For the week of June 16, 2003

From the 6th floor

Life is good. Ok, you're probably amazed to hear that from the hay fever girl, but my tune is changing thanks to some beautiful summer-like days and Flonase. I say summer-like because I don't know if it's politically correct to say it's summer when summer officially doesn't start until next week. We had a wonderful weekend with sunshine and warm temperatures. In addition, I was in Harbor Springs for the Wildcat golf outing Monday and the weather there was picture perfect also. (See photos below.)
Days like this past weekend are the reasons we put up with all the snow. When the weather is nice, there's no better place on earth to be than in the U.P.

Godfrey stays on as athletic director

Northern Michigan University has elected to retain Ken Godfrey as its athletic director, according to an announcement made by Interim President Mike Roy.
Godfrey added interim athletic director to his title of associate vice president of recreation and athletics in January after Dan Spielmann resigned. Spielmann had served as AD for two and a half years.
Godfrey’s title will be athletic director and associate vice president for athletics and recreation.
“Ken is passionate about Northern Michigan University and Wildcat athletics. He is an extremely hard worker, an active community leader and a Wildcat through and through,” said Roy.
Roy said he met with the NMU coaches after the recent interviews of three external candidates brought to campus by the selection committee and the coaches recommended Godfrey retain the position.
“The budget situation is causing many changes to be made in all departments on campus, including athletics. Ken is the person who developed the plan for what the athletic department needs to do during these fiscally challenging times, but his plan also includes a blueprint for how to get Wildcat athletics to where the program wants to be in the near future. Despite the strong qualifications of candidates we interviewed, there was tremendous support from the coaches to keep Ken as the department’s leader,” Roy said.
Godfrey, a Maywood, Ill. native, was in charge of NMU’s recreational services since he came to NMU in 1979. He was named an associate vice president in August 2001.
Prior to coming to Northern, he was a junior high teacher, coach and school administrator in Maywood.
“I am honored to be the choice of the NMU coaches and administration to be the next athletic director,” said Godfrey. “Great things are happening at Northern and with Wildcat athletics. I hope everybody in the Marquette community is as excited about the upcoming season as I am. Together we can make a difference; it’s about teamwork, both in the department and with our Wildcat fans and the community.”
“Tough economic times often bring people together,” added Godfrey. “In that situation you have to be innovative and creative to keep moving forward, and we will be. I have some very high goals that I know many share for this program and university.”
Godfrey earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from Illinois State University in 1971 and a master’s degree in recreation from NMU in 1984. He is a certified member of the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association. He is also a member of the Marquette Kiwanis Board of Directors, the Lake Superior Community Partnership Board of Directors and the Recreation and Tourism Commission.
Godfrey and his wife, Kathie, have two sons – Ken, 33, and Keith, 28 – and two daughters – Kristine, 27, and Kimberly, 18. Ken, Keith and Kristine are Northern graduates. Kimberly, a 2003 graduate of Marquette High School, will attend NMU this fall.
The appointment as athletic director is effective immediately.

Presidential search update

Golf outing in Harbor Springs brings out Wildcats from across Michigan

The Tenth Annual Wildcat Golf Classic took place at Boyne Highlands over the weekend. The golf outing has taken place in Gaylord for several years, but made the move to Harbor Springs this year. Special thanks to Bill Savard '85 for putting the outing together. Almost 100 Wildcats and friends participated in the tournament. First place went to the team of Chad Wester, Mike Devine, Bart Bartkowiak '72 and Dan Cannonon. They were too shy to pose for a photo so you'll have to be satisfied with the second place team.

The winning team consisted of Rich Koskey, Jeff Tascoff '85, NMU basketball coach Dean Ellis '83 and NMU hockey coach Walt Kyle '81. (Did someone say "rigged"???)

Ray Tollefson '50 and NMU assistant football coach Mike Snyder.  
The TKEs were well represented at Boyne Highlands:
Keith Hopper '73, Joe Ketvirtis '74, Don Stanley '75, Mike Harris '78, Bob Oles '75, Leonard Sokolowski '73 and Dennis Malaney '76.

Yes, Marquette County is an All America City (But didn't we already know that?)

