Requests Final Public Broadcasting Proposal
Northern Michigan University Board
of Trustees has requested a
firm recommendation on the future of the NMU public broadcasting
stations by its next meeting in October.
a focus discussion during the Aug. 5-6 meeting, which included an
update on Public Radio 90 and Public TV 13, trustees asked Fred
Joyal to come to the October
board meeting with a proposal identifying no more than three concrete
options for the stations’ future.
have been talking about this for a year now and I think it’s time
we made a final decision,” said Mary Campbell, chair of the board.
board had previously approved recommendations to phase out university
support for public broadcasting as part of university-wide budget
cutting measures. The board later approved a one-time $250,000 allocation
to assist the stations in operating through June
30, 2005, to give them an opportunity
to pursue additional external funding.
entity that lost most of its university funding through cost-saving
measures was the U.S. Olympic Education Center. At the same focus
discussion, Jeff Kleinschmidt (USOEC) told the
board that he is confident the center will continue to operate,
despite losing $600,000 in annual general fund support from NMU.
have made up about $530,000 of that amount ourselves through a combination
of cuts and increased revenue sources,” Kleinschmidt added. “We
have made a lot of progress in a year. We’re not quite where we
need to be, but we are exploring other fundraising and revenue-generating
opportunities and I believe we will be able to make up the difference.”
now allocates $80,000 per year to the USOEC, which is equivalent
to the net tuition revenue its student athletes contribute to the
other action at its Aug. 5-6 meeting, the board:
a general fund base budget for 2004-05 of $81.9 million, an increase
of $3.4 million from the previous year. The budget reflects $3 million
in cost-cutting measures. It also assumes a partial restoration
of state funding cut during fiscal year 2004 and no increase in
state appropriation for fiscal year 2005. Both factors are dependent
upon the higher education bill yet to be approved by the Michigan
legislature and signed by the
notification that the State Auditor General’s Office will conduct
a routine “performance audit” of NMU beginning Aug. 23 and lasting
for a few months. All Michigan
universities are audited periodically.
The last time NMU went through the process was 1990;
a new tax-deferred 457 (b) salary plan that will allow employees
to defer additional compensation beyond the existing 403(b) limitation.
The plan will be available through TIAA-CREF. Representatives will
be on campus for informational meetings later in the fall semester;
an update on the increased need for student housing at NMU in response
to growing enrollment. Magers Hall will be converted back to a residence
hall after serving as faculty and staff office space since 1988.
Bids for the estimated $5 million project will be accepted through
the middle of September. Construction is scheduled to begin in January
with a target completion of April 2005. The board also received
a report that a Chicago
consulting firm conducted a feasibility study and is recommending
NMU move forward with construction of a 300-bed campus apartment
complex. No action was taken on the recommendation and no specific
that the renovated C.B. Hedgcock Physical Education Building will
be renamed C.B. Hedgcock. Within the facility, the area previously
used as the fieldhouse will be named the Student Services Center
, the food area on the third floor will be named the Fieldhouse
Food Bar, and the previous gymnasium will be named the Reynolds
Recital Hall in honor of longtime university donors Max and Phyllis
Reynolds of Marquette;
emeritus status to the following retirees: Robert Aikala, director
of computer center; John Bekkala, director of engineering and planning;
Patrick Dooley, manager of financial services; Richard Harbick,
bookstore manager; Robert Herman, director of personnel; Ernest
Johnson, director of applications development; Whitney Johnson,
director of data and telephone systems; Drusilla Kierzek, administrative
assistant in finance and administration; Kenneth Pierce, budget
director; Scott Seaman, director of learning resources; and Robert
Sibilsky, purchasing manager; and
about $2.7 million in external gifts, grants, contracts and agreements.