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
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
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 Northerns 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 Im 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 Roys 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
Continuation budget proposed
President Mike Roy told the attendees of Wednesdays (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 Presidents 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.
Dining area in renovated Hedgcock is named
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 Presidents 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 Hedgcocks history and great athletes that are a part of Northerns 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.
NMU professor establishes NMU Marketing scholarship
of Northern Michigan Universitys 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 NMUs 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 Garys 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 bachelors degree in 1984. He went on to receive his masters 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 Northerns three 2004 Distinguished Faculty Award winners.
Kim earned her bachelors 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 its 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.
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.
J. LaPoint '64
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