What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, May 3, 2010

From the 6th floor

This past weekend was probably one of the nicest weather weekends we've had during commencement in a number of years. It was sunny with temperatures in the mid 60s. That being said, this is the U.P. after all - the weatherman is calling for a chance of snow on Friday. The temperature has already cooled down significantly, with highs likely in the 50's early in the week and then dropping as we head towards the weekend. But overall, it's been a record-setting warm, dry spring.

Congratulations new alumni!

More than 900 students were celebrating college graduation, Sat. May 1, at Northern Michigan University. At least 700 of those new graduates participated in Spring commencement at the Superior Dome. Senior speaker Brenton Fitzpatrick (above) encouraged graduates to reflect on their time at Northern and celebrate. Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient, Sen. Mike Prusi, told the new grads, "the world is yours, go get it". Links to both speeches can be found here.

NMU Alumni Association President Kris Day '94 encouraged the newest alumni to maintain their connections with friends and their alma mater.

Following commencement rehearsal Friday, the NMU Alumni Association and Career Services sponsored the annual Graduation Rehearsal Pizza Party. New graduates were treated to free pizza, pop and prizes. Congratulations to Rachel Caauwe '10 of Marquette. Rachel was the winner of the grand prize gift basket.

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NMU Board sets room and board rates

The NMU Board of Trustees approved 2010-11 housing and dining rates. The annual cost of a standard double-occupancy room and the “constant meal pass” option will be $7,822, an increase of $176.

Trustees also authorized continuation general fund and designated fund budgets until new versions are approved when state higher education appropriations are finalized. The budgets will not exceed the current level, except for increases required by existing or newly negotiated union contracts.

In other action, the board:

▪Approved two new academic programs, effective fall 2010: a one-year welding certificate, which prepares students for a “high-demand” occupation in the Upper Peninsula and can be applied to NMU’s industrial maintenance associate degree program, if desired; and a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) associate degree, which is designed for graduates of the CNC certificate program sponsored by Pioneer Surgical to continue in the field, as well as for new students interested in entering the field. The program matriculates into the mechanical engineering technology bachelor’s degree for those wishing to continue their education.

▪Approved a tuition rate of $540 per credit for resident and nonresident students in the new Master in Business Administration (MBA) program, which starts in the fall. Remaining tuition rates for 2010-11 are scheduled to be decided at the board's July 9 meeting.

▪Participated in a focus discussion on the university’s strategic direction

Distinguished Faculty awards presented

Larry Pagel (Business) and Eileen Smit (Nursing) are the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award recipients. They were honored at commencement for their university and professional contributions.

Pagel recently received the John Robert Gregg Award in business education at the National Business Education Association (NBEA) convention in San Diego. He is former chair of the NMU Academic Senate, chair of the College of Business Executive Committee for the past 10 years and adviser for the business education fraternity Pi Omega Pi, ASNMU and the Lutheran Student Movement. He’s also the national president of Delta Pi Episilon’s Research Foundation, Pi Omega Pi, and the state president of the Michigan Business Education Association.

Smit has taught psychiatric mental health, community health and pediatric nursing, as well as nursing in a multicultural society. She was instrumental developing three elective courses. With colleague Mary Jane Tremethick (HPER), Smit developed "Interdisciplinary Study in Global Health Care,” the only nursing course to fulfill any of the liberal studies requirements. Both were recognized for this innovative program by Michigan Campus Compact, which awarded them the faculty community service-learning award in 2009. They are also developing a plan to train a sustainable network of Honduran peer educators. On a related note, Smit helped to establish the Friends of Honduras student organization.

Thai Delegates sign MOU with Northern

Representatives of Bangkokthonburi University in Thailand visited NMU to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement paves the way for student/faculty exchanges and collaborations on research and publications. Bangkokthonburi is a private institution established about a decade ago. It has an enrollment of 20,000 and offers programs up to the doctorate level.

“We want to improve the quality of higher education in Thailand,” said Rangson Prasertsri of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, who accompanied the group because of his previous collaborations with William Ball (Political Science and Public Administration) and his experience drafting MOUs. “We believe higher education in the United States is one of the best in the world. That is why we want to learn about it. If possible, faculty from Bangkokthonburi might sit in on classes here so they can return with more knowledge to their own classrooms.”

Of the original 17-member delegation planning to visit NMU, only three were able to obtain visas and make the trip because of civil unrest in Bangkok. This is the university’s first MOU with a U.S. institution.

Pictured above are (from left): Prasertsri, Duangrit Benjathikul of Bangkokthonburi University, NMU President Les Wong, Provost Susan Koch and Marcelo Siles, director of NMU International Programs.

Things to do for the kids, all summer long

NMU offers a variety of sports camps throughout the summer. These camps provide intensive, hands-on training from NMU's talented coaching staff. Get a leg up on the competition and sign up now.

Football -Kicking Camp-Fundamental and Skills Camp-Youth Camp

•Hockey -Summer Camp -3 on 3

•Soccer -Summer Camp

•Track and Field

•Volleyball -Summer Camp-Team Camps

Visit summer sports camps for dates. For questions on any of NMU's summer sports camps, and to request a registration form, please call the NMU Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Sports Department at 906-227-2519.

The Seaborg Center’s Summer College for Kids program provides activities in science, math and technology for students in grades K-8. Learn more about summer classes.

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