For the week of April 26, 2004

From the 6th floor

A sunny Saturday and a rainy Sunday. That pretty much wraps up the recent weather pattern. While we did enjoy plenty of sunshine Saturday, it never really got all that warm. And today's forecast? Rain mixed with snow in the afternoon. Yes, it's April in the U.P. Hopefully it will warm up a little for this upcoming weekend's commencement activities.

Busy week ahead

It is the final week of school for the Winter 2004 semester. Final exams take place this week with commencement scheduled for Saturday morning in the Superior Dome. Welcome to all our new alumni!
Also taking place this week, the NMU Board of Trustees meets Thursday and Friday. The Board is expected to hear budget proposals and recommendations. The future of Public Television and the USOEC will be discussed. Look for a full report on the board meeting in next week's issue.

New president makes first official visit

Les and Phyllis Wong were introduced to faculty and staff attending the final University forum of the semester. They returned to campus for the first time since Les was named Northern’s 13th president. He met with students and employees in an effort to acquaint himself with various aspects of the university in advance of starting his new appointment.
Wong used a baseball metaphor to describe the transition period between institutions.

“I feel like I’m trying to steal second base with my foot still on first,” he said. “When you become president of a university, the community that helped you achieve that goal – in my case, Valley City State – becomes very special and it is emotionally hard to leave. But eventually you have to pick your foot up and make a move toward that new opportunity. I am ready to run. At VCSU, I was part of a team that is innovative and action-oriented. That experience has given me confidence, which I am thrilled to carry with me to Marquette … NMU is healthy and thriving. The essential ingredients for a great university are already here.”

Wong said the adjustment to his first presidency will be made easier by Mike Roy’s effective leadership in the interim. He will rely on Roy and others to help educate him on fiscal, legislative and other issues facing higher education in Michigan.
“I need to get up to speed quickly on those and learn names and places,” Wong added. “I hope to knock on the governor’s door to introduce myself and let her know that there is a very important university in the Upper Peninsula. I also need to become familiar with the UP delegation.
“My own mentors were good role models. I don’t think a president can make decisions on the first day. I like to think of myself as pro-person – someone who is a catalyst for ideas and action. I make a point to listen to people so I can be in touch with the dreams and aspirations of others – whether they are students, faculty, staff or community members. A university should be intimate partners with the community. The boundary should disappear and become porous. That will be part of my responsibility.”
As director of online learning at VCSU, Phyllis said she works closely with faculty and on course management. She also teaches a Web course in English for Baker University.
“I am looking forward to another laptop university and the potential it has to enhance face-to-face learning,” she said. “I would like to help the university advance in this area in any way I can.”
Les added: “The challenge with technology is how it makes the practice of teaching and learning more human. It shouldn’t divert from our efforts to turn out better citizens.”
The couple praised the area’s quality of life, natural environment and friendly residents.
"In walking around and talking with people, it is clear to me that this may be a cold climate, but the people have warm hearts," Phyllis said. "We feel very welcome here."
The Wongs plan to make a permanent move to Marquette in June. Les will begin serving as NMU president by July 1.

Continuation budget proposed

Interim President Mike Roy told the attendees of Wednesday’s (April 21) university forum that he will recommend the NMU Board of Trustees adopt a continuation budget at its next meeting, April 29-30.

“At this time the state budget picture is rather fluid,” said Roy . “My intention is to recommend that we continue to operate under the 2003-04 budget and implement the $3.3 million in reductions previously identified by the Budget Alternatives Committee and President’s Council.”

Roy said the proposal means there would be no recommendation on tuition and fee rates this month, but added that a decision is likely by July 1.

The state has approved a 3 percent restoration of base budget funding for universities that meet two requirements: keep their tuition and fee increase at or below the Detroit Consumer Price Index (CPI) – currently 2.4 percent; and implement no tuition increase after Dec. 1. Those that do not meet the conditions will not qualify for restored funding and will receive an additional 3 percent funding decrease.
Full story.

Dining area in renovated Hedgcock is named

The dining area in the new Student Service Center will be called the “Fieldhouse Food Bar.” The nostalgic reference to the former Hedgcock Fieldhouse, which was located in the facility being converted to the SSC, was adapted from the winning entry among more than 100 submissions in a contest.

Two students came up with the same idea,“The Fieldhouse,” which was used as the basis for the final selection determined by the President’s Council and the ASNMU Dining Services subcommittee. Allen, a hospitality management major from Houghton Lake, Mich., earned first place for submitting the idea a day before Lawson, also a hospitality management major.

