The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees today demonstrated its support for continued transformation led by a strategic plan that focuses on investment and innovation. Trustees approved a 2018-19 tuition and fees schedule that will generate additional investment dollars while preserving NMU's longtime rank of second-lowest tuition and fees among Michigan's public universities. The combined average cost for full-time resident undergraduates will be $5,280.50 per semester, an increase of $245 per semester from last year's rate.
Northern's rate also adheres to the tuition restraint language in preliminary state budget proposals. If the final higher education appropriation bill includes a revised dollar cap, NMU will adjust accordingly.
“This recommendation enables us to invest in innovative programs and initiatives that enhance the academic experience for students, while maintaining relative affordability among state schools,” said Gavin Leach, vice president for Finance and Administration. “We appreciate that the state proposals again extend beyond the percentage-based tuition restraint language and include the hard dollar cap option instituted in fall 2017. This enables lower-cost universities like Northern the ability to invest in initiatives to advance their goals.”
Nonresident undergraduate tuition will increase by the same amount and graduate tuition will increase by $24 per credit hour.
The board also agreed that the budget for university operations be continued at the 2016-17 level until a new general fund budget is approved, except for increases required by existing or newly negotiated union contracts.
In other action, the board:
-Approved the following new academic programs: an athletic training master's degree, effective summer 2019; an early childhood education master's degree, effective fall 2018; a social work master's degree, effective fall 2019; and a Native American community services associate degree, effective fall, 2018.
-Agreed to the following program deletions, effective this summer: an associate degree in respiratory therapy and master's degrees in criminal justice and nursing.
-Approved the following capital and long-term maintenance projects with a total cost of more than $250,000: Summit Street Apartments demolition, $450,000; Luther O. Gant Hall demolition, $680,000; Lydia M. Olson Library interior update-design services, $275,000; and south campus irrigation, $250,000.
-Agreed to fund the Eco Reps, a peer-to-peer student sustainability organization, on a one-year experimental basis for $20,000 per semester to explore the viability of a potential student fee to support campus sustainability efforts.
-Authorized using the $25,352 in service fees collected by the AAUP faculty union as part of their prior contracts as an endowment for scholarships.
-Approved the following changes to course and program fees: remove the cross-country skiing and mountain biking course fee; a $1 per credit increase in the differential tuition for business, clinical lab sciences and nursing; a course fee increase of $1 per credit for music, natural sciences and technology and occupational sciences; a new $55.50 per credit Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program fee to cover the cost of clinical preceptors; and a refundable student recreation pass fee increase of $3 per semester.
-Agreed to donate old furniture valued at about $50,000 to Marquette County Habitat for Humanity.
-Renamed the Department of Public Safety and Police Services as two distinct units: the NMU Police Department and NMU Safety Department.
-Appointed the following individuals as board members for public school academies. Unless otherwise indicated, they are reappointments with terms expiring June 30, 2021: Kimberly Hedges, Bahweting Public School Academy; Art Bone, Burton Glen Academy; Sharla Conlon, East Shore Leadership Academy; David Bearss, Darlene Johnson and Valerie Emerson, Francis Reh Public School Academy; Tondra Worthy and George Trapp, George Crockett Academy; Crystal Lea and Marilyn Shawano, Nah Tah Wahsh Public School Academy; Bruce Roberts, North Star Academy; Patty Hines (new appointment through June 30, 2020), Mark Horvath and Juanita Bell, South Pointe Scholars Academy; and Gregory Stevenson, Walton Public School Academy.
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees presented its annual Student Achievement Awards for significant contributions to the quality of life at NMU through extracurricular activities or work in a university department. Recipients were: Meghan Hohenstein of Bloomington, Minn., Outstanding Female Graduating Senior; Adam Kall of Davenport, Iowa, Outstanding Male Graduating Senior; Samantha Black of Caledonia, Mich., Outstanding Student of Any Class; and Joseph Roberts, Outstanding Nontraditional Student. Michelle Gardiner, who will be relocating from Texas to Germany with the U.S. Air Force, received the new Outstanding Global Campus Student award.
