Innovation

The university experience is predicated on a blend of a number of intellectual and organizational enterprises. Northern must reinvigorate the standards and processes that will sustain successful programs, create new ones, eliminate programs with declining enrollment and reflect the creativity of campus talents. The curriculum must remain relevant and meaningful, and our teaching must be contemporary and effective.



A. Goal: An academic curriculum that balances successful programs with new offerings at the undergraduate and graduate level to meet the needs of students, as well as improve student career opportunities after graduation.


 

2012-13 Road Map Update - Finance
An agreement has just been reached with Lake Superior State University to offer graduate programs on their campus.  There will be more focus internationally on specific countries to try to develop more in-host country programs and blended learning to support it and to move more international students to our campus.  There will be redirection and rethinking of the marketing of enrollment (how it is done and who does it). We will also do a better job with fund raising. 

2009-10 Road Map Update - President's Division
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Expanded outdoor recreation center program offerings to include whitewater rafting, ice climbing and bike/canoe/kayak social groups.

2008-09 Road Map Update - President's Division
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Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports has made progress with developing relationships with businesses to sustain and expand program offerings through new revenue streams.



The department has expanded recreational fitness offerings to meet the ever changing needs of the participants.


Priorities:

  1. Integrate global engagement and diversity learning experiences throughout the academic curriculum.
2009-10 Road Map Update - Academic
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  • The Office of International Programs, in collaboration with Professor Ray Amtmann, College of Business and Professor Tawni Ferrarini, Economics, is implementing the "Brazilian/U.S. Partnership for People, Planet and Profits", funded by a $220,000 U.S. Department of Education grant. In the coming year, four Brazilian students will attend NMU and two NMU students will attend a Brazilian university. (July 2009)

  • Professors Eileen M. Smit, Nursing, and Mary Jane Tremethick, HPER, worked with the NMU Office of International Programs and Yojoa International Medical Center to implement a Public Health cultural immersion/service learning course in Honduras in May, 2009. Fourteen NMU students participated in the program. (July 2009)

  • Professors Greg Warchol and Dale Kapla, Criminal Justice, are expanding collaboration with the University of South Africa (UNISA), sharing expertise in both teaching and research. The department will also host two UNISA Criminology professors in September, 2009. (July 2009)

  • The International Performing Arts Series has completed the first three concerts of the 2009-2010 season. Approximately 1,148 people have attended the concerts this year to date, which is a 19% increase over the 2008-2009 season's first three concerts. Performances have featured the Pakistani rock band, Junoon, the Chinese music and dance ensemble, Beauty and Melody and the African talking drum master, Baye Kouyate. In addition to their performances, Beauty and Melody conducted workshops with over 1200 school children in Marquette and Alger Counties and also in two classes at Northern Michigan University. Baye Kouyate conducted an extensive drumming workshop with students from NMU's Department of Music. (Dec. 2009)

  • The International Programs Office (IPO) obtained a $23,000 grant from the United States Department of State and Georgetown University to host a delegation of 25 Central American students who will visit NMU and the Marquette area for 10 days at the end of January 2010. The group will interact with local high school students and NMU students majoring in Spanish. The IPO also received a grant from the United States Department of Commerce to host five international counselors who visited NMU and other higher education institutions located in the Upper Peninsula. The delegation was impressed with our facilities and will assist us with our international recruitment efforts. (Dec. 2009)

  • The Criminal Justice Department engaged in an international research project during the summer of 2009 with faculty from the University of South Africa and NMU hosted two faculty members from the University of South Africa during the fall of 2009. (Dec. 2009)

  • The School of Education has increased the number of student teaching placements overseas and encourages all student teachers to take ED 223, Multicultural Education, to help them develop a more global and multicultural perspective. (Dec. 2009)

  • The Military Science Program endorses Cadet Command's Cultural Understanding and Language Program (CULP) for every available Cadet. They also work with NMU's Modern Languages Department to facilitate cadet involvement and continue to encourage cadets to attend valuable immersion training in foreign countries. (Dec. 2009)

  • The School of Nursing is implementing a redesigned curriculum that includes more content related to the health care needs of more diverse populations of the future, particularly geriatrics and genetic content. The Nursing program now offers study abroad courses in: Honduras (with an emphasis on academic service learning), South Africa (with an emphasis on public health & HIV AIDS) and Peru (with an emphasis on complementary and alternative medicine.) (Dec. 2009)

  • Three international scholars from Germany, Taiwan, and India visited NMU under the International Visiting Scholars program that is co-sponsored by the International Programs Office, the Provost's Office and sponsoring academic departments. (Dec. 2009)

  • The College of Business and the Political Science Department hosted William Clay Ford Chairman of the Board, Ford Motor Company and Ronald Gettlefinger, President of AFLCIO for campus discussions that were open to the campus and community. (Dec. 2009)

  • The International Programs Office sponsored, for the second year, an international photo contest. More than 100 entries were submitted from faculty, students, alumni, and staff. Seven photos were selected as winners of this year's contest and the winning photos will be featured in a campus display. (Dec 2009)

  • The Department of Sociology and Social Work continues to develop its efforts in Internationalization: Dr. Renxin Yang has developed a new sociology topics course titled Social Cultural Studies in China and Dr. Alex Ruuska contributed an entry for the World History Encyclopedia on migration. The department also has hosted three visiting scholars from the East China University of Political Science and Law. (Apr. 2010)

  • The International Performing Arts Series, with the leadership of Dan Truckey, has concluded an outstanding 2009-2010 concert season. Over 2,100 people attended the IPA concerts during the year; a 12% increase over the 2008-2009 season. Performances featured Junoon (a Pakistani rock band), Beauty and Melody (a Chinese music and dance ensemble), Baye Kouyate (an African talking drum master), Alex Torres y su Orquesta (a Latin-Caribbean dance group) and the Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre from New Zealand. In addition to their performances, the artists led workshops with over 1,500 students at local schools and on campus. (Apr. 2010)

  • The Office of International Programs and the Department of Modern Languages and Literature have obtained a "Student Mobility Grant" from the Canadian government. Funds will be used to provide partial scholarships to students participating in a Freshman Experience Abroad program in Montreal during summer 2010. (Apr. 2010)

  • Five international scholars from South Africa, England, Turkey, Mexico, and China visited NMU under the International Visiting Scholars program that is co-sponsored by the Provost's Office, the International Programs Office, and sponsoring academic departments. (Apr. 2010)

  • The Office of International Programs has signed a Broad Agreement of Cooperation with Myongji University in Korea. This agreement will facilitate the exchange of faculty and students between the two universities. NMU expects to receive up to five Korean students next fall. (Apr 2010)

  • A core element of the new Art History major in Art and Design has been the introduction of a world-art-history sequence (AD 230-240). These two courses, required of Art History majors and available to the general population as liberal studies courses, encourage engagement with global art and significantly expand the former Western focus of the survey course. Dr. Mitsutoshi Oba led an FLSA course to Japan in summer 2010 and Dr. Steven Leuthold has proposed an FLSA course, to be based in Italy, for winter 2011. Dr. Leuthold has authored a book suitable for upper-division courses, Cross-cultural Issues in Art: Frames for Understanding that will be published in America by Routledge in early 2011. He plans to use this book for his upper-level art history methodology course (AD 390). The art history faculty at Northern is committed to global engagement as a central element of the School of Art and Design curriculum. (Sept. 2010)

