For the week of November 5, 2007


From the 6th floor

It's the first snow day of the year. Well, sort of.  It's a snow day for every school district in Marquette County except Northern Michigan University. Heavy, wet snow is making for dangerous driving conditions today, Tuesday, so schools shut down for the day. As much as 15 inches of snow fell in the highlands.  In the city of Marquette, there's only a dusting of snow, but gusty winds led to power outages and lots of downed trees.
The view in western Marquette County.


 State budget deal reached

Northern’s overall state funding will increase by 1.3 percent, based on the new budget agreement approved last week by the Michigan Legislature. The bulk of the funding boost -- $448,000 – is the result of an across-the-board 1 percent increase for state universities, not the 2.5  percent originally proposed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The remaining $131,000 is earmarked to cover a portion of the unfunded Indian Tuition Waiver mandated payment.

“This modest increase is a welcome sign of the state’s interest in investing in higher education and in the success of our students,” said NMU President Les Wong.

But Wong’s reaction is tempered by the following comparison: because Northern’s FY2007 appropriation was reduced by $806,000 from its original starting point and the FY2008 increase is based on that lower adjusted amount, the net increase is actually 0.4 percent over last year.

Gavin Leach, Vice President for Finance and Administration, said the bottom line shows that NMU is scheduled to receive about $46 million from the state for the university’s fiscal year, which began July 1 (the state’s fiscal year began Oct. 1).

“The final figure falls close to being in line with the budget we presented to the [university’s] board in September,” Leach said. “Assuming there are no further adjustments in the appropriation, we do not anticipate the university needing a mid-year tuition increase. However, we will continue to monitor state revenues throughout the year because, in the past, lower-than-expected revenues have resulted in executive orders that have reduced higher education funding during the middle of the fiscal year. We need to be cautious of that.”


Student wins scholarship

Eric Lintula expects to graduate with his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering technology in spring 2008, and currently in his senior year, he’s already seen the reward of hard work and dedication. Not only has Eric been offered a job at Argonics Inc., where he currently interns, he’s also recently won a competition that resulted in a $2,000 tuition scholarship.

Eric has anticipated Model Mania since July, when he was demonstrating the Solidworks computer design program to Upward Bound students. Dr. Robert Marlor was overseeing the Upward Bound program and recommended that Eric compete in this fall’s competition. Eric received assistance from the School of Technology and Applied Sciences and was able to travel to Grand Rapids and compete on September 20.

“In previous years, the competition was open to professionals only,” Eric said, “but this year it was open to students.”

More than 300 students attended from various universities. Each was given a 2D printout used to create a 3D part within 20 minutes on the Solidworks program. Eric completed the design with 20 seconds to spare and admitted that “there was a lot of pressure … I was sure that others had done much better.”

To further the pressure, Eric had to wait days for his score. Due to a computer problem at Model Mania, they weren’t able to tally that day. When Eric opened the email from Model Mania a few days later, he was certain that he hadn’t won.

“I saw that an NMU student placed fourth,” he said, “and then I saw my name by it, and I couldn’t believe it.”

Only five students placed at Model Mania this year, and although Eric’s sure that he “could have done better,” he’s content with placing fourth. He’s grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to compete, and he’s feeling confident about his future. 

Having secured a job as a product design engineer for Argonics Inc., where Eric “develops new mold tooling for polyurethane products,” he said “that there’s so much pressure off.” Though the job “may not sound glorious, it’s fun. It’s awesome to have a job after you graduate.”


One Book activities wrapping up

onebook One Book, One Community is wrapping up its second season of book club discussions.
Shown in the photo at left are attendees at the NMU Alumni Association One Book reception with NMU professor and local author John Smolens.
The community-wide reading effort has begun planning for next year. Would you like to recommend a book for next year's program?
Visit the One Book Web site and e-mail your ideas.



Olympic hopefuls featured in magazine

olympicmag The United States Olympic Committee newsmagazine, Olympic Beat, recently highlighted May 2007 NMU graduates who are Olympic hopefuls and train at the USOEC at Northern.  The eight alumni represent the sports of Greco-Roman wrestling, boxing, weightlifting and freestyle wrestling.

USOEC boxers Jose Villarreal '07 (left) and Walter Sarnoi '07 hit the gym in their cap and gown prior to graduation in May.


NMU Bookstore offers special Holiday Shopping Discount to alumni

Just in time for your holiday shopping, the NMU Bookstore is offering a special, limited-time only discount to readers of "What's New, NMU?" Now through Nov. 18, you can save 10% off your total order from the NMU Bookstore.  Alumni need to enter the coupon code "alumni1" on the "my cart" page. This coupon is good for in-stock NMU imprinted merchandise.Questions?  Contact the NMU Bookstore via e-mail or by phone


NMU Passport Day scheduled


The NMU office of International Programs will sponsor the 2nd annual NMU Passport Day on campus, Thursday, Nov. 15. This is a "one-stop shop" opportunity to apply for a new US passport, with assistance from the authorized passport agents. Photographers are also on hand to provide two official photos for a fee of $10.
Passport Day will take place in the lower level of the LRC from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Applicants should bring:
Proof of citizenship--usually a birth certificate
Picture I.D. for identification purposes
Fee of $67 for individuals 16 and older; $52 for children under 16--check or money order only, made payable to the U.S. Department of State
Fee of $30, check, money order or cash, payable to Peter White Library (authorized passport administrators.)

