What's New, NMU? for the week of Monday, March 15, 2010

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, March 15, 2010

From the 6th floor

Yes, we can confirm it's true. Frosty Treats is open. If sunshine and temperatures in the upper 50's wasn't a sign of spring, the picture above certainly is. Forecasters say it will cool off a bit later in the week but for now people are outside enjoying the spring sunshine and turtles from Frosty Treats.

Cheer on the 'Cats at Joe Louis Arena

The NMU hockey Wildcats are headed to Joe Louis Arena for the CCHA Championships. The 'Cats take on Ferris State Friday, March 19 at 4:35 p.m.

The NMU Alumni Association and NMU Athletics are co-sponsoring the Wildcat Hospitality Room Friday between periods and after the game. Plan to visit the Hospitality Room in the Garden Area of the Olympic Club at the West end of the arena. Snacks will be provided and beverages available.

Ticket information:
Tickets are available at the NMU Ticket Office until noon Thursday, March 18. Tickets are $23 for adults and $11 for students. Contact the Ticket Office at 906-227-1032.

Ticketmaster is currently offering a 2-1 special on CCHA game tickets.
Visit Ticketmaster online.

The ‘Cats and Bulldogs met twice during the regular season (Feb. 5-6) in Big Rapids, Mich. as NMU won the shootout Friday night and then picked up a 4-0 victory Saturday night. Against Miami during the 2009-10 regular season, the RedHawks swept the ‘Cats in Marquette (Oct. 30-31) by scores of 4-3 and 2-1. NMU and Michigan split at Yost Ice Arena the weekend of Feb. 19-20 with the ’Cats taking the first game (3-1) and the Wolverines the second game (5-4).

More Wildcat Night Across the Country photos

Wildcat Night Across the Country was held Friday, Feb. 19. The NMU hockey 'Cats beat the Michigan Wolverines. Parties were held across the country to watch the game. We've been sharing party photos with you over the past month.
Here are some of the most recent photos we've received.

Weston, Wis.

Dwayne Nyman '94, Pamela Nyman, Rebecca Normington '90, Alice Hancock '88, Greg Gotz '82.

Madison, Wis.


Muskegon, Mich.

NMU accreditation reaffirmed

The Higher Learning Commission has formally announced that Northern’s accreditation through the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) has been reaffirmed. NMU is on a seven-year accreditation cycle, which means this continuation of accreditation is in place through the 2016-17 academic year. The HLC report indicates that NMU completely satisfied all five accreditation categories: mission and integrity; preparing for the future; student learning and effective teaching; acquisition, discovery and application of knowledge; and engagement and service.

"As evidenced by the site visit last year that was conducted by accreditation experts sent to Northern by the HLC, the faculty, staff, students, alumni, NMU Board of Trustees and members of the greater Marquette community were very supportive of our reaccreditation efforts," said Cindy Prosen, Academic Affairs. “Many people from all across campus helped show our visitors that NMU is firmly committed to each of the five criteria upon which accreditation is based. The dedication of all of those involved in our efforts and the extensive documentation that they provided greatly impressed both our on-site visitors and the members of the HLC that evaluated NMU."

Because AQIP is based on a "backbone of continuous quality improvement," Prosen said between now and the next reaffirmation in seven years, Northern will work on projects that demonstrate its commitment to continuously getting better at its core educational mission.

The Higher Learning Commission is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit universities and schools. It is a part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The HLC accredits degree-granting educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes Michigan.

Senate Fiscal Agency director to speak at Northern

Gary Olson, director of Michigan’s nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency, will share his perspective on the state economy during a presentation at Northern Michigan University. His talk is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, March 19, in Reynolds Recital Hall. The public is invited free of charge.
The presentation will be available on MediaSite. Click here.

The Senate Fiscal Agency provides the Michigan Senate with “sound and unbiased assistance” in two principal ways: providing staff support to the Senate Appropriations Committee and assisting all Senate members on state budget-related issues; and providing economic and budgetary analysis of all proposed legislation being considered by the Senate.

Olson’s appearance is sponsored by the NMU political science and public administration department and the president’s office.

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 Fritz Nelson '73 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.

