For the week of June 20, 2005
From the 6th floor
|I'm going to go out on a limb and say we are having a really nice summer in Marquette. Yes, I know, it's only June 21st, but I'm sitting here once again writing about the great beach weekend we just had. I've only written two newsletters in June and both refer to beautiful beach weekends. Doesn't that mean we are having a pretty nice summer? Forecasters call for record warmth for much of this week. As a matter of fact, we broke the record high for this date. The record for June 20 was 87 degrees set back in 1988. Monday's temperature reached 88 degrees. Yay!|
At a standing-room only forum at the University Center, Monday, June 13, NMU President Les Wong showed how Northern would be impacted by House and Senate formula funding models relative to the governor's budget proposal, emphatically dispelled "any myths that the university has benefited disproportionately from the Jacobetti legend," and urged employees to join a grassroots effort to contact legislators on behalf of the university.
In the Senate’s proposal for higher education, released June 2, Northern receives a 10 percent reduction ($4.5 million). While announcing that plan, the subcommittee chair actually singled out NMU in his public comments to state that his plan is trying to ‘right a long-term wrong of over-funding to some universities'. Northern's administration strongly disagrees that this is the case and feels they have the proof to back up those claims. The documentation that has been presented to the legislators on this topic was also presented at the recent community forum and the forum materials are available for review at www.nmu.edu/forums.
Northern officials have several questions about how the formulas, particularly the House version, were built and why alternative funding options, such as cutting the amount to private and parochial institution aid ($58 million annually), have not been considered before making such drastic cuts to public institutions.
A conference committee will be appointed to work on resolving the differences and merging the two versions in one bill to be brought to the governor. Between now and then, the NMU community will be extremely busy working to convince legislators that this state-created funding problem needs to be fixed, but not on the backs of the NMU and Wayne State students and their families.
YOU CAN HELP:
We are urging everyone in the
If you live downstate, here's what you can do:
Take a moment and drop a note to Michigan's Legislative Leaders:
Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ken Sikkema
Office Phone: (517) 373-0798; Fax: (517) 373-5236
Speaker of the House, Representative Craig DeRoche
Office Phone: (517) 373-0827; Fax: (517) 373-5873
Chair of Higher Education Appropriation Committee, Senator Mike Goschka
Office Phone: (517) 373-1760; Fax (517) 373-3487
Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Representative Scott Hummel
Office Phone: (517) 373-1778; Fax: (517) 373-5780
If you live outside of Michigan, write the Governor.
Governor Jennifer Granholm
Governor Granholm's Offices
Please ask them to help solve the problem without NMU or other U.P. organizations paying a higher price.
Your voice is important and it is heard.
Orientation brings hundreds of new students to campus
Freshman Kayla Dalley (center) and her mother, Calista, (left), from Alpena check in at the Gant-Spalding registration desk.
|Do you remember Freshman Orientation? Did you make the trip to Marquette with the 'rents to check out your new digs? Hundreds of incoming freshmen are doing just that this week and over the next month. Some of the highlights of Freshman Orientation; Math and English placement exams; academic advising; student employment and extracurricular organization fair.
A mandatory part of the freshman experience, hundreds of students will visit campus over the next few weeks to get a first-hand look at what their lives will be like come fall.
Jeff Trantham and Dan Schultz (left and center) from Frankenmuth.
Thursday's weather is going to be gorgeous...spend it on the golf course
It's not too late to get in on the fun! The annual Wildcat Club/Alumni Association Golf Outing is scheduled for this Thursday, June 23 at the Marquette Golf and Country Club. More than 100 golfers are already signed up.
WHAT: Wildcat Club/Alumni Association Golf Outing
WHEN: Thursday, June 23
SHOTGUN START: 12:30
COST: $100 per player; includes golf, lunch, beverages, prizes, dinner.
This annual golf outing supports the NMU Wildcat Club and Alumni Association.
Get your team together now!
Last minute questions? Contact us!
Shyiak accepts Anchorage position
Dave Shyiak, the associate head coach of the Northern Michigan University hockey team, has resigned his position with the Wildcats to accept the head coaching position at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Shyiak takes over for John Hill, who resigned his position with the Seawolves to accept an assistant hockey coaching position at the University of Minnesota.UAA is a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and finished the 2004-05 campaign with a 12-19-6 overall record and a 9-15-4 slate in the WCHA, which was good for seventh place in the conference. Walt Kyle, the head coach at NMU, said with Shyiak taking this job it will be a big loss for the ‘Cats. “On a personal note, it is real gratifying to see Dave get this opportunity. I recruited him and have worked with him,” Kyle said. “This is a great opportunity for him. Every assistant coach wants to be a head coach. We wish him all the best."
Thanks for stopping by.....
......Rick Amidon '81 of Muskegon, MI. Rick was in town for meetings and ventured to the 6th floor. He and a classmate, Bill Slough '84 of Gladstone, plan on golfing in the Wildcat Club/Alumni Association outing Thursday. Good luck, guys!
....Dr. Roger D. Cole '84 of Hickory, North Carolina. Roger was in town with a friend from NC who had never visited the UP. They checked out some favorite UP spots; Pictured Rocks, Copper Harbor; and stopped by the 6th floor during their campus tour. This is only Roger's second trip back to Marquette since graduation.
....Peggy Rose '76 of Plymouth, MI. We were so glad when Peggy stopped by. For the past several years, Peggy had been missing out on her Northern news because we "lost" her. We are happy to report she is back on our mailing list and receiving Horizons, the magazine for alumni and friends, and all the invitations to our events. She also joined the NMU Alumni Association during her 6th floor visit. Thanks, Peggy!
If you are planning a visit to Marquette this summer, make sure it includes a trip to the 6th floor to visit the NMU Alumni Association!
From the Email bag
"Greetings from across town!!
Since your weekly newsletter is aimed at keeping NMU alums informed, I thought this the perfect venue to let everyone know about an alum in need. Mike Willard '79, current owner of White’s Party Store in
Here’s how you can help:
Lake Superior Community Partnership
"Just wanted to share the news and a photo of our precious baby girl, Ruth Riley Walter, born on June 2, 2005 to the proud parents of Tom & Jami Walter. We had searched for the perfect going home outfit and decided that a Northern onesie would be most appropriate since that is where we first met back in 1991. If it weren't for Northern Michigan University we wouldn't have our baby Ruth. "
Tom & Jami Walter '96
"Both of my children think it's cool to wear NMU items. After playing hockey for 15 years here in Charlotte, NC, my son is now the mascot for the local ECHL team & skates around wearing a polar bear outfit. Walking into the locker room before an appearance, he was wearing a NMU hat & U of M shirt (went to hockey camp there). Three of the players were from Michigan, including 1 from Houghton. They asked where in the world he was from, because of the hat. U of M stuff can be purchased anywhere, but they all recognized the NMU logo. It made him feel really good to attract their attention, and was a good conversation starter.
Laura Little Pelchat '76
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"Both of my children think it's cool to wear NMU items. After playing hockey for 15 years here in Charlotte, NC, my son is now the mascot for the local ECHL team & skates around wearing a polar bear outfit. Walking into the locker room before an appearance, he was wearing a NMU hat & U of M shirt (went to hockey camp there). Three of the players were from Michigan, including 1 from Houghton. They asked where in the world he was from, because of the hat.
M stuff can be purchased anywhere, but they all recognized the NMU logo. It made him feel really good to attract their attention, and was a good conversation starter."
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