Friday, July 17, 2009

NMU Board Sets Tuition

The NMU Board of Trustees today approved tuition and fees for 2009-10. Full-time resident undergraduates will pay an annual rate of $7,454, an increase of $188 per semester. Full-time nonresident undergraduates will pay $11,828, or $299 more per semester.


Administrators presented different models for the finance committee’s consideration, each with varying impacts on tuition and the university’s budget. The approved plan balances a 5.3 percent tuition increase with a 9.8 percent boost in financial aid and scholarships and $2.9 million in budget reductions. If NMU receives stimulus funding this fall, the dollars will be divided among undergraduates and credited to their accounts. Full Story


Strattons Celebrate 100th Birthday and Fourth-Generation NMU Student

Irene Stratton, who epitomized “lifelong learning” by graduating from NMU at the age of 72, recently celebrated her centennial. Among those attending her 100th birthday party last month was great-grandson James Stratton of South Lyon. He will become the fourth generation of the family to attend Northern, preceded by Irene (’81), her son, Jim (’60), and grandson, Greg (’83).  All are pictured at right.

The party for Irene’s milestone almost doubled as an alumni gathering. In fact, an NMU banner was displayed prominently alongside the “Happy Birthday” poster. Several other relatives and friends earned degrees from Northern. Irene started out in biology before shifting to a geography and earth science major. Full Story


ROTC Battalion Under New Command

Maj. Kyle Rambo (left) was commissioned as the new commander of the ROTC Wildcat Battalion and professor of military science at a change of command ceremony held last month at NMU. He assumes the post previously held by Lt. Col. Todd Gile (right).

Rambo was deployed to Iraq in 2005-06 as an operations officer for multinational forces and from 2007-09 as the operations officer for the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division based in Fort Carson, Colo. He later served as a transition team adviser to the Iraqi Army at the Baghdad Operations Command. Full Story


Students Named Gilman Scholars

Two NMU students have been awarded elite Gilman Scholarships for fall 2009. Robert Neumann, a senior criminal justice major from Felch, received $2,500 to study in Russia. Jordan Wilson, a senior management major from Manistee, was awarded $5,000 to spend the year at exchange partner Kajaani University of Applied Sciences in Finland. The Gilman Scholarship Program is an awards competition that supports study abroad for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year institution. It was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000.

Aug. 1 Last Day for Reduced Tickets

Time is running out to purchase reduced-price advance tickets for the U.S. Short Track Speedskating Olympic Team Trials, which are scheduled Sept. 8-12 at Northern Michigan University’s Berry Events Center. The cost will increase 25 percent after Aug. 1.

The Olympic Trials will give spectators the opportunity to watch the country’s elite short track speedskaters compete for the right to represent the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Full Story


When Len Dawson retired after 25 years with the Michigan State Police, his career in law enforcement didn’t end; it just veered in a new direction.

As training coordinator for NMU’s Public Safety Institute, Dawson oversees the largest of 21 regional academies in the state that certify young recruits for future police work. He also maintains contact with former colleagues by organizing in-service training programs for a consortium of U.P. departments and agencies. Full Story


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