For the week of February 23, 2004

From the 6th floor

A whole lot of snow.
After about a foot of fresh snow last Friday, much of the UP woke up to a few additional inches of snow this morning, adding to the weekend's total accumulation.

The down side of all the fresh snow was a seriously hampered UP 200 Sled Dog Race. The trail runs from Marquette to Grand Marais and back. There were some areas along the route that had as much as 18-24 inches of fresh snow and that created problems for the mushers. Without a worn track to run, the mushers and their dogs had to break trail and it was tough going. At the midway point in Grand Marais, running times were a solid 6-7 hours longer than in years past. Mushers typically cross the Marquette finish line early afternoon, Sunday. This year, the first musher didn't make the finish line until 7:00 p.m. As a matter of fact, while eight mushers did make it back to Marquettte, race officials declared Deerton an official ending point Sunday evening. From the official UP 200 web site:

" This decision was made by UPSDA officials and Race Marshall Keith Peppler based on concerns for musher/dog safety. Due to the late finish time in this year's arduous race, our volunteers were hard pressed to work into the late hours the night before a work day. Snowmobilers had not been adequately forewarned of the teams running so late in the weekend, and the possibility of an accident was the paramount concern and basis for the decision."

Frank Teasley of Jackson, Wyoming, took first place.

Sounds almost contradictory to say snow was a problem for a sled dog race, doesn't it? In years past it's been the lack-of-snow that's been an issue.

A look at one of the snowbanks around town. Obviously this is after the lot was plowed, but it's still an impressive amount of snow. This is a photo of McCarty's Cove taken Sunday. Notice the volleyball poles standing alone in all the snow. Makes me long for summer.
I've included this photo because everyone always asks what the lake looks like this time of the year. This photo is taken at the M-28 turnoff in Chocolay Township. You can see the sand of the beach in the foreground. Looking towards the north, there is nothing but ice as far as the eye can see.

NMU Presidential candidates begin visits

Four candidates for the position of President of Northern Michigan University will visit campus this week.
The names of four finalists for the president’s position at Northern Michigan University were forwarded to the NMU Board of Trustees on Thursday (Feb. 19), according to Sam Benedict, chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.

The candidates are (short bios below): John Byrd, executive vice president, University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind.; Raymond Cross, president, Morrisville State College, Morrisville, N.Y.; John Fallon, president, State University of New York – Potsdam; and Leslie Wong, vice president for Academic Affairs, Valley City State University, Valley City, N.D.

According to Benedict, the candidates will be making campus visits to Northern next week to meet with university representatives and community members. The campus visit schedule is as follows: Cross on Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 23-24; Byrd on Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 24-26; Fallon on Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 25-26; and Wong on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 27-28.
An open house will be held for the campus community and community members from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the University Center on the first day of each candidate’s visit. The candidate will speak at 6:50 p.m. with a question-and-answer period to follow. The public is encouraged to attend.
“Northern attracted a very strong group of people for this search,” said Benedict. “The PSAC worked well together to review materials about the applicants and to perform extensive interviews, and there was substantial agreement on the part of the committee members in our assessment of the leading candidates.”
“This means that people at other universities believe these are outstanding leaders as well. So while the campus visits will help the NMU and community get a feel for which candidate is the best fit for us, the visits will also be an opportunity for the finalists to evaluate Northern against the other schools to decide if NMU is a good fit for them and their families,” said Benedict.

NMU students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends can provide comment to the search committee via an online form at That information will be presented to the Board of Trustees who will meet with each finalist in the two weeks following the campus visits.

“In Michigan, the president of a public university reports to and works for the institution’s governing board, so it is the NMU Board of Trustees who will ultimately select the president. But the good work of the PSAC certainly facilitated the process,” added Benedict.
Northern’s board stated prior to the start of the search that its goal was to announce the new president in the spring or early summer with the hope of having that person in place by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.
“We are certainly on schedule to meet or beat this timetable,” Benedict said.
The successful candidate will be replacing Judi Bailey, who left NMU in last June to become president at Western Michigan University. Mike Roy has been serving as interim president.

John Byrd, Executive Vice President, University of Evansville Since 2001, Byrd’s duties at the University of Evansville have been to provide direct oversight to strategic planning, fiscal affairs and administration, enrollment management, student life, financial aid, the bookstore and food services. Evansville is a private United Methodist-related institution with 170 faculty serving 2,100 students. At UE from 1978-95, Byrd held the positions of vice president for academic services and planning and for planning and strategic services; director of planning and institutional research; assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and assistant professor of health education. From 1995-2001, Byrd was the vice president for student affairs and a professor of education at the University of Southern Indiana. He has also taught health education at several universities and colleges during his career. He received his doctorate in health education in 1977 from Southern Illinois and his master’s in health education in 1972 and his bachelor’s in physical education in 1971 from the University of Missouri.

