Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Wong Assigns 'Homework' at Forum

NMU President Les Wong gave the campus community two homework assignments at Monday's university forum, where he presented a "State of NMU " update.

One is to provide feedback on Northern's priorities, the most recent of which were identified in October 2003 as the basis for determining cost-saving recommendations. The other is to offer input related to the qualities or programs that positively distinguish Northern from other universities.

The first assignment on priorities stems from the state legislature's new approach to formulating the budget. It follows steps outlined in The Price of Government by David Osborne and Peter Hutchinson. The book is required reading for state lawmakers. Wong said he distributed copies to NMU senior staff members as well so they can prepare for the new direction the appropriations process is heading. Full Story

Financial Aid Director Candidates Give Presentations

Two finalists for financial aid director will give presentations on campus. Employees are invited to attend. Both are scheduled at 11 a.m. in 2303 C.B. Hedgcock on the respective dates.

James Paine, coordinator for financial aid and student affairs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will speak on Thursday, Feb. 24.

Deborah Faust, director of financial aid at Lake Superior State University, will give her presentation on Friday, Feb. 25.

Pell Grant Changes Impact Students

A projected 1,290 NMU students will find their Pell Grants reduced anywhere from $50 to $100 next fall, according to Carol Waldmann (Financial Aid). Because of changes in the formulas that determine eligibility, some students will fail to qualify for Pell Grants at all next year.

“NMU’s total Pell Grant amount will be reduced by $125,000, which isn’t as significant a loss as we had anticipated,” said Waldmann. “Our limited resources probably won’t be able to pick up the whole difference, but we’ll try.” Full Story

AQIP Update Accreditation Update

One of the three strategic action projects identified by the NMU community as part of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) has been successfully completed. Full Story

Faculty Grants Awarded

Nine Northern professors were recently notified that they are recipients of 2004-05 faculty research grants. The awards, worth up to $7,000 each, will support various research and scholarly activities. Full Story



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