Hohenstein is the first nursing student to graduate with Full Honors. She came to NMU as a Leadership Scholar and completed a bachelor's degree with a double major in nursing and Spanish in four years while also participating in the Honors Program. She was active in house and hall government and Mortar Board, completed all four edges of the Superior Edge program and was involved in the Student Nurses' Association and Spanish Club. Hohenstein joined NMU's Student Leader Fellowship Program and led a negotiation and problem-solving program for impoverished girls in the Dominican Republic as her community service internship. She won the Heart and Soul Award for campus leadership. She studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain and in Cusco, Peru, where she volunteered at a hospital while taking classes. Hohenstein also helped to set up pop-up health clinics in Belize. After graduating magna cum laude on May 5, she will be studying for the nursing boards and hopes to be a labor and delivery or pediatric nurse.
Kall also came to NMU as a Leadership Scholar and earned a bachelor's degree with a double major in mathematics and computer science. He was a member of the Student Finance Committee since his first semester. As a freshman, he formed a team to compete at the Alma College Math Challenge and its final ranking improved significantly in subsequent years. Kall was selected for a 2016 summer internship at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. He created an Artificial Intelligence to parse and read computer logs. At NMU, he completed the entire Superior Edge program and the Student Leader Fellowship Program. His SLFP community service internship was working with the Robogators, the robotics team at North Star Montessori Academy in Marquette. Kall worked at two Iowa companies on projects such as applied swinging-door compression algorithm to data flows. He created a machine-learning algorithm for the NMU Foundation. After graduating summa cum laude with a 3.9 GPA, he will pursue a master's degree in data science at Elmhurst College.
Black was a nursing major and has been inducted into the International Nursing Honors Society. She was a member and leader of the Student Nurses' Association, completed all four edges of the Superior Edge Program and was involved in Mortar Board and the Student Leader Fellowship Program. For her SLFP community service internship, she worked with Father Marquette Middle School to establish an after-school girls club for 5th-8th graders. Black traveled to Belize to work at pop-up health clinics. She also worked at a summer camp for at-risk girls in the Dominican Republic. Her local volunteer involvement included UP Health System-Marquette, Jacobetti Home for Veterans and the health clinic at Ishpeming schools. She also played a major role coordinating the campus Organ Donation Drive, leading NMU to a second-place finish among Michigan colleges. After graduating cum laude, Black will study for the nursing board with the goal of becoming a labor and delivery nurse in lower Michigan.
Roberts had earned a technical diploma in farm operations and toiled away at general education classes in Wisconsin before enrolling at NMU in January 2015 as an accounting/corporate finance major with a minor in math. He was the site coordinator for the accounting Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which completed more than $1 million in tax returns for low-income Marquette residents, free of charge. He also led the Student Managed Investment Fund, which manages a portfolio of stocks for NMU. Roberts was a member of the Dean's Advisory Council and helped to plan many events for the College of Business. He was a leader of NMU's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor organization for financial information students and professionals. He also completed the Student Leader Fellowship Program and volunteered at Trails Fest and the Noquemanon Ski Marathon for his community service internship. After graduating, Black will work at public accounting firm Schenck SC in Wisconsin.
Gardiner began taking courses at NMU more than 20 years ago when she and her husband were stationed at the former Sawyer Air Force Base. She couldn't continue her education when they transferred out of the area because NMU didn't offer online courses at that time. After interrupting her military service to raise her children and operate a daycare center, Gardiner re-entered the Air Force in 2008. She currently works as a personnel specialist and is a senior master sergeant, the second-highest enlisted rank. She managed to finish her associate degree in general university studies/sociology in 2014 through online courses. As the NMU Global Campus program really took off, Gardiner saw a path to finally finishing her undergraduate degree. She will be moving to Germany his summer, while taking her second to last class, and plans to graduate in December with a degree in applied workplace leadership.