  • The Photography concentration continues to expand the integration of diversity learning to meet this Roadmap priority. The History of Photography (AD 280) includes substantial material on the current accomplishments and historical contributions of international, First Nation, and Third World photographers. The Photography major co-curated the United Conference Exhibition in the DeVos Museum of Art which featured international and First Nation photographers. In addition, the School of Art and Design sponsored Professor Rod Slemmons, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography to lecture on the exhibition. (Sept. 2010)

  • Two student interns and one freshmen fellow at the Center for Native American Studies, worked on the Zaagkii Project: a community partnership with the Cedar Tree Institute and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. The three students, with Director April Lindala, traveled over 1000 miles to interview American Indian elders, culture bearers and tribal historical preservation officers about the significance of various Native plants within the Ojibwa communities. These plants includes: black ash, white birch, blueberries and maple trees. These interviews are being edited into short vignettes and will be featured on the United States Forest Services' Ethno botany website. (Sept. 2010)

  • The Center for Native American Studies hosted two summer youth programs in June. The National Indian Youth Leadership Program was for American Indian youth in grades 5 & 6. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program for youth in grades 7, 8 and 9. Over 80 American Indian youth traveled from all over the United States to participate in the two programs co-hosted by the Hannahville Indian School. (Sept. 2010)

  • The DeVos Art Museum has collaborated with the International Programs Office to host an art exhibition from Sichuan, China. The exhibition, titled Recontextualizing Tibetan and Qiang Folk Craft: Artwork from Aba Teachers College features over 70 pieces of art in all media made by teachers and students at the College. Aba Teachers College promotes the philosophy, "be rooted in national culture, apply theory into practice and promote teaching innovations," encouraging art students to learn traditional methods of Tibetan and Qiang folk art and handicraft. (Sept. 2010)

  • In August, Paul Truckey (Associate Professor, Theatre) and Dan Truckey, (Director, Beaumier Heritage Center) provided an international experience, "Exploring the Arts in London" to a group of new NMU freshmen. This course will continue as a joint project with the International Programs Office and the Beaumier Heritage Center. A second new freshman study abroad experience was provided in Canada. (Sept. 2010)

  • More than 250 researchers, practitioners, graduate students and others from 25+ countries attended the 2010 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports conference on the NMU campus, July 19-23. Dr. Randall Jensen, NMU Professor in HPER, was the conference organizer. (Sept. 2010)

  • Fourteen NMU faculty have been selected to participate in a year-long Middle East Studies Program during the 2010-11 academic year. The purpose of the project, funded by a Title VI federal grant, is to enhance the International Studies major by introducing new courses and new content into the curriculum. The program will include a special seminar on the Middle East provided by the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) as well as a study trip to the Middle East. Dr. Tim Compton, Head, Department of Modern Languages, is the director of the project. (Sept. 2010)

  • Dr. Renxin Yang, Sociology & Social Work, has developed a new course entitled Globalization and Asian Society. (Sept. 2010)

  • The International Programs Office has achieved a net increase of 16 percent in the number of students participating in study abroad programs. (Sept. 2010)

  • The International Programs Office has obtained its second "Central American Youth Ambassador" grant from the United States Department of State. Under this grant, which is administered in collaboration with Georgetown University, three groups of Central American youth will visit NMU and the Marquette area during the academic year. (Sept. 2010)

  • During the winter 2010 semester, the College of Business, with leadership provided by the International Programs Office, established an agreement with Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB), located in Beijing. This agreement has resulted in 22 new College of Business students from China. These students, in addition to the 15 other international students majoring in business, make up 4.5% of the College of Business enrollment. (Sept. 2010)

  • The College of Business's Dr. Carol Steinhaus, in conjunction with the International Programs Office, has initiated NMU's first ever International Buddy Program in fall 2010. The program, made possible by a Wildcat Innovation Fund grant, pairs international students new to NMU with American students. (Sept. 2010)

  • The School of Nursing offered a graduate course for its Family Nurse Practitioner students in summer 2010 in Honduras. The students were able to provide hands on patient care, with each student seeing up to 30 patients/day. The course was directed by two faculty who are advanced practice nurses: Sheri Giordana, DNP, FNP-BC and Terry Delpier, DNP, PNP. (Dec. 2010)

  • The Office of International Programs and the Provost's Office reached an agreement with Universidad de Matanzas Camilo Cienfuegos UMCC. Under this agreement, with the license of the United States government, NMU students will be able to spend up to a year in Cuba studying intensive Spanish and choosing courses from any of the six different colleges at UMCC. Universidad de Matanzas is one of the top five universities in Cuba. With this agreement, NMU becomes the 15th American university to have an agreement in Cuba. NMU will be the first American university working outside Havana. (Dec. 2010)

  • The International Programs Office and the Provost's Office co-sponsored, for a third year, the NMU International Photo Contest. Forty-two NMU faculty, students, and alumni submitted 124 photos and ten winners were selected in five categories; Local People-Local Customs, Children of the World, Naturally Northern, Landscapes and Scenes, and Lights and Shadows. (Dec. 2010)

  • The NMU International Performing Arts Series, under the direction of Daniel Truckey, Director of the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, finished its third performance of the 2010-11 season on November 5 with a concert by the Irish-American fiddle master, Liz Carrol. So far, this year's series has had over 1,000 people attend and performers have conducted workshops for local students at Big Bay, Marquette, Munising, Negaunee and Republic schools. (Dec. 2010)


2009-10 Road Map Update - President's Division
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Office of General Counsel worked closely with the Office of International Programs and faculty on agreements for study abroad or exchanges in such countries as Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and on several network agreements with world-wide placements. General Counsel continues to advise on risk management issues related to study abroad and serves on the risk assessment committee for study abroad.

2008-09 Road Map Update - Academic
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Desire to increase the number of international students on campus.  Recruitment efforts will focus on Canada, Latin America, Gulf States, Asia, and Turkey.  NMU also is admitting a cohort of students from Saudi Arabia for the first time next semester.  Other recruitment efforts include signing memoranda of understanding with universities abroad, submitting grant applications to fund faculty and student exchanges, establishing articulation agreements with domestic community colleges that enroll high numbers of international students, increased internet advertising, and the addition of new multilingual promotional materials.

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In April 2008, Northern Michigan University was selected as one of 25 institutions for the American Council on Education (ACE) "Bridging the Gap" Symposium in Washington, D.C. An NMU team participated in the symposium in June 2008. The goal of this project is to cultivate and improve collaboration on campus among units responsible for multicultural education and internationalization (as well as Native American studies). Progress continues on collaboration among these areas.



