For the week of August 8, 2005
From the 6th floor
Have you gotten tired of me writing about the great summer we've been experiencing in Marquette? If so, stop reading right now because that's all the following paragraph is going to be about. We are coming off two absolutely gorgeous beach days. (Well, it might be more than two in a row but because I work Monday-Friday, I was only able to enjoy Saturday and Sunday.) Temperatures have been in the high '80s with plenty of sunshine. Most are saying this has been the hottest summer they can remember. But if you talk to TV 6 Meteorologist Karl Bohnak, he will tell you those people have very short memories. While it seems as if it's been warmer this summer than it's been in a long time, in 2002, the month of July was actually, on the average, one degree warmer every day. Overall, 1988 was the warmest summer on record. But those records only date back to 1962. Unofficially, the summer of 1933 was the all-time hottest summer ever.
Northern Michigan University has gone from green and gold to blue and white as host location for Finn Grand Fest 2005. Thousands of visitors are expected in Marquette County throughout the week to take part in activities. Finn Grand Fest 2005 is a joint U.S. and Canadian Finnish festival with hundreds of opportunities to get immersed into the Finnish culture through lectures, programs, film, books, plays, sporting events, religious gatherings, arts and crafts, food, vendors, and music. One of the most unique aspects of Finn Grand Fest: the painted chairs. This activity is completely unique to Marquette's festival and organizers hope to have 2,005 blue and white chairs scattered around town to welcome visitors. I'm not sure what the current chair count is, but it seems to me that we have at least 2,005 chairs on campus alone. As you can see above from the 6th floor photo, chairs line the entryway to campus. For those of you not familiar with the painted chair project, it began in 1996, the first time Marquette hosted Finn Fest. The organizing committee wanted a way to welcome visitors to town and came upon the chair idea. Painters used the chairs as a way to honor their family’s immigrant story either through decopaging family photos on the chairs or through free hand art. In addition to being spread out around campus, chairs are popping up all over town. While many families keep their chairs after the festival, those that are left are sold at an auction.
|Read more about Finn Grand Fest 2005.|
While decisions about Michigan's budget aren't expected to take place until the state legislature reconvenes at the end of August, there may be reason for hope. Recent news articles have reported an increase in state revenues. That may be a positive sign for those areas that were looking at taking significant hits under current budget proposals. In a related note, Rep. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, and Sen. Mike Goschka, R-Brant, chairman of the
Senate Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee, were on the campus last week. According to the Marquette Mining Journal, Casperson had been encouraging Goschka to visit Northern and reassess his position on cutting Northern's budget. The original House budget proposed to cut Northern's funding by 31 percent over
the next six years. The Senate budget plan calls for a 10 percent cut for one
year. Of Michigan's 15 universities, only Northern and Wayne State University
were slated for budget cuts.
"NMU President Les Wong, who has been a gentleman through this whole process, and Casperson have made a very strong, impassioned plea to me to reconsider, reassess and to think through not just the higher education component - because it's bigger than that. It's an entire community economy," Goschka told the Mining Journal.
Goschka has not committed to restoring NMU's funding, but said his opinion has been influenced.
Meanwhile, the NMU Board of Trustees met Friday, August 5, and approved a general fund operating budget of $93.3 million for fiscal year 2006, a decrease of $1.4 million from the previous year. The planning scenario used to develop the university's budget assumed a state appropriation decrease of $888,000, which is based on Gov. Jennifer Granholm's executive proposal. But the legislative process continues and a state budget remains to be finalized.
"We had to approve this plan today because Northern's fiscal year began on July 1 and the university needs to be able to move forward in preparation for the upcoming academic year," said Karl Weber, NMU board chair. "Northern's budget may have to be revised at a later date once the final state appropriation amount is determined, but it was developed around the administration's best guess as to what that will be."
Seven to be inducted into NMU Sports Hall of Fame
Seven new members will be inducted in the NMU Sports Hall of Fame in conjunction with Homecoming Weekend 2005, September 16-17.
Steve Avery ‘89
William Hamor ‘64
Bill earned four varsity letters in basketball and was the team’s Most Valuable Player three of those four years. He is the all-time leading scorer with 2,224 points and is the all-time, single season scoring leader with 763 points. Bill also holds records for the most career field goals (856), the best career free throw average (84.4% - 387 of 458), highest scoring senior (763 points), best free throw average in one season (89.7% -113 of 126).
Joan Peto Hopkins
Randy Meier ‘82
Keith Nelsen '86
A four-year letter winner in football, Keith was a two-year starter at quarterback for the Wildcats. He still holds a number of individual records, including total offense in a season and total offense in a game. Keith was team captain and Most Valuable Player in 1985. Following graduation with a bachelor’s degree in finance, he earned his juris doctorate at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Keith spent several years in private practice, before taking on the position of vice president, legal for NordicTrack, Inc. In 1997, Keith was recruited by Danka Business Systems PLC and became associate general counsel. Danka, a provider of office printing solutions and services, operates in over 20 countries and is headquartered in London, England, and Tampa, Fla. In the past eight years, Keith has received a series of promotions within the company and currently serves as chief administrative officer and general counsel. He and his wife, Katherine, live in Tampa with their two children.
Gary Shanley ‘64
Homecoming not that far away
|"Old Hollywood Comes to Northern" has been chosen as the theme of Homecoming 2005, which takes place Sept. 11-17.
Activities begin Sunday with the Dead River games and culminate with the NMU vs. Wayne State football game Saturday at 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.
Check out the schedule.
From the UP to London
Phil Molnar is a 2005 graduate living in London, England. Originally from St. Clair Shores, Phil routinely rides the Tube to and from work. The former Northwind writer is working for a publishing company. We asked him to share some of his thoughts on life in London. He was more than willing to do so and we thank him.
London: Yesterday and Today
Thanks for stopping by......
..... Mike Myler '96 of Alliance, OH. Mike is a professor at Mount Union College.
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
"Deanna, had a great two days in Marquette. I even got to Sunday's Hiawatha concert and enjoyed it immensely. After 20 years any city is bound to change. But what a sad moment to see the Big Boy's had burned. I had that all set in my head as my late night dinner. Monday was an all day work day meeting with Pathways people so I never got the chance to get over to the university. People were pleased to know that I had lived in Marquette...if only for a year. So that was a nice touch. Got to Presque Isle Park for a short hike down memory lane. Never once got near the university or to see the new art museum. But maybe there will be another time. So nice to see Lake Superior again. Thanks for the newsletters."
Doug Veit '84
"Yes, it looks like an old fashioned road trip to Homecoming this year! I'll be there along with John Dobel '76. He's flying in from LA and we're driving up from Columbus on Tuesday, the 13th. It will be the first time either of us has been back to Northern in over 25 years! We'll be sure to stop by your office to check in sometime during the week. See you then."
Mark Clinton '76
"Hi Deanna. Sounds like summer heat has reached the U.P. Here in Grand Rapids we had our ninth day at 90 degrees or higher this summer already. In the past two summers I think we've only had one day over 90 degrees. I wish I was back in the U.P. It's got to be cooler than here in G.R. I've got a chance to get to Marquette next month. My buddy wants to check out the Yellow Dog Plains and the proposed location for the new mine. I try and watch the Mining Journal daily for any and all news regarding the mine. I'm very concerned about the environment but I know the local economy could use a boost like this. "
Mark Allan Dykstra '81
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