What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, April 12, 2010

From the 6th floor

The few flowers that managed to peek their heads up over the past couple weeks were covered by 2 inches of fresh snow last Thursday. Spring showers are in the forecast for much of Upper Michigan this week, though, with temperatures expected to reach the high 50s. That might finally help melt the few remaining snow banks around town.

President addresses budget planning for 2010-2011

At a special university forum, Wednesday, April 9, Northern Michigan University President Les Wong announced several budget balancing decisions that will go into effect July 1. He also highlighted other options that are currently in discussion including reorganization of some departments and possible program cuts. Wong estimates the university will be facing a 3.1 percent cut in appropriations as well as a 2.5 percent increase in expenditures for the next fiscal year. A two-step cost-saving plan was revealed - the first part to hopefully be completed by June 30, and the second by Jan 1, 2011.

"My expectation then and today is to develop and implement an action plan that will not only help us respond to the short-term budgetary challenges of next year but also position us to continue to excel during and throughout the recovery of this state and our nation," Wong said.

View the forum here.

Congressman Stupak announces retirement at press conference on campus

Long-time friend of Northern Michigan University, Congressman Bart Stupak (Menominee-D) held a press conference Friday, April 9 in the Superior Dome, to announce he would not seek a 10th term after having represented the 1st Congressional District in the U.S. Congress for 18 years.

Here are video links to Congressman Stupak's full press conference.

Ellis steps down as men's basketball coach

Dean Ellis '83, coach of the NMU men's basketball team for the past 24 years has resigned. NMU Athletic Director Ken Godfrey made the announcement Tuesday, April 6. Godfrey said Ellis is leaving the position "for a number of reasons, including some health issues." The basketball coaching resignation is effective immediately, but Ellis will continue his current duties as the coach of the Wildcat golf team. A national search for a replacement will begin immediately.
Press release available here.

Rashed named NMU's new business dean

Jamal Rashed is the new dean of the Walker L. Cisler College of Business, effective July 1, pending approval by the NMU Board of Trustees at its April 30 meeting. Rashed comes to NMU from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he is a professor of economics and international business, as well as the director of the Center  for International Business in the school's Williams College of Business. Rashed earned his doctorate in economics with focus on financial theory, international trade and finance and labor economics from Southern Methodist University, where he also completed a master's degree in economics. He also has a master's in economic research from North Texas State (now University of North Texas). He did his undergraduate studies in economics at Yarmouk University in Jordan.

Congratulations Ashley!

Ashley Harwood '09 and Neal Glatt '09 pose in front of the Frozen Four at Ford Field in Detroit. Ashley won Frozen Four tickets from the NMU Alumni Association. Look for more members-only contests over the summer. Not a member of the NMU Alumni Association? Sign up today.

Business Venture Competition awards cash prizes

The Third Annual New Business Venture Competition in NMU's College of Business culminated with the awarding of cash prizes. The competition is designed to encourage entrepreneurial activism among students by recognizing and rewarding those who present detailed plans on designing and creating new business enterprises, drawing on their own designs and inventions or those of others. The competition is open to all students, irrespective of their major. Students, working individually, or in teams of up to five, compete for $9,000 in cash prizes.

Winning the first prize ($4,000) and the 60-second elevator pitch ($500), was Great Lakes Cremation Services. Entrepreneurs Chad Walker and Steve Farr are shown above with their winnings. You can view the winning presentation here.

Complete 2009-10 competition results.

Your Northern Story

"I feel like I am a very confident person due to my experiences at NMU. I was never a risk-taker before Northern, I always stayed within the status quo. NMU gave me the push I needed."

These are the words of Northern alumni when they share their Northern Story.

What's your Northern Story?

April Lindala '97, '03, '06 shares hers.

Take our survey and share your memories with us.

Or send us your memories electronically, via e-mail.
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Novelist Jeff Vande Zande '93 visits campus


Jeff VandeZande '93 will be reading at the Women's Federated Clubhouse, 104 W. Ridge St., Thursday, April 22 at 7:30. The reading is free and open to the public.
Vande Zande teaches English at Delta College in Midland, MI.  He is a 1993 graduate of Northern and received the NMU Alumni Association Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2005. His stories have been collected in a full-length collection, Emergency Stopping and Other Stories (Bottom Dog Press).  Individual stories have appeared in Coe Review, Existere, Passages North, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Smokelong Quarterly, among others.  He has two novels: Into the Desperate Country (March Street Press) and Landscape with Fragmented Figures (Bottom Dog Press).  Just recently, Whistling Shade Press released his novella, Threatened Species and Other Stories. He maintains a website at www.jeffvandezande.blogspot.com.

From the e-mail bag

Thought this was a cute story of NMU alumni connecting in a round-about way. We had never heard of, nor known, Mr. Dodman until he sent us this letter. Go Cats!
John R. Milewski, II '95
Ionia, Mich.
jmilewski@dnx.net

To the Milewski family:
As the story goes...I'm sitting here today at my desk at King County Procurement Services in Seattle, Washington, and I decide to look for a quick graphic to send to someone in an e-mail (the theme was "thought you'd catch me snoozin', eh?").
So I go to "images.google.com" and type in " snoozin' ", then search.  The first page doesn't help much, so I go to the second page.  And in the second row of the second page of images, a man and his baby are, well, snoozin' away. And the man is wearing a Northern Michigan University shirt.  And when you click on the link, there are a lot of pictures of people both young and old wearing NMU gear. 
Now, what makes this interesting is:
1) There just aren't that many random pictures of people wearing NMU clothing on the Internet. 
2) I live in Seattle, a long way from NMU, and
3) I went to NMU.  Class of '81, BS in Business Adminstration, Management.

That's it.  Short, who-would-have-guessed-it story.  I looked at the pictures, and it appears you have a fine family.  And...very good taste in universities.
So GO CATS in the NCAA's.  Hopefully the Wildcats will go to Ford Field for the finals this year.  I'll be watching from afar. All the best.

Roy L. Dodman, '81
Seattle, Washington

Note from the Editor: Check out the photo Roy stumbled upon in his Google search.

Here's the Milewski family in their NMU apparel.


Hello Everyone. We just saw The 700 Club interview we did on their Web site. It's a nice piece; enjoy.
http://www.cbn.com/700club/Guests/interviews/eric_lemarque_040810.aspx?option=print

Eric LeMarque '90
Chatsworth, Calif.
eric@lemarque.com

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