Robert Hanson and Greg Warchol (Criminal Justice) recently traveled to Chuka University College in the central highlands of Kenya. The professors gave an extensive presentation to faculty and students on the nature of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the criminal justice system. These topics were of great interest since Kenya is in the process of drafting a new constitution. They also met with administrators, staff and students to discuss a possible memorandum of understanding between Chuka and NMU, faculty and student exchanges and prospective joint research projects. Warchol and Hanson also spent a few days in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, and visited Amboseli National Park in the far south bordering Tanzania. This region was of special interest to Warchol, given his research on wildlife conservation law. "The trip revealed that there were many opportunities for study and exchange in Kenya where the demand for higher education is very great," Warchol wrote. "The number of prospective students greatly exceeds the limited number of universities. It is hoped that NMU will pursue this opportunity for both our students and Kenyan students."
Krista Clumpner (AIS-Library) presented "Weeding Art: the art of weeding" at the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Annual Conference in Milwaukee. In 2009, NMU's Olson Library decided to weed 50 percent of its monographic print collection by 2015. It is working toward that goal using a combination of reports from Voyager Integrated Library System (ILS), student labor, staff labor and activity by Clumpner as the liaison to Art and Design. Her presentation addressed how the library determined the goal, divided labor, devised reports from the system, determined what to keep for the first pass and came up with solutions to challenges. She also discussed preliminary results of the effort and how it fits with previous weeding activities.
Jeffrey Horn (Mathematics/Computer Science) and three NMU students attended the fifth International Information Technology Seminar in Helsinki, Finland. Students Jessica Perry, Blaine Salmonson and Terry LaForest gave brief presentations at the seminar detailing their academic major and NMU experiences.
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