What’s New @ Public U. – Northern Michigan University Fall 2013 Edition

ENGAGED CAMPUS: Northern Michigan University received the 2013 Engaged Campus of the Year Award, and Nicholas Cook received the Outstanding Community Impact Award, both are awarded by the Michigan Campus Compact. Nearly one third of NMU students—more than 2,900—participate in the Superior Edge program, one of Northern’s two nationally recognized leadership programs. Superior Edge is open to all students, regardless of class, major or past leadership experience. nmu.edu/superioredge
Northern’s Student Leader Fellowship Program, which is in its 22nd year, annually selects 50 participants for a two-year leadership learning experience This program is the recipient of the 2012 Dalton Institute’s Best Practices Award.nmu.edu/slfp

NEW ACADEMIC PROGRAMS: Some of Northern’s most recent changes in academic programs include reinstatment of the practical nursing (LPN) degree, revamping of our theater and entertainment major and revising the online journalism program into a new multimedia journalism degree to better reflect the needs of today’s media professionals. NMU also added a fisheries and wildlife management major, a minor in dance, and a minor and certificate programs in wildland firefighting. NMU's new industrial maintenance certificate can easily ladder with one of Northern’s two welding program options or the industrial technology bachelor’s program. NMU faculty have proposed a cyber-security major that is under review; cyber security courses are already part of our loss prevention management degree. nmu.edu/majors

JOB PLACEMENT: NMU is now offering its loss prevention management program at Macomb Community College. This program was created to help meet the high demand in retail asset management and security jobs.nmu.edu/macomb … Clinical Sciences is the fastest growing academic program on the NMU campus.  “When you couple the estimated 40,000 unfilled laboratory jobs in the United States with our aging society’s increasing need for screening and diagnostic laboratory services, you realize that students graduating in lab medicine will be able to find rewarding jobs in the geographic area of their choice with favorable salaries,” says Cathy Bammert, NMU clinical sciences professor. NMU offers five national AACLS accredited programs and is one of three universities nationwide that offers both diagnostic molecular science and cytogenetics programs. nmu.edu/cls Weather events such as Super Storm Sandy highlight the critical national shortage for well-trained power grid professionals such as graduates of NMU’s line tech and power technician programs. nmu.edu/tos and nmu.edu/engineering

TECH SAVVY: Among the most exciting aspects of having a university that is known for its technological savvy are the student opportunities that come with that reputation.  A great example of that is Intel's research and development laboratory at NMU which is run solely by students. Senior Matthew Menze turned his experience working in the Intel Lab into an internship at NASA’s Ames Intelligent Robotics Group. There, he worked with a team testing tensegrity design principles on robots and exploratory vehicles. “Going to NASA and Silicon Valley was like stepping a few years into the future,” says Menze. In addition to the Intel Lab, students operate the NMU Help Desk and they played a major role in building NMU’s WiMAX (4G) network, the first WiMAX owned and operated by a university in the United States. All full-time students at NMU receive a notebook computer for their personal use while enrolled. nmu.edu/technology

NEW FACILITIES: Opening this fall is a renewable energy plant, which will not only provide heat and steam for the campus using biomass materials, but also provides research opportunities and alternative energy studies for NMU faculty and students. Under construction is the new Jamrich Hall (opening in fall 2014), which will replace the current Jamrich Hall which is NMU’s largest and most used academic classroom facility.  Located in the heart of campus, it will feature three levels that look out onto Lake Superior. It will also include a clock tower, lecture halls, more 25-40 seat classrooms than the current building, and plenty of student lounge areas. nmu.edu/newjamrich

SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION: NMU’s prestigious Presidential Scholars Competition will be held Nov. 3-4 and Nov. 10-11.  Scholarships range from $500 per year to full rides (tuition, room and board) for four years. For more information, including registration deadlines, go to nmu.edu/presidentialscholars

MAKE A VISIT: A favorite feature during student visits to NMU is a pre-arranged one-on-one meeting with a faculty member in the student’s academic field of interest...nmu.edu/visit. One way to bring a whole classroom of students to Northern without leaving your school grounds is to set up a virtual field trip. NMU offers virtual field trips on a wide variety of topics. To learn more, go to nmu.edu/careerpathways. Northern covers any connection costs related to a virtual field trip for K-12 grades.