Monday, April 9, 2012
Goes to Board
The NMU Board of Trustees will review President Les Wong’s recommendation for provost and vice
president of Academic Affairs at its next regularly scheduled meeting May 3-4.
Wong said he hopes to be able to make the university’s official offer
immediately following commencement weekend.
The four candidates are: David Dauwalder, provost and senior
vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Haven in
Connecticut; Lance Grahn, most recently provost and dean of faculty/vice
president for academic affairs at the University of Central Arkansas; Patrick
Guilfoile, interim associate vice president of academic affairs at Bemidji State
University in Minnesota; and Barbara Keinath, vice provost and
dean of graduate studies at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn. Full Story
Other Searches Reach Finalist Phase
AD Presentations Scheduled
Three finalists for NMU athletic director will make public presentations on the future of NMU athletics, recreational sports and the U.S. Olympic Education Center as part of the on-campus interview process. Each candidate will also meet with with select individuals and groups during the visit. Feedback forms will be available onsite and online. To see the schedule of public presentations, read the Full Story.
Director of International Programs
Candidates' Campus Visits Announced
The NMU community is invited to meet the three finalists for the position of director of international programs. The candidates have been invited to prepare brief introductory comments, with the remainder of the scheduled time devoted to a question-and-answer period. For the presentation schedule and candidate information, read the Full Story.
Commencement Speaker Announced
Ada Deer, former assistant secretary for Indian affairs with the U.S. Department of the Interior, will be the keynote speaker at NMU’s May 5 commencement ceremony. She will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Sociology and Social Work department. Full Story
CAPS Academic Programs Renamed
Two academic program name changes were recently approved and will take effect with the fall semester. Both majors fall under the Communication and Performance Studies department. Theater will shift to the more expansive theater and entertainment arts. Electronic journalism will become multimedia journalism.
End-of-Semester Events Highlighted
A variety of events highlighting academic, professional and creative activities will close out the academic year. Some are highlighted below. Those with the ($) sign include an admission charge. For more information, visit NMU Calendar.
- Celebration of Student Research and Creative Works, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12, LRC;
- Employee Recognition Lunch, noon on Tuesday, April 17, in the University Center; tickets must be purchased in Human Resources by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 10;
- 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday April 17-21 (1 p.m. matinee Saturday) in Forest Roberts Theatre ($)
- NMU Jazz Fest opening concert with vocalist Kirsten Gustafson and guitarist Dave Ziegner, 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, Reynolds Recital Hall (free); Gala Concert featuring trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, Kaufman Auditorium ($);
- Senior Art and Design Exhibition, April 18–May 4, DeVos Art Museum
- A Taste of Lake Effect Show Choir featuring music and snacks/desserts, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 25-26, Great Lakes Rooms ($15 tickets must be purchased by April 23 from the music department or Forsberg Flowers)
Lenny Shible’s job is to broach topics many people don’t want to talk about, from sexual health and dating violence to problems associated with gambling or the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. All are highly relevant to the college-age population and can adversely impact students’ academic performance.
As NMU’s health promotion specialist, he strives to raise awareness of these issues through class and residence hall presentations, public displays, media campaigns, Skill Builders and risk management seminars for student organizations. But because an informative-yet-fun approach seems most effective in creating a captive audience, there’s also the occasional condom carnival or root beer bong bash. Full Story