For the week of March 27, 2006

From the 6th floor

The week is off to a sunny start. This, after a beautiful Sunday. Plenty of people were outside enjoying the sunshine and mild weather. Temperatures early in the week are forecasted near 50 degrees. As you can see from the photos, not so much as an ice cube in the waters of Lake Superior.

Senate proposes 1.8 percent NMU increase

The Michigan Senate's proposal for higher education funding approved earlier this month calls for a 1.8 percent increase for most public universities, which would mean an $811,000 boost for NMU. The Senate bill rewards schools that typically lag behind in average appropriation per student--Central, Grand Valley, Oakland and Saginaw Valley--with increases ranging from 2.2 to 7 percent.
NMU was also pegged to receive a 1.8 percent increase in Gov. Jennifer Granholm's FY2007 executive budget. Two-thirds of the legislative process is now complete. The next step will be the House bill. NMU President Les Wong is scheduled to testify before the House on April 26.

Southeastern Michigan alumni gather at the "Joe"

David Wirth '72 and Rich Dabney '87.

NMU alumni turned out in full force to watch the NMU hockey Wildcats at Joe Louis Arena on
Friday, March 17.
The NMU Alumni Association and NMU Blue Line Club sponsored a Wildcat Hospitality Room
during the Central Collegiate Hockey Association finals in Detroit.
On hand to host the event, NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors members David Wirth '72 and Rich Dabney '87.
If you are interested in being more involved in the southeast Detroit area, contact David Wirth '72

The NMU hockey team closed out the season with a 3-2 loss to the University of Michigan in the consolation game, Saturday, March 18. The Wildcat finished the season with
its fifth straight 20-plus win season at 22-16-2.

The 'Cats will open the 2006-07 season against the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay, Wis. October 6-7.
(See story below for additional details.)

The infamous "Puckheads".

Last week to purchase discounted tickets for NMU vs. Wisconsin

The NMU Wildcats will host the University of Wisconsin Badgers at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Oct. 6- 7.
This promises to be a fun-filled weekend of Wildcat activities. But you must act now!
Discounted ticket prices end Friday!

The previous time the Badgers played at the Resch Center, tickets sold out in an hour.
We want to make sure there are plenty of green and gold fans at the games, so we're making tickets available unilt April 1 to Wildcat fans only.
You must act fast to purchase game tickets for the weekend.
The special rate prior to April 1 is $20 for adults and $15 for students, plus handling charges.
Tickets are available by calling the NMU Superior Dome Ticket Office at 906-227-1032 or by going to the NMU EZ Ticket Web site.
(Follow the links and use promotional code GOCATS)
Don't delay.
A number of NMU events and activities are being planned to coincide with the games.
Make sure you are a part of the action by purchasing your game tickets now.


Class size policy approved

After operating under informal guidelines on minimum class sizes over the past several years, Northern now has an official policy on record. The minimum enrollment is 20 for lower-division classes (below 300-level) and 10 for upper-division and graduate classes. Directed and independent studies, along with “single student enrollment” courses, are exempt.

“The state performance audit cited a number of universities for not having a policy, so we drafted one and moved it through the approval process,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Fred Joyal. “It was pretty easy to accomplish because we had decided a while back that the minimum enrollment would be 20 for lower-division classes and 10 for upper-division and graduate classes, and we had been working with departments using these numbers. We just needed to formalize in writing what we’ve been doing in practice all this time. This isn’t a response to a problem; if anything, our challenge is at the other end of the spectrum in terms of classes getting larger. This is really a due diligence policy that shows we are paying attention to the efficiencies of resource use.”

There will continue to be isolated classes with fewer students. The policy requires that these be authorized by the appropriate college dean and ensures that a documentation trail exists in Academic Affairs to justify the exceptions.

 “We also track the changes of lower-division courses,” Joyal added. “If a course falls below 20 students, we can monitor the history and see if it appears to be a temporary deviation or part of a downward trend. Then we’ll put it on a watch list and reassess it the next time it’s offered.”

Student Leader Fellowship Program reunion planned


In its 15 year history, NMU's ground-breaking Student Leader Fellowship Program has graduated more than 500 alumni who have amassed 60,032 hours of leadership and service at 245 community sites.
The Student Leader Fellowship Program (SLFP) is a nationally recognized leadership initiative that is committed to developing competent, ethical, and community-centered leaders. The SLFP began in 1991 with the intention of building leadership skills and commitment to community service among students at Northern Michigan University. Over a two-year period, students participate in six component areas focusing on self-development and community involvement.

This summer the program will celebrate its 15 year anniversary with a reunion weekend, June 23-24.
All former SLFP participants are invited to attend.
Activities begin Thursday for early arrivals and continue through Saturday. You can take part in casual receptions, a service project at Bay Cliff Health Camp, tours of campus and a special dinner program.

If you are an SLFP alum and you haven't received information on the reunion, contact Cara Kamps in the Student Activities office.

Seymour Hersh to speak on campus

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh will be on campus, Tuesday, April 4. Hersh will speak in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center at 7 p.m. His speech is titled: "Chain of Command: How We Got from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib." It is also the title of his most recent book. He will discuss the abuse of power in the name of national security.
Hersh is one of America's premier investigative reporters. In 1969, as a freelance journalist, he wrote the first account of the My Lai massacre in South Vietnam. In the 1970s, he worked at the New York Times in Washington and New York; he has rejoined the paper twice on special assignment. He has won more than a dozen major journalism prizes, including the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting and four George Polk Awards. He is also the author of six books.

Hersh's presentation is open to the public. Admission is free to NMU students and $2 for non-students. It is sponsored by Platform Personalities and the student activity fee.

From the E-mail bag

"I received a call this morning from Eric Mueller who graduated some 15 years ago with a degree in health and fitness management. His home town and current home is on Harsens Island, Mich., which is on the north side of Lake Sinclair. He has been an entrepreneur even as a college student. I think his story would be of interest to everyone. Visit his Web site at You will find an organization dedicated to raising funds for the Special Olympics while having fun. On the gallery page is a picture of a fellow in a yellow kayak trying to right himself--that's Eric. He called to talk about his idea to build sea kayaks that could be used by para and quadriplegics."
Harvey Wallace, Ph.D, Head
Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
Northern Michigan University

"Hi. We checked out the NMU hospitality room at Joe Louis. We met the man who helped coordinate the event. It was fun to be surrounded by other NMU grads despite the results of both games. But for us, it was a family affair since both of our grown kids drove from Marquette to go with us to see NMU play. Our son will graduate this May from NMU and our daughter, Michelle, just started attending NMU (after getting an associate's degree from a community college in Ypsilanti.) We look forward to going with them to events in the future, all as NMU alumni! It was a hoot to watch and join in the cheering with those "Puckheads". They are certainly wild and crazy NMU fans."
Carol Schwemin '77
North Muskegon

"As I made my daily trip on the Metra Train from the Chicago suburbs and was talking to a friend on the train about NMU and college hockey, what comes in to view as we neared Union Station and downtown Chicago? The NMU bus! What a coincidence and surprise. It turned out there was a field trip of Art % Design students. Great publicity!"
Barry Axelrod '69
President Emeritus
NMU Alumni Association
Deerfield, IL

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