For the week of July 25, 2005

From the 6th floor

These Marquette residents enjoyed a dip in Lake Superior last week when temperatures topped out
at 93 degrees.
I doubt you'll find too many people complaining about the weather in Upper Michigan this summer. It has been absolutely gorgeous. The nicest summer we've had in quite a few years, I think. While I do not have statistics to back me up, this has to be one of the warmest summers in years. Temperatures in the 80s have become routine with the beach the most popular place in town. The lengthy heat wave and a lack of rain have led to an increasingly high fire danger, though. There is a chance for precipitation Monday evening.

NMU Board sets tuition

Despite uncertainty about state funding for higher education, the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees set fall tuition and fees at a special teleconference meeting Friday, July 22. Administrators developed a recommendation around "an educated guess" so that students and parents have an opportunity to plan ahead for the fall semester that begins Aug. 29.
In a 5-3 vote, trustees approved the following annual rates for full-time students: resident undergraduates will pay an additional $524, or $5,858; nonresident undergraduates will pay $860 more, or $9,602; resident graduate students will see a $436 increase, to $4,754; and nonresident graduate students will pay an additional $628, for a rate of $6,994. These figures amount to increases of 9.8 percent for undergraduate students, and about 10 percent for graduate students.
The one-time student athletic fee for new students, which allows admission to NMU sporting events during their college careers, will increase from $100 to $150.
"To the best of our knowledge, as of today, Northern will remain the second most affordable institution in Michigan," said NMU President Les Wong. "Our commitment to providing a high-quality, high-touch education on a high-tech campus remains our number one goal.
"With higher education proposals that would reduce Northern's state funding by anywhere from 2 to 10 percent, it's been extremely difficult to formulate a budget plan when we don't have solid numbers yet. We are taking a multi-pronged approach that considers enrollment growth, budget reductions and reallocations, and new streams of revenue generation. We will continue to monitor the legislative process and continue to discuss options accordingly."

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Your letters still important

In Lansing, the higher education funding battle continues. Both the House and Senate formula funding proposals significantly hurt Northern. Dr. Les Wong has asked that all NMU alumni, especially those who are Michigan residents, write to the Michigan legislative leadership to ask that the state restore Northern’s funding rather than expect our NMU students and their families to bear the brunt of fixing a state funding issue created by the state over a 20-year period. You can learn more about the House and Senate formulas, and NMU’s concerns about the proposals at You will want to click on Legislative Leaders for legislators' contact information. There is also a list of talking points that can assist you in drafting your letters and e-mails.

If you are one of the many NMU alumni who have already sent letters, e-mails or faxes to legislators or the Governor, THANK YOU. Dr. Wong has said they are having a noticeable impact as he continues to meet with the state’s policy makers.

New coaches named

Troy Mattson '86 has been named the head women’s basketball coach at Northern Michigan University. Mattson has been involved with the NMU men’s basketball program since 1988.  He was the assistant coach from 1988-94 until being promoted to associate head men’s basketball coach in April 1994.  Mattson has also served NMU as the head women’s tennis coach from 1994-03 where he was the GLIAC Coach of the Year twice (2000 and 2002).  His tennis teams made three straight NCAA II post-season appearances in the national tournament (2001-03).  A four-time letterwinner (1982-85) at NMU, Mattson just concluded his 17th season with the Wildcat men’s basketball program.
Mattson wasted very little time in naming an assistant coach for the program. Marisa DellAngelo '03 will serve as his assistant. During the 2002-03 season, DellAngelo served the NMU women’s basketball team as a student-assistant coach. DellAngelo was a standout at Negaunee High School and a four-time letterwinner at NMU (1999-02).  She was the GLIAC Player of the Year in 2002, a first team all-conference selection and was selected to the GLIAC All-Tournament Team. DellAngelo is fourth on the all-time scoring list for the NMU women with 1,558 points.  She also holds the NMU records for three-pointers made in a season (84) and career (247).  DellAngelo concluded her career with 382 assists for fourth on the all-time list and 187 steals which also placed her fourth on the all-time list. 

Hockey coach Walt Kyle announced John Olver as the Wildcat's new assistant coach.  For the past five years (2000-05), Olver was the vice president of hockey operations and coach of the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.  His team won the 2004 Kelly Cup championship. “This is a major move for our program.  With Dave Shyiak leaving I thought that we would have a difficult time finding someone with that kind of experience and ability, but we found it in John,” Kyle said.  “He is one of my closest friends and I have used him as a resource for recruiting.  He already has some experience with the program.   John has experiences with many different areas of hockey which will help the program.” Olver’s son, Darin, is currently a member of the NMU hockey team and will be a junior this coming season.  He led the ‘Cats this past season with 43 points (9-34).  His youngest son, Mark, has verbally committed to attend NMU in 2006.

