What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, March 8, 2010

From the 6th floor

It always amazes me how 45 degrees can feel like such warmth after a long, cold winter. We were treated to spring-like weather this past weekend. The thermometer even hit 50 degrees in some places across Marquette County. Plenty of folks were outside enjoying the sun.

Not sure how much longer this guy will hang around; we're creeping near 50 today. Forecasters call for continued mild weather with a chance of precipitation later in the week.

Thanks for voting...you helped make Marquette # 1

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that Marquette was the winner of the 2010 Dozen Distinctive Destinations "Fan Favorite" award - chosen by the public via an online vote that took place during the month of February. Garnering more than 30 percent of the online votes, Marquette was the overwhelming winner. Thanks to the many alumni who submitted votes.
Mame Croze '06 wrote about it in her blog. Read the blog here and see what other alumni had to say.

What's Your Northern Story?

The NMU Alumni Association wants to hear from you. We've begun a month-long campaign to gather memories from alumni around the globe. This is your chance to participate. There are a number of ways to do it.
Take our survey and share your memories with us.
Or send us your memories electronically.

The NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors wants to help get you started. At its winter meeting, board members sat down and shared some of their memories.

Check out what Fred Stonehouse had to say:

Are you interested in sharing your story? Here's our Question of the Week. Or take the entire survey now.
Visit our Northern Story page.

Interested in sharing your story on video? Shoot it and send it our way.
If we like it, we'll use it and add it to our YouTube page.

Sports Hall of Fame to induct four

Four new members will be inducted into the Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Academic and Special Awards Banquet. The banquet will take place Saturday, April 24 in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. This year's inductees are:

Justin Gluesing '95

He lettered in football four times (1991-94). He was named the NMU most valuable linebacker twice in his collegiate career (1993-94) and was a co-captain for the 1994 season. He led the 1993 and 1994 Wildcats in total tackles with 93 and 158, respectively.

Deanna Sutton Kreski '93

She lettered in basketball at NMU twice (1991-92) where she was named the team’s MVP after her senior season. A two-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) selection, Kreski was a second-team selection in 1990-91 and a first- team pick in 1991-92.

Monica Hayes Todd '87

She was a four-time letterwinner for the NMU women’s swimming and diving team (1984-87). Todd was a member of the NCAA Division II National Champion 200-yard freestyle relay team in 1987. She was an NCAA Division II All-American all four years at NMU.

Mike Mielke '80

He was a four-time letterwinner on the NMU hockey team from 1977-80. Currently, Mielke is first on the career assists list for NMU hockey with 149, third in career scoring with 235 points and tied for sixth in career goals with 86.

CCHA playoff action this weekend at the Berry

The NMU hockey team (17-11-8) will host the Alaska Nanooks (18-9-9) in the quarterfinal round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Tournament Friday, March 12, at 7:35 p.m. The quarterfinal round is a best-of-three series. The second game is Saturday, March 13, at 7:35 p.m. and if a third game is necessary it would be played Sunday, March 14, with a time to be determined.

The Wildcats squared off against the Nanooks four times during the regular season. NMU and Alaska tied both games in Fairbanks in late November (3-3, 4-4), but the Nanooks took both shootouts. In the rematch in Marquette in late January, the ‘Cats won the shootout after a 2-2 draw Jan.29 then picked up a 3-2 win the next night.

Playoff ticket prices are: adults $15 and students $5 (includes NMU students with an I.D.).
Season ticket holder seats will be held until 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 9. After this time the seats will become available to the general public. Season ticket holders please call or stop by the Superior Dome Ticket Office to purchase your playoff tickets.
Playoff tickets can be purchased at the Superior Dome Ticket Office, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are also available at the Vista Theater Thrift Shop (Negaunee), Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; the Forest Roberts Theatre, (Monday-Friday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.); by calling 906-227-1032 or online at www.nmu.edu/tickets.

Wildcats seventh seed in regional

The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team is the seventh seed for the 2010 NCAA Division II Midwest Women’s Basketball Regional. NMU will face the second-seed Indianapolis Greyhounds, Friday, March 12, at 2:30 p.m.
Michigan Tech is the host of the regional and all games will be played at the Student Development Complex Gymnasium.
The semifinals are set for Saturday, March 13, with the championship game at 7 p.m. Monday, March 15.

Quarterfinal Games:
(3) Drury vs. (6) Southern Indiana, Noon
(2) Indianapolis vs. (7) Northern Michigan, 2:30 p.m.
(1) Michigan Tech vs. (8) Northern Kentucky, 6 p.m.
(4) Wisconsin-Parkside vs. (5) Findlay, 8:30 p.m.

Semifinal Games:
Drury/Southern Indiana winner vs. Indianapolis/Northern Michigan winner, 5 p.m.
Michigan Tech/Northern Kentucky winner vs. Wisconsin-Parkside/Findlay winner, 7:30 p.m.

 General admission tickets are on sale Monday at the SDC Ticket Office or by calling 906-487-2073.

NMU WiMAX expands

NMU’s WiMAX network has been expanded into Negaunee. The expanded coverage brings broadband wireless Internet access to even more off-campus students. It also allows NMU to partner with Negaunee government and education officials to develop programs and services that take advantage of the wireless network. It is also in the process of being brought to Harvey and Ishpeming. In August, NMU became one of the first universities in the nation to deploy a WiMAX network. It is capable of transmitting data over broad areas with less interference and more efficient bandwidth use compared with the more common WiFi. And while WiFi hot spots enabled NMU to cover about 10 percent of the City of Marquette, the WiMAX transmission system—or “broadband highway”—offers virtually 100 percent coverage and the potential to expand beyond the city limits. the NMU WiMAX network now covers nearly 40 miles.

NMU sponsors Entrepreneurship Academy

Northern will host an Entrepreneurship Academy in an effort to expand business development in the Upper Peninsula. The format will consist of six modules leading to a certificate of completion, with classes offered from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays from March 11-April 15. Topics include business plan development, marketing and market analysis, financial activities, accounting, legal requirements and resources. The cost is $100 for community members and free for students (with a scholarship application). Rob Lion and Ray Amtmann from the NMU College of Business are coordinating the academy.
To register, contact Lion at 906-227-1894 or rlion@nmu.edu.

Work for NMU

NMU currently has openings for faculty and staff. A complete list of vacancies can be found on the NMU Human Resources Web site.
This week's featured opening:
Grounds Superintendent-Golf Course, Auxiliary Services
9 months; Varied work schedule and evening and weekend work required.
Targeted prorated salary range: $26,062 - $35,475
Submit NMU staff application, cover letter and resume by March 19.

For a complete look at current openings, visit NMU Human Resources.

From the e-mail bag

Proud as pie to introduce our first grandchild, Ryder Cass Mathiak, born 2/21/10. Here's a picture of us with him at only 30 minutes old. Hopefully he'll be a Wildcat someday too.

Jim Jacques '77
Kris (Centilli) Jacques '78
Clarkston, Mich.
jejacques@yahoo.com

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