Friday, Dec. 11, 2009

Board Approves Tuition Credit

NMU will offer a tuition credit to resident undergraduate students with the $1.3 million in stimulus funds the university is scheduled to receive through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The NMU Board of Trustees today approved the recommendation. The plan is to apply the credit, which will average about $190 for full-time students, to the fall 2010 semester.

"The legislation that is providing the funding requires universities to use it to either mitigate increases in tuition and fees for students who are Michigan residents or to improve university learning facilities," said Gavin Leach (Finance and Administration). “We wanted to help Northern students because of the economic climate. These funds will directly assist students attending the university." For other board action, read the Full Story.


Faculty Achievements Recognized

Five NMU professors were honored for their scholarly or creative activities, teaching and innovative use of technology at a Dec. 3 celebration.

Award recipients were (pictured from left): Suzanne Standerford (Education), excellence in teaching; Beverly Matherne (English) and James Cantrill (CAPS), excellence in scholarship; Katherine Hanson (English), excellence in teaching; and Patricia Hogan, TLC award for her effective use of the laptop computer in the academic environment. Full Story


May 2008 commencement crowd

Commencement Lighting Done In-House

For the first time since commencement has been held in the Superior Dome, NMU will not have to rent lighting trusses and lifts from a Wisconsin company.

The university purchased its own equipment for about $17,000 and audio-visual services will receive help from Forest Roberts Theatre technical staff to install and run the system. Full Story


Student Speaker, Soloists Named

NMU has named the student speaker and soloists for Saturday's mid-year commencement. Danielle Brandreth (pictured), an English writing major from Sterling Heights, will deliver the student address to her fellow graduates. Music education majors Emily Strazzinski of Gwinn and Kurt Hauswirth of Kincheloe will serve as soloists for the ceremony. Full Story


Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) New AQIP Action Projects In Progress

Northern is working on three 2009-10 action projects as part of its continuing commitment to the Academic Quality Improvement Program: evaluating the effectiveness of the laptop computer program on student recruitment; evaluating the same program's impact on student learning; and managing the goals/priorities identified in the Road Map to 2015 strategic plan. Full Story


Energy-Saving Tips for Holiday Break

It might be challenging to "think green" in the midst of all the wintry white that now surrounds us, but Kathy Richards (Engineering and Planning) said NMU employees can take the following steps to reduce energy consumption and related costs over the holiday break:

▪Shut down computers.

▪Turn off lights where you can. Also turn off—or unplug, if possible—copy and fax machines, printers, small appliances and other electrical items not critical to university business.

"Even if they're shut off or in sleep mode, a lot of electrical devices still draw power as long as they're plugged in. Whatever we can unplug, the better. But it might be difficult to do, depending on where the outlets are situated. At the very least, shutting off a device or a power strip is a good idea," Richards said.

Banner Upgrade Begins Dec. 27

A major upgrade to Banner, Northern's enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, will be completed from 7 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30.

The following will be unavailable during the upgrade: faculty, adviser, employee and student services functions under; Banner INB (used by department offices); and all Cognos ReportNet reporting. E-mail will not be affected.

It is possible that the upgrade will progress faster than expected and systems will be available sooner than planned. Every effort will be made to minimize downtime.   


Katie Berger (Admissions) has served as an admissions counselor for a little more than a year, but her experience with Northern dates back to 2003. That's when she first arrived as a student. While enrolled, Berger gave campus tours to prospective students and their parents. She may not have realized it at the time, but sharing campus attributes with others helped to lay the foundation for her current occupation of promoting the of benefits of attending her alma mater. Full Story


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