For the week of October 31, 2005

From the 6th floor

As you can see, another gray Monday in Upper Michigan. Seems as if we've had a lot of them lately. We are coming off a pretty nice weekend, though, with sunshine and temperatures near 65 on Saturday. It clouded up for Sunday, but still stayed relatively mild. The forecast through the week calls for continued mild weather but precipitation in the form of rain, not snow.
Monday morning view of
the road leading around Presque Isle.

Joyal to step down as provost

Fred Joyal announced he is stepping down from his position as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Northern Michigan University.  NMU President Les Wong said Joyal will retain the position until a new person is hired. After that happens, Joyal will assume the title of special assistant to the president and be assigned to spearhead several NMU priority projects involving distance learning and university-wide entrepreneurial activity.  In essence, he will become the university’s economic development officer.           
“As Dr. Wong and I were discussing some of the places we’d like to take NMU in the next one to three years, we came to the same conclusion: these projects need more attention than a provost is able to give them while taking care of the daily academic operations of a growing university and trying to stay one step ahead of an ongoing budget situation,” said Joyal.  “What we need, we decided, was someone familiar with the university who could take on these duties for the short-term and devote a tremendous amount of time and energy to them. Then it hit me that, that because I am considering retirement in the not-so-distant future, that I am that person who can serve this role.  I love this kind of work. Spearheading the Teaching, Learning and Communication (TLC) initiative – a project similar to those we want to shortly implement – was one of the most satisfying experiences of my career.”
Read more about Joyal's future plans.

University forum outlines NMU action steps

At a campus-wide forum on Oct. 26, NMU President Les Wong outlined action steps the university will take to offset 2006 legislative challenges associated with diminished state support and formula funding – both of which he described as “imminent.”

House Republicans on the higher subcommittee this year had proposed a Workforce Investment Needs (WIN) formula that would be based on enrollment and research productivity, as well as academic offerings and degree-completion rates. It is scheduled to be implemented in the next fiscal year.

“Despite the fact some universities have expressed dissatisfaction with certain elements of the formula, the WIN plan will serve as the starting point for a discussion of how state lawmakers can disperse $1.14 billion in higher education appropriations in a way that closes the gap in fiscal year equated student (FYES) funding,” Wong said.

Northern receives $5,424 per FYES, which is quite different from downstate campuses that receive $3,000 per FYES. But based on the formula, a dental hygiene program would be compensated at four times the rate of a teacher education program.

“The obvious question is, ‘Are dental hygienists worth four times more than K-12 teachers?’ The formula is replete with those kinds of examples,” Wong said. “Our job is to critique WIN since it does not address the unique situation of NMU in the U.P. We need to come up with a model that fits NMU – a rural, comprehensive master’s I university. The goal should be a fair formula that preserves the autonomy and uniqueness of each campus. We will be sharing our ideas with legislators in the coming months.”
The action steps Wong listed that will help Northern enhance its self-sufficiency are as follows: develop more entrepreneurial programming that offers revenue-generating potential through such avenues as corporate partnerships; increase research capacity through an accelerated, campus-wide effort to secure outside grants; contain costs and tuition increases; and boost off-campus enrollment.

“We are near the functional capacity of our campus so I’ve indicated that 1,000 more off-campus students are needed, but it might be closer to 500 or it might be 1,500,” Wong added. “I would love to see an NMU-Green Bay, or NMU-Beijing, or NMU-Chihauhua. We need to figure out a way to grow our off-campus enrollment. It’s either that, or an unpopular option arises: we could let tuition rise to meet the market demands. If we want to keep tuition down and keep costs down, growth is the only other option to balance our budget and fund necessary initiatives.”


Some interesting numbers President Wong shared with the audience:

State of Michigan
Higher Education Factoids

287,864 students enrolled in public 4 yr
207,812 students enrolled in public 2 yr
108,407 students enrolled in private 4 yr
15.1% adults in Michigan posses a BA
$31,954 Per capita income
$6,015 average tuition (not including '05)
$5,858 at NMU/2nd most afforable

Student Profile at Northern

Likely to be 18-22 and female (54%)
Less likely to be from the U.P. (55% and declining)
High School GPA: 3.0
ACT: 22 and rising
Enroll for 13 credits, needs financial aid, works and will take 4.5-5 years to graduate

Wildcat Reception planned for Friday in Lansing

The NMU Alumni Association will host a post-game reception in Lansing, Friday, Nov. 4.
The 'Cats take on the Spartans at 7:05 p.m. at Munn Arena.
Game tickets may still be available by contacting MSU.