Marquette County was selected as one of 10 communities in the U.S. to receive an All America City award. Marquette was in competition with 29 other communities from around the country. A delegation from Marquette was in Washington D.C. over the weekend for the competition. Marquette was among ten communities chosen for the award and the only Michigan community.

From the AAC web site:
"The All-America City Award is America's oldest and most prestigious community recognition award. For over 53 years the All-America City Award has encouraged and recognized civic excellence, honoring communities of all sizes (cities, towns, counties, neighborhoods and regions) in which community members, government, businesses and non-profit organizations work together to address critical local issues.Winning the All-America City Award, the nation's premier civic recognition award, can provide tremendous benefits to your community. A survey of All-America Cities who have actively marketed their designations shows that winning communities often experience concrete gains including: new businesses and jobs; an increase in tourism, and enhanced tax base.

Homecoming 2003: "Green and Gold, Young and Old: Northern through the decades."

Homecoming 2003 will be celebrated on the campus of Northern Michigan University Friday-Saturday, September 26-27.
This year's theme will highlight some of the history of Northern: "Green and Gold, Young and Old; Northern through the decades."

Among the many activities scheduled for the weekend is the NMU Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, Friday, September 26th. Six new members will be inducted into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame. Those inductees will be announced in August.

Click here for a tentative homecoming schedule.

Changing landscape

Here's a quick update on several facilities projects now under way. The East Campus renovation project is at the stage of making exterior changes to the former Hedgcock Fieldhouse. The building’s interior was gutted during the winter. Hedgcock’s glass panels have been removed and now a person can look through the building and see the academic mall on the other side. Hedgcock is being revamped from a gymnasium facility into a one-stop student services center, which will also include the Reynolds Concert Hall. Work on Hedgcock is expected to be completed by Fall 2004. Work on the other two buildings of the East Campus renovation project – Thomas Fine Arts and Art and Design North – are slated to begin later this summer.

The Whitman renovation, which has revamped a former elementary school into a university office and classroom facility, is nearly done. Work on the parking lot that will reside between Whitman and Jamrich Hall is now in progress. The Whitman facility will house the School of Education and several other academic departments, all of which are scheduled to move into the facility in August.

Looking west towards Whitman

In the foreground is the corner of Whitman, looking east towards the Seaborg Center.

The Starbucks Coffee bar in the student lounge of the Learning Resources Center is on track to open in August and the renovation of Quad II (the two-level area that connects Magers, Meyland, Hunt and VanAnterwp residence halls) has begun. This area, once one of NMU’s dining halls, is being converted from its recent stint as a university storage area into a student meeting and lounge facility, including a satellite recreational area, non-alcohol pub and study areas. Quad II is expected to be finished by January 2004.

NMU alumnus joins TFN

TFN, The Football Network, has signed an agreement with Jerry Glanville '64 to join its broadcast team when the new cable network goes on the air this fall.
Glanville, on of the most colorful personalities to rise from the coaching ranks to the broadcast booth, will co-host a regular program previewing and reviewing each week's NFL football contests. He will also play a key role in regular Fantasy Football programs, which will air on both TFN and SPIKE TV, as a TFN production, and will be involved in football-themed talk shows now in development.
Glanville, head coach for the Houston Oilers (1986-89) and Atlanta Falcons (1990-93), well remembered for leaving tickets for Elvis and for his race car enthusiasm, has been an analyst for HBO's Inside the NFL and The NFL Today on CBS. He is a graduate of Northern Michigan University.

Tuition and fees

While most of the 15 public universities in Michigan have not yet announced their tuition and fees for the fall semester, Northern’s increase of $165 per semester, or 6.9%, is one of the lowest to date. In fact, if schools follow through on the figures that have been discussed throughout the winter months, it is very likely that NMU will drop from having the fourth lowest tuition and fees in the state to the second lowest – and that includes the university providing technology for every full-time student. Lake Superior State has announced a 10% increase and Michigan State a 9.9% increase. Oakland’s administration brought a recommendation of a 12% increase to its governing board which was rejected, then passed a 10% increase. Most of the other governing boards are expected to announce their tuition and fee rates at their June/July meetings.

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