University forum upcoming

Marcellino Signorelli

President Les Wong will hold a university forum to mention recent developments on campus at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in Jamrich 102.

A forum is held by Wong for the university almost every semester. It aims to inform members of the university as to what is and what will be going on around campus.

For those who are unable to attend, the event will be streamed live and the video will be available for viewing after the event. The video link will be available on the NMU website.

“Featured topics of discussion will include updates of current academic program reviews,” said news director Kristi Evans. “It will also look at department’s programs and a look at [their] majors and minors, and should the university invest or disinvest.”

The forum will last anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes. According to Evans, part of the discussion will focus on the effectiveness of different departments programs, which will determine whether they pursue new opportunities or directions.

“The new cogeneration power plant project [will be discussed], along with other spring and summer facilities projects,” Evans said. “The health and wellness initiative and searches for high-profile positions (provost and athletic director) will be discussed. There are quite a few topics to cover.”

The proposed power plant, which will run on biomass, will be made to provide both power and heat for the campus and is expected to be completed next year. Another topic of discussion will be the governor’s higher education funding proposal and how the budgeting for it will affect NMU, Evans said.

“Most often it is employees and the forum is more towards staff and faculty,” Evans said. “However, students and the public are allowed to attend the forum.”

There will also likely be a question-and-answer session at the end of the forum. Questions are welcome by anyone in attendance at the end of the forum.

Despite the larger proportion of faculty and staff, students as well as members of the public can show up and are allowed just as much involvement as the faculty and university employees.

For more information about the forum, call communications and marketing at (906) 277-2720.