Thursday, July 14, 2011

Full screen previewNMU Board Sets Tuition


The NMU Board of Trustees today approved a 2011-12 tuition and fees schedule. The annual cost for full-time resident undergraduates will be $8,414, a 6.99 percent increase from last year's board-approved rate of $7,864. The tuition recommendation was based on three factors: a 15 percent cut in state funding for higher education, which is a $6.8 million loss for NMU; additional state-mandated pension costs of $500,000 for participants in the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System (MPSERS); and a potential enrollment decline of 1 percent. Full Story


Combined Heat and Power Plant Moves Forward


NMU has received board approval to proceed with construction of a $16.4 million combined heat and power renewable energy plant and to address $800,000 in long-term maintenance at the existing Ripley Heating Plant. The new biomass plant will reduce annual energy costs by producing up to 88 percent of the campus steam consumption currently supplied by burning fossil fuel at Ripley. It will also produce up to 15 percent of the university’s electricity needs, reducing the amount it has to purchase from Marquette Board of Light and Power. The plant will be fueled by wood chips and wood byproducts from the Upper Peninsula. The Ripley plant relies primarily on natural gas, with fuel oil as a backup. It will be used to meet peak steam demand.  Full Story


NMU Hockey Pursues Return to WCHA

The NMU Board of Trustees today endorsed the administration’s recommendation that NMU’s Division I Wildcat hockey program pursue membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, beginning with the 2013-14 season. Membership in the WCHA would require a formal invitation and vote by that league’s institutions, which has not yet taken place. Northern currently competes in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Full Story


NMU-Produced Luge Gauges Distributed

In the midst of summer, it may be difficult to think ahead to winter sports season. But at the U.S. Luge Association meeting last month in Lake Placid, N.Y., gauges produced by an NMU class were distributed to officials and to coaches of the national and junior teams. The gauges measure more than 30 points of luge sleds to ensure that they adhere to international regulations. They are already being used for training and will be used at competitive events in Lake Placid, Salt Lake City and at Lucy Hill in Negaunee when the season begins in November. Full Story


Peforming Arts Series Announced

Northern's 2011-12 International Performing Arts Series lineup features world music performance groups representing the following cultures: Finnish, Brazilian, Yiddish, Anishinaabeg and American.

Michigan’s Eisenhower Dance Ensemble opens the series on Thursday, Sept. 15, in Forest Roberts Theatre.  This marks the ensembles 20th season. The EDE has toured nationwide and entertained audiences in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Full Story


Sandra PoindexterAQIP Project Focuses on Communication


One of NMU’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) action projects for 2011-12 will focus on developing stronger processes for effective leadership-guided communication and recognized feedback mechanisms. According to Sandi Poindexter (Business), Northern’s AQIP coordinator, the project is titled "Developing Feedback Mechanisms and Enhancing Campus Leadership Communication." It was selected by the eight-person NMU team that attended a recent AQIP Strategy Forum in Chicago. The team reviewed AQIP recommendations cited in NMU’s systems appraisal review. Full Story


Ewasek Selected for

Woodrow Wilson Fellowship

Andrea Ewasek of Livonia is one of 92 selected for the inaugural class of W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship recipients. Ewasek, who graduated from NMU in April, receives a $30,000 stipend to complete an intensive master's education program at Wayne State University. 

The fellows represent promising educators with strong backgrounds in science, technology and engineering and mathematics.  Each recipient makes a commitment to teach for at least three years in a high-need urban or rural school in Michigan. Full Story



As Brad Hamel (Alumni Operations) can attest, most NMU graduates are eager to share stories about their college years—from fond memories of favorite professors to humorous anecdotes about extra-curricular activities with friends. 

“My favorite part of the job is getting to hear the different stories about their experiences in Marquette,” he said." Full Story



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