What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, March 22, 2010

From the 6th floor

Check out the lack of snow cover in today's photo. It's amazing how a few days of warm weather can diminish our snowbanks. While the snow melt is nice, it does leave us with dirty, brown lawns. Forecasters call for seasonable weather the next few days; temperatures in the upper 30s, a chance of some scattered precipitation. Nothing too dramatic.

Wildcats earn NCAA berth; play in West Regional in St. Paul, Minn.

The Northern Michigan University hockey team is back in the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship for the first time since 1999.  NMU (20-12-8), the No. 3 seed in the West Regional at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., will face No. 2 seed St. Cloud State (23-13-5) of the WCHA Friday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m. (All times listed are Central Time.) The Wildcats are appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time overall.

Wisconsin, the No. 1 seed, will play No. 4 seed Vermont at 8 p.m. Friday. The West Regional Championship will be played Saturday, March 27 at 8 p.m.

Tickets in the NMU section are available through the NMU Ticket Office. Ticket price includes all three games; $94. The Ticket Office can be reached at 906-227-1032.

If purchasing tickets from a third party, the NMU designated section is 113.

Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster.


Join us at the Pre-Game Party hosted by the Alumni Association and Athletics

Join Wildcat fans in the Hospitality Room, Suite Level, at Xcel Energy Center before the game Friday, March 26. We'll hand out pom poms, tattoos, green and gold beads; everything you need to get ready for the game. Snacks provided with beverages available for purchase.
Doors open at 3:30. Use Gate 5. You must have a game ticket to enter.


Huge crowd turns out to cheer on 'Cats at Joe Louis

Wildcat fans had a fun weekend at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for the CCHA Championships. The NMU hockey team earned a spot in the championship game with a 5-4 overtime win against Ferris State University, Friday, March 19. Saturday's game was the first time since 1999 that the Wildcats made it to the championship game. They faced Michigan. Entering the weekend in the Motor City the ‘Cats were the third seed while the Wolverines were the fourth seed. Michigan scored once in the second period and again in the third to win the championship 2-1.

The NMU Alumni Association and NMU Athletic Department hosted the Wildcat Hospitality Room at Joe Louis throughout the weekend. A great crowd was on hand both evenings.

"Sparky", one of the legendary Puckheads (second from right) came in from New Orleans to cheer on the 'Cats!

The NMU Pep Band entertained the crowd at the Renaissance Center.

Win Frozen Four tickets

The NMU Alumni Association will send one lucky winner (and a guest) to the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four in Detroit.* The NMU Alumni Association has a pair of Frozen Four 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 be eligible to win. Make sure you add "Frozen Four" in the Additional Information box when you join. Current members must register for the drawing by sending in 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.

NCAA Men's Frozen Four in Detroit
Ford Field
Semifinal Games, Thursday, April 8, 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Championship Game, Saturday, April 10, 7 p.m.

Prize includes two tickets to each game, total value more than $150.
Drawing will be at random from all entries received by 5 p.m. Monday, March 29.

*Prize includes tickets only. No other accommodations.

Special thanks to Sean Krabach '94 and the Detroit Sports Commission.

We're still waiting for your Northern Story

The NMU Alumni Association wants to hear from you. We're in 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.

Hear what Alan Swanson '05 has to say about his Northern Story.

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.

Walleman shares his Northern Story

Mike Walleman is currently the Detective Lieutenant in charge of the Criminal Investigation Division with the St. Clair Shores Police Department in Michigan. When asked what attracted him to Northern Michigan University, Mike replies, “I was looking for a respected university that offered an on-line master’s program in criminal justice. Working full-time in a position that requires 24/7 availability made it imperative that the program be flexible to accommodate my circumstances. I researched several other schools, but felt NMU could best serve my goals. I was not disappointed.”

Mike is one of many alumni who are profiled throughout the year on NMU's Colleges Web pages. Read more about Mike's story here.

Senate Fiscal Agency director speaks at Northern

Gary Olson, director of Michigan’s nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency, shared his perspective on the state economy during a presentation at Northern Michigan University Friday, March 19. You can view the presentation on MediaSite Live.

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 was sponsored by the NMU political science and public administration department and the president’s office.

From the e-mail bag

Just wanted to say I love the ‘What’s New” updates they are a breath of fresh air from the school & town that I love so much.  I have been living and working in Lansing since 1995 and most recently been promoted to Director of Web Development for the State of Michigan with primary over site of the www.Michigan.gov portal.  I have so may found memories of Northern and all the great friends I have made there most notably Craig Dedamos & Joe Borri.  I have attached two pic’s both of which reflect my life and career.

Tom Weston '84Lansing, Mich.Westont1@michigan.gov

You might want to mention that there is fan voting for the Hobey Baker award online. It's only 1% of the vote, but as NMU fans, we are good voters. Each voter can vote as many times as they want. Mark Olver of Northern is in contention to win the fan voting.
The Web site is www.hobeybaker.com/voting.

Dave Foster '00
Lansing, Mich.
fosterd2@michigan.gov

Thought I would pass along a few photos of NMU sophomore Ian Thorley--son of alums Ron Thorley and Frida Waara of Marquette. Ian is a pro snowboarder and one of 6 Americans invited to compete at the first ever Winter X Games in Europe. A total of 20 snowboarders competed on the slopestyle course in Tignes, France March 10-12. The invitation came after Ian placed third at the last stop of the international Dew Tour in January. Although Ian has traveled extensively in North America and even below the equator to snowboard, this was his first trip to Europe. Since slopestyle is not an Olympic sport, this event had the feel of a freestyle Olympics with some of the best rider and skiers from around the world attending. For slopestylers, the course was challenging. It was longer than normal and rather than the average 5 jumps and 2 rails, the French course had 7 jumps and 2 rail features.  Tignes is known for year round winter located at the base of the Grand Mott glacier. If you want details from Ian, call him. He is back in California and rehabilitating an ankle injury he suffered in practice in Tignes. He spends his winters in Tahoe, California, summers at Mt. Hood and New Zealand, and fall semester at NMU studying in the entrepreneurship program.

Frida Waara '77
Marquette, Mich.
frida@fridawaara.com

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