For the week of July 9, 2007

From the 6th floor

There has been a lot of talk about the weather lately. We have had record heat and history-making storms. On Wednesday, June 20, severe thunderstorms moved across Marquette County, bringing damaging hail and tornado watches. Golf ball-sized hail was reported on the south side of the city of Marquette. The storm left all kinds of damage in its wake, including hundreds of hail-damaged cars.
The Wildcat Club golf outing, scheduled for the following day was postponed because of damage at the Marquette Golf Club.
The outing has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 19.

If you look closely at the photo on the right, you can see the hail piled up like a snowbank alongside the buildings downtown Marquette.

Fortunately, the 4th of July was classic U.P. summer weather-sunny, blue skies.

The siding on this apartment building shows the dents caused by large hail.

Budget update from the president

On June 28, the Michigan Legislature agreed on a plan to replace the $1.9 billion dollars lost with the elimination of the Single Business Tax by creating the Michigan Business Tax. So, now all issues related to the 2007 fiscal year budget and its deficits have been addressed. The impact on Michigan’s 15 public universities is that they must return their increase in appropriations for 2007 and will have the August appropriation payment delayed until October. For Northern, our amount of returned funding is $806,000 and the delayed payments total $4.2 million. This is a somewhat difficult scenario at this point in the year for universities because our fiscal year ended June 30 and a new year began on July 1. However, here at NMU, we were anticipating a very difficult budget situation, so we cut expenses and postponed and/or cancelled a number of critical expenditures as we waited to see how the state’s funding situation would unfold. Good planning and serious belt tightening has allowed us to limit the impact of the $806,000 cut and not hurt our academic programming. 
Now, everyone is looking at 2007-08. Our biggest concern is that the state will not be able to make the delayed payment due in October, which in fact, would turn the $4.2 million into a major base budget cut. The NMU President’s Council is discussing contingency plans, in case we need them. The silver lining of the budget picture for 2007-08 is that all three higher education funding proposals from the Governor, Senate and House are completed and none includes decreased funding to higher education. I know from talking to legislators that they all want and plan to return the delayed payments. Those proposals are ready to go into Conference Committee, where a small group of representatives from all three branches will work out the differences in the proposals. We don’t anticipate a final decision until late summer or early fall.
The NMU Board of Trustees (, which officially sets tuition and fees, will have many elements and scenarios to consider when it meets July 19-20. My crystal ball is not clear enough to indicate what rate the Board might choose, but I do know that Northern has always been equally concerned with affordability and quality. Affordability: NMU is one of the most affordable universities in Michigan and in the Midwest. Quality: Preserving the highest-caliber learning experience for students has some cost, but has equal value. NMU will hold a university forum at 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, in the University Center to discuss the information we will be presenting to the Board. You are invited to attend. Ten of Michigan’s 15 public universities are slated to set tuition between July 6 and July 25.

NMU Night at Comerica Park sold out

More than 165 tickets were sold to the first-ever Wildcat Night at Comerica Park. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 8 when the Tigers take on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The NMU Alumni Association and Detroit Area Alumni Club are hosting the event.

NMU alumni and friends will be getting together pre-game at Proof on Woodward, across from Comerica Park.
All NMU alumni are invited to attend the reception.

Pre-game reception at 5 p.m.
2001 Woodward Avenue
(corner of Woodward and Adams)

Thanks to all those who bought tickets.
NMU Alumni Association members can pick up their free t-shirt at the pre-game reception.

Legendary Marquette establishment closes its doors

When closing time rolled around on Saturday, June 23, at the Shamrock Bar in Marquette, it really was closing time. After more than 100 years in business, one of Marquette's classic haunts shut its doors for the final time. Prior to its final day of business, customers were able to visit the downtown fixture and some even purchased their favorite wall decorations from the bar.
The building has been sold to a Marquette area restaurateur and plans call for the facility to be converted into a steak house.

“We’ve made so many great friends and have so many wonderful memories of our time at the Shamrock. I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of the Shamrock crowd and also to the many dedicated members we’ve had on our staff over the years. I’ll certainly miss all of our great regulars and my crew. It’s definitely the end of an era.”

Nancy Bergland, former owner of the Shamrock said in a Mining Journal article about the closing.

Have memories of the Shamrock you'd like to share?
Send them our way and we'll use them in an upcoming newsletter.

Dynamic Duos to be featured at Homecoming 2007

With more activities than ever, Homecoming 2007 promises to be an exciting weekend on campus.
These groups are planning reunions:

  • NMU Marching Band Alumni
  • NMU Political Science and Public Administration Alumni
  • NMU College of Business Alumni

A special appearance by famous zoologist Jack Hanna is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4. Additionally, we'll see Detroit Free Press columnist and NMU alumnus Dawson Bell '77 on campus Oct. 5 for a symposium.


Thursday, Oct. 4
Homecoming 2007
7 p.m. Jack Hanna and his Animal Adventures
7:30 p.m. "Harvey" by Mary Chase at Forest Roberts Theatre
Friday, Oct. 5  
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting
Afternoon Campus Tours
3:30 p.m. Political Science Symposium
Special guest Dawson Bell '77, Detroit Free Press columnist and reporter
Reynolds Recital Hall
5:30 p.m. Homecoming Parade, Third St.
6 p.m. NMU Political Science and Public Administration Alumni Reception
Landmark Inn
6:30 p.m. NMU College of Business Alumni Reception
Landmark Inn
6:30 p.m. NMU Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Program
(Advance registration required.)
TBA NMU Marching Band Alumni Reunion Cookout
Presque Isle pavilion
7:30 p.m. "Harvey" by Mary Chase at Forest Roberts Theatre
9 p.m. All Alumni Reception
Upfront & Company
Saturday, Oct. 6  
10:30 a.m. Alumni Awards Brunch and Ceremony
(Advance registration required.)
2 p.m.

Block Party at the Superior Dome

  • Tailgating
  • Beer tent
  • Live music with Jim & Ray
  • Food and games
  • WIldcat Willy
  • NMU Marching Band
4 p.m. Kickoff, NMU vs.Northwood
7:30-Midnight Fifth-Quarter Reception, UpFront & Company
All alumni are encouraged to attend.
7:30 p.m. "Harvey" by Mary Chase at Forest Roberts Theatre

Visit Homecoming 2007 for more details.

Questions about any of the events can be directed to the NMU Alumni Association

Thanks for stopping by...

Lisa and Jay '75 Pritchard of Redington Beach, Fla.
Susan Guenther '79 and her daughter, Taylor, of Falls Church, Va.
Cyndi Hedstrom '03 of Stoughton, Wis.

As always, we'd love to see you on the 6th floor if you're in town. Stop by.

From the Email bag

"Thanks for the updates. I especially enjoyed the pictures! I just had a walk down NMU memory lane at the June 16th wedding of NMU alumni Jason Tarsney and Rachel Melnick. I hope you can include a note in the alumni magazine. I believe they are the first official match made at WNMU´s Public Eye News! This led me to discover there´s at least a handful of alumni from around the turn of the millennium in the DC area. I´m sure there are many older ones. I also noticed the Detroit alumni event, which sounds like fun. I´d be happy to explore having an event in DC and coordinating it. Would the alumni office be able to help pull this together? Maybe for the fall, but would consider late summer as well. I have access to a couple venues in downtown DC and can easily plan a happy hour. "
Layla Wright '02
Chevy Chase, Md.

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