The Office of International Programs is working with faculty, staff and the NMU Foundation to expand and increase study abroad opportunities for NMU students in a variety of formats including faculty led study abroad (FLSA) programs, service learning and internships. Of particular note is the completion and implementation of the FLSA Handbook (a detailed guide for FLSA), the leadership provided by faculty taking part in the programs and important donor support for scholarships for study abroad. (Examples of study abroad programs provided include: Peter Pless, Art and Design, led students from his European Design Culture course on a study trip to the Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy. The students toured design shops and museums, met with designers and visited the International Design Fair at the Salone Deo Mobile in Milan, Italy. Professors Eileen M. Smit, Nursing, and Mary Jane Tremethick, HPER, implemented a public health cultural immersion/service learning course in Honduras. Fourteen students participated in the program.



With the leadership of the Office of International Programs and in collaboration with various academic departments, the university hosted eight international scholars, including scholars from Canada, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, India and the U.S. diplomatic service corps for campus presentations during the 2008-09 academic year. The International Visiting Scholars Program engages NMU students in global issues and viewpoints and is co-sponsored by the Provost's Office, the Office of International Programs and academic departments.



With support provided by the Provost's Office, the International Performing Artists Series (coordinated by Dan Truckey, director of the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center) brought six outstanding musical performances to the university and the community during the 2008-09 academic year. Visiting artists also provided on-campus workshops for students and community participants.



The Office of the Provost sponsored a new student art competition and exhibition during 2008-09 titled "People, Places and Things". The project, inspired by the Roadmap to 2015 and based on the book, One World, One Community, was conducted by the NMU Student Art Organization in collaboration with the School of Art and Design. The purpose of the project was to inspire art with an international perspective. The project will become an annual event.



The Office of International Programs, in collaboration with the College of Business, is implementing the "Brazilian/U.S. Partnership for People, Planet and Profits," funded by a $220,000 U.S. Department of Education grant. In the coming year, four Brazilian students will attend NMU and two NMU students will attend a Brazilian university.



Professors Greg Warchol and Dale Kapla, Criminal Justice, are expanding collaboration with the University of South Africa (UNISA), sharing expertise in both teaching and research. The department will also host two UNISA Criminology professors in fall 2009.



The Multicultural Education and Resource Center provides resources to all academic departments regarding diversity learning experiences, in addition to providing support to the FYE program in diversity initiatives.



2008-09 Road Map Update - Finance
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The NMU Health Center is developing Travel Medicine Clinic capabilities so that NMU staff and students receive the most current and specific medical advice prior to overseas travel. The Health Center will be refining the procedures we have established with the Study Abroad Office to medically screen students prior to travel.



2008-09 Road Map Update - President's Division
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Office of General Counsel worked closely with the Office of International Programs

and faculty on agreements for study abroad or exchanges in such countries as Canada, Mexico, China, Korea, Brazil, Peru and Germany. A protocol is now in place for appropriate institutional review and signatures on international agreements. General Counsel advised on the development of a study abroad program in Cuba. General Counsel continues to advise on risk management issues related to study abroad and serves on the risk assessment committee for study abroad.



The Foundation received a $1million gift for international study abroad experiences for students from each of the 15 Upper Peninsula counties.



The Office of the President hosted NMU's first American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, Dr. Emmanuel Awuah, associate vice president of Diversity Services at Onondaga Community College, during the 2008-2009 academic year. In addition to collaborating with various internal and external committees and groups regarding the interrelationship among enrollment, academic planning, and budgeting in higher education, Awuah took on a special project of developing a model for bridging the gap between multicultural education and internationalization.

  1. Consolidate and/or reduce the number of undergraduate majors and streamline baccalaureate programs to enhance quality and efficiency.
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  • The Clinical Sciences Department has redesigned the laboratory science curriculum to reduce the number of majors from 12 to 7. (Dec. 2009)

  • Nursing has redesigned the curriculum to decrease the number of semesters of nursing courses so that all prerequisites are completed prior to entry into the program. This was done specifically to increase retention rates. (Dec. 2009)

  • The Department of Technology and Applied Sciences merged the Industrial Technology and Technology and Applied Sciences baccalaureate degrees into a single Industrial Technologies Degree. (Dec. 2009)

  • The Electronic Journalism major in CAPS and the Journalism minor in the Department of English have been melded into a "New Journalism" major incorporating courses from both departments and the School of Art and Design, as well as new offerings reflecting the current media environment, so as to create a state-or-the-practice major. The new major is moving through the curriculum approval process. (Sept. 2010)

  • In 2009 the Criminal Justice Department began encouraging bachelor degree majors to graduate with an associate degree on their way to earning their BS. This collaborative effort between the CJ department and the Registrar's office resulted in marked increases in two-year graduation rates, in addition to 'ensuring' a degree for student who may leave the university prior to obtaining their four-year degree. Both two-year programs ladder nicely into the BS, and the department is in the beginning stages of making this process automatic for all four-year CJ students. (Sept. 2010)

  • In fall, 2010 the College of Business welcomed 25 new students into the recently streamlined Finance program. The program features a new concentration in Risk Management and Insurance. This is an increase of 17 new Finance students compared to fall 2009 new student Finance enrollment. (Sept. 2010)

  • The Educational Policies Committee (a group of faculty and academic administrators who serve in an advisory role to the Provost) has approved a set of eleven "best practices" criteria for reallocating resources for academic programs. The EPC is now using those criteria to evaluate recommendations for academic program growth and elimination. (Dec. 2010)

  • In 2009 the Criminal Justice Department began encouraging bachelor degree majors to graduate with an associate degree on their way to earning their bachelors degree. This collaborative effort between the Criminal Justice Department and the Registrar's office resulted in marked increases in two-year graduation rates, in addition to 'ensuring' a degree for student who may leave the university prior to obtaining their four-year degree. Both two-year programs ladder nicely into the Bachelors degree program and the department is in the beginning stages of making this process automatic for all four-year students. (Dec. 2010)

  • The BSN redesigned curriculum in the School of Nursing was implemented this fall. The redesigned curriculum enables students to complete the BSN portion of the program in five academic semesters. The first three semester's students complete their prerequisite courses. One of the reasons the program shifted to requiring more of the prerequisites to be completed, was to increase retention once students are admitted to the BSN program. (Dec. 2010)

2008-09 Road Map Update - Academic
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During 2008-09, the Educational Policies Committee (EPC) conducted a study of selected low enrollment programs. This study will serve as the foundation for the coming years' discussions and will inform decisions regarding appropriate program consolidation and reductions. During 2008-09 the auto collision repair technology program and the plastic injection technology program were suspended and the Department of Clinical Sciences completed a consolidation of programs.



