Community engagement

Acknowledgement and use of the rich learning environment outside the campus energizes the faculty-student relationship and creates an essential bridge from theory to practice. According to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a community-engaged campus collaborates with its larger communities (local, state, regional, national and global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. Students who attend a community-engaged institution learn the broad context in which they live, work, play and grow.


A. Goal: Include all units of the campus in the process of community engagement; that is, collaborations between the university and its larger communities (local, state, regional, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

 

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  • Continued growth in service to the community. Over 85 community service activities were completed by Student-Athletes and Sports Club members.

  • Services provided to recreational sports and athletics program participants - swim instruction, day camps, sport camps, clinics, rock climbing, CPR training, fitness, etc.

  • Engagement through the various booster clubs - Wildcat, Blue Line, Young Wildcat, and N-Club. Young Wildcats set a new enrollment record - 438 area youth members.

  • Fall Sports Kick-off 3rd annual event designed to engage families in a university athletics event to kick-off the fall sports seasons was held. This event has received NCAA National and GLIAC conference awards and has featured great partnerships with campus organizations and community business partners.

  • The Recreational Sports Complex hosted 167 events - 143 university and 24 non-university. The new artificial turf in the Superior Dome increased sport clubs use of this venue.

 

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Communication and Marketing staff members participate in a number of community collaborations. One example is the new community activities planning calendar being built by the Marquette Convention and Visitors Bureau, but initiated by NMU Communications and Marketing.


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  • A three-year joint project (with Nursing, MGH and the Women's Center) came to completion with the production and dissemination of over 1,200 copies of a DVD educational documentary, Alcohol and Men's Violence against Women. This project was funded by the Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Michigan Foundation (Dr. Ira Hutchison was Principal Investigator and Dr. Kerri Schuiling was Co-Investigator). (Apr. 2010)

  • The College of Business, with support of local businesses and business leaders, conducted its third annual New Business Venture Competition in April, 2010. Entrepreneurs Steve Farr and Chad Walker, from Great Lakes Cremation Services were named first place winners. (Apr. 2010)

  • With support from a Wildcat Innovation Fund grant, the College of Business has implemented an "Entrepreneurship Academy". This was a six week program open to NMU students and community members interested in developing a business. Over forty community members and students completed the program in the winter, 2010 semester. (Apr. 2010)

  • NMU Loss Prevention Management Program Coordinator, Professor Bob Hanson (Criminal Justice), was appointed to the National Retail Federation's (NRF) Education Policy Committee. This subcommittee advises the larger board on professional development and formal education initiatives for loss prevention professionals. This appointment furthers our university's collaboration with the loss prevention industry. (Apr. 2010)

  • The NMU Upward Bound grant serves Marquette, Negaunee, Ishpeming and Westwood High Schools. Upward Bound is a year-round educational opportunity program designed to help high school students prepare for post-secondary education. Through various activities, Upward Bound assists students in the development of skills necessary to succeed in college. Upward Bound also has an on-going contract with Marquette General Health Systems to place students for career shadowing experiences at MGH. (Apr. 2010)

  • Multicultural Education and Resource Center (MERC) staff conducted a day-long diversity training seminar with Human Resources for the Superiorland Chapter of Human Resource Professionals. (Apr. 2010)

  • A collaboration between Northern Michigan University, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Marquette General Health Systems has led to a very successful public lecture series titled "Your Health." Four speakers made public presentations during 2009-2010 as well as offering technical symposia for health care professionals and students. It is estimated 750-1,000 members of the community attended the public presentations. (Apr. 2010)

  • Two students in Engineering Technology's Senior Project Course have developed a plan for a Rip Current Monitoring System for the Picnic Rocks area in Marquette. This project would monitor the extremely dangerous currents in this area and pass the information to the city and National Weather Service. The plan has been presented to both the Marquette Parks and Recreation Board and the City Commission drawing very favorable reviews. The city is now looking for funds to proceed with the project. (Apr. 2010)

  • The Center for Native American Studies, in partnership with the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship and the Multicultural Education and Resource Center, planned and presented the annual Upper Peninsula Indian Education Conference on September 13, 2010. The conference hosts K-12 teachers, tribal education directors, Title VII coordinators and NMU School of Education students. (Sept. 2010)

  • In partnership with faculty from the Environmental Science program and faculty from the Department of Geography as well as the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the Center for Native American Studies took the lead in planning and offering the annual Indigenous Earth Issues Summit in April, 2010. The summit brought together community members interested in learning more about grassroots indigenous activists and organizations. (Sept. 2010)

  • The Physical Education Teacher Education program in Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) has developed relationships with PK-12 public and private educational institutions in Marquette County. Each semester NMU students work with several classes providing needed improvements in the Physical Education experience for students. (Dec. 2010)

  • The City of Marquette has received funding to install a current meter at Picnic Rocks in an attempt to make swimming safer in this area. This project was developed by Engineering Technology students Craig Wiseman and Scott McLain in their senior projects class last year. In addition, Eric Smith, Director of NMU Broadcast & Audio Visual Services, is serving as NMU's representative on a Water Safety Task Force for the City of Marquette. The group will make recommendations for improving water safety in the city along the shoreline of Lake Superior. (Dec. 2010)

