Heidi Kattula ('98 MA), the new superintendent of East Grand Rapids Public Schools, is featured in a School News Network article. She has 26 years of experience in public education. She also serves as the treasurer of International Baccalaureate Schools of Michigan, which focus on educating from a global perspective. East Grand Rapids is exploring the designation and Kattula was a principal in Bloomfield Hills when it became the first IB district in the state. Read the full feature story here.
Kattula served as a high school mathematics teacher and department chair in Ohio, where she helped coach swimming, track, cross country and volleyball. She then became the assistant principal at Wayne Memorial High School, where she built a master schedule and organized and supported all student assessments. Her next 13 years were spent in the Bloomfield Hills Schools as principal of Andover High School, principal of West Hills Middle School and director of learning services in the district office. For two years before joining EGR School District, she served as the executive director of Oakland Schools, where she led the areas in Oakland County that impact student learning from birth through grade 12.
Northern Michigan University's Forest Roberts Theatre will present the dark and haunting musical Sweeney Todd in time for the Halloween season. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 -Saturday, Oct. 27 and Tuesday, Oct. 30-Saturday, Nov. 3. An additional 1 p.m. matinee is scheduled Nov. 3.
Sweeney Todd is based on the book by Hugh Wheeler, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was the winner of eight Tony Awards. The musical tells the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after 15 years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public.
Paul Truckey, former Broadway actor and NMU faculty member, will star in the lead role. He is joined by NMU students and community members. For the full cast listing, visit nmu.edu/frt.
Tickets are $15 for the public, $10 for students and $5 for NMU students. They are available online at tickets.nmu.edu or at any NMU EZ Ticket outlet.
For more information, contact the Forest Roberts Theatre Box Office at 227-2082 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Educational Access Network is looking for Students that are looking for employment on campus. We have a position open and ready to hire at any time!
Please apply at the following link:
The Steppin' Out Ballroom Dance Club has cancelled all Sunday sessions for the rest of this semester. The club offers free ballroom dance classes for NMU students and Marquette community members. We need to cancel for the rest of the semester, but hope to see interested students in January.
NMU Senior Tim Kruger has long been interested in woodworking, particularly furniture design. But “an epiphany” during a woodturning class led by Professor Jason Schneider convinced him to hone in on his true passion: teaching. Kruger was inspired to apply for a summer workshop at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colo., and received a scholarship to attend. Schneider also returned to “the Ranch,” where he had worked for a decade before joining NMU's faculty, to teach two summer workshops.
Kruger's scholarship covered his tuition; NMU matched the award with funds to cover travel and lodging expenses. He wrote about the potential professional and educational benefits he anticipated from the experience in his application and earned a spot in a furniture upholstery workshop led by Tina Ortman. In addition to learning new techniques, Kruger gained an understanding of the physical abilities of an upholsterer.
“It allowed me to create more realistic sketches and streamlining my entire creative process,” he said. “This experience opened up so much in terms of how I think about construction of pieces, and how I wrap my head around design problems in the process.”
Schneider taught turning with cardboard—one of his specialties—and cabinetmaking. During his 10 years as studio coordinator at the Ranch, he led workshops, assisted with residency and visiting artist programs and created work of his own. He said the “transformative experience” for instructors and students creates a semblance of family, with an emphasis on the process rather than the product.
“We focus on the information and the experience it will fuel for years to come, rather than just a single piece,” he explained. “You come out excited and overwhelmed by the experience, knowledge and connections you've made.”
Anderson Ranch hosts up to 140 artists who lead workshops each summer in eight creative categories: furniture design and woodworking; photography and news media; painting and drawing; ceramics; sculpture; woodturning; digital fabrication; and printmaking. The classes are small and intimate, Schneider said, and the community is very interconnected.
“You walk through one studio for, say, ceramics to get to the dining area. There is a lot of opportunity to connect with people. There is a very spiritual aspect to it,” he added. “You walk away with this very intense creative experience and you meet someone else who is experiencing the same energy.”
Both student and professor agree the experience is “greater than the sum of its parts.” Kruger can add it to his portfolio. He also has served as vice president of the Art Students' League; president and founder of The Timber Conglomerates; and honorary member of the Metal Benders, Ceramics Collective, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, and the Furniture Society.
This story was prepared by Erica Goff, NMU Grants and Contracts director. It is featured in the new issue of "Research and Discoveries" magazine. View the full issue here.