Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Wong Unveils Strategic Road Map


NMU President Les Wong last week unveiled NMU’s new strategic plan, “Road Map to 2015 and Beyond.” This was the first step in launching a campus-wide discussion of the university’s future priorities.

The plan focuses on four broad elements: innovation; helping students lead more meaningful lives; leveraging campus attributes; and community engagement. Each includes specific goals and priorities based on information Wong has gleaned from interactions with the campus community since arriving at NMU in 2004. Full Story


Ojibwe Drum Songs Premieres April 4


A new documentary that offers a revealing glimpse into the life of an Ojibwe elder, his stories and the songs that come to life around the drum will premiere at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, in 102 Jamrich. Ojibwe Drum Songs is a film by Michael Loukinen (Sociology). Grant Guston (Audio-Visual Services) assisted with special effects and graphics in his capacity as owner of Lake Effect Media.

Loukinen was invited by the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe in 1996 to produce documentaries and a digital archive of their traditions. Ojibwe Drum Songs is the fourth film in the series. It blends story, song and dance. Full Story

Study-Abroad Site Director Visits NMU


International Programs recently hosted the director of its study-abroad site in Macerata, Italy – one of four long-term programs NMU offers in partnership with the Midwest Consortium for Study Abroad. The other locations are as follows: Vienna, Austria; Dublin, Ireland; and Segovia, Spain.


Filiberto Braccalente discussed the Macerata program with NMU staff, made classroom presentations and met with faculty and students who previously spent a semester there. Full Story


Lake Effect Presents Dinner Concert

The revived Lake Effect Show Choir, a 25-member vocal ensemble under the direction of Sharon Green (Music), will present a dinner concert on Saturday, April 12, at the Masonic Building in downtown Marquette. Tickets must be purchased by April 4.

The event begins with a complete roast beef dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a concert of familiar pop and Broadway musical selections—many of which are choreographed. Full Story

Tolerance, Diversity Activities Planned Around Ann Coulter Speech

“Township on Tolerance” activities highlighting pro-tolerance and diversity values are being planned in conjunction with the upcoming visit by conservative commentator and author Anne Coulter. Her speech is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, in Vandament Arena.

A group composed of students, the Progressive Student Roundtable, employees and community members is coordinating the activities. Full Story


With plush microbes decorating her office, one could only guess that microbiology is Linda Riipi’s (Clinical Laboratory Sciences) passion. One would be absolutely right.

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