What's New, NMU?

For the week of April 21, 2008

From the 6th floor

Yes, it's that time of the year again: Frosty Treats is open! As you can see from these little guys, a bit of a warm up had folks wearing shorts the past couple days. The nice weather is expected to continue for a day or so and then a cold front will make its way across Upper Michigan,bringing us cooler temperatures. But Frosty Treats is open, summer can't be far away, right?

Orbitz's Shaughnessy named commencement speaker

Jim Shaughnessy '75, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Orbitz Worldwide, will speak at Northern's May 3 commencement. The NMU alumnus will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Shaughnessy joined the global online travel company in June 2007, shortly before Orbitz's initial public offering. He is responsible for managing global legal affairs, along with the public relations, government affairs, ethics, compliance and security functions.
Prior to his appointment, Shaughnessy gained extensive experience with technology companies. He was senior vice president and general counsel for Lenovo Group Ltd., the world's fourth-largest personal computer company and supplier of most NMU notebook computers. He also served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of PeopleSoft, Inc. and in senior legal positions with Hewlett-Packard, Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation. He previously worked with a leveraged buyout group in Portsmouth, N.H., and was in private practice with international law firms in Washington, D.C.
Shaughnessy graduated from NMU in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He received his juris doctorate and a master's in public policy from the University of Michigan. He lives in Greenwich, Conn., with his wife, Margie (Benesh) '74. They have four children.

Distinguished faculty announced

Dwight Brady and Greg Warchol are recipients of the 2008 Distinguished Faculty Awards. They will be introduced to the NMU Board of Trustees and honored at spring commencement for their significant contributions to the university and to their professional areas.

Brady
Brady joined the NMU faculty in 1997. He has taught several broadcasting courses--from writing and announcing to studio and field production. Outside of the classroom, Brady's creative endeavors include three television documentaries: Michigan's Gray Wolf: Ghost of the Big Timber and The U.P. 200: A Community Pulling Together, both of which aired on WNMU-TV; and Michigan's Green Energy Economy, which was broadcast on all Michigan PBS affiliates as part of the award-winning "Michigan At Risk" series. He holds a bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State, a master's from Michigan State and a doctorate from Tennessee.

Warchol
Warchol is a recognized authority on criminal activity in Africa related to natural resources theft, poaching and the illegal wildlife trade. Other research interests include asset forfeiture, workplace violence, crime reporting patterns, drug trafficking, organizational behavior and transnational crime. He has taught at NMU since 1998 and spent one year as interim department head. Warchol has served as the departmental team leader for NMU's effort to develop dual degree programs, research opportunities and study-abroad courses with the Regional University of the North in Chihuahua, Mexico. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his doctorate from Michigan State.

Faculty led study abroad available to alumni

NMU's Department of Education is offering a unique study abroad experience: ED 495/595 Special Topics, Multicultural and Global Education, Peru.
This three-credit, summer course begins June 14 and runs through July 5.
There are no prerequisites and it is open to all.
The course is a study of culture and education in Peru to help develop multicultural and global perspectives for teachers. Students will spend three weeks in Peru where they will learn to apply their experiences there to classroom learning, curricular and instructional design and planning.
Learn more here.

Senior Art Exhibit opens

An exhibit featuring the final work of graduating Nothern seniors is on display through May 2 in the DeVos Art Museum at NMU. The exhibit is entitled "It is _________" (and no, we didn't leave something out. The blank line is part of the title) and features a diverse collection of media and concepts from many majors.
"The name 'It is ________' really helps to explain the different ideas that each senior art show encompasses," said graphic communications major Crystal Zrelak. "At the end of every semester, a senior exhibit is held that showcases the skills that students have learned throughout their time at NMU."
A closing reception will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2. A Best of Show award, which will be chosen by the faculty, will be presented to one of the graduating seniors. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1-4p.m. A preview of some of the participating students' works can be viewed online.

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