Felecia Flack (AdIT) and Gavin Leach (Finance and Administration) recently presented a session titled “Building a Smarter Campus” at the 2010 Educause Conference held in Anaheim, Calif. The presentation covered information about how the NMU Information Services Team has used the IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Software Suite to provide university managers with data they need to support decision-making. 

Krista Clumpner (AIS-Library) presented "Cataloging for weeding and retention" at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. In 2009, NMU's Olson Library decided to weed 50 percent of its monographic print collection by 2015 and is working toward that goal using reports from Voyager Integrated Library System, liaison librarian activity and student and staff labor. The presentation "focused on how we use the catalog to keep track of decisions to retain, systems we use to process discards and reports we can derive from the notes added to the catalog."

Amy Orf (Modern Languages and Literatures) gave two presentations at the 92nd Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in Guadalajara, Mexico. In "¿Qué tiene la profesora en la refrigeradora?: Using photos to personalize course material," Orf discussed how she uses photos from trips abroad to teach culture and photos from her life to personalize vocabulary and grammar, which she says makes students more willing to discuss their own lives and experiences in Spanish. Orf also presented "The Other Auxiliaries of the Spanish Progressive." Most textbooks mention only the verb "estar" as an auxiliary of the Spanish progressive. However, scholars have discussed 22 other verbs as possible auxiliaries in the modern language. Orf examined gerundial constructions with these other verbs from throughout the history of Spanish, using the grammaticalization framework, to better determine which ones should be considered auxiliaries.

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