Thursday, March 12, 2009

FerrariniJill LeonardDistinguished Faculty Selected

Tawni Ferrarini (Economics), Jill Leonard (Biology) and Jaspal Singh (English) are the 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award recipients. They will be introduced to the NMU Board of Trustees and honored at spring commencement for their university and professional contributions. Full Story


Awareness Campaign Promotes Energy Savings


Northern will launch a campaign this week to raise awareness among employees and students of steps they can take to conserve energy and trim the university’s annual $7 million utility bill.


If all NMU employees set their computers and monitors to hibernate after 30 minutes of inactivity, for example, the annual energy savings would be about $35,000 per year. Other facts and tips outlined in the campaign are: shades and blinds can reduce a room’s peak cooling load by 30-50 percent; there are more than 20,000 light switches on campus, many of which should be shut off if a room will be unoccupied for more than five minutes; and a typical fume hood increases heating/cooling costs by $5,000 a year, but closing the sash can decrease energy use and increase safety. Full Story


U.P. Folklife Fest March 12-22

A concert tonight headlined by Celtic duo John Williams and Dean Magraw will open the second Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival at NMU. The celebration continues through March 22. Full Story

In conjunction with the festival, a premiere of the one-hour documentary, Ojibwe Birch Bark Wigwam, will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, March 13, in Jamrich Hall 102. The public is invited and donations are encouraged. The latest film from Michael Loukinen (Sociology) follows an Ojibwe cultural educator as he shows a group of primarily elderly Euro-Americans how to build a birch bark wigwam using forest resources. Full Story

Pow Wow Saturday

The 17th annual “Learning to Walk Together” Native American pow wow will be held on Saturday, March 14, in Vandament Arena. Grand entry times are noon and 6 p.m.            

The pow wow is sponsored by the NMU Native American Student Association. It will draw dancers and singers from throughout the Great Lakes region.

Admission is $3. There is no charge for NMU students, elders or children 13 and under.


Governor Appoints Three to NMU Board

Gov. Jennifer Granholm recently announced three appointments to the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees.

From left, NMU alumni Larry Inman of Williamsburg and Garnet Lewis of Freeland are joined by Sook Wilkinson of Bloomfield Hills. Full Story


AQIP Site Visit March 25-27

Representatives of the Higher Learning Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) will be on campus for a reaccreditation site visit Wednesday-Friday, March 25-27. They will meet with various groups and individuals to discuss the university's work on continuous improvement. An open forum is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in Mead Auditorium. It will enable the campus community to discuss with the review team the quality of a Northern education and the strengths and weaknesses of the university. Two questions NMU employees might be asked during the visit are: What continuous quality improvement efforts has your unit undertaken in the past two years? How do these projects, and your unit in general, tie into the university's mission and the "Road Map to 2015" strategic plan? This is Northern's first accreditation site visit in nearly 15 years. For more information, visit AQIP.

Budget Forum Rescheduled

A reminder that the university budget forum originally scheduled for this afternoon has been postponed until the end of the month.

According to the president's office, it is rescheduled for 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in Jamrich Hall 103.


Hired by the political science department in 2005, Lara Clisch has since expanded her role. She serves as a senior secretary for four departments—political science, philosophy, history and economics—and about 30 professors. Full Story


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