Campus attributes

The attractiveness of the NMU campus in the beautiful natural environment of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a unique asset that should play a prominent role in our portfolio of academic programs, our research agenda and the efficiency with which the campus operates. While the campus itself represents NMU's physical assets, academic programs and other campus operations represent the human capital of the university community. Both are instrumental in sustaining the university's collective efforts to maintain a standard of excellent practice, manage costs and achieve the institutional mission.


A. Goal: Utilize the Campus Master Plan and related initiatives to continue to build and develop a greener and more learner-centered campus.


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Office of General Counsel worked on campus accessibility to ensure its consideration in planning, renovation and building projects.


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Combined Heat and Power Project

The permit was issued on December 19, 2009 and carries a requirement to start construction within eighteen (18) months. June 2011 will be the latest date to start. Efforts are ongoing to locate funding sources and also to confirm design criteria, identify cost of funding future capacity with today’s construction dollars, and to research the possibility of alternative operating scenarios.

In conjunction with the Performance Contract, Johnson Controls has conducted a preliminary analysis of the proposed plant with a focus on utilizing the gas fired system when gas prices are low and the wood fired system when wood prices are more competitive. The Board of Trustees will be presented with an overview of this evaluation at the December 2010 meeting.

Business Services

  • 1410 Presque Isle Avenue
    • After a public advertisement and direct solicitation to local vendors produced no letters of interest from the community, NMU Dining and Conference Services has decided to initiate a development program for the former Hardees building. Bid documents will be issued mid-September for the redevelopment of this property into a coffee shop, late night study space, and bookstore outlet. In the future we would showcase products grown in the NMU Hoop House garden at the Jacobetti Center. We expect to be ready for opening early January 2011.
  • 1700 Presque Isle Avenue
    • The former Overtime Bar building has been demolished and the site restored. The historic bar and back cabinetry was salvaged and is in storage for future use at the NMU Golf Course.
  • 300 Waldo Street
    • This property has been leased to the State of Michigan as a training facility for home weatherization inspectors.

Superior Dome Roof Replacement

The project has been awarded to DC Taylor and will commence spring of 2011.Design to remove a set of exit doors in southeast corner will be completed this winter with construction to begin in spring 2011. New configuration will be similar to main entrance in southwest corner that only has two eyebrows to better allow the snow to shed off the roof.

Golf Course

  • We were pleased to transfer $5,000 from our operations budget to start a student scholarship fund through the NMU Foundation. This season we hired a .75 FTE General Manager, a .66 FTE Grounds Superintendent, and a .66 FTE Mechanic as our core team and will provide employment for fifteen (15) students at peak. Current membership is 188, close to par for the same time last year. Improvements this season include irrigation on #18 fairway, replacement of a main irrigation intake line, additional irrigation heads, and installation of branch lines and controller on #8 and #11 fairways, improved putting green conditions over 2009, irrigation upgrades to holes 6, 7, and 18, twenty-eight (28) new irrigation heads covering an additional 3 acres of turf to create improved golfing conditions, new ladies tee constructed on hole 16, and cart path grading improvements. Staff are working on a three-year facility plan.

  • Reserved Golf Outings
    • Seven (7) external: Northstar, Argonics, Kuhn Classic, Masons, Elks, Bayou Bar, and Big Bay Girls
    • Five (5) NMU Related: Rich Tegge Football Alumni, Alice Hancock NMU Alumni, NMU Member Championship, NMU Presidents Outing, and NMU Construction Alumni
  • Memberships and Guests
    • There are 208 golfing memberships for 2010, encompassing approximately 300 golfing members
    • Approximately 7,500 green fee golfing guests
    • Roughly 14,500 rounds of golf projected for 2010
    • Discounted green fee and membership pricing to all NMU students


  • Student Employment
    • NMU Golf Course provided 23 seasonal jobs for NMU students; 9 grounds department employees, and 14 golf shop department employees

7th Street Entry/Wayfinding

The campus wayfinding project construction will include the installation of a new campus entry sign at 7th Street, trailblazers marking the routes from city streets to the university, a new golf course sign and a new C.B. Hedgcock Building sign to make the facility more recognizable for prospective students and campus visitors.  The installation of the new 7th Street entry, C.B. Hedgcock, and NMU golf course signs are currently on schedule for a mid/late-December completion. The design for the trailblazer signs required additional review and modification by State and Federal agencies. As a result, the trailblazer sign installations may be delayed until Spring 2011.

Jacobetti Sustainable Roof Replacement

A contract has been awarded for the design of a roofing solution for the Jacobetti Center that will include preparation for an area of “green” roof. Bidding will take place early in 2011 with construction to take place during the summer and fall of 2011.

Jamrich Hall Renovation

The Advisory Committee continues to develop plans for the renovation of Jamrich Hall; in concept, the entire facility will be upgraded and an addition will be constructed to provide faculty offices and allow for the demolition of Gries Hall. The committee has received input from faculty, staff, and students on desired changes to JXJ, along with a wish list for the new addition. The committee is reviewing the Campus Master Plan, along with the plans for the University Center and the Library of the Future to determine the programs that would be best suited for the JXJ project. The Committee will visit Steelcase University in December to view the latest designs for the classroom furnishings.

Carey Hall Demolition

Planning has begun for the demolition of Carey Hall. The project includes the removal of building, restoration of site, capping of utilities, and preparation of east exterior wall of Lee Hall.

Lee Hall Renovation

Proposed Phase I renovation includes the renovation of existing Gallery on the First Floor to accommodate the Beaumier Museum, renovation of the existing First Floor restroom and creation of additional restroom to serve both men and women on the First Floor, construction of new elevator for use by both passengers and Food Service to serve all four floors, creation of Storage/Food Staging area on First Floor to serve the Ballroom, restoration of the Ballroom on the Second Floor along with Men’s and Women’s restrooms., renovation of Lobby and both the main and North stairwell, creation of barrier free access at main entrance, and replacement of Second Floor windows and cleaning of building exterior. The estimated project budget for the scope of work listed above is approximately $1.4 million.  The budget also includes furnishings for the Ballroom and Lobby, hazardous material disposal, architectural/engineering design fees, signage, etc.

High Mast Lighting Replacement

Construction has been completed on the removal of the 100 foot light pool to the southwest of Jamrich Hall and the installation of new 30 foot light poles for the sidewalks, similar to other areas across campus.

Cohodas Computer Center Air Conditioning and Emergency Generator

Project consists of replacing the existing air conditioning in the Computer Center and the installation of a new emergency generator to serve the Computer Center and building emergency lighting. Construction began on June 28, 2010 and is expected to be completed in late fall 2010.

Forest Roberts Theatre Accessible Seating Modifications

The design is being completed to revise the accessible seating in the theatre. An accessible entrance from the main lobby will be constructed to a new platform that will accommodate up to five (5) accessible seats with five (5) companion seats.

