Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010

Preliminary Fall Enrollment Announced


Northern’s 10th day enrollment report shows a total headcount of 9,273, an increase of 15 students or 0.2 percent over last fall’s preliminary figure. Paul Duby (Institutional Research) said there are two categories driving the increase: continuing undergrads, which is up by 141, particularly at the senior level; and undergraduate transfers, who number 50 more than last year’s significant increase.


“The pattern across the state in this economy is that more students are choosing to attend community college first,” Duby said. “That shows up in our transfer figures, but we were worried that this trend—on top of the daunting decline in high school graduates in the U.P.—would impact the number of baccalaureate first-time, full-time freshmen. There was a drop of 29 students in that group, but it wasn’t as big as we anticipated. We continue to get a bigger piece of the U.P. college-bound market.” Full Story


AQIP Project Feedback Due Today

Today is the deadline for faculty and staff feedback on new action projects for Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) institutional accreditation. NMU must have at least three active projects at all times. The current round expires Oct. 14 and new proposals must be submitted to AQIP by that date. Descriptions of potential action projects and a link for feedback can be found at AQIP.


UNITED Conference Sept. 12-16

Entertainment and thought-provoking presentations will highlight the Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity (UNITED) Conference Sept. 12-16 at NMU. The public is invited and all but two events are free of charge, as indicated. For a full and updated schedule, visit Highlighted activities, which will be held in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center unless otherwise noted, are as follows: Full Story


Family Fun Weekend: Folklife Fest and Sports Kickoff

Folk DancingThe third annual Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival will open with a Funky Folk Dance at 7 p.m. Friday and continue from 10 a.m. Saturday through a 7 p.m. closing concert by Song of the Lakes. Most events will be held on the University Center lawn. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Presented by the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, the festival will feature two large tents housing dozens of arts and crafts demonstrations, two performance stages for song and dance folk artists representing different ethnic and cultural groups, a large dance floor and a chalk art area where people can create their own art. The DeVos Art Museum will host an exhibition of folk art by the late Niel Haapala and a children’s craft area. NMU’s Dining Services will provide ethnic food tents and a beer tent. For a detailed schedule, visit Folklife

NMU Athletics will sponsor a Fall Sports Kickoff from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in front of the Superior Dome. The event precedes the Wildcat football team's home opener against the Findlay Oilers.

Fans can purchase $3 wristbands that cover admission to both the fall kickoff and football game. The wristbands are available in advance at the Superior Dome EZ Ticket office or at the event.

Kickoff activities will include inflatable games, kids' games, dunk tanks and "minute to win it" challenges. Wildcat Willy, the NMU marching band and NMU student organizations and sports clubs will also participate. Commemorative photos will be available during the event.      



Kiltinens Establish Endowment


Retired NMU professor John Kiltinen and his wife, Pauline, recently established the Kiltinen Mathematics and Computer Science Idea Endowment with a $100,000 pledge. But because newly established endowments take time to achieve earnings that can be awarded, the couple also gave a $10,000 expendable gift to begin funding projects this semester and be distributed evenly over five years.


The endowment will support initiatives of the NMU mathematics and computer science department. Emphasis will be given to new programs that might not otherwise be considered because they are not funded through traditional sources. Full Story


Foundation Kicks Off Faculty/Staff Campaign

The NMU Foundation will be reaching out to the campus community this fall and asking faculty and staff members to give back to NMU. The fundraising drive begins this week and runs through early November. During that time, the Foundation is hoping to raise employee giving from a participation rate of 20 percent to about 50 percent, which is more in line with NMU’s peers. Full Story

Homecoming 2010 LogoHomecoming Receptions, Symposium Planned

The NMU faculty and staff Homecoming reception is being rolled into Friday night (Sept. 24) alumni gatherings at the Landmark Inn.

Four receptions are planned: one for Political Science and Public Administration alumni at 5:30 p.m.; and three for alumni of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Professional Studies, each beginning at 6:30. In addition to appetizers and cash bars, there will be drawings for prizes awarded exclusively to NMU employees, who are invited to attend.

Earlier that afternoon, at 3 p.m. in Reynolds Recital Hall, the Political Science and Public Administration Department will sponsor a symposium titled "After Evil: Politics and Human Rights." The guest speaker is Robert Meister, professor of social sciences and political thought at the University of California Santa Cruz.

This year's theme is "Wildcat Flashback: 75 Years of Homecoming Pride." The next issue of CAMPUS will explore how this fall celebration has evolved over the years and identity the alumni award winners who will be honored. For a full schedule, visit Homecoming.



By age 12, Mohey Mowafy (HPER) was convinced that he needed to leave his native Egypt for the idyllic United States he saw depicted in several 1950s American films. But after the 1967 war that pitted Egypt and its Arab allies against Israel, education was the only ticket out. So he left for graduate school at the University of Wisconsin after a period spent earning a college degree and teaching at Ain-Shams University in Cairo.

“Because I had a decent GPA, my government-assigned job was to teach at a university and continue on for a graduate degree,” said Mowafy. “That’s how things used to be in Egypt. I didn’t really have a choice and I was born into a family of teachers. My grandfather, father, brother and uncles were university teachers and it was pretty much decided for me that I would follow the same path.Full Story



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