  • In coordination with the 652nd Engineer Company and the US Army Recruiting Command, NMU Military Science supported the NMU/MTU football game ball run from Marquette to Houghton. Cadets ran the 100 miles between campuses to show their school spirit and build spirit de corps. (Dec. 2010)

  • The Center for Upper Peninsula Studies has developed an oral history project with Marquette General Hospital to interview 50+ retired hospital personnel (nursing staff and physicians) to document the history of the hospital. The Center is also developing a series of oral interviews with residents of Drummond Island to document the history of early Finnish settlement on the island and the Tom Monaghan (Domino's Pizza) resort of the 1980s. Student interns are hired to transcribe and edit the tapes produced by these oral interviews. (Dec. 2010)

 

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The Controller office is part of a state-wide controller group that holds semi-annual meetings to discuss and compare operations between all thirteen (13) university campuses in the State of Michigan. A list-serve function between group members is used on a weekly basis to exchange operation and financial reporting information ad to alert members of upcoming changes in any regulatory or compliance requirements.


Golf Course Operations

    • Improvements to the cart storage and maintenance facilities include upgrade of electrical services to all buildings, heating in the maintenance shed, and installation of an equipment room for the new WiMAX tower.
    • The NMU Golf Course completed its first season of operation on November 2, 2009. It was a successful first venture, with memberships up 40% over the prior year. Improvements in greens, tees, fairways, and irrigation system are planned for the upcoming year.  Improvements to the cart storage and maintenance facilities include upgrade of electrical services to all buildings, heating in the maintenance shed, and installation of an equipment room for the new WiMAX tower.
    • NMU faculty/staff and alumni league formed in 2009 with 12 teams and look to increase to 20 teams in 2010.  Junior golf program had 46 participants in 2009; look to grow program to 60 in 2010.  Continue to increase membership in 2010.
    • The Michigan Liquor Control Commission has approved our request to transfer the license from the Overtime Bar to the Golf Course.
    • Carry forward into the 2010 season for membership types including NMU student, single, couple, and family.  For the 2010 season, NMU faculty/staff will be offered the availability of payroll deduction for their 2010 golf membership.

NMU Retirees

Added NMU retirees to the university’s web directory as requested by the NMU Retiree Association.  An ‘opt out’ function was programmed and added to the campus portal that can be used if a retiree decides they do not want to be listed.   


Verification of Attendance

The Verification of Attendance project was recently completed between Marquette General Hospital (MGH) and NMU.  This project provides MGH with ongoing, secured information about NMU students who participate in MGH internships and job shadowing.  MGH needs this information to comply with state and federal medical records security requirements.


Web Conference Registration

A prototype of a shopping cart system was created for the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department which is organizing the International Society of Biomechanical Sports Conference.  The new system provides for conference registration, extracurricular activity selection and payment, all via the web.  The intention is that online conference registration could be offered by NMU’s Conference and Catering Department.


Community and Professional Activities

  • Professional staff members continue to be involved in community and professional activities.  The Assistant Director of Employment and Compensation is a member of the Lake Superior Community Partnership’s Leadership Academy this year.
  • The HR Director presented an Ethics in Government session to the Northern Michigan Public Service Academy, a consortium of county, township, and municipal groups; and has conducted presentation works for the UP chapter of the Society for Human Resource Professionals and the UP HR Forum.
  • The Employment Manager is engaged in the regional-wide Career Day at NMU, which brings high school juniors from across the region to learn more about career opportunities and academic programming.

NMU’s Director of Human Resources is now the President-Elect of the Michigan College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (Presidential term begins July 1).

 

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Staff members are currently participating in the Blue Cross Advisory Council, recent attendance at the Chief HR Officer meeting, professional certification through SHRM, the Michigan Bug-MI (Banner User Group) meeting. 

 

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Sports departments report that more than 75 community service activities were completed by student-athletes. Services provided to program participants included swim instruction, day camps, sport camps, clinics, rock climbing, CPR training, fitness, etc. Engagement was also made through various clubs--Wildcat, Blue Line, Young Wildcat, and N. Club. Over 3,000 people attended the 2nd annual Fall Sports Kick-off event which was designed to shine a light on what university athletics offer to the campus and the Marquette area. The nationally televised NMU vs. Michigan Tech football game really engaged the community and campus; the active participation was tremendous. In addition, the recreational sports complex hosted 159 events -132 university and 27 non-university.

 

The President's Office held several art lunches and receptions with students and community members to showcase student art.

 

The president is constantly networking with various community entities that enable him to exchange knowledge.

 

First Lady Phyllis Wong promotes the "One Book, One Community" program by providing the book to several community members, alums, and donors, doing promotional presentations, and holding book discussions/luncheons at Kaye House.


Priorities:

  1. Achieve the voluntary Carnegie classification for Community Engagement and implement the institutional commitments associated with the classification.
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With the leadership of the Provost's Office, the work of Professor Sandra Poindexter and contributions by many campus constituencies, the application for the voluntary Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement was submitted and NMU is now one of 192 colleges and universities in the U.S. to have achieved the distinguished Community Engagement Classification.

 

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Through the RAD Program, Domestic Violence Training, Clery Act Training, affiliation with various Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards subject matter expert committees, local, regional and state committee, and the offerings of the Public Safety Institute Public Safety and Police Services has demonstrated positive community engagement.

