For the week of April 4, 2005
From the 6th floor
The best sign of spring....an
"open" sign at Frosty Treats!
The nice weather had
folks outside enjoying a breath of fresh air. These young ladies, who
live in Hunt Hall, were out Sunday taking photos at Picnic Rocks to send
A message from President Wong as he prepares his testimony
I am scheduled to
give Northerns annual legislative testimony to the House on April
27 in Lansing. The House appropriations subcommittee for higher education
has asked for information on the following questions: economic impact
to the local community and state, cost-effective savings implemented at
each university during the past two years of state funding reductions,
initiatives regarding access and affordability, and short-term future
goals for funding investments. In addition to answering these questions,
the three key points I hope to get across are to the legislators are:
2) While headcount (or full-year equated student, FYES) is an important funding measure, other factors also should be considered. These include such things as location, efficiency of scale and potential for private/corporate giving and partnerships. For example, how drastically different is the cost to build a science building that serves 10,000 students compared to one that serves 30,000 students? Probably not much. However, larger schools are able to spread the cost of the facility over 20,000 more students. Consider location for a moment. For the three U.P. universities, location adds to our cost of operations with regard to maintenance (winter), recruiting and retention. And corporate partnerships, which can help to ease funding burdens, especially for new initiatives, are much easier to foster when there is a large amount of industry in your backyard, which isnt the case for Michigans rural universities.
3) Northern prides itself on always having a balanced budget and being among the most affordable public universities in Michigan. I will explain to the legislators what weve discussed in this newsletter before that NMUs funding equation is pretty simple when one considers that state appropriations make up about 50 percent of our general fund budget and tuition and fees the other 50 percent. When one goes down, the other goes up, and vice versa. The only other option is to cut programs and services. After reducing our general fund budget by about $13 million over the past three years, what could be be cut without impacting quality was cut. Drastic funding changes will result in drastic changes.
Northern has a great story to tell. Im armed with a plethora of examples of how NMU is making a difference in students lives. Ill keep you updated on how the hearing goes.
Upcoming Alumni events to keep in mind
Club/Alumni Association Golf Outing
in the fun at the 2005 Golf Outing.
your business to Wildcats!
NMU taking part in Virtual Job Fair
The NMU Jobsearch
Center, in partnership with other state universities and colleges, is
taking part in the first Michigan Collegiate Virtual Job Fair. This new
venture can connect graduating seniors, alumni and students interested
in career possibilities with employers--all in a fast, convenient, and
cost free environment.
NMU Team Banquets planned
|The annual NMU Athletic
banquets have been scheduled.
From the Email bag
"After reading the
e-mails fellow grads send to you, I want to say how I enjoy reading them and
all the information you provide in "What's New, NMU?" I'd like to
contribute this to a future edition: I recently helped my daughter with a school
project in Creative Writing. She wrote on the Edmund Fitzgerald. It brought
back memories to me of that Monday, November 10, 1975. Five of us from Ghetto
House in Gries Hall decided to "cancel" our afternoon classes, grab
some schnapps (it was cold out there!) and go check out the 25' waves on Lake
Superior. They were an awesome sight! We all agreed how terrible it would be
to be on a boat on that lake that day. Around 10:00 that night the news started
reporting that the Fitzgerald had gone down. I have many great memories of my
four years at NMU, and that day ranks up there with the best of them. I'd love
to see more people from the '74-78 years send you a note. Take care and keep
up the good work!
Bob Keck '78
Deanna- I saw a pic of some old friends in the last newsletter, and I wanted
in on the action. Here's a pic from a few months ago of a group of us that
got together in Chicago for an impromptu alumni party."
Todd Starcevich '01
"I look forward
to getting the weekly emails updating me on who, what, when, etc., of Northern
Michigan University. Thank you so much. After living in the southeast for almost
five years, I've recently moved to the Marinette/Menominee area and would like
to get in touch with other alumni."
Zac Britton '94
"I enjoy getting
the weekly update, even though I'm right here in Marquette, it's still a pleasure.
I especially like the letters. A few weeks ago I received an email from a friend
who was in Qatar at the request of the Emir, on the same day I received my What's
New, NMU and there was a letter to you from an alum who is currently living
in Qatar. I tried to get them together but the alum was out of town and they
didn't connect until my friend had left. Hopefully they'll have another opportunity,
it would have been fun. If they do ever get together I'll report back to you.
My friend was raised in Marquette and took some classes at NMU so they would
enjoy visiting, I think.
One tiny thing..............
In last week's issue you used the term "breakwall". There is no such word, the correct word is breakwater. It's confusing since the Mining Journal, although it knows better, continues to misuse the "word". Years ago they even wrote an editorial about this but they still forget.
It reminds me of "ain't", also commonly used, also very wrong.
A small thing but I know you'd want to be correct.
"Hello Deanna, I
enjoy getting your alumni update emails every week from the great North Country!
My wife Kym and I are '94 alums both from the UP and miss Marquette...we have
been in Grand Rapids since we graduated from Northern and love it here too.
I was just with a good friend of yours this weekend, Allie Hansen, who is now
finally going to be my future sister-in-law.....she just got engaged to my younger
brother Luke last weekend. She will be a welcomed addition to our family for
sure...we love her lots. I was telling Allie that I enjoy a taste of NMU each
Monday from your emails as I knew you and her were friends. Great job on them...I
do the same type of emails monthly for all my corporate accounts so I know how
hard they can be to keep fresh and readable. Nice job!
Eric Erickson '94
Grand Rapids, MI
"Some rambling thoughts
from a Marquette Native. I have remembrances of the Alibi even though I never
stepped foot into it. You see, my sister Joann Greet lived next door ( the house
with the city lamp post in the front yard) and with every visit she would have
a new story for me regarding the excitement it created for the neighborhood.
100 years old? My uncle Roy DesJardins just turned 100 last week on March 24. He was employed by NMU during the 60's and 70's. He was the custodian at the West Science Building. I got the opportunity to work as student custodian with him during Christmas and Easter breaks (that's what they were called back then.) He currently lives in the apartments across the street from Jilberts Dairy.
Speaking of Jilberts, it's my first stop on each visit to Marquette. This August cannot come too soon. My wife actually used a photo of the cow with it's Christmas wreath for the setting of Christmas cards we sent out a few years ago."
Paul M. DesJardins '71 (Graveraet '61)
"Hello from south
Florida. I saw the recent photos of the upper and lower harbors. It made me
homesick. I love the Florida climate but nothing will ever match the friendliness
of the people in the UP. Thanks for keeping me on the newsletter list."
Lori Hazen '81
Palm Springs, FL
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