Friday, September 19, 2014

NMU Archives event illuminates history of school

The North Wind
September 18th, 2014

Students using the new John X. Jamrich Hall may already know a lot about its new Starbucks and classroom design, but perhaps not so much about its namesake.
“I believe that [Jamrich] was probably the most important and significant president in the history of this college,” professor and chief archivist Marcus Robyns said.
The night before the new Jamrich Hall’s dedication, Robyns will present “Blood on the Table: The Battle for Shared Governance at NMU 1967-1976” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Room 126 in the Learning Resources Center.
“The event is sure to be informative and entertaining,” senior library assistant Nora Scholl said, noting Robyns “spirited” presentation style.
Senior student assistant Allison Engblom works in the NMU Archives and said the audience can expect to learn about “a time when it showed how people were actually able to make a change by protesting and making their voices heard.”
Jamrich was president when the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) became the collective bargaining representative for NMU’s faculty.
One of the AAUP’s responsibilities is to negotiate the faculty’s employment contract with NMU’s administration. Before the faculty was represented by the the AAUP, there was no contract that guaranteed them shared governance of the university.

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