  1. Utilize the documentation framework of the Community Engagement classification to develop baseline measures of the university's community engagement activities and use those measures to monitor community engagement activities.
  2. Establish a joint NMU/health-care industry task force to make recommendations regarding possible collaborations.
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  • NMU and Marquette General Health Systems have formed a task force with representative leaders from both organizations. The purpose of the task force is to enhance existing collaborations and develop new cooperative initiatives that will benefit both organizations as well as the larger community. (Dec. 2009)

 

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With the leadership of Dean of the College of Professional Studies Dr. Paul Lang, a joint NMU/MGH task force worked during  Summer, 2008 to develop a concept paper establishing a vision for an "Upper Peninsula Center for Human Performance Enhancement, Research and Wellness".  The concept paper was submitted to the President and to the CEO of MGH and is under consideration.

 

With the leadership of  Brian Cherry, department head in Political Science, and Ann Sherman, director of human resources, NMU provided a leadership training program during 2008-09 for Marquette General Health System employees.  The training was arranged on both a non-credit and a credit (graduate and undergraduate) basis. Approximately 65 participants were enrolled in the program.

 

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Continued to explore the possibility of joint use of the University Center and West Hall with Marquette General Health Systems, and other potential partnerships to enhance use of our facilities while maintaining overall efficiency and functionality for both parties.  Schematic drawings and a construction cost estimate were completed.  Discussions regarding possible funding options are occurring.

  1. Create new community engagement awards that will be given annually to faculty, staff and students who have exhibited an outstanding commitment to community engagement.
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A recommendation has been made to the NMU Alumni Association to include a student service award as part of the alumni awards presented at Homecoming.

B. Goal: Increase faculty, staff and student involvement in the Superior Edge program, academic service learning and other community engagement and leadership development initiatives.

 

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Communication and Marketing is building a database of Superior Edge participant activities that will be highlighted on the new NMU home page to put a focus on Northern's leadership opportunities and accomplishments.

 

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Office of General Counsel provided legal advice in connection with SEED, CORE and other external collaboration activities.

 

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The Internal auditor is an advisor for new Student United Way group.  They plan to implement strategies to assist students in aligning their volunteer efforts with their education objectives and other skill competencies.  They have met with Superior Edge and will continue to coordinate with Superior Edge to ensure that these active, enthusiastic students leverage their volunteer activities by belonging to both the SUW and the Superior Edge program where appropriate. 

 

The university sponsors three employees per year to attend the Lake Superior Community Partnership's Leadership Academy.


Priorities:

  1. Develop a resource plan for the Superior Edge and academic service learning programs to ensure optimal growth.
  2. Significantly increase the number of NMU students who participate in the Superior Edge, academic service learning and other leadership development opportunities.
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  • The Center for Student Enrichment continues leadership of the Superior Edge program. In fall 2009 the number of active Superior Edge participants has risen to 2,427. As of October 13, 2009, a total of 232,561 hours have been logged since 2006 in the four edge areas: Leadership, Citizenship, Diversity, and Real World. (Dec. 2009)

  • The College of Business has developed a course in "Event Planning" in which students work with two major "silent sports" events in the community - The Noquemanon Cross Country Ski Marathon and the UP 200 Dog Sled Race. This course provides students an academic service learning opportunity as they put into practice management principles in connection with events that have low impact on our natural resources. (Dec. 2009)

  • Within the Construction Management major, students undertook several ambitious service-learning initiatives during the fall 2009 semester. One group completed a cost and constructability analysis of a potential clubhouse at the NMU Golf Course, including conceptual designs, detailed code reviews, and civil and foundation estimates. Another group performed a comparative study of options for combining the elementary and middle schools for the Father Marquette School System. The last group worked with the NMU Constructors student organization, the City of Marquette, and a variety of other businesses and organizations to build a new recreation pavilion at Sunset Point in Presque Isle Park. NMU students received a Certificate of Achievement from Marquette Mayor Kivela at the November City Council Meeting and also participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony on December 2, 2009 at the new Pavilion. (Dec. 2009)

  • The NMU Constructors also traveled to Menominee, Michigan, for a three-day weekend, to work on the remodel of a home for an injured Iraqi veteran. Four student members built a new residential deck and ramp access for an ailing retiree and another student group will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana, during the first week of their winter break to work on homes for Habitat for Humanity. (Dec. 2009)

  • With the leadership of many NMU faculty and staff, such as Professor Dwight Brady in CAPS, Eric Smith in Broadcasting and Cindy Paavola in Communications & Marketing, a significant number of NMU students assisted in the organization and presentation of the U.S. Speedskating Olympic Trials and the World Cup Speedskating event during the fall 2009 semester. Students in the Sports and Special Events Programming class, for example, assisted in broadcasting these events. These events provided a unique opportunity for students to have a hands-on experience with an important international sports event. (Dec. 2009)

  • During the 2009-2010 academic year, Social Work majors contributed approximately 14,000 hours of service to Marquette and surrounding communities through their supervised field placement activities. (Apr. 2010)

