Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008

Forum Highlights NMU Financial Status

Now that the elections are over, NMU President Les Wong said he expects to hear more news and gain some clarification out of Lansing on Michigan’s economic situation and the potential impact on entities funded by the state. But at the Oct. 23 campus forum—in the midst of anxiety fueled by the national fiscal crisis and bailouts—Wong reported that NMU is on solid financial ground as a result of good planning across the entire university. He said the university converted its loan debt to fixed-rate bonds nearly nine months ago and the financial aid loan programs are not the type directly impacted by stock market volatility. Full Story


NMU Partners with CMU on Education Program

Northern is collaborating with Central Michigan University on a program that will allow students to seamlessly transition from the specialist in education to the doctorate in educational leadership. Thirty-one students are enrolled in the first classes for the Ed.S., which NMU is responsible for programming and awarding. CMU will deliver the Ed.D. content and confer that degree. Rod Clarken (Education) is pictured signing the agreement with Karen Adams, dean of the College of Education and Human Services at CMU. Full Story


Cohodas Lobby to be Renovated

The first-floor lobby and corridor of Cohodas Hall will be renovated next semester (as illustrated in the rendering at left). According to Brandon Sager (Engineering and Planning), the $150,000 project is designed to create a more inviting atmosphere for people entering the building. It will also enhance the new location of the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center. Full Story


Chef At Chez Nous, Dinner is Served

Chez Nous, the fine dining restaurant in the Jacobetti Center that serves as a training site for cooking and hospitality services, has opened for the first time during the fall semester. But instead of serving lunch as it does each spring, Chez Nous is featuring five-course gourmet dinners and a beverage for $14.99 per person. Each meal revolves around a theme or particular ethnic cuisine, including Southwestern, Japanese, classic French, Thai and rustic Italian. Full Story


Native Heritage Month Under Way

One of the highlights of Northern's annual Native American Heritage Month celebration is the First Nations Food Taster. Featuring traditional and contemporary Native American fare, it will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in the Jacobetti Center. For details on this and other events, see the Full Story.


Shenandoah Performs

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Joanne Shenandoah will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Kaufman Auditorium as part of the NMU International Performing Arts Series. Full Story


There are a few intangible perks associated with Margaret Schwalm’s position in Human Resources. Face-to-face interaction is her favorite part of the job and she gets plenty of it, meeting personally with each new hire.

Not only does she get to counsel employees at the front-end of their careers, when they’re excited to be joining the NMU ranks and eager to make their mark; she gets to be the bearer of good news, explaining the benefits they will receive while working here. Full Story


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