Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

Fall Enrollment Rebounds

Northern’s 10th-day enrollment report shows a total headcount of 9,123, an increase of 12 students over the fall 2007 preliminary figure. Paul Duby (Institutional Research) said NMU’s ability to rebound from last year’s first minor dip in a decade is a positive sign, particularly in a challenging enrollment climate. Full Story


Abbott Donates Lab Instrument

The Clinical Laboratory Sciences Department has received an automated immunoassay analyzer valued at $127,000 through a donation from Abbott's “Labs are Vital” program. This large instrument will provide research opportunities for NMU faculty and allow students to be trained on the same equipment they will find in most hospital laboratories. Full Story


Latin American Agreements Signed

Northern will increase its presence in Latin America through recently signed cooperative agreements with Universidad del Salvador in Argentina and Centro Tinku, an organization that facilitates study-abroad programs in Peru. The photo at right of Machu Picchu, the familiar pre-Columbian Inca site in Peru, was photo taken by student Sara Hartley and entered in the NMU international photo contest. Full Story


United LogoUNITED Conference Sept. 21-23

A filmmaker, artist and eclectic mix of presenters will highlight the third annual Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity (UNITED) Conference Sept. 21-23 at NMU. Filmmaker Kevin Annett will introduce and discuss his 2006 internationally recognized documentary, UNREPENTANT: Kevin Annett and Canada’s Genocide, which recounts abuse and murder in Canada’s residential school system for indigenous children. Artist Myra Greene will discuss two of her recent works, “Character Recognition” and “My White Friends," different forms of the photographic medium that examine her personal relationship with race, representation and her position in the world. Full Story


Heritage Center Holds Grand Opening

The Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center will hold a grand opening to celebrate its new location. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in suite 105 Cohodas Hall. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

Two new exhibitions will be unveiled at the opening. "This Northern Century: Student Life at NMU” features artifacts, photographs and audio/video clips that interpret the student experience over the past 100 years. Pictured are the oldest computer on campus, fraternity and football memorabilia and two beanies that once were required headwear for freshmen. The second exhibit, “Vanishing Points—Photographs by Christine Flavin,” combines traditional and digital techniques to capture surreal views of abandoned industrial landscapes of U.P. mining operations juxtaposed with photographs taken when the mines were booming. Flavin is on the NMU Art and Design faculty. Full Story


Student Grants Available

NMU undergraduate and graduate students may apply for grants to support scholarly research and creative activities. The Charles C. Spooner Student Research Program will fund up to three awards for the fall semester, each worth a maximum of $500. Application materials must be submitted to departments by Sept. 15. The winners will be announced Oct. 22. Full Story

NMU-Tech Rivalry Televised Sept. 18

The NMU Wildcat football team will play for more than bragging rights and the Miner's Cup when they face U.P. rival Michigan Tech on Sept. 18. They will also play for a national television audience. CBS College Sports Network and FOX-Detroit will broadcast the 8 p.m. game.

NMU hopes to pack the Superior Dome. Single-game tickets, along with faculty/staff discounted individual or family season tickets are available at EZ Ticket outlets. Other options include "pick 10" packages.


NMU Dining Services will offer a pre-game picnic dinner from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Superior Dome. Meal prices are $6.95 for adults, $4.50 for children ages 3- 12 and free for children under three.


Jim Cantrill (Communi-cation and Performance Studies) is a firm believer in the “going green” and “sustainable” movements—both on campus and beyond. He has found a way to combine his love for the outdoors and concern for the environment with his academic interests. Cantrill is a specialist in the fields of environmental communication and conservation psychology. Full Story


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