For the week of October 6, 2003

From the 6th floor

Still a little shy of color looking out my window and that seems to be the case across the U.P. While we have had the cool days required for vibrant color, we haven't had the sunshine necessary. Seems all we've had lately are cloudy skies and that's not conducive to strong color variations. The trees in many places across the UP remain lush with green foliage. The reasons why, according to Alan Rebertus, a Northern Michigan University biology professor, relate to climatic changes and the amount of available sunlight.
The best conditions to spur the fall color change are bright sunny days and cool nights, he said. But this year, in most places in the UP, that hasn’t been the case, he said.
“It was kind of summerlike, then it became gray and cool but not sunny and cool,” he said. “Things didn’t happen this year exactly right ... for the color change to take place as usual.”

Today promises to be nice, though, at least there's some blue sky. While I had hoped to get out and take some fall photos to remind you all of how beautiful Marquette is at this time of the year, there really hasn't been the nice blue sky nor the leaf color necessary. Probably after work today or tomorrow will be better so you'll have to hang in til then.

The lag in fall color has some tourism officials concerned. Fall color season is responsible for 25-30% of UP tourism annually. That's a pretty sizable chunk.

Budget planning begins

Michigan’s higher education bill was just signed in July, but already NMU has started university-wide budget planning for next year. Northern’s governmental affairs consultant, Public Affairs Associates, Inc. (PAA), reported in a recent online advisory that the latest news on state revenues remains bleak. The PAA report said House Fiscal Agency Director Mitch Bean announced year-to-date revenues are down 1.7 percent. The budget, the report said, anticipated they would be up by .3 percent. “As a result, revenues are 2 percent below estimates, putting the budget at a potential $380 million deficit,” according to PAA. Executive orders cutting funding to higher education are still a possibility. Like last year, the Northern campus is going to discuss throughout the year our options as a university with regards to the budget choices made.

USOEC on Board meeting agenda

The NMU Board of Trustees is expected to address the future of the United States Olympic Education Center at its next regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 9-10.
The center is operating with a $150,000 reduction in university funding this year and was originally scheduled to lose the remaining $450,000 in general fund support by June 30, 2004.
Like the public broadcasting stations on campus, the USOEC has been given an opportunity to come up with a plan that will drastically decrease university support, increase external support and realize cost savings through internal reorganization. Full Story

NMU trustees will also participate in a groundbreaking ceremony and reception for the Art & Design Studios North Addition and the DeVos Art Museum.
It is scheduled at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, on the west side of Art & Design Studios North. The campus community is invited to attend.

A few tickets remain

The NMU Alumni Association has been fortunate enough to secure tickets for the sure-to-be sold out performance of The Producers in Chicago, Thursday, November 20th.

These tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are now on sale!
Ticket price includes 1 play ticket & 1 reception ticket.
Reception to take place in the Broadway in Chicago Suite.
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, desserts and beverages will be served in the suite before the show and during intermission.
This is a rare opportunity to take in some great entertainment and meet NMU alumni in the Chicago area.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 20th
Location: Ford Theatre for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre
Times: 6:45 p.m. Reception

7:30 p.m. Play "The Producers"
Seat Location: All seats are in the lower balcony

Cost: $100 for NMU Alumni Association members/ $110 for non-members

There is a limit of 50 people for this event.

Please contact the NMU Alumni Association at 1-877-GRAD NMU if you are interested in attending this event!

Volleyball 'Cats remain perfect on the season

The NMU volleyball team went two for two in Erie as they defeated Gannon University in five games on Saturday afternoon. The ‘Cats won the first game by a count of 30-27 before the Golden Knights took the second game of the match 26-30 to even the score. NMU won the third game 30-25 before Gannon came back to win the fourth game 28-30 to send the match to a fifth and deciding game. NMU won the final game of the match 15-12 to stay perfect on the season.
NMU with the win is now 12-0 overall and 7-0 in the GLIAC.
NMU returns home next weekend as they face Hillsdale on October 11 and Wayne State on October 12.

Apollo Ohno to highlight World Cup

“The World is Coming” to NMU for the World Cup speedskating event that will be held at the Berry Events Center on Oct. 24-26. More than 150 athletes, many of whom skated in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, will represent more than two dozen countries in this World Cup speedskating competition. This will be the only World Cup event held in the United States in 2003-04. Tickets are $25 for a three-day all-event pass. Day passes are $10. Students (including NMU students) can purchase tickets for $3 per day. Children six and under get in free. The world is coming . . . maybe you’d like to be here, too. If you do, make hotel reservations now as lodging accommodations are expected to be scarce by the time the world athletes arrive. Case in point, Apollo Ohno’s two fan clubs have already made reservations to travel to Marquette for this North American appearance by their speedskating star.

Don't wait til your birthday...get them now!

Support Northern Michigan University with the purchase of an NMU license plate!

And you don't have to wait until your birthday. Just visit the Secretary of State's office in your area or visit their web site. They can pro-rate your fee.

The original fee for an NMU license plate is $35, in addition to all other applicable fees. NMU will receive $25, and each time the plate is renewed, a $10 renewal fee will be collected and sent to NMU.

Purchasing the plate not only shows that you are "true to your school", but provides NMU with additional funds to help support the programs and services of the university.

Upcoming Events

Friday, Oct. 24th--Ann Arbor

Join Wildcat fans at Damons after the NMU vs. Michigan hockey game.

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 24-26

World Cup Speedskating at the Berry Events Center.

Thursday, November20th--Chicago

Special NMU Theatre Night. See "The Producers" at the Oriental Theatre.

$100 per person includes theatre ticket and open reception prior to the show and during intermission.

Contact us for details on any of the events.

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