Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008

Changes Coming to MyNMU Faculty Services Nov. 24

The “faculty services” tab on the MyNMU Web site will take on a new appearance effective Monday, Nov. 24, but its functions will remain intact.

“We’ve been trying to streamline the navigation to eliminate duplicated information and some of the extra clicks required to get to certain pages,” said Felecia Flack (AdIT). “We knew it needed attention and our goal was to make it more user-friendly. It may catch some people off guard at first because it looks different, but I think they will find that it’s self-explanatory and organized more efficiently.” Full Story


Library of the Future Progress Report

A survey has been developed as part of the campus-wide effort to define Northern’s “library of the future.” NMU President Les Wong initiated the discussion at his fall 2007 convocation, saying the university must confront the challenge while awaiting funds required for the long-planned renovation of the Learning Resources Center.

Wong enlisted Darlene Walch (Academic Information Services) and her team to obtain feedback from the campus community. Full Story

JacksonCommencement Speaker Announced

Gloria Jackson, secretary/treasurer and owner of CableAmerica Corp. in Mesa, Ariz., will be the keynote speaker at Northern’s Dec. 13 commencement ceremony. The Marquette native and NMU alumna will also receive an honorary doctor of business degree.

Jackson graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from NMU in 1968. She has maintained strong ties to her alma mater, hosting many alumni gatherings at her Arizona home and serving as an NMU Foundation trustee for 19 years. Full Story


New Card Processor Reduces Costs, Enhances Safety and Service

Northern has contracted with a new company, CBORD, to process ID card transactions and activity related to both dining and recreational services, effective with start of the winter 2009 semester. Also, Housing and Residence Life's existing contract with CBORD has been expanded to enhance campus safety through keyless access to NMU residence halls and the Woodland Park apartments.

“There won’t be any noticeable change from the users’ standpoint because it won’t be necessary to issue new cards to employees and students,” said Art Gischia (Business and Auxiliary Services). “The main changes will impact the receivers. All of the different functions will now be under one umbrella program from CBORD. For example, when cards are swiped through the new touch-screen products, transactions in dining facilities will be transferred through a server located on our campus that will map the charge to the students’ meal plans.” Full Story


Employees Offered Free Marq-Tran Rides

Northern faculty and staff can leave the driving to others this academic year by taking advantage of free rides on Marq-Tran buses. NMU’s original contract for the Wildcat Shuttle, which operated strictly on campus to transport students between locations, has been expanded to include free service on any fixed route in Marquette County.

Students and employees simply need to show an ID to board a Marq-Tran bus at locations in Gwinn, K.I. Sawyer, Ishpeming, Negaunee and throughout Marquette. Full Story

Scholarship Applications Available Dec. 1

Applications for privately funded scholarships through the NMU Foundation will be available Dec. 1 and accepted through Feb. 15, 2009. Faculty and staff are encouraged to share the information with students.

Last year, the NMU Foundation distributed more than $360,000 to more than 300 scholarship recipients.

More than 80 percent of NMU students receive financial assistance--an average of $8,000 per year from all sources. But privately funded scholarships help to bridge the gap of unmet needs averaging $9,000.

For more information, visit NMU Foundation.


Andrew Smentkowski (Grants and Research) said Monday’s first blast of winter reminded him of the day he interviewed for his NMU post in November 2005. The snow and dicey road conditions might have been enough to dissuade others, but he accepted the position despite the weather. It helped that he was living in Duluth at the time and had grown accustomed to lake effect snow and frigid temperatures. Full Story


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