For the week of May 1, 2006

From the 6th floor

  It seems as if this is the way it's been going the past several years, we have really nice weather for several weekends in the spring and then when commencement rolls around, we're back to cold and dreary. And dare I even say it? Snow? Yes, I heard TV 6 Meteorologist Karl Bohnak use that word when he talked about the weather forecast for Friday night into Saturday: "Could be a chance of snow." Doesn't sound like it will be anything measurable, but still, flurries at commencement? Didn't we go through this last year? And the year before that?

House Appropriations releases higher education plan

The House Appropriations Subcommittee for Higher Education announced its higher education plan.  More details about the proposal should be announced in the media in the near future, but in brief, the plan includes a modified version of last year’s Workforce Investment Plan (WIN) formula.  Overall, funding to Michigan’s 15 public universities ranged from a 2 percent cut to a 4 percent increase. NMU will receive a 0.3 percent increase. This position is better than where Northern started last year.  Now, all three funding proposals (Governor’s, Senate and House) go into a conference committee where the differences will be ironed out. NMU President Les Wong said he was pleased that the legislators appeared to hear a number of Northern's messages.  The crucial action now takes place in the conference committee and Northern will continue to work to improve its position in the full House Appropriations Committee and in the conference committee. 

Finals Week and Spring Commencement

Just under 1,000 seniors are eligible for graduation this semester and 783 have registered to participate in the commencement ceremony which takes place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6, in the Superior Dome.  No tickets are required as there is plenty of seating in the Dome. However, it is recommended that students, parents and others attending the ceremony arrive early so there’s plenty of time to park and choose seating before the graduates begin their march into the facility. The graduation ceremony is broadcast live on Public TV 13.
Commencement rehearsal for seniors is 2:15 p.m. Friday with a celebratory pizza party for the seniors and their families immediately following, both at the Dome. The pizza party is sponsored by the NMU Alumni Association.

Commencement speakers to include Alumni Association president

NMU Alumni Association President Dr. Garnet Lewis '86.

NMU Alumni Association President Dr. Garnet Lewis '86 will welcome Saturday's newest alumni in her remarks at the commencement ceremony.
Also part of the platform party, student speaker Eric M. Johnson of Fremont, Mich. A biology/physiology major and chemistry minor, Johnson graduated from West Iron County High School in 1998. He will begin medical school at Michigan State University in the fall and plans to some day practice medicine in the Upper Peninsula.            Johnson has been involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Special Olympics, and Campus Crusade for Christ. He co-founded the NMU chapter of Athletes in Action, and was a volunteer at Marquette General Hospital and at the Medical Care Access Coalition. He was also an NMU football player from 1998-99. “My speech is focused on ‘living richly’,” he said, “and includes observations on the genuinely valuable things in life.”
Dr. David Hart '64 will deliver the keynote address. He will also receive an honorary doctor of biochemistry degree. Dr. Hart is the Calgary Foundation–Grace Glaum professor in arthritis research. He serves the University of Calgary as a professor of microbiology and infectious diseases, a professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology and clinical immunology, and a professor of surgery in the division of orthopedics.  He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from NMU in 1993.

U.P. makes Shermans Travel Top 10 list of best places to visit this summer

Arabella Bowen, editorial director for Shermans Travel, and their editorial staff released their top ten summer destinations for 2006 of the best spots to be at and visit this summer. ShermanTravel is a leading and trusted national publisher of travel sales and specials, trip ideas, and travel destination information. A very interesting mix of locales on the list.
Top 10 as published by Shermans Travel:
1. Capri (Italy)
2. The Hamptons
3. Greek Islands
4. London
5. Montreal
6. United States National Parks
7. New England
8. Russia
9. Scandinavia
10. Upper Peninsula, Michigan!

Here's what they said about the UP. 10. Upper Peninsula, Michigan
If city-living gets too hot, pack up some marshmallows, hot dogs and camping gear and head to the refreshing Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where majestic wildlife, unspoiled rivers, waterfalls and dense forests abound. Blessed with some 1700 miles of shoreline along three of the Great Lakes—Superior, Michigan and Huron—it should come as no surprise that fishing, canoeing, and camping are prime activities here, with moose, bears, and beavers as common companions. The region's strong Native American and French Canadian heritage are experienced everywhere as well; enclaves with names like Sault Ste-Marie and bridges like the Mackinac hearken back to the days of the earliest settlers. You'll probably feel like one of North America's earliest explorers yourself as you paddle the waterways here and set up camp in the woods. 

Read the full article here.

If you do follow Sherman's advice and visit the UP, make sure you stop by campus. There are plenty of exciting changes we'd like to show you. Stop by the NMU Alumni Office and say hello. We're located on the 6th floor of Cohodas.

How to Pitch and Putt the Deal

Golfing is the most popular activity for networking, friend raising and fund raising. Unfortunately, not all of us have had the opportunity to learn to play this wonderful game. Here is a unique program that combines golf lessons with workshops on fund raising and relationship building--so you can chip and chat with confidence.
The program includes:

--Three days of golf, with professional instruction and playing time
--Hotel (3 nights), reception and meals

Cost: $795/ $495 (without hotel)
June 19-22 in Marquette

To register contact Annette Brown, NMU College of Business, 906-227-2947 or

Forest Robert Theatre grad student directing musical revue

Ben Schneider, a graduate theatre student at NMU, is directing the "Rivertown Follies" in downstate Cheboygan. This is the 23rd annual amateur variety revue presented by the organization. All profits are turned over to local charities.
Schneider was hired to "shake up" the production which has begun getting dated over the years. He settled on a "Music through the Decades" theme which highlights Broadway musicals decade by decade from "The Black Crook" right up to "Rent."
The "Rivertown Follies" will be presented May 4, 5 & 6 at 8 p.m. in the Cheboygan Opera House. For tickets and additional information, call 231-627-6841.

From the E-mail bag

"First, I want to say THANK YOU for What's New NMU?  It is always my first e-mail I open when I see it come through.  My husband, Steve Stocker '89 and I, Deanna Stocker '89 are both graduates from Northern and have SO MANY fond memories of NMU.  I thought this article would interest several since it has to do with hunting.  We know the love of the outdoors in the upper peninsula.  Steve has always been avid hunter and has taken his passion to a new level.  Not only is he utilizing his degree he received from NMU as a full time social worker but now in addition he has a full service filming / production company specializing in hunting and other outdoor television programs.  He and his business partner started Cedar Spur Outdoors a year ago and are very much in full swing; from business expos, outdoor federation dinners auctioning off filming packages, and of course many travels to various states for the ultimate footage.  They have been very successful with national sponsors jumping aboard (Bowtech, Diamond, RipCord,...), which is almost unheard of in the first year of airing.  The best news is that they have been approved for 3rd and 4th quarter of this year on The Sportsman's Channel and are in waiting for a couple other television stations when time slots become available.  Cedar Spur Outdoors is about more than the antler measurements, they're about people and telling their outdoor stories and knowing that "IF YOU NEVER GIVE UP....SUCCESS WILL BE YOURS."  ( A great motto for all Northern students too).  Check out all the full details of Cedar Spur Outdoors at
Thank you for all the great articles!"

Deanna Stocker (Stapish) '89
Britton, MI

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