For the week of February 16, 2004

From the 6th floor

I think it's safe to say there won't be too many lack-of-snow concerns for the upcoming WinterFest activities in the Marquette area. WinterFest is a week long celebration of winter on the campus of Northern Michigan University and the surrounding community. On campus, activities include a broomball tournament, an appearance by the Golden Dragon Acrobats, an air band competition and dances. In Marquette, WinterFest activities take place all week long, but the weekend holds the highlighted event; Friday evening's UP 200 start. The 15th running of the sled dog race starts Friday evening on Washington Street downtown. This annual event has become a hugely popular attraction. Thousands of spectators line the street to watch the sled dogs head out on the trail. The race winds its way from Marquette to Wetmore, Grand Marais and back into Marquette Sunday.
From the looks of the forecast, it doesn't look like there will be much new snow to greet the mushers, but there is plenty of snow already on the ground. The forecast for this week calls for temperatures in the 30s. While mild temperatures bring out larger crowds, mushers actually prefer cooler temperatures to run the dogs.

Governor releases FY05 budget proposal

The FY05 budget proposal released by Gov. Jennifer Granholm Thursday recommends $1.6 billion in total support for universities and financial aid programs, of which $1.54 billion would come from the general fund. It also includes a promise of no additional reductions for universities that exercise tuition restraint and a decrease in state support for those that don’t.

Universities that keep tuition increases for 2004-05 at or below the rate of inflation – about 2.4 percent – would see no further state appropriation reductions. Universities that raise 2004-05 tuition above inflation would have their base funding reduced by 3 percent. Northern's current state appropriation is $44.5 million.

Northern’s board has been meeting at its annual retreat yesterday and today in Ann Arbor. The executive budget is a discussion item on today’s agenda, but because no official university business is conducted at retreats, it is likely the board will convene a special meeting at a later date to gather public input and formally act on the proposal.

Full story.

A note from the president

As alumni, I'm sure you are aware of the issues facing higher education in Michigan today due to the state's economic situation. These are challenging times for your alma mater.

In the State of the State address, Gov. Jennifer Granholm spoke of Michigan being able to develop the kind of 21st century workforce that draws business, technology and industry to the state. Obviously that will not happen without a strong K-12 and university system. Last Thursday, the executive budget was released and it called for no additional reductions to universities that keep their tuition increases for 2004-05 at or below the rate of inflation and a decrease in state support for those that don't. But the Governor's budget is just the first step. Appropriation committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate will propose options to their respective full bodies to be voted upon. While I don't know at this time when Northern's hearing before the House Higher Education State Appropriations Subcommittee will take place, NMU's hearing before the Senate Subcommittee is Friday, March 12, in Sault Ste. Marie.

I believe it is important that NMU alumni are aware of the issues and the decisions surrounding decisions Northern has made and will be making in the future.
Throughout the coming months, I will try to keep you up to date these matters. I encourage you to send questions you may have to my mailbox.

Despite the many changes of the past 14 months, the NMU students, faculty and staff have responded with a can-do attitude. Every day great things happen on our campus. The NMU experience is still a special one and we want to keep it that way.

Ann Arbor latest addition to Wildcat Night Across the Country


It only happens once a year and sometimes not even then....Wildcat hockey on Fox Sports.
This year it's happening Saturday, February 28th and you can catch the action.

Ann Arbor is the latest group to sign up. It's not too late to get your party added to the list.



If you are here: The party is here: Time
(All times local)
Contact, please RSVP
Port Huron Quay Street Brewing Company, 330 Quay Street 6:30 Patti Samar '85
Battle Creek Miller's Time Out, 13260 W. Helmer Rd 6:30 Troy Huggett 92

Glascott's Saloon, 2158 N. Halsted

5:30 Jennifer Giangrasse '03
Appleton/Fox Valley Buffalo Wild Wings, 421 N. Casaloma 5:30 Amy Kierzek '93
Royal Oak The Press Box, 326 W. Fourth St 6:30 Brandon Craig '01
Escanaba Tailgater's Sports Bar, Ludington St. 6:30 Mike Falcon '98
Iron Mountain Pine Grove Country Club 6:30 Mark Pontti '83
Traverse City Shooters on Front Street 6:30 Steve Sickle '96
Ann Arbor Damons on Boardwalk 6:30 Dave Emmette '00
Your party here!  

All the parties are "dutch treat" with beverages available for purchase.
(With the exception of Iron Mountain which is $5/person at the door.)

NMU vs. Bowling Green University at Bowling Green
The game is scheduled to be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. Fox is available on cable systems throughout Michigan, Wisconsin and northern Ohio. It is available on satellite in other areas of the country.

This is the perfect opportunity to get together with Wildcat fans and cheer on your alma mater.

It is not too late to plan your party, but you need to get in touch with us TODAY!

NMU fans see sweep at Wayne State

The Wayne State Warriors may call Compuware Arena their home ice, but you sure couldn't tell this past Friday evening, as Wildcat green and gold was very much evident throughout the stands.

The Wildcats swept their non-conference opponents, 4-1 on Friday and 5-2 on Saturday.

The NMU Alumni Association sponsored a Wildcat reception following the game Friday evening. Special guests included NMU head coach Walt Kyle and several former Wildcats including Mike Mielke, Jeff Tascoff and Greg Tignelli.


Do you think Marquette is a Cool City?

Michigan Cool Cities is an initiative by the state of Michigan to find out what attracts people to live and work in Michigan. Do you have ten minutes? Alumni from the state universities in Michigan are being asked to take the Cool Cities online survey. It doesn't matter where you live, they're just looking for alumni to answer some questions. Cool Cities recently released the top ten universities represented in the Cool City survey and Northern Michigan University ranks at #3, behind Eastern and U of M as far as number of respondents. Come on, we can do better than that!

Did you know......

....NMU has 13.7 miles of sidewalk?

Find that interesting? Look for more NMU Factoids every week.

From the Email bag

"Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your email. Just looking at the pictures instantly brings back wonderful memories of my college years at Northern. If time could only turn back! Enjoy the snow and cold.
Jacque (Montvid) Zielinski '79 in dreary Chicago."

"Deanna, I found this interesting....'Did you know, NMU has 6,525 parking spaces?" But you left out something important: NMU has 6,526 registered vehicles :-)
Tim Fegan

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