For the week of August 27, 2007
From the Academic Mall
near perfect weather for the start of the fall semester on the campus
of Northern Michigan University today. Those lucky enough not to have a
Monday class can be found at the beach. We may finally get some
much-needed rain over the next few days as scattered storms are in the
Here's a look at Fall Fest on the Academic Mall today. More than 100 local businesses and student groups including the NMU Alumni Association, took the opportunity to pass out information on programs and services.
President delivers convocation address
transformation was the dominant theme of Northern Michigan University
President Les Wong’s fall convocation address to faculty and staff on
Wednesday, August 22. His annual speech ushers in the new academic year
The full text of the convocation speech is available here.
NMU Police Academy holds graduation ceremony
Michigan University's Regional Police Academy held its graduation
ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 22. The 18 recruits received certificates of
completion. The recruits are from Michigan and Wisconsin.
The academy consists of 16 weeks of training that covers a curriculum set forth by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MICOLES). For more information regarding the NMU Regional Police Academy, please call Leonard Dawson at 906-227-1408.
New programs debut
new academic programs are being offered at Northern this fall. Students
may now pursue associate of applied science degrees in radiography,
respiratory therapy and surgical technology; a certificate in plastic
injection technology; graduate-level certificates in criminal justice
management, facilitated training and performance improvement; a
post-master’s nursing educator certificate; a bachelor’s degree in loss
prevention management; and a master’s degree in experimental psychology.
Loss prevention management is Northern’s first completely online bachelor’s degree program. According to criminal justice professor Bob Hanson, it had been in the planning stages for several years. But because the primary market is non-traditional students who work full time, implementation had to wait until technology made it possible to deliver the program in a strictly electronic format.
“We worked with our advisory board to identify essential courses,” Hanson said. “Based on that, we identified content experts from across the United States to work with faculty here to deliver classes. From what we can tell, this is a unique program in terms of the specialized audience it targets. We identified a niche – people already working in the loss prevention field whose upward mobility is limited because they don’t have a degree – and worked to develop something tailored to their needs. Target recently became the first retailer to require employees in its asset protection division to hold a bachelor’s degree.”
The national advisory board includes representatives of Target, along with Shopko, Lowe’s, Sears, Walgreens, Game Stop and other retailers representing more than $100 billion in sales. As of this week, 17 students had been accepted into the program this fall and another 20 are in some stage of the application process. Only one hails from Marquette, which shows the far-reaching recruitment potential.
Three NMU students head to Stratford
Dornquast Scholars, from left to right: Shauntaia Rogers, Tony Paquette, professor emeritus Robert Dornquast, and Kelly Passinault.
Northern Michigan University students were in Stratford, Ont. for the
better part of a week to see plays and meet with theatre professionals.
All of this is courtesy of retired NMU Communications and Performance
Studies professor, Robert Dornquast. Thanks to his generous endowment,
the trio has tickets to four shows, lodging and transportation.
Seniors Tony Paquette, an accounting/financial planning major from Marquette, and Shuantaia Rogers, a political science/pre-law major from Brownstown/Rockford, along with graduate theatre major Kelly Passinault from Christmas.
The three saw The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Oklahoma! and King Lear on the various Stratford stages. They will also get a backstage tour of the theatre itself, and meet actors and designers in an informal setting.
"This is my first opportunity to see several professional productions," said Paquette. "And it's Stratford! Watching four plays in the space of several days will be an unbelievable experience."
Wildcat sports update
| Bob Laughna '69 has been named head coach for women's swimming and diving.
Laughna is no stranger to NMU as he has been associated with the
women's swim team for over 20 years. He has been a volunteer assistant
and was interim head coach for the 2002-03 season.
The NMU women's soccer team ran its record to a perfect 2-0 with a 3-0 win over UM-Crookston, Sunday, Aug. 26. With the win, the team captured the Holiday Inn express Tournament in Bemidji, Minn. NMU will be in action again at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3 for its home opener against Lewis University.
The NMU volleyball team suffered four losses at the Concordia-St. Paul Tournament last weekend. First-year head coach Dominic Yoder said his young team played hard and aggressive. "This is something to build on," said Yoder. NMU will play at the North Dakota Fall Tournament this weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 1).
Rugby reunion scheduled for Labor Day Weekend
The annual NMU rugby reunion will take place in Marquette, Sept. 1-3. Events include a social and alumni rugby match.
For details, contact Steve Nemeckay '90 at firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Email bag
(Marston) and Brian Cleven '91 are proud to present a fourth generation
Wildcat in our family, Philip Lee Cleven, class of 202_? He was 6 lbs.,
4 oz. and measured 18.5 inches. He was born on August 6th, the same
birth date as his grandfather, Philip Cleven '65. C.E. Cleven '50 is
proud of his first great-grandson."
Brian Cleven '91
Severna Park, Md.
got back from my annual trip 'home' to Marquette. Reading 'What's New,
NMU?' today and as usual, it's loaded with good info. Was not able to
get to the 6th floor, but was across the street at the NMU Bookstore.
Had two grandchildren selecting NMU apparel and yes, I got my 10%
discount! 'Horizons'? Read it on the way up to Marquette. Shamrock?
While the family was shopping at Getzs, I stopped by and talked to a
construction worker who let me know of the soon-to-be 'Chop House'.
Will try it next year."
Paul DesJardins '71
know you're getting old when half the buildings on campus are named
after professors that you had. It's still wonderful to get news from
NMU. Living at the old Theta house on Arch Street, the North End was a
long walk so our favorite hangout was the Tip Top. Of course, Flanigans
was also a favorite, especially on St. Patrick's Day. Standing in line
at Home Depot recently, I spotted a man with a 'Say ya to the U.P., eh'
shirt. Turned out we were both 1955 graduates. What a small world. Keep
up the good work."
Don Balzarini '55
curiosity about the landscape change with the flood, and a family
gathering in the Northern L.P., made me make it to Marquette for the
first time since 1988. Amazing how things change. Not just due to the
flood, but development, also. Nobody sells moccasins or smoked fish on
the roadside. It's all casinos now. I enjoy the Monday updates from
James Vass '87, '88
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