Briefs – October 7, 2010

NW Staff

Conference held for ed students

A Professional Development Conference will be held for graduate students and undergraduate seniors in education, on Friday Oct. 8.

The conference will be held in the University Center Superior Rooms. It will cover five components that have been proven to be necessary in graduate school and after. The components are communication, leadership, teaching and instruction, professional adaptability, and self-awareness.

The idea for the conference came from two current graduate students, Krista Mann, a graduate student in English, and Vanessa Thibado, a graduate student in biology. They worked with English department head, Ray Ventre, and biology department head, Patrick Brown, to secure funding through the Wildcat Innovation grant.

Mann and Thibado said that one of the goals of the conference is to enhance students’ experience during their graduate studies at NMU. For more information and to register for the conference, email [email protected]

– Chelsea Parrish

University choir performs

Students will be singing a musical arrangement that spans upwards of 400 years, at a University Choir performance on Sunday Oct. 10. The performance will include the likes of a dramatized version of ancient Latin text, a singular rendition of the Jewish folk song “Dance the Hora,” and a choral interpretation of a vignette by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The free event will have the University Choir joined by the Madrigal Singers and The Lake Effect Show Choir.

The University choir alone will present Bach’s discourse “Lobet den Herrn” and a striking setting of the Latin text “Arma Lucis (Put on the Amour of Light)” by Jackson Berkey.

“All three ensembles are made of NMU students who have worked since the semester’s beginning to present a program of varied and interesting music,” said Dr. Floyd Slotterback, professor of music.

Dr. Slotterback, along with musical instructor Sharon Green, will guide the choirs throughout the production. The show takes place 3 p.m. at the PEIF.

— Travis Rogers

German author to present

Bestselling German author Susanne Schädlich will present “Betrayal in Berlin: A Story of East and West” at Northern Michigan University on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Her talk is scheduled at 7 p.m. in the Mead Auditorium, located near the rotunda entrance to the West Science Building.

Schädlich is the author of the best-selling memoir December, Time and Again: The West, the Secret Police, and My Uncle. When she was 12 years old, Schädlich’s family was forced to move from East Germany to West Germany for political reasons. Thirty years later, she learned of an ultimate betrayal: her favorite uncle had spent decades spying for the East German secret police, or Stasi, and informed on the whole family. Schädlich’s memoir tells of growing up under two systems, being an outsider in both and the generation between East and West finding its place.

This presentation is part of the International Scholars Series. Parking is available across the street from West Science behind Whitman Hall.

— NMU News Bureau