Performance Contracting/Energy Optimization

  • Johnson Controls was the successful bidder in the Request for Qualifications process to provide performance contracting services for Jamrich Hall, Jacobetti Center, and the University Center. Preliminary investigations have been completed and work scopes/ construction bids are being reviewed for the proposed energy saving initiatives. Construction is expected to begin in May with completion by August 15, 2010.
  • Work is nearing completion in the Jacobetti Center and the University Center. Work on Jamrich Hall is on hold pending notice on a State Capital Outlay bill. If the bill is not introduced, work will commence when classes are not in session and will be completed summer of 2011. Phase II of the project analysis is underway for ten additional buildings. Similar to Phase I, the conditions assessment and projected energy saving opportunities will be presented for review in early December. Improvements will be completed over the next two to three years.

Building Door Access Controls/Fire Alarm Security/Mass Notification/Energy Management System/Replacement

System hardware and software are no longer being supported by manufacturer -- energy management system was originally installed in the mid 1970s and has been expanded with each new building project to meet the needs of campus growth. The last major system wide upgrade was in 1994 - replacement parts need to be acquired on e-Bay or other means and are becoming scarce. An increasing number of problems have been experienced as system has aged which presents building protection issues and life safety issues and insurance/liability risk. Project is currently in the design phase with the determination of existing inventory of hardware and surveying of existing wiring status and capacity of current system and determination of new requirements. The project will be bid soon with Phase I work to begin thereafter and be completed by fall 2011. As part of the Performance Contracting project, the systems in Jacobetti and University Center have been converted and expanded with new Johnson Controls systems that will provide more control over HVAC systems. Additional existing systems will be converted as Performance Contracting is extended to other buildings


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For the combined heat and power project, the 5-12-08 Michigan DEQ air permit No. 60-07 for the proposed new co-generation plant was voided on 5-7-09 due to backup coal fuel concerns.  A new revised wood fuel only air permit has been submitted for DEQ approval.  The staff continues to work on determining the available wood supply and anticipated pricing structure.  Until the permit issues have been resolved, work has stalled on the site plan and facilities designs.


The renovation of Hunt Hall was completed on schedule and within the $9.6 million budget.  Students began occupying it in August 2008.


Renovation of the south side of Cohodas Hall was completed on schedule by the end of September 2008.  The Beaumier Center occupies this renovated space. Plans were developed and ready to bid for the renovation of the first floor lobby of Cohodas Hall to make it more attractive and inviting to guests, faculty, and staff of the institution.  The project has been placed on hold because of the current economic situation.



  1. Establish strategies and a communication plan for implementation of the Campus Master Plan that ensures the highest possible level of input from the NMU and local communities as financially feasible components of the plan are implemented.
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The Student Services and Enrollment Division played a key role in developing the Campus Master Plan, and on the Way-finding Committee for new campus and campus-related city signage.


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During the development of the University's 2008 Campus Master Plan, much discussion ensued regarding the need for defined campus portals and an improved exterior signage system. A wayfinding system would improve access to and around campus as well as help to distinctively mark and brand the university campus.  As a result of this identified need, Corbin Design was hired to develop a campus wayfinding plan. Over the course of the last year a new plan has been developed based on ideas and input received from a number of campus focus groups, input from the City of Marquette and the Michigan Department of Transportation.  This new plan addresses all the needs outlined in the 2008 Campus Master Plan by establishing a "trailblazer" system to improve routes to the university for first-time visitors as well as outlining a new design theme for campus entry signs, directional signs, and building identifiers that incorporates more color, a modern design theme, and NMU branding.


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The University Parking and Traffic Committee has been made aware of the plan and will ensure that initiatives are in line with the plan.


Office of General Counsel participated in meetings related to mixed-use development in support of the Campus Master Plan.


The President held special forums with the university community, city and county commissioners, and the Marquette Area Public School Board to review the Campus Master Plan and budget challenges.

  1. Examine classroom and other learning spaces to create the highest quality learning environments, and to advance the application of new pedagogies and technologies.
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Space Utilization Committee

  • Web viewer is near completion and will permit reservation for rooms, subject to approval of the Registrar/Space Utilization Coordinator.
  • Representatives of the Space Utilization Committee and Facilities have worked with the Provost's office and Academic Deans to review and visit all (30 total) department controlled classrooms and identify rooms that could be potentially scheduled with courses from outside the controlling department to help expand consolidation scheduling and energy conservation.

Of the 30 rooms, fifteen classrooms have been made available for use as General Use/Department Preference classrooms. In addition, the Physics Department has agreed to allow one general use laboratory to be used for general course scheduling. These rooms are being scheduled by the Registrar's office for the winter 2010 semester. The remaining rooms will continue to serve as department controlled classrooms or were reclassified as laboratory space because of the current use of the room.


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Broadcasting and A/V Services accelerated planning and integration of DTV production capabilities to provide additional support for specialized courses in digital media and new technology.  Achievements include supporting the launch of sports and entertainment majors at NMU, the reassignment of staff supporting field production work required by students and the implementation of B2 Networks Web streaming for NMU sports.  Plans for the current year include replacing WNMU-TV's analog production equipment with digital facilities which will permit the department to host upper level students and courses that need experiences with DTV facilities.


The Registrar's Office has worked to identify all appropriate classrooms for general classroom offerings in order to maximize the utilization of space and create better schedule offerings.


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A committee is being established to review the JXJ facility.  The facility is NMU's primary lecture facility and is in need of major infrastructure upgrades and classroom furnishings changes/upgrades. 


The Space Utilization Committee completed development of a new space utilization software data system and is in the process of establishing a university committee to perform ongoing review of university space.  The system allows the university to better evaluate efficient use of space on campus.

  1. Continue campus discussions regarding the "library of the future" to identify state-of-the-art facilities, collections, technology and collaborations that will meet current and emerging instructional and research needs, and that will support the goals and priorities of the Road Map.
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  • Library faculty and staff continue discussion and implementation of several identified strategies for enhancing Library facilities and services. Goals include a significant reduction in the book collection, realigning expenditures to better match use patterns and continuing to pursue various open access sources as alternatives for accessing information. Librarians continue to develop Embedded Librarian Instructional Services (ELIS) whereby a librarian participates in classes within WebCT. (Dec. 2009)

  • Armed with use statistics for books housed on the top floor, Library staff has begun removing books with little or no use. In March, for example, there were 7, 988 volumes removed as part of the first sweep toward reducing the book collection in that location by 50%. (Apr. 2010)

  • The Library has adapted the Voyager Automated Library System to make it mobile device compatible. People can now import location and call number information about their selected items using a mobile device (e.g. cell phone). (Apr. 2010)

  • As part of the plan to reduce print expenditures and shift funds toward electronic resources, the fiscal year 2011 Library acquisitions budget reduced expenditures for print resources by 55%. By acquiring two more segments of the JSTOR electronic journal collections, more than 240 additional journal titles have been made available to students and faculty. (Sept. 2010)

  • The newly configured Public Services Desk in the Library opened for service over the summer. This service point combines the Circulation and Reference desk functions providing a single point of contact for students and faculty. (Sept. 2010)


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"Library of the Future" discussions are continuing under the leadership of the dean of AIS.  The Provost's Office sponsored a Web cast in fall 2008, offered in collaboration with the Association of College and Research Libraries titled, "The Engaged Library: Strategies for Building Vibrant Learning Communities".  Library faculty are conducting a study that focuses on issues including what faculty expect from student research, how students do their research, how students would design a library, and student ideas for the library Web site.  An AIS committee has identified five strategic directions as well as goals, objectives, benchmarks and criteria.

