News for NMU Employees


Friday, March 1, 2013

Parking Impacted by New Jamrich Hall Construction

The New Jamrich Hall project is scheduled to begin the week of March 25. A portion of parking lot 28 between C.B. Hedgcock and the Learning Resources Center will be closed for university use. Site-preparation activities will close about half of the lot, as crews install construction fencing and deliver job trailers and heavy equipment. During the second week of the project, excavators will begin preparing the site for underground utilities. Faculty and staff are encouraged to use alternate lots near the buildings. Full Story


NMU Administrators Visit UAE University

An NMU delegation visited United Arab Emirates University on Feb. 27. Pictured (from left) are: Martha Haynes (Advancement); NMU President David Haynes; H.E. Dr. Ali Rashid Al Noaimi, Vice Chancellor of UAEU; Jamal Rashed (Business) and Paul Lang (Academic Affairs).

The visit included tours of the university's library and laboratories and discussions about the history of UAEU, research conducted there and possible exchanges between the two institutions. To see a press release on the visit prepared by UAEU, click here.


Haynes Announces Enrollment Goals

NMU President David Haynes held his first campus forum to update employees on enrollment, financial aid and the state legislative process. He unveiled a new enrollment goal of 2 percent growth in each of the next three years.


“That’s 182 students this first year,” he said. “We need to do it in small bites and it will take the campus’ cooperation and support. So talk about it, share ideas, help us find students. We also need to determine how much we grow on and off campus. … We are one of two universities that do not offer programs off campus. In today’s higher education market, that doesn’t work. We’ll be at Macomb Community College this fall and in Grand Rapids. The international market is huge, but we haven’t had much growth. With our new director, we will look at what we could be doing differently to bring students here and to bring NMU off campus.” Full Story


Strauss Selected for Fulbright Seminar

Carol Strauss (Modern Languages and Literatures) is one of only 15 faculty nationwide selected to participate in the Fulbright Commission’s German Studies Seminar. The seminar will be held June 10-19 in the country’s capital and is titled “Berlin: Where Cultures Meet and Challenges Abound.” Strauss and other participants will explore how Germany’s political, economic and cultural systems deal with contemporary issues. Full Story


Public Radio 90 Hits the Half-Century Mark


April 15 is not only tax day; it also marks the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast by WNMR-FM from Lee Hall. What began as an “underground student station” similar to Radio X with five hours of programming per day evolved into WNMU-FM, a professional Public Broadcasting affiliate that is on the air 24/7. Full Story


Archives Hosts Public Radio 90 Presentation


The next “Evening at the Archives” event will focus on the 50th anniversary of Public Radio 90 (WNMU-FM). The NMU Archives is working with station staff members to assemble a presentation of images, documents, oral history interviews and broadcasts narrated by Hans Ahlstrom (WNMU-FM), pictured left. The presentation will trace the history of the radio station, with all of its triumphs and challenges. It is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in room 126 of the Learning Resources Center. Refreshments will be served.


Donor-Funded Scholarship Application Deadline March 5

Applications for scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year are due by March 5. The application and selection process has been streamlined and automated through development of a web application that matches a student's profile to scholarship selection criteria. The system is more student-focused and less labor-intensive. It was largely because of this improvement that NMU was one of nine colleges and universities nationwide named by University Business magazine in its “Models of Efficiency” national recognition program. For more information on the collaboration between Brian Larson (AdIT) and Robyn Stille (NMU Foundation) that resulted in the new system, read the previous CAMPUS story.


NMU Baja Team Places First

The NMU Society of Automotive Engineers Baja team won first place at the 2013 Winter Baja race held Saturday in Houghton, Mich. The race was hosted by Michigan Technological University.

NMU students Andy Shafer, Matt Bair, Dan Klim and Chris Taylor drove the NMU No. 23 car, which beat 45 others during the four-hour endurance race. NMU was followed in the top five by Virginia Tech, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and two Michigan Tech teams. Full Story


'Night of a Thousand Stars' Fundraiser March 15

The NMU First Nighters' Club is hosting a cabaret-style performance of music and comedy from Broadway and beyond. The "Night of a Thousand Stars" fundraiser starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Forest Roberts Theatre. Tickets are available at any NMU Ticket outlet and are $10 for students and $20 for the general public.

Featured performers include B.G. Bradley and sons, Bobby Glen Brown, Andrew Bourgoin, Susan Boyle, the cast of Avenue Q, Brent Clark, David Hansen, Jacob Laitinen, James Panowski, Leslie Sollid, Beth Theile, Dan Truckey (Beaumier Center), Ansley Valentine (CAPS) and Kerry Yost.

The First Nighter’s Club creates opportunities for student artists and supports the theatre community of Marquette and the surrounding areas.  It is directed by Denise Clark and Jeff Spencer.



Jim Robare (Plant Operations) has an affinity for big machines at work and fast machines at play. As a heavy equipment operator at NMU, he drives a snowplow in the winter, a tractor mower that cuts a 15-foot swath in the summer and occasionally a backhoe. He previously operated bulldozers and excavators while employed by a local construction company.


In his spare time, Robare is a motorcycle enthusiast who owns a Harley Softail and travels to the annual Sturgis Rally in South Dakota. He also used to build and race late-model stock cars, even competing against Mark Martin before the driver joined the NASCAR ranks. Full Story