What's New, NMU? for the week of Sept. 6, 2010

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Sept. 6, 2010

From the 6th floor

A definite cool down in the weather has everyone thinking Fall. High temperatures this week are not expected to creep much past 60 degrees. Plus, there's a chance of showers early in the week. Thought we would start back up with our standard 6th floor photo as the leaves have begun their seasonal change and we know folks like to keep track.

Alumnus killed in Afghanistan

One of the U.S. soldiers killed last week in Afghanistan has been identified as Matthew J. West, a native of Gaylord and a Northern Michigan University alumnus.  West, a Staff Sgt., graduated from NMU in 1997 with a degree in business computer information systems.  He is believed to be the first NMU alumni lost in the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars.  West is survived by his wife and three young children. The family resides in Colorado. 

The NMU Alumni Association would like to express its sympathy to the family of Staff Sgt. Matt West.

Cards and notes of condolence can be sent to:
Staff Sgt. Matt West Family
P.O. Box 4087
Gaylord, MI  49734

Students today, alumni tomorrow; Student Alumni Association getting organized

With a goal of connecting students with alumni and providing leadership opportunities, the newly formed Student Alumni Association hosted its first meeting Wednesday., Sept. 1.

The SAA is designed to encourage networking with alumni, teach students about philanthropy and promote pride and tradition. The group will work in close collaboration with the NMU Advancement office, but will determine its own leadership and operate under standard NMU student organization guidelines.

The group plans to be very active during Homecoming, getting to as many events as possible and interacting with alumni who are in town.

Upcoming projects will include exploring mentoring opportunities and participating in Make A Difference Day. From freshmen to graduating seniors, all students are invited to be a part of the Student Alumni Association. The group's next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8. Interested in knowing more? E-mail.

1975 championship football team and Barracks Boys headline Homecoming 2010

Homecoming is just two weeks away! It will be celebrated on the campus of Northern Michigan University and in the community on Sept. 24-25. The two-day schedule is full of exciting activities.
Highlights this year include the 35th anniversary of the 1975 National Championship Wildcat football team. The team (and friends and fans) are getting together in Marquette. In addition, the NMU Barracks Boys will be honored with a historical marker dedication ceremony Saturday (Sept. 25) at 12:15 p.m. on the University Center lawn.
All your favorite traditional events are happening along with some new traditions.
Check out the complete schedule here.

Homecoming 2010. Sept. 24-25.

Questions about activities? E-mail us.

NMU's WiMAX coverage expands

Northern Michigan University’s WiMAX network now extends to Ishpeming, Sawyer and Gwinn. The expanded coverage brings broadband wireless Internet access to more off-campus students and allows NMU to partner with government and education officials to develop programs and services that take advantage of the wireless network. The WiMAX coverage area now totals about 40 square miles.

Dave Maki, NMU’s chief technology officer, said the next step will be working to improve coverage in Harvey.

"We have WiMAX all around the NMU Golf Course and in the Lakewood Lane area, but we don't have a tower that covers the area on Highway 41 from the rock cut to about Jack's Foods. We need to fill that in."

WiMAX is the next generation (4G) of wireless and has much broader access than the WiFi signal. Northern has one of the largest active WiMAX networks in the United States and is one of the first universities to deploy and fully operate a WiMAX network.

NMU named military-friendly institution

Northern Michigan University is on the list of 2011 Military Friendly Schools released last week by G.I. Jobs. The annual designation honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students, according to a press release distributed by the publication.

"This list is especially important now because the Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. “Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified. So schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated."

Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America and a member of the list’s academic advisory board, said, "The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience.”

Schools might offer additional benefits such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more. The 2011 list was compiled through exhaustive research starting in April, during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Criteria included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results and academic accreditations. This is the second consecutive year NMU received the distinction.

Career Fairs

NMU Career Services is hosting two career fairs in the upcoming weeks to help students jump start their career and land a job or internship.