The following academic programs have been discontinued since 2007:



2 year programs

Clinical Laboratory Technician

Histotechnician

Industrial Electrical Technology

Science Technician



4 year programs

Chemistry (without ACS Certified)

Clinical Laboratory Scientist - Clinical Microbiology Concentration

Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Clinical Systems Analyst

Cytotechnology

Diagnostic Genetics

Histotechnologist

Physical education

Science Technologist

Social science

Speech Communications - (changed to Communication Studies)

Water Science



Certificates

Carpentry

Plastic Injection Molding - suspended



Certifications

Corrections Certification

Minors

Planning

Labor Studies

Performance Theatre

Research Analyst

Speech Cluster

Speech Communication

Technical Theatre

  1. Continue implementation of the faculty-mix model and faculty enhancement positions.
2008-09 Road Map Update - Academic
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Progress continues on implementation of the faculty-mix model across the colleges, resulting in a more appropriate and flexible mix of tenure-earning, term and adjunct faculty.
  1. Explore and act upon opportunities to expand programs in nursing and allied health to meet the growing demand for professionals in health care and related fields.
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  • Military Science is working with the School of Nursing to reserve upper division seats for potential Cadet nursing students as an enhanced recruiting incentive to attract top quality student prospects from the entire Midwest. Desired results will increase Army scholarship dollars at NMU, augment retention and increase production of quality Army nurses. (Apr. 2010)

  • Military Science hosted the High School Student Nurse Organization at Ishpeming High School. The program provided greater awareness for opportunities in nursing, specifically the Army Nurse Corps, to 38 students interested in the nursing profession. Military Science also supported the Michigan Student Nurse Association Symposium at NMU. (Sept. 2010)

  • In June, the Seaborg Center worked with the Northern Area Health Education Center and Marquette General Hospital to host a three-day residential program for 42 graduating high school students in the Area Geriatric Education Scholars (AGES) program. Students receive paid summer internships at 15 regional geriatric care facilities in the Upper Peninsula. Three days were spent on campus where student learned about healthcare professions from faculty/staff at Marquette General Hospital, NMU and Wayne State University. A major goal of this program is to interest U.P. students in healthcare careers. (Sept. 2010)

  • The Military Science Department recruited six top Midwest high school students to the NMU Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. (Dec. 2010)

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The School of Nursing, with the leadership of Kerri Schuiling, received a $360,000 State of Michigan Nursing Corps grant to expand the post masters nurse educator certificate program. This is an accelerated program that provides full tuition and a stipend for students to complete the program in six months.



Kevin Foley, department head in Clinical Sciences, received a Wildcat Innovation Fund grant to conduct a feasibility study of graduate programs in clinical lab sciences. Recommendations are forthcoming in September 2009.

  1. Explore and act upon graduate programming (certificate, master's, doctoral) in areas of recognized strengths, needs and opportunities.
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  • The online graduate programs in Reading in the School of Education have exceeded expectations for enrollment. Many NMU Education alums from around the country are enrolled and additional class sections have been added to accommodate the increase. (July 2009)

  • With the leadership of Drs. Dennis Stanek, June Schaefer and Derek Anderson in the School of Education, the M.A. program in Education Administration and Supervision will be offered in Sault Ste Marie in fall 2009. The program is a hybrid of face-to-face classes and online components and has been marketed through the area K-12 schools. (July 2009)

  • The College of Business has developed an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) program and, with Board approval, will implement the program in fall 2010. (Dec. 2009)

  • During the 2010 academic year, the Seaborg Center successfully provided professional development experiences for high school mathematics teachers in the Algebra for All, Governor Granholm initiative. The Center also coordinated with Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Services (MARESA) to provide professional development programming for K-12 science educators and K-12 mathematics educators. (Apr. 2010)

  • The College of Business has enrolled 20 new MBA (Masters in Business Administration) students. (Sept. 2010)

  • The Political Science and Public Administration Department has developed a proposal for a graduate certificate in nonprofit management. Nonprofit organizations are a key economic and community development factor in the Upper Peninsula. More than 30% of jobs in the UP are in the public and nonprofit sectors. (Sept. 2010)

  • The College of Business, in an effort to meet student interests and regional needs, is working with other departmental units on campus to explore the possibility of offering specializations within the current MBA program. This effort looks to respond to the strengths of other, non-business programs. (Dec. 2010)

  • The College of Business is finalizing an initiative that will help non-business majors complete an MBA in one year. The program is called the "Momentum MBA". Non-business majors taking a business minor and a few select electives will be prepared to start the Momentum MBA immediately following graduation. (Dec. 2010)

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The College of Business has developed a new masters in business administration (MBA). The proposal has been approved by the Graduate Studies Committee and approval by the Faculty Senate, Provost and Board of Trustees is expected in fall 2009. Program implementation is anticipated in 2010.

NMU is collaborating with Central Michigan University to offer a collaborative Ed.S./Ed.D. program. This doctoral program provides graduate students in the region, most of whom are educators in K-12 schools, with better access to doctoral education.

In fall 2008, NMU began offering a graduate certificate in public administration. The certificate is designed to meet the needs of working graduate students and credits will transfer into the master's of public administration program.



NMU has signed an MOU with the University of Michigan School of Public Health, permitting NMU students to receive both a master's of public administration from NMU and a certificate in the foundations of public health from the University of Michigan. The program permits NMU students to transfer credits from the University of Michigan into the MPA program, enhancing the professional skills and expanding the potential number of graduate students in this area.



The NMU School of Education graduate programs in reading and science education are now offered in an entirely online format. The new format has increased graduate

enrollment and makes the programs more accessible to practicing teachers throughout the state and beyond who need advanced degrees. The online program in reading has already exceeded expectations for enrollment and additional class sections have been added to accommodate the increase.



With the leadership of Dennis Stanek, June Schaefer and Derek Anderson in the School of Education, the M.A. program in education administration and supervision will be offered in Sault Ste Marie in fall 2009. The program is a hybrid of face-to-face classes and online components and has been marketed through the area K-12 schools.
  1. Develop new applied programs in computing and IT-related majors.
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  • The Princeton Review included NMU among the Top 50 recommended undergraduate game design schools in the country based on the Electronic Imaging program being offered by the NMU School of Art and Design. Electronic Imaging stresses being flexible as an artist, constantly learning, and broad design awareness. Students interested in pursuing game design are encouraged to take computer science courses in addition to art and design courses. (Apr. 2010)

  • The Engineering Technology Department will offer an Associate Degree in CNC Technology starting in the fall of 2010 (subject to Board approval). This program will produce skilled workers for industry across Michigan and Wisconsin and will offer graduates from the very successful CNC Technician Certificate program an avenue to advance their skills and knowledge. (Apr. 2010)

  • In the past year, the Photography major has undergone major curriculum renovations; with the new emphasis being on the use of digital technology. New equipment and software supports these curriculum changes, which allow students to develop skills and experience that replicate current practices in the photography field. (Sept. 2010)

  1. Develop a specific Road Map for certificate, one-year and two-year programs.
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In fall 2008, Dean of the College of Professional Studies Paul Lang provided the NMU Board of Trustees with an overview of NMU's "community college function" including a review of the "less-than-four year" academic programs. This overview will be used to inform strategic planning for programs of this type.

NMU's Department of Engineering Technology, in partnership with Lake Superior Community Partnership, local and regional electrical power utilities and private companies and contractors is moving forward to implement an electrical power technician associate degree. The curriculum has been approved and recruiting will begin soon for an initial cohort of students for fall 2009.


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Public Safety and Police Services has the Regional Police Academy program in place as well as the advanced law enforcement training diploma, both offered through the Public Safety Institute. They are finalizing the corrections diploma program with a goal of beginning next year.
  1. Increase employee access to baccalaureate and graduate study to enhance professional development, as well as to improve service to NMU students and constituencies.
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NMU continues to provide an outstanding tuition benefit program for employees and their families.

B. Goal: A new professional development program for faculty and staff that rewards innovative practices and encourages interdisciplinary and interdepartmental collaboration.