Professional Development credit available at Finn Grand Fest 2005

Northern Michigan University’s College of Graduate Studies and Research will offer a one-credit professional development course as part of Finn Grand Fest 2005, which takes place at NMU on Aug. 10-14.
“GD 989: Special Topics” will be available to FGF 2005 participants who register for the course, attend 12 of the more than 150 one-hour education programs taking place during the festival, and submit a brief written summary of each program. 
A full list of lectures, panels, and workshops is available at under the “Activities” link.  While the educational programs have free admission, participants must be registered for the festival to attend.  FGF 2005 registration can be done online, over the phone or by postal mail, and can be done in advance or on-site.  For more information, refer to the Web site.
“For teachers and others who desire or are required to gain professional development credits, this course is a great way to combine fun at the festival with earning credit,” said Dean Cynthia Prosen.
The cost of the GD 989 course is $235.  There is a $30 university application fee for those not already enrolled as NMU students.  To apply, go to  Students will fill out the application under “professional development,” and therefore do not need to send any transcripts. 

Magnaghi receives Follo Award

Russ Magnaghi, department head for economics, history, political science and public administration, recently received the Charles Follo Award from the Historical Society of Michigan for his "outstanding contributions to the preservation and promotion of Upper Peninsula history."
Magnaghi was the director of the NMU Center for Upper Peninsula Studies from 1996 to 2003. As university historian, he wrote A Sense of Time: The Encyclopedia of Northern Michigan University, and has collected and preserved many artifacts that represent the university’s history. He has organized conferences, presentations and workshops on regional topics, written books and articles of local interest, and developed a curriculum dealing with the region.
"I was quite surprised by the award and quite pleased," Magnaghi said. "As I told the audience, you’ve given it to me for past work I’ve done and for more things I plan on doing in the future. I consider myself midway through my career. One of my current projects is writing a book about the history of the Upper Peninsula. It's at least 50 percent done in rough form, but I'm working on filling in details and synthesizing the content."   

Homecoming not that far away

"Old Hollywood Comes to Northern" has been chosen as the theme of Homecoming 2005, Sept. 11-17.
Activities begin Sunday, Sept. 11 with the Dead River games and culminate with the NMU vs. Wayne State football game Saturday, Sept. 17 in the Superior Dome.

Make your plans to attend now!

In addition to favorite Homecoming celebrations, the United States Olympic Education Center will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary with special events throughout the week.

Here's a tentative look at the Homecoming schedule.
Please keep in mind not all events have been scheduled yet.

Friday, Sept. 16
NMU Alumni Association Board of
Directors' Meeting
Homecoming Parade 5:30 p.m.
NMU Sports Hall of Fame Induction 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17
NMU Alumni Association Awards Brunch 10:30 a.m.
Tailgate Party 3 p.m.
NMU vs. Wayne State 5 p.m.
Fifth Quarter Reception 7:30 p.m.

Sears Tower Erected

A scale model of Chicago's Sears Tower, standing 30 feet high and constructed of 15,000 Jenga blocks, is on display in C.B. Hedgcock. Bryant Varney '90 completed the project in late June. Bryant works in Academic Information Services at NMU.


"This is by far my biggest and tallest tower to date," said Varney, who previously built models of the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, Rockefeller Center and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. "In the past, I've always built them in the library, where I was limited by the height of the ceiling. The Hedgcock atrium opened up more possibilities. Fred (Joyal) helped make it happen in there, and I was able to use portable scaffolding."
Varney worked on the model nights and weekend for about a month. The finished product is comprised of 55 stories – half of the Sears Tower 's actual 110. But, like the original, it is capped off with blinking antennae.
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Thanks for stopping by.....

.....Sandy MacLean '56 of St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. MacLean and his wife, Judy, were in the area visiting family and friends. Sandy is interested in having a 50th reunion next year and would love to hear from others who might want to help.

....Ron '70 and Debra Ullman of Columbus, Georgia.

....John Conklin '72 of Athens, IL. John's son currently attends Northern.

....Erick Anderson '78 and his daughter, Kristine, of Omaha, Nebraska.

....Rick '86 and Debra Bloomer of Valrica, Florida and their two children.

Don't forget...if you're in the Marquette area, stop by and say hello. We're on the 6th floor of the Cohodas, room 603.

From the Email bag

"Absolutely loved the July 4th 'What's New, NMU?' So many familiar faces. Great photos. Thanks for all you do."
Terry Szczepanski '71
Marquette, MI

"Hard to believe it has been thirty years since we waited at the old Marquette County Airport in the snow to welcome home our national championship football team! Thanks for the memories. I travel extensively for business and still mention our championship year and our now very well known quarterback every chance I get.
Jim Wilson '76
Phoenix, AZ

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