What's New, NMU? for the week of Monday, July 18, 2011

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, July 18, 2011.

From the 6th floor

Much of Upper Michigan will see another day of heat and humidity Monday, as the latest heat wave moves across the Midwest. Weekend temperatures soared into the mid 90s, making the beaches of the U.P. very popular spots. A brief cold front will move through, bringing with it a chance of storms in the next 24 hours, but the heat and humidity could be back as early as Wednesday, according to forecasters.

NMU Board sets tuition

The NMU Board of Trustees approved a 2011-12 tuition and fees schedule at its July 14 meeting. 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 (MSPERS); and a potential enrollment decline of 1 percent.

While the dollar increase over last year is third-lowest among the Michigan public universities that have announced rates and NMU will continue its longtime rank as having the second-lowest tuition and fees, trustees expressed concern that dwindling state support has forced schools to rely more heavily on tuition revenue. Some praised the university’s continuing emphasis on the quality of the academic experience, saying they recognize it is increasingly difficult to preserve that while also maintaining affordability.

"After five years on this board, I’m absolutely convinced that I’m participating reluctantly in the abandonment of public education at the university level," said Trustee Stephen Adamini. "I know what I have to do, but I don't like the trend that's forcing me to do it. The state cuts university funding by 15 percent and then admonishes us not to raise tuition above 7.1 percent or face a $2.1 million penalty. Society is abandoning its pledge to provide free or inexpensive education to everyone."

Read more about the decision here.

NMU hockey pursues return to WCHA

The NMU Board of Trustees 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).

This summer’s announcement of two new college hockey leagues—the Big Ten and National Collegiate Hockey Conferences—will drastically change both the CCHA and the WCHA in 2013-14.  The 11-team CCHA will possibly lose five teams (Miami, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State and possibly Notre Dame), while the 12-team WCHA will lose seven teams (Colorado College, Denver, Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota and Wisconsin).

“I felt the schools that will be in the WCHA in 2013-14 share many similarities with Northern,” said Wong.  “We all have similar locations with hometowns that passionately support their hockey programs. We also all offer similar academic offerings and have similar student bodies. We all have strong NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs but a Division I hockey program. Having our hockey team travel west also compliments our recruiting footprint for not just athletics, but the university as a whole.”

Members of the WCHA moving forward in 2013-14 will be Alaska Anchorage, Bemidji State, Michigan Tech, Minnesota-Mankato and St. Cloud State.  Members of the CCHA moving forward are Alaska, Bowling Green, Ferris State, Lake Superior State and Western Michigan.

"We share many natural rivalries with the new WCHA programs and the league offers geographical balance for us," Interim Athletic Director Steve Reed told the board. "With the changing landscape in college hockey in 2013-14, it is important for us to consider all options and choose the one we feel works best for NMU hockey at this time."

NMU hockey was in the WCHA from 1984-97 and in the CCHA from 1977-84 and again beginning with the 1997-98 season. As a WCHA member, NMU won the 1991 NCAA Championship and regular season conference title, along with three league tournament titles (1989, ’91 and ’92).

With the shakeup to the CCHA and WCHA conferences, NMU President Les Wong said he asked Wildcat intercollegiate athletics staff and the hockey coaches to consider the benefits of membership in each league, especially since NMU hockey has been a member of both at some point.

Catch the red hot Tigers with the NMU Alumni Association

The NMU Alumni Association is hosting its annual NMU Night at Comerica Park on Friday, July 29. Tickets are still available but you need to act quickly. Each year, the Alumni Association teams up with the Detroit Tigers for a specially-packaged evening of entertainment. This year, the Tigers take on the Los Angeles Angels at 7:05 p.m. A pre-game reception will be held again this year.
Tickets are on sale now. Don't miss out on this opportunity to see the red hot Tigers.
Details here.

More new photos from Summer Reunion

Dionysus House reunion

The women of Dionysus House got together during Summer Reunion weekend.

Former roommates and suite mates from Magers Hall got together during NMU's Summer Reunion. 22 Dionysus House alumni  from across the United States made the trip to Marquette. The women all lived in Magers Hall, 1973-76, and were referred to around campus as the Sensuous Women.

Deb Hussong '75 wrote:

"It's been 35 years since the Sensuous Women of Dionysus attended NMU as students but some still had the moxie to perform live at Karaoke at the Drydock, hike Hogsback and Sugarloaf Mountains. Almost everyone couldn't get over how much Marquette had changed...yet hadn't changed at all."

"But nothing compared to the time these unique women had with one another sharing stories from their past, revealing themselves in the present, and drawing their dreams for the future.  Some Sensuous Women are moms and grandmothers.  Some are married.  Some never married.  Some are professionals.  Some are retired.  But, this reunion wasn’t about accomplishments or the 'what' they were or are in life.  What mattered during that amazing weekend was: 22 women reunited and in some miraculous way, became the same support system for each other they were 35 years ago.  They laughed, cried, listened, and found solace each other’s life journey.  Honestly, does it get any better than that?"