 

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The General Counsel facilitated campus legal workshops including a Legal Overview for Department Heads and Deans (2/10/10), Facilities Use and Free Speech (2/4/10) and Campus Threat Assessments (6/3/10), the latter two through NACUA with interdepartmental audiences.


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NACUFS Internship Program
A collaborative effort between the National Association of College and University Food Service Association (NACUFS) and Northern Michigan University Dining Services established a 2010 summer internship program for 8 weeks. The program placed one intern at NMU selected by NACUFS participating universities. The internship program housed the student in an apartment at Woodland Park while they participated in front of the house, back of the house, marketing and catering, and conference training. Our visiting intern, Ashlynn Kipp, was from the Miami University of Ohio.

Golf Course Utilization

  • Hosted Marquette County Junior Golf Leagues.
  • Hosted Biology Department for golf course water quality research.
  • Hosted as Special Olympics training site.
  • Host site for NMU Cross Country UP Championships 2010.
  • Contributor (golf rounds) to several fundraising groups throughout the region.
  • Hosted two HPER department golf classes, offering practice facilities and golf course opportunities.
  • Offered press release service for Hole-in-One accomplishments and Club Championship results.
  • The students in the CN 450 project planning class completed programming and planning studies for a new clubhouse project. This will be a multi-year activity for several classes.

Youth Development

  • Organized and implemented youth golf camp with 60 participants.
  • Offered season-long special discounting to all youth golfers.

NMU Golf Leagues

  • NMU Hosted seven different League groups:
  • Men's league, Ladies morning, Ladies evening, Elks Club, Masonic, NMU Friends & Family, Retirees
  • Funding efforts for a new clubhouse are being explored through the NMU Foundation


Professional Development Program
Launch a new professional development program for leaders and employees that rewards innovative practices and encourages collaboration.

  • The Academic Department Head completed monthly sessions for both academic departments and their staff. The Steering Committee has begun a review of the program's outcomes and started planning for next year.
  • A leadership development pilot program in Dining Services has successfully applied action learning concepts to current challenges within the department. Assessment of the program's results is anticipated within two months, with the intent of transferring its positive outcomes to other staff groups across campus.
  • Customer Service training was conducted within the Human Resources and foundation/Alumni departments by members of the HR staff.
The documentation and training associated with PeopleAdmin online employment application, recruitment, and position management system has been successful using a "soft launch" approach, which significantly diminished the time and money to train by using a just-in-time methodology.


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The Leadership Model is being incorporated across several areas of campus: It was the basis for the new department head job descriptions and offer letters. Similarly, newly revised leadership positions are highlighting the six roles of a leader in their questionnaires. Leaders of TOP employees were (re-)introduced to the Model and we used Using and Sharing Information as an example when discussing contract changes for Local 1950. Plans are under way for an academic development calendar for department heads and directors, which will be mirrored on the staff side starting September 2009. Virtual technologies for creating leader 'avatars' who receive "credits" for their participation in the model elements are being explored.



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Public Safety and Police Services continues to increase offerings of training in areas related to safety and security for all faculty/staff and students. They now have staff who teach in the Criminal Justice Program, HPER and the First Year Experience.



Priorities:

  1. Implement the Wildcat Incentive Fund to support innovative practices by faculty and staff that will help to achieve Road Map priorities.
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Communication and Marketing applied for and received a Wildcat Innovation grant to create a new, competitive internship program, the Elite Six. Students interested in the communication field go through a rigorous application process. Six (with a minimum of one freshman) are selected for the Elite Six Communication Team. The internship consists of a one academic year (two consecutive semesters) commitment and pays for up to 20 hours of service per week.

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With priorities in recruitment, retention, revenue generation and quality improvement, a total of seven projects were funded in 2008-09 via the Wildcat Innovation Fund and are now being implemented:
Young Wildcat Scholars Program $10,000
Exploration of graduate programs in Clinical Lab Sciences $7,451
Sophomore to Senior University Scholars $25,000
Asian Initiative

$25,000

Course Technology Innovation Project

$25,000

Center for Ecological Studies Feasibility Project $11,000
College Prep Medicine Wheel Academy $12,500

(July 2009)



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With the leadership of the Academic Cabinet, guidelines and procedures were developed for the Wildcat Innovation Fund in fall 2008. In consultation with the president and vice president for finance and administration, priorities for 2008-09 were established in recruitment, retention, revenue generation and quality improvement. Seven projects were funded in 2008-09 via the Wildcat Innovation Fund and are now being implemented:





Young Wildcat Scholars Program $10,000
Exploration of graduate programs in Clinical Lab Sciences $7,451
Sophomore to Senior University Scholars $25,000
Asian Initiative $25,000
Course Technology Innovation Project $25,000
Center for Ecological Studies Feasibility Project $11,000
College Prep Medicine Wheel Academy $12,500




Broadcast and A/V Services completed an upgrade to MediaSite Live this year and promoted it to individual departments as a way to aid in the delivery of course content (audio, video and graphics) to off-campus students. System adoption became more universal and to-date over 2,000 programs have been recorded and stored on MSL servers. Currently over 49,000 individual users access content within the system. This work was coordinated through the Course Technology Alliance (CTA) which is comprised of members from AIS and LRD.



Additionally, a cooperative LRD/AIS project is underway to create a technology corridor in the LRC. The corridor includes Broadcasting, A/V, Media Services, CITE and Academic Computing services in a way that facilitates "one-stop-shopping" for students and faculty who need assistance with technology and streaming media for course work. In May of 2009, AIS and LRD received Wildcat Incentive Funds to assist and train a faculty cohort group in using advanced course related technology. This project is providing year-long intensive training and assistance to 15 faculty who have committed to using significant and appropriate technology applications in their on-campus or on-line courses.



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Fund has been established, although not with charitable funds, but with university support.
  1. Provide new support mechanisms to enhance faculty and staff engagement in scholarship.
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  • With the leadership of Dr. Paul Duby, Associate Vice President for Institutional Research, NMU has acquired a new survey research software system known as "Qualtrics". To date, Dr. Duby has provided Qualtrics training for over 75 faculty, staff and graduate students. The departments of Psychology and Sociology are integrating this tool into their routine data collection processes as well as survey research instruction. (July 2009)

  • New provisions have been incorporated in the Board of Trustees / AAUP Master Agreement for 2009-12 to provide reassigned time for scholarship. For 2009-10, there will be 10 awards, and these will grow to 14 in 2011-12. Special preference is given for these awards to probationary faculty. (Dec. 2009)

  • Also in the new Master Agreement, funds available to support professional travel and scholarship were increased from $35,000 to $70,000 and sabbatical leave support was increased from $193,725 to $205,000 per year. (Dec. 2009)

  • The Office of Institutional Research continues to increase Qualtrics trainings with over 100 faculty and graduate students now having participated. Qualtrics software is a valuable tool for survey research and is contributing to faculty and student research productivity. (Dec. 2009)

  • NMU Archives has received a $69,000 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant will be used to digitize and make available via a project web site three record series that are part of the Cliffs Iron Mining Company (CCI) records. The three series include the Annual Reports of the Land, Lumber, and Mining Departments (1893-1960), Maps (1882-1937), and the Lumbering Operations Contracts and Jobs (1915-1943). The grant project administrator is Marcus Robyns (NMU Archivist) with Krista Clumpner (AIS-Olson Library) and John Anderton (Geography) serving on the project advisory committee. These new resources will provide new opportunities for research for faculty and students. (Dec. 2009)

  • As per the 2009-2012 Master Agreement, the Provost's Office has implemented a new reassigned time award. Ten probationary faculty received these release time assignments for the winter, 2010 semester to support their research activities. (Apr. 2010)


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The AQIP Scholarship Action Committee completed its final report, "Enhancing the Campus Climate for Scholarship," in August 2008. The report was discussed during the 2008-09 academic year. Some recommendations from the project have been proposed for implementation within the NMU-AAUP contract. A Provost's Scholarship Advisory Committee will be formed in fall 2009 for the purpose of continuing the enhancement of faculty and staff engagement in scholarship.



