MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University’s College of Graduate Studies and Research will offer a one-credit professional development course as part of Finn Grand Fest 2005, which takes place at NMU on Aug. 10-14.

            “GD 989: Special Topics” will be available to FGF 2005 participants who register for the course, attend 12 of the more than 150 one-hour education programs taking place during the festival, and submit a brief written summary of each program. 

            A full list of lectures, panels, and workshops is available at under the “Activities” link.  While the educational programs have free admission, participants must be registered for the festival to attend.  FGF 2005 registration can be done online, over the phone or by postal mail, and can be done in advance or on-site.  For more information, refer to the Web site.

            “For teachers and others who desire or are required to gain professional development credits, this course is a great way to combine fun at the festival with earning credit,” said Cynthia Prosen, dean of NMU’s College of Graduate Studies and Research.

            The cost of the GD 989 course is $235.  There is a $30 university application fee for those not already enrolled as NMU students.  To apply, go to  Students will fill out the application under “professional development,” and therefore do not need to send any transcripts. 

            Students who complete the application process prior to Friday, Aug. 5, will receive their course materials as part of their registration packets. Those who register after Aug. 7, should go to the Graduate College office in 401 Cohodas to pick up their materials.

            Course applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Prepared By
Cindy Paavola
Director of Communications