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
Commencement 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