  1. Utilize consultants' recommendations to enhance the bookstore, dining services and conference services operations.
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Dining Services "Trayless" Serving - Sustainability

  • Dining Services has formed a Go Green Committee (ASNMU, students, Center for Student Enrichment, Housing and Residence Life, Dining Services, Conference and Catering, Industry representative), to develop strategies for going trayless, water conservation, waste reduction, and sustainability awareness - beginning August 25, 2009 the Go Green Committee (GGC) marketed the “Choice” to go trayless to students. It is estimated that 30% of students dining in the Marketplace are going trayless.  The GGC, in conjunction with Auxiliary Services Marketing, has been and will continue to promote trayless dining as a choice fall 2009, winter 2010 as a dining option.  GGC will initiate “Trayless Week” at the Marketplace November 9-15 and survey students November 18.  Beginning fall 2010, we do not intend to have trays available in the Marketplace.  The GGC will have Dining Services weigh food waste during “Trayless Week” and on the same cycle menu week when students are using trays.  This information will be shared with students during the winter 2010 semester in the GGC marketing campaign. 
  • The GGC and Dining Services has received full support of Residence Hall President’s round table and will continue to seek student input on going trayless in fall 2010.
  • Summer 2010 activity included minor renovations to the University Center Wildcat Den, now offering an “all you care to eat” venue with cash and carry coffee kiosks - Cafe Libre in the NMU Bookstore and Stone Creek Coffee in 205 Jamrich Hall. Services will be provided through the NMU Dining and Conference Services commissary area. Phase I work in the Marketplace located in Quad I was completed to address the additional 800 meals per day being served in that venue; consolidating two points of entry into one central entrance, relocation of drink stations from the servery to the dining area, replacement of deteriorated doors and hardware, and refurbishing a freight elevator original to the 1964 building. Future year improvements will include relocation of the dish return room, CatTrax convenience store, and expansion of the serving line to better accommodate students’ needs and wants.

Work with the property at 1422 Presque Isle Avenue has started, turning this former Hardee’s restaurant into the new Temaki and Tea, which will be relocated from C.B. Hedgcock to the new location approximately February 1, 2011. Need for expanded preparation area and response to increase in customer demand for this unique offering are the primary reasons behind the move. Changes include upgrades to all finishes, new seating, study and lounge areas within the building, a new fire place, and a three-season outdoor patio. We will open an alternate offering in C.B. Hedgcock for state of fall 2011 semester.


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The Student Services and Enrollment division participated extensively in the development of the consultants' recommendations.


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Dining Services is exploring options for "trayless" serving. A soft rollout began in January 2009.  ASNMU has been involved in the discussions and is supportive of the approach.  Beginning fall 2009, we do not intend to have trays available.  The goal is to reduce the amount of food waste and to encourage healthier student eating habits.  This is a joint concept developed between Dining Services, Student Government, and Housing and Residence Life.


Dining Services has received both support and some resistance to the "trayless option" and will continue to communicate with students and staff regarding this issue before moving forward with full implementation.


Preparation work continues towards a December 2008 rollout of an enhanced campus card processing system. CBord will be onsite for two weeks beginning Monday, December 8, 2008, and  be operational by the start of winter 2009 semester with a processor for transactions for meal plans, vending, printing, and other card services.  The new system will provide better sales and revenue reporting data.  It will also lower our annual maintenance fees.


Programmed and implemented an online system that allows students to sign up for textbook feservation.  Students complete the online form which is submitted to the NMU Bookstore and authorizes the bookstore to charge the student's account for the textbooks.  Students then pick up their books at the bookstore before the semester begins.

  1. Continue efforts to secure resources necessary to support implementation of the Campus Master Plan.
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University Center Operations

Purchased new equipment allowing us to move to a solution-free, floor wax stripping procedure.

Golf Course

Bio-based soy product tested in turf management equipment and cleaning supplies used in pro shop and maintenance operations.

Golf Course Utilization

  • 2010 season- course opened on April 11, closed on November 10
  • 2010 memberships 208- (205 full season and 3 fall memberships, included in that number we had 33 full season NMU student memberships. 2009 we had 245 (234 full, 11 fall, with 29 NMU student full season), 2008 full memberships 187 (3 college memberships)
  • Discounted membership and daily green fee pricing offered to all NMU students
  • 2010 golf course hosted 7 leagues, 2009 7 leagues, 2008 6 leagues
  • 60 participants in 2010 NMU Junior Golf Program, 46 participants in 2009
  • 14 teams in NMU Thursday League for faculty/staff/retirees and alumni, 12 teams in 2009
  • 2010 16,619 total rounds of golf played, 2009 16,313 total rounds, 2008 15,021
  • 2010 8,696 green fee rounds played, 2009 7,631 green fee rounds, 2008 7,423 green fee rounds
  • Total rounds played up 306, and green fee rounds played up 1,065 resulting in green fee revenue up $10,303, 9.8% for 2010
  • Successfully transferred liquor license for 2010 season allowing golf course to sell alcohol (beer and wine coolers) in proshop and on course via leased beverage cart. Alcohol sales for 2010 season $11,640
  • Membership revenue down 11.1%, cart rental revenue down 4.9%, cart storage revenue up 6.9%, general merchandise down 37.3% (no golf club or shoe sales in 2010), apparel sales flat, food and beverage(non-alcoholic) sales flat, total revenue for the 2010 season up $13,720, 6.3%
  • NMU events held in 2010 include President's Outing, Rich Tegge Football Alumni, Alice Hancock NMU Alumni, and NMU Member Championship.  Also, golf course hosted NMU Cross Country UP Championship meet in October.
  • 2010 7 external golf outings versus 5 external outings in 2009
  • Employees: 3 established labor-.83 General Manager (SA), .75 Grounds Superintendent (AP), and .66 Mechanic and Landscape Specialist (AFSCME)
  • Provided seasonal employment to 23 NMU students, 14 golf and proshop operations and 9 grounds and maintenance
  • All net profits from the NMU Golf Course will be awarded to NMU student scholarships.
  • For FY10 ending on June 30, 2010 net profit of $7,128 versus $14,918 in FY09
  • Partnerships with academic departments include biology for water quality research and the HPER department for golf classes
  • Concentration in second year targeted course conditions- greens, tees and irrigation updates
  • 2010 projects included coring and top dressing all greens including practice green three times, constructed new ladies tee on hole #16, added a total of 28 new irrigation heads to holes #6, #7, and #18, covering an additional 3 acres of turf, and made minor grading improvements to the cart paths. Contractor removed house located on M28, future site for improved entryway including new University signage
  • 120' tower installed on-site providing improved wireless POS and IP phone connections

Provided members with an in-season monthly newsletter via email, website or hardcopy on posting board. Updates completed regularly on golf course website


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The Foundation continues to seek donors with an interest in "brick and mortar" gifts that are campaign priorities.

