Friday, October 7, 2005

Station Funding Continued

NMU will continue to provide base-budget support of $200,000 to WNMU-TV, enabling the station to remain on the air. The university’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the measure at its Oct. 6 meeting.

It had previously voted to provide $50,000 in continued base-budget funding to Public Radio 90, but withheld a decision on Public TV13 for several months to obtain more information on the station’s contribution to academics, as well as costs and benefits associated with the advent of digital transmission. Full Story


Board Approves Capital Outlay, Other Items

The NMU board approved the FY2007 capital outlay project request, which all universities must submit annually to the Michigan Department of Management and Budget. The request outlines three priority projects included in Northern’s five-year master plan. For details on this and other action from the Oct. 6 meeting, go to Board.

Fundraising Consultant Urges Staffing Increase

A higher education fundraising consultant outlined nine recommendations for how Northern can effectively prepare for its next comprehensive campaign. Bill Lowery from the firm Bentz, Whaley and Flessner made his presentation Friday morning at a first-ever joint meeting of the NMU Foundation Board of Directors and the NMU Board of Trustees.

Lowery said the top priority should be to increase staff: “NMU has the potential to do substantial fundraising, but at present, the resources in staff and funding are not adequate." Full Story

Nobel Physicist Coming to NMU

William Phillips, co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics, will give a presentation at NMU titled “Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe.” It is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in 103 Jamrich Hall.

The multimedia presentation will be suitable for a general audience of children and adults, with live demonstrations and down-to-earth explanations.

Phillips is employed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md. He shared the Nobel Prize for his contributions to laser cooling and the trapping of atoms. His presentation at NMU is part of the World Year of Physics 2005 celebration, commemorating the 100th anniversary of several of Albert Einstein’s famous discoveries. Full Story

Schuiling Writes Gynecology Text

Kerri Schuiling (Nursing) recently co-authored her first book, titled Women’s Gynecologic Health.

It is based on the most up-to-date research and provides comprehensive coverage of women’s gynecologic health care, addressing health promotion, maintenance and treatment.

Schuiling wrote the 744-page textbook with Frances Likis, women’s health course coordinator at the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. Full Story


Technology Alliance Aids Faculty

NMU professors who want to incorporate more technology into their teaching, but aren’t sure how to proceed or what resources are available, can receive help from the Course Technology Alliance (CTA). Full Story

NMU United Way Campaign Begins

Two NMU students can personally attest that the United Way of Marquette County has made a positive difference in their lives … for two very different reasons.

Katie Collick is a business management major whose testimonial is featured in this year’s campaign video. One year ago, she was expecting a daughter and had no place to live. Collick was referred to Voices for Youth by the Women’s Center – both United Way agencies. Voices for Youth helped her obtain housing and enroll in classes at NMU.


“Without them, I don’t think I could be in college or where I am now,” said Collick, who also has a 2-year-old son. “They helped me get back on my feet." Full Story

Bowden Organ Dedication

A concert to dedicate the Bowden Organ will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, in Reynolds Recital Hall. The recital is in honor of Jeannette Bowden, who worked as a secretary in the NMU president’s office for many years and continues to support the university after retirement. A reception will follow the concert at 4:30 p.m. Full Story


Alumnus Presents

'Bishop Baraga's Indians'

James Seelye, a 2003 graduate of

NMU, will present “Bishop Baraga’s Indians” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Mead Auditorium.

He will discuss the written record left behind by Frederic Baraga (pictured), the first Bishop of the Diocese of the area that is now Marquette. Baraga was a missionary to Native Americans in this area for nearly 40 years.

Full Story


  This new feature profiles NMU employees.

Many offices kick into high gear at the beginning of the fall semester, but for Lisa Alto (Housing and Residence Life), summer is the busiest time of the year.

As a clerk, she assigns students to residence halls and supplies training information to resident directors. She also spends much of her time on the phone answering students’ questions and reassuring nervous parents. 


“Parents get anxious about sending their kids away to college, so I do everything I can to assure them that NMU is a safe, healthy environment," she said. Full Story

Presque Isle Avenue Homes Demolished

Four homes on Presque Isle Avenue are being torn down this week. They include the 1800 address pictured at left and three more on the 1500 block. NMU purchased the properties as they came on the market over the past couple of years in accordance with the university's master plan. They were deemed desirable because of their location adjacent to campus.

The university put the houses out on bid for people who might be interested in moving them, but when no bids were received, demolition was scheduled. The university has no plans to do anything with the properties at this time, other than to seed and landscape them.


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