Thursday, April 17, 2008

Gregory Warhol Brady ImageDistinguished Faculty Award Recipients Announced

Dwight Brady (CAPS, left) and Greg Warchol (Criminal Justice) are recipients of the 2008 Distinguished Faculty Awards. They will be introduced to the NMU Board of Trustees and honored at spring commencement for their significant contributions to the university and to their professional areas. Full Story


Orbitz's Shaughnessy Named Commencement Speaker


Jim Shaughnessy, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Orbitz Worldwide, will speak at Northern’s May 3 commencement. The NMU alumnus will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Shaughnessy joined the global online travel company in June 2007, shortly before Orbitz’s initial public offering. He is responsible for managing global legal affairs, along with the public relations, government affairs, ethics, compliance and security functions. Full Story


Employees Honored at Luncheon

NMU employees were recognized at an April 16 luncheon for reaching retirement or various years-of-service milestones. Awards were also presented for excellence in service, distinguished team service and effective use of technology by staff. Full Story


Student Employee Appreciation Week Under Way

National Student Employment Week (April 13-19) honors the contributions of student employees on campuses and reaffirms the value that such employment has on students’ overall university experiences. There are about 1,500 student employees at NMU. The top three areas on campus in terms of student hires are Dining Services, Housing and Residence Life and the PEIF. Full Story


Bourgault Returns from Malaysia

Louise Bourgault (CAPS, second from right) recently returned from the East Malaysia, where she served as visiting professor in social science at the Universiti Sarawak Malaysia. She delivered guest lectures and gave faculty/graduate seminars on her research in HIV/AIDS communication and performance in Africa and India.

Bourgault also made professional contacts with the region's HIV/AIDS prevention community and presented some of her research to the Sarawak AIDS network, a consortium of HIV/AIDS activists. Full Story


Student Research Celebration Today

The 13th annual “Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works and Academic Service Learning” runs until 3 p.m. today (April 17), in the Learning Resources Center. Academic service learning is a new category this year. The event features posters, oral presentations, performance and computer displays. A full schedule is available here. The timing and location of the event align with a visit by two Newberry High School classes. They will be in Olson Library for other activities (see related story below), but have been encouraged to reserve time to browse some of the poster presentations while they're in the building. Seeing examples of NMU students' scholarly and creative pursuits might just pique their interest in the possibilities available to them at Northern.

High Schoolers Receive Library Instruction

For more than 20 years, Northern has offered library instruction to high school students. Two classes from Newberry High School are visiting Olson Library today for that purpose. Darlene Walch (AIS) said the goal is to augment the research students have done for class projects by giving them access to resources unavailable through their school or hometown libraries.

"The instruction is tailored toward the specific subjects they're working on and targets resources they can't retrieve through other means," Walch said. "Students also spend a lot of time learning about appropriate search strategies and how to evaluate whether what they've found is a good source. Also, if they don't find something, how do they interpret that? Are they confident they're not finding it because it's not there or is it missing because they aren't using the best search parameters? The instruction covers a variety of topics that reflect the growth of online resources."

Mike Strahan (AIS-Library) coordinates the library instruction programs. SaraJane Tompkins and Kevin McDonough will lead the sessions with the Newberry students.


Patricia Cianciolo (Sociology/Social Work) has been working with older adults in different capacities for 32 years.

She began studying gerontology in the 1970s. “For not knowing I wanted to go into the field of aging, I’ve been in it for a very long time, and I’m very pleased about that,” she said. Full Story


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