For the week of May 5, 2003

From the 6th floor

The one thing you can count on around here these days in the weather department is......that you can't count on anything. Temperatures have been running the gamut over the last two weeks; with record highs being set, followed by record lows. We did luck out over commencement weekend, though, because the weather was very mild; sunshine and temperatures in the 50s greeted graduates and visitors to town. Which was a nice change from some years in the past. Lots of alumni have stories about how it snowed on their graduation day. And they weren't talking about December graduation. It's still pretty blah in the scenery department. We haven't had enough rain to green-up the grass yet. Hopefully that will change in the next few days because forecasters are calling for a chance of precipitation each day for the early part of the week. We're all keeping our fingers crossed that the mercury stays high enough to keep that precipitation from turning into snow.

One of the interesting spring rituals is the movement of ice on the lake. It's been very odd lately because the lake will go from being iced in one day, to completely open the next. I know it has to do with the wind and all that stuff, but it has been fascinating to watch the ice come and go on a daily basis. Over the weekend it stuck pretty close to shore but has been breaking up, looking like huge ice cubes floating around. It's hard to imagine water that looks like this now would ever warm up enough to swim in.

Bailey leaving Northern to lead Western Michigan University; Roy appointed interim president

Northern Michigan University President Judi Bailey has been notified that the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees will consider her appointment as WMU’s seventh president at its next meeting scheduled for May 9.

“President Judi Bailey has been an outstanding leader for Northern Michigan University,” said Board of Trustees chair Mary Campbell. “The university has benefited from Dr. Bailey’s excellent leadership. She has moved the university to higher levels of excellence, innovation and national recognition. We are deeply grateful for her work at Northern.”

Bailey joined NMU in 1997. She is the 11th person to hold the university’s top post. Under her leadership, NMU implemented a notebook computer program and conducted its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, This Decisive Season. The university’s enrollment increased steadily. It exceeded the 9,000 mark last semester for the first time since 1981, marking a long recovery from the closure of K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base.
At the May 1 meeting of the NMU Board of Trustees, chair Mary Campbell and vice chair Karl Weber announced their intention to recommend Mike Roy, vice president for finance and administration, as interim president. If the WMU Board of Trustees approves Bailey’s appointment, Northern’s board will convene a special session to consider Bailey’s resignation and the interim president recommendation.

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Newest alumni cross the stage

More than 700 graduates participated in Spring 2003 Commencement, Saturday May 3, at Northern Michigan University. All total, more than 900 degrees were awarded.
In its 104 year history, NMU has awarded degrees to 51,000 alumni. That's a pretty impressive number.

These folks were pretty proud of the graduate in their house.

Board approves FY 2004 budget, including tuition increase

The NMU Board of Trustees approved a $79.3 million general fund base budget for fiscal year 2004. It includes $4.8 million in reductions recommended by the Budget Alternatives Committee, a 6.9 percent increase in annual tuition and fees for resident undergraduate students, and a 4.8 percent room-and-board increase.
If state support for higher education declines through additional executive orders and/or deeper cuts in the proposed state appropriation, the board will reevaluate the possibility of implementing additional cost-saving measures on campus, tuition increases, or a combination of the two.

The tuition and fee increase will amount to $330 per year for full-time undergraduate students from Michigan, bringing their annual cost to $5,110. Room and board will go up $264 per year to $5,724. Nonresident undergraduates will pay $8,278 per year, an increase of $546 or about 7 percent.

NMU's athletic training program accredited

Northern Michigan University's athletic training program has received its initial accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP).
The accreditation period is awarded for five years.
"Accreditation is critical because beginning in January 2004 students wishing to take the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification exam will be required to be graduates of accredited athletic training programs," said Julie Rochester, director of NMU's program.
Northern is now one of six accredited athletic training programs in Michigan, the others being Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Hope College, and the University of Michigan.

Interactive tool gives students field experience

Northern Michigan University education students are using interactive technology to learn problem-solving skills for dealing with children who have an emotional impairment or behavioral disorder. Laura Reissner, an education professor at NMU, introduces her students to CD-ROMs that contain the program called “Teacher Problem-Solving Skills in Behavior Disorders.”
Students watch the case studies and listen to perspectives from experts in the field of special education on the CDs, then participate in hands-on activities on their laptops.
“The first video is on theoretical perspectives on emotional impairment with three cases that the students work through,” Reissner said.
The students get to observe children in a variety of school situations. Then they are given assignments, such as assessing the child’s needs and coming up with a plan on how to help the youngster.
This educational tool has proved to be especially helpful for university students due to the lack of field experience opportunities in the area of special education.
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Plenty of opportunities this summer to use your golf clubs and support NMU

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