What's New, NMU? for April 14, 2008

What's New, NMU?

For the week of April 14, 2008

From the 6th floor

We have had two weeks in a row with a snow day. Last week at this time, we were under a winter storm warning and sure enough, another blast hit Thursday. As much as 20 inches fell in the higher terrain areas of western Marquette County. Schools, including the university, were closed for the day on Friday, April 11.

As you can see from the 6th floor photos, we seem to be going backwards...more snow this week than last. We're back to having snowbanks.

Monday, April 14

Monday, April 7

Lake Superior, meanwhile, continues to show a noticeable drop in ice levels. Along Presque Isle, there is no longer any ice on the shore.  But as you can see from these photos taken at the south beach area near the Marquette Power Plant, still quite a bit of ice along the beach.

The forecast calls for more moderate temperatures the remainder of this week. There's also a chance of rain over the next few days which will help with snow melt.

Certificate in Public Management now available

Have your management responsibilities grown over the years? Want to keep up? Then perhaps you might want to take advantage of a unique opportunity beginning Fall 2008.
NMU is offering a new way to ensure your skill sets are up-to-date with graduate-level certificate in public management which can be earned in just two semesters and is designed for working professionals.
The program is 16 credit hours, with eight credit hours in fall 2008 and eight credit hours in winter 2009. Courses will be taught in a hybrid format, using a combination of face-to-face meetings on campus four Saturdays each semester with additional coursework completed online.

Plan of Study
Fall 2008
PS 507 - Principles of Public Administration (4 credits)
PS 516 - Organizational Behavior (4 credits)
Winter 2009
PS 501 - Public Policy Analysis (4 credits)
PS 524 - Politics of Public Budgeting (2 credits)
PS 528 - Seminar in Public Personnel (2 credits)

If you want to continue your studies, all credits in the certificate program will transfer toward an NMU master of public administration degree.
For more information or to register for fall classes, e-mail  bcherry@nmu.edu or call 906-227-2019.
Political Science Web site.

April offers a wide variety of campus activities

With the end of the winter semester comes a wealth of activities on campus. You could conceivably attend an event every day and evening. Alumni in the local area have some wonderful opportunities to take advantage of campus events. Just to name a few this week; the 13th annual "Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works and Academic Service Learning " will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Learning Resources Center; and the University Choir and Madrigal Singers will perform Sunday, April 20.
Be sure and check the NMU Master Calendar for a complete listing of events.

New Business Venture Competition attracts diverse ideas

Five NMU students will compete in the inaugural New Business Venture Competition on Friday, April 25. The competition is designed to provide hands-on, real-world experience for students who can translate their textbook learning into a real business idea.
"This is our first year and we're very excited about the competition," said Rajib Sanyal, dean of the College of Business."
"We had 31 entries from students in departments and programs across campus. These entries are not just in business, they can be in any major, for any student. This is a great way for the College of Business to support the spirit of entrepreneurship across all disciplines."
The program was made possible through the support of alumni who created an endowment to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit.
The five finalists will present their business plans to a panel of judges.
They are:

  • Extreme Boat works (boat repairs)-Chad Lewis
  • Northern Eco Systems (manufacture ethanol from cellulose)-Rebecca Miller
  • Presque Longboards (made to order skateboards)-Brian Emigh, Darren Young, Ricky Golden and Bryan Johnson
  • Project One Design Group (graphic design and photography services)-Thomas Gallagher, Richard Diebold and Crystal Zrelak
  • Singing in the Shower Recording Studios (personal recording studio)-Carla Foster and Jamie Akom

The presentations will take place in the University Center, Friday, April 25. They are free and open to the public. Visit the College of Business Web site for details.