On Thursday, Sept. 23, Career Services is hosting the Construction Management & Technology Career Fair designed for students choosing construction, electronics, technology and related majors. This career fair will be held in the Jacobetti Complex atrium from 1 - 3:30 p.m. Although this career fair is designed for students choosing construction and technology related fields, some of the participating employers are also hiring for positions in communications/marketing, supply chain, human resources, computer science, and information systems. All students are encouraged to attend.

On Wednesday, Oct. 6 Career Services will host the 43rd Annual Fall Job Fair and Career Expo. This career fair will be held in the Great Lakes Rooms of the Don H. Bottum University Center from 1 - 4 p.m.

The Fall Job Fair and Career Expo is a great opportunity for students and alumni to meet with employers looking to fill upcoming full-time, part-time and intern positions.

Wildcat sports update

The NMU volleyball team swept its opponents at the 2010 Superior Oasis Wildcat Open this past weekend (Sept. 4-5). NMU begins the season at 4-0. The Wildcats open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play next weekend. NMU is at Ferris State (Sept. 10), Saginaw Valley State (Sept. 11) and Grand Valley (Sept. 12).
The NMU soccer team opened up its 2010 season at home against Concordia-St. Paul. Despite double overtime, the game ended at 1-1. NMU will travel to Houghton Wednesday, (Sept. 8) to take on the Michigan Tech Huskies for the first time ever in a varsity soccer match. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The NMU cross country team opened the 2010 season at the U.P. Collegiate Opener, which was held at Michigan Tech. NMU finished third in the event with 47 points as MTU won with 25 points. The 'Cats are next in action at the Lake Superior Invite on Sept. 11.
The NMU football team lost its season opener on the road at Mankato State, 7-6. The 'Cats home opener is Saturday (Sept. 11) against Findlay. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Alumni Association member Terri O'Neill '78 of Winnebago, Ill.

...Rod LaFluer '90 of Chicago, Ill.

...Alumni Association member Dave Robinson '67, '70 of Waukesha, Wis.

And congratulations to Bob Oust '67 of McCormick, S.C. Bob (shown in the photo below, far left) was the lucky winner of the summer prize basket. Bob stopped by to visit on August 12, with his wife, Gail, and friends Raynold '64 and Joan Heikkila of East Leroy, Mich.

While our summer contest may be over, we still want visitors to stop by and say hello. We're located in room 603 of Cohodas Hall.

From the e-mail bag

"Hi. I hope you are all enjoying the pleasant U.P. summer. I was in the US ın July and managed to arrange a reunion with a few of the guys from Innsbruck House in Gant Hall. We were all residents of Innsbruck in 1982-83. Even though we had been in touch over the years, this was the first time in over 20 years we got together.  It was really great catching up with everybody and seeing that they were all doing well. Attached is a picture we took in Chicago on July 10th. We all had fond memories of NMU and the UP so hopefully our next reunion will be in Marquette. Best regards."
Erhan Raif '84
Nicosia, Cyprus
From left to right :  Ray Hall `85, Scott Dekryger `84, Erhan Raif `86, Greg O`Dell 85' Korhan Raif (transferred `84), Eric Anderson `85.

And just for fun....here's a photo of Innsbruck House from 1982. Recognize anyone?

Hi. Just wanted to let you know I'll be appearing on the season premiere of "Private Practice," September 23, 2010 @ 10pm on ABC.  It's a nice little scene opposite series star Kate Walsh.  I also have a national AT&T commercial running. Hope all is well in Marquette!  Have a wonderful 2010/11 school year!"

Barbara Porter ('93), dba Porter Kelly
Los Angeles, Calf.

"Hi. My name is Jonathan Gibson and I graduated in 1997. Could you include the following information in the next Alumni newsletter? Thanks!"

Jonathan Gibson '97


"Hi. Just wanted to fill everyone in on my newest adventure. I've published my first book, 'From Shifting Sand to Solid Rock'. The book will be available in stores Sept. 28 or you can order it online now. Thanks.


Mel J. Ruohonen '70
Sarasota, Fla.

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