It is not common for triplets to graduate from the same college, but the Rhodes brothers of Memphis, Mich., have ramped up the rarity factor at Northern Michigan University. All three will receive bachelor's degrees on May 5 in the same major—construction management—and all have earned a perfect 4.0 grade-point average over their academic careers. They even share the same professional goal of someday running their own construction firm. The trio is composed of Jacob and Phillip, who are identical, and Ryan, who is fraternal.
While tight-knit, the triplets also engage in friendly sibling rivalry. “We're competitive, which has helped us get good grades. But the arguments over who gets to ride shotgun are brutal,” Ryan joked.
The Rhodes' career choice was inspired by several relatives who have held various positions in the construction industry, and by experience helping their dad and grandpa with house projects. The brothers attended a middle college academy near their hometown before enrolling at Northern. They selected NMU in part because of its relatively affordable tuition, but mainly because of the construction management program's reputation and 100 percent job placement rate.
“It's a perfect balance of theoretical and practical,” Ryan said. “It's important to know the basics of construction, but you also get deep into scheduling and estimating. We estimated a $3 million renovation. The program embraces new technology coming out so students are familiar with the same programs that the professionals use.”
“It's nice that the professors all have experience in the industry and care about the students,” Phillip said. “They instill a respect for the trades in students, which is great because our dad is a master plumber. They host a career fair specific to construction management and a lot of companies show up. We've all gotten internships or jobs through that. The professors also offer prep sessions for how to write resumes and interact in a professional setting.”
“And there are great summits with alumni talking about engineering and construction,” Jacob added. “The alumni base is substantial and spread across almost every state. Many work for major companies. Alumni stay connected to the program, emailing the professors about job opportunities that come up. We've had several job offers.”
Ryan accepted one of the offers. After graduation, he will start his career with O'Brien Construction, working in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor. Jacob and Phillip will complete summer internships with Ideal Contracting in Detroit and Ram Construction Services in Livonia, respectively, before beginning Northern's MBA program in the fall.
Once the brothers accumulate more practical experience on the job, their goal is to merge paths and start their own firm. They are good-humored about the unsolicited advice they've received for potential names for the business. Some options include Triple Threat, Team Trifecta and Rhodes Cubed.
The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center has announced the 2018 recipients of the Upper Peninsula Folklife Award. The award honors individuals who have worked to preserve and promote folk traditions, as well as organizations and businesses that have helped to promote and preserve the region's culture. The two awardees are French Canadian musician Dave Bezotte and the Trenary Home Bakery.
The awards will be presented at the Beaumier Center's fundraising dinner, “A British Isles Dinner,” on May 15. For more information and to register for the event, go to https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=2239234.
A native of Chassell, Bezotte has been a lifelong proponent of French Canadian music and culture. He is the leader of the U.P.'s only French singing group, the Maple Sugar Folks. He also plays in several ethnic music ensembles in the Copper Country, including the Thimbleberry Band. Bezotte is an active volunteer for the Chassell Historical Organization and an organizer of Chassell's annual Strawberry Festival. He has also been a member of the Beaumier Center's programming committee and has volunteered as a performer at several Beaumier Center events.
The Trenary Home Bakery specializes in “Trenary Toast,” a Finnish dried coffee bread. The bakery was established in 1928 by Jorma Syrannen. He and his wife, with help from their three sons, ran the bakery until 1950 when they sold it to Hans and Esther Hallinen. The Hallinen family continued running the bakery and helped to expand the business until it was sold to Andy Reichart in 2015. The Trenary Home Bakery continues the tradition of making handcrafted breads and toasts today.
Thirteen individuals or organizations have received the U.P. Folklife Award since it was introduced in 2009.