APO Reunion and Garrett Lee Memorial Tree Dedication

The family of Garrett Lee '63.

A soldier from Kingsford who was killed in Vietnam was remembered during Summer Reunion with a special ceremony dedicating a memorial tree in his honor. Garrett F. Lee was killed in the battle at LZ Xray in the Ia Drang Valley in November 1965. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor device for his actions in the battle. At the ceremony in front of the Hedgcock Student Services Building, Lee was remembered by three groups he belonged to - the Boys Scouts of America, the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity and Vietnam veterans.

Read the Marquette Mining Journal story here.

View photos from the ceremony at this special web site.

Behind the scenes with Jeff Daniels

Summer Reunion sponsors and invited guests had a rare opportunity to spend time with Jeff Daniels during his Marquette visit, June 24.
Check out the photos here.

Police Academy alumni get together

Members of the NMU Police Academy Class of 1981 got together during Summer Reunion weekend. Shown above at Sugarloaf Mountain:
Left to right: Mark '81 and Linda Doornbos, Dan '81 and Debbie Judnich and Jim '81 and Lori Turpening.

View the Summer Reunion photo gallery here.

Alumni Association travel set for 2012

The NMU Alumni Association is proud to offer two exciting trips scheduled for 2012.

Amalfi--The Divine Coast

A deluxe European travel tour for the educated traveler. Our escorted tour allows you the pleasure of leaving your cares at home to enjoy stress-free travel and focus on maximizing your travel experience. Intimate, behind-the-scenes, experiential, educational...unlike the Italy tours offered by others. Relax for seven nights on the spectacular Amalfi Coast at the Hotel Rialto. Explore Campania, known as Italy's breadbasket. Visit a farm famous for the regional specialty, buffalo mozzarella. Marvel at the breadth of Italy's prodigious history. See five UNESCO World heritage List sites: the Almalfi Coast, the historic center of Naples, the archeological sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii, and the Greek ruins at Paestum. Cross the Gulf of Naples to spend a day on the enchanting Isle of Capri. Admire the spectacular towns of Positano, Sorrento and Naples.

A number of dates are available. Visit our Journeys page for details.


Relax for seven nights at the Stirling Highland Hotel. Discover Scotland's spectacular natural beauty from the wild Highlands to the lowland Trossachs. See the historic homeland of William Wallace and visit some of Scotland's noble castles-Sterling Castle, Scone Palace and Edinburgh Castle. Learn the secrets of Scotland's whiskey artistry during a visit to the Famous Grouse Experience. Cruise lovely Loch Katrina aboard the steamship Sir Walter Scott. Visit St. Andrews, internationally famous as the birthplace of golf. Enjoy cultural performances such as the Military Tattoo and Scottish Dancing.

August 22, 2012-- 8 days. Visit our Journeys page for details.

National speedskating camp comes to Marquette

NMU's Berry Event Center will be the site of the United States Speedskating Short Track National Team Camp Monday through Saturday, July 18-23. There are 22 athletes and four coaches attending the camp, which includes both dry-land and on-ice training.

“We know to improve for Team USA and US Speedskating, we need more athletes, and the USOEC Racing Program is one of our most important partners in growing our sport,” said Jae Su Chun, Coach of US Speedskating’s short track team. “That’s one of the biggest reasons we are coming to Marquette. We look forward to sharing our program and training experience with the Marquette group.The Berry Event Center is a great facility, the ice is great and the athletes really appreciate having a dorm and cafeteria on site,” he added.

Former USOEC resident athletes who are attending include Olympians Shani Davis and Katherine Reutter, along with Erin Barlett, Kyle Carr, Simon Cho, Tamara Frederick, Levi Kirkpatrick, Jeff Simon and Christopher Weaver.

The public is welcome to watch on-ice practices. View the schedule here.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Alumni Association members Kyle '05 and Mary '05 Anderson of Las Vegas, Nev. Congratulations to the couple who are expecting their first little Wildcat later this year. They assured us the new little one will carry on the Anderson NMU legacy.

...Alumni Association members Carl '75 and Barb Pletzke of Herndon, Va.

Also stopping by but not pictured: Josh Ingersoll '05 of Grants Pass, Ore.

Don't forget, if you're in town visiting, stop by and say hello. We're located in 603 Cohodas Hall.

From the e-mail bag

"We saw the 'New World Premiere' of ROCKLAND last evening. It was great! While shows have been sold out, the link below gives information about a live webstreaming. It will be on the web for a while after that, too."


Dr. John Kiltinen '63
Retired NMU Math professor
Marquette, Mich.

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