B. Goal: Enhance processes throughout campus operations to guide the use of resources and inform resource allocation.


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  • With the leadership of Bill Bernard, Associate Provost for Student Services and Enrollment, the Office of Career Services has been integrated with the Academic and Career Advisement Center. This will allow both departments to maximize productivity, maintain an acceptable level of service and lower administrative costs. (July 2009)

  • Public Broadcasting recently completed a review of all FCC technical and programming compliance procedures and passed a federal inspection valid for 3-years that preserves federally granted broadcasting licenses for WNMU-TV, WNMU-FM and WUPX-FM. (Dec. 2009)


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USOEC Athlete Management System

A new Athlete Management System has been developed for the USOEC. The new system provides for storing, monitoring, and reporting information about Olympic programs and athletes. The USOEC saved a considerable number of dollars by going with our in-house programmed system instead of going with the new program offered by the USOC.

Deans, Directors, and Department Heads Management Information

Deans, Directors, and Department Heads have met with AdIT staff several times over the past few months to identify key management information that would be helpful to them in managing their departments. As a result, a new reporting suite has been developed that allows them to monitor information relating to advising, orientation, and course enrollments.

College for Kids

Developed a new database for the Seaborg Center that provides them with a secure system for registering students for College for Kids courses and for storing all related data about the students, the parents, the courses, the instructors and the registration.  Phase two will include web registration.

Travel and Expense Management

Evaluated replacement software systems for the university's travel and expense management system (our current system will not be supported after 12/2010).  Based on a set of varied criteria, the best system was identified and will be implemented in the first quarter of 2010. (AdIT and Controller) 

Workforce Development

Developed an add-on module to the Workforce Development System which will be used to schedule and track skills testing.

Degree Verification

Collected, formatted and transferred degree data for NMU graduates from 1972 to present, in support of the Registrar's project to have the National Student Clearinghouse handle degree verification for NMU students. 

Electronic Foundation Newsletter

Developed an online system that provides Foundation members with the ability to sign up to receive an electronic newsletter instead of the printed version.

Knowledge Management System

  • A task group has been established to develop and implement an information technology based Knowledge Management System (KMS) for NMU that will enable the administration, staff, and faculty to have ready access to NMU's documented base of facts, sources of information, and analysis. The KMS would support Northern's efforts to instill AQIP values of a high performance organization. The system would be constructed by primarily using existing software tools and information systems that are now being supported by AdIT. The design for the system will be based upon an agreed upon conceptual framework and will support the university's strategic, operational, and resource management efforts.
  • The Knowledge Management System has been selected as one of three university action projects. Developing key performance indicators and trend information for financial metrics will be the focus of the continuation of this project.

Weapons Tracker

A new web-based system was programmed for Public Safety that automates the check-in and check-out of the more than 500 weapons that students bring to campus annually. The weapons, which are used for hunting and classes such as archery, are often checked in and out on a daily basis.  The system assigns weapons to specific storage spaces and prints labels for quick identification.  

Facilities Database

A Facilities Database that identifies monthly custodial, repair and maintenance, and utility costs by building is being developed to assist staff in the management of costs incurred for operation and maintenance of the physical plant. In addition, information will be fed to the University's general ledger for payment of utilities reducing the need for manual input.

Bylaw Repository

A bylaw database has been created that provides a means for submitting and reviewing NMU departmental bylaws.

HR metrics, process improvement, proactive workforce planning for leaders, etc.

  • A streamlined 10-step hiring process has been created and will soon be posted live on the HR website. This significant process improvement has eliminated hand-offs and wait times across the position approval through hiring steps, and provided step-by-step guidance to search chairs and hiring managers.
  • PeopleAdmin reporting has enabled HR to dramatically improve the metrics used to assess effectiveness with regard to classification changes, posting requests, and hiring. Equal Opportunity applicant flow information is now accessible with the push of a button, and our ability to readily assess applicant referral source has enabled us to better manage advertising dollars. With almost 100 job postings in the first year, and over 3000 applicants, NMU's visibility has dramatically increased. This system will now expand to include students and GAs.


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With the leadership of Bill Bernard, associate provost for student services and enrollment, the Office of Career Services has been integrated with the Academic and Career Advisement Center.  This will allow both departments to maximize productivity, maintain high levels of service and lower administrative costs.


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The university is in the process of completing implementation of a new online application and tracking system (PeopleAdmin).  The HR department conducted trial training sessions on PeopleAdmin to identify any potential problems with workflow.  Initial focus and testing have been completed.  Based on input from a cross section of departments, HR and PeopleAdmin consultants were able to develop a change log and complete testing of system design changes and are now moving to phase two of the testing process.  After phase two a final change will be developed and testing of additional system changes will be completed before moving into the final phase of implementation.  The new online application and tracking system (PeopleAdmin) is expected to be completed by the beginning of the winter 2009 semester and will assist HR in streamlining and standardizing the university hiring process.  The project is expected to be completed winter semester 2009.


Implemented a new system that allows community members to register and pay online for motorcycle safety training agencies.  Twenty-eight (28) courses, taught by different instructors, are offered at seven different locations throughout the U.P.  Prior to having an online system, the Motorcycle Safety program was manually administered by the Continuing Education staff and the field instructors who would receive voice mail messages from people who wanted to register.  Now that everything is electronic, this system is very timely and efficient.


Implemented a new system that allows community members to complete online registration and payments for the new NMU golf course.


HR has partnered with AdIT to create a Cognos cube on employee data for use with proactive workforce planning and scenario development based on budget funding.  This tool has been used very effectively for communicating information to new Board members, for the College of Arts and Sciences benchmarking, and for HR planning.  The data has been most recently used to assess the feasibility of targeted retirement programs and budget planning impacts.     


In partnership with AdIT, the online tuition benefit form has been added to the myNMU employee options, eliminating the need to physically move triplicate papers between multiple offices (HR, Financial Services, Financial Aid, Computer Inventory). 


Completed the installation and implementation of the new card access system for all residence hall entry points and upgraded/installed security surveillance system in halls through a collaborative effort between Student Services, Facilities, and Public Safety.


Completed the construction for the LRC HVAC Upgrade to improve the environmental conditions within the facility.


Completed the retro-commissioning of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in Cohodas Hall to determine the deficiencies.  Ready to take the next step to make the corrections if funding is available.


Established Adopt a Flower Bed Program to provide more colorful landscaping in high visibility areas on campus, while increasing the volunteer opportunities for employees who want to help beautify the grounds.  The response was overwhelming with nearly twenty (20) beds being planted and maintained.  The Grounds Department prepared the beds, provided the plants, water source, and hose.  The volunteers designed the bed, planted the flowers, and maintained the garden through regular watering, weeding, and flower dead-heading.


-The Purchasing Department and Mail Services currently support Northern Michigan University's reuse and recycling programs. 