The event is open to the NMU campus community, dependents and the community at large.
For questions, please contact NMU International Programs at 906-227-2510.



Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University football team won its third game in a row and fourth of the past five with a 27-23 win over the Golden Knights of Gannon University last Saturday (Nov. 3). With the win, Coach Bernie Anderson ’78 picked up his 100th career collegiate victory.  The Wildcats improve to 4-5 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).  NMU will play at Grand Valley State Saturday (Nov. 10) for the season finale.

The NMU hockey team faced the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, the Miami RedHawks last Friday and Saturday (Nov. 2-3.) at the Berry Events Center.  After a 9-2 loss Friday, the ‘Cats hung tough Saturday but lost 3-2. NMU is now 1-7-0 overall and 0-6-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). NMU is at home Nov. 9-10 against Western Michigan University.

The NMU volleyball team defeated the Lake Superior State Lakers in three straight last Saturday in Vandament Arena.  The match was the final of its 2007 regular season. The ‘Cats are now 19-11 overall and 13-5 in the GLIAC.  They finished the season in second place in the league’s North division. The ‘Cats will host the Ferris State Bulldogs Wednesday (Nov. 7) in the quarter finals of the GLIAC Tournament.

The NMU women’s cross country team placed fifth at the 2007 NCAA II Great Lakes Cross Country Regional. 

The United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC) Greco-Roman wrestlers earned nine top-three finishes at the Sunkist International Open competition in Chandler, Ariz. The USOEC women’s freestyle wrestlers also competed at the event.


Thanks for stopping by...

tavegia ...Wes and Andrea (Bartz) Tavegia '05. 
The Tavegias made a swing through Upper Michigan on their honeymoon. Our congratulations to these Wildcats.


From the E-mail bag

"I thought you might enjoy knowing that we have a large group of NMU alumni (mostly Halverson, Outhouse and Dakota) that gather from around the country and meet for a week of Golf and Hunting outside Grayling, Mich., on the Au Sable River.  This has been a regular event since 1985.  Attached photo shows most of the attendees, missing from photo is Bob Macdonald, West Newbury, MA  '83 - photographer, and Tom Walencewicz  Detroit (left sophomore year to attend MSU) who left earlier that morning.  Otherwise from left to right is: John Borowski - Kansas City, MO, '84, Steve Eshrich - '83, Chris Batchik - Austin TX, '84, Mike Miller -  '84, Paul Nelson '83, Hal H. Smith IV, Gross Pointe '83, Mike Celovsky, Bloomfield Hills ' 83, Mark Dressler,  Traverse City ' 83, Gary Cline '84, Bill McCarthy,Minneapolis, MN, Tom Gallagher, Ann Arbor '83, Scott Lattimore,Gross Pointe."
Bob Macdonald '83
Lynnfield, Mass.
"I wanted to share with everyone that my sister, Penny Doherty '03, was married October 20th, 2007 to Mike Merkle.  The wedding took place in our home town, Monroe, Mich. The couple honeymooned in North Carolina and will reside in Monroe. Her email address is penelopy23@hotmail.com. Thanks for sharing this with everyone."
Patience Zivnoska '02
Monroe, Mich.


"I would like everyone to know that this year marks the 25th annual production of Scrooge at Forest Roberts Theatre on the NMU campus. I was honored to be the a part of the first production and am excited to be included in this year's Silver Anniversary edition. Several hundred alumni, professors, Marquette business professionals residents have crossed the FRT stage in this salute to the holiday season. It is a milestone for the Forest Roberts Theatre and a tribute to the dedication of Northern Michigan University. Several FRT students have benefited from the production, as it is produced by the FRT boosters, The First Nighter's Club. Celebrate the joy and be part of history by attending this year's production, Dec. 6th thru the 9th."
Bobby Glenn Brown '87
Marquette, Mich.


"Hi. I am looking for some help from alumni, if possible. The company that I work for is in need of a Web site makeover. Many of the things on it are greatly outdated and the proper information is not getting out. As a non-profit agency, we greatly depend on the generosity of others. If anyone knows where I would be able to get our site re-done for little cost or no cost, please let me know. Any information is greatly appreciated."
Shelby Mitchell '06
Shawano, Wis.


"Hi. Your new Web site looks cool, but I'm having trouble finding the one link I really enjoyed on your old site, the link to the NMU Web cams. I like to click this link mainly because my daughter in enrolled at NMU and also because it's nice to visit the campus without the long drive. If you still have the Web cams, please direct me to it. If you don't have it on your new site, could you please add it? Thanks."
Tony Dzbanski '80
Royal Oak, Mich.

Note from the Editor: Thanks for the note, Tony. Here's the Web cam link(EDIT: link broken). We'll get them back on the NMU Alumni Association Web page, also.

"I think the new Web site is easy to maneuver. I like being able to access everything from one location. I also like having the link from the newsletter to the Web site. Good job!"
Laura Pelchat '75
Charlotte, NC

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