Friday, Feb. 1, 2008

Administrative Changes Announced in College of Professional Studies

Clarken Named Associate Dean

Rodney Clarken has been named associate dean of teacher education and director of the School of Education. He had served in the same capacity on an interim basis since the summer of 2006. Full Story

Michael RudisillTAS Has Two New Department Heads

A new administrative structure took effect this month in the School of Technology and Applied Sciences. The associate dean position, which had been filled on an interim basis, has been replaced by two department heads: Daryl Kobie in Occupational Studies and Mike Rudisill in Engineering Technology. Full Story

Business College Explores MBA

Northern’s College of Business is exploring the possibility of adding a graduate program in business – most likely a master of business administration (MBA) degree. Full Story


Fulbright Scholars Visit NMU

Northern is hosting a Fulbright Scholar who is a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), a master of martial arts and a therapeutic massage healer. Master Han Jingsheng, pictured right, is sharing his professional expertise and insights on Chinese culture with NMU classes this semester.

As an added perk, he will offer free midday movement and acupressure training for the broader campus community. Full Story


'Evening Classes' Defined

NMU administrators have defined evening classes as those starting at 5 p.m. or later. The clarification is designed to reduce potential confusion in future cases of inclement weather. When the decision was made to reopen Northern for evening classes Wednesday, students in particular said they received either no indication of the specific start times impacted or conflicting reports ranging from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Effective immediately, references to evening classes mean those meeting at 5 p.m. or later.


Constructors Help in New Orleans

The Northern Michigan Constructors organization traveled to New Orleans for one week over winter break to assist Habitat for Humanity. They were assigned to Musician’s Village in the Lower Ninth Ward and ended up working in the same place as Norm Abram and the crew of the PBS television series This Old House. They are pictured with Abram (front center) and host Kevin O'Connor (top center). Full Story  


Athletics Sponsors 'Diamond Date Night '

To thank NMU faculty and staff who support the Wildcats, Athletics is teaming up with Wattsson and Wattsson Jewelers to present "Diamond Date Night" at the Feb. 14 men's and women's basketball games against Northwood University. NMU employees get in free with an ID and can enter raffle drawings for prizes supplied by downtown businesses. Wattsson and Wattsson is giving out 250 one-quarter carat "diamonds" at the beginning of each game. Four of the 500 are real. Recipients can bring theirs to Wattsson and Wattsson to find out if they're one of four winners of a gift certificate toward a setting for their real diamonds. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m.and the men play at 7:30.


Scholarship Deadline Feb. 8

The application deadline for scholarships offered through the NMU Foundation is Feb. 8. There are a variety of privately funded scholarships available to current and prospective NMU students. For more information, visit Scholarships.


Campus Forum Feb. 14

The first university forum of the winter semester will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in the Whitman Hall commons. Tentative topics scheduled to be addressed during the forum include the campus smoking issue, a budget and legislative update and "NMU's Roadmap to 2015."


When she was a child living in Chicago, Jeannie Wratschko (AAUP) spent a month every summer with her parents and siblings in a rented cabin on Lake Michigan near Manistique. The cabin featured an outhouse, a wood stove and no electricity.

Her family would take day trips to state parks and come to Marquette to collect agates and picnic at Presque Isle Park. Wratschko said these were some of her favorite childhood memories. Full Story


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