New German Studies Major Approved
The NMU Board of Trustees approved a new German studies major. The program’s emphasis is broader than language and literature. In addition to those components, it includes German history, politics, business, philosophy, economics, art and design and popular culture. It is anticipated that 10-15 current German minors will switch to the new major and that, within five years, the number will climb to 20-30.
The proposal was motivated by significant growth in the German program in the last decade. Enrollment increased from 24 minors in 2002 to 51 for the coming fall semester. Other reasons included changes in the European community over the past few years that have increased the interest in and value of studying the German-speaking world and the significant global role played by Germany today. The proposal summary stated, "In addition to being the world's biggest single exporting nation, more than 300 German-based firms do business in Michigan. Many career options are available to German studies majors both at home and abroad."
In other action, the board:
▪Accepted $2.2 million in external grants.
▪Appointed the following to the Nah tah Wahsh Charter School board for terms expiring June 30, 2013: new members Stephanie Philemon and Mary Little Winberg; and reappointments Constance Sagataw, Crystal Lea and Rodney Lovell. Trustees also appointed William Nordeen as a new board member for North Star Academy. His term expires June 30, 2012.
▪Granted emeritus status to the following retired professors: Stephen Peters, library science; Kathleen Thompson, nursing; and Mary Wallace, nursing.