For the week of August 4, 2003

Ok. We were about due for a lousy weekend, and we sure got it. Chillier than normal temperatures, rain and fog almost all day both Saturday and Sunday. I thought I saw a peak of blue sky Saturday afternoon for about 3 minutes, but then the storm clouds blew in and it started raining again. I guess it can't always be beautiful outside, right? Forecasters call for things to warm up and dry out a bit later in the week.

TKEs visit Marquette for reunion

Charles Mangrum '61, bob Ferguson '62, Jim Humphrey '63, Giovanni Fontecchio '61, Bill Biscomb '63.

John DaPra '68, Gordon Kennedy '68, Jim futey '69, Larry Cappretta '68, Dennis Badaczewski '66.

Bart Bartelli, Kendall Turner '71, John Berry '71
Wayne North '61 and current TKEs.  

Three to receive Alumni Awards at Homecoming

Three NMU alumni will be honored with NMU Alumni Association Alumni Awards during Homecoming festivities, Saturday, September 27th. The award winners will be presented with their awards at a special breakfast in their honor at 9:00 a.m. in the Peter White Lounge of the Don H. Bottum University Center.

Recipients of the NMU Alumni Association 2003 Homecoming Awards:

Outstanding Young Alumni;

David Gregory '92 of Lansing, MI

Distinguished Alumni;

Mark Lovell '77 of Pittsburgh, PA

Albert Milford '66 of Flossmoor, IL

State budget agreement reached

The state budget agreement last week will keep the Merit Award Scholarship for college-bound high school students at $2,500. Gov. Jennifer Granholm had originally proposed reducing it to $500 to increase state funding for Medicaid.
She had also proposed that all 15 Michigan universities receive a 6.5 percent decrease in state appropriations. Final negotiations altered that to some degree, but not for NMU.
The agreement sets aside $9.5 million for four universities that have consistently received less funding per student: Grand Valley, Saginaw Valley, Oakland University and Central Michigan.
Larger institutions – University of Michigan, Michigan State and Wayne State – will see a 6.4 percent reduction. The remainder will lose 6.5 percent in state funding. That is the same scenario NMU used in developing its budget and tuition and fee schedule, both of which were approved by the university’s board in May.
Granholm said she would like to see universities that got a break under the agreement look hard for ways to keep down tuition increases. Northern’s tuition increase for resident undergraduates is the lowest among eight schools that have announced their rates for 2003-04.
The universities, listed with their percentage increases and their total annual tuition costs, are:
Eastern, 11.9 percent, $5,627/year; Ferris, 9.9 percent, $6,044; Grand Valley, 11.7 percent, $5,648; Lake State, 12.9 percent, $5,136; Michigan State, 9.9 percent, $7,054; Michigan Tech, 12.9 percent, $6,810; Northern, 6.9 percent, 5,110; Oakland, 9.9 percent, $5,532; and Saginaw Valley, 9.5 percent, $4,800.

Public Broadcasting on NMU Board Agenda

The Northern Board of Trustees is scheduled to address the future of WNMU radio and television at its Aug. 8 meeting. Both stations are operating with reduced university funding this year and face the prospect of being phased out completely by June 30, 2004.
The stations' general manager and a citizens committee have been working with administrators to pursue other options. The resulting proposal that will be presented to trustees next month seeks to salvage local programming and most personnel through a combination of aggressive restructuring and an expectation of increased public support.

NMU previously supplied $1.1 million of the $2.9 million it cost to run both stations. Scott Seaman (Learning Resources) said he has come up with a streamlined business plan that would reduce the university’s former contribution amount by about half – to $550,000.

“The hope is that the board will allow the university to fund some portion of that $550,000 on a continuing basis,” he added. “The remainder will have to be raised by various publics. When I looked for ways to cut costs, my goal was to maintain the integrity of the programming as much as I could. There may be minor changes, but the on-air product will be pretty much what people have come to expect. The duck on top of the water will look the same, but the feet underneath will tread in different directions as we run with significantly fewer resources and people.”

More on this story.

Presidential Search

Activity with regards to the presidential search is beginning to accelerate. On June 30, the NMU Board of Trustees passed a resolution authorizing Chair Mary Campbell to negotiate and execute a contract with A.T. Kearney, an international executive search firm with headquarters in Alexandria, Va. A.T. Kearney has clients throughout the United States. They range from small, private liberal arts colleges to large state university systems to independent schools. The firm has placed presidents, chancellors and other administrative leaders from inside academia and from non-traditional backgrounds. It has worked with three other Michigan universities: Central Michigan, Western Michigan and University of Michigan. At the June meeting, the Board also announced that Trustee Sam Benedict will serve as chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC). Recently, Sam announced the members of that committee.

Sam says: Sam on the PSAC, “It was very important to the Board that the committee make-up be a good mix of Northern constituency groups, and we have members representing the faculty, staff, students, alumni, community, Board, and friends of the university. The faculty and staff representatives come from all areas of the campus and also represent all five employee unions. The time we took to build this committee will be reflected in the diverse perspectives the committee members will be able to bring to the discussion on what is most critical to the top leadership position at the university.” The first committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 7. The goal will be to develop a work plan and tentative timeline.

NMU offers K-12 virtual economics online workshop

Northern Michigan University’s Center for Economic Education has received a grant that will allow up to 30 K-12 teachers to complete an online workshop in 2003-04. Educators will learn how to effectively integrate economics into class activities across subjects and grade levels.
Upon completion of the 1.5 hour workshop, participants will receive a complimentary copy of Virtual Economics CD-ROM, which has a retail value of about $76.
International Paper Co. and the National and Michigan Councils on Economic Education awarded the $1,500 grant. In August, local International Paper Co. representative Mark Pontti will speak on campus about the importance of economics in the workplace, and of preparing youth for their future roles as employees, managers, entrepreneurs, employers and CEOs.
More details on this event will be posted at when they become available.
Teachers interested in attending Ponitti’s address or in obtaining more information about the online workshop should contact the NMU Center for Economic Education at

Huge Block Party to highlight Homecoming

Jim & Ray are lined up.
Honey Tongue is lined up.
The sumo wrestlers are lined up.
The inflatable boxing gloves are lined up.
The grills are lined up.
The sky divers are lined up.

Are you?
Have you made your plans to be a part of NMU Homecoming 2003?

NMU's Homecoming Block Party will take place Saturday, September 27th outside the Superior Dome before the Homecoming Football game, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Make plans to be a part!
Visit the Homecoming page.

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