The U.P. Area Health Education Center, based out of Northern Michigan University and covering the 15 counties of the Upper Peninsula, is hosting a Rural Health Careers Camp at NMU for youth Monday, May 14 through Wednesday, May 16. Simulations with Clinical Sciences and Nursing will take place all day Tuesday in the West Science Building and simulations with the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, athletic training and more will take place from 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesday in the PEIF. UP-AHEC's mission is to connect students to health professions, professionals to communities and communities to better health. The interview contact onsite is Cindy Noble.
The Northern Michigan University Athletics Department has introduced the NMU Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2018. Inductees this year will be Richard "Dick" Allen, Tim Jones, John LaPointe, Heather (Mizer) Sarnowski, Kim (Storm) Ylitalo and the 1997-98 women's basketball team.
The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. on Sept. 21 with a Sports Hall of Fame Social in the Great Lakes Room of the University Center. Starting at 6 p.m., the Sports Hall of Fame Program and Dinner will take place. Tickets for the event are $25 and are available through the NMU Ticket Office at 906-227-1032.
Here are details on the inductees:
Richard "Dick" Allen
Football | Class of 1960
A part of the 1956 NMU Football team, Allen was the starting running back for the squad that finished the season undefeated. Two years later, Allen was named a Little (now NCAA Division II) All-American after leading the team in rushing (386 yards) and scoring (36 points). Additionally, Allen was a four-year letter winner in Track & Field for the Wildcats.
Wrestling | Class of 1985
Earning three letters from 1983-1985, Jones's best year on the mat came in 1984. Jones earned the NCAA Division II Region Championship en route to becoming the NCAA Division II National Runner-up and an All-American at the 167-pound weight class. He followed with a 1985 season in which he was named Team MVP.
Football | Class of 1965
A former team captain of the NMU Football team, LaPointe was a three-time letter winner for the Wildcats in 1961, 1962, and 1963. To finish his career in a Wildcat uniform, LaPointe was named Little (now NCAA Division II) Honorable Mention All-American in 1963 for a team that went 4-4-1. He went on to become a teacher and coach in the Manistique (MI) Schools system.
Heather (Mizer) Sarnowski
Volleyball | Class of 2000
Sarnowski's name can be found all over the NMU Volleyball record book including the top-two assist seasons in program history in 1997 and 1998. In her three seasons, Sarnowski finished with 3,434 assists, sixth most in school-history. That total also gives her the most assists per set in a career with 13.36. Sarnowski was also awarded an NCAA Division II All-American honor in 1997.
Kim (Storm) Ylitalo
Survived by her husband Dan Ylitalo
A four-time All-American, Storm first made her mark with multiple Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) records in 1982. A year later, she was an NCAA Division II National qualifier in multiple events. By the end of her career, Storm was an All-American in the 200-yard freestyle relay, 50-yard fly, the 400-yard medley relay, and the 200-meter medley relay.
1997-98 Women's Basketball Team
With a 27-3 record, the 1997-1998 NMU Women's Basketball team advanced to the NCAA II Semifinals after double digit victories in each of their first three rounds. The Wildcats outscored their opponents 2,471 to 1,890 en route to a GLIAC Tournament Championship. Players from the team earned the GLIAC Player of the Year award, two First-Team All-GLIAC honors, two GLIAC All-Defensive team nods, and a Second-Team All-GLIAC award.
Members of the team include:
|Mandee Dafoe||Carrie Dykstra||Stephanie Edgerton|
|Jill (Gobert) Van Damme||Jennifer Johnston||Sasha Leverentz (Palmer)|
|Shari (Rehmann) Kurncz||Kristen (Manske) Johnson||Christina Nesbert|
|Janell (Schupp) Lord||Karla (Strand) McCutcheon||Jill (Tunney) Keefer|
|Brianne (Weber) Helmila||Ginger (Weber) Moore|
|Michelle Guyant-Holloway |
The Michigan Consortium of Advanced Networks (MCAN) will hold listening sessions across the state to gather feedback on the best ways to strengthen broadband access and connectivity in the state. MCAN Vice Chair Gavin Leach of Northern Michigan University will host the Upper Peninsula listening session. The event is scheduled from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in 1318 Jamrich Hall at NMU.
