What's New, NMU for April 7, 2008

hat's New, NMU?

For the week of April 7, 2008

From the 6th floor

As you can see from today's photo, snow melt has been pretty significant over the last several days. Primarily because of warm temperatures and rain. But before we look ahead to this week's forecast, some follow-up from last week. When the newsletter went out last week, we were under a blizzard warning. On Tuesday, we got hit pretty hard. Some areas (Negaunee-Ishpeming) saw as much as 29 inches of snow over a 24-hour period. It was officially a snow day across all of Marquette County, including NMU. It was that dangerous, wet, heavy snow.

So, what do we have to look forward to this week? A heavy snow warning, according to the National Weather Service. The advisory has been posted for Tuesday evening into Wednesday, with as much as a foot of new snow in some parts of the U.P. Four to eight inches are projected for Marquette.

Recruit the recruiters

Every year, companies from around the country visit NMU for the Upper Great Lakes Collegiate Job Fair. This event provides an opportunity for job-seekers to visit with companies and organizations about career possibilities in business, social services, military service and other fields.

Are you in a position to recruit for your company?

Do you work in Human Resources?

Can you help direct companies to Northern Michigan University to recruit?

"NMU is fortunate to have a number of alumni who return to campus to recruit new employees and interns for their company. Now we're asking for alumni who may not be in a position to recruit, but know someone in their company who is willing to help us. If we get the contact information for the HR representative at an alumnus' company, we'll call the company and encourage them to recruit at NMU," said John Frick, director of NMU Career Services.
"We value the continued support and involvement of our graduates as they assist future graduates."

If you would like to get involved, contact Career Services, 906-227-2800 or  careers@nmu.edu.

NMU Day at the Detroit Institute of Arts this Sunday

A reminder for folks in the Detroit area, NMU alumni will be getting together at the Detroit Institute of the Arts on Sunday, April 13. Hours at the DIA are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday.
There will be special NMU prize drawings at noon; free, guided tours at 1 and 3 p.m.
Tickets are available at the door.

And the invitation goes to...

The NMU hospitality management program rolls out the red carpet for its premiere culinary event of the season, Classic Hollywood featuring the glamorous style of the past blended with the modern flavor of today.
Friday, April 25 at the Jacobetti Complex
Wine and cheese reception: 6:45 p.m.
Dinner: 7:30 p.m.
Maki Trio
Tiger Shrimp Bisque
Grilled California Pear Salad
Beef Wellington with roasted vegetables and baby spring carrots
Baked Alaska

Reservations are required, and confirmed upon payment.
A portion of the ticket cost is a gift to the NMU hospitality management program.
$100 per person
Please contact the NMU Foundation for tickets: 906-227-2627.

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Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University Athletic Department has announced the dates of athletic banquets to celebrate the 2007-08 season. All the banquets are open to the public.

Soccer April 13, 4 p.m.
Hockey April 16, 6 p.m.
Men's and Women's Basketball April 17, 8 p.m.
Volleyball April 18, 7 p.m.
Football April 20, 11 a.m.
Women's Swimming and Diving April 27, 10 a.m.

Dates for the Cross Country, Nordic Skiing and Track banquets have not yet been set.

Click here for additional details on each banquet.

Summer College

Registration has begun for Summer College 2008. Classes for the first session start May 19.
Whether your goal is personal growth, professional development or academic achievement, Northern has something for you.
There are classes for kids and summer institutes for educators and law enforcement.
Click here for all the details.

From the e-mail bag

"You've probably heard it on the news--diabetes is on the rise across the country. Rural areas like the Upper Peninsula are especially hard hit but get little attention. The U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON), a 22-year old U.P. non-profit organization, is planning a walk this fall to raise diabetes awareness. I want you to join us! Gather your family and friends and take a walk, short or long, to show your support on Saturday, Sept. 13. I will be posting a map of the U.S. on the UPDON Web site and coloring in each state as we get commitments from people saying they will walk. On the day of the walk, take pictures of your group walking and e-mail then to me along with any captions you'd like posted. I'll be putting together a collage of pictures from each state and posting them on the Web site (www.diabetesinmichigan.org); click on the U.P.) Together was can bring more attention to the seriousness of diabetes."
Kay Davidson Bammert '88

