Board of Trustees

Academic Affairs Committee

September 24, 2009



Members Present:  Mr. Jon LaSalle, Chair, Mr. Stephen Adamini, Mr. Brian Cloyd, Mr. Larry Inman, Dr. L. Garnet Lewis, Dr. Douglas Roberts, Dr. H. Sook Wilkinson, Mr. Gil Ziegler,

Dr. Susan Koch, Dr. Les Wong, ex officio


The Academic Affairs Committee meeting was called to order at 2:15 p.m.


Academic Senate Update

Dr. Andrew Poe, Chair of the Academic Senate, provided a brief update on Senate committee work.


Charter Schools Historical Report

Mr. William Pistulka, Charter Schools Officer, updated the Committee on charter schools activities. 


Charter School Board Approval

Mr. William Pistulka, Charter Schools Officer, presented a new board member appointment for the Burton Glen Charter School Academy.


The motion duly made and seconded the Committee recommends to the Board of Trustees the approval of the list of board members.  This motion is part of the formal recommendations.


International Programs Update

Dr. Marcelo Siles, Executive Director of International Programs, provided the Committee with an update on International Programs activities. 


Dr. David Wood, Assistant Professor of English and Dr. Michael Broadway, Professor of Geography, discussed their recent faculty-led study abroad trip to Southern Ontario.  In addition, two students, Jacqueline Wright and Athena Stanley, who participated in the EN 495 study abroad program, shared their perceptions of the course.     


The Committee recognized the efforts of Dr. Robert Dornquast, who provided the funding support for the Canadian Culture & Society course. 


Good of the Order


Dr. Susan Koch, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, updated the Committee on current and future activities at NMU’s golf course.   


Mr. LaSalle thanked the Committee and the meeting was adjourned at 3:10 p.m.