Addendum #3








State of the Public Universities Address


You are invited to attend the first State of the Public Universities Address on Wednesday, November 12, 2003, at the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing, Michigan.  The Address will begin at 5:00 p.m. and a reception will follow at 6:00 p.m.  This event is sponsored by the Presidents Council State Universities of Michigan and a formal invitation will be sent soon.  You will find a copy of the press release and save the date card for this event at your places. 


From Communications and Marketing:


Marketing and Admissions was recently informed that the Web site that allows prospective students to electronically rearrange their NMU residence hall room was selected as an award winner in the annual University and College Design Association (UCDA) awards.  This honor comes on the heels of the ViewMaster project done for high school guidance counselors winning a national marketing award this summer.




From Public Broadcasting:

Northern Michigan University has moved forward with the digital conversion of its television station.  The location of our HD Channel 33 station will be Morgan Meadows, just outside of Marquette.  To date the site has been cleared, rental equipment has been taken off our tower to accommodate our antenna and waveguide, which has been installed, a cement slab has been poured and a new prefabricated transmitter building has been placed on the slab.  Thales Electronics, contractors for the public broadcasting system, will arrive next week with the equipment and will install and test the equipment.  We hope to be broadcasting to the central Upper Peninsula on DTV Channel 33 prior to November 9.

We received a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for $268,262 and matched that with $114,969 from NMU.  NMU’s total commitment is $200,000, the difference being taken up by an upgrade in the microwave system to accommodate digital television, purchase of uninterrupted power sources for various digital equipment necessary to run the operation, clearing of the site and erection of a pre-fab building to house the transmitter.

All commercial stations were required to begin their digital broadcasting by May 1, 2002 (TV 6, TV 10 and TV 19 [Fox] have not yet begun although TV 6 expects to be on within the 30 days).  WJMN, Escanaba is the only U.P. station on to date.

All public stations were required to broadcasting in digital by May 1, 2003.  At that point we did not have a financial commitment from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and were unable to move forward.  Since then we have received a commitment and in an effort to protect our license applied for an extension, which runs out November 9, 2003.  As a precautionary measure, in that many of the factors between now and November 9 are not under our control, we have applied for a second extension from the Federal Communications Commission to protect our license in the event that there is a shipping delay, construction problem or equipment malfunction.

From Academic Information Services:

October 9, 2003 AIS is celebrating student employees’ academic achievement by honoring student employees on the Dean’s list for Winter 2003 semester.  Each student receives a certificate commending their achievement; staff members bring in treats for the celebration.  Thirty-four students, including five with 4.0 GPAs, are being honored, and all units in AIS (Library, CITE, Academic Computing, MicroRepair, HelpDesk, Archives, Instructional Media Services) are represented.

Krista E. Clumpner, Library Head of Technical Services & Systems, has an article published in Computers in Libraries (Vol 23, No.9, October 2003) entitled “Librarians with Laptops Look Savvy in Operation TLC.”   The article focuses on the library faculty’s role in the TLC distribution.  As stated in the article:  “We knew we were not shushing, bun-wearing, book-stampers, we were friendly, savvy, relevant professionals.” The article is an invitation for other librarians to take a lead role in ubiquitous computing initiatives on campuses nationwide.

A scholar from University of Kansas (Lawrence) visited The Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives in September.  Associate Professor Debra Dandridge, Field Archivist, observed NMU Archivist Marcus Robyns’ critical thinking workshop.  Ms. Dandridge is on sabbatical doing research to develop a program for teaching archives and historical collection use to the African American community.  She visited NMU after reading Mr. Robyn’s article, one of the few in the Archives profession discussing critical thinking methods.  This is the second visiting scholar investigating critical thinking and archives, the first being a professor from Queens College, Ontario. 

Article citation:  Robyns, Marcus C.  “The Archivist as Educator:  Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into Historical Research Methods Instruction.”  The American Archivist (v.64 no. 2, Fall/Winter 2001)

From Professional Studies:

Professors Hogan, Tremethick, Rochester and Edgerton delivered three presentations regarding improving education with technology at the Lilly Conference, September 19-20 in Traverse City.

Professor Randy Jensen, recently returned from a one-year sabbatical, in which he taught and did research at the University of Limerick, Ireland, delivered the results of his research at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, September 27 in Toledo, Ohio. 

Professor Delinda Lybrand and students Melanie Mattson and Royale Johnson co-presented at the October Lilly Conference.  The presentation dealt with an academic service learning project "The Finland Experience" they had been involved with in ED 311-316.  The presentation was so well received that Wayne State and Xavier University are seeking professional development funds to invite the students to speak to their education classes and faculty.  Wayne State also asked for a copy of the CD the students developed for "The Finland Experience" to show to their students. 




From Auxiliary Services:


Based on the first 5 weeks of the semester, Starbucks has been very successful.

Auxiliary Services has partnered with Sayklly's Candy, Escanaba, to develop a several NMU candy products, including NMU Green/Gold taffy, the Willy Bar and other specialty items.  The NMU Taffy was proudly distributed to the throngs present at the Homecoming parade.


