Friday, May 4, 2012


Board Approves Housing and Dining Rates

The NMU Board of Trustees has approved 2012-13 housing and dining rates. The annual cost of a standard double-occupancy room and the “constant meal pass” option will be $8,200, an increase of $230.

The board also authorized the university to continue in 2012-13 at a budget level no greater than the current year—with the exception of increases required by negotiated union contracts—until the state’s appropriation is determined and a new general fund budget is approved. For more actions, read the Full Story.

Employees Address Board

The NMU Board of Trustees’ regular session this morning opened with comments from four employees and a former student who filed advance requests to address the board.

Michelle Kimball (AIS-Library), president of UAW Local 1950, is pictured during her presentation. Other employees who spoke included John MacDevitt (Counseling and Consultation Services), Ron Sundell (Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences), president of the NMU chapter of AAUP, and Frankie McCormick (Chemistry). Their concerns focused on salary and benefit issues associated with current contract negotiations and the impact of faculty understaffing on the student academic experience. Full Story


NMU Breaks Ground for Renewable Energy Facility


NMU officials held a groundbreaking ceremony this morning to celebrate the construction of a renewable energy facility. Pictured are (from left) Austin Coon of the Northern Michigan Constructors student organization, Chris Markert of Johnson Controls Inc., NMU President Les Wong and Brian Cloyd, chair of the NMU Board of Trustees.

Developed with Johnson Controls, the $16.4 million facility will burn wood chips and wood byproducts from the Upper Peninsula. The project goals are to reduce operating costs, provide greater fuel flexibility and protection from volatile gas pricing, use a renewable resource and create local jobs. Full Story


Summer Facilities Projects Planned

The Carey Hall demolition and new door access/security system installation are among other facilities projects scheduled this summer. Carey will be razed in mid-June, a process that will generate loud noise in the early stages and take about six to eight weeks to complete. Workers will restore the site, cap the utilities and close off the east exterior wall of Lee Hall, which is connected to Carey and will be preserved for possible future renovation if private funding is secured. Carey has been vacant since 2005. Its removal will save NMU $60,000 per year in utility costs and eliminate potential liability issues. The estimated project cost is $800,000. Full Story


Haynes Named Vice President

Martha Haynes was promoted to vice president for advancement, effective July 1, at today's NMU Board of Trustees meeting. Haynes oversees the NMU Foundation and the NMU Alumni Association. She becomes NMU’s third vice president, along with Gavin Leach (Finance and Administration), and Paul Lang (Academic Affairs). Full Story


Belton Involved in Brain Tumor Research

The seventh annual Hope Starts Here Challenge on Saturday, May 12, will benefit the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center in the West Science Building, a collaboration between Marquette General Hospital and NMU. Scientific research conducted by Northern professors and students is an important component of the UMBTC. Robert Belton (Biology) did not expect to be part of the effort when he joined the NMU faculty in August 2010. He had previously studied the role that Basigin proteins, located on the surface of cancer cells, played in the development of cervical cancer. He intended to continue down that path at Northern, but his focus shifted when his research also proved highly relevant to brain tumor development.

“I began working on glioblastoma brain tumors with Rob Winn (Biology) and Dr. Rich Rovin of the UMBTC,” Belton said. “I’m looking at the Basigin family of proteins and how they impact tumor survival and metastasis, or spreading.” Full Story


Awards Presented at Employee Luncheon

The 2012 NMU Faculty and Staff Recognition Luncheon took place Tuesday, April 17. It honored faculty, staff and retirees for their years of service to NMU. Excellence-in-Service and Distinguished Team Awards were also presented. Full Story


Transportation System Changing

Northern will no longer maintain a fleet of small cars that departments can reserve. The university’s 10 Ford Focuses currently leased through the state of Michigan will be decommissioned around July 1. Through its membership in an educational/institutional consortium that negotiates rates with rental-car providers, NMU will contract with the local Enterprise affiliate to meet individual needs as they arise. Full Story


Transmitter Extends WUPX Reach, Assists WNMU

A new 1,700-watt digital transmitter will expand the listening base of student radio station WUPX (Radio X) as far as Munising, Champion and Rapid River. It will also provide a digital broadcast for WNMU, enhancing the its signal in the Marquette area. The new transmitter comes after years of preparation and university-wide collaboration. Pictured at right is a celebration of the conversion held last month at the station. Full Story

One Book Selection Announced


A Mountain of Crumbs, a memoir by Elena Gorokhova, has been announced as the 2012 One Book One Community selection just in time to add to summer reading lists or consider for fall semester course syllabi. The county-wide program is designed to share the joy of reading and the free exchange of ideas through a common book. It also supports NMU's Road Map to 2015 emphasis on community engagement. Full Story


AQIP Action Project Under Way

A newly launched AQIP action project, Print Management Study and Recommendations, has the potential to cross all organizational areas of the university. A task force headed by Kaylie Anthos (Business Services) will gather departmental print, copy, scan and fax requirements to study the campus print environment. Once needs are identified, comprehensive print management options will be investigated and recommendations made for cost control and work flow efficiencies that might eliminate redundant print equipment and adopt a single machine for document management, distribution and production.

This project arose through a new selection process, said Sandra Poindexter (Business), AQIP liaison. NMU will now annually choose one action project from submitted service unit plans. The task force, to be created in early May, will represent all parts of the campus.


Krista Clumpner’s first library job was in 5th grade and served the ulterior motive of getting her out of a reading class that wasn’t advancing quickly enough to keep pace with her comprehension level.  Motivated by boredom, she and another top student jumped at an opportunity to volunteer in the school library in lieu of attending class.

“My elementary school had a fantastic library,” said Clumpner, who grew up in Shawano, Wis. “It was a bizarre environment with taxidermied animals scattered around. The librarian had bright red, curly hair and some live parakeets that were on site with her. We learned the Dewey Decimal System, reshelved materials that had been returned and made sure the books on the shelves were in proper order.” Full Story



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