In an attempt to maximize the value of the university's surplus assets, NMU is creating a Surplus Store on eBay.  If equipment, furniture, or other material goods cannot be reused by other university departments on campus, it can then be sold to the public at a fair market price.  Historically, university surplus auction events have required significant investments in staff time through event organization and surplus goods handling with limited return.  Standard operating procedures will ensure that posted goods for re-use and sale meet strict state requirements and university policies.  This venture should afford an excellent opportunity to recapture value held in surplus assets with the added benefit of reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill each year. -NMU Surplis Store pilot is set up and operational and a business plan is being developed.


Implemented a new online system for requesting tuition benefits for self, spouse, and dependents.  This system replaces a paper process that included a three-part paper form that was routed through Human Resources, Financial Services, and Financial Aid (not to mention Mail Services in-between).  In 2008, 727 forms were processed.  The online system now does the verification and updating that was completed in each office and it contains a built-in workflow so that supervisors can approve requests from their staff members who must submit a work make-up schedule.



  1. Develop benchmarks for campus units to gauge efficiencies and time-saving practices.
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Business Intelligence Software - Data Cubes/Data Mining

    • Information Technology staff completed a training course in Metrics Studio, software that allows us to align teams and tactics with strategy, communicate goals consistently, and monitor performance against targets. Metrics Studio will be used to present key performance indicators in dashboard format. 
    • A new data cube has been developed that allows us to analyze student “source” data. Source data tells us how we first made contact with the student, which could be via high school visit, the purchase of student names, the SAT test, etc. Based on the source, the cube then tells us whether or not the student was admitted to the University and whether or not they enrolled in classes. 
    • Developing a new data cube that will be used to evaluate the university’s financial performance (AdIT and Controller)
    • Expanded the reporting capabilities of financial managers to include staff leave time and credit card reporting. (AdIT and Controller)

Created a ‘proof-of-concept’ to show that data from building meters for gas, steam and electricity can be used to produce reports of energy consumption.


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Members of the Student Services and Enrollment Division participated in the Benchmarking AQIP Action Project under the leadership of Dean Terry Seethoff.


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Created new data cubes to provide quick access to performance data.  Cubes are now in place for Admissions, Orientation, Finance, and HEIDI.  Cubes for analyzing student retention and workforce planning are in development.  Advertising Recruiting cube is in development.  This cube will be used to analyze how we spend our recruiting dollars and whether or not they are yielding students.


Dining Services is working on staffing/budget analysis and benchmarking to National Association of College and University Food Service data.  The survey was recently completed and expected benchmarking data will be available April 2009 which will allow us to further analyze operations and potential for even greater efficiencies.

  1. Provide training opportunities at all appropriate levels to improve the responsiveness and effectiveness of office operations.
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  • Leadership development for academic department heads continues. Sessions to date have included student services programs and budgets; the December session will focus on "facilitating change," a component of the leadership model adopted by the university. (Dec. 2009)

  • The Provost's Office sponsored a webinar on October 27, 2009, for Academic Department Heads and Deans titled "A Good Start: Institutional Support for New Academic Leaders". (Dec. 2009)

  • With the leadership of Dean Darlene Walch and an implementation committee, the Provost's Office has completed the first year of the Leadership Development Program for Academic Department Heads. The program is based on NMU's leadership model and will be continued next year. (Apr. 2010)

  • The Financial Aid staff participates in ongoing training/professional development opportunities. To date for 2009-2010, department staff have attended five webinars, four conferences/training sessions, and four NMU in-service training sessions. (Apr. 2010)

  • Admissions staff Chrissy Carr and Nichole Veirs served on the planning and presentation committee for the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO) New Counselors Workshop. This provided them valuable experience in program planning and training/mentoring new professionals in the field. (Dec. 2010)


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The General Counsel facilitated campus legal workshops including a Legal Overview for Department Heads and Deans (2/10/10), Facilities Use and Free Speech (2/4/10) and Campus Threat Assessments (6/3/10), the latter two through NACUA with interdepartmental audiences. Also provide ongoing governance and legal guidance to the Board of Trustees at its annual retreat and meetings as well as to university officers and employees on an on-going basis.


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All Student Services and Enrollment departments offered opportunities for professional development to staff.


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Expanded Public Safety online training to include the Clery Act, Right to Know, and Active Shooter.  Employees can now view required training from their desktops rather than attend group training sessions.  The system records the date the employee completed each training module.


The Human Resources department has been reorganized.  The changes include movement of Equal Opportunity into the department and the hiring of an HR generalist.  Through the reorganization processes and positions have been identified to focus on training and professional development.  The reorganization savings have made additional funds available for enhanced campus-wide training and development initiatives.


Created an electronic notification system that will eliminate all paper payroll processes,  employee status and system related changes. The university recently discontinued printing of paystubs for all students and staff.  The information is only available through secured online access.  The online system allows students and staff to see a complete history of their paystubs that is accessible 24/7.  The move to this process saves paper costs, distribution costs, and personnel time. 


Moved telephone voicemail to open source technologies, savingthe university over $150,000 in one-time costs and reduces ongoing maintenance costs of approximately $25,000 annually.  The new system provides the ability to check voicemail by phone or web.  We are exploring and testing its use in videoconferencing.


NMU now uses the Cognos business intelligence and performance management software tools for all campus reporting and data analysis using data cubes.  Data from many different systems can be combined and used in a single report or data cube.


Content Management System software for creating, managing and controlling a collection of Web material – HTML documents and their images – has been implemented.  It is a system that facilitates the creation, control, editing and many essential web maintenance functions.  Usually the system provides tools that allow users with little or no knowledge of programming languages to create and manage web content with relative ease of use.  NMU uses SunGard's Luminis Content Management Suite.


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Office of General Counsel presented on legal issues to deans, directors and department heads (sexual harassment panel and Bullard-Plawecki Act) and to the Academic Cabinet, and made available training on the amendments to the Higher Education Act.  Also assisted with orientation for incoming new members of the Board of Trustees.


The staff in the Office of the President are given the opportunity to attend at least one professional development program/conference during the year.

  1. Develop incentive and reward systems for departments implementing cost-saving and time-saving strategies.
  2. Develop a structure to assess staffing in all areas of the institution to ensure compliance with federal and state requirements.
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Office of General Counsel provides continuing advice to university senior leadership on compliance issues.


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Public Safety and Police Services is currently developing a proposal for alternative funding for a position that will work directly with compliance and training. 


Office of General Counsel provides continuing advice to university senior leadership

on compliance issues.

C. Goal: Enhance the portfolio of academic programs, research and other activities that leverage the university's location in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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The College of Arts & Sciences has initiated a fellowship program for Arts and Sciences faculty who wish to conduct research regarding an aspect of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The goal of the project is to increase research productivity in an area central to the Road Map to 2015. Fellows will present the results of their research at the annual Sonderegger Symposium and will also submit their work for publication in appropriate journals. (Dec. 2010)


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Office of General Counsel provided support related to new research opportunities in the Upper Peninsula.


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The NMU Office of Advancement is planning Summer Reunion 2011. This All Alumni Reunion is designed to encourage alumni to return to campus to participate in reunion activities during the best time of the year: summer. The schedule offers a variety of activities for alumni of all ages and their families and provides one weekend for groups to plan their individual reunions. Additionally, reunion weekend is an opportunity for NMU and the Marquette community to collaborate and provide visitors with a unique vacation experience.



