BOARD OF TRUSTEES
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Board of Trustees Room, 602 Cohodas Administrative Center
December 16, 2004, 2:00 p.m.
Members Present: Mr. Karl Weber, Chair, Ms. Mary L. Campbell, Mr. Scott Holman, Ms. Mary C. Lukens, Mr. Samuel Benedict, Dr. Fred Joyal, Mr. William Bernard, Dr. Les Wong, ex officio,
Guests: Dr. Dwight Brady, Dr. Tawni Ferrarini, Mr. Nick Van Court, Mr. Eric Smith
The Academic Affairs Committee meeting was called to order at 2:05 p.m.
Faculty Presentation – “Michigan’s Gray Wolf: Ghost of the Big Timber”
Dr. Dwight Brady, Associate Professor of Communication and Performance Studies, Mr. Nick Van Court, former student, and Mr. Eric Smith, Director of Broadcast and Audio/Visual Services gave a preview of the TV Documentary “Michigan’s Gray Wolf: Ghost of the Big Timber.” This documentary involved many members of the NMU community and has aired on WNMU-TV as part of its annual fund raiser and is now being distributed throughout the State. Dr. Brady and Mr. Van Court co-produced the program, which recaps the history and biology of the wolf. The program also focuses on the management issues of gray wolves in Upper Michigan.
TLC: A 5-Year Study
Dr. Tawni Ferrarini, Associate Professor of Economics, gave an update on the use of laptops by faculty and students. She highlighted topics such as faculty use of technology, student preferences towards the technology, and how variations in use of technology can impact on-line Economics classes.
Good of the Order
Dr. Fred Joyal, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, distributed a copy of a proposal for a new Master of Science in Computer Science program recently approved by the Academic Senate. The program is being forwarded to the Educational Policies Committee (EPC) for review.
Dr. Fred Joyal, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs informed the Committee of the website for the materials associated with and discussion around the Curriculum for the 21st Century initiative. http://www.nmu.edu/academics/curriculum21/
Mr. Weber thanked the Committee, and the meeting was adjourned at 3:10 p.m.