Friday, July 9, 2010

NMU Board Sets Tuition

The NMU Board of Trustees today approved 2010-11 tuition and fees, along with a $1.1 million increase in financial aid. The rate for full-time resident undergraduates is $205 more per semester. But the fall increase will be reduced to only $13 after NMU applies a $192 stimulus credit. Northern previously announced that it would offer a tuition credit to Michigan full-time undergraduate students this fall with the $1.3 million it received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Full Story


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. For more on this and other board action from today's meeting, read the Full Story.


First-Step Changes Implemented

In keeping with the two-step plan outlined by President Les Wong at his April forum, some campus units were restructured by June 30 to increase efficiency and reduce costs. The second step, which includes identifying academic and athletic programs that might be enhanced, created or eliminated, will be implemented between now and Jan. 1. Full Story


Summer Study Abroad Increases

Participation in summer study abroad programs has more than doubled from the 2009 rate. Thirty students are expanding their educational horizons overseas through NMU partner organizations, student exchanges or internship opportunities. This compares with 14 last year. The figure does not include new international week-long programs for incoming freshmen (see related story), faculty-led experiences or student teaching assignments. Full Story


Flag of Quebec Flag of EnglandNew Freshman International Experiences Offered

NMU will offer two short-term study abroad programs this summer to give first-time freshmen an enhanced global perspective before they arrive on campus. The programs will be held Aug. 7-15 in England and Quebec. Each has a specific theme and is worth two academic credits, with coursework continuing throughout the fall semester. Full Story


Students Awarded Gilman Scholarships

Four NMU students have received Gilman International Scholarships to participate in study-abroad programs for the upcoming academic year. Crystal Falvo, a senior art history major from Gaylord, was awarded $3,000 to spend the fall semester in Chengdu, China, Sichuan Province. Valarie Harger, a senior psychology major from Grand Rapids, received $5,000 for a full academic year in Costa Rica. Irma Rosas, a junior art and design/international studies major from Beaver Dam, Wis., was awarded $5,000 to spend the academic year in Oldenburg, Germany. And Jaclyn VanBuren, a senior hospitality major from Ishpeming, received $2,500 for the fall semester in Florence, Italy. Full Story

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Call for UNITED Presentations

Northern’s fifth annual Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity (UNITED) Conference will be held Sunday through Thursday, Sept. 12-16. Faculty and staff interested in making presentations or facilitating film discussions should submit their proposals by July 15.

The purpose of UNITED is to affirm diversity broadly defined as an important value at NMU. The UNITED tracks are research, films, art, music, service, dance and food. Presentation spots are limited. Submissions can be made at the UNITED website. Full Story



Marlina Martínez (NMU Foundation and Alumni Relations) and her husband, Eric, were determined to raise their son in an environment that represented “the complete opposite” of her native Los Angeles. So they moved from L.A. to the Marquette area seven years ago with no promise of employment; only three boxes of belongings and the family dog.

It was blind faith for Martínez, who had never been to Michigan. She was relying on Eric’s positive reviews of the Upper Peninsula based on his family’s frequent vacations here. But it wasn’t long after deplaning at Sawyer that she knew it was the right choice. Full Story


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