What's New, NMU? for the week of Monday, Feb 28, 2011

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, February 28, 2011

From the 6th floor

As you can see from today's photo, there's not a lot of snow depth remaining on campus. That got us to wondering about Upper Michigan's snow cover. There just doesn't seem to be a lot of snow left with it only being February, and all. But is it only our imagination? Find out for yourself with the National Weather Service's Snow Depth chart.
Meanwhile, forecasters call for a chance of fresh snow this week, but not much accumulation.

Forum addresses Governor's budget proposal

“There is no more room for gimmicks or one-time tricks. Systemic changes are inevitable.” That was the key message NMU President Les Wong delivered to the audience at the recent university forum. The governor has proposed a 19.7 percent cut in state funding for NMU, or 15 percent if the university does not raise tuition more than 7.1 percent."

"I really have to dispel any disbelief you have about the size and probability of this cut,” Wong said. “You have to understand the magnitude of this. A 15 percent cut is $6.77 million dollars in permanent money, not one-time money. This is an ongoing permanent reduction. That’s the cost of educating 521 students at NMU. It represents nearly 85-100 jobs. We are not going to stop serving students or eliminate 85 jobs. It is my goal to try to keep everybody working to the best of our ability. I can’t promise that, but it’s one of my goals."

“But we are at a point after eight consecutive years of budget reductions where we have to look at systemic changes. Work assignments will change. We have to be serious about what we’re going to stop doing. The success of budget cuts has been the presumption that you won’t change; you’ll just do more. Now I want you to say, ‘Here’s my plan to hit this goal and here are the five things than will not be done by my staff or department anymore.’”

Wong said the governor would like to complete the budget process by June 1, but will likely face challenges in taxing retirement pensions and benefits. There is also legislation on the table to cut all state salaries, including those of university workers, 5 percent, and to require employees to pay at least 20 percent of their health care coverage. Wong said NMU will develop a budget model by mid-April and distribute it to the campus community for feedback.

“We’re smart, we’re creative, we’re good people. I look to your help and cooperation. It’s going to take openness in thinking on your part. And please remember, it’s the early innings. This budget still has to go through the House and Senate. … It’s a big challenge, but I’d rather have you around me than any group I’ve been around my entire career.

To view the full presentation, visit Forum.

Summer Reunion concert announcement next week

The plans for Summer Reunion Weekend in Marquette are falling into place. We're encouraging alumni to make Marquette their summer destination, June 23-25.  A number of reunion groups have plans to be in town, including Student Leader Fellowship, Delta Zeta, and a number of residence hall groups. The NMU Alumni Association is putting together a fun-filled three days of activities.
Visit the Summer Reunion schedule here.

And look for an exciting Summer Reunion Concert announcement in next week's edition of What's New, NMU?

NMU's oldest alumna passes away

Sarah Bottrell '24, '29, passed away in Marquette on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 106 years of age. To our knowledge, Sarah was the oldest NMU alumna. Just two weeks ago, Sarah was quoted in the Marquette Mining Journal, talking about her memories of a presidential visit--President Teddy Roosevelt in 1912.
"I remember that very distinctly," Bottrell said. "My mother took me down to the train."
In October of 2010, NMU's History Department hosted a 106th birthday party for Sarah and presented her with a letter from President Barack Obama.
Sarah was a high school teacher in Newberry and Marquette.
You can view her obituary here.

Student Alumni Association looking for successful entrepreneurs.

The NMU Alumni Association is once again teaming up with the Student Alumni Association to bring together alumni and current students. During the Winter semester, the SAA will be sponsoring a speakers panel with a focus on entrepreneurship. This topic applies to just about any academic major and will benefit any student thinking about starting their own business. The event will be a panel discussion with a networking reception immediately following.
The SAA is currently recruiting NMU alumni who are successful business owners. If you are interested in sharing your business experience with current students, get in touch with us.
The panel discussion is open to the public and all alumni are encouraged to attend.

Entrepreneurship and Networking Event
Tuesday, April 5
6 p.m.
Charcoal Room, University Center

Wildcat sports update

The NMU hockey team dropped two games to Michigan over the weekend. The losses mean NMU will host Bowling Green in the first round of Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs in a best-of-three series, March 4-6. The 'Cats are 2-1-1 with Bowling Green this season.

Student Coach Overcomes Brain Injury
The Detroit Free Press highlights NMU hockey student coach Robert Skinner. Skinner was set to join NMU's hockey team as a player before a career-ending injury, after a full recovery coach Walt Kyle invited Skinner to join the team as a student coach.
Read the Detroit Free Press article.

