Friday, July 20, 2007

NMU Board Sets

Tuition Rates

The NMU Board of Trustees unanimously approved a tuition and fees schedule for 2007-08.

It raises resident and non-resident tuition by the same dollar amount – not the same percentage – to help Northern compete with schools in surrounding states. Full Story

Master Plan

Scenarios Presented

Green Fingers. Consolidation. Dual Campuses. A consulting firm has assigned these working titles to three “broad development scenarios” for changes to Northern’s physical campus. JJR from Ann Arbor was contracted in February to help the university update its master plan, which typically lasts 15-20 years. The firm began by obtaining feedback from employees and students (an April open house and issue brainstorming session held at the LRC is pictured). Full Story

WNMU-TV Receives Digital Conversion Grant

WNMU-TV has received a grant of about $1 million from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to complete the television station’s transition to digital television. The funding will allow the station to purchase and install a new transmitter, transmission line and other equipment, and complete necessary tower upgrades. Federal law requires that all television stations end analog broadcasts and convert to a digital signal by February 2009. Full Story

Art and Design Addition Honored

The Art and Design North facility was recognized with an award of merit in the 2007 design awards program sponsored by the Wisconsin society of the American Institute of Architects. The expansion and addition project was designed by Milwaukee-based Hammel, Green and Abrahamson Architects, along with Duce Simmons Associates of Troy.

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Youth Camps Signal Summer at NMU

Upper Peninsula youth in grades 8-12 were exposed to technology-related degree and career options during a three-day residential technology camp last month at NMU. They participated in hands-on workshops in electronics, robotics, video editing, Web development and astronomy. NMU faculty led the sessions.

NMU students fulfilled a service learning component by assisting with workshops and social activities, which gave the youth a snapshot of college life. It was one of several kids' programs held at Northern this summer. Full Story


Kaye House on Garden Tour


Kaye House, the NMU president’s residence on Center Street, will be featured for the first time on the garden tour sponsored by the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee (MBRC). The 14th annual event will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, July 26.

Phyllis Wong is pictured standing beside a perennial garden behind Kaye House that she has worked on with landscape artist Phil Pezzuto (Plant Operations). Full Story


NMU Softball League a Big Hit

The NMU faculty/staff softball league’s inaugural season is being billed as a success. Six co-ed teams – with names ranging from the Winded Wonders to Victorious Secrets – have been playing most Wednesday evenings since May 15.

Players umpire themselves, there are no team uniforms and games are held on a makeshift field in the grassy recreation area off Lincoln Street. But despite its humble beginnings, the league has proved to be a welcome summer diversion for NMU employees. At right, Darnell Bradley (Multicultural Education and Resource Center) prepares to take a swing at an incoming pitch. Full Story

President's Convocation Aug. 22

NMU President Les Wong will deliver his fall convocation address at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in 102 Jamrich. A reception will follow in the Marketplace.


Student Designs Winning Logo

The new Lake Superior Day logo used to promote the celebration held the third Sunday of every July was designed by NMU student Barbara Kerkove, a junior double major in graphic communications and biology.

Starting with last weekend's event, Kerkove’s logo will be used on all communication materials used by the Lake Superior Binational Forum and will be distributed as a button.


When one of the NMU buses needed replacing, Dan Hakala (Plant Operations), a bus driver since 1970, was well qualified to lend his expertise to the research for acquiring new transportation.


“There was more to it than just providing a ride; we needed a rolling billboard. It’s a key area of recruitment and it’s very hard to put a dollar figure on name recognition. And I like buses, I won’t deny that,” Hakala said. Full Story


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