What's New, NMU? for the week of Monday, March 29, 2010

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, March 29, 2010

From the 6th floor

It started off chilly Monday morning, but forecasters call for a nice warm-up by the end of the week. We may even hit the 60-degree mark before the week is over. Sunshine is predicted for the early part of the week, but the warmer temperatures as the week goes on will bring along a chance of precipitation.

Wildcat fans in St. Paul cheer on the 'Cats

Thanks to all the Wildcat fans who turned out at the Xcel Center, Friday, March 26 to cheer on the 'Cats. The NMU Alumni Association and Athletic Department hosted a pre-game party to get the fans fired up for the big game. The NMU hockey Wildcats faced St. Cloud State in the NCAA West Regional. The game was a hard-fought battle that saw St. Cloud State win the game, 4-3 in double overtime. NMU tied the game with three minutes left to send it to the extra stanzas. NMU ends the season 20-13-8. Wisconsin, who won the West Regional with a 5-3 win over St. Cloud State, moves on to the Frozen Four in Detroit, April 8-11.

Still time to share your Northern Story

If you haven't taken our survey, there's still time. We're in a month-long campaign to gather memories from 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.

Here's a sample:
Question 4 How has your life changed as a result of your NMU experience?

My NMU experience has changed my life in two very profound ways. First of all the knowledge I gained from my Philosophy and Political Science Professors was more than I could have imagined. That gave me the foundation for which I have built upon professionally. Dr's. Kulisheck, Nelson and Cooper were all a part of that and I cannot thank them enough. I actually use my degree in my job (I work for a US Congressman near Philadelphia) and that is because of them. Secondly, my best friend and roommate Matt Hessinger tragically passed away while we were both seniors at NMU and that has shaped my life and made me cherish life so much more than I ever had before than. Matt will always be missed and I live every day of my life in his honor.
Michael Brown ‘05

Are you interested in sharing your story? Take our survey now. Visit our Northern Story page.

The NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors took some time to share their memories.
Hear what board president Kris Day '94 shared. Click on her name to listen.

Kris Day.

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NMU Night at Comerica Park set for 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.

Cousteau and Infidel author to speak at NMU

Alexandra Cousteau, a globally recognized advocate on water quality and policy, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a human rights activist and best-selling author of Infidel, will give presentations this week at Northern Michigan University.

Cousteau will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the University Center Great Lakes Rooms. Admission is free for NMU students and $5 for the general public.Cousteau has creatively redefined the storytelling tradition pioneered by her grandfather, Jacques-Ives, and her father, Philippe.

She is dedicated to advocating the importance of conservation and sustainable management of water to preserve a healthy planet. Her global initiatives seek to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources. In 2008, she founded Blue Legacy International, a non-profit project of The Ocean Foundation that leads expeditions to chronicle water issues, develops media and educational assets and provides leadership in policy forums and action campaigns. Cousteau also serves as the global water adviser and spokesperson for the global Live Earth 2010 Run for Water.

Hirsi Ali's presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, in the Great Lakes Rooms. She was born in Magadishu, Somalia, and is now a U.S. resident. She is committed to raising awareness of violence against women, including female genital mutilation—a practice she was subjected to as a young child—and honor killings. Hirsi Ali also defends the rights of Muslim women. She had embraced Islam as a child, but later questioned and ultimately abandoned her faith.

After fleeing to the Netherlands to escape an arranged marriage as a young adult, she received a master’s degree in political science from the University of Leiden and served as an elected member of the Dutch parliament from 2003-06. She worked to integrate non-Western immigrants into Dutch society.

Now a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., Hirsi Ali is researching the relationship between the West and Islam. She was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2005 and Reader’s Digest’s European of the Year for the same year. She has published three books: a collection of essays titled The Caged Virgin; her memoir, Infidel; and the second volume of her autobiography, Nomad.

This event is free with an NMU ID and $2 for the general public. Platform Personalities is sponsoring her appearance.

From the e-mail bag

What a great athletic season by the Wildcat teams!  The NCAA regional double OT hockey loss to St. Cloud State was a tough one, but we have high hopes for all the teams again next year.  I thought the NMU alumni would enjoy seeing how my grandson, Kieran, wanted to dress all day last Friday.

NMU President Les Wong


It was quite an exciting weekend for the NMU Hockey Team, a thrilling 2OT loss to end the season.  A group of Lambda Chi Alpha Brothers and NMU Grads got together to enjoy the game in St. Paul and got together with Wildcat Willy for a photo.  Pictured: Front Left: Paul Cavanaugh (’00, Minneapolis, MN), Front Right: Chris Kohler (’05, Champlin, MN) Back Left to Right: Tony Paquette (’07, De Pere, WI), Dave Pickering (’04, Green Bay, WI), Simon Durocher (’01, Delano, MN), Mike Greer (’06, Minneapolis, MN).  Lambda Chi Alpha congratulates the Cats on a great run and we all look forward to seeing you again next year!

Mike Greer '06

My name is Sidney S. Skilling and I graduated from NMU December, 1979, BS in Political Science. First stayed at Carey Hall, while there met a few, Jackie Richer (Admission and Records) Carol Huntoon (Foreign Student Advisor) Bob Peacock (Financial Aid Officer). Wonder where they are. I used to live at 110 N. Front Street, Marquette with the Jeans Family who then owned Jeans Jewelry at the Marquette Mall and in town. I am a Micronesian, presently live on Kosrae Island, one of the island states made up the Federated States of Micronesia. After NMU my first job was Student Services Coordinator, later became a Public Defender,(19 Yrs) Principal Judge of the State Land Courts,(1 Yr), Manager of a UNDP Recycling Program and currently the Hospital and Public Health Emergency Preparedness  Coordinator representing the FSM National Government in Kosrae. While at NMU I never missed all games,(BB, Football,Hockey even though hockey is not played here). I was also worked at the C.B Hedgcock Field House as an Intramural Supervisor with people like Dave Bucklin (a star guard in our BB Squad and occasionally ran into Steve Mariucci and Tom Izzo at the facility. I am always a fan of all NMU sports. Please, if any of you come to the islands in the Pacific especially passing Kosrae, let me know so I can meet  with you. Kosrae is a small island of 42 Sq. Miles with 8,000 people and a great history includes the Whaling days,1st and 2nd World Wars, the movie UP Periscope (1958) acted by James Carner, about a story happened on Kosrae. Thought I’d share these for who ever interested in knowing where I am at and works I do while still rooting for the wildcats sports.

Sidney Skilling '79

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