December 17, 2004
Board Supports Public Radio
The Northern Michigan
University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to continue
providing annual general fund support of $50,000 to keep public
radio on the air.
Trustees will not
take action on the public television station until they receive
additional information about the university's liability in
obtaining grants, financing alternatives for federally-mandated
digital upgrades, and marketing strategies aimed at students
pursuing broadcast-related careers. Full
Receives Federal Funding
U.S. Olympic Education Center will receive about $990,000
in support for B.J. Stupak Scholarships and $400,000 in operational
funding through the federal legislative spending package signed
Dec. 8 by President George W. Bush.
are very grateful to Congressman Bart Stupak and the entire
Michigan delegation for their efforts in support of student
athletes at the USOEC," said NMU President Les
Wong. "Through this legislation, Northern will
continue its work with the center to provide a benefit to
the campus, community and Upper Peninsula."
Computer Update Critical
has released a major update that enhances Internet security
by more effectively combating viruses, hackers and worms.
employees and students are strongly encouraged to invest the
time required to complete a one-time installation of the Service
Pack 2 update before or immediately after the holiday break.
Sale Should Have No Immediate Impact
decision to sell its personal computing division to Lenovo,
China’s number one PC company, will not have an immediate
impact on NMU’s ThinkPad program. Full
Banner Shutdown Planned
the university’s administrative software system, will be upgraded
during the holiday break.
menu options for employees and students on my.nmu.edu will
be unavailable from 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, to 5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 31.
and general information will remain operational during the
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departments are in the midst of relocating from Magers Hall
to the Cohodas Administrative Center. "We
started the move on Thursday, bringing items from storage
into the office spaces," said Tom Argetsinger
(Engineering and Planning). "The main move will
start on Monday and continue until the holiday break."
office for the economics, history, philosophy, and political
science departments will be located on the second floor of
Cohodas in room 208. The third floor will house the College
of Business. The honors program and dean of graduate studies
offices will be located in rooms 401C and 401D, respectively.
Philosophy department faculty offices will also be located
on the fourth floor.
Faculty Award Recipients Honored
School of Education faculty members are the first recipients
of the recently established Teaching,
Learning and Communication (TLC) Faculty Awards. They were
honored for their innovative use of technology at the Celebration
of Scholarship on Dec. 9. Each received a $300 check and a
from left are Suzanne Standerford,
who has integrated the laptop and several software programs
into her classes, even creating video clips of student teaching
for classroom discussion and electronic portfolios;
Kathleen Heikkila, who created a Web site with resources
and links related to cognitive impairments and learning disabilities
for students, educators and parents; Mitchell Klett,
who in his first semester at NMU incorporated laptop use and
software projects into his earth science for educators course;
and Laura Reissner, who uses interactive
video case studies to better prepare education students for
the challenge of working with K-12 children who have special
Concept to Reality
seniors Lewis Sibley and Paul Gorbold (pictured) developed
a solar-powered greenhouse ventilation unit as a senior project
in their mechanical engineering technology class.
was one of several proposals submitted by local businesses
in need of engineering assistance to Jeff Hoffman
(Engineering Technology). Hoffman assigns the projects
to his students at the start of each semester. They spend
the rest of the time designing and developing feasible solutions.
Other projects completed this semester included a garden watering
system and a floor layout.
trying to simulate what they’re going to run in to as an engineer
when they graduate,” Hoffman said. Full
of Dec. 15, NMU employee contributions to the United Way of
Marquette County totaled about $18,000, or slightly more than
half of the $34,000 campus campaign goal.
who still have their pledge forms are asked to submit them
to the health promotions office before the holiday break.
They were originally due Nov. 30.
got a little bit of a late start, but it’s going well,” said
Lenny Shible (Health Promotions). “We appreciate
everything that’s been donated so far and encourage those
who still have their forms to please take a few minutes to
turn them in.”
deduction is available for United Way contributions.
NMU offices and departments will close Friday, Dec. 24, and
reopen Monday, Jan. 3. Exceptions are as follows:
– closed Dec. 24-26; open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 27-30;
closed Dec. 31-Jan. 1; and open from noon to 8 p.m. Jan. 2.
Center – open from 8:15-11 a.m. Dec. 28-29. The pharmacy hours
are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the same dates.
Library, the help desk, micro repair, the Superior Dome and
dining services will be closed during the break.
Make Cheer Club Delivery
and Phyllis Wong made a delivery
to the Mining Journal Cheer Club on behalf of NMU.
are pictured with some of the items that staff and faculty
placed under the tree at the campus holiday reception Dec.
NMU faculty and staff,
future is bright because of your hard work and dedication.
holidays to you and your family!
Presidents Fred Joyal and Mike Roy