The women's basketball team finished the 2010-11 season on the road, splitting a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games. The 'Cats won their third game in a row, defeating Northwood, 69-58, Thursday (Feb. 24). The 'Cats wrapped up the season with a loss on the road at Saginaw Valley State, 55-45. NMU finishes the season 12-14 overall and 7-12 in the GLIAC.
The men's basketball team split a pair of road GLIAC games to end their season. NMU defeated Northwood 73-71, Thursday (Feb. 24). The team closed out the season with a loss at Saginaw Valley State, 76-61. NMU finishes 9-17 overall and 4-15 in the GLIAC.
The track and field team had its best finish in school history at the GLIAC championship over the weekend. The Wildcats finished third, scoring 64 points. Grand Valley State and Ashland finished ahead of the Wildcats in the final meet before nationals.

The Couch Show: Celebrating the student experience

Randa Osman on "the couch".

This February, more than 270 NMU students shared a couch. Well, not all at the same time.

Each year thousands of NMU alumni and friends donate to the university through the NMU Foundation. Last semester the NMU Foundation conducted the “I’m Here Because of You” campaign to raise student awareness of the many ways in which private giving, especially alumni giving, creates educational opportunities and supports the NMU experience.

This semester the Foundation wanted to provide an opportunity for students to “put themselves in the picture” and have a chance to tell us about their NMU experience. Over 270 students responded and had their photos taken in various locations around campus by student photographers, Jordan Buzzy and Patrick O’Gara. Each student filled out a comment card to accompany their photo. The comment card asked about their NMU experience and asked them to complete the sentence, “I’m here because of ________.” These expressions of pride, humor, inspiration and determination are being celebrated in an exhibit entitled THE COUCH SHOW. The show is a collaborative effort between the NMU Foundation and the Student Art Gallery under the direction of the head of Student Promotional Services, Mia Cinelli. 

Why is it called THE COUCH SHOW? The only reoccurring aesthetic element in the photographs is the presence of an eighties-era couch that was carted around to each shooting session. The presence of the couch was used to emphasize the diversity of the participating students and to provide an additional channel for self-expression.

We encourage you to come see the diverse faces of NMU and read what the students have to say. Your NMU experience may have been very much the same as theirs. Or was it?

THE COUCH SHOW will be at the Student Art Gallery in the University Center from February 24 –March 25. There will be a closing reception at the SAG on March 24, from 5 – 7 p.m.

Looking for a job?

The NMU Alumni Association offers a number of ways to network, including posting job opportunities when we become aware of them.

Northern Michigan University has the following openings:

Title: Director-Continuing Education and Workforce Development
Department:  Continuing Education
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Submit application by March 4

Title: Architectural Specialist
Department:  Engineering and Planning
Targeted Annual Salary Range: $44,900 - $52,000
Submit application by March 9

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

The Northern Network is a great source for employment assistance. The Northern Network is our exclusive online community for alumni and friends. But it's not just local. Hundreds of companies from around the globe post jobs daily.

Check us out on LinkedIn.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Mike Collins '74, Alumni Association member John Hale '76, John Kukulka '75 and Randy Girard '72, '83.

...Stacey DeLoose and her sons, KC and Jack.

Don't forget, if you're in town, stop by and say hello. We're in 603 Cohodas Hall.

From the e-mail bag
"I read your newsletter every time it pops up so I thought I'd let you know some news. My name is Jim Sandborn and I graduated in 1975 from NMU. I played football for four years as a Wildcat, taught in Ewen-Trout Creek Schools and Powers North Central. Downstate, I was a counselor at LEroy Pine River and at the Wexford Career Tech Center in Cadillac. I received my Masters from NMU in 1980. Spent 25 years teaching in Michigan, retired and moved to Texas for six years, in San Antonio and then Austin. Finally, this is my 36th year as an educator and I just received 'High School Counselor of the Year' for the state of Nevada. Keep up with the newsletter. It's a wonderful way to keep in touch with the news."
Jim Sandborn '75, '80.

"Dear NMU,
We are biking across America to show support for the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor
Center. We are three cyclists from Negaunee, Michigan biking from Yorktown,
Virginia to San Francisco, California. I am an NMU Alumni, and my brother is
currently attending NMU.  We are doing this to help out the cause and spread
awareness from coast to coast. We are a very small area but we still can
make a huge impact. We would love to have some help from a great company
such as yours, and to spread the news of our expedition.
We will be setting up interviews with local news stations, and other stations
along the way as we make our journey from coast to coast. We are also going
to have a benefit dinner before we leave on our journey.
Currently we have a fan page on Facebook, a blog, and we use Twitter.
All sponsors will be listed on our sites and their products will be worn during
the expedition. As of now we are in the process of building a website as well.
The domain is purchased and will be BikeAcrossTheStates.com. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Below is a list of our sites:
Our Facebook Fan Page:

Fitspire- on Twitter
www.FitSpire.com (our blog that we will update throughout our journey)
www.hopestartshere.org (Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center Website)
Thank you very much."
Jon Vizena '05

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