Carol Steinhaus (Business), third from right in the front row, was recently elected president of the International Business Student Exchange Network (IBSEN). The consortium of business schools was established more than a decade ago for the main purpose of promoting student exchanges. Students pay tuition in their home universities and can study in any of the other consortium universities.
In addition to NMU's College of Business, other IBSEN members are: Fachhoschule Bielefeld in Germany; St.-Etienne School of Management in France; Universitat de Vic in Spain; Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences in Finland; Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba in Canada; and Universita degli Studi di Cagliari in Italy. Based on a 2010 meeting, new partners joining may be Hallym University in South Korea, Universidad Iberoamericana in Puebla, Mexico, and Marmara University in Turkey. Steinhaus said one advantage of IBSEN is that this has matured into a network of faculty working together on teaching ideas, joint research and faculty exchanges. Steinhaus is shown at an IBSEN meeting in May in Bielefeld.
Laura Soldner (English) was recently honored by the International Reading Association College Literacy and Learning Special Interest Group. Soldner received the 2010 Dedication and Commitment to the Field of College Literacy and Learning Award, presented annually to an elected or appointed officer, committee chair, editor, representative or outstanding committee member who has made significant contributions to the field during her or his tenure.
Randall Jensen (HPER) was recently appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of Sports Biomechanics, the journal of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports. He also was re-elected to the ISBS Board of Directors for the 2010-12 term.
NMU President Les Wong received a plaque from the National Association of College Stores for his participation in an advertising awareness campaign directed toward college administrations to encourage support of their local stores. Mike Kuzak (Bookstore) presented the plaque on behalf of the organization at a spring President's Council meeting on campus. The advertisement appeared in The Presidency, College Services and Business Officer during the 2009-10 academic year. It featured a picture of Wong in front of the NMU Bookstore with a caption that read: "We seek to turn students into productive citizens of the regional and global community by offering individualized attention in a high-tech learning environment. Our bookstore supports this mission by providing stellar service that puts the customer's needs first. Its used book program is a testament to this commitment, saving students $1.5 million annually. Providing the tools for success at an affordable price; that's good for students and good for Northern Michigan University." Kuzak said not all college administrators recognize the potential of their stores: "Some do not give their store the space it needs to display and serve better or the technology it needs to offer more and better services or the professional staff it needs to deliver those services and run a financially sound operation," he added. "But I am pleased to say that NMU's administration has been wonderfully supportive."
The Marquette branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) presented the 2010 Martha Griffiths award to Jaclyn Beck, a May 2010 NMU graduate from North Prairie, Wis. She is pictured center, with AAUW Marquette President Mary Buchman and NMU professor Mike Kowalczyk (Mathematics and Computer Science), who nominated her for the award. Beck was a member of the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, assisted with organizing NMU programming contests and presented research at an Argonne National Laboratory symposium in Chicago. She is interning with NASA and will start graduate school in the fall at the University of Wisconsin. Beck received a certificate and check for $150.
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