Northern's history department hosted a birthday reception for the university's oldest-living graduate, Sarah Buttrell, who turned 106. When asked how she was doing upon arrival, she joked, "Well, I'm living." The Ishpeming native received a degree in social studies in 1929, when the bill for tuition and fees, room and board totaled about $150 per term. She was a high school history teacher in Newberry and Marquette. Buttrell credits her longevity to "a moderate life," saying she has never smoked or consumed alcohol. She still lives independently at her longtime home on Third Street.

Buttrell said her favorite professor at Northern was Forest Roberts: "On the day of our final exam, we had to give a speech. I had the wrong hour, so while my class was meeting, I was in the library going over notes. It was almost enough to make me faint when I realized what had happened. Some instructors would have failed you for that, but he was so sweet. He pulled students from the stairway and hallway and gave me an audience. I still had to give my talk."


Students Make a Difference

“Make a Difference Day,” a nationwide event that celebrates neighbors helping neighbors, was held on Oct. 23.  The NMU Volunteer Center coordinated the event locally. Volunteers assisted local seniors with outdoor tasks such as raking and other yard work, washing windows and routine fall maintenance (pictured are residents of Heretofore House).

This year, 113 groups composed of 1,265 volunteers spent time at 181 service locations throughout the area. The NMU Wildcat men's basketball team got an earlier start than most, helping at a house on Baraga Avenue before practice. The Volunteer Center said this was the first time a varsity athletic team participated in the event.


New Faculty Members Tour Marquette

Twelve new faculty members and their spouses participated in an orientation tour of Marquette's historic and pre-historic past. The group met at Babycake's for beverages and baked goods courtesy of Academic Affairs. Daniel Truckey (Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center) led a walking tour of prominent landmarks downtown, then pointed out historic homes and churches along E. Ridge Street during a ride on the MarqTran trolley. At Presque Isle Park, John Anderton (Geography) took the group on an extensive geological and archeological tour that included sites not normally seen by casual visitors.  He discussed the Paleo-Indian presence on the island, the history of Chief Charlie Kawbawgam and the geological makeup of the island, including the changes in the shoreline and water levels. During lunch at Vango's, Chuck Ganzert (CAPS) discussed service learning opportunities for students and advisees. 

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