What's New, NMU? for the week of Monday, April 19, 2010

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, April 19, 2010

From the 6th floor

Sunny and warmer is the prediction from forecasters this week. While the sun peeked through cloud cover Monday, the remainder of the week is expected to be in the upper 50s with plenty of sunshine and blue sky.

Prusi to speak at Commencement

Sen. Mike Prusi will speak at Northern's spring commencement and receive an honorary doctor of public service degree. He is the Senate Democratic Leader and serves as Democratic vice chair of two committees: Senate Government Operations and Reform; and Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Recreation. Prusi also is a member of the Legislative Council and the Senate Fiscal Agency Governing Board. He previously served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives.
Prior to his legislative career, Prusi worked for more than 20 years as an iron ore miner for the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company at various Marquette County mining operations. He was elected to three terms as president of Local Union 4950 of the United Steelworkers of America and also served on the executive board of the Marquette County Labor Council.

Close to 800 students are scheduled to participate in NMU's spring commencement.
NMU Alumni Association President Kris Day '94 will give a welcome address to the new graduates.
Commencement is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 1.  B2 Networks and WNMU Public Television will stream the NMU commencement ceremony via the internet, free of charge. Details are available here.

The NMU Alumni Association and Career Services are sponsoring the annual Graduation Rehearsal Pizza Party. It begins immediately following commencement rehearsal, Friday, April 30 (approx. 3 p.m.). All graduates are invited to grab a quick bite and sign up for their free year of membership in the NMU Alumni Association.
Are you a new graduate? Click here for all the details.

Senior art exhibit opens

NMU's graduating art and design students are showcasing their final work in a senior exhibition at the DeVos Art Museum. The "Untitled" exhibit runs through the end of April.
The exhibition is held at the end of every semester and showcases the culmination of skills that students have learned. It features a variety of media, including photography, furniture, graphic communication, ceramics, digital cinema, human-centered design, illustration, jewelry/blacksmithing/metals, printmaking, drawing/painting, woodworking and sculpture.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and 1-5 p.m. on weekends. There is no admission charge.

Interested in viewing the senior art show? Check it out this Friday evening at a special wine tasting event. Tickets are still available. Contact 227-2627.

Insurance plan just one benefit of Alumni Association membership

Whether you've just graduated, are established with a family and career, or are getting ready to enjoy a well-earned retirement, the Alumni Insurance Program can help you at every stage of your life.
Alumni Insurance Program is a dependable and affordable choice for life insurance protection. Both 10- and 20-year periods are available and guaranteed level term premiums means your rates won't increase during the life of your coverage.
Find the best plans and services for you right now.

Looking for a job?

The NMU Alumni Association offers a number of ways to network, including posting job opportunities when we become aware of them.

Northern Michigan University has two position openings we're featuring this week:
Head Men's Basketball Coach; and Manager - HRIS and Payroll.
You can read more about the positions on the NMU Human Resources Web site.

The Lake Superior Community Partnership is hiring an Economic Development Coordinator. You can find out more about the full-time position on the LSCP Web site.

The Northern Network is a great source for employment assistance. The Northern Network is our exclusive online community for alumni and friends. But it's not just local. Hundreds of companies from around the globe post jobs daily.
Log in today.

Stimulus supports NMU Power Tech Program

Northern has received $673,000 in stimulus funding through the U.S. Department of Energy to enhance its electrical power technician workforce training program. Established in fall 2009, the associate degree program helps regional utilities address a shortage of electrical power technicians needed to fill critical positions in all areas of the electrical power generation, transmission and distribution system. NMU offers the degree in collaboration with the Midwest Skills Development Center and Upper Peninsula power companies.

“The grant will be split about equally between equipment and personnel funding,” said Mike Rudisill, Professor of Engineering Technology. “Students will have state-of-the-art equipment to train with—the same as they will see in the field upon graduation. The remaining $340,000 is primarily to fund an additional instructor for the program for three years to allow smaller lab sizes and more personal instruction.”

Nearly $100 million in stimulus funding was awarded by DOE to a total of 54 smart grid training programs in 33 states to help prepare the next generation of workers in the utility and electrical manufacturing industries. Northern’s is the only such program in Michigan to receive a portion of the funding.

One Book selection announced

The Sparrow, author Mary Doria Russell’s debut novel about first contact with an extraterrestrial civilization, is the 2010 selection for Marquette County’s One Book, One Community program.

Russell puts her doctorate in biological anthropology to effective use creating worlds, species and societies that are believable and shocking. Considered “a classic of speculative fiction,” The Sparrow’s plot centers on a Jesuit mission to another planet.

The author will come to Marquette to give a presentation and student workshops on Oct. 26. Details will be announced later. One Book, One Community is designed to bring Marquette County residents and Northern Michigan University students together to read and discuss the same book. For an updated schedule of discussions and special events, visit www.nmu.edu/onebook.

Thanks for stopping by ...

...Andrew Kuhn '06 of Bridgman, Mich. Andrew stopped by and joined the NMU Alumni Association. Thanks, Andrew!

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