What's New, NMU?

For the week of December 22, 2008

From the 6th floor

As is the case in most of the Midwest, weather is causing its share of issues in Upper Michigan. It's bitter cold here and we've certainly received our share of fresh snow. There's no doubt of a white Christmas. The forecast calls for the cold to continue through the week with a chance of snow showers each day. There's definitely enough snow for skiing and snowmobiling. Here are a couple photos that give you an idea of the amount of snow around town.

A reminder: The university is closed beginning Wed. Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. and will re-open Mon. Jan. 5 at 8 a.m.

Executive order spares education

Michigan’s educational institutions—from K-12 schools to universities—did not face operational funding cuts in the $134 million Executive Order Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced earlier this month.
“We are grateful that the governor and legislature recognize the value of education in the state and the major role the state's colleges and universities play in revitalizing the economy," said Gavin Leach, vice president for Finance and Administration. “But we will continue to proceed conservatively, recognizing that challenges remain in the state's economy."
NMU President Les Wong echoed that sentiment in a campus-wide e-mail prior to the semester break. He called the news from Lansing an advance “gift” for the holidays, but urged employees to be cautiously optimistic, particularly because the outlook for 2010 “is not good.”

Alumni reception in Madison

NMU alumni, friends and fans are invited to the Nitty Gritty in Madison, Wis., for a hockey post-game reception. The NMU Wildcats take on the UW-Badgers, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 2-3, at the Kohl Center. The NMU Alumni Association is sponsoring an alumni reception that Friday.
Join Wildcat fans for the post-game action.

Alumni Association reception

Nitty Gritty
223 N. Francis
Madison, Wis.

Immediately following the game.
(Game time is 8 p.m. Eastern)

All NMU alumni and friends are invited.
Snacks provided, beverage available.

Alumni Association and Career Services host graduation pizza party

Close to 400 new graduates crossed the stage at commencement Saturday, Dec. 13. As part of commencement weekend activities, the NMU Alumni Association and NMU Career Services hosted the annual Graduation Rehearsal Pizza Party at the Superior Dome. The annual event takes place following graduation rehearsal on the Friday afternoon before commencement. The events gives new grads the opportunity to check out the programs and services offered by the Alumni Association and Career Services.

Special thanks to NMU Career Services and the NMU Bookstore for some great prizes!


Katy Tresedder '08 won the NMU Alumni Association grand prize basket. Congratulations, Katy!

Scholarship celebrated

Celebration of Scholarship Award winners were (from left): Judith Puncochar, Michael Loukinen, Louise Bourgault, Charles Ganzert, Susan Goodrich, Joseph Lubig and Robert Goodrich. They were honored by Provost Susan Koch and President Les Wong.

Seven NMU faculty members were honored for scholarly or creative activities, teaching and innovative use of technology at the Celebration of Scholarship ceremony on Dec. 6.
Award recipients were: Louise Bourgault, Communication and Performance Studies, and Michael Loukinen, Sociology and Social Work, excellence in scholarship; Charles Ganzert, Communication and Performance Studies and Joseph Lubig, Education, excellence in teaching; and Susan Goodrich, Modern Languages and Literature, Robert Goodrich, History and Judith Puncochar, Education, exemplary use of notebook computers in teaching, research and community service.

Read more about individual faculty members here.

Bringing the Northern Lights to Chicago

NMU President Les Wong, the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the NMU Foundation invite you to join us for a Northern evening in Chicago, Saturday, Jan. 24.

Talbott Hotel
20 East Delaware Place
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

All alumni, friends and parents invited.
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and door prizes.

Hear from students about our exciting programs plus a campus update from President Les Wong.


R.s.v.p. by Friday, Jan. 9
Contact the NMU Alumni Association, 1-877-GRAD NMU or alumni@nmu.edu

From the e-mail bag

Note from the Editor: We received a number of notes in the last two weeks regarding the Superior View Web site and its historic photos.
The photos drew a number of comments and we decided to share a few.

"This site is from our local photo studio that specializes in old photos. These are of Marquette. It is very interesting and I hope everyone enjoys as much as I did."
Eugene Valesano '62
Lititz, Pa.
mickeyv55@dejazzd.com

"Priceless photos! Especially the old iron ore schooners. Thanks for sharing."
Chuck Westen '58
Alton Bay, NH
cwesten@worldpath.net

"Looking for all of manager Betty Peterson's honorable employees between 1965 and '70. It's time to fess up to eating all the leftover food on the elevator, getting into the locked-up ice cream after hours and making the World's Largest Pancake on the grill. I think you will remember me; I graduated with the valedictorian, nice guy! Retired in Sarasota, Florida now. I can't really tell the difference from working. If you liked me, email me. If you didn't like me, send money for counseling."
Mel Ruohonen '70
Sarasota, Fla.
mahru13@verizon.net

In response to the last few newsletters about the Wildcat fight song, I have included the lyrics that are still instilled in my head after 5 years of football at Northern. These are the words we sang during my time of 00-05 after all our home games and wins. I have heard many different versions, and I have no idea which one is official.
Oddly enough this version cannot be sang with what the band plays, as was evident at a few pep rallys. (They play a truncated version)

Come Wildcats of Northern,
We're all behind you in this game
Come Wildcats of Northern
Let's do our best to win acclaim.

We are the pride and joy
Of every person young and old
So do your best for Northern's glory,
Fight for the Green and Gold

FIGHT ON!!!FIGHT ON!!
Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah!
FIGHT ON!!FIGHT ON!!
Make this game another Northern Victory!

Clif Carter '05
Ishpeming, Mich.
ccarter@alumni.nmu.edu

Happy Holidays from the NMU Alumni Association.
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