Seven Northern Michigan University professors were honored for their scholarly or creative activities, teaching and innovative use of technology at the recent Celebration of Scholarship ceremony.

Award recipients and their respective departments were: Louise Bourgault, communication and performance studies, and Michael Loukinen, sociology and social work, Excellence in Scholarship Award; Susan Goodrich, modern languages and literatures, Robert Goodrich, history, and Judith Puncochar, education, the TLC Award for exemplary use of notebook computers in teaching, research and community service; and Charles Ganzert, communication and performance studies, and Joseph Lubig, education, Excellence in Teaching.

Bourgault is a specialist in African media and popular culture responses to the AIDS epidemic. She won a Fulbright Regional Research Award for AIDS-related research in Africa and has served as a visiting lecturer at universities in South Africa, Malaysia and France. She has produced two documentaries and written two books, one of which earned the prestigious Choice Book Award.

Loukinen is a filmmaker who specializes in ethnic documentaries. He has completed 12 films on Finnish Americans, local Serbian communities and Ojibwe, Menominee and Ottawa Native Americans. He also broaches topical issues with documentaries on alternative schools, alcohol and domestic violence, adults with disabilities and vehicular homicide.

Ganzert teaches broadcasting and media studies. He also serves as the academic adviser for WUPX-FM. His students have won awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters in each of the last 15 years. He was described at the ceremony as a dedicated instructor who supervises more than a quarter of the internships in his discipline, an eagerly sought-out adviser and a professional who thoroughly understands the nature of audio and music recording.

Lubig joined the NMU faculty after 11 years with the Marquette School District. He has served as a leader in the School of Education accreditation efforts and has created collaborative relationships in the university and community. Lubig was promoted to associate professor and became director of the School of Education's field experience office this year.

Susan Goodrich’s project, “Brazilianizing the Curriculum: Integrating Online Authentic Cultural Resources into Language Coursework,” uses Web-based cultural materials from across multiple disciplines to enhance second-language acquisition and intercultural comprehension in an accelerated Portuguese language classroom. The Internet interactions Goodrich designed link language study to a living culture that produces artifacts, introduces customs that influence language use and defines how Brazil interacts on a global stage. 

Robert Goodrich took proactive steps to learn Web site design to enhance the Vienna summer study-abroad program. The outcome is a site that provides a one-stop experience for those interested in an educational experience in the Austrian city, gives immediate updates as changes occur in the program, offers curricular material relevant to the experience while in Vienna and includes a photo gallery and a Web blog.

Puncochar was honored for a project that embedded the university's third annual UNITED (Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity) Conference into the NMU academic curriculum via three online courses. Two were geared toward certified teachers throughout Michigan; the third targeted individuals involved in diversity training and enrollees from disciplines outside of education.

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December 15, 2008