  • Michael Andary's (TOS) CN450 - Project Control class has undertaken some ambitious service-learning initiatives during the winter 2010 semester. Some students worked with the National Park Service on Isle Royale to design and plan the construction sequence for two cabins. Another group is coordinating with Moosewood Nature Center to offer preconstruction planning services for transforming Shiras pool and the associated building into a series of diverse biological habitats and exhibit spaces. A third group is working with Teaching Family Homes to provide conceptual designs, preliminary budgets and construction sequences for several initiatives. (Apr. 2010)

  • Daryl Delongchamp (TOS) involved his CN156 - Building Systems & Methods class in the design and construction of a Garden Shed for the Hoop House at the Jacobetti Center. The project allowed for client/constructor interaction and project delivery to be included in the 100 level class while still adhering to the prescribed curriculum. (Apr. 2010)

  • The Northern Michigan Constructors (NMC) had a productive semester of community engagement, locally, regionally and nationally. Ten students traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana, during winter break to build homes for Habitat for Humanity. NMC has participated in two projects with the USOEC at the Superior Dome and is also working with the Hospitality Management faculty to construct necessary staging and decorations for the annual "Main Event" fundraiser. (Apr. 2010)

  • For the second consecutive year, Assistant Director of the Center for Student Enrichment, Jon Barch, successfully integrated academic service learning projects into the UN 250-Leadership Theory & Practice course. This year's class projects were United Way fundraising, Invisible Children Awareness, and MGH Cancer Research Fundraising. (Apr. 2010)

  • For the second consecutive year, a $5,000 Comcast grant was received enabling four Student Leader Fellowship Program participants to do a Community Service Internship matching 20 NMU student mentors with 20 foster children housed at Teaching Family Homes. Activities focused on healthy activities, healthy eating and exposure to college. (Apr. 2010)

  • At The Institute, the Michigan Campus Compact's statewide conference, NMU faculty and staff were involved in five presentations on academic service learning topics. (Apr. 2010)

  • Housing and Residence Life office staff encouraged residence hall and on-campus apartment residents to participate in Superior Edge as well as to take advantage of on-going community service opportunities. As of April 5, residence hall students reported a total of 4,804 community service hours. (This compares to 5,139 hours for the entire 2008-09 academic year. (Apr. 2010)

  • Over 161 Art and Design students participated in Superior Edge activities during the 2009-10 academic year that included the production of Graphic Design projects including: UP 200 20th year logo art, poster for UCDA task force topic on Suicide Awareness (national venue), cover art, Passages North Publication, Hiawatha logo competition and designs for the Olympic Village project. (Sept. 2010)

  • The academic service learning course designation process has made great strides during 2009-2010. The number of courses designated for the 2009-2010 academic year increased significantly with nine more courses and 24 more sections receiving the ASL designation than the previous year. (Sept. 2010)

  • The number of community impact hours in the Superior Edge program increased significantly in 2009-2010, from 35,029 in 2008-2009 to 102,565 in 2009-2010. A significant amount of this growth can be attributed to the increased number of Academic Service Learning courses, which accounted for 56,165 in 2010 vs. 35,029 in 2009. (Sept. 2010)

  • Social Work students provided a total of 14,625 hours of service to regional human service agencies and community organizations (primarily nonprofits) during the last academic year. Projections for 2010-2011 indicate an increase to over 17,000 service hours. (Sept. 2010)

  • The Seaborg Center's Greater Proficiency in Science grants, lesson study development by participating educators, resulted in salmon being raised and released by students this spring. The lesson study group, Stewards of the Stream also received a U.P. Sustainable Forest & Wildlife grant to allow support for student field trips and equipment of participating schools, Bothwell Middle School and Negaunee, for release of the salmon. (Sept. 2010)

  • Military Science continues to orchestrate events that bring the university, community and military families together such as support for the Jacobetti Veterans Home and Bothwell Middle School Veterans Day ceremonies. (Sept. 2010)

  • Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 23; saw 1,264 NMU students representing 111 student organizations complete 183 service projects. (Dec. 2010)

  • The NMU Volunteer Center has been working with Kris Day, an NMU alum and the Director of Student Activities at University of Michigan-Dearborn to arrange a "service exchange." Two vans of NMU students (15-20 students) will travel to Detroit and do service work in metro Detroit on Monday, January 17 (Martin Luther King Day). On the weekend of February 18-20, UM-Dearborn students will travel to Marquette. They will see some of the Marquette area and volunteer at the UP 200 Sled Dog Race. The purpose of the exchange, in addition to the service provided, is to expose some NMU students who have had little or no exposure to urban settings to a major metro area and in turn to acquaint some students who have only known urban life to a rural setting. (Dec. 2010)

  • The NMU Student Nurse Association conducted a fundraiser in October 2010 for the Marquette Children's Museum. Over $2000 was raised to support Museum activities. (Dec. 2010)

 

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Four members of the Human Resources team are serving as mentors to SLFP participants beginning in September 2010.

 

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Under the Center for Student Enrichment's leadership, the Superior Edge program continues to evolve as a defining characteristic of the NMU student experience.  In its third year (2008-09), 1,843 students were enrolled in the Superior Edge program, contributing thousands of hours to the campus and surrounding communities.

 

Academic Service Learning courses are steadily growing.  During the Winter, 2009 semester, there were 49 class sections (30 courses) designated as academic service learning courses with 783 students.  For example, Dr. Carol Steinhaus, associate professor in business, and her students assisted in the organization and successful presentation of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon and the U.P. 200 Sled Dog Races in Marquette as part of an Academic Service Learning experience. This community engagement initiative tied theoretical learning to practical experiences while students earned academic credit towards event planning/management. 