Raymond Cross, President, Morrisville State College Cross became president at Morrisville State College in April 1998. Morrisville is a residential college offering 72 bachelor and associate programs to 3,400 students and it employs more than 800 individuals. Prior to his current appointment, Cross was the president of Northwest Technical College in Bemidji, Minn., from 1992-98. He was a long-time professor, department head and administrator at Ferris State University (1977-92) in the departments of manufacturing engineering technologies, design and drafting, and the CAD/CAE/and Computer Instruction Center. Cross received a doctorate in college and university administration in 1991 from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in industrial education in 1981 from Central Michigan University, and his bachelor’s in technical education in 1977 from Ferris State.

John Fallon, President, State University of New York - Potsdam Fallon became president of State University of New York - Potsdam in 1998. SUNY-Potsdam has 4,500 students and 800 faculty and staff. Prior to Potsdam, Fallon was the president of William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, from 1995-98. At Saginaw Valley State University, Fallon was the vice president for public affairs (1989-95) and assistant to the president and secretary to the Board of Control (1987-89). He also worked at Ball State University (1983-87) in a variety of positions, including assistant to the provost and director of the Institute for Business and Economic Development Services. He has taught education at the collegiate level and has an extensive teaching and administrative background in adult, community and continuing education. Fallon received his doctorate in educational administration in 1973 from Michigan State University, his master’s in educational administration in 1970 from Northern Michigan University, and his bachelor’s in education in 1969 from Western Michigan University.
Leslie Wong, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Valley City State University At Valley City State University – a notebook computer university – Dr. Wong has been responsible since 1999 for oversight of six academic divisions as well as several offices, the technology center, library, and the mentoring and undergraduate research programs. He also oversees technological curriculum initiatives and corporate, regional and international partnerships. VCSU has 1,000 students and 155 faculty and staff members. Wong was the provost and academic vice president (1996-99) at the University of Southern Colorado and interim president of that school from January-June 1997. He was an academic dean (1990-96) at The Evergreen State College and taught psychology there (1988-96) and at Pierce College (1974-88). Wong earned a doctorate in educational psychology in 1986 from Washington State University, a master’s in experimental psychology in 1974 from Eastern Washington University, and a bachelor’s in psychology in 1972 from Gonzaga University.

Budget news from NMU Interim President Mike Roy

The legislative season began in earnest with the recent presentation of the executive budget to the legislature. Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the legislature are trying to find ways to prevent further cuts to state universities and to assist universities in keeping tuition and as low as possible. The Governor’s budget is based on a number of fee/tax increases or shifts that may be very difficult to get through the legislature – not impossible, but difficult. The state is facing a projected $1 billion shortfall for the next fiscal year. University administrators will continue to work with the legislature and Governor to prevent further cuts to higher education. However, my very conservative and cautious nature does not allow me to say too much at this time as I’ve learned over 26 years of dealing with the legislative appropriations process that the presentation of the executive budget is step one of a long and sometimes complicated journey. The executive budget must be approved by the House and the Senate before it is signed into law by the Governor, and it rarely looks exactly like the version presented in February. Of course, we thank Gov. Granholm for hearing the pleas of students, parents, alumni and administrators to keep K-16 education among the highest priorities of the state. I’ll keep you updated on what changes take place when the House and Senate Appropriation Subcommittees for Higher Education meet. Our Senate hearing will be March 12 in Sault Ste. Marie; we don’t have a date yet for the House.

Don't forget this Saturday.....

Saturday, February 28th
The Wildcats on the big screen.


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
St. Louis, MO The St. Louis Sports Zone 5:30 John Clarkson '96

NMU to hold Job Fairs

Northern’s JOBSearch Center will be holding two job fairs in March. The Summer Employment Job Fair will take place from 1-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. Employers and agencies will be on hand to discuss part-time employment, volunteer and internship opportunities for students who will be staying in the area this summer. The Upper Great Lakes Collegiate Job Fair will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, in the Great Lakes Rooms. Employers representing a wide range of career possibilities will be on hand to recruit full-time, part-time and seasonal help as well as interns. The center also offers students a free on-line resume system for soon-to-be graduates to use to post their resumes. To learn more about this service, go to

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