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Office of General Counsel provided support related to new research opportunities in the Upper Peninsula.

  1. Consolidate NMU's several environmental science efforts into a cohesive whole that will take full advantage of educational and research opportunities unique to the natural environment of the Upper Peninsula to best attract and serve students and faculty.
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  • With support from the Wildcat Innovation Fund, Dr. Suzanne Williams, Department Head in Chemistry and Jill Leonard, Professor of Biology are conducting the "Center of Ecological Studies Feasibility Project". The aim of the project is to determine the feasibility of a Center that would serve as a unifying structure for NMU's various environmental science and related interests to enhance research, increase enrollment and better serve faculty and students in these areas. (July 2009)

  • With the leadership of Drs. Jill Leonard, Biology and Suzanne Williams, Chemistry, the Center of Ecological Studies Feasibility Project is nearing completion. The project is supported by a Wildcat Innovation Fund grant and a final report is anticipated at the end of the Fall 2009 semester. (Dec. 2009)


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With support from the Wildcat Innovation Fund, Suzanne Williams, department head in Chemistry and Jill Leonard, professor of biology, are conducting the "Center of Ecological Studies Feasibility Project."  The aim of the project is to determine the feasibility of a Center that would serve as a unifying structure for NMU's various environmental science and related interests to enhance research, increase enrollment and better serve faculty and students in these areas.

  1. Work to enhance opportunities, funding and events that strengthen and increase current university areas that focus on the Upper Peninsula--Center for Native American Studies, Center for Upper Peninsula Studies, Beaumier Heritage Center and NMU and Central Upper Peninsula Archives.
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Communication and Marketing promotes opportunities, funding and events that strengthen and increase current university areas that focus on the Upper Peninsula--Center for Native American Studies, Center for Upper Peninsula Studies, Beaumier Heritage Center and NMU and Central Upper Peninsula Archives.


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  • With the leadership of NMU Archivist, Marcus Robyns, NMU collaborated with various community organizations to present a symposium and other events focusing on the 50th anniversary of the filming of John Voelker's Anatomy of a Murder, which was set and filmed in the Marquette, area. (July 2009)

  • The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center opened a new exhibition, "Stories from the Woods" which focuses on the storytelling traditions of the people of the Upper Peninsula and the many folklorists who have studied the region's traditions. The exhibition opened on September 24 and will run through April of 2010. (Dec. 2009)

  • Under the direction of Conductor and Professor of Music, Barbara Ryneer, the NMU Orchestra presented a concert on October 24, 2009 featuring the work of Peter Schindler, an NMU School of Music graduate. The performance featured a song cycle titled, "All around My Cabin Door", performed with guest artists Schindler and the Schindler Family Consortium, a reflection on life in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. (Dec. 2009)

  • In association with the PBS documentary, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea", Dr. Russ Magnaghi, Department Head in History, developed an online course focused on America's national parks. The course was developed in consultation with Jim Northrup, Superintendent of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and 34 students participated throughout the fall 2009 semester. (Dec. 2009)

  • Dr. Alex Carroll and Dr. Scott Demel, Sociology & Social Work, recently received a two year grant to study the migration route of the Anishnaabe through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The study will examine archaeology and contemporary and historic connections to the place. (Dec. 2009)

  • AIS has successfully recruited a Project Archivist to assist with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant. This grant ($69,000) is to digitize and make available records contained in the Cleveland - Cliffs Iron Mining Company (CCI) records. (Apr. 2010)

  • With support from a Wildcat Innovation Fund grant, the Biology Department is expanding its summer course offerings by launching the Northern Field Institute. The Institute is designed to allow students to experience short, intensive courses focused on topics best explored outdoors. The two to four week intensive field study courses, in the Upper Peninsula, on Beaver Island in Northern Lake Michigan and Appledore Island off the coast of Maine, bring hands-on learning to a new level. (Apr. 2010)

  • With the leadership of Dr. John Anderton, Department Head in Geography, researchers from the NMU Geography Department recently completed a three-year project at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore that uncovered 23 new archaeological sites and reconstructed the Nipissing shoreline as it looked about 4,500 years ago. The National Park Service supported the effort to locate cultural resources so that they will remain protected in future plans for road improvements and other developments. (Apr. 2010)

  • The 3rd annual Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival was held on campus on September 10-11. The Festival, directed by Dan Truckey, Director of the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center and funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Commission and the Finlandia Foundation, celebrates the traditional arts and crafts practiced by people in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Hundreds of campus and community participants enjoyed dozens of arts and crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods and performances by folk artists from throughout the Upper Peninsula who represented different ethnic and cultural groups. (Sept. 2010)

  • The Upper Peninsula Folklife Award, an award sponsored by NMU that is given annually during the U.P. Folklife Festival to "an individual or group that has an important contribution to the preservation, performance and/or documenting the folk culture of the Upper Peninsula" was presented to U.P. musician, Les Ross, Sr. An extraordinary harmonica player, Les is a true legend in the U.P. and a one of a kind performer. (Sept. 2010)

  • The DeVos Art Museum, in association with the Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival, is currently featuring an exhibition of woodcarvings by folk artist, Neil Haapala. (Sept. 2010)

  • The tenth annual Sonderegger Symposium was held at NMU on September 17, 2010. Sponsored by the Department of History and the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies, the Symposium featured lectures on various U.P. research studies presented by scholars and independent researchers. Including five NMU faculty members. (Sept. 2010)

  • Dr. Scott Demel, Sociology & Social Work, trained students in an Archeological Field Methods Seminar on Beaver Island, Michigan. Through hands-on learning, students developed skills in mapping, surveying, excavation, and artifact analysis while investigating the early Euro-American history of this Lake Michigan site. With permits from the Michigan DNR, this work involved collaboration with the Beaver Island Historical Society and the Central Michigan University biological station. (Sept. 2010)

  • Dr. Alex Ruuska, Sociology & Social Work, has continued her innovative ethnographic research, sponsored by a grant from the National Park Service, to study the Anishnaabe migration route through the Pictured Rocks National Park. Dr. Ruuska has worked collaboratively with Anthropology students in gathering oral histories and photographic documentation to be incorporated into a multimedia website for park use. (Sept. 2010)

  • Professors Cornell Dejong and Tim Hilton, Sociology & Social Work, conducted a study of survival strategies among homeless adults in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This study included interviews with 60 homeless adults regarding how they find shelter and food in different seasons, and how they gain assistance from friends and relatives. Their findings are being published in the Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in an article entitled "Homeless in God's Country: Coping Strategies and Felt Experiences of the Rural Homeless." (Sept. 2010)

  • Whitney Oppenheuizen (graduating senior in Public Relations) was lead investigator on a study designed to improve the communications program for a joint Mississippi State University - MDNRE study concerning predator-prey relations in the Upper Peninsula. (Sept. 2010)

  • The Native American Student Association, with assistance from the Center for Native American Studies, published three issues of the Anishinaabe News. The newsletter has a long history of providing American Indian students with an outlet for journalism, creative writing and photography. (Sept. 2010)

