Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012


Haynes Delivers Convocation

In his first convocation as NMU’s interim president, David Haynes encouraged faculty and staff to help him rethink, renew and reconnect.


“We need to rethink how things are done in order to increase recruitment, retention and revenue and deliver the best possible student experience and the highest levels of academic excellence,” he said. “We must renew commitments to each other, students and their families and the community to position NMU graduates to be exemplary global citizens and outstanding leaders. And we must reconnect with alumni, friends and benefactors to help them understand how they help to move NMU’s mission forward for everyone’s benefit.” Full Story



Lindsay Named Peter White Scholar


For the past 18 years, Alec Lindsay (Biology) has studied the evolution and behavior of the common loon, which is a threatened species in Michigan. Now his research will extend beyond field work as he begins a genetic analysis of the loon population. As the 2012-13 Peter White Scholar at NMU, Lindsay will receive $17,500 to initiate the project.


“Sequencing across the entire loon genome is a little ambitious,” Lindsay said. “The human genome took 13 years and $3 billion to complete. My lab work will consume about 12 weeks and a few thousand dollars. There are about 1 billion base pairs in the loon genome, compared with 3 billion in humans. We will incorporate genetic data into our understanding of loons’ interaction with the environment and their life history. Full Story



Faculty Receive Reassigned Time Awards

Seven NMU faculty members were selected for Reassigned Time Awards for the fall 2012 semester. They will receive four credits of reassigned time to pursue scholarly research or creative projects. Full Story


Northern Nights Performance Series Opens Sept. 7

Northern Nights is the new name for the Performing Arts Series, which has brought top-notch entertainment to campus and the Marquette community since 1989. In addition to the name change, season ticket prices have also been reduced this year. Full Story



Research Proposals Requested

The Center for Rural Community and Economic Development at NMU is requesting research proposals for the upcoming academic year that examine an area of economic and/or community development in the Upper Peninsula. Those that have a community partner will receive preference. The center will award up to $3,000 for two projects. Proposals will be accepted from faculty or from students under the supervision of an NMU faculty member. Full Story


weightlifting athlete holds weights over his head as YMCA children watch USOEC Revamp Continues

The United States Olympic Education Center's sports menu continues to evolve. USA Weightlifting has announced it will maintain a residential program at Northern and U.S. Speedskating will suspend its program for the upcoming year. continuation of a residential program and U.S. Speedskating is suspending its program for the upcoming year.

“We’re very excited to have weightlifting join Greco-Roman wrestling in remaining at the USOEC," said Brian Gaudreau (Intercollegiate Athletics, Recreational Sports and USOEC). "Weightlifting is one of the USOEC’s newer programs. We believe it’s a program with an amazing amount of potential for even greater success at the national and international levels." Full Story




Michael Broadway (Arts and Sciences) has spent nearly 25 years researching the meat/poultry industry in the United States and Canada. The experience has not only altered his eating habits, but enlightened him on the pitfalls of using the blogosphere to share one’s expertise with a wider audience.

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