Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Convocation Stresses 'One Q and Three Rs'

In his fall convocation address, NMU President Les Wong said it will take “one Q and three Rs”—quality, recruitment, retention and revenue production—for Northern to “stay on top of its game” and weather Michigan’s struggling economy.


“I remain guarded and very concerned about the ability of the State of Michigan to deliver our appropriation as promised,” Wong said. Full Story


NMU Receives Grant for Brazil Program


Northern Michigan University has received a $220,000 federal grant for an exchange program to prepare U.S. and Brazilian students for highly skilled 21st century jobs requiring expertise in entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and sustainable economic development. NMU will collaborate with Western Illinois University and two Brazilian institutions—Universidade Federal Rural da Amazonia and Universidade Federal de Lavras. Full Story

Convention Participants Have NMU Ties

Northern will be well-represented at the upcoming Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Several students have secured internships – six with major news outlets covering the events and two with the Democratic National Committee. Four others with NMU ties will serve as convention delegates. Full Story


Art and Design Plants 'SEED' for Economic Development

Northern Michigan University’s new Studio for Experimental and Eco-Design (SEED) will assist regional entrepreneurs in developing prototypes for products that are innovative, sustainable and customized. It will also give students career-building opportunities to interact with clients and respond to real-world design challenges. An example is the "Curva mailbox" at right, intended to withstand potential damage from snowplows.

The NMU School of Art and Design established the studio to promote economic development and to extend its community service outreach. Full Story


Two Former USOEC Athletes Win Bronze

Former U.S. Olympic Education Center resident athletes Adam Wheeler and Randi Miller won bronze medals at the Beijing Games. Wheeler, who graduated from NMU in 2006 with a degree in criminal justice, competed at 96kg, or 211.5 pounds, in Greco-Roman wrestling. Miller, who was an outdoor recreation major at NMU, competed at 63kg, or 138.5 pounds, in women's freestyle wrestling.

On a related note, athletes with NMU connections are among those featured in the new exhibit "Faster, Higher, Stronger: Michigan Women in the Olympics" at the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame in Lansing. Text from one of the exhibit panels reads: " ... Another educational institution that has drawn out-of-state athletes is Northern Michigan University. Some women, like Lindsey Weier and Lindsay Williams, pursued their Olympic dreams while participating as varsity athletes on the school's cross country ski team. Others, like speedskaters Allison Baver and Caroline Hallisey, took advantage of Northern's U.S. Olympic Education Center: the only Olympic training center located on a college campus. The USOEC has graduated 30 female Olympians since its inception in 1985 and currently offers training for women athletes in speedskating, weightlifting and wrestling."

President's Golf Outing Sept. 7

The 28th Annual President's Open Golf Outing for NMU faculty, staff and retirees will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Marquette Golf Club.

The $50 entry for the scramble tournament includes greens fees, cart, lunch, awards and prizes. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 3. For more information, contact


boeHis early experience as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor convinced James McCommons (English) that journalism is the ideal career for someone with the ambition to be a lifelong learner. He has tried to instill the same drive in his students, both in the classroom and as a faculty adviser to the North Wind. Full Story


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