 

The Housing and Residence Life Office provided on-going promotion, support, and recognition for community service involvement by students living on campus in group meetings, the department's newsletter, and in hand-outs to residence hall leaders.

 

The Housing and Residence Life Office provided on-going promotion, support, and recognition for Superior Edge participation by students living on campus to include hosting Superior Edge orientation meetings throughout on-campus housing facilities.

  1. Improve the alignment of the curriculum with the Superior Edge and academic service learning initiatives.
  2. Implement strategies to assist students to more effectively communicate the skills and competencies developed through their achievements in community engagement.

C. Goal: Put into action a commitment to be an inclusive community where differences are recognized as assets of the institution, respected attributes of the person and a valuable part of the university experience.

 

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Equal Opportunity

  • The Director of Human Resources conducted a workshop for department heads and search chairs on “Best Practices for Faculty Search.”
  • The President’s Advisory Committee on Affirmative Action Issues, with the stated purpose of improving the meaningfulness of the 2011 Affirmative Action plan goals, completed its efforts and incorporated several suggestions into the AA plan, including an approach for using “Diversity Advocates” across campus during recruitment/selection activities.
  • Equal Opportunity and HR has partnered with the Risk Manager and M.U.S.I.C. to coordinate Second City Improv Troupe to campus in September 2010.  Discussions with the President’s Office, Academic Affairs, Committee W, the Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee, and all 5 campus union groups have generated positive interest and co-sponsorship on the subjects of sexual harassment and discrimination.
  • The Sexual Harassment, and Consensual Relations, Policies have been updated to reflect RoadMap language, and the Discrimination Complaint Procedure now mirrors the policies language in order to be more user-friendly and clear.

“Process guides” assigned to some search committees have provided increased awareness of the need for broad recruitment and consideration of under-represented and non-traditional applicants.  This work is on-going as part of the Staffing Process improvements.

 

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Continuing dialogue with the Labor-Management group on sexual harassment training needs and an inclusive environment for all employees and students.  This will be a significant emphasis in 2009-2010. 

 

Priorities:

  1. Endorse a statement on diversity that clearly communicates the university's commitment.
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The President's Council has approved the following statement on diversity:

 

Northern Michigan University strives to be an inclusive community where differences are recognized as assets of the institution, respected attributes of the person and a valuable part of the university experience.

 

The statement is posted on the NMU Web site.

 

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Public Safety and Police Services has added a statement to their department goals and objectives that address this commitment.

  1. Implement and fund strategies to increase the number of students and employees from under-represented and nontraditional groups.
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  • In concert with NMU's Charter Schools Office, the Academic and Career Advisement Center-Jacobetti Center Office hosted a career awareness activity for 8th grade students, including a number of Native American students from three U.P. charter schools on November 20, 2009; 60 eighth-graders as well as teachers, counselors and chaperones attended. (Dec. 2009)

  • University representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid/Veteran's Student Services, Communications and Marketing, and Student Services and Enrollment met with newly enrolled veteran students to discuss recruitment strategies and initiatives that may enhance our veterans' population on campus. (Dec. 2009)

  • Admissions staff members Marcia Lovett and Jeron Schmidt have coordinated two Admissions Possible bus trips (late March/early April) from Milwaukee and Minneapolis/St. Paul. These will bring under-represented students to campus.(Apr. 2010)

  • The Young Wildcat Scholars Program, co-sponsored by the School of Education and the Charter Schools Office, will continue for its second year this spring. This year's event is scheduled for May 19-21. The program provides a pre-college orientation experience for 6th grade students, most of whom are from under-represented groups. (Apr. 2010)

  • The International Programs Office increased success in recruiting international students. Ninety international students from twenty-nine countries are enrolled at the university for the Fall, 2010 semester. This represents a net increase of 25 percent from last year. (Sept. 2010)

  • Admissions successfully implemented two Admissions Possible prospective student (and agency staff) bus trips in March and April 2010. The events are directed toward under-represented students in Milwaukee and Minneapolis/St. Paul; MERC staff and current students assisted with the events. (Sept. 2010)

  • The Upward Bound Math and Science grant serves Detroit area, Escanaba, and Gwinn High Schools. Upward Bound Math Science is a year-round educational opportunity program designed to help high school students prepare for post-secondary education. Through various activities, Upward Bound Math Science assists students in the development of mathematics, science and technology skills, among others, necessary to succeed in college. (Sept. 2010)

  • The Provost's Office, in collaboration with Human Resources, has implemented a new training program for faculty search chairs and academic department heads. The purpose of the program is to prepare search chairs and department heads to conduct faculty searches in accordance with best practices, including those that are most likely to result in a diverse pool of applicants and greater success in the hiring of faculty from under-represented groups. (Dec. 2010)

  • Senior Admissions Counselor Kari Garcia has been appointed to the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) Human Relations Committee. The mission of the committee is to serve as a catalyst-heightening awareness, consciousness and sensitivity to the issues of culture, race, human rights, gender, age, and other differences in the admissions process. (Dec. 2010)

  • Director of Admissions, Gerri Daniels, and Associate Director of the Multicultural Education and Resource Center, Shirley Brozzo, are creating a publication designed for both Admissions and MERC to use in the recruitment/retention process for students of color. The project is funded by a Wildcat Innovation Fund grant. (Dec. 2010)

 

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As mentioned elsewhere in this report, the NMU Admissions Office, with cooperation of the Multicultural Education and Resource Center (MERC) initiated a new collaboration during 2008-09 with Admissions Promise an organization whose goal is to increase the number of students of color who attend college.  The project brought high school juniors from Minneapolis and Milwaukee for a multi-day visit to the NMU campus.

