The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has approved a 3.5 percent increase in tuition. The board approved the 2012-13 tuition and fees schedule at their meeting yesterday on campus. The annual cost for full-time resident undergraduates will be $8,709, an increase of about $148 from last year’s rate. The increase was based on projected enrollment changes for the coming academic year, along with the university’s need to make strategic investments of $3.7 million in program quality, personnel, support services.
The NMU board also approved an executive committee recommendation of a three-year interim presidential employment agreement for David Haynes through June 30, 2015. Haynes receives the same wages and benefits paid to former President Les Wong, with a base salary of $201,995. He will serve the first two years as interim president and split the third year between assisting with special projects and/or consulting NMU’s new president.
Cliffs Natural Resources is celebrating the Marquette LS&I ore dock’s 100 year anniversary this weekend at Marquette’s Lower Harbor. In honor of the 100-year milestone, the U.S. Brig Niagara, a tall ship from Erie, Pennsylvania, will sail into the Lower Harbor this afternoon around 4:00pm following a cannon salute at the ore dock. The U.S. Brig Niagara will be closed to the public today and tomorrow as part of private celebrations for Cliffs’ employees and their family members. Public tours will be available on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost of the tour is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children 12 years of age and younger. Proceeds from the public tours will benefit the Marquette Maritime Museum.
Future changes in the area health care systems have resulted in Northern Michigan University reactivating its practical nursing LPN program. University officials say they were contacted by Marquette General Health System and Duke LifePoint officials to consider offering the LPN degree again to help meet an anticipated need in the near future. The six prerequisite courses totaling 15 credits will be offered this upcoming academic year. Those interested in the program can apply for admission to NMU online at www.nmu.edu/admissions .
Michigan Technological University and Central Michigan University are partnering to offer Central’s doctorate of physical therapy program at Michigan Tech, to help meet a critical need for additional physical therapists in the Upper Peninsula. Twelve students at Michigan Tech will be able to earn their doctorate through CMU’s doctor of physical therapy program. Students will take classes at both campuses, taught in a distance-learning format. Clinical education experiences will take place primarily at medical facilities in the Upper Peninsula. Enrollment for the inaugural class will begin in the summer of 2013.
SEMCO Energy Gas Company is alerting customers of a new bill payment scam promising to pay a customer’s utility bill and then gathering personal information. Scammers are convincing customers that a new federal program, established by the Obama Administration, is providing free utility bill payment credits. Customers are being asked to provide their Social Security Number and, in some cases, their bank routing number. Victims of this scam are provided a bank routing number and an account number to pay their bills. The primary purpose of this scam appears to be identity theft of the victim’s Social Security Number. SEMCO reminds customers; never give out personal information, particularly Social Security numbers and banking information.