The U.S. Department of Education FIPSE grant for the Brazil Initiative (mentioned earlier in this report) will support faculty in Business and Economics to conduct research on sustainable entrepreneurship.



With the leadership of Paul Duby, associate vice president for institutional research, NMU has acquired a new survey research software system known as "Qualtrics." To date, Duby has provided Qualtrics training for over 75 faculty, staff and graduate students. The departments of Psychology and Sociology are integrating this tool into their routine data collection processes as well as survey research instruction.

  1. Develop new opportunities for faculty and staff who wish to focus specified time on a project to advance Road Map goals and priorities.
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The Wildcat Innovation Fund provides opportunities for these projects.



Time has been allotted to all Student Services and Enrollment departments to focus on Roadmap initiatives.



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Communications and Marketing utilized block-period staff scheduling so that the departmental Road Map goals could be realized. This was accomplished to the level that was possible in their very busy office. Where and when they made one of the departmental Road Map goals the priority (and when possible, the sole) project of the week for the staff person working on it.



Public Safety and Police Services has implemented a "Ride Along" program with police and sheriff departments from the Upper Peninsula for all the students in the Regional Police Academy as well as interested CJ and First Year Experience students.



The Office of the President held an event at Kaye House to promote and gain support for the Study Abroad Program.

  1. Realign policies and procedures to better support students and reward faculty and staff contributions to achieving university goals.
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Within Human Resources, HR staff are no longer conducting "qualification reviews" prior to forwarding internal candidates to hiring managers. This has significantly changed the presumption of "selection by seniority" and sent a message regarding the need for sustained high performance in achieving personal and university goals.


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The Student Services and enrollment division has implemented a review of all policies and procedures related to the unit and student handbook.



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Human Resources and Internal Audit worked together to collect information about current policies. The information will be used to populate a new policy database. This database will house all policy information, making it easier to search by keywords and quickly identify relevant policies.



C. Goal: A growing portfolio of corporate collaborations that exploit NMU's technical expertise, enhance academic programs and facilitate global engagement for students and faculty both on campus and abroad.



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Communications and Marketing has developed and submitted several nominations for various technology awards that highlight NMU's technology partnerships with such companies as Intel, Lenovo and Motorola, and that highlight cutting-edge progress such as the implementation of the WiMAX network.

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Partnership with America One/B2 Network to video stream NMU Athletic events world wide has grown and continues to be beneficial for Wildcat fans to watch events and produce a growing revenue stream. America One/B2 Network also broadcast NMU commencement over the America One/B2 Network.

Expanded production with America One/B2 Network by Audio Visual staff and faculty provided students of Communication & Performance Studies multiple camera high-tech production professional learning experiences at football, hockey and basketball broadcasts.

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Intel and NMU implemented an 802.11n wireless technology upgrade. A joint press release with Intel Corporation on how NMU and Intel are working together on 802.11n wireless technology and how the university provides a unique wireless environment for students and for testing technology was issued and widely published. The 802.11n wireless is five-times faster than previous wireless technologies (802.11G), allows for wireless video services, is more stable, and provides a stronger connection. This has been installed in our major academic mall areas and is included in the Quad II residence halls.



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Office of General Counsel provided legal assistance reviewing agreements.



Priorities:

  1. Utilize corporate partners to promote additional international opportunities.
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NMU alum and one of the country’s leading gaming experts, Mr. Ron St. Martin has agreed to run a gaming program on enrollment at NMU at no cost to the University

 

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  • The Lydia Olson Library was awarded a Nippon Foundation grant of "100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan." The books (valued at approximately 377,387 JYP/ $4,350 USD) were received by the Library in mid-November to supports NMU's International Studies program and courses in art history, literature, history, and political science as well as NMU's community collaboration with Marquette's Japanese Friendship Society and sister city effort. (Dec. 2009)

  • The Mathematics and Computer Science Department is sending two student interns to the Intel campus in Hillsboro, Oregon to spend the summer and following academic year working on wireless networking technologies. This will be the third year NMU has placed interns with Intel and these are the sixth and seventh students so recognized. (Apr. 2010)

  • In addition to several Theatre students traveling to New York City for field studies and gaining opportunities to audition for roles or serve as technical assistants in various Broadway productions, two NMU Broadcasting majors served as interns for major media outlets in Dublin, Ireland. (Sept. 2010)

  • The Center for Native American Studies is working with Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and has secured two spots for Ojibwe language interns. These language interns will work with fluent first speakers of Ojibwe in the Upper Peninsula and Ontario. Their job is to interview, record, transcribe and work to translate the traditional stories collected from these fluent first speakers. These stories will eventually be published in book form as well as CD. (Sept. 2010)

  • The Mathematics and Computer Science Department sent two students to intern with Intel at their headquarters in Oregon this past summer. This is the third year for this internship agreement. (Sept. 2010)

  • Broadcasting programs in CAPS continue to integrate their curricula with WNMU-TV and FM operations. Over the last year, audio production classes produced three feature-length studio recordings aired on Public Radio; WNMU personnel serve as adjunct instructors in the department; and the two units have a working relationship for the sharing of audio and video production equipment. Eric Smith, manager of the WNMU facility, is a valued partner in this process. (Sept. 2010)

  • Engineering Technology is working with the National Weather Service to identify an intern to work through the school year helping to maintain NWS equipment across the Upper Peninsula. (Dec. 2010)

  1. Work with strategic technology and telecommunication partners to enhance the teaching, learning and working environment.
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Office of General Counsel worked on agreements with Marquette County, the City of Negaunee, and Forsyth and Powell townships to expand NMU's wireless WiMAX reach in the county.

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Lenovo Joint Marketing with NMU
Lenovo case study marketing piece, which provides a customer profile and how NMU provides a world-class class technology learning environment. This material is being distributed world-wide by Lenovo.


NMU to Deploy 802.16e WiMAX
NMU will deploy an 802.16e WiMAX network in the City of Marquette during summer 2009 that will be fully operational by July 1, 2009. The Motorola based WiMAX network will be installed by NMU with assistance from Intel, Lenovo, and Motorola. The WiMAX network will provide cellular-like data coverage for members of the university community.



