Friday, Dec. 12, 2008

Board Updated on Internationalization Initiative

In a report to the NMU Board of Trustees this morning, Provost Susan Koch outlined Northern’s efforts to increase the number of international students on campus, calling the current figure “extraordinarily small” for an institution of this type and size.

For this and other meeting highlights, see the Full Story.


Executive Order Spares Education

Michigan’s educational institutions—from K-12 schools to universities—will not face operational funding cuts in the $134 million Executive Order Gov. Jennifer Granholm is scheduled to present next week to legislative committees.

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Celebration of Scholarship Award winners were (from left): Judith Puncochar, Michael Loukinen, Louise Bourgault, Charles Ganzert, Susan Goodrich, Joseph Lubig and Robert Goodrich.

Scholarship Celebrated

Seven NMU faculty members were honored for scholarly or creative activities, teaching and innovative use of technology at the Celebration of Scholarship ceremony on Dec. 6.

Award recipients were: Louise Bourgault (Communication and Performance Studies) and Michael Loukinen (Sociology and Social Work), excellence in scholarship; Charles Ganzert (Communication and Performance Studies) and Joseph Lubig (Education), excellence in teaching; and Susan Goodrich (Modern Languages and Literature), Robert Goodrich (History) and Judith Puncochar (Education), exemplary use of notebook computers in teaching, research and community service. Full Story


Sabbatical Projects Approved

Eleven NMU faculty members will be granted sabbatical leave in 2009-10. Many of their projects are intentionally aligned with goals and priorities outlined in the "Road Map to 2015." Full Story


Smoking Issue Changes Focus

In his president’s report to the NMU Board of Trustees at its Dec. 12 meeting, NMU President Les Wong outlined a change in focus for the discussion of a smoking ban on the NMU campus. This fall, Wong appointed an ad-hoc committee to look at the concept of a healthier NMU workforce and a clean air campus.  The committee is being chaired by Lenny Shible (Health Promotions).

“As you know, we surveyed the campus last year about a possible smoking ban. Of the more than 2,000 responses, you could not have cut the outcome more cleanly in half if you tried. It was 50 percent for the ban and 50 percent against it,” said Wong. Full Story


Thai Professors Visit NMU

Two professors from Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU) in Thailand visited Northern this semester as part of a faculty exchange facilitated by Bill Ball (Political Science).

Achara Cheewatragoongit and Waraporn Rungreungkolkich (pictured) teach economics and political science, respectively, at the Bangkok institution.

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Mark Your 2009 Calendars for Heating Plant Shutdown

The Ripley Heating Plant will shut down for annual maintenance on the university's boilers and steam distribution system from 10 p.m. Friday, May 8, through Sunday, May 10.


Heating, hot water and central air-conditioning will be affected during the shutdown.


Everywhere you look in Jon Teichman’s office, there are photos and framed prints. They might add a decorative touch, but their real purpose is to “generate conversation.” Full Story


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