The Bookstore, in partnership with Herff Jones (class ring and announcement company), is offering a new on-line personalized graduation announcement service for students.  The site, is interactive to meet the date, name, and degree.  The site uses the NMU Seal, not a generic one.  Additionally, the Bookstore can order faculty robes on-line.  The site has retained sizes and robe information for each faculty member and only changes will need to be entered to update the order.  NMU's high tech environment was a good fit for these services.


Facilities/Construction Update:


Work has begun on the Thomas Fine Arts Renovation project and the Art and Design Studios North Addition/DeVos Art Museum. Completion is scheduled next summer.


The Quad II Renovation is out for bids which are due on October 21st.  Completion is scheduled in August 2004. 


From Athletics:


The following information on NMU athletes is included in the NCAA 2002-03 Division II Membership Report.


NCAA Division II Degree-Completion Grant Winners:  Benjamin Laarman, Elizabeth Laveen, and Sarah Verbrugge.   NMU submitted the names of these three student athletes to the NCAA and all three were selected.  These athletes are honored for their scholastic achievements and other achievements including community involvement, leadership qualities, etc. 


Alumni achievements.  Two NMU alums are included in the Division II Alumni and Testimonials list of student athletes who have gone on to outstanding careers, both inside and outside athletics.  They are Tom Izzo and Steve Mariucci. 


WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL                         Undefeated, 10-0 season

                                                                      5-0 GLIAC

                                                                      Submitting bid to host NCAA Regional Tournament

                                                                      Aimee Dewitte named GLIAC North Player of the Week


WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY                 Undefeated, 4-0 Invitationals (67-0 vs. individual schools)

                                                                      Jennifer Lahr named GLIAC Women’s Runner of Week

                                                                      Won Roy Griak Invitational (23 schools, U. Minnesota host)

                                                                      Winner Midwest Cross Country Championship (28 schools)

                                                                      Winner Bulldog Invitational (13 schools, UMD)

                                                                      Coach Sten Fjeldheim selected to coach Junior World U.S.

                                                                        Team in Norway, Feb. 2004.  Two NMU team members will

                                                                        also be selected.


SOCCER                                                       Excellent season, 6-2-1 record

                                                                      7th in Great Lakes Region


FOOTBALL                                                  2-2 Record, 2-1 GLIAC

                                                                      3rd Highest Dome Attendance in History (6,769) vs. Indianapolis, Sept. 27, 2003 (Homecoming)

                                                                      Hosting Grand Valley State University, Oct. 11 #1 ranked and defending NCAA Div. II Champions

                                                                      Brandon Genwright & Chad Kurian named GLIAC Defensive Players of the Week


ICE HOCKEY                                              Intrasquad Game Oct. 2nd

                                                                      Season Opener vs. Waterloo University Oct. 4

                                                                      CCHA begins at Home Oct. 10-11 vs. Bowling Green

                                                                      NMU picked 5th in CCHA Pre-season Poll


GOLF                                                            6th Place Finish NMU Invitational

                                                                      12th Place Finish Bulldog Invitational (at Ferris State)

                                                                      Golf is actually a Spring Sport with most matches

                                                                        held Spring 2004


Programming Area Update:


     --    Student Recreation Passes sold as of October 2, 2003:  3406

     --    Total Student Recreation Passes sold for Fall Semester 2002:  4018

     --    Number of teams participating in Intramural Sports for Fall Semester 2003:  198

     --    Number of teams participating in Intramural Sports for Fall Semester 2002:  149

     --    18 clubs are actively participating in the Sport Club Program for Fall Semester 2003

     --    Women's Club Hockey received the bid to host CCWHA Regional Tournament for March 2004





The NMU Alumni and Development Fund office continues to streamline duties and responsibilities.  New job descriptions have been written and presented to Human Resources as part of the reorganization.


The NMU Development Fund Board met Sept. 18th and 19th.  The board announced This Decisive Season campaign total of 36.6 million. A donor reception was held in conjunction with the board meeting.


Homecoming 2003 was celebrated Sept. 26-27.


Six board members had terms expiring; four new members came on board.  New members include:  David Gregory '92 of Lansing, Jim Hundrieser '87 of Stamford, CT, .
Michelle Janisz '87 of Macomb IL, and Joe Evans '81, '83 of Rochester Hills.


Currently 1,700 alumni receive “What’s New, NMU” weekly.

We have 688 active MNBA credit card accounts.

We are aggressively marketing our Wildcat license plate.


Our new database system (Banner) should be fully operational by the end of the year.


Upcoming events:
NMU vs. Michigan post-game party, Friday, Oct. 24th at Damon’s in Ann Arbor

NMU Theatre night “The Producers” in Chicago, Thursday, Nov. 20.

NMU vs. MSU pre-game party, Saturday, January 3rd in Lansing.



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A copy of the President's  Activity Report is in the front pocket of your Boardbooks.