Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Provost Interviews Completed

With the final on-campus interview completed Monday, the provost search committee is scheduled to meet Friday to develop a recommendation for President Les Wong.


The campus visits included a public presentation. Each finalist was asked to address the following topic: “In light of national trends and/or challenges with regard to higher education, what role does the provost play in leveraging NMU’s opportunities and in responding to our unique challenges?” Issues that surfaced repeatedly in the comments included declining state support, increased emphasis on accountability, shifting student demographics and the impact of technology. Full Story



MGHS-Duke LifePoint Impact on NMU

When Marquette General Health System (MGHS) announced on March 6 it had signed a memorandum of understanding to join Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a question began to ripple across campus: How does the change at MGHS impact NMU?


“We’ve just begun meeting with the MGHS and Duke LifePoint transition teams, so it’s too early at this point to get into details other than to say that the Duke LifePoint officials have made it clear from the start that the already existing relationship between MGH and NMU was a positive factor in their decision to move forward with the MGH deal,” said NMU President Les Wong. Full Story


Online Education Grad Programs Make U.S. News Rankings


Northern’s online graduate programs in education are among the top 50 nationwide, according to the 2012 rankings compiled by U.S. News and World Report. NMU is 39th on the list and the second-highest in Michigan.


“We are proud to be recognized for the work we’re doing in the online environment while maintaining a high standard for communication with individuals and groups of students,” said Joe Lubig (Education). “We treat online courses with the same pride as those we offer on campus.” Full Story



Jensen Earns Distinguished Faculty Award


Randall Jensen (Health, Physical Education and Recreation) is the recipient of the 2012 NMU Distinguished Faculty Award for his university and professional contributions. He will be honored at commencement on Saturday, May 5.


An NMU faculty member since 1995, Jensen teaches classes in biomechanics, applied exercise physiology, research methods and statistics. He also conducts extensive research on the effect of strength on exercise performance, often assisted by students, and has many related publications and presentations to his credit. He is a past recipient of the NMU Excellence in Professional Development Award (2007). Full Story


NMU, Bay Enter Network Computing Agreement          

NMU has announced a three-year articulation agreement with Bay de Noc Community College of Escanaba. The agreement allows graduates of Bay College’s new two-year associate degree in network administration to transfer to NMU and complete a bachelor of science degree in network computing. 


“This agreement benefits the students because it guarantees that the courses taken at Bay College will transfer completely into the bachelor’s degree,” said Randy Appleton (Mathematics and Computer Science), far left, with Karl Linderoth and Mark Highum of Bay College's computer network systems and security. “It will also benefit Northern by ensuring that incoming students have had courses that will provide a strong background for the degree.” Full Story


University Forum April 19


President Les Wong will hold a university forum at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in room 102 Jamrich Hall.  Featured topics of discussion will include updates on the current active academic reviews, the branding study and a road map revision; the governor’s higher education funding proposal and the legislative process to date; the cogeneration plant project, including a tentative timeline for construction; other spring and summer facilities projects, including the possible demolition of Carey Hall; the health initiative; and the provost and athletic director searches.

University forums are open to the public. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Supervisors are asked to work with their staff members to allow all of those interested a chance to attend. A video link will be available Friday, April 20, on the NMU home page.



As a criminal justice professor, Gloria Urban is familiar with the term rehabilitation in the context of efforts to reduce the number of repeat offenders by giving them the tools to make a more effective transition from prison back into society. But she is especially passionate about another form of rehabilitation involving mammals of the four-legged variety.

Urban helps to care for orphaned or injured animals so they can return to the wild. She specializes in raccoons, red fox and coyotes, but has taken in others as needed. She began the hobby in 2000 at the encouragement of her best friend, who has since left the area. Urban's base of operation is a 30-acre parcel she calls Echo Woods near Skandia. Full Story



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