Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006

Tenth-Day Enrollment Figures Released


Northern’s 10th-day enrollment report shows that student headcount and credit-hour production are virtually identical to last year, but Paul Duby (Institutional Research) said the figures will climb throughout the semester, resulting in an increase for the ninth consecutive year.

The preliminary headcount is 9,353, which is 0.2 percent lower than the 9,379 recorded in 2005. Full Story

Retention Rate Sets Record

Northern has set a new record for third-semester retention. Of the 1,372 new freshmen who enrolled one year ago, 1,032 returned for the fall 2006 semester.

"This is a retention rate of about 75.2 percent, which is by far our highest third-semester rate ever," said Paul Duby (Institutional Research). "Our previous high rate of 72.9 percent was set with the fall 2004 cohort. In student headcount terms, we retained 20 more students from the fall 2005 cohort than we did with the 2004 group. This is an exceptionally strong increase."

NMU, OU Join for Nursing Doctorate

Northern and Oakland University have received a $950,000 grant from the State of Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth to jointly offer a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree, beginning fall 2007.

The one-year accelerated program, one of only 19 in the United States, will address a critical need in Michigan and the nation for nursing faculty members.

Pictured are: (front row) NMU President Les Wong and Linda Thompson Adams, OU dean of nursing'; and (top row from left) Kerri Schuiling (Nursing); Frances Jackson, OU director of the DNP program; and Jeanette Klemczk, Michigan’s chief nurse executive. All gathered at NMU Sept. 11. Full Story


Fundraising Policy Revised

Northern employees who would like to solicit any financial or in-kind contributions for university-related purposes should notify the NMU Foundation before contacting prospective donors or planning an event. The procedure is outlined in the university’s fundraising policy, which was updated recently for the first time in 20 years.

“There is a one-page form available online that should be completed and sent to our office,” said Martha Haynes (Foundation). “We can turn it around within a couple of days. The review process is designed to protect the confidentiality of our donor lists, to prevent us from duplicating requests or jeopardizing larger gifts, and to ensure that we remain within legal bounds on all requests. The Foundation might also be able to suggest ways to make a solicitation more successful. Our goal isn’t to be punitive. That’s why there’s a financial incentive for people to work with us.” Full Story


UNITED Receives Rotary Contribution

Marquette Rotary contributed $1,000 to the Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity (UNITED) Conference at NMU. Rotary President Glenn Hametta is pictured presenting the check to Judith Puncochar (Education) at the club's meeting on Monday (Sept. 11).

NMU employees are being granted two hours of release time (with supervisory approval) to attend conference activities, which will be held Sept. 15-17. The UNITED program schedule features a variety of speakers, films, music, dance and food.


Presidents Appear on Media Meet

The presidents of all three public

universities in the Upper Peninsula

will join together in the TV-13 studio

for an upcoming edition of Media Meet, hosted by Sonya Chrisman (WNMU-TV).

Participants include Les Wong, Betty Youngblood of Lake Superior State and Glenn Mroz of Michigan Tech. They will discuss tuition, enrollment and academics. This edition of Media Meet airs at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. It will also be broadcast on Public Radio 90 at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.

Homecoming Reception Sept. 27

A faculty/staff Homecoming reception is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Peter White Lounge of the University Center. It will feature snacks and a number of prize drawings. Beverages will be available for purchase.

Sponsored by the NMU Alumni Association, the reception is one of several activities planned for this year's celebration, which revolves around the theme "Around the World." For a full schedule, visit Homecoming.


Throughout his five years as a PC building/inventory specialist at NMU, Lee Francisco (Academic Computing) has repaired it all, from roommates spilling pop on keyboards to laptops being accidentally pushed out of windows.


“Our job at Micro Repair is to take apart the laptops and repair them, and depending on what was done to them, it can get pretty disgusting sometimes,” he said. “Every day is unique.” Full Story



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