teaching her course and acting as resident U.S. faculty member for the U.S. students who study there. The International Affairs Office solicits NMU faculty applications each year for its sites in Vienna, Macerata, Italy and Segovia, Spain. The applications require the support and signature of the faculty member’s dean.
Kathy Saville (AIS) received the 2006 Presidential Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology for creating an online system for submitting applications for association scholarships and nominations for association awards. She was also recognized for her continuous dedication to promote the accomplishments of outstanding professionals in the field of instructional technology. The award presentation was made Oct. 12 during the annual AECT Convention in Dallas, Texas. On a related note, Saville was reappointed for a second three-year term to the ECT Foundation board of trustees for the AECT.