For the week of November 26, 2007


From the 6th floor

It's a cloudy and rainy start to the week with forecasters calling for heavy lake effect snow over the next few days. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect late tonight through Tuesday afternoon. Those in the higher terrain, from Skandia to Trenary and Shingleton, could see as much as eight inches of fresh snowfall.

Boyle to address graduates

Kevin Boyle, a Northern alumnus and attorney with Latham & Watkins L.L.P., will be the keynote speaker at the Dec. 15 commencement ceremony. He also will receive an honorary doctorate of mass communications degree.
Boyle is a partner resident in the law firm's Washington, D.C., and Reston, Va., offices. He is a member of the corporate department and its technology transactions and communications practice groups.
He began his legal practice primarily representing clients in the acquisition and sale of radio and television stations and other communications industry assets, and in proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission. While Boyle continues to represent clients before the FCC, including student radio station WUPX at Northern, his practice now focuses on outsourcing, technology transactions and other technology-related matters.
Boyle graduated from NMU in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in speech-communications. He was a member of the Wildcat Marching Band, chair of the student-faculty judiciary and president of the Mortar Board. Boyle maintains ties to the university as vice president of the NMU Foundation. He earned his juris doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1984 and worked at another law firm in Washington, D.C., before joining Latham as an associate in 1987.

Horizons magazine profiles History in the Making

The Fall 2007 issue of Horizons is headed your way. In the new   edition, we take a look at the theme of history and highlight some of  NMU's talented alumni. 

  • Features include:
  • NMU students travel back in time
  • What some NMU alumni have done with their history degrees
  • The important work of the NMU and Central Upper Peninsula Archives

Plus, a fun NMU quiz.  Test your knowledge of your alma mater.
For example: What professional football team used Northern Michigan University's campus for summer training in 1962?

Check out Horizons for the answer.

Not sure if you're