For the week of Feb. 23, 2009
From the 6th floor
The U.P. is starting the week with blue skies and sunshine but forecasters say don't expect that to continue. Skies are expected to cloud up and there's a chance of snow showers every day this week, with temperatures in the 20's. The weather has been mostly seasonable. Blizzards in much of the central U.P. closed schools this past Thursday and left us with a fresh blanket of snow. But that helped make conditions near perfect for the 20th running of the U.P. 200 Sled Dog Race over the weekend. To check out the sights and sounds, visit the U.P. 200 Web site.
Governor announces appointments to NMU Board of Trustees
Governor Jennifer Granholm announced the appointments of two Northern Michigan University alumni to the NMU Board of Trustees.
|Larry Inman '76, of Williamsburg, is a Grand Traverse county commissioner. Inman was appointed for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2010. He succeeds Alan Ackerman who has resigned. Inman previously served on the Board of Trustees, 2002-2006.|
|L. Garnet Lewis, Ph.D. '86, of Freeland, is associate director of professional education at Central Michigan University. Lewis was appointed for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2016. She succeeds Mary Lukens whose term has expired. Lewis served as president of the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2005-2007.|
Northern's eight-member governing board, the Board of Trustees, is appointed by Michigan's governor and has general supervision of the institution, the control and direction of all expenditures from the institution's funds, and such other powers and duties as prescribed by law. It also has the authority to hire and evaluate the university president, who reports directly to the board.
Executive budget includes 3.2 percent cut
The executive budget released by Gov. Jennifer Granholm calls for reductions in state funding for all public university operations for fiscal year 2010 and a proposed tuition freeze. For NMU, the 3.2 percent cut would amount to $1.5 million.
"It's helpful to have a number to work with at this point, but it is early in the state budget process and things can change before the higher education bill is signed," said Gavin Leach, vice president for finance and administration. "Another state revenue estimating conference is scheduled for May. The revenue estimating conference, along with the budget being further along in the legislative process, will give us a better indication of whether the 3.2 percent will hold and by then we will know more of any potential impact the federal stimulus dollars could have on the budget. In the meantime, we continue to move forward with our budget planning process on campus to be proactive in planning for potential reductions in state funding."
Complicating the proposed decrease in state support is a projected 3 percent increase in NMU operational expenses for contractual agreements, utilities and other budget items. These obligations would add up to $2 million to the total reduction. There is also uncertainty about how the economic picture and any rippling effect from the auto industry might impact enrollment.
Leach said it is premature to discuss tuition until state funding details are firmed up. Another element of the governor's executive budget is consolidating most state financial aid funding into two basic programs: the merit-based Michigan Promise Grants; and the need-based Michigan College Access Grants. For full budget details, visit Executive Proposal.
NMU Golf Course sets rates; Alumni Association members receive discount
The NMU Golf Course, formerly known as Chocolay Downs, has set rates for the 2009 season.
The course is a Jerry and Bruce Mathews III design. Its ninth hole is among the world's largest golfing greens. It is surrounded by wooded areas, homes and condos.
The course offers a 5 percent discount on annual memberships and driving range rates for Alumni Association or NMU Affinity Club members
Early bird discount ends March 1.
Check out the rates and register here.
The golf course was donated to the NMU Foundation by owners Joe and Patsie Gibbs of Interlochen, Mich. The value of the gift is $1.6 million. The couple, whose daughter graduated from NMU, developed the course in 1991 on property they purchased in Chocolay Township. NMU plans to operate the course for the upcoming golf season, with all net proceeds going to student scholarships and academic programming.
Wildcat Night Across the Country photos
Wildcat Night Across the Country parties were held nationwide, Friday, Feb. 13. The NMU hockey 'Cats took on Notre Dame and the game was broadcast on the CBS College Sports Network. The 'Cats lost the high-scoring match 9-5, but that didn't dampen the Wildcat spirit.
A huge "thank you" to all our party hosts.