"Hi. I would like to submit some exciting news! Here is a photo of our new little Wildcat. Jen Mohill Stark '01 and Randy Stark '01 welcomed their first child, Evan, on February 12."
Jen Stark '01
Royal Oak, Mich.
"Hi. I was at the Detroit Institute of Arts with a van full of NMU students on Sunday, Feb. 24. This was for a class, "Issues of Representation of Native Americans". To my surprise, I heard my name being called by a  familiar voice: Tami Higgins '94 and her husband, Jerry '94, were right behind me as I was entering the DIA gift shop. Tami and I were sorority sisters (Theta Psi Upsilon) in the late 1980s and early '90s. It was great to see her."
April Lindala '97, '03, '06
Marquette, Mich.

April Lindala and Tami Higgins.

"It has been nice reading about others who graduated about the time we did. Herb, an industrial arts major, keeps busy with his recycling business, graduated in 1957. I am still very involved in music. Left college for a few years and then returned to earn my bachelors of music degree in 1959. Playing the organ at church going on 58 years now. Direct the Lake County Ladies Chorus and we have lots of fun and challenges. Love having our five children and six grandchildren all living within 30 miles of us. Let's hear from more alumni who graduated in the late '50s."
Herb '56 and Joyce '60 Fiedler Hamlin
Leesburg, Fla.

"Arts Chorale members from the 70's and your children! We are planning an Arts Chorale reunion on Thursday July 24th at the Duluth FinnFest. We plan to have two performances --11:30 a.m. at the marketplace and 4:00 p.m. in the Lake Superior Ballroom, and a dinner together afterwards. Many of us are bringing our kids to sing with us, just so they can share the wonderful experience of singing under Dr. Amman's direction. Music will be sent to you in advance. FinnFest needs to know by April 15 how many of us are coming and whether we need lodging for Wed. and/or Thurs. SO PLEASE get in touch immediately if you are interested in joining us. Of course everyone is  welcome to come to the FinnFest and to our concert! Please, get in touch!"
Margaret Sell Vainio '76  (The one who didn't come home from the Arts Chorale Bicentennial Tour to Finland)
Mahlu, Finland

"NMU Alumni, this is one of two old photos I have, presumably taken at NMU in 1916. My grandfather, Gus Rizzardi (white shorts), was in education at Northern and played basketball. Does this building look like the old Longyear Hall? I have never been able to confirm the location. Thanks."
Mark Rizzardi '79
St. Paul, Minn.

"My parents, Richard and Joanne Becker Schultz, graduated from NMU in the '50s after meeting at Northern. The day before my first day at Northern, my dad told me that the hardest thing you will face during your years at Northern will be leaving NMU after graduation. Almost 24 years after I graduated, those words are still very true. Attending and graduating from NMU was one of the best things I have ever done in my life."
Scott Schultz '84
Madison, Wis.

"Greetings from Savoonga, Alaska. These were taken on March 30, 2008 in Savoonga. This is what spring looks like in Savoonga. The sun remains up until past 10 p.m. now. Temperatures have remained about the 0 mark until this last week. The winter has been very unusual; clear skies, little wind and less snow. The summers are increasingly dry and warm. I will be retiring after 27 years in the Bering Strait School District."
Michael D. Kimber '72
Savoonga, Alaska

"Greetings - I loved the aerial photo two weeks ago - having the pleasure of growing up on the corner of Norway and Center (1957 to 1972 when my folks moved just over the city line into Trowbridge), I got to watch many notable events on this location:  The bulldozers clearing the last block of Norway from the Whitman School (now Hall) to Center St, the rolling hills being leveled as the former farm field,/state fair site evolved into dorms and educational buildings, the paving and then re-routing of the 'circle drive' - this picture reminds me that a lot of change has indeed taken place since we stood on the hill (just NW of the present day science building) and flew our kites as soon as the snowbanks allowed us to find the first patch of grass!  Thanks for the memories! By the way, the old homestead would be just off the lower right part of the photo.
Ken Raisanen  '75, '80
Ontonagon, Mich.

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