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Lenovo created a case study marketing piece which provides a customer profile and how NMU provides a world-class class technology learning environment. This material is being distributed worldwide by Lenovo.



NMU will deploy an 802.16e WiMAX network in the City of Marquette during summer 2009 that will be fully operational by July 1, 2009. The Motorola based WiMAX network will be installed by NMU with assistance from Intel, Lenovo, and Motorola. The WiMAX network will provide cellular-like data coverage for members of the university community.



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Office of General Counsel worked on agreements with the City of Marquette and Marquette Township to expand NMU's wireless reach in the community.



Partnership with B2 Networks to video stream NMU Athletic events worldwide has proven very beneficial. B2 Networks provided NMU graduation in high definition for the first time over the B2 Network.



Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports will expand production with B2 Networks using new, multi-camera, high-tech production equipment in Audio Visual Services and the talents of Communication and Performance Studies students.

  1. Utilize corporate partners to increase internship opportunities for students.
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Intel Internship Program

  • A collaborative effort between the Finance and Administration Division and Academic Affairs resulted in the establishment of a summer internship program with our corporate partner, Intel Corporation. The interns worked at the Portland, OR Intel Research site. The students have returned and will work in the Information Technology, Technical Services area continuing research on the NMU wireless technologies in collaboration with Intel. Intel has recently hired an NMU graduating senior that participated in this program. In addition, Intel, with the cooperation of the Math Department, has agreed to come to campus and offer seminars on wireless technologies for the winter 2011 semester.
  • Intel has established a testing lab on the NMU campus to test WiFi, WiMAX, and other related Intel products.

WiMAX Applications Lab Testbed
Intel has been working with the WiMAX Forum to establish NMU as a vendor neutral location for research and collaboration into new "killer apps" for WiMAX (there are currently only two testbeds - the University of Maryland and a university in Taiwan). Intel has indicated that NMU will more than likely have this testbed designation by spring 2011.


Johnson Controls Performance Contract
Two NMU students were employed as interns for the 2010 summer months. They were actively engaged in data collection and recording and contract administration roles working with JCI staff. Additional opportunities are expected as we move to Phase II energy conservation projects.


Lake Superior State
NMU staff met with the VP of Finance and the Provost from Lake Superior State to discuss ways in which our two universities could collaborate, especially in the area of information technology. Further discussions will take place.


WiMAX use by Cities and Townships

NMU has helped the cities of Marquette, Negaunee, Ishpeming, Gwinn, and K.I. Sawyer, and Marquette and Chocolay Townships with their network infrastructure and expanded their individual internal networks to the NMU WiMAX network to provide city- and township-wide access to their networks.


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The College of Business has developed a plan to offer every student who requests one an internship experience during their undergraduate program. Assistant Dean Rob Lion is working with corporate partners in the region and across the country to establish opportunities. The college has also adopted a new policy on internships to facilitate additional for-credit internship opportunities. Among the new companies now accepting NMU interns are Price Waterhouse Coopers and KPMG Peat Marwick accounting firms.



The College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with NMU Technical Services and Finance and Administration worked with Intel Corporation to provide summer internships at Intel headquarters for two NMU students in summer 2008 and 2009. The student then work with AdIT Technical Services on campus continuing research on collaborative technologies with Intel. This internship model is expected to be expanded to include additional students and high-tech corporate partners.



The Career Services Office works with all academic departments to increase internship opportunities for students.


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In discussions with officials at IBM and Lenovo to create ongoing internship programs with the two organizations. The programs would be modeled after the internship program developed with Intel. It will provide students opportunities to work at large IT firms in the areas of information technology and/or sales/marketing.

Continued discussions with the U.P. Construction Council Executive Director to develop summer internship opportunities throughout the area for students in the construction management and trades programs. UPCC membership is willing to participate, but due to lack of construction activity, will not be in a position to provide employment opportunities for summer 2009. The Associated General Contractors is involved in a similar program in other areas of Michigan and the UPCC is engaging them in discussion about our program and the possibility of exposure to their membership.



In discussion with officials at Cognos to create ongoing internship program. The program would be modeled after the internship program developed with Intel. It will provide students opportunities to work at firms in the areas of IT and/or sales/marketing.



Engineering and Planning is providing an opportunity for an area high school student from MARESA to work within the Engineering and Planning Department for exposure to the engineering and construction fields.
  1. Utilize alternative energy plans to seed academic and research programs in energy and energy management.
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Office of General Counsel continued to facilitate legal support for the modified CHP project.

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Educational opportunity partnership with Johnson Controls


Discussion is underway with JCI to provide a partnership program whereby JCI would work with the School of Technology to develop a facility maintenance training program. Working alongside JCI technicians in campus buildings, the students will gain further understanding of preventative maintenance programs, and state-of-the-art building controls technology systems. Acquired knowledge in this ever-changing field of energy management will increase the skill level of students, especially those planning to enter the field of energy management.


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Working with the School of Technology/construction management program on a grant application to the Kresge Foundation. The application is for a planning grant to construct a building at the Jacobetti Center that could be utilized as a "green technology building laboratory." It would focus on evolving technologies in the sustainability movement, and provide students with a lab setting to demonstrate the latest innovative building practices.



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Office of General Counsel supported NMU's efforts to build its CHP burning wood as its primary fuel source by, inter alia, providing legal assistance related to the EAB proceeding and assisting with responses to FOIA requests.

D. Goal: Develop the financial resources to support innovation and student success.


 

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Continued progress by developing advertising/sponsorship agreements to create needed revenue streams through new use of a department sales team.

NMU student recreation membership registrations became available for purchase online beginning this year.

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Office of General Counsel provided legal support and review of agreements to help develop these resources.


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  • Raised $7,975,000 in gifts and pledges on behalf of NMU
  • Secured a 5 figure gift to build the Drake Family Pediatric Care Simulation Room
  • Collaborated with the DeVos Museum & First Nighters to increase overall giving and sustain membership
  • Collaborated with the Athletics Division to create strategies to increase overall giving
  • Increased annual giving overall by implementing an aggressive multi-channel annual giving solicitation strategy.  Began the diversification of the annual giving program; utilizing email, website, direct mail, phone and events to contact constituents. Segmented prospect pools (parents, recent grads, lapsed donors, major annual donors) to provide more relevant and personal communications. Streamlined annual giving programs making them more efficient and cost-effective. Resulted in increased pledged net revenue of over $123,000.
  • Worked with university administrative leadership to revise fundraising case statements for programs, schools and Colleges
  • Continued efforts in collaboration with the Provost, faculty and deans to create white papers/proposals for NMU projects, programming and initiatives including the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurial Education and The Northern Michigan University Institute for the Environment. This fiscal year, ten additional white papers have been produced.
  • Produced letter writing campaigns to support departmental initiatives such as the Goodrich Scholarship and USOEC scholarship
  • Implemented a special solicitation strategy to help compensate for the loss of the Michigan Promise Scholarships
  • Acquired 15 bridge/kicker gifts to mitigate recessionary impacts on scholarships
  • Secured the largest gift in the history of NMU which will support university efforts to recruit students of high academic caliber.