  1. Establish an endowed chair in religious studies that will be the catalyst to the development of a religious studies program.
  2. Provide ongoing diversity training and education for faculty, staff and students.
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  • MERC worked with Human Resources to create a presentation on inclusive hiring practices, focusing on hiring GLBT employees, and delivered that workshop three times for faculty and staff. (Apr. 2010)

  • MERC planned and coordinated events for Hispanic Heritage Month, Gay History Month, Black History Month, and Women's History Month. (Apr. 2010)

 

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Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Training

Equal Opportunity and HR have partnered with the Risk Manager and M.U.S.I.C. to coordinate Second City Improv Troupe to campus in September 2010.  Discussions with the President’s office, Academic Affairs, Committee W., and Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee, and all five campus union groups have generated positive interest and co-sponsorship on the subjects of sexual harassment and discrimination.


Diversity Training

The Director of Human Resources utilized the Affirmative Action and Diversity goals as the framework for a “Best Practices for Faculty Search” overview to department heads and faculty chairs.  Extensive discussion ensued regarding NMU’s current diversity and tactics for ensuring sufficient outreach during this year’s search process.

 

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The Multicultural Education and Resource Center provided diversity training sessions each semester for faculty, staff and students.

 

The Multicultural Education and Resource Center provides diversity education sessions for students in the First Year Experience program.

 

With the leadership of Judith Puncochar, Education, and a steering committee, the UNITED Conference is held annually to focus campus attention on diversity issues.

 

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Office of General Counsel participated in a panel discussion on sexual harassment for academic leadership.

D. Goal: Increase collaboration with local communities, schools, governments, development groups and other partners to enhance community and economic development in the Upper Peninsula.

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  • With the leadership of Debra Homeier, the Seaborg Science and Mathematics Education Center has continued to serve as an essential resource for the advancement of K-12 Science and Mathematics Education in the Upper Peninsula. The Center provides training for elementary, middle and high school teachers as well as Science and Mathematics Education experiences for NMU pre-service teachers and students. In 2008-2009, the Center had a record year for participation in the Seaborg Center Summer College for Kids program with over 450 students participating. (July 2009)

  • The College of Business has just completed its first round of competition for the Fourth Annual New Business Venture Competition. Nine thousand dollars in cash prizes is available and the final, public competition will be held on April 7, 2011. (Dec. 2010)

 

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Collaborative Network Access – City of Marquette, Negaunee, Ishpeming, Gwinn, Marquette and Chocolay Townships, and KI Sawyer

NMU entered into agreements with the cities of Marquette, Negaunee, Ishpeming, Gwinn, Big Bay, K.I. Sawyer, Marquette Township, and Chocolay Township to facilitate the installation and operation of the NMU WiMAX network.  The cities and townships have be granted access to use the WiMAX network for official city and township business in return for providing tower sites and fiber backhaul for WiMAX network traffic.

 

2008-09 Road Map Update - Finance
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The Health Center will expand its existing collaboration with the Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, providing one-week long Adolescent Medicine rotations for two additional third year medical students in 2008-09.  We will continue to collaborate with the Marquette General Hospital Family Medicine Residency program to provide outpatient gynecology experiences for first and second year residents.

 

Human Resources partnered with Monster.com to more effectively market Marquette (zip code 49855) as the primary community within that code.  This should help direct job seekers and potential applicants more effectively to our location and community information.

-Human Resources worked with Communications and Marketing on the "applicant" page of the PeopleAdmin home page to reach out to under-represented groups.

-Human Resources began dialogue with the Labor Management group on sexual harassment training needs and an inclusive environment for all employees and students.

 

Provided an opportunity for an area high school student from MARESA to work within the Engineering & Planning Department for exposure to the engineering and construction fields.

 

Priorities:

  1. Establish a team of NMU faculty, under the auspices of the Sam M. Cohodas Scholar, who conduct and publish applied research that supports community and economic development across the Upper Peninsula.
2008-09 Road Map Update - Academic
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A collaborative group--CORE, the Center of Resources for Enterprise--has been formed with representatives from NMU, Northern Initiatives and various local and regional economic development organizations.  The purpose of CORE is to better engage NMU expertise and resources in working with individuals and groups to enhance entrepreneurship and economic development in the Upper Peninsula.  With external funding secured by the College of Business, space in NMU's Jacobetti Center is being renovated for a business incubator program  with availability anticipated for August 2009.

 

Faculty members in the departments of Technology & Occupational Sciences and Engineering Technology have compiled a list of product development and prototyping support services they are able to provide entrepreneurs and businesses. These will be promoted through the marketing activities of CORE.