Gov. Rick Snyder created the MCAN to develop a roadmap for improving broadband so Michigan can leverage technology to improve its place in the digital economy. The listening sessions are part of the process of formulating final recommendations. MCAN's report is due to the governor by Aug. 1.
Those planning to attend the U.P. session are asked to RSVP at https://bit.ly/2w3nZrz.
NMU's School of Nursing is collaborating with Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College (MATMC) on a new Practical Nursing certificate program. The program was established in response to outreach from local healthcare providers who have expressed a critical need for LPNs.
Students who begin the program during their junior year of high school can earn their Practical Nursing certificate from NMU by the summer following their last year of high school/middle college.
"Current faculty will teach the Middle College program," said Kristi Robinia, interim associate dean and director of the School of Nursing. "Students complete their prerequisites in their junior and senior year. Their 'fifth year' is the PN program, which prepares them to take the national NCLEX-PN exam in order to become a Licensed Practical Nurse."
The Practical Nursing certificate ladders perfectly into NMU's Registered Nursing major for those students who wish to continue their medical education. For more information on NMU's School of Nursing programs, visit http://www.nmu.edu/nursing/home-page
As with all MATMC certificate/degree programs, all academic costs (tuition, textbooks, lab fees, etc.) are covered by the middle college and at no cost to students/families during grades 11-13. Students/families are responsible for non-academic expenses such as transportation.
Because this announcement comes after the regularly scheduled MATMC application period, the middle college will hold several seats for current sophomores interested in pursuing a nursing career. All interested students should contact MATMC Director Brian Sarvello at firstname.lastname@example.org or 226-5135, as soon as possible.
Sarvello said this is a good fit for current high school sophomores considering enrollment in the Marquette Senior HS or Ishpeming HS (also serving Negaunee HS & Westwood HS) Health Occupation program, or the nursing internship program at Munising Memorial Hospital (Alger County students).
Northern Michigan University is closing three campus buildings as a precautionary measure to facilitate additional water testing after inconsistent lead level readings from limited test areas in each facility. The PEIF, Thomas Fine Arts and the Learning Resources Center will remain closed until NMU receives expedited independent laboratory results—potentially over the weekend—and makes a determination of whether additional investigation and testing is required. Employees in the three impacted buildings should contact their supervisors about working arrangements for the remainder of this week. Updated information will be available at www.nmu.edu/watertest.
NMU followed through on its pledge to test the water in more than 50 campus facilities to establish baseline measures. The move followed the two-day cautionary closure of the Jacobetti Complex in response to elevated lead readings. Later tests confirmed the Jacobetti levels are safe, falling below the EPA action level of 15 parts per billion.
The NMU Student Leader Fellowship Program expresses its appreciation to the following faculty and staff members who served as mentors for the SLFP. For one academic year, they acted as a role model, adviser and friend for a student fellow, providing guidance and support as the students strive to become leaders of their communities through service. The SLFP also is recruiting mentors for 2018-19. If interested, contact email@example.com.
The 2017-18 campus mentors were:
David Bonsall, NMU Retiree
Lindsey Butorac, Payroll
Julane Cappo, Human Resources
Jessica Cruz, Diversity and Inclusion
Marina Dupler, Alumni Relations
Kristi Evans, Marketing and Communications
Jennifer Gorton, Disability Services
Rachel Harris, Center for Student Enrichment
Jess Jones, NMU Foundation
Janet Koski, Equal Opportunity
Cindy Paavola, President's Office
Elizabeth Peterson, Simply Superior
Heather Pickett, Graduate Education and Research
Kathy Richards, Engineering and Planning
Evee Sampson, Housing and Residence Life
Tami Seavoy, NMU Board of Trustees
Leslie Warren, Academic Information Services