For the week of August 18, 2003
From the 6th floor....and not from the beach where I really want to be right now.
|I don't know how anyone can argue that there is any more perfect piece of the world during summer than right here in Marquette. Man, we have had such a beautiful summer. Day after day of beach weather, no humidity, and the nights cooling off just enough to make sleeping comfortable. It really has been a summer tourism officials dream of. Even the flies are cooperating and not chasing sun worshippers off the beaches. And as you can see from the photos, Lake Superior has warmed up enough that people actually have the guts to get in a swim. According to our sources, the current temp of Lake Superior is right around 60 degrees near the shore and in the 40s as you get further out.|
NMU public stations receive one-time funding boost
Northern Michigan University
will invest $250,000 in one-time funding to extend operations of its public
radio and television stations through June 2005. The stations were originally
scheduled to be phased out entirely by June 30, 2004, as part of the university's
During a focus discussion this morning, the NMU Board of Trustees gave its consensus to the proposal presented by Fred Joyal, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
"This is one-time support; it is not permanent funding and will not come out of the base budget because that has already been approved," said Joyal. "Northern received a one-time allocation of $350,000 in state budget carryover money. We will tap into that to keep both operations going an extra year. This will buy some time to investigate ways to secure sustainable financial support for the stations beyond 2005."
Joyal said a citizens committee and station personnel will help produce a plan that identifies new revenue streams and measures that can be taken to enhance existing fundraising. It will be presented to the board in February.
"The plan will also address ways that the stations can add more value to the university while maintaining their public service role, Joyal said. "We would like to see more hands-on learning opportunities for students and more programming related to Northern so that they are fulfilling their educational and recruiting potential."
As part of the process, the university will hire a consultant to assess the situation. "It's not very expensive and this person will provide an outside perspective on how our stations' budgets compare with other public stations, the direction the industry is going, potential fundraising sources, and ideas for reorganization," Joyal said.
The one-time support will allow the NMU stations to retain grant funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This amounts to about $500,000 per year for WNMU TV-13 and $150,000 per year for WNMU-FM.
NMU Board updated on presidential search
The Northern Michigan University
Board of Trustees received a report on the first meeting of the Presidential
Search Advisory Committee at its Aug. 8 business session.
Sam Benedict, trustee and chair of the PSAC, said members were informed of their charge and responsibilities. They also developed a tentative timeline for the process.
Benedict said the committee will review all resumes in October and select 25-30 candidates who "rise to the top." In November, the committee will narrow the list to 10-12 and begin the interview phase between December and February. The committee plans to present four or fewer finalists to the board for consideration in February or March.
Search Chair Sam Benedict wrote a special letter to the NMU community about the search. You can read the letter here.
And now for the REALLY important news....The Wooden Nickel may close!
Yes, it's true!
NMU Distinguished Alumnus makes Today Show appearance
Robert Archibald '70, President of the Missouri Historical Society made an appearance on the Thursday, August 14th edition of The Today Show on NBC.
Archibald, an Ishpeming
native, is supervising Lewis & Clark: The National Bicentennial
Exhibition which begins a cross country tour in January 2004.
The NMU Alumni Association honored Archibald with a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1998.
An easy way to give back
Get your Wildcat
license plate today!
One of the best parts of this job
I have said this from day one of my job: one of the best parts of being involved in alumni work at Northern is the wonderful people you meet.
I had the pleasure
of having breakfast Saturday, August 16, with Jim Jacques '77
and his wife, Kristine '78. Jim and Kris had not been
back on campus in almost 20 years. But the best part of this story is
that they were on a 25th Anniversary trip back to the place they had met:
NMU. (Well, to be perfectly honest, the place they met was the former
North End, which is now Whiskers. But I am going to claim poetic license
here and claim that counts as Northern.) The Jacques decided that the
best way to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary was to revisit all
their favorite haunts from their time at Northern. That, to me, sounded
like a great anniversary plan.
While in Marquette, the couple planned to visit the remaining places they used to hang out at or go on dates to. They commented on the fact that the Nordic Theatre was gone. They remember some very fun times on Sugarloaf. As a matter of fact, I think that's where they were headed after breakfast.
Both said Northern played a pivotal role in their lives, even aside from the fact that they met here. Kris received a Nursing degree and is still in the business and Jim works for a contract company of GM. They live in Clarkston and have 4 children.
I really want to thank Kris and Jim for including me in their anniversary trip. It never ceases to amaze me just how important Northern is to its alumni.
Kris and Jim, Happy Anniversary!
Kris (Centilli) '78 and Jim '77 Jacques
From the Email bag
My name is Michael Bond and I am a 2000 grad from NMU. I am presently living
in Peoria, IL and I am looking to network with any NMU alumni in the central
and Chicago-land area. Through my company (Integrity Mortgage Services), I have
four tickets to a Chicago Cubs game on Friday, September 12th and I would really
like to take some fellow NMU alumni. Please let me know if you might be interested."
Michael Bond '00
"To all alumni in
the Marquette area: The NMU Men's Club hockey team is looking for a volunteer
coach to help run the 2003-2004 hockey season. We are searching for a motivated
person with some knowledge about hockey to run practice, travel with the team,
and help make this season a success. If anyone is interested in volunteering
to coach the NMU Cats to victory, please contact:
Scott Husak or 226-3175"
"What's New, NMU?" is a service of the NMU Alumni Association. Consider joining today!