 

Tawni Ferrarini, Sam M. Cohodas Scholar, has led a number of activities designed to address economic needs and trends in the Upper Peninsula.  These activities include research on projected industry trends in the U.P. and assisting individuals to obtain projections that address job needs of the community.  In addition, Ferrarini collaborated with Michigan Works!, the Michigan Small Business and Technology Center and Lake Superior Community Partnership to host, at NMU, a patent workshop for business professionals, community leaders, faculty and students. 

 

The Center for Economic Education, under the direction of Tawni Ferrarini, hosted numerous market economics and entrepreneurship events for the K-16 educational community across the United States.  The center also collaborated with MSU Extension Services to host a forum for small business owners, entrepreneurs, young professionals, youth and interested community members. 

 

The Studio for Experimental and Eco-Design (SEED) started in the NMU School of Art and Design in fall 2008 and active discussions are under way with regional economic development entities in the state.   SEED will assist regional entrepreneurs in developing prototypes for products that are innovative, sustainable and customized.  It will also give students career-building opportunities to interact with clients and respond to real-world design challenges.  Faculty and students associated with SEED are working on a unique project in cooperation with faculty and students in Engineering Technology and regional government agencies to design and manufacture a prototype for kayak storage lockers that will be placed along "water trails" across the U.P.  Faculty have also developed a list of the design-related services they and their students are able to offer businesses through SEED. These, too, will be promoted through CORE marketing activities.

 

In cooperation with Michigan Works! Job Force Board, NMU students approaching completion of applied programs in the College of Professional Studies will be able to register with the Job Force Board.  Upon registration, NMU graduates along with the regional employers seeking the students' skill set, certification, experience and degree will have secured access to U.P. and state job banks. This NMU registration will assist NMU graduates in their employment search while providing the regional business community and industries with assistance in filling employment vacancies.
  1. Continue to increase and whenever possible promote a culture of openness and access through regularly scheduled community/campus forums, high-quality publications and the effective use of communication technologies.
2009-10 Road Map Update - President's Division
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Communications and Marketing assists President's Office in putting on university forums each year, as well as using a wide variety of other communication to share NMU information to the campus, community, stakeholder groups in an effort to help establish NMU as a transparent and accessible institution.

 

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  • With the technical expertise of Professor Sandra Poindexter, College of Business, and the support of the Office of Communications and Marketing, the Office of the Provost is concluding the development of a new website that will enhance access to information and resources for faculty, staff and students. (July 2009)

  • With the leadership of Dr. Paul Duby, Institutional Research, NMU is participating in the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA). The VSA is a national initiative by public 4-year universities to supply basic, comparable information on the undergraduate student experience to important constituencies, including parents and prospective students, through a common web report - the College Portrait. (Dec. 2009)

  • The Provost has created a Provost's Student Leadership Team to provide a unique opportunity for a select and diverse group of motivated students to provide advice and input to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs on matters concerning the campus's academic life and student experience, university initiatives and programs. PSLT members help influence decisions that directly impact the quality of educational experience provided at NMU, both within and outside of the classroom. (Dec. 2009)

  • During the winter 2009 semester, the Provost has continued the popular "Coffee with the Provost" initiative, an informal opportunity for individual faculty and staff to meet with the Provost. The program takes place at Starbucks on campus and participants are invited to discuss topics of their choice including discussions about teaching, research, special projects and a variety of other issues of interest. The practice will continue in winter 2010. (Dec. 2009)

  • The All Nations Club, an organization of international students, in collaboration with the IPO is conducting a weekly radio program "Cultural Corner" on Radio X. During this program, an interview is conducted with an international student attending NMU. (Dec. 2009)

 

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As mentioned previously in this report, the Provost's Office has completed the development of a new Provost's Office/Academic Affairs Web site with goal to provide a resource-rich site for the campus community and a more transparent communication of the roles and responsibilities of the Provost's Office and the Academic Affairs Division.  The website will become live approximately August 1.

 

The Academic Cabinet has made a commitment to hold some of its Academic Cabinet meetings at off-site locations hosted by area businesses, industries or organizations, with the purpose being to share information and explore new and enhanced opportunities for collaboration.  During 2008-09,  joint meetings were held with Lake Superior Community Partnership and Cliffs Natural Resources.  The initiative will continue in the 2009-10 academic year.

 

In fall 2008, the provost initiated "Coffee with the Provost," an informal opportunity for individual faculty and staff to meet with the provost and engage in conversation.  Participants are invited to discuss topics of their choice and conversations may include discussions about teaching, research, special projects, and a variety of other issues.  About 35 such events have been held and the practice has been positively received by faculty and staff.  It will continue in 2009-10.

 

2008-09 Road Map Update - President's Division
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University forums were held in March (budget) and October (Economic impact on NMU and other updates).  Periodic emails were sent from the president to the university community to keep employees and students up to date on legislative and budget issues.

  1. Provide new faculty and staff with an on-the-road introduction to the U.P. to orient them to the assets, cultures and economy of the U.P. and to connect them with research ideas that will promote community and regional involvement.
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President Haynes facilitated a “U.P. Tour” in 2012-13 that brought a NMU presence to several cities in the Upper Peninsula. The first visit was to Iron Mountain on August 14 and involved taking faculty members, students, coaches, athletes, and members of the administration on the university bus.  Visits were be conducted at the various high schools and businesses and the evening concluded with a reception for area community leaders and NMU alums.

