What's New, NMU?

For the week of March 31, 2008

From the 6th floor

It was a quiet and relatively mild weekend in the weather department, but that may be about to change. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for Marquette and Baraga counties for Monday and Tuesday. Strong winds are expected to bring wet, heavy snow, with accumulations of 10 to 16 inches. Isn't March supposed to go out like a lamb?

NMU's new strategic plan unveiled

"This academic master plan, the 'Road Map to 2015 and Beyond' will be a powerful guide to inspire and direct our decisions."

With those words, NMU President Les Wong detailed Northern Michigan University's new strategic plan to faculty, staff and the community.

"This plan will evolve and change given your input, our successes and yes, our failures. It is not fixed in stone and it is certainly not coming from the top down. However, I firmly believe that without a road map, we will miss an opportunity and worse, atrophy by constantly being in a reactive mode or remaining content with the status quo. Staying the same is not an option. And doing something a particular way because we always did it that way will drain the creativity right out of us," said Wong.

The new plan identifies four thematic areas that will guide Northern's commitment to an active and dynamic curriculum, its work on and off campus and the resolve to continue to improve the Northern experience: innovation in curricula and staffing issues, helping students learn to live meaningful lives, leveraging campus attributes and enhancing community engagement.

While the plan was unveiled to faculty, staff and community leaders, the president is quick to point out that NMU alumni play a very important role in Northern's road map.
"Alumni can play a key role in helping Northern achieve the priorities we've laid out in the plan, Wong said. 
"Alumni need to look at the plan's priorities and see where they can make a difference. For instance, one of our priorities is to facilitate global engagement for students. We need to utilize corporate partnerships to promote international opportunities. We have alumni at companies all over the world. Perhaps an NMU graduate at an international company can work with us on an internship program. We also want to increase the number of students participating in the Superior Edge program, academic service learning and other leadership opportunities. Alumni might have some great ideas for those types of projects or may be interested in serving as mentors. Everyone in the Northern family can be a part of this NMU journey."

A comprehensive Web site has been set up for NMU's new strategic plan. It includes a link to President Wong's presentation, as well as a link for a printable version of the full strategic plan.

Everyone's thinking baseball

It's Opening Day 2008 and that means it's time to start thinking Detroit Tigers baseball.
Back by popular demand, it's "NMU Night at Comerica Park."
This event draws alumni from across the country together to watch the boys of summer.
We sold out last year, so don't wait to purchase your ticket.

NMU Night at Comerica Park
Ticket options:

$14 Upper Reserved
$24 Upper Box Infield

Free commemorative T-shirt to the first 200 Alumni Association members who purchase.
A pre-game reception will take place at Proof, 2001 Woodward Avenue.

Click here for ticket order form.

Tickets are limited.

Questions?


From the e-mail bag

"Hello. My husband, John, and I were in Marquette in February and visited our old residence hall Van Antwerp.  We brought our 7 year old, in to show her where we met and 'fell in love' and she said, 'this is so stupid, why do grown-ups think remembering old stuff is so cool.'  We told her someday she would do the same with her children.  It was a quick road trip and some much needed reminiscing, on our part.  Of course, the U.P. gave us some fun weather to drive in, but nothing we couldn't handle.  We have been following NMU's battle in the hockey tournament and wished we could have seen them go farther. Quick note!  John and I are looking for a couple of old friends from NMU that we fell out of touch with.  Does anyone know where Ron Seaberry Jr, class of 1997 or 1998 is?"
John and Betty (Ouellette) Ogren Class of '97
Bemidji, Minn.
ogrenb@hotmail.cpm


"Thanks for sharing the aerial photo and making me feel really old since I had a hard time recognizing the layout of campus."
Kevin Weissenborn '85, '92
Charlotte, Mich.
kwise@cablespeed.com

Note from the Editor: If you, like Kevin, had a hard time recognizing campus from last week's aerial, then you need to plan a visit. Get in touch with us and we'll help with a campus tour.

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