Thursday, April 16, 2009

Video Challenges Myth that Alcohol Causes Violence

A new documentary being distributed throughout Michigan this week shatters the myth that alcohol causes men to be violent. Four survivors of domestic violence willingly shared their experiences on camera in the hope that other women will not accept alcohol as an excuse or be less likely to seek help because of the dangerous illusion that, if the drinking stops, so will the abuse.


Alcohol and Men’s Violence Against Women was produced by NMU with a $78,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. “Nothing like this has been done before that we can find,” said Ira Hutchison (Sociology/Social Work), project director. Full Story


Wildcat Innovation Funds Awarded

The second round of Wildcat Innovation Fund awards have been announced by Provost Susan Koch (Academic Affairs). The program was established to provide one-time financial support for new faculty and staff initiatives that target four areas of the Road Map to 2015" strategic plan: recruitment, retention, revenue generation and quality improvement. Three projects each received $25,000. Full Story


Employees Honored at Luncheon

NMU faculty and staff were recognized at an April 15 luncheon for reaching retirement or various years-of-service milestones. Their names are listed here. Awards were also presented for excellence in service, distinguished team service, and effective use of technology by staff. To read about the award recipients, go to the Full Story.


Student Employment Week through April 18

The second full week in April each year is designated National Student Employment Week. It is an opportunity to recognize the value student workers bring to their respective departments and to raise awareness of the important role employment plays in the higher education experience. The skills students develop from their work experiences while in school can help them achieve success after college. To see ideas for recognizing student employees or to watch a Northern video highlighting some of the 1,800 student employees on campus, visit Career Services.


The Tempest Closes Theatre Season

The Tempest, the last of William Shakespeare’s great plays, will wrap up the 2008-09 theater season at NMU. It tells the story of Prospero, the magician, who lives with his daughter on an enchanted island inhabited by monsters and sprites. The intricate comedy of magic and revenge will be James Panowski’s (CAPS) “swan song" after 32 years as Forest Roberts Theatre's director. Panowski has directed more than 50 NMU plays during his tenure and has proudly watched alumni perform on Broadway. The Tempest show times are 7:30 p.m. April 22-25, with a 1 p.m. matinee on April 25. Tickets are available at EZ Ticket locations, online or by calling the box office at ext. 2082.


Call for Moonlighting Musicians

The editor of Horizons, Northern's alumni magazine, is looking for NMU employees who regularly showcase their vocal and/or instrumental talents for local audiences. An upcoming issue will revolve around a music theme. If you haven't quit your day job for a recording career, yet you spend a good chunk of your spare time pursuing your passion for music, please contact Rebecca Tavernini (Communications and Marketing) at Horizons.


Two NMU faculty members were inadvertently omitted from the April 1 story on faculty research grant recipients. They are:

Robert Whalen (English), for his work on ”The Digital Temple," a comprehensive digital edition of the English verse of 17th-century poet George Herbert, a major seventeenth-century poet. Whalen's objective is to create a database of primary materials essential to Herbert’s poetry.

Renxin Yang (Sociology and Social Work), who is conducting a study on the generational gaps between women of middle age (40-60) and the younger generation (ages 18-30) in China. This project is titled “Globalization Impact on Marriage and Family Institution in China: Comparative Study on Beliefs, Values,and Behaviors of Middle-aged Women vs. Their Younger Counterparts.”



Bill Richards It might not be obvious from the closely cropped hair in this current photo, but Bill Richards (Academic and Career Advisement Center) used to sport a different, more expansive style.

“Many people don’t know this about me, but I used to have dreadlocks,” he said, pointing to a dated picture. “This is me with all of the hair.” Full Story


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