Friday, July 18, 2008

NMU Board Sets Tuition


The NMU Board of Trustees today approved a tuition and fees schedule for 2008-09. Full-time resident undergraduates will pay $7,078, an increase of $185 per semester. Full-time non-resident undergraduates will pay $11,230, or $293 more per semester.

NMU administrators presented four models for the board’s consideration, with increases ranging from 4.5 to 6.4 percent. They were developed around an anticipated 1 percent state appropriation increase and a projected 1 percent enrollment decrease. Each model showed varying impacts the specific rate would have on required cost savings or reallocations and the ability to invest in the university’s strategic “Road Map to 2015” initiatives. Full Story


NMU Joins Military Tuition Plan

Michigan's military families will pay in-state tuition, even if their duties send them out of state for a few years, making them technically ineligible for residency. All 15 public universities signed the pact, which applies to active duty armed forces members who are Michigan residents or stationed in the state, along with their spouses and dependents. Once the impacted students qualify for resident tuition, they will not lose that status and be financially penalized while enrolled in the same degree program.


Grant Funds Business and Industry Center

Northern’s plan to create a one-stop service center for new business ventures is one of 20 university projects selected for the first wave of grants designed to diversify and revitalize the state’s struggling economy. The Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a new consortium of the 15 public universities, launched an effort Wednesday to raise and distribute $75 million over the next seven years. The money will support student internships and entrepreneurial academic programs, speed the commercialization of university research and promote a culture of “entrepreneurial risk-taking." The goal is to create 200 start-up companies over the next decade. Full Story


ann sherman HR Responds to Survey with New Structure

The Human Resources office is adorned with super-sized Post-it notes that serve as visual reminders of the department’s effort to increase efficiency, leverage technology and continually improve customer service. The new structure focuses on four key roles. It is largely a response to the 2005 survey of NMU employees. It is also an effort by Director Ann Sherman to promote a collaborative, team environment where all functions are covered, even with individual absences and fluctuating workloads. Sherman gave a presentation at today's Board of Trustees meeting. Full Story


Program Helps to Relieve Nurse Educator Shortage

Northern will offer a six-month nurse educator certificate program as a step toward addressing the state’s critical shortage of nursing faculty. The program runs Aug. 15 through Feb. 28. It is designed for nurses who hold a master’s degree. Full tuition and a $23,000 stipend will be awarded to students who agree to teach full time in Michigan for at least five years after obtaining their certificates. Full Story    


Performing Arts Series Lineup Revealed

An eclectic mix of musical and dance performances will highlight the NMU International Performing Arts Series. The lineup includes a Finnish-Norwegian instrumental group, a Native American recording artist, a French sextet that melds gypsy and Yiddish music, a member of the African Guitar Summit, an Irish-music duo and a Mexican folklore company. Full Story

Brave New WorldTheatre Season Announced

The four productions in Forest Roberts Theatre's 2008-09 "Brave New World" season include a comic romp, a playwriting award winner, a fairy tale musical and "the last of Shakespeare's great plays."

Season tickets are available. For an overview of the upcoming shows, along with information on a free staged reading of the playwriting award winner scheduled for Saturday, July 26, see the Full Story.


Russell Ault (Printing and Mail Services) knows all about perfect timing. Thirty-one years ago, a former roommate told him about a job opening at the NMU public television station and he's been working for NMU ever since. Full Story


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