What's New, NMU? for the week of Monday, April 25, 2011.

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, April 25, 2011.

From the 6th floor

Sunshine is greeting those students headed to final exams this week. But it is likely to be short-lived; the forecast calls for rain mixed with snow and much cooler temperatures as the week progresses. There's a chance we may see a bit of a warm-up in time for commencement on Saturday (April 30).

Presidential forum outlines possible budget cuts of 15%; four-day/10 hour week for summer

NMU President Les Wong addressed faculty, staff, students and the community at a special budget forum, Wednesday, April 20.
Wong commented on Governor Rick Snyder's current plan to drastically reduce funding to higher education.
Wong outlined the proposals his leadership team and the NMU Board of Trustees will discuss as the university moves forward. Among the options, changing the current health insurance plan and increasing tuition. In addition, Wong announced NMU will move to a 4 day/10-hour week over the summer for students and staff.  That change would save approximately $50,000 in energy costs. 
You can view the forum in its entirety here.

NMU Distinguished Alumnus named as Commencement Speaker

Dr. Mark Lovell '77, a leader in neuropsychology and sports-concussion research, will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree at NMU's spring commencement on Saturday, April 30.
Dr. Lovell recently retired from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School as director of the sports medicine concussion program and professor of orthopaedic and neurological surgery. His work has also addressed head injuries among soldiers returning from the war in Iraq.
Lovell consults with many professional sports organizations on the neurocognitive effects and management of concussions. He co-developed a software program called ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) that is used by more than 3,000 universities and high schools, including NMU, for baseline testing of athletes to determine when it is safe for them to return to the game after a concussion. Lovell also attended the Vancouver Winter Games to assist the U.S. ski, snowboard, hockey, biathlon and bobsled teams with ImPACT testing.
Lovell earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Northern and was previously honored by his alma mater with the 2003 NMU Distinguished Alumni Award.

Spring commencement could be largest class ever to participate in ceremony

With 1042 seniors eligible to graduate, NMU could see one of its largest classes ever to participate in commencement exercises. Close to 850 graduates are expected to walk across the stage, Saturday, April 30.
Commencement begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Superior Dome. It will be broadcast live on WNMU-TV and streamed online through B2 Networks at http://www.b2now.com

Attention new graduates, if you haven't registered for your free membership in the NMU Alumni Association, it's not too late. Register before Saturday, April 30, and be eligible to win an iPad 2. The NMU Alumni Association will announce the winner Saturday morning at commencement line-up in Vandament Arena. In addition to your degree, you could be leaving the Superior Dome with a new iPad. Sign up now.

Senior exhibit opens

Graduating seniors are presenting their work during the School of Art and Design senior exhibition: Apparitions. The exhibit features pieces from 56 students who have been studying in the concentration of art history, drawing/painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, graphic communications, human-centered design, illustration, jewelry/metals/blacksmithing, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
The show’s closing reception will be from 7-9 p.m., Friday, April 29.
Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and 1-4 p.m. weekends. There is no charge to view the exhibition or attend the closing reception.

Summer Reunion Fun Run course set   

Summer Reunion 2011 will feature a 5K race along the beautiful shores of Lake Superior. Beginning at the Berry Events Center, the race will take runners along Lake Shore Boulevard. The run/walk is scheduled for Saturday, June 25 and will wrap up Summer Reunion weekend. The fun run is just one of many events taking place over the three-day period in Marquette.

View the complete schedule here.

Registration has begun and some events are filling up quickly. Registration is easy.
Register online or print the order form and mail it in with your check.

Registration details are available here.

Coming soon....a complete list of those alumni who have registered and plan to be in Marquette, June 23-25.

This is the summer! Register now.

NMU alumni featured in newspaper articles

Note from the editor: We wanted to pass along a couple newspaper articles that crossed our desks in the past two weeks that you might find enjoyable reading:

NMU Alumnus Helps Break World Record.

The Wonderful Wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

If you come across articles you think NMU alumni would like to read, send us a note. Or post the article on our Facebook page.

From the e-mail bag

"The Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour is coming to Marquette's Superior Dome. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the Super Bowl Champs and help raise money for Bay Cliff Health Camp. Packer President/CEO Mark Murphy and a number of current and former players will be on hand. Spread the word about this spectacular event to your friends and neighbors. Tickets are available for only $5. Visit Bay Cliff Health Camp to learn more or purchase tickets."

Tim Bennett '74
Bay Cliff Health Camp
Big Bay, Mich.

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