NMU Alumni Association Post-Game Reception
Friday, Nov. 4
Tripper's on Frandor

Immediately after the game, join Wildcat fans and Coach Walt Kyle for a post-game reception.
Snacks will be provided and beverages will be available.

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University soccer team played its final conference game of the season at Northwood Sunday, taking a 4-0 win. The 'Cats went 4-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and were 9-7 overall. NMU concludes the season against Finlandia in the Superior Dome Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m.
The NMU volleyball team registered a sweep on the weekend, getting by Grand Valley State in three matches Saturday and past Ferris State in four on Sunday. The wins give the 'Cats a 13-10 overall record. They have three remaining matches on the schedule, all on the road: Friday, Nov. 4 against Wayne State, Northwood on Saturday, Nov. 5, and Saginaw Valley on Nov. 6.
The NMU swimming and diving team opened up the 2005-06 season with a two-day event at St. Cloud State. NMU lost to St. Cloud State 141-90 on Friday. Saturday afternoon saw the ‘Cats and the Huskies tangle again, but this time UW-Stevens Point joined in for a double-dual. The ‘Cats dropped both ends of the double-dual to SCSU 149-81 and UWSP 165-70.  The ‘Cats will swim at home next 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, against Wayne State and Hillsdale.
The Wildcat football squad faced Grand Valley State in Allendale, Saturday, Oct. 29. It was homecoming weekend for the top-ranked Lakers. GVSU won the game by a 48-3 score. The 'Cats are 2-7 overall and return home for their final game of the season, Saturday, Nov. 5 against Northwood. Game time is 7 p.m. in the Superior Dome.
The NMU hockey team opened up CCHA play this past weekend with a pair of wins over Lake Superior State. The 'Cats are 5-1-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the CCHA. The team now heads to East Lansing for a weekend series with the Michigan State Spartans, Nov. 4-5.

Ojibwe Food Taster scheduled for Sunday

Northern Michigan University will host the 5th annual Ojibwe Food Taster from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in the D.J. Jacobetti Center commons. The menu will consist of venison, wild rice, corn soup, fry bread, and various other dishes. Attendees who bring their own dishware will have their names entered into a drawing for prizes. This event is sponsored by the Native American Student Association.  Tickets are $5 for NMU students with ID and $10 for the general public, and can be purchased at the Center for Native American Studies or at the Diversity Student Services office. For more information or to volunteer, contact 227-1397.

Thanks for stopping by.....

........Paul DesJardins '71 of Richmond, VA.

........Don Paulosky '79 of Williamsburg, MI. Don brought in this great photo from his days at Northern. Recognize anyone? If so, drop me a note.

Click on photo for larger version

From the E-mail bag

"Hi Deanna. I know you and your readers know me as The Bear Slayer (having used photos of my car in your newsletter after I hit a bear on my last trip to the U.P. ) but I wanted to tell you about my sister, Tricia Carlyon Gingras '88, and her husband, Steve '88. They were guests on a recent taping of The Oprah show. The show will be aired the first week of November. It's about medical mysteries. Just thought you'd like to know how far NMU grads really do go. Thanks for all your fabulous work. I love keeping in touch this way!"
Christine Carlyon '99
Saginaw, MI
Note from the Editor: The Marquette Mining Journal ran a story on the Gingras family and their daughter, Gabby, who has a very rare disease. Gabby's story will be featured on an upcoming "Oprah." You can read the Mining Journal story here.

"Thanks for the photographs of the fall color and scenes around campus. I especially enjoyed the Homecoming pictures of my fellow WNMU-TV student workers--good to "see" you again, John Dobel and Mark Clinton!"
Wendy Warren '78
Flint, MI

"A Sept. 17 football game between the University of Hawaii and MSU in East Lansing allowed Fred Dunayczan '64, Jerry Glanville '64, and Paul DeRoche, the chance to see each other again. All three were Phi Theta Pi fraternity brothers while at NMU. Fred is retired after a long teaching career and owning a restaurant; Jerry is currently the defensive coordinator at UH, and Paul is enjoying retirement from The Ford Motor Company."
Ann Dunayczan
Schoolcraft, MI

Note from the Editor:
Here are a couple articles mentioning NMU alumni that have crossed my desk. Thought you might enjoy reading them.

"NMU grad makes the front page of the Marion Star."
Kelly Steed '89
Marion, OH

Former NMU athlete Abigail Larson '00 hopes to compete in 2006 Olympics.

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