Friday, December 16, 2005

Board Approves State Operating Budget Request

The NMU Board of Trustees today finalized the current fiscal year’s $94 million operating budget and approved a request for an additional $3.9 million in state funding for FY2007.


“It is an annual requirement for all universities to submit their initial budget requests to the state, based on anticipated cost increases and projected revenues,” said Gavin Leach (Finance and Administration). “But this is only the first step in the legislative budget process.”


Prior to the business portion of the meeting, the NMU Board participated in a focus discussion. Full Story

Speedskating Trials End Tonight


The U.S. Short Track Speed-skating Championships will wrap up tonight at the Berry Events Center. Skaters are vying for a right to compete at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy. Three American time trial records were set Monday night. Hyo Jung Kim of Fullerton, Calif., broke previous marks in both the 444 meters and the 1000m. On the men's side, Apolo Anton Ohno of Seattle, Wash., bettered his previous record in the 444m.

The championships have attracted national media outlets such as the Associated Press, New York Times, USA TODAY, ESPN, CNN and NBC. Prominent regional newspapers covering the event include the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Detroit News and Free Press, and the Chicago Tribune.

Broadway Receives Fulbright Honor


Michael Broadway (Geography) has been awarded a Fulbright Research Chair at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He will spend the winter 2006 semester analyzing the economic and social impact of mad cow disease on the region.

Broadway said the United States’ decision in 2003 to shut its border to the import of live cattle from Alberta – the largest cattle-producing province of Canada – led to a devastating ripple effect. Producers suddenly had no market for their calves, and truckers had to suspend their traditional shipping routes.

“The slaughterhouses did very well during the mad cow crisis,” he said. Full Story

Provost Committee Named

The remaining members of the Provost Search Advisory Committee are Alec Lindsay (Biology), Larry Pagel (Business), Darnell Bradley (Diversity Student Services), Deborah Peterson (Technology and Applied Sciences), Michael Cinelli (Art and Design), Julie Rochester (HPER), Rajib Sanyal (Business), Michael Strahan (AIS), Chris Greer (Dean of Students), Michelle Cox of ASNMU, and Amy Clickner of the Lake Superior Community Partnership.

They join previously named co-chairs Peter Goodrich (English) and Darlene Walch (AIS), along with ex officio Catherine Dehlin (President's Office).The committee held its first meeting Dec. 14 to begin an "aggressive timetable" that will ensure on-campus interviews of the finalists before the end of next semester.

       Faculty Achievements Recognized


Several faculty members were recognized for their      achievements both in and out of the classroom at the Celebration of Scholarship Ceremony on Dec. 8. The following awards were presented by NMU President Les Wong and Fred Joyal (Academic Affairs): Excellence in Professional Development, which is new this year; Excellence in Teaching; and the Teaching, Learning and Communication honor. Full Story

Meal Plans Increase


Meal plan purchases among employees and commuter students are at an all-time high, according to Andrew Wasilewski (Auxiliary Services). Full Story


Holiday Hours for Offices, Health Center

Most NMU offices and departments will close Monday, Dec. 26, and reopen Wednesday, Jan. 4.


The Health Center clinic and pharmacy will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, and Friday, Dec. 30. The pharmacy will also be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 19-23 and Jan. 4-13. Normal clinic hours resume Jan. 4, and normal pharmacy hours on Monday, Jan. 16.


President's Holiday Message:

"May the holiday bring you close to family, friends, good books and a reflective moment."

   A profile of an NMU employee.

NMU houses many programs designed to guide students through their college careers. Jeff Gagnon (Upward Bound) is a learning skills specialist, counselor and interim director for one such program on campus.

Upward Bound is a nationwide, university-based initiative that is funded by a federal grant from the Department of Education. It offers tutoring, workshops, and college preparatory services for local high school students who qualify.

Gagnon has been in his current position for eight years. Full Story


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