Thursday, October 27, 2005

Joyal Steps Down as Provost

JoyalFred Joyal announced at yesterday's university forum that he is stepping down from his position as provost and vice president of academic affairs.

He will remain in the position until a new person is hired, then assume the title of special assistant to the president. Full Story

Forum Outlines 'Action Steps'

At Wednesday’s forum, NMU President Les Wong outlined action steps the university will take to offset 2006 legislative challenges associated with diminished state support and formula funding – both of which he described as “imminent.”

House Republicans on the higher subcommittee this year had proposed a Workforce Investment Needs (WIN) formula that would be based on enrollment and research productivity, as well as academic offerings and degree-completion rates. It is scheduled to be implemented in the next fiscal year. Full Story

Admissions Makes Staff, Program Changes

The NMU Admissions office reorganized some of its staff and programs recently in an effort to make the recruitment process more accessible to prospective students. Joanne (Rule) Chalgren, assistant director of admissions, was relocated to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Part of her job also entails recruiting efforts in California at college fairs. Filling the West/Central Upper Peninsula recruiting area is Jose Garcia. New staff member Michelle Corcoran, an NMU graduate, will handle transfer students in the Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin and Illinois.

The Academic Achievement Awards (Triple A) scholarship competition has been restructured. There is an added weekend later in the school year to give high school students who were previously unfamiliar with NMU the opportunity to participate. Full Story

Health Center Expecting Vaccine

The NMU Health Center expects to receive its usual allotment of influenza vaccine within the next few weeks, according to Dr. Thomas Schacht.

He said a schedule of immunization clinics to be held at various on-campus locations will be announced as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

Students Help at Flu Clinic

Nursing students who volunteered at the community flu clinic Tuesday at the Superior Dome received a dual dose of hands-on experience in both mass inoculations and disaster preparedness training. The seniors are enrolled in a community health clinic course taught by Bitsy Wedin (Nursing, pictured far right). Full Story


Disciplines Merge for 'Food, Culture & Society'

An example of interdisciplinary collaboration that targets primarily nontraditional students can be found in a new offering titled “Food, Culture and Society.”

Developed by Michael Broadway (Geography) and Mohey Mowafy (HPER), it will address such issues as how food can have different meanings for different people; how fast food originated in the United States; where the food on our plates comes from and who produces it; and why people are going hungry at the same time that obesity is a growing epidemic. Full Story

  An NMU employee profile

Students and employees aren't always "at their best" when they confront Alice Depue (Health Center).

As a registered nurse, Depue has provided care to those who need it for 25 years. 


“What I do here is basically office nursing," she said. "I take patients back into the examination rooms, evaluate what they’re having problems with, and get them ready to see the physician. I also do many allergy shots and immunizations because of NMU’s measles policy,” she said.


The allergies of the summer season along with the colds and flu of the winter season keep the Health Center busy all year long, but students and faculty are only able to utilize its services until 5 p.m. “It wasn’t always that way,” said Depue. Full Story

Got Skates? Wong Seeks Relay Team Members


President Les Wong has accepted a challenge from students to assemble a faculty/staff team for a relay race planned Dec. 13 in conjunction with the U.S. Short Track Speedskating Championships. But in doing so, he finds himself on thin ice – in more ways than one. “I have never been on skates, so I need plenty of help,” Wong said. “I’m looking for a few good skaters to join my team. I am pretty darn competitive and I want to do well.”


After a successful initiation to cross-country skiing last season, lacing up a pair of blades has moved to the top of Wong’s “new winter skills to conquer” list. While he begins testing his ice legs, he encourages faculty and staff who might be interested in participating in the relay event to contact him at by Friday, Oct. 28.


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