“The facility will take on a theme reflecting on the great events that have taken place in Hedgcock’s history and great athletes that are a part of Northern’s heritage,” Carey said.

Hopper received third place for “Hedgcock Bistro.” Prizes for the top three finalists include a DVD player with surround sound speakers, a 19” color TV and a cordless phone.

The rest of the top five submissions were “Northern Delights” submitted by Robert Rustman, “The Max” submitted by Jamie Driscoll and “Frost Bytes,” changed from “Frost Bites” submitted by Kayla Rice. Other ideas included “Food-A-Licious,” “The Litter Box,” “NMU 2,” “Cafedral,” “Garden of Eatin’,” and “The Three Broomsticks.”

Pictured at the construction site are: Michael Adams, ASNMU Dining Services Representative; senior Jared Lawson, 2nd place; Sharon Carey (Dining Services), Judy Hopper (AdIT), 3rd place; senior Casey Allen, 1st place; and Dick Wittman (Dining Services).











NMU professor establishes NMU Marketing scholarship

One of Northern Michigan University’s most popular degree programs, marketing, will now have a scholarship devoted to its majors.

Gary and Kimberly Brunswick of Marquette have made a gift to the university to create an annual scholarship for NMU marketing majors. Gary is a professor of marketing and director of business affairs for NMU’s Cisler College of Business. Kimberly is an educational school consultant for Co-nect, a professional development company.

Recipients of the Andrew and Theresa Brunswick Scholarship, named in honor of Gary’s paternal grandparents, must have a 3.0 grade point average or higher. First preference will be given to students from the Upper Peninsula.

Both Gary and Kimberly are NMU graduates. Gary earned an associate degree in 1981 and a bachelor’s degree in 1984. He went on to receive his master’s degree from Marquette University and his doctorate from Arizona State University. All of his degrees are in business administration. Gary returned to NMU to teach in 1991. In 1995, he was selected to receive the Mortar Board Outstanding Faculty Award and in 1997, the Outstanding Teaching Award. He was recently announced as one of Northern’s three 2004 Distinguished Faculty Award winners.

Kim earned her bachelor’s degree in 1987 in elementary education. Following graduation, she taught in Iron River for a year; Manitowoc, Wis., for 10 years; and was a literacy specialist at Gwinn for a year.

““Marketing is the sixth or seventh most popular major at NMU each year,” said Gary. “This scholarship will fill a need on campus to provide academic recognition and financial assistance to students studying that field. It is also important to support students from the Upper Peninsula. Kim and I were lucky to attend Northern and we feel it is time for us to give back to the university. During our college experiences, there have been people who helped us along the way and now it’s our turn.”

Andrew and Theresa Brunswick lived nearly three-quarters of a century in Iron County before their deaths in the late 1990s. Andrew worked most of his life in the underground mines, although he began his working career in UP lumber camps. During his retirement, he took on the duties as caretaker of the Stambaugh Township Dumps and worked with the U.S. Forest Services during its summer program.

In addition to her homemaking duties, Theresa held positions at the local food market, laundry and gift shop.

The couple had three children: Robert (deceased), George and Beverly.

“During their lives, my grandparents were always helping other people, and this was one of the many things I learned from them – to help others,” said Gary. “I think they would be proud to know that their name is on a scholarship that will help students pursue their dream of a college education.”


Did you see the Lions War Room on ESPN this weekend? See it in person May 21st.

Tickets are getting snapped up for the Wildcat Open house at The Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility, May 21st, but you still have time to order yours.

Steve Mariucci '77, '83, will host NMU Alumni and Friends at the home of the Detroit Lions on Friday, May 21st from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The open house includes tours of the facility, snack buffet in the Lions Cafeteria, presentations in the Lions Auditorium and a look at the infamous "War Room" and draft board.

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!



Marquette is one "Cool City"

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm was in Marquette recently to showcase her Cool Cities Initiative. What makes Marquette a "cool city?"
Check out the Freep for the details.

From the Email bag

"Deanna, it is great to see pictures of campus and how it has changed since I graduated in 1964. This week's pictures show the two places I spent most of my freshman year. I lived on the third floor of Spooner Hall. My part-time job was the student manager of the Track & Field team, where I worked many hours in the fieldhouse. It is sad to see the fieldhouse being turned into a renovated facility but I guess that is progress. I really enjoy your weekly updates. My dad still lives in the UP, so I get some news, but nothing like the Northern "stuff" you pass on to us. Wow, I cannot believe I have been gone from NMU for forty years. When I started in 1960, it was still Northern Michigan College.
Best wishes."
J. LaPoint '64

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