  • University Archivist, Marcus Robyns, has successfully negotiated the acquisition of Bay de Noc Lumber Company records. These records, being transferred to NMU by the Nahma Historical Society, complement existing regional company records used to research U.P. topics. (Sept. 2010)

  • Dr. Craig Rademacher, outdoor recreation leadership and management faculty member (HPER), published the first issue of the Pictured Rocks Journal. The Pictured Rocks Journal is an online magazine dedicated to interpreting the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and surrounding region. It is unique in providing a variety of stories that originate from the arts, science, photography, and natural and cultural history. (Sept. 2010)

  • The NMU Native American Studies Program, in collaboration with the School of Nursing, the Department of Clinical Sciences and Marquette General Hospital, presented another session of the Native American Medicine Wheel Academy. The purpose of the Academy, funded by a Wildcat Innovation Fund grant, is to increase the number of Native Americans who choose to pursue a career in Health Care. The November 2010 Academy hosted 25 Native American prospective students from Michigan and Wisconsin. Participants, among other activities, interacted with the School of Nursing's high fidelity human simulators, learned how to take vital signs such as blood pressure and pulse, and heard a presentation by a Native American dentist. (Dec. 2010)

  • The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center and DeVos Art Museum hosted the 2010 Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival on September 10-11. The festival featured dozens of performers and folk artisans and drew over 400 spectators. The DeVos Museum featured its exhibit of folk art by Niel Haapala and conducted craft workshops for children during the event. (Dec. 2010)

  • University Archivist, Marcus Robyns, finalized an agreement to permanently house and preserve governmental and court records from the City of Marquette and Marquette County, making these primary resources available for research. (Dec. 2010)

  • University Archivist, Marcus Robyns, secured a commitment from retiring U.S. Representative Bart Stupak to donate his papers to the NMU Archives. This significant collection of papers augments an already well-established research collection of political papers relevant to the Upper Peninsula. (Dec. 2010)

  • During 2010, the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies published several books related to the Upper Peninsula:

    • Native Americans of Michigan's Upper Peninsula: A Chronology to 1900; Russell M. Magnaghi (History faculty & Director of CUPS)
    • Michigan's Upper Peninsula Immigrants and Their Occupations As Seen in the 1910 Federal Census; Russell M. Magnaghi (A CD publication)
    • Northern Michigan University: A Personal History, 1899-2010; Francis Roy Copper
    • Kentuckians in the Upper Peninsula; Bruce K. Cox
    • The Reichard Farm: Pioneering in Menominee County; Nancy D. Kennedy

    (Dec. 2010)


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With the leadership of Dan Truckey, director of the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center, NMU hosted the second annual Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival in March 2009 to celebrate the living traditions, history and culture of the Upper Peninsula.  The festival, supported in part with a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and associated with the Learning to Walk Together Pow Wow, included a scholarly symposium and a variety of entertainment and educational events.  The 2009 Festival also introduced the Upper Peninsula Folklife Award.  Sponsored by the Beaumier Center and the Provost's Office, the award will be given annually to honor individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to the preservation, performance and legacy of the folk arts in the Upper Peninsula.  The inaugural recipient of the award (given posthumously this year) was Johnny Perona, a widely revered Upper Peninsula musician.


The Beaumier Center has also received grants during 2008-09 from the Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The MCACA grant was to support the Folklife Festival and the MHC grant  will fund the creation of a traveling exhibit that highlights the Upper Peninsula's rich storytelling tradition.


With the leadership of NMU Archivist Marcus Robyns, NMU collaborated with various community organizations to present a symposium and other events focusing on the 50th anniversary this summer of the filming of John Voelker's Anatomy of a Murder, which was set and filmed in the Marquette area.  In association with these events, the Beaumier Center is providing an exhibition of memorabilia from the filming.  Shelley Russell, professor of theatre, is directing the stage version of "Anatomy of a Murder" during the summer 2009 season of the Lake Superior Theatre in Marquette.


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The Foundation is seeking a major gift to endow the Beaumier Heritage Center curator salary.


The Office of the President held a luncheon to promote the Beaumier Heritage Center.

  1. Create a task force to examine expanding or adding programs that take advantage of U.P. assets and that would be unique to the region or nation, including such assets as the environment, local geography, recreation, rural demographics and lifestyle and weather.
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Public Safety and Police Services now has a secure storage area for students who desire to bring their recreational vehicles with them; i.e., boats, snowmobiles, ATV's.

  1. Provide seed funding for faculty-student research projects focused on the U.P. region.

D. Goal: Be a model community for sustainable education and practices.


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  • With the leadership of Daryl Kobie, Department Head in Technology and Applied Sciences, an action plan has been created to construct a Green Building and Sustainable Construction Demonstration Center. The Center will provide experience in researching, purchasing, installing, and maintaining cutting-edge alternative and energy efficient technologies, providing graduates with an advantage in respective job markets. The Center will also be available for educational opportunities for the community. A $100,000 grant has been submitted to the Kresge Foundation to support this project. (July 2009)


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The Hunt Hall renovation has been completed and submitted for LEED certification.  Awaiting notification from the U.S. Green Building Council.   A faculty member and staff member have passed the LEED Accredited Professional exam to become a LEED Accredited Professional.


Explored ways to develop low maintenance landscaping to determine the cost and level of maintenance required to establish this type of landscape and potential long term savings for the university. The sample plot was installed in fall of 2006 totaling 4.1 acres. Within the sample three types of plantings were established and evaluated:  Woodland restoration – 1.3 Acres, Parking lot Islands - 0.34 acres, and open turf areas – 2.5 acres. The woodland reforestation planting includes 8 types of native type trees (92) total and 22 native woody bush shrubs.  All 9 tree species and 19 of 22 wood brush plants are well established require no maintenance.  The specialized grass seed utilized for the open turf areas required frequent water for the first year, but has been maintenance free for years 2 and 3.  The parking lot landscaping has required extensive effort to maintain. The second year maintenance costs were 25 percent of the original installation. The third year's maintenance was handled by NMU staff and required approximately 240 hours (estimated) for less than one acre. This exceeds annual turf maintenance of 182 hours per acre.


Working with President Wong and our Washington consultant, developed and submitted proposals for federal transportation bill dollars to create a new entrance to campus and develop an east/west corridor connecting Kaye Avenue and Fair Avenue between Fourth and Seventh Streets. This linkage will provide access along the southern boundary of campus, connecting the campus to town, and provide the local community with an east/west corridor as identified in the 2004 City of Marquette Community Master Plan.  The project submittal is for $2.8 million dollars in federal funds.


The NMU Golf Course opened in April 2009.  The entrance sign on M-28 at the entrance to the course has been resurfaced and three positions to operate the course have been filled, along with hiring 10 students.  The pro shop has been cleaned and the interior painted, pesticide and fertilizer application has been completed, and irrigation system pumps and controllers have been installed.  A new rate schedule was issued and to date,.membership has increased by 25 percent over last year; five leagues are scheduled for weekly play; and three NMU events have been scheduled.  Dining services provides food at the course.  All net proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for students. Enhancements are planned for the golf course appearance, grounds, buildings and signage to increase membership and public use. Planning has started to construct a club house / instructional center.


