What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, June 21, 2010

From the 6th floor

While not every day has been picture perfect, there really hasn't been a lot to complain about in the weather department. Any lack-of-rain issues were resolved in the past week. Record heat passed through the area, as Friday saw temperatures hit 90 degrees. It has cooled off a bit, but still very pleasant with highs in the mid 70's. The 6th floor photo (above) was taken at South Beach, Wed., June 16. As you can see, it was perfect sailing weather that evening. We apologize for not having a zoom lens. But doesn't Lake Superior just look beautiful?

House approves higher ed bill

Michigan's House of Representatives approved an amended higher education budget bill that would freeze spending on state universities and increase financial aid. Because the Senate version passed in March called for a 3.1 percent cut in appropriations, a conference committee will work to reconcile differences between the two and negotiate a final version of the bill. Northern currently receives $46.4 million from the state.

Win Detroit Tigers tickets

The NMU Alumni Association will send one lucky winner (and a guest) to the Sunday, Aug. 22 Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park.* The NMU Alumni Association has a pair of tickets to give away. This offer is exclusive to NMU Alumni Association members only! If you are not a member, you can join today to become eligible to win. Make sure you add "Tigers Tickets" in the Additional Information box when you join. Current members must register for the drawing by sending your name and contact information to alumni@nmu.edu.
Current Alumni Association members are NOT automatically entered. You MUST register to win.

Questions? Call us at 1-877-GRAD NMU or 906-227-2610.

Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians
Comerica Park
Sunday, Aug. 22
1:05 p.m.

Prize includes two tickets in the Upper Box. Approximate value $44.
Drawing will be at random from all entries received by 5 p.m. Monday, June 28.

*Prize includes tickets only. No other accommodation.

Can't go to the game August 22? Then join us August 7!

Tickets are on sale now for the NMU Alumni Association's annual NMU Night at Comerica Park. It's taking place Saturday, Aug. 7 at 7:05 p.m. The Detroit Tigers take on the Los Angeles Angels. Tickets are limited so order soon.

NMU Night at Comerica Park
Tigers vs. Angels
Saturday, Aug. 7
7:05 p.m.

Tickets: $30 per person for Alumni Association members
$35 for non-members

Ticket price includes: game ticket, pre-game reception and t-shirt.

Click here for the order form.

Student involved in lake sturgeon project

NMU student Emily Dandron (center) is spending her summer helping to reestablish self-sustaining populations of lake sturgeon in the Cedar and Whitefish Rivers in the Upper Peninsula.

These waterways once supported spawning runs of the fish. But their populations were decimated by excessive harvest and by habitat changes—most notably, dam construction—resulting from settlement of the region in the late 1880s and early 1900s. Dandron’s supervisor, Edward Baker of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said lake sturgeon is a state-listed threatened species.

“I did some initial work in Wisconsin collecting eggs during final exam week,” said Dandron, pictured with a lake sturgeon caught in the Peshtigo area, which weighed an estimated 100 pounds. “It was a waiting game to see when the fish would spawn in the rivers. Once they did, we were able to collect the eggs directly from the fish. In the U.P., we had lake sturgeon eggs in incubators in trailers near the rivers. Now they’ve hatched and my job is to go every day to clean the tanks, feed the fish and count any mortalities. I’ll help take care of them until they’re released in September.”

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Thanks for stopping by...

...NMU Alumni Association annual members Rose '56 and Ken '61, '63 Myllala of Escanaba, and their daughter, Mary Myllala '83, '89 of Yuma, Arizona. Mary is a lifetime member of the NMU Alumni Association. All three of the Myllalas are now entered in our summer prize basket contest. All alumni who stop by the 6th floor between now and 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, are automatically entered to win. Members and anyone who joins the Alumni Association when they visit, get an extra chance in the drawing. The prize basket contains a number of NMU apparel items and collectibles. If you're in town, stop by and register for your chance to win. We're located in room 603 of Cohodas Hall.

Alumni encouraged to enter International Photo Contest

The International Programs Office has announced the 3rd annual International Photo Contest, sponsored in partnership with the Provost’s office.   Faculty, staff, students and NMU alumni are eligible to participate. 

Details, forms, and contest rules are available on the Web:  www.nmu.edu/ipo   Paper copies are also available on request.    The contest deadline is October 22, 2010.

Please direct questions to Susan Morgan, 906-227-2530, or at smorgan@nmu.edu.    

Wildcat sports update

A limited number of authentic, framed, 1-yard pieces of original Superior Dome turf are now available. The NMU football Wildcats played on this turf with the opening of the Superior Dome in 1991. Last year, the original turf was replaced. They come complete with a letter of authenticity. Cost is $250 with the proceeds supporting NMU football. For more information or to place an order, contact Joe Ballard in the NMU football department.

Smolens named Peter White Scholar

John Smolens’ sixth novel, The Anarchist, was published in December and the author is already at work on another piece of historical fiction. As the 2010-11 Peter White Scholar at NMU, Smolens, an English professor, has received a $17,500 award to assist with his latest literary effort.

The Schoolmaster’s Daughter is the working title of Smolens’ next book, which is based in and around his hometown of Boston. The story is framed by the battles of Lexington and Concord—the first military action of the American Revolution—and the battle of Bunker Hill. It revolves around members of the real-life Lovell family.

“Not all colonists were opposed to British rule and this family represents the division in loyalties that sometimes existed,” said Smolens. “The parents were loyal to the British crown and friendly with a British general. Their oldest son, James, ran an elaborate spy system for the Americans that featured coded letters revealing troop strength and strategies. Their daughter, Abigail, assisted her brother in various acts of espionage. She is the main character.”

Smolens will use the Peter White Scholar award to reduce his teaching load this coming academic year and defray some travel costs associated with conducting research in and around Boston. He hopes to finish the book by fall 2011. Smolens learned last week he has been selected to receive the $1,000 Michigan Author's Award, which is given annually by the Michigan Library Association. He will be honored at a November luncheon in Traverse City.

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