 

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  • With the leadership of Dan Truckey, Director of the Beaumier Historical Center and Dean Darlene Walch, the Provost's Office provided a group of new faculty with a day-long seminar in October 2009, at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. While on the tour, participants heard from Jim Northrup, Superintendent of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and also learned about the research projects in the park of two NMU colleagues, John Anderton in Geography and Jill Leonard in Biology. The group also attended a poetry reading by NMU professor, Beverly Matherne and the Falling Rock Café in Munising. (Dec. 2009)

 

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New Faculty Orientation has been expanded to include a community reception in downtown Marquette. Downtown and civic leaders are invited to attend the event and new faculty are officially welcomed by the Mayor of Marquette.

 

The first "Northern Express" on-the-road orientation to the U.P. region was provided for new faculty in fall 2008.   With tour guides Dan Truckey, director of the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, and Russ Magnaghi, Department of History, participants in the program visited the Quincy Mine, had a tour of the city of Calumet and lunch at the Michigan House.  Additional such opportunities will be provided for new faculty during the 2009-10 academic year.

  1. Explore the feasibility of collaborating with existing community development organizations, units of government and the private sector to establish a high-tech economic development center on the NMU campus.
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  • CORE (Center of Resources for Enterprise), under the leadership of Dr. Tawni Ferrarini, Chair, has been launched. With the intention of providing a starting point for business development assistance in the region, CORE will serve as a primary source of business and economic information and expertise to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Upper Peninsula. (CORE@nmu.edu) CORE is a collaborative effort of Northern Michigan University, Northern Initiatives and the Lake Superior Community Partnership. (Dec. 2009)

  • In fall 2009, the NMU Constructors student organization took the lead in the construction of a hoop house (green house) on the premises of NMU's Jacobetti Center for the collaborative use of the Marquette Co-op, Northern Initiatives and NMU. (Dec. 2009)

 

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Presque Isle – Mixed-Use Development

  • The market study and pro-forma analysis have been completed for the Presque Isle mixed use development as outlined in the Campus Master Plan. The results of the study show support for the concept from both the University and Marquette community. Three development scenarios were analyzed by AEG, each with a different mix of housing options, types of financing, operating expenses and rate of return to both a developer and the University.  Of the three scenarios, one had a positive return. Each scenario is based on NMU committing to some type of development or presence within the project area to serve as a corner stone to help draw patrons to the area. The study also notes positive influences the hospital could have on this development.
  • As part of the final report, NMU received a financial analysis tool that will enable the University to adjust the development type, mix and operational costs. With this, the University can begin internal discussions to determine the best approach for development along Presque Isle and test that approach. In the short term, NMU will evaluate re-use options for existing vacant properties and work to develop a long term action plan that will identify NMU’s desires (store front, student housing, etc.) for the project.

Business and Technology Center

Renovations have been completed on the 1,000 square feet of incubator space for the College of Business.   The space is ready for its intended use.


Hoop House

  • Northern Initiatives, Northern Michigan University, and the Marquette Food Cooperative have collaborated on a sustainable agriculture project centered on the development of a passive solar greenhouse (hoop house).  Financial support was received from Rural LISC.  The project is designed to help local small farms explore options to build new markets, extend the growing season, and build more demand for their products.  It will provide the university a means to teach NMU’s students about sustainable gardening and provide research opportunities for Biology, Chemistry, and Geography.  Opportunities also exist for the School of Technology and Applied Science to design and construct support systems for the Hoop House such as rain collection systems for irrigation, as well as wind/solar generation system for power.

  • Status: Construction of the Hoop was completed October 2009 by the NMU Construction Management student organization. Since the completion of the Hoop House, the Marquette Food Co-Op has amended the soils with composted manure, lime, peat moss, and alfalfa meal. A winter crop of annual rye has been planted to help improve soil quality. The Food Co-Op has prepared a tentative operations plan and annual budget for the project. Tasks for the winter include obtaining small hand tools, developing a planting layout, ordering seed, interviewing, and hiring an NMU student intern.  Planting and monthly educational workshops will begin in April 2010. The first harvest is anticipated May 2010.

 

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NMU has submitted a second Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship grant.  The first grant helped to establish the one-stop center now named Center Of Resources for Enterprise (CORE) at NMU.  The second grant will enable CORE to offer a series of "entrepreneurship academies" for would-be entrepreneurs.

 

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Selected firm to conduct the market and financial analysis for the Presque Isle Avenue Development concept.  Conducted several focus groups meetings and a survey with a range of university and community members to determine perception and consumer preference for a mixed use development along Presque Isle Ave. The market and financial study should be completed by July 30, 2009 with the economic impact assessment to follow if proven to be viable.

 

The College of Business has received grant funding for the creation of the business incubator component of the concept.  Renovations are scheduled for 1,000 square feet of incubator space this summer.  

 

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Public Safety and Police Services has a mutual aid agreement in place with all police agencies in the county for emergencies.  They have a contract with MGH to provide police and security services.  Through the Public Safety Institute they have a training consortium that provides in-service training to Upper Peninsula law enforcement agencies.

  1. Explore the feasibility of collaborating with the state, U.P. universities and private alternative energy companies to make the Upper Peninsula a nationally recognized alternative energy and technology corridor.