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Constant cultivation by President and Mrs. Wong by entertaining various prospective and current donors. This includes meals at Kaye House and restaurants as well as theatre, sporting events, Marquette Symphony, and golf.



Priorities:

  1. Develop and implement a plan for substantially increasing federal, state and private grants to NMU.
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Communications and Marketing is part of a strategic planning group for that is working with United States Olympic Committee representatives to find new marketing and revenue-generation methods related to the United States Olympic Education Center located on the NMU campus, especially as it relates to the potential elimination of some federal funding that currently comes to the USOEC.

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  • With the leadership of Andrew Smentkowski, Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, a Grant Writing "Boot Camp" was conducted in May, 2009 with 21 participants. To date, five AARA-related proposals have been submitted totaling $328,457. (July 2009)

  • Between April 30 and June 30, 2009, the Office of Grants and Research received $1,317,400 in external funding from 12 grant proposals written by NMU faculty and staff. (July 2009)

  • Between July 1 and November 30, 2009 the Office of Grants and Research received $2,263,070 in external funding from 23 grant proposals written by NMU faculty and staff. (Dec. 2009)

  • Working cooperatively, Learning Resources and Public Safety and Police Services secured a $10,000 grant from the Marquette County Department of Emergency Services to establish stand-by power for a portion of NMU's new WiMAX 4G broadband service. (Dec. 2009)

  • The Engineering Technology Department has received notification that it has been awarded a Department of Energy Grant of over $670,000 to enhance and expand the power technician program that was launched in the fall of 2009. The grant, which involves close collaboration with community and regional partners, will provide support for both equipment used in the program and additional instructional support for the expansion of the program. (Apr. 2010)

  • The School of Nursing has received a grant via the Collaborative Simulation Group (NMU, MGHS and UPHEC) for $85,000. Funding will be used to develop the infrastructure and business plan for a collaborative simulation center. (Apr. 2010)

  • The Center for Student Enrichment and the School of Education received a Campaign College Grant that funded a conference to encouraged young women to pursue political engagement. (Apr. 2010)

  • The DeVos Art Museum received first time grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grants totaled $16,000 and supported two distinct projects. The NEA grant allowed the museum to hire a conservator from Minneapolis to conduct a general assessment survey on the museum and facilities. This survey will assist the museum with writing and implementing a long-term preservation plan and qualify the museum to apply for future federal grants for conservation. The NEA grant supported the exhibition of Native American artist Erica Lord. The artist was in-residence at the museum for two weeks during the exhibition and gave a free public talk at the end of her stay. The funds also supported a video storytelling workshop, led by the artist, with nine Native American students from NMU and Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College. The grant also supported the first catalogue published by the museum for the exhibition. (Sept. 2010)

  • Dr. Alex Ruuska, Sociology & Social Work, is the recipient of a grant to conduct a cultural landscape study of the Southern Paiute and Western Shoshone peoples of the Mormon Mountains in southern Nevada. This study, sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management in Lincoln County, Nevada, focuses on oral histories and place-making practices of indigenous groups. (Sept. 2010)

  • The School of Nursing, UP Health Education Consortium and Marquette General Hospital are in a partnership to develop a Smart Hospital that will provide a variety of health education services that focus on the use of simulation and virtual reality. The Collaborative Simulation Partnership was successful in securing an $85,000 development grant and is now writing an implementation grant again under HRSA Rural Health. (Sept. 2010)

  • The Seaborg Center received notification of a Michigan Department of Education, Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) grant award to be shared among four mathematics and science centers, the Seaborg Center, Dickinson-Iron Math Science & Technology Center, Delta-Schoolcraft Northwoods Math Science (MS) Center and Eastern U.P. MS Center. The MSP funding will allow science and technology professional development of third through tenth grade teachers throughout 2010-11. (Sept. 2010)

  • Military Science secured four federally funded ROTC scholarships for deserving cadets; currently have five more ROTC scholarships in the approval process; and secured an additional State of Michigan National Guard scholarship. (Dec. 2010)

  • Military Science continues to leverage the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) through the National Guard and Reserve units throughout upper Michigan to fully fund cadet's education while providing them the opportunity to gain valuable experience in an Army unit prior to graduating and commissioning. (Dec. 2010)



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In response to new funding opportunities offered within the American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA), an ad hoc task force, under the direction of the provost, was established to assist qualified faculty and staff to pursue ARRA funding. Andrew Smentkowski, associate director for research and sponsored programs, is coordinating these efforts and his office provided a week-long intensive grant writing "Boot Camp" in May 2009 with 21 participants. To date, five AARA-related proposals have been submitted totaling $328,457, with one having been funded as of the date of this report.



Since February 2009, NMU has received $839,500 in funding for seven proposals and the Office of Grants and Research has submitted additional proposals on behalf of faculty and staff totaling $517,522. Grants received include job training opportunities, early college experience for disadvantaged youth, nurse educator training and a science project exploring anti-influenza antibodies.



With the leadership of Andrew Smentkowski and Peter Holliday, Director of Student Support Services, NMU has been selected to receive $220,000 under the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. The grant is a four-year project designed to successfully prepare undergraduate participants for doctoral study. The program includes intensive academic advisement, graduate school admissions and financial aid assistance, undergraduate and graduate faculty mentoring, summer research seminars/internships, and academic-year research workshops. The program provides each participant with a $2,800 stipend.



In September 2008, the Office of International Programs sponsored an on-campus Fubright Scholars Workshop presented by Maria Bettua, assistant director for the Fulbright Grants Program. The goal of the workshop was to enhance faculty success in Fulbright applications for teaching and research abroad. Over 25 faculty participated in the workshop and/or individual consultations.

  1. Implement a framework for integration and collaboration between the NMU Foundation, the Alumni Relations Office and the Academic Affairs Division to support academic innovation and student success.
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Establishment of the NMU Student Alumni Association. This newly formed group, advised by the NMU Alumni Relations office, is designed to improve student career opportunities after graduation through existing relationships and leverage new relationships to provide networking opportunities for soon-to-be and recent graduates. The Student Alumni Association has hosted two well-attended events targeted at engaging current students and alumni in their career fields. In addition, students from the SAA have been meeting with individual colleges/departments to facilitate better networking opportunities between current students and alumni.


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The Provost's Office partnered with the NMU Foundation and Academic Impressions to sponsor a professional development workshop in fall 2008 for deans, department heads, constituency development officers and selected others. The goal of this workshop was to provide a valuable professional development experience that would enhance collaboration between Development and Academic Affairs to increase fund-raising success. Feedback on the workshop was very positive and follow-up activities including new collaborations are ongoing. In consultation with the provost and deans, a handbook is being developed.



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The Foundation is working closely with Provost and Academic Affairs on all fund-raising initiatives.



The Foundation sponsored an in-service in October for all deans, unit heads and department heads to help the university community understand their role in the fund-raising process.

  1. Work with the NMU Foundation to double the size of its current endowment fund.
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The Foundation is managing the fund in the current economy - although the fund lost money this year.

  1. Work with the NMU Foundation to develop a comprehensive corporate gift plan.
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Worked with Lenovo and the NMU Foundation to secure $20,000 to establish a Lenovo International Scholars Fund that will provide funding for international experiences for NMU students or international programming at NMU.