What's New, NMU?

For the week of Feb. 4, 2008

From the 6th floor

We are in a relatively quiet weather pattern across Upper Michigan. This after a brief cold spell with record wind chills last week. Temperatures are forecasted to be more seasonable with a chance of snow flurries early in the week.

Ann Arbor alumni get together

After an evening of Wildcat hockey, alumni in the Ann Arbor area got together, Friday, Feb. 1. The NMU Alumni Association sponsored a post-game reception at Damon's. Close to 50 alumni and friends turned out. Special thanks to NMU Alumni Association board member David Wirth '72 for the photos.

Alumni events scheduled for Florida

NMU President Les Wong and the NMU Alumni Association will be hosting three alumni events in Florida, March 4-6. Dr. Wong will begin his visits in Naples, Tuesday, March 4 and then travels north to Sarasota and Tampa.  All NMU alumni and friends are invited to any or all of the events.

Naples, Tues. March 4
Joe's Crab Shack
1355 Fifth Ave. South
6 - 8 p.m.

$8 Alumni Association members/ $10 non-members
Appetizers provide, beverages available

Sarasota, Wed. March 5
Marina Jack
Island Park, #2 Marina Plaza
11:30 - 2 p.m.

$20 Alumni Association members/$25 non-members
Grouper, London Broil, Chicken

Tampa, Thurs. March 6
Landry's Seafood House
7616 West Coutney Campbell Causeway
6 - 9 p.m.

$35 Alumni Association members/$40 non-members
Red Snapper, Prime Rib, Chicken

Reservations must be made in advance for each of the events. Keep an eye on your mailbox for printed invitations. If you would like to RSVP by phone with a credit card, contact us at 1-877-GRAD NMU. 


How you can assist your alma mater

NMU Career Services (formerly JOBSearch Center) will be hosting its annual Upper Great Lakes Collegiate Job Fair on Wednesday, March 19 and it would like you to "come home" and recruit for your company. Perhaps you're in a position to recruit for your company or know someone who is? What better way to support your alma mater than to return and share your expertise with soon-to-be-graduates. If you're interested in attending the job fair, please contact Career Services at 906-227-2800 or visit its Web site to find out more.

PostSecret creator coming to campus

Frank Warren, creator of the PostSecret Project, will be speaking at 7 p.m., Monday, February 11, in the Great Lakes Rooms.  The project began with an idea Warren had for a community art project.  He began handing out postcards to strangers and leaving them in public places – asking people to write down a secret they had never told anyone and mail it to him, anonymously.  The response was overwhelming.  The secrets were both provocative and profound, and the cards themselves were works of art – carefully and creatively constructed by hand.  Addictively compelling, the cards reveal deepest fears, desires, regrets and obsessions.  As he began posting the cards on his Web site, PostSecret took on a life of its own, becoming much more than a simple art project.  It has grown into a global phenomenon, exposing individual aspirations, fantasies and frailties – common humanity.  Sponsored by Platform Personalities, tickets ($1 for NMU students, $2 for 18 and under, and $3 for non-students) are available at all NMU Ticket Outlets (Superior Dome, TCF Bank, Forest Roberts Theatre and the Vista Theater Thrift Shop, Negaunee).  For more information, call 227-6543.

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University hockey team skated out of Yost Arena with two points last weekend (Feb 1-2). NMU tied with the University of Michigan 3-3 both evenings. NMU is 10-15-3 overall and 7-11-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The 'Cats are home this weekend (Feb. 8-9) for a CCHA series against Michigan State.
The NMU women's basketball team has most of the week off before it takes on its next opponent, Ferris State on Friday.  The Wildcats dropped a 73-59 contest to Lake Superior State University last week. The lady 'Cats are 8-12 overall and 3-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
The men's basketball team took a brief pit stop Monday night at the Berry Events Center with a non-conference game against Northland Baptist. NMU had a 13-0 lead before the Pioneers scored its first basket of the game. The Wildcats held a 51-20 lead at the half and took the game 92-49. NMU will be back in the thick of GLIAC play later this week. The ‘Cats are at Ferris State on Thursday (Feb. 7) and then travel to Grand Valley State for a game on Saturday (Feb. 9).
NMU's swimming and diving team is headed to the GLIAC Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Indianapolis. The team is coming off a double dual meet with Grand Valley State and Hillsdale College. The Wildcats lost to GVSU and defeated the Chargers.

From the E-mail bag

"I enjoy receiving 'What’s New NMU'!  You do a great job with it.   The view from the 6th floor is a favorite. I live in Punta Gorda, Florida. It’s located between Naples and Sarasota.  I’m interested in learning about the upcoming alumni events in the area.  I visited NMU this summer when I was in Marquette visiting my brother Pete Belpedio.   I also had a great opportunity to spend an afternoon with the former chair of the Psychology Dept. and mentor of mine, Pryse Duerfeldt, and his wife at their home (in picture).  I have fond memories of my days at NMU. I hope I’ll be able to see the NMU contingent in one of the locations."
Carla (Belpedio) Narrett,  '78
Punta Gorda, Fla.

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