Photographer and adventurer Denis Belliveau traveled in the footsteps of Marco Polo from Italy to China and back. He wrote about his travels and produced a 2008 documentary for PBS, In the Footsteps of Marco Polo. Belliveau will be an "Explorer in Residence" at NMU Sept. 25-29 and will give a public presentation from 6:15-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in 1100 Jamrich Hall. Admission is free. A buffet of Central Asian desserts prepared by NMU chef Nathan Mileski will be available before the presentation from 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Belliveau is also making presentations in NMU history, anthropology and international studies classes at NMU, andworking with middle-school students at Gwinn Public Schools.
For more information about Belliveau and the Explorer in Residence program, visit http://thestepsofpolo.org/.
This Explorer in Residence program is made possible by the financial and logistical support of NMU's Department of History, NMU's School of Education, NMU's International Studies Program, the NMU Foundation, the NMU Provost's Office and Gwinn Public Schools.
The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will offer a Recreational Vehicle Seminar from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 5, at Hilltop RV. Dave Korpi from Hilltop RV will provide information and answer questions about Recreational Vehicles to help with your purchase decision. After an introduction, attendees will have the opportunity to tour different models on their lot.
The cost is $3 for NCLL members and $8 for non-members. Register before Thursday, Sept. 28, by calling 227-2979. For more information, contact Judy Ashby at 250-4302.
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees today approved a 2017-18 general fund operating budget of about $110 million. The budget is $2.2 million, or 2.1 percent, higher than last year. The increase is attributed mainly to contractual obligations and inflationary cost increases related to supplies, materials and support of designated operations and services.
Along with the budget, trustees approved an addendum advanced by the finance committee that instructs the administration to address NMU Intercollegiate Athletics targeted operational support needs for fiscal year 2018, and to develop a three-year comprehensive strategic plan for Athletics to be presented to the committee at the Dec. 14 board meeting.
“I so much appreciate the action of the board today because I believe we still have untapped potential in leveraging athletics to advance the mission of the entire university,” said Trustee Rick Popp. “Athletics are so important in community engagement, bringing and cultivating diversity on campus, building pride in NMU, enhancing student life, increasing enrollment, leadership development, personal growth and more. And there is also the importance of the fan experience—every person who attends an athletic event in person, online, or in the media must come away with a remarkably positive experience with NMU.”
The board also approved the facilities five-year master plan and the 2017-18 capital outlay project request. Both are required annually by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. The top two priority projects identified by NMU are: a revitalized Career Tech and Engineering Technology Facility; and an Academic Teaching and Business Innovation Center.
The first project would modernize the Jacobetti Complex into a “vibrant, modern, high-tech teaching facility for future engineers and technical career professionals.” The second would transform the McClintock Building into a state-of the-art teaching and business innovation facility.
“We will be actively pursuing the Career Tech and Engineering Technology Facility in Lansing this year,” said Gavin Leach, vice president for Finance and Administration. “It will put cutting-edge career and technical education (CTE) training tools and technology in the hands of Northern students, enhancing their learning experience. It will also support the U.P.'s high-demand CTE workforce of tomorrow, which aligns with the State of Michigan's goal to increase CTE education to meet the statewide demand for skilled workers.
“Last year, we finished fourth on the points list and the state approved three projects. We went back and made some refinements based on feedback from people in Lansing and think we have a great plan to submit this year. Should that project be approved, the state would pay 75 percent of the cost and Northern would be responsible for 25 percent.”
Trustees authorized a $50,000 incentive bonus for President Fritz Erickson, based on an executive committee review of his performance evaluation. They recognized several of his accomplishments over the past year: a double-digit percentage increase in freshman enrollment; success with the Educational Access Network initiative that delivers educational broadband to U.P. communities; program investment and planning on new academic initiatives; quality of campus facilities; and increased community engagement. Trustees also voted to accept Erickson's submitted goals for the current fiscal year.
In other action, the board:
-Approved the negotiated three-year agreement between NMU and its AFSCME 1094 union representing food services staff, maintenance employees and police officers.
-Approved the university's new mission and vision statements. The mission statement reads: “Northern Michigan University's distinctive academic and career programs are nurtured by exceptional teaching and extensive opportunities for scholarship, creativity and engagement. Our supportive, connected community empowers students, graduates, faculty and staff to contribute to a diverse and sustainable world.” The vision statement reads: “Northern Michigan University promotes an active environment to foster strong minds and bodies, inspires innovation and inclusion through community engagement, and develops leaders capable of local and global impact.”
-Agreed to set the following meeting schedule for calendar year 2018 (all Thursday-Friday dates): Feb. 15-16 retreat; May 3-4; July 12-13 retreat; Sept. 20-21; and Dec. 13-14. Also approved a motion to reduce the required advance notice from those wishing to address the board from 14 days before a meeting to five days.
-Authorized naming classroom 224 in Lydia Olson Library the “Bobbie Marie Henderson '75 Classroom.” Henderson, of Marquette, is a 1975 NMU graduate and a Professor Emeritus from Olson Library. She received NMU's Distinguished Faculty Award in 1988 for her accomplishments as a teacher, librarian and campus leader.
