Thursday, February 1, 2007

Wong Stresses Need for Proactive Strategy

With the state facing a projected revenue shortfall of more than $800 million this year and up to $2 billion next year, President Les Wong told attendees at three university forums this week that it’s important for NMU to adopt an offensive strategy. Full Story

'Better World Books' Donations Pass 10,000

Olson Library recently passed the 10,000 milestone in donations to "Better World Books," a business dedicated to funding nonprofit literacy programs and providing an environment-friendly recycling option. Full Story

Program Blends Artistry and Functionality

Human-centered design is a new NMU program that blends creativity and craftsmanship with computer-assisted technology. In developing objects or architectural structures for everyday use, such as the "ArborBench" pictured, students are learning how to exercise creativity within the constraints of what can be mass produced and distributed worldwide.

It is a delicate balance – in sharp contrast to the romanticized vision of an artisan laboring long hours over a single work that will never be replicated. But the goal is to nurture budding entrepreneurs who will design products that are functional, aesthetically pleasing and marketable in volume. Full Story


Copyright and Plagiarism Workshop Feb. 6

What should scholarly writers be concerned about with respect to electronic articles? Is it a violation to copy and paste a photo from another Web site to my own if I source it? What are the current interpretations of spontaneity and brevity as they pertain to photocopying materials for a class? Have any recent court decisions eroded the special rights of educators for fair use of copyrighted materials in the classroom? These and other questions will be addressed at a copyright and plagiarism workshop from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Jamrich 101. Northern faculty and staff are invited to attend. The workshop will be led by John Blattner, an attorney specializing in copyright and trademark law. It is sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Advisory Council, Academic Information Services and Communications and Marketing. For more information, contact Cindy Paavola.


Sweden Trip Productive

A small NMU delegation made a quick trip to Sweden this month to discuss potential exchanges of students, faculty, curriculum content and technical expertise with administrators at Vaxjo University. According to President Les Wong, it was a productive visit.

Joining him were Phyllis Wong, Gavin Leach (Finance and Administration) and Cindy Prosen (Graduate Studies, Research and Continuing Education). Full Story

Last Call for Pledges

Coordinators of the campus United Way campaign are making a final appeal for contributions. The current tally is at about 80 percent of the $35,000 goal. An additional $7,000 in pledges will put NMU at the 100 percent mark.

The money will be distributed among more than 30 non-profit member agencies that rely on financial support from the local United Way. NMU employees can opt for payroll deduction to spread out their contributions over a period of time. For more information, contact Kathy Maki.


It’s quite possible that Laura Reissner (Education) saved a stranger’s life over the holiday break. She received a call from the National Marrow Donor Program a week before finals, indicating she was the best match for a 66-year-old male leukemia patient. Full Story


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