Fifty-two English Department faculty members, teaching assistants and graduate assistants attended the inaugural Writing Across the Peninsula conference Sept.23-24 at Michigan Technological University. The conference was the result of a consortium formed by Upper Peninsula universities and composition directors, including Laura Soldner.


Transformer Delivered

Northern is building a new mock substation outside the Jacobetti Center to serve as a lab for its power technician program. The first and largest piece of equipment for the project—a transformer—was delivered recently and lowered into place with a crane on the east side of the building.

Mike Rudisill (Engineering Technology) said the transformer will allow students to practice troubleshooting and maintenance procedures they would use if employed by any utility, transmission or generation company. Circuit breakers, switches and a steel structure will be installed later to complete the substation.

Rudisill expects to have everything in place this monh. The university received $673,000 in stimulus funding through the U.S. Department of Energy earlier this year to enhance the program. It was established in fall 2009 to address a shortage of technicians needed to fill critical positions in all areas of the electrical power generation, transmission and distribution system. NMU offers the degree in collaboration with the Midwest Skills Development Center and U.P. power companies.

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