For the week of April 19, 2004

From the 6th floor

We had a weekend filled with rain and thunderstorms which has eliminated all but the dirt covered snow piles on campus. I believe it is official. It is spring in the UP and we have flowers! These hardy souls were brave enough to show their face outside Lee Hall Gallery.


Alumni letter writing continues

Alumni in key areas in the state of Michigan continue to assist their alma mater by writing letters to targeted legislators. A big thank you to those alumni who have taken the time to write.
A quick legislative update: NMU Interim President Mike Roy testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education in March. As they do each year, the subcommittee asks each university president a series of questions. This year's questions keyed on how each institution was dealing with the appropriations decreases for the past 14 months and how the decreases are impacting the university, in particular in the areas of quality and access. The Senate higher education bill next moves to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education. Mike Roy is scheduled to testify before the House subcommittee on Wednesday, May 12, in Lansing.

Horizons headed to mailboxes

The Winter 2004 edition of Horizons, the magazine for alumni and friends, is headed to mailboxes across the county.

The theme of this issue:
A Day in the Life

  • what it's like to work for the governor of Michigan (Our cover story featuring Mary Detloff '86, pictured above)
  • what a day in the life of a student is like from a very unusual perspective
  • why some students get up before the sun to hit the lake.

Horizons should be hitting your mailbox within the next two weeks.

Do you have a Legacy Story to share?

Are you part of a Northern Legacy?
If your family has two or more generations of NMU graduates within its ranks, you are part of a Northern alumni legacy.

What is your story?
We want to know. Why did NMU become a tradition in your family? We might use your story in a future issue of Northern Horizons magazine.

Send an e-mail to the editor at Northern Horizons and share your story.

Put on your thinking caps

OK. I know this is going to be a little difficult to visualize, but try and work with me. Seeing as the sun was shining this past Friday and I wanted to get away from my desk for a few minutes, I walked over to Hedgcock and Art & Design to take some pictures of the ongoing construction work. As I've explained in the past, it's real difficult for people who are not on campus to get any real sense of perspective on these projects and just where they are taking place, especially Art & Design, but I think if you stop and try and visualize the area, you may be able to get a pretty decent idea of what I'm talking about. (Ok. That was probably the longest run-on sentence in the history of What's New, NMU?)
Let's start with Hedgcock because that's a little easier to picture. Everyone knows where Hedgcock is. As you've read in the past, the former fieldhouse is being renovated into a new Student Services Center. Completion is scheduled for this summer.

From what I can tell, the entrance to
the building from the east has not
changed all that dramatically with the exception
of some pillars added in front.
This photo shows the construction of an elevated walkway between Hedgcock and Thomas Fine Arts.  

Now for the difficult one, the Art & Design addition and the DeVos Museum.
The construction project is located west of Spooner Hall.

I know the construction trailer is in the way in this photo, but I wanted to give you some perspective of the project in regards to Spooner Hall. This is the west end of Spooner, closest to Hedgcock. This is what the Art & Design building site looks like when standing on the lawn in front of Hedgock facing north.
This shows the road that used to enable cars to drive behind Spooner Hall to the parking lot. If I am reading the blueprints correctly, which is not necessarily a given, this is the south side of the building, which would actually be what you would see if you were standing in front of Hedgcock, facing north.

I apologize if I've confused more than informed. All the more reason you need to plan a visit to Marquette; so you can see all this work yourself.

Final University Forum scheduled

The final university forum of the year will be held from 3-5 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, in the Whitman Hall commons area. Dr. Les Wong, NMU's new president is expected to attend. The primary focus of discussion will be outlining the budget proposal options the administration will bring to the NMU Board of Trustees at its April 29-30 meeting. As always, alumni in the area are invited to attend. Materials from the forum will be posted on the Web at the next day.

What's the latest on Public TV 13 and the USOEC?

WNMU-TV broke records during the Festival fundraising campaign that ended March 21. The 16-day event generated the most dollars ever raised on-air for WNMU-TV with 750 gifts and pledges of $78,185, a $20,000 increase over last year. Many alumni have expressed interest in the fate of WNMU Radio and TV. The latest update is that the programs are funded through June 30, 2005 with the NMU Board of Trustees planning to discuss proposals from the WNMU staff and the community public broadcasting committee at its April meeting. Proposals related to the future of the United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC) will also be discussed at that meeting.

Get your ticket early!

Tickets are now on sale for the Wildcat Open House at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility, Friday, May 21st.

Steve Mariucci '77, '83, head coach of the Detroit Lions, will welcome Wildcats on Friday, May 21st from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
This facility is NOT open to the general public so this is a rare opportunity to see inside the home of the Detroit Lions.

The event is open to all Wildcat alumni and friends.

There are a limited number of tickets available so order early!

Ticket Prices

Ticket price includes all food and beverage:
$100 for NMU Alumni Association members *
$125 for non members *
$ 50 for ages 13-18
$ 25 for ages 12 and under
* A portion of your ticket is tax-deductible.
Proceeds from the event support the NMU Alumni Association and its programs and services. For a look at the many ways the Alumni Association connects alumni to friends and to Northern, read more about us!

Tour the facility
Walk the turf
Visit the broadcast studio
Watch an update from campus in the Lions' auditorium
Hors d' oeuvres buffet in the Lions' cafeteria

Auction items
OR call us toll free: 1-877-GRAD NMU and order tickets over the phone.

Gildo Canale Award winners announced

Northern Michigan University student-athletes Josh Sherko and Rachel Daw have been named as the recipients of the Gildo A. Canale Award for the 2003-04 academic year. Each year, a male and female student-athlete is selected for the award, which was established in 1982 by former NMU Athletic Director Gildo Canale '56. The award-winner must have competed in intercollegiate athletics for four years at NMU, have a superior academic record and exhibit high character.
Sherko was a four-year starter for the NMU football team and was also a team captain. He was a four-time member of the All-GLIAC Academic Team and was selected to the district 2002 Verizon All-Academic Team. For the 2003 football season, Sherko was an honorable mention selection to the All-GLIAC Football Team and won the Jack McAvoy Award from the conference. The McAvoy Award is presented to a football player in the GLIAC who is a senior and has demonstrated strong character traits off the field and performed at a top level on the field.
Off the field, Sherko is the Chairperson for the Beta Alpha Psi Academic Fraternity at NMU. He has volunteered for the Special Olympics, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Punt Pass Kick competition and local football camps. Sherko has a double major in accounting and economics with a 3.81 grade point average.
Daw has been a member of the cross country ski team at NMU for four years. She’s been a member of two NMU NCAA Championship Teams and a member of four NMU Regional Championship Teams. At the recent U.S. National Cross Country Ski Championships, Daw was third in the 5K classic race.
Daw has been a four-time member of the Regional All-Academic Team and has been selected to the NCAA All-Academic Ski Team. She has been a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for two years and was the co-chair for the 2003-04 year. Daw carries a 3.87 grade point average in environmental science and geography.

Did you know......

.......NMU gives out $25,000 an hour in financial aid?

The total financial aid awards at NMU for the 03-04 academic year will total $50 million. This includes all scholarships, grants, loans and work study.
Allowing for holidays, the Financial Aid office is open 50 weeks per year and 40 hours per week, or about 2,000 hours. So, $50 million divided by 2,000 hours equals $25,000 per hour.

Pretty neat, hey? Thanks much to Mark Delorey, NMU Director of Financial Aid, for providing those numbers.

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

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