What's New, NMU? for the week of Monday, Feb. 8, 2010

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, Feb. 8, 2010

From the 6th floor

Forecasters are calling for seasonal weather much of this week. Seasonal means temperatures in the mid-20s, gray skies and a chance of snow each day. We've been in a moderate pattern for the past several weeks. Outdoor enthusiasts report conditions have been good for most outdoor activities.

Vote Marquette No. 1 in the nation

As NMU alumni and friends, you know how special the Marquette area is. It appears the National Trust for Historic Preservation knows, too, as they have just named Marquette one of the 12 cities on its "Dozen Distinctive Destination" program.

One of the 12 honorees will be named THE distinctive place of destination at the end of the month, via the top choice in an online voting poll. You can help Marquette by voting--as often as you like.

Here's the link to vote. The opening screen on the voting program asks you to create an account, but it allows you to opt out of any communications with the National Trust for Preservation. Once you have an account established, you can start voting.

Voting is taking place through Feb. 28.

Wildcat Night Across the Country, Feb. 19 - New locations and post-game party

NMU vs. Michigan
Friday, Feb. 19
Fox Sports
Live from Ann Arbor
7:30 p.m. Eastern

All alumni and friends are invited to any of the parties. If there's a party in your area, all you have to do is send the host a note and show up on game night.

Join Wildcat fans at the following locations:

Washington, D.C. Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
639 Indiana Avenue Northwest
Washington, D.C.
Joe Evans '81, '84
Battle Creek, Mich.
Comensoli Pasta Pasta
762 West Main St.
Kalamazoo, Mich.
Pete Comensoli '73
Naples, Fla. Germain Arena Sports Pub
11000 Everblades Parkway
Estero, Fla.
Trent Ferguson '99
239-948-7825, ext. 1076
Ann Arbor, Mich. Damon's
3150 Boardwalk Drive
Ann Arbor, Mich.
NMU Alumni Association
1-877-GRAD NMU
Madison, Wis. Pooley's
5441 High Crossing Blvd.
Madison, Wis.
Lisa Johnsen
North Pole, Alaska Badger Den
1447 Old Badger Rd
North Pole, Alaska
Jack "Moit" Daly '81 jack@loginnalaska.com
Muskegon, Mich. Buffalo Wild Wings
5584 Harvey St.
Muskegon, Mich.
Cathryn Battice '97
Charlotte, N.C. Fox & Hound
9325 Center Lake Drive
Suite 200
Charlotte, N.C.
Courtney Stromme '04
Grand Rapids, Mich. Score Restaurant and Sports Bar
5301 Northland Drive Northeast
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Dave Emmette '00
Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz. Fox Sports Grill
16203 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Eric Bolduc '94
Buffalo Wings and Rings
4403 Schofield Ave
Weston, Wis.
Alice Hancock '88
Appleton, Wis. Sluggers Sports Bar
(Inside Super Bowl)
2222 E. Northland
Appleton, Wis.
Jim Jenkin '81, '84
Nashville, Tenn. Sams Sports Grill
Hillsboro Village
1803 21st Avenue South
Nashville, Tenn.
Joe Sharkey '00

Post-game reception at Damon's on Boardwalk in Ann Arbor.
Approximately  9:30 p.m.
Meet NMU President Les Wong, NMU coach Walt Kyle and Ann Arbor alumni immediately following the game.

RSVPs requested.

Arizona reception set for March 9

Alumni in Arizona are invited to attend the Phoenix/Scottsdale Alumni Association Reception, Tuesday, March 9 in Scottsdale. All NMU alumni and friends are invited.

The reception is being hosted by NMU Alumni Association board member Eric Bolduc '94 and will feature NMU President Les Wong and his wife, Phyllis, as special guests.

Phoenix/Scottsdale Area Alumni Reception

Tuesday, March 9
6 - 8 p.m.
Bolduc Residence
10665 East Raintree Drive
Scottsdale, Ariz.

$15 per person for Alumni Association members
$20 for non-members
(Price includes food and beverage. Alcoholic beverages available for purchase.)

RSVPs required.

Contact the NMU Alumni Association
1-877-GRAD NMU (or 906-227-2610)

NMU host Central American students

Northern’s International Programs Office introduced 22 Central American high school students and four adult mentors to the university, Marquette area and U.P. winter recreation during a Jan. 28-Feb. 3 visit. The students, who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and hadn’t previously traveled beyond borders, also received lessons on leadership and entrepreneurship that they can put into practice when they return to their respective countries.

“This has been amazing; it is my American dream,” said Emmanuel Melendez, a 16-year-old from Nicaragua, on the final day of his stay. “It’s a wonderful place and snow is amazing—something in my country we never see. Most important for me was learning about leadership that will help in my future. If I have control of me, I work better with others.”

Events offered during their time in the Marquette area included tours of the Tilden and Empire Mines, outdoor leadership activities at Al Quaal in Ishpeming, snowshoeing to the Eben Ice Cave, an NMU hockey game, a visit to Marquette Senior High School and presentations by local small business leaders.

“This is important because it expands their vision of the world,” said Argel Chavarra, a mentor from El Salvador. “The students learn good attitudes and behavior that they can multiply. This program starts with a trip to the United States, but it does not end there. They will do projects at home and there is a one-year followup.”