-Agreed to rename the Division of Advancement the Northern Michigan University Foundation.
-Agreed to add an Outstanding Global Campus Student Award to the NMU Board of Trustees student achievement awards.
-Approved the following Public School Academy board appointments (all terms expire June 30, 2020): Mary Covington, reappointed to Burton Glen Charter School Academy; Charlotte Harris and Jackie Kang, Nah Tah Wahsh Public School Academy; Julie Kostich-Connors, North Star Academy; and James Dobson, Walton Public School Academy.
Northern Michigan University's College of Business is hosting a “Celebration of Entrepreneurship.” The event will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in the first-floor atrium of the University Center. There is no cost to attend. Lunch and a t-shirt are included.
NMU alumnus Keith Glendon will be the keynote speaker. He is the global program director of strategy and business development at IBM Security. He has experience working with startup companies, government institutions, global corporations and community volunteer organizations.
The conference will also include multiple sessions about starting, financing, marketing and managing a business. These sessions will be led by community entrepreneurs and business leaders, including representatives from Double Trouble DJs and DIGS Gastropub, NMU Marketing and Communications, Invent@NMU, Velodrome Coffee and more.
Check-in will be from 7:30-9 a.m. Attendees must register by Friday, Sept. 29, at www.universe.com/nmuentrepreneurship2017.
Northern Michigan University's Regional Police Academy will host informational meetings at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, and Wednesday, Oct. 4, in room 132 of the Jacobetti Complex. Those interested in attending the academy from May-August 2018 are encouraged to attend one of the 45-minute sessions.
The meetings will share Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and NMU requirements to attend the academy, an overview of the academy and an opportunity to ask questions.
Sign up by calling 227-1408.
One Book One Community program has planned October events related to this year's selection, Wolf's Mouth by John Smolens, NMU professor emeritus. The novel features a World War II Italian officer in a Prisoner of War camp in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the ruthless camp commandant and the officer's adventures with an American woman after his escape to postwar Detroit.
The following events are free and open to the public:
Wolf's Mouth author John Smolens will give his feature presentation and reading from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center at NMU. Books will be available for purchase and signing afterward.
A series of public book discussions on Wolf's Mouth will take place as follows: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Shiras Room of Peter White Public Library; 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Ishpeming Carnegie Library; and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Ishpeming Carnegie Library.
Smolens will also give a presentation on the research he put into writing Wolf's Mouth at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in NMU's Lydia Olson Library.
The Northern Michigan University Seaborg Center will offer fall College for Kids programs designed for students in grades K-6. They will be held on the last weekend in September and October. All classes run from 9 a.m. to noon and cost $8. To register, visit http://www.nmu.edu/seaborg/college-kids-fall or contact the Seaborg Center at 227-2002.
Here are the programs:
Saturday, Sept. 30:
Grades K-1: Trees, Leaves, and Critters Inbetween! - Through interactive games and activities, students will learn to identify a variety of trees, leaves, and critters that live among them. Students will sing and dance, mold and shape leaf designs, and use their detective skills to discover the great outdoors.
Grades 2-3: Scooby-Doo Where's the Clue? - Come join Scooby and the Mystery Gang as we solve the case of the stolen Scooby Snacks. Use your newly developed skills to analyze the cluprit's fingerprints and handwriting, and uncover secret clues to put the thief in cuffs.
Grades 4-6: A Bloody Mess - Help us explore the blood moving through our bodies. Investigate the different human blood types, the parts of blood, and explore major blood diseases found in people.
Saturday, Oct. 28
Grades K-1: Shell-cracker Egg-speriment - Come join us for an egg-cellent time! Create parachutes and other devices to keep an egg from cracking when dropped from different heights or slung from a catapult.
Grades 2-3: The Force and the Furious - How fast and how far can your car go? Join us as we explore forces working on our cars by designing and constructing your own. It's a race to the finish line.
Grades 4-6: Creepy Chemistry - Milk to plastic? Eggs in a bottle? What?! We are looking for fellow scientists to join us for some crazy chemistry in our wacky, weird lab!
Power Construction is an 89-year-old, management-owned company operating exclusively in and around the northern Illinois markets. They concentrate on five customer markets: Corporate, Developer, Healthcare, Hotel and Education.
They will be conducting pre-scheduled interviews for their project engineer and project engineer intern positions. If you're interested in being considered for an interview, please apply on their website and visit them at the Construction Management & Engineering Technology Career Fair.
For more than a century, Kraus-Anderson has been transforming the American landscape. Founded in 1897 and privately owned and managed by the Engelsma family for more than 70 years, KA is consistently ranked by Engineering News Record among the top 50 general contractors in the United States.
Kraus-Anderson Construction Company's Internship Program offers ambitious college juniors the opportunity to put their knowledge and skills to work in the real world of commercial construction. They will be conducting pre-scheduled interviews for their Project Engineer Internship Program. If you are interested in being considered for an interview, apply online and visit them at the Construction Management & Engineering Technology Career Fair.