One Book, One Community selection for 2008 announced

One Book, One Community has announced the 2008 reading selection; The Shadow of the Wind. The 2001 novel by Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a worldwide bestseller. The book was translated into English in 2004 by Lucia Graves and has sold over a million copies. Prior to that it had already achieved huge success on mainland Europe, topping the Spanish bestseller lists for weeks.
The novel, set in post- Spanish Civil War Barcelona, concerns a young boy, Daniel. Just after the war, Daniel's father takes him to the secret Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a huge library of old, forgotten titles lovingly preserved by a select few initiates. According to tradition, everyone initiated to this secret place is allowed to take one book from it, and must protect it for life. Daniel selects a book called The Shadow of the Wind by Julián Carax. In doing so Daniel becomes entangled in an age old conflict that began with the author himself. Many parallels are found to exist between the author's life and Daniel's and Julian takes it upon himself to make sure history does not repeat.
The "One Book, One Community" program encourages the Marquette County and Northern Michigan University community to read the same book and to come together to discuss it in a variety of settings. Although dozens of similar programs have been sponsored nationwide, this is one that brings together a county and a university.
A variety of events are planned for fall 2008.
Read more about One Book here.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Paul Hedgcock '76 (second from right), his wife, Jan, son Andrew (second from left) and family friend Dunkan Watson (far left.)

And yes, Paul is from that Hedgcock family. Charles B. Hedgcock, for whom the former Hedgcock Fieldhouse and current Student Services Center was named, was Paul's uncle.


From the e-mail bag

"Hi. I was hoping that there would be someone and/or a file in the School of Education, Leadership and Public Service that might know what happened to the group of Vietnamese educators and interpreters that spent some time at NMU in 1967/68. They stayed in Spooner Hall for about a month or so. I am wondering what might have happened to them after the fall of Saigon in 1975. Does anyone know?"
Ken Trank '69
Pleasantville, N.Y.



"Local freelance writer, Victoria (Derkos) LaFave '94, has had one of her stories published in a just-released book. The 256-page book, 'My Teacher Is My Hero', published by Adams Media out of Avon, Ma, focuses on ways teachers have enriched the lives of their students. LaFave’s story, 'Fixer Upper', focuses on her high school English and Creative Writing Teacher Doug Fix, and how he inspired her to keep writing despite inevitable struggles. LaFave’s story will be one of 50 stories published in the book, and was chosen out of more than 500 submissions. 'My Teacher Is My Hero' is currently available for purchase at Amazon.com, AdamsMedia.com, and BarnesandNoble.com and at Book World in Delta Plaza Mall, and Canterbury Bookstore in downtown Escanaba."
Jacquinn Williams
Publicist, Adams Media

"Hi. I just released three newly-authored books on my Web site, www.finlanbooks.com. Included are: 'Getting Yourself Elected', 'Schools in the USA Are Pathetic' and 'Life Coaching'. Please check out my Web site for details."
Dr. William Finlan '68
Gladstone, Mich.

"Having attended NMU in the late 1950's, I was fascinated to see the building of the Mackinac Bridge on the History Channel last week.  Its completion was simultaneous with my arrival from Massachusetts to the U.P. in 1957. However, my initial trip from home was via Chicago by rail so all I recall was losing the club car in Green Bay and preparing to be met by Frosty Ferzacca, Stan Albeck, Tom Peters and Gus Gustofson.  After settling into campus in August, I can remember the talk about a bridge that was opening and vaguely remember my first crossing, going to a downstate football game with Frosty and the quick stop at a small restaurant in St. Ignace. I had no idea this bridge was a marvel of the world with a historic suspension plan, not to mention the economic lift it has given the U.P.  It was also the doorway to God's country for many of us. Check the History Channel in your area for a treat.  Since my graduation in '60, I have crossed many bridges but none as rewarding as the Mackinac. Thanks to NMU and the people in the U.P. I am now living on Cape Cod in the summer and Hilton Head in the winter. If any alumni can find that club car I lost in Green Bay, you are welcome to visit."
Bill Brodeur '60
Yarmouth, Mass.

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