NMU received nearly $23,000 to sponsor the Marquette portion of the Youth Ambassadors Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. A partnership between NMU and Georgetown University brought the delegation to Marquette. The group’s trip to the United States also includes a week in Washington, D.C.

NMU Golf Course revenue used to endow scholarship

NMU President Les Wong and ASNMU President Jason Morgan on Opening Day 2009 at the NMU Golf Course.

A $5,000 scholarship was established with first-season revenues from the NMU Golf Course. According to Art Gischia, director of business and auxiliary services at NMU, once the fund is endowed, interest earnings will be used to fund unrestricted scholarships for NMU students. An Interlochen couple donated the course to NMU a year ago.

"Our first season of ownership went pretty well," Gischia said. "We ended fiscal year 2009 with a net positive of $14,000 after investing in improvements to the irrigation system, greens, tees and fairways to improve the golfing experience. We hope that each year we'll have some dollars to contribute to raise the base scholarship amount above and beyond our investments in maintenance and improvements."

Gischia said club membership also increased from 175 in its last year of operation under the previous owners to 225 last season. Early bird rates for 2010 memberships are available through March 1. For more information, visit NMU Golf Course.

Loukinen retrospective

Northern will celebrate the 30-year filmmaking career of Michael Loukinen (Sociology and Social Work) with a retrospective featuring six of his finest documentaries. From February through April, the films will be shown to the public free of charge. Most have not been viewed by audiences for several years.

Medicine Fiddle kicked off the tribute Friday, Feb. 5. The 81-minute, award-winning documentary celebrates the fiddling and dancing traditions of Native and Metis families on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border. Remaining films being shown at 7 p.m. in 102 Jamrich on their respective dates (unless otherwise noted) are: Ojibwe Drum Songs, Feb. 19; Manoomin (Wild Rice): Ojibwe Spirit Food, 1:30 p.m. March 20, Peter White Public Library community room ; a double feature of shorter films Finnish American Lives and Tradition Bearers, April 2; and Good Man in the Woods, April 23. Details of each are available here.

Loukinen grew up in Detroit and its northwestern suburbs. His parents, descendents of Upper Peninsula Finns who had emigrated from the Sami region of Finland, would speak Finnish regularly with relatives and friends. Loukinen also spent summers in the U.P. town of Jacobsville on a small dairy farm owned by his aunt and uncle.

You can read more about his films here.

Wildcat sports update

The NMU hockey Wildcats came away from a visit to Ferris State with five of a possible six points. On Friday (Feb. 5) the 'Cats and Bulldogs skated to a 3-3 tie after a scoreless overtime but NMU picked up an extra point with a shootout win. Saturday (Feb. 6) NMU shut out Ferris, 4-0. NMU improves to 12-10-8 on the season and 8-8-6-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). NMU hosts Western Michigan Feb. 12-13 at the Berry Events Center.
The NMU men's and women's basketball teams both downed Tiffin University at home last Saturday. The women won 73-59 win, while the men won 82-72. The victory was the Wildcat women's seventh in a row as the team improves to 16-5 overall and 13-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The men are 9-11 overall and 6-10 in the GLIAC. NMU will face Grand Valley State (Feb. 11) and Ferris State (Feb. 13) this week at home.
Dominic Yoder, head volleyball coach at NMU, announced the hiring of former Wildcat volleyball player Kim Falkenhagen '97 to the position of assistant volleyball coach. Falkenhagen played for NMU during the 1994 and 1995 seasons. Most recently she was the head volleyball coach at Eastern New Mexico University.
The NMU football team announced 26 players have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Wildcats. A complete list of the players and their hometowns is available here.

From the e-mail bag

"I think this link should be added to the next email newsletter. Two current NMU hockey players have been given a chance to compete at the skills competition for the upcoming NCAA Frozen Four. Stewart and Kaunisto!  All Alum's need to do is click the link and vote for them.  If chosen they will get to attend the Frozen Four in April, which is being held at Ford Field in Detroit. Thanks."


Nicholas Raley '05
Phoenix, Ariz.

"That was a great story about the used book sales.  When I attended NMU from 1962 to 1966 one of the Fraternities ran a used book sale.  You could bring in your used books and  receive money for the books that you did not need anymore.  Then purchase books from them for the next semester.  I am glad to see the book store getting in on used book sales."

Anita Dionne Gray
Frisco, Texas


"French Trivia Contest at NMU. The French Program at the Department of Modern Languages would like to invite you to participate in a fun way to learn a bit about the French and the Francophone world and win prizes too. Throughout the semester a request for questions will go out three times.  Questions should relate to the history or culture of France or the Francophone world and should include its answer.  The person with the winning question will receive a prize, and the question will be posted to be answered.  From all the correct answers a winner will be chosen at random.

For additional information please contact Dr. Kupper at 227-2648. We are now accepting our first round of questions until Thursday, Feb. 11, when our first winner will be selected.  You can upload questions with their answers at the trivia web site at http://www.nmu.edu/FrenchContest."

Erica Smith

Feedback should be directed to alumni@nmu.edu

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