Briefs – April 7, 2011

Ariana Grams

Showcase features French life

Students, faculty and community members will have a chance to sample foods, learn about French culture and traditions, as well as learn some dances during the Regions of France Showcase.

This showcase is a feature of the French Culture and Civilization course and has been put on every year since 2009.

“The students work in groups to research 22 regions and they present their work to the community at the showcase,” said Tara Foster, assistant professor of French at NMU who teaches the course.

The showcase will be Monday, April 11 in Whitman Commons from 11:15 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

— Ariana Grams

Event to show men in heels

The Marquette community is invited to participate in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event as a way to show support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Men are asked to wear high heels as a way for them to show support, said Kelly Laakso, sexual assault victims advocate at the Marquette Women’s Center.

“It’s a way to bring the campus and community together to provide information and show the impact sexual assault has,” Laakso said.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will begin with a brief presentation followed by walking.

The event will be held on April 12 at 6 p.m. in the Nicolet Room in the University Center.

— Nikki Mitchell

Provost to leave NMU

Provost Susan Koch will become the new vice president and chancellor of University of Illinois-Springfield (UIS). Koch will assume the role on July 1.

NMU President Les Wong spoke highly of Koch’s abilities and said he is eager to meet her.

“This is a great move for Dr. Koch.  She is a very skilled administrator and getting the opportunity to lead her own campus is well deserved,” Wong said. “We will miss her. I look forward to working with her as a colleague in serving the people of the Midwest.”

In a press release issued by UIS, Koch spoke of what drew her to the UIS.

“With its strong reputation as a public liberal arts university, UIS is providing the state of Illinois with graduates who have the knowledge, skills and values necessary to be productive contributors to and leaders of their communities,” Koch said. “I’m excited about working to continue and enhance this very important tradition.”

—Scott Viau