NMU ranks in Top 50 for game design

NMU has one of the Top 50 Undergraduate Game Design Programs according to a first-of-its-kind ranking by The Princeton Review, an education services and test preparation company, and GamePro magazine. This achievement comes despite the fact that NMU does not yet offer an academic major or minor in video game design. But two campus departments teach related course material and technologies.

The list will be posted on The Princeton Review and GamePro Web sites and published in the April 2010 issue of GamePro magazine. A Web site dedicated to game development at NMU includes a downloadable, free game. To see it, visit Game.

Summer College registration begins

Registration for summer courses began Monday, March 15. NMU offers on-site, online, hybrid (combination of both on-site and online) and short-term courses during two summer sessions. The first summer session is May 17 through June 25 and the second session is June 28 through Aug. 7. The summer course list, tuition rates, registration directions and a summary of summer youth program options can be found at www.nmu.edu/summer.

Fall course registration begins Friday, March 19. For more information, contact the Registrar's office at records@nmu.edu, 906-227-2362 or 2202 C. B. Hedgcock.

Don't forget...Alumni Association members get a discount at the NMU Golf Course

With the recent warm weather, many folks are thinking about spring and the golf season.  Don't forget, NMU Alumni Association members get a 5% discount on annual memberships at the NMU Golf Course.
Visit the course's Web site for complete details.

From the e-mail bag

I hope all is well at Northern.  I recently returned from the 2010 Super Bowl and 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver where Centerplate was the food service provider for both of these extraordinary events. While in Vancouver we were able to see short track speed skating which included athletes who have trained at the USOEC.   I was able to attend the Olympic Trials in Marquette, so it was nice to see the culmination in Vancouver.  As a former member of the US Speed Skating Team and first graduate of the USOEC, it was nice seeing former teammates and coaches alike.  The Games were great and the USOEC has more medalists to add to their list.  I've attached two photographs (the first is the athletes' tunnel for opening ceremonies and the second is a picture of the Olympic Rings at the Whistler Village).

Keith B. W. King '89
Stamford, CT
Jim Mansfield '61, '64 and Jack Mauro '65 got together for breakfast in Palm Desert, CA on March 9, where they were both wintering at different RV resorts in the area. Jim played defensive tackle for NMU for four seasons from 1957 through 1960 after he transferred from Marquette University. Jack followed by playing at the same position from 1961 through 1964 after his transfer from the University of Wyoming. They recalled having identical playing weights listed for them in NMU football programs which made sense because they also wore the same jersey number, 75. That number was retired after Jack's distinguished career. The irony of their meeting many years later is that while Jack began his football career at Wyoming it was from there that Jim retired in 1999 as director of admissions and enrollment management. The picture suggests they are still at good fighting weights just in case they get a call from the bench to go back in the game."

Jim Mansfield
Spokane, Wash.

Please help the YMCA of Marquette County secure a $50K Pepsi Refresh Everything Grant. Pepsi has allocated all the funds it would typically use for Super Bowl ads to be given away in the form of grants. The Y is fortunate to be included in the March round of voting. Please go to: http://www.refresheverything.com/ymcamarquettecounty, register and vote. You can vote once per day in the month of March. this program serves the youth of Lake Superior Village, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and will be available to all youth in Marquette County.

Lisa Coombs-Gerou '98
YMCA of Marquette County
We visited Stan and Phyllis Albeck in January. They send their best to their friends at NMU.

Dave and Mary Lou Blomquist
Iron Mountain, Mich.

I just filled out and submitted your Alumni Association Northern Story questionnaire.  I wanted to add something that wasn't in the survey and a photo. I have been teaching at Manistique High School since 1991 and will be retiring this May and moving to the "Cultural Capitol of da U.P." Marquette.  For the last eleven loooong years, however, I have lived here in Munising and commuted to Manistique.  To make the commutes half the time and twice the fun I used to fly back and forth in my Piper Cherokee airplane, oh ya I'm a pilot too. Now that we start 15 minutes earlier, however, I haven't been able to make this enjoyable and relaxing aerial trip. Thanks.

Tony Williams '06
Munising, Mich.

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