Call to Service National Announcement

Northern Michigan University is one of nearly 3 5 0 higher education institutions that has joined the "Call to Serve: Leaders in Education Allied for Public Service" campaign, which is being implemented to address the federal government's looming workforce crisis.

Nearly half of the federal workforce may be eligible to retire within the next five years, including over 70 percent of senior managers.  Universities involved in the "Call to Serve" campaign will work with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the Partnership for Public Service to provide students with information about federal service career opportunities.

At 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 22, a national launch of the campaign will be made at George Washington University in Washington D.C. Among those participating will be U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao (CHOW) and U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman.  The event is being broadcast nationally via satellite feed (details below) and by Web cast (www.ourpublicservice.org). The presentation is expected to last one hour with a question and answer period to follow.

John Frick, director of NMU's JOBSearch Center, is Northern's contact for this initiative.  Over the next year, Northern will organize several events that provide students with information about federal service career opportunities as well as identify alumni who are making important contributions as federal employees for possible interaction with interested students.  For more information, contact the JobSearch Center at 906-227-2800.

SATELLITE INFORMATION: KU band, AMC 01 (formerly GE 1), 103 degrees. West, transponder/channel 20, vertical polarity, downlink frequency 12,100 MHz, audio 6.2/6.8, and testing time is 10 a.m. The phone number for technical problems is 202-994-8233.

TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS: Media interested in participating in the question-and-answer period should call 1-800-882-8498 between noon and I p.m. Neither Chao nor Lieben-nan are expected to be available at that time, however others from the presentation, including U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director Kay Coles and some federal employees will participate.



Prepared By
Cindy Paavola
Director of Communications
906-227-2716
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