Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

Board Approves Budget

The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees today approved an operating budget for the current fiscal year. It is $105.7 million, up $2.2 million or 2.1 percent from the previous year.

The board also approved the fiscal year 2012 operating budget request, which public universities are required to submit annually as the first step in the higher education appropriations process.

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Jamrich Becomes Priority

A plan to modernize Jamrich Hall, the primary classroom facility on campus, has become the top priority on Northern's rolling five-year master plan. It will be included in a soon-to-be finalized version of NMU's capital outlay request.

Universities are required to submit their priority projects annually to the state in the event funding becomes available. The last capital outlay NMU received was in 2005 for C.B. Hedgcock, Art and Design and Thomas Fine Arts. Full Story


Telescope Mount Makes Science Possible

The telescope in the NMU observatory on the roof of West Science has a new mount, enabling it to follow the sky’s motion more accurately—within small fractions of a degree—so it can be used to take time-exposure photographs. Mark Jacobs (Physics) is pictured between physics student Amelia Shirtz, who assisted with the project, and freshman fellow Andi Shepherd.  

“We’re actually able to do science with this now,” said Jacobs, who teaches astronomy and spent a one-year sabbatical working on the project. “In its previous state, it was only good enough for observations by eye—more for entertainment value than science. But the most interesting things in the sky are not visible to the eye, even with a telescope, and no one practices professional astronomy that way anymore." Full Story


New Study Abroad Options Offered

Northern is in the process of signing an agreement with a new study abroad program provider. Living Routes offers experiences in ecological villages around the world, teaching students about environmental issues, sustainable development, organic agriculture and green building practices.

The company bills itself as “carbon conscious” and demonstrates that commitment by participating in many study abroad fairs and other events through videoconferencing to limit environmental impacts and save on travel costs. It also uses Skype extensively to communicate with faculty and staff in the field. Living Routes will unveil its programs to NMU students via a “virtual table” at the fall study abroad fair, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the Whitman Hall Commons. Full Story


Homecoming Highlights Since 1935

A temporary world record in musical chairs and the largest pasty ever baked and eaten have marked NMU Homecoming celebrations over the last 75 years. The tradition might have started more than a decade earlier, but little came of the first attempt to encourage alumni to attend the NMU-Michigan Tech football contest in 1924 and make it “a homecoming game.” It wasn’t until President Webster Pearce announced plans for the first traditional celebration in his 1935 fall assembly address that Homecoming launched into an annual event. Full Story


Alumni Honored This Weekend

As part of Homecoming 2010 activities this weekend three NMU alumni will be recognized for their achievements.

Pictured left to right are: Clifford Luft of Marquette, who will receive the Alumni Achievement Award; and James “Brig” Sorber of Lansing and Stephen DesJardins of Ann Arbor, recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards. Full Story

Homecoming Parade Rescheduled

Because of heavy rain and strong winds predicted for today, Northern Michigan University’s Homecoming parade has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Members of the 1975 NCAA Division II champion football team will serve as grand marshals. NMU’s banking partner, Wells Fargo, will be among the 100 units in the parade with its familiar stage coach pulled by six draft horses. NMU fans are invited to tailgate behind the Superior Dome after the parade and before the Homecoming football game at 4 p.m.



With the football, soccer and volleyball teams all playing at NMU this Homecoming weekend, one might be inclined to think it will be an especially busy time for Jim Winkler’s (Intercollegiate Athletics) crew. But the head athletic trainer and his staff deal with injured athletes regularly and he says it will be just another day at the office.

“Games are actually a small component of what goes on here,” said Winkler, an NMU graduate who will mark his 10th Homecoming as head athletic trainer. Full Story



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