Robert Whalen (English) and collaborator Christopher Hodgkins of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, have been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions Grant worth $250,000 in combined outright funding and in-kind contributions. Their project, The Digital Temple, is a documentary edition of 17th-century poet George Herbert’s English verse. It offers full transcriptions, linked to high-resolution digital scans, of three artifacts essential to the study of Herbert’s great collection entitled The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations, first published in 1633. When complete, the edition will include original- and modern-spelling transcriptions thoroughly encoded in TEI-XML (the universal standard for the preservation and transmission of platform-independent electronic texts); critical annotations and glosses; and a robust user interface that includes options for computer-assisted textual analysis and data retrieval. The Digital Temple is under contract with University of Virginia Press and scheduled tentatively for publication in 2012.
Dave Maki (AdIT) received Merit Network's Award for Innovation in Networking and Information Technology. He was selected for his efforts to launch a WiMAX system at NMU. According to Merit, Maki "spearheaded the efforts that led to NMU becoming one of the first campuses to offer campus-wide WiFi to its students and now has established the first campus-wide WiMAX network in the United States. In designing the network, he made sure that the surrounding cities and townships could utilize the network, enhancing online capabilities not only for NMU but the community at large." Merit Network Inc., a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan's public universities, owns and operates America's longest-running regional research and education network. Michigan's public universities created Merit in 1966 as a resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance.
Steven Nelson (Political Science) was recognized as Adviser of the Year for his student organization, Student Law Forum, at the 2010 NMU Student Organization Awards.
Eric Moe (Dining Services) recently won the Midwest National Association of College and University Food Services Culinary Challenge. Moe and other challengers went head to head with an entrée that was designed around the featured ingredient, portabella mushrooms. Moe won with his dish, “Venison Stew.” He will compete for the national title at the NACUFS National Conference on July 9, 2010 in San Jose, Calif.
NMU Dining Services won silver in the NACUFS Loyal Horton Dining Awards for the special event theme, “A Culinary Journey Down Route 41.” The award will be presented July 10 at the national conference.
Several NMU faculty and staff members served as mentors for the Student Leadership Fellow Program this past academic year.They acted as a role models and advisers, supporting the student fellows as they strive to become leaders of their communities through service. For more information on becoming a mentor, call ext. 1771 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Following are the NMU mentors from 2009-10: Richard Balding (Mathematics/Computer Science); Katie Berger (Admissions); Lina Blair (Academic and Career Advisement Center); David Bonsall (Center for Student Enrichment); Lindsey Butorac (Controller’s Office); Rehema Clarken (International Programs); Kathy Frazier (NMU Foundation); Sandra Gayk (Grants and Research); Peter Holliday (Student Support Services); Jessica Jones (Admissions); Barbra Knox (HPER); Mike Kuzak (NMU Bookstore); April Lindala (Center for Native American Studies); James Livingston (NMU retiree); Joe Lubig (School of Education); Elizabeth Monske (English); Cindy Paavola (Communications and Marketing); Mary Pelton-Cooper (Psychology); Lenette Pynnonen (Academic and Career Advisement Center); Lindsay Sparks (Housing and Residence Life); Sue Tollefson (U.S. Olympic Education Center); Tony Tollefson (USOEC); and Paul Wright (NMU Bookstore).
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