Friday, December 15, 2006

Board Reviews Projects

Northern has hired an outside firm to assist in reviewing its bookstore operation and to develop the most effective long-term direction for the facility. The university's contract with Campus Bookstore Consulting was on the agenda of today's NMU Board of Trustees' finance committee meeting.

Also addressed was an agreement to lease University Center space to Marquette General Hospital. Full Story

Students Design Municipal Sites

NMU is one of four state universities participating in an effort to create new Web sites for Michigan cities and townships that lack the resources to develop their own.

Sandra Poindexter (Business) assimilated the service-learning project into the computer information systems (CIS) senior course work. This is the second year NMU students have worked on the collaborative effort. Full Story

Greeting Card Project a Success


Many Northern alumni and friends are receiving holiday greetings in the mail that feature a familiar green-and-gold color scheme on the front and university logo on the back.

The NMU chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) initiated a venture to produce, promote and sell greeting cards that showcase the creativity of art and design students.

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Name for Student-Managed Fund Selected

The College of Business unveiled the name of its newly established, student-managed investment fund at a ceremony last week. Finance students were challenged to come up with ideas and they submitted more than 50 different suggestions. Todd Treadeau of Marquette was selected the winner for his entry: The Superior Fund. "The name reflects our location and our expectation for how the fund will perform," said Daniel Konku (Business), who coordinated the competition.

The Superior Fund started with an initial sum of $200,000 contributed by the university, friends and alumni. Students in the investment course are already using it as a learning tool. A portion of the annual return on investments will be available to the college to support student activities and programs. The fund is overseen by a team of advisers drawn from both the university and financial services communities.


Faculty Honored

NMU faculty awards recognizing teaching excellence, professional development activities and effective integration of computer technology were presented at the Celebration of Scholarship Ceremony Dec. 7. Full Story

Pictured are (from left): Les Wong, Gwen Hetler, Neil Cumberlidge, Carolyn Lowe, Mary Jane Tremethick, Kia Richmond, Patricia Hogan and Fred Joyal.

Thompson Wins Laptop Prize

Kathleen Thompson (Nursing) is the winner of a new ThinkPad awarded after the campus holiday celebration held Dec. 7 in the University Center. Upon entering the event, employees received uniquely numbered plastic cards, which could be swiped at five food and beverage stations set up in the Great Lakes Rooms to be eligible for the grand prize. Thompson's number was randomly selected the next morning as the winner.


NMU Reaches 40 Percent of United Way Goal

The NMU United Way campaign is nearly halfway to its fundraising goal of $35,000. The latest figures show that 40 percent of the targeted amount has been raised. But with the campaign beginning to wind down, workplace coordinators encourage employees and retirees to consider investing in their communities before the holiday break. Payroll deduction is available.

The money will be distributed among more than 30 non-profit member agencies that rely on financial support from the United Way of Marquette County. They provide services in five areas: basic needs, such as emergency food, clothing and shelter; youth programs; domestic violence and addiction services; health; and elderly citizens and adults with disabilities.

Joan Kendall-Rozman (Admissions) is the first point of contact at Northern for many prospective students, their parents and grandparents. Kendall-Rozman said she loves the human interaction her job provides.

As a Marquette native, she feels equipped to field questions ranging from restaurant recommendations to campus concerns.

Her primary duties are to greet visitors, answer the phone and route mail. On a busy day, she fields up to 150 phone calls.

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