What's New, NMU? for the week of Monday, March 5, 2012

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, March 5, 2012

From the 6th floor

Remember all our talk about a mild winter? Mother Nature had the last laugh this past weekend as Upper Michigan was dumped on by the biggest snowstorm of the season. According to the National Weather Service at Negaunee, record snowfall of 18.5 inches was recorded on March 3. A total of 27 inches fell in Ishpeming, with many areas across the U.P. seeing upwards of 20 inches. The map above shows snow totals across Upper Michigan for the two-day period, March 2-4.

The lack of students in the academic mall area is because it's spring break.

And as is the case during spring time in Upper Michigan, inconsistent weather is the norm. We're looking at temperatures heading back into the upper 30s-lower 40s for much of this week.

Grad students fuel slight increase in winter enrollment

The winter semester 10th-day enrollment report shows NMU’s student headcount increased by 37, or 0.4 percent, from the winter 2011 figure. Much of that can be attributed to graduate enrollment, which rose by 55 students. Total credit hours are down by 386, or 0.3 percent.

“The discrepancy between total headcount and credit hours is due to the fact that graduate students are driving up our enrolled numbers, but they take a significantly lower average course load than undergraduates,” said Paul Duby, Vice President for Institutional Research. “Still, the credit hour picture is better than expected and the increase in freshmen is a pleasant surprise.”

The freshman headcount is up by 45, but a slump at the sophomore level led to a slight decrease overall in the number of undergraduate students.

New alumni blog posted

What is life like after NMU? Northern alumna Amy Warman works for DeVry Inc. as a Senior Government Relations Analyst - Accreditation Policy. She is a 2003 graduate with an English/writing bachelor's and a psychology minor. She's writing about her times and experiences at NMU. Her first blog reflects on choosing a major and what to keep in mind when choosing a college.
Read Amy's blog here.

Looking for a new job or networking opportunities?

The NMU Alumni Association offers a number of ways to network, including posting job opportunities when we become aware of them.

Northern Michigan University has the following openings:

Title:  Resident Directors; three 9.75 month, live-in positions
Department:  Housing and Resident Life
Approximate minimum prorated salary: $23,959 (excludes room and board)
Submit application by March 7, 2012

Title: Senior Secretary II
Department: College of Graduate Studies
Salary: $9.82 probationary; $10.54 working rate
Submit application by March 7, 2012

Title: Senior Secretary
Department: Multicultural Education and Resource Center
Salary: $9.10 probationary; $9.80 working rate
Submit application by March 7, 2012

You can read more about the positions on the NMU Human Resources website.

The Northern Network is a great source for employment assistance. The Northern Network is our exclusive online community for alumni and friends. But it's not just local. Hundreds of companies from around the globe post jobs daily.

Check us out on LinkedIn.

Pendant to support scholarship

Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers in Marquette is now offering a special NMU pendant with a portion of the proceeds going to an NMU scholarship fund. The gold and green pendant is shaped like the U.P. and has a retail value of $250. The pendant is licensed through Northern Michigan University and $50 of each sale will go towards establishing a scholarship for students at Marquette's Alternative High School who wish to attend NMU. The pendant is available at Wattsson and Wattsson in downtown Marquette or online.

Entourage actor Grenier coming to NMU

Adrian Grenier, best known for his starring role in the Emmy-nominated HBO series Entourage, will present “The Teenage Paparazzo Experience” at Northern Michigan University on Tuesday, March 13. He will speak at 7 p.m. in Vandament Arena. Tickets are $1 for NMU students with ID and $5 for the general public. They may be purchased at all NMU Ticket outlets.

Some of Grenier’s film credits include Nate, the boyfriend of Anne Hathaway’s character in The Devil Wears Prada, and a starring role in the romantic comedy Drive Me Crazy. He has also branched out as a director and filmmaker. Grenier’s full-length documentary, Teenage Paparazzo, focuses on the complex relationship between celebrities and the media. The film premiered at Sundance 2010 and aired on HBO the same year. His tour that stops in Marquette is designed to educate and continue the life of the film beyond its conventional TV and DVD release.

Grenier founded Reckless Productions in 2002 as a vehicle to craft socially responsible human stories. Through television and film, his company aims to challenge conventional thoughts and ideas and to evoke dialogue on important, current topics. Grenier’s 13-part TV series, Alter Eco, features young people who demonstrate how to live more sustainably, inspiring viewers to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle. The show ran weekly on the Discovery Channel's Planet Green. He also co-founded the Webby Award-winning new media platform SHFT.com, which offers original videos, curated shopping and a host of resources that speak to a sustainable lifestyle.

An avid musician, Grenier is the lead singer of the band Kid Friendly and the drummer for The  Honey Brothers.

His appearance is sponsored by Platform Personalities and the NMU student activity fee.


Wildcat sports update

The No. 17-ranked Northern Michigan hockey team was bounced from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Tournament for the second year in a row at the hands of Bowling Green. The Falcons won the final two games of the first round series to advance to the Quarterfinals. NMU is 17-14-6 overall and still has a very slim chance of being selected to the NCAA Tournament. BGSU is 12-22-5 with the win and advances to face top-seeded Ferris State next weekend.
The NMU men’s and women’s Nordic skiing teams will be heading to the 2012 NCAA Skiing Championships this week (March 7-9) in Bozeman, Mont. The NCAA Skiing Championship is a coed event that combines both teams’ scores in the Alpine and Nordic disciplines. Six athletes, three men and three women, have qualified for the championship.  A school can qualify a maximum of six athletes per discipline.
Five Wildcats from the No. 14-ranked Northern Michigan indoor track and field team were named selected All-Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Three of the All-Region selections will represent NMU at the upcoming NCAA Championships. Senior Catherine Angeli was selected All-Region in the 200-meter dash, senior Bailey Franklin in the high jump and triple jump, sophomore Jamie Roberts in the pole vault, redshirt freshman Sherice Hewett in the triple jump and freshman Angelina Howard in the 60-meter dash. Roberts, Franklin and Hewett qualified for the 2012 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday (March 9) and Saturday (March 10). The meet will be held at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

"What's New, NMU?" on spring break during upgrade

Northern Michigan University is currently in the process of upgrading its content management system. Because of that procedure, What's New, NMU? will be on a brief hiatus. This process is expected to take two weeks. As soon as the new system is operational, "What's New, NMU? will return to its weekly distribution. You may notice a few changes, however. We appreciate your patience. Back issues of "What's New, NMU?" can always be accessed from the archive page.

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