Friday, May 1, 2009

LoftsBoard Adopts Housing, Dining Rates

The NMU Board of Trustees today approved housing and dining rates for the 2009-10 academic year. The annual cost of a standard double-occupancy room and the “constant meal pass” option will be $7,646, an increase of $204.

Gavin Leach (Finance and Administration) said the university’s 2.75 percent increase is the lowest to date among the eight Michigan public institutions that have announced rates for next year. The other increases range from 2.9 to 6.4 percent. For an overview of this and other board action, read the Full Story.

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HLC Team Gives NMU Positive Reviews

Northern met all goals of its Higher Learning Commission Quality Checkup Visit, according to a summary report received this week. The HLC’s Academic Quality Improvement Program reviewers did not identify any issues needing attention after spending March 27-29 on campus interacting with employees and students. Full Story


NMU Monitors Swine Flu Situation

NMU has been closely monitoring the international Influenza A (H1N1) outbreak for potential implications related to students currently in Mexico, upcoming faculty-led study abroad programs and large-group gatherings on campus. Full Story


Academic Senate Election Results Reported

Andrew Poe (Mathematics and Computer Science) was re-elected chair of the Academic Senate. Helen Kahn (Speech/Hearing/Clinical Sciences) is vice chair and David Boe (English) is secretary. Members at large serving on the executive committee are: Charles Leith (Psychology), Deanna Pozega (Engineering Technology), Jeanne Lorentzen (Sociology) and Larry Pagel (Business). According to its Web site, NMU Academic Senate "advises and makes recommendations to the vice president for Academic Affairs on matters of faculty-wide concern, communicates items of concern to their respective constituencies and informs the academic community of issues under consideration." The full senate is composed of 39 senators from all academic schools and departments, the academic deans and three ASNMU representatives.


Dining Services Wins Gold Medal for Lumberjack Brunch

Dining Services won a gold medal in a prestigious national competition for the Lumberjack Brunch it designed and hosted in conjunction with NMU’s Winterfest celebration. The event ranked as the top residence hall theme event among mid-size institutions in the Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards program sponsored by the National Association of College and University Food Services. Full Story


Seniors Demonstrate Projects

A hydraulic press that converts paper waste into fuel briquettes was one of four senior projects showcased this week in the Engineering Technology department. The student designers said a similar process could be used in a future co-generation facility on campus and make productive use of shredded paper that both NMU and Marquette General Hospital currently pay to have hauled away—most of which can’t be recycled.

Shredded paper mixed with an algae-water solution is compressed in a cylinder, removing the liquid and forming a round briquette a few inches thick. Full Story


Interim Business Dean Appointed

Sam Graci has accepted the appointment as interim dean of the College of Business as Raj Sanyal prepares to depart for Ball State University. Graci previously served as interim before Sanyal's hire in 2005. Provost Susan Koch said she will work with both men during the month of May to "assure a smooth leadership transition."


Front Cover 'One Book' 2009 Pick Announced

The Things They Carried, author Tim O'Brien's fictional account of a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War, is the 2009 featured selection for the One Book, One Community program. It was published in 1990 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The book is a series of linked stories. O'Brien mined his experiences as a foot soldier in Vietnam to examine the myriad effects of war on man: fighting, waiting, monotony and the aftermath. All are "brutally scrutinized in heartbreakingly beautiful prose that captivates and educates readers of all ages." One Book, One Community is designed to bring Marquette County residents and students together to read and discuss the same book.


Lampi Named Student Commencement Speaker

Jodi Lampi of Ishpeming, Mich., will be the student speaker at Northern’s spring commencement on Saturday, May 2, at the Superior Dome.


Lampi will graduate with a double major in history and English secondary education. She has been student teaching abroad this semester and auditioned for senior speaker from Finland via Skype video call software. Lampi is pictured during her overseas experience in front of the Helsinki Cathedral. Full Story


Reminder: Ripley Heating Plant Shutdown May 8-10

A final CAMPUS reminder that the Ripley Heating Plant will shut down for annual maintenance on the university’s boilers and steam distribution system from 6 p.m. Friday, May 8, through Sunday, May 10. Heating, hot water and central air-conditioning will be affected.

NMU Golf Course Opens

The NMU Golf Course, formerly known as Chocolay Golf Club, opened for the 2009 season on Wednesday. NMU President Les Wong and newly elected ASNMU President Jason Morgan participated in a ceremonial tee-off to mark the change in ownership and start of a new season.

Former owners Joe and Patsie Gibbs of Interlochen, Mich., donated the 18-hole course, buildings and equipment to the NMU Foundation. Net proceeds will go to student scholarships and academic programming. For more information, visit NMU Golf Course.


Commencement Closeup

The nurse’s pinning ceremony scheduled for late this afternoon will carry added significance and emotion for Kerri Schuiling (Nursing, right).

No stranger to this pre-commencement tradition, Schuiling participated in the 1973 ceremony as an NMU graduate and has witnessed many more as director of the School of Nursing. But her role as a proud parent will momentarily trump her administrative duties when she secures her own NMU pin on the lapel of daughter Sarah (left), celebrating the fourth generation of her family to enter the profession. Full Story


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