Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Forum Addresses Budget

At a standing-room only forum at the University Center yesterday, President Les Wong showed how Northern would be impacted by House and Senate formula funding models relative to the governor's budget proposal, emphatically dispelled "any myths that the university has benefited disproportionately from the Jacobetti legend," and urged employees to join a grassroots effort to contact legislators on behalf of the university.

A chart tracking cumulative higher education appropriation increases from 1977 – the first year HEIDI data became available – to 2005 showed NMU fifth from the bottom at about 204 percent. That falls below the state average of 216 percent and the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 212 percent. Saginaw Valley had an increase of roughly 458 percent over this same period and Grand Valley about 486 percent. Full Story

Student Support Services Receives Federal Grant

NMU's student support services program was recently awarded a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The funding will be distributed over four years.


The mission of the program is to assist students who have academic potential but face significant challenges in obtaining their baccalaureate degrees. Those served are typically first-generation, low-income students or students with documented disabilities.

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Peter White

Scholars Named

Neil Russell (Physics, left) and Osvaldo Lopez (Biology) have been named Peter White Scholars for 2005-06.

Each was awarded a grant of $15,000 that will be used to further their respective research projects.

Lopez is studying viruses that induce acute and chronic infections with the long-term goal of aiding in the development of protective vaccines. Russell is researching theoretical physics. Full Story

Chicago Public TV Taps Strain's Expertise

When a Chicago public television station was producing a segment on the history of two Windy City-based manufacturers of mallet percussion instruments, they contacted James Strain (Music) for his insight and a musical demonstration. Strain had published articles on one of the companies – J.C. Deagan – for the Percussive Arts Society journal, which he edits. He also owns many old Deagan instruments.

The end result was a segment of the "Chicago Tonight" program that featured a performance by Strain and NMU students accompanied by faculty colleagues in Reynolds Recital Hall and recorded by a WNMU-TV camera crew. Full Story

Student Witnesses Government Overthrow

NMU senior Angie Hewitt spent the waning days of last semester witnessing a government overthrow. Lucio Gutiarrez, Ecuador’s president, was ousted from power in late April after a week of constant, violent public protests.

Hewitt was doing her student teaching in a valley near the city of Quito. She and other teachers were put on lockdown at the school when the protesting reached its peak.

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Ganzert Helps Mongolian National Radio Upgrade to Digital

Charles Ganzert (Communication and Performance Studies) was involved in a recent effort to help Mongolian National Radio upgrade its equipment. He was part of a contingent that delivered and installed eight Pro Tools digital audio workstations, then trained staff members on how to use them. He is pictured with staff members outfitted with NMU apparel at a "graduation party" that followed the training.

"Their former studios were literally frozen in amber in 1982, which is when they were first designed by Russians and Hungarians," Ganzert said. "A lot has changed in more than 20 years, including the availability of digital media, so we helped introduce them to more modern technology that will make their jobs easier and their product better. We also did some workshops for trainers at the stations to help them get more out of their staffs and more effectively train new employees." Full Story

Student Interns with Packers

Kiejuan Davis of Jackson will serve a six-week summer internship with the Green Bay Packers. Davis applied through the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society and received word of his acceptance at the end of the academic year.

He will begin his internship at the end of July. Full Story

Rochester Gets AT Honor

Julie Rochester

(HPER, pictured center) is the recipient of the 2005 Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. She was honored recently at the 14th Annual Michigan Athletic Trainers Society Educational Conference in East Lansing. Full Story


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