Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007

Legislative Budget Deal Reached


Northern’s overall state funding will increase by 1.3 percent, based on the new budget agreement approved by the Michigan Legislature early Wednesday.

The bulk of the funding boost $448,000 – is the result of an across-the-board 1 percent increase for state universities, not the 2. 5 percent Gov. Jennifer Granholm had originally proposed. The remaining $131,000 is earmarked to cover a portion of the unfunded Indian Tuition Waiver mandated payment. Full Story

Mills Named Fulbright Scholar

Bronwyn Mills (English) has received a Fulbright Scholarship to do research in the Republic of Benin, which borders Nigeria in Western Africa. About 800 scholars nationwide are awarded grants each year to lecture, consult or conduct research abroad. Mills was one of only 19 Michigan recipients. She was notified of the Fulbright opportunity at about the same time she was hired by NMU. Full Story


MAP Established, Marq-Tran Service Expanded

A recent addition to the NMU campus is a green jeep with "Motorist Assist Program" (MAP) on its sidepanels and a Wildcat head on the hood. From 7:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday, it constantly cruises the streets and parking lots on campus. The student employees behind the wheel are ready to respond to calls on short notice and provide a variety of helpful services. (The photo shows a MAP employee in action this morning, assisting with a vehicle lockout at the University Center). Full Story


Student Greeting Card Project Under Way

The NMU chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) is offering a new line of greeting cards that showcases the creativity of NMU students. The project was launched in Fall 2006 as a fundraiser to support AMA activities, with purchases made through student sales representatives. This year, the NMU Bookstore will also stock and sell the cards. Full Story


HR Hosts Open House

Ann Sherman (far right), who was hired in September as the director of Human Resources, greets arrivals at today's open house. The office relocated over the summer from the second floor of Cohodas Hall to room 158 of the Services Building.

Visitors were encouraged to circulate through the new office and stop at the desk of each staff member to see a brief overview of her or his duties, register for prize drawings and chat about relevant topics.


'Designated Driver' Cards Distributed

The NMU health promotion office rolled out a new supply of “designated driver” cards in advance of Halloween and will continue to make them available at Marquette-area establishments with liquor licenses and at student events on campus. The wallet-sized cards contain the names and phone numbers of five participating cab and limo companies. Most offer student discounts. Full Story



Halloween Hijinks

'Are you talking to Moi?'

Cam Howes (Technology and Applied Sciences) got into the Halloween spirit yesterday by revealing Miss Piggy's more subdued, scholarly persona. She may be a porcine diva, but don't dare call her "uncultured swine."




In his days as an undergrad, Donald Dreisbach (Philosophy) found the only classes he stayed awake in were his philosophy courses. This led him to scrap his plans to pursue a career in physics and obtain his doctorate in philosophy.


Dreisbach is in the midst of his final year as a full-time professor at Northern. Full Story


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