What's New, NMU? for the week of Monday, Feb. 13, 2012

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, February 13, 2012.

From the 6th floor.

It's another mild week across Upper Michigan. Temperatures have been in the mid 30s as of late. Like much of the upper Midwest, there has been a lack of snowfall in the U.P. That has prompted changes to the U.P. 200 Sleg Dog Race taking place this weekend. For the first time in its 22-year history, the U.P. 200 will not start or finish in Marquette. Instead, the shorter Midnight Run will hold a ceremonial start in downtown Marquette, with both races officially beginning in Chatam. Race organizers say spectators shouldn't notice too much of a difference. You can check out the U.P. 200 trail changes here. The forecast calls for continued mild temperatures with a chance of scattered flurries for much of the week.

Governor's budget announced.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s fiscal year 2013 executive budget proposal, unveiled last week, begins to restore the state’s investment in higher education. The amount of new money allocated to public universities would vary according to a new performance formula based on four metrics: increased degree completion; increased degree completion in the “critical skill areas” of science, technology, engineering and math (known as STEM) and health care; serving Pell-eligible students; and exercising tuition restraint with increases of no more than 4 percent.

If NMU receives the full performance funding identified in the proposal, it would amount to $1.3 million, or 3.4 percent above the current state appropriation of $38.4 million.

After viewing the governor’s budget presentation, NMU President Les Wong said, “We welcome the governor’s effort to begin reinvesting in education and higher education.  With this show of support from the state, it makes it much easier for the university to plan more thoughtfully and strategically how to improve services to our students, the community and the state. Of course, we need to study the details to know how the governor’s four factors for the additional 3 percent funding apply to Northern, but we’re excited about the attitude of investing in education. That’s a very positive starting point.”

This is the first step in the legislative budget process. The state’s fiscal year begins Oct. 1.


Ann Arbor post-game reception this Friday, Feb. 17.

Alumni in the Ann Arbor area are invited to join the NMU Alumni Association and Wildcat hockey coaches for a post-game reception Friday, Feb. 17. The reception will take place at Damon's on Boardwalk. The reception will begin immediately following the NMU vs. Michigan game and is open to all Wildcat fans. Snacks provided and beverages available for purchase. Game tickets can be purchased by contacting the Michigan Ticket Office at 734-764-0247.

Plan on attending the reception? Let us know.

Don't forget Wildcat Night Across the Country this Saturday.

Saturday, Feb. 18, will be the largest Wildcat Night Across the Country in history. Twenty-two parties are planned nationwide. Find a party near you and join fellow Wildcats as we cheer on the 'Cats. The NMU hockey 'Cats take on the Michigan Wolverines at 5 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports Detroit. Groups are gathering at bars and restaurants across the country to watch the game.

A complete list of parties is available on our website.

From Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Naples, Detroit, Chicago and plenty of places in between. Check out the list and cheer on the 'Cats.

All you need to do is RSVP to the host for the party in your area, put on your green and gold and bring your Wildcat spirit. There will be games and prizes at all the parties. Food and beverage is Dutch treat.

Questions? Get in touch with us.

NMU Donor-Funded scholarship applications now online; March 12 deadline to apply.

The NMU Foundation has launched a new electronic scholarship search and submission service that will make it faster and easier for students to apply for and monitor the status of their applications.

The Foundation offers over 250 privately-funded scholarships established by donors. Often, these scholarships honor a family member, classmate, mentor, friend or faculty member. In some instances, the donor wishes to support a specific area of study or students from a particular region.

Applications are being accepted through March 12. For more information visit www.nmu.edu/foundation and click on Scholarships.

Looking to network or find a new job?

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.

Also, check us out on LinkedIn.

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: Assistant Football Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Department:  Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports
Targeted annual salary range: $48,000 - $54,000
Submit application by February 17.

Title: Senior Secretary II
Department: NMU Foundation
Hourly Starting Salary: $9.82
Submit application by February 16.

Title: Senior Secretary II
Department: Career Services
Hourly Starting Salary: $9.82
Submit application by February 16.

Title: Senior Secretary II
Department: Financial Aid
Hourly Starting Salary: $9.82
Submit application by February 23.

Title: Director of International Programs
Department: International Programs
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Submit application by March 16.

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

Beaumier Heritage Center hosting new exhibition featuring images from the Appel Collection.

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center is playing host to a new exhibit on loan from the Michigan State University Museum, Immigration and Caricature: Ethnic Images from the Appel Collection. 

This exhibition explores the role of caricature and stereotype in forming American values and attitudes about the multicultural development of the United States. It utilizes a collection of immigrant and ethnic caricatures from popular graphics dating primarily from the Civil War to World War I, a period of massive migration to the United States. To modern Americans, the contents are sometimes humorous, sometimes very disturbing. Nevertheless, the collection offers great insight into American cultural attitudes and is a remarkable resource for the study of American cultural history. The items used in this exhibition consist of a variety of print media such as cartoons, postcards, trade cards, and prints and lithographs, all of which come from over 4,000 pieces donated to the MSU Museum by Dr. John and Selma Appel. Materials from their collection have been loaned to numerous exhibitions on ethnic images and immigration throughout the United States and the Appels have written many publications on the subject.

This exhibition will be on display from February 9 through March 30 in the Beaumier Center's gallery in 105 Cohodas Hall on the campus of NMU.  Admission is free to the exhibition and the Beaumier Center hours are Monday through Saturday from 10a.m. to 4p.m.  The Beaumier Center is located at 1401 Presque Isle Ave. in Marquette.

Wildcat sports update.

The No. 19-ranked NMU hockey team picked up its first Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) road series sweep of the season at Bowling Green. Friday, the 'Cats scored three first-period goals to go on to defeat the Falcons 4-2. The 'Cats skated to a 2-0 victory Saturday night. With the pair of wins, Northern moves into a three-team tie for seventh-place in the conference with Miamii and Notre Dame. NMU is 14-10-6 overall and 9-9-6-3 in the CCHA for 36 points Northern hits the road for the final regular season road series of the season this weekend at the University of Michigan. Friday’s game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network and Fox Sports Detroit will air Saturday’s game. For a list of Wildcat Night Across the Country parties where you can watch Saturday's game with Wildcat fans, click here.
The NMU women’s basketball team fell 74-69 to Lake Superior State Thursday (Feb. 9) at the Berry Events Center. With the loss, NMU falls to 10-12 overall and 6-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The NMU men’s basketball team dropped its sixth straight after being defeated 68-64 by Lake Superior State. NMU is now 8-14 on the season and 4-11 in conference play.
The NMU swimming and diving team finished fourth at the 2012 GLIAC Swimming and Diving Championship held at the Jenison Aquatics Center. Wayne State won the meet. NMU defeated Ashland, Hillsdale, Findlay, Lewis and Lake Erie.
The NMU women's Nordic ski team captured first place at the Central Collegiate Ski Association Championship  and the men's team took second place at the event held Feb. 11-12 in Houghton. Northern Michigan hosts the NCAA Central Regional Championships Friday and Saturday at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming.
The No. 17-ranked NMU indoor track and field team competed last Friday and Saturday at the Grand Valley State University Big Meet. Over 50 schools and 1,900 student-athletes competed at the two-day meet. The NMU pole vault record was broken as sophomore Jaime Roberts cleared 12-5.50 for the fifth best jump in the nation this season.

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