NMU inCircle Facebook application available
We are excited to announce that the NMU inCircle Facebook application is now available. Starting today, you can receive your Northern Michigan University exclusive announcements, browse career and networking opportunities without ever leaving Facebook.
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Olympic Trials, World Cup tickets on sale
Advance tickets at reduced prices are available for two premier short-track speedskating events coming to NMU: the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Sept. 8-12, which is required for athletes vying to compete in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010; and the Samsung ISU World Cup Nov. 13-15.
Daily, all-event passes and VIP packages are on sale. Because tickets are already going fast for short-track races at the Olympic Games in Vancouver, some fans will have their only opportunity to see elite skaters at the Berry Events Center. These competitions have generated interest from across the country.
For more details and ticket information, go to USOEC.
Wildcat sports update
The Northern Michigan University hockey team picked up three points on the weekend against the Miami RedHawks with a 1-1 deadlock Saturday. Miami won the shootout (2-1) to pick up the extra point. NMU is now 12-15-5 overall on the season and 9-12-5-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The 'Cats will conclude the regular season next week with a series against the Lake Superior State Lakers. The puck will drop Friday and Saturday (Feb. 27-28) at 7:35 p.m.
The men's basketball team kept it close against the top-ranked team in the country in NCAA Division II men�s basketball Saturday at the Berry Events Center. NMU was down by 12 points at the half (39-27), but had the University of Findlay lead cut to eight points in the second half with under 10 minutes to play. In the end the Oilers won the game 81-68. With the loss the 'Cats are now 11-14 overall on the season and 6-14 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The 'Cats will conclude the regular season by taking to the road to face Saginaw Valley State (Feb. 26) and Lake Superior State (Feb. 28).
After a thrilling victory over Hillsdale College the NMU women's basketball team had an important game against the University of Findlay Oilers Saturday at the Berry Events Center. On the line was the upper hand for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) tournament. The Wildcats were up by six points at the half (32-26), but fell a little short to the Oilers by a score of 76-71. The loss drops the Wildcats to 13-12 overall on the season and 8-12 in the GLIAC. The 'Cats will conclude the regular season by taking to the road to face Saginaw Valley State (Feb. 26) and Lake Superior State (Feb. 28).
From the e-mail bag
|"Much to my surprise when I got to the gym on Friday I looked up at the TV in front of me on the treadmill and I saw NMU vs. WMU hockey on Fox Sports Arizona - for some reason they picked up the feed from FS Detroit. It was very cool to watch the first two periods while I worked out!"
Aaron Cadman '03
|"Greetings NMU, I have received an e-mail regarding the passing of NMU professor Dr. Robert Stephenson. He was a great music teacher, friend and mentor. Please post this information with all Music Education graduates."
Paul LeVeck '77
Cold is Relative......it all depends on where you live.
60 above zero:
Floridians turn on the heat
People in Michigan plant gardens.
50 above zero:
Gulf Coast people shiver uncontrollably.
People in Kalamazoo sunbathe.
40 above zero:
Italian & English cars won't start.
People in Michigan drive with the windows down.
32 above zero:
Distilled water freezes.
The water in the Grand River gets thicker.
20 above zero:
Arizonians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, and wool hats.
People in Michigan throw on a flannel shirt.
15 above zero:
People in Michigan have the last cookout before it gets cold.
People in Tucson all die.
Michiganders close the windows.
10 below zero:
Californians fly away to Mexico.
People in Michigan get out their winter coats
25 below zero:
The Girl Scouts in Michigan are selling cookies.........door to door.
40 below zero:
Washington DC runs out of hot air.
People in Michigan let the dogs sleep indoors.
100 below zero:
Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
Michiganders get upset because they can't start their diesel trucks.
460 (-459.67 F below zero):
ALL atomic motion stops (absolute zero, zero on the Kelvin scale.)
People in Michigan start saying, "Cold 'nuff fer ya?"
500 below zero:
Hell freezes over.
Michigan public schools will open 2 hours late
Robert M. Clinton
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