Planning is under way to explore alternative and expanded use of the University Center.


The campus 802.11 b/g/a wireless network will continue to be upgraded to 802.11 b/g/a/n to facilitate video broadcasts over wireless and provide for IP-based TV.



  1. Enhance efforts in all campus operations to achieve the highest possible standards of sustainability practices and energy efficiencies.
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  • A faculty member in Technology & Applied Sciences, (HVACR program) led four students in the completion of an energy audit for the coolers and freezers in the Hospitality Management lab. The outcome of the study resulted in a proposal to replace the units with an approximate annual savings of over $5,500 with a $34,000 investment. (Dec. 2009)

  • Housing and Residence Life continued with their student-centered sustainability program, primarily in residence halls. (Sept. 2010)


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Disaster Planning

    • Recently completed installation of emergency backup generators at Mount Mesnard NMU WiMAX tower site.
    • Recently completed installation of 48v battery backup at all WiMAX sites that do not have the option for generated power to keep the network up for 4-5 hours in the event of a power outage.
    • The installation of a new emergency generator is being planned for the Cohodas Computer Center and building emergency lighting. Construction is nearing completion.

Battery Recycling Program

In conjunction with the Yellowdog Watershed Partnership, NMU participated in planning for a county-wide battery-wide recycling program.


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The final report of the AQIP Action Project, "Northern Naturally: A More Sustainable NMU" has been submitted.  Various sustainable practices recommended in the report continue to be implemented across campus.


NMU has become a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), which provides NMU access to best practices that promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education.


The Housing and Residence Life Office developed and implemented a program to encourage students living on campus to incorporate sustainable practices in their day-to-day activities using group meetings, posters and fliers, the department's newsletter and closed circuit TV channel.


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Recently completed installation of emergency backup generators at the Learning Resources Center for supporting computer server and network infrastructure, TV and radio stations, and Master control room. Created a new backup location in the Hedgcock building to provide redundancy of university systems in case of emergency or system failure.


Finance Division worked with Public Safety in enhancing our Wildcat Shuttle agreement with MarqTran.  The service is expanded so that students, faculty, and staff can ride the MarqTran throughout the county.  The service is accessible by simply showing their official university ID card.  The goal has been to provide better access to campus by students, reduce parking demands, and promote sustainability by reducing the number of cars on the road.


Completed several long-term maintenance projects, including boiler replacement at Lincoln Street Apartments and roof replacements on Spooner Hall and two Summit Street apartments.

-Engaged consultants to assist with development of an energy saving projects list.  Those that will provide operational savings with payback of less than 5 years will be investigated for implementation during the summer of 2009.


The NMU Soccer Game field was reconstructed during the summer of 2008.  Reconstruction included tilling and augmenting the existing soil to improve drainage, the installation of an in-ground irrigation system, hydro seeding, and fencing the site to comply with NCAA requirements for hosting sanctioned tournaments. The turf is anticipated to be completely established and ready for play for the start of the fall 2009 season.


A three-tiered campus-wide energy saving program has been initiated to reduce energy consumption, both saving money and helping the environment.  An occupant awareness program has begun to explain ways that the campus community can help by shutting off lights, turning down thermostats, closing blinds, shutting off computers at night, etc.  An operation and maintenance program has been implemented to review the operating schedules of mechanical and lighting equipment and discuss equipment that needs to be repaired or replaced to conserve energy.  A facilities upgrades program is being developed to identify installation improvements such as replacing existing light fixtures and motors with a more energy efficient type, installing variable frequency drives on motors, installing insulation on piping and ductwork, etc.


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Public Safety and Police Services with ASNMU are developing a bike share program for this fall.  Within the department they have increased the use of electric golf carts, bicycles and a motorcycle.  In conjunction with the Facilities Department they have conducted light surveys to conserve energy while still maintaining a safe campus.  Their building security personnel make rounds of every building at closure to turn off lights and conserve energy.


Communications and Marketing did significant research on the various factors related to "eco-friendly" printing processes.  They have begun advising on-campus clients to environmentally friendly options and costs related to such a change.  The summer issue of Northern Horizons, the alumni magazine, and Business Horizons, for College of Business alumni, were printed on  more eco-friendly paper and ink.  Educational materials for the university campus to use as a guide are being developed and will be completed in fall 2009.


The Office of the President has adopted an objective to develop greener practices within the office.


  1. Seek LEED certification on all capital projects.
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  • Housing and Residence Life recently learned that the Hunt Hall renovation was LEED certified at the Silver level by the US Green Building Council. (Sept. 2010)

  • Housing and Residence Life is working with Engineering and Planning to achieve LEED certification for the Quad II lobby renovation project. (Sept. 2010)


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Hunt Hall LEED Certification

Hunt Hall has earned a Silver designation from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Van Antwerp and Meyland previously received Silver and Certified designations, respectively.


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Northern received Silver LEED certification on the Van Antwerp residence hall renovation which was completed last year. LEED certification was also granted to the previously completed Meyland Hall renovation. The Hunt Hall renovation completed during the summer 2008 is expected to receive a solid LEED Silver Certification.  Our 39 point self-assessment is the highest Silver that can be achieved.

  1. Establish benchmarks for environmental literacy for all NMU graduates and develop a plan to achieve them.
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  • Under the direction of Dr. Mollie Freier (Library), NMU participated in Project Information Literacy, a national research study of college students' information-seeking behaviors conducted on 25 campuses around the U.S. This research, supported by the MacArthur Foundation, is being conducted by investigators at the Information School, University of Washington. Truth Be Told: How College Students Evaluate and Use Information in the Digital Age (a progress report) was released November 1, 2010 and is helping to inform NMU library faculty about students' research strategies and behaviors. (Dec. 2010)


  1. Identify new opportunities for academic study, external funding and research in sustainability and other related areas.
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  • James Cantrill, CAPS Department Head, has been appointed the chair of the content review team for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's cyber initiative,, which not only serves as a major repository of all environmental research sponsored by federal agencies but also opens avenues for future funding through ecosystem collaborative programs. (Sept. 2010)


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With the leadership of Daryl Kobie, department head in Technology and Applied Sciences, an action plan has been created to construct a Green Building and Sustainable Construction Demonstration Center.  The Center will provide experience in researching, purchasing, installing, and maintaining cutting-edge alternative and energy efficient technologies, providing graduates with an advantage in respective job markets.  The Center will also be available for educational opportunities for the community.  A $100,000 grant has been submitted to the Kresge Foundation to support this project.


The DeVos Art Museum, with the leadership of Director Melissa Matuscak, presented "Beyond Green:  Toward a Sustainable Art," January 19–March 30, 2009.  During the 10-week run of the exhibition,  3,067 people attended, including 750 school children from across the U.P. who participated in a tour and associated art projects with volunteer museum docents.  Two artists known as the "Material Exchange" were in residence at the museum during the exhibition and worked with university and high school students from the area as well as the Superior Watershed Partnership to create a fish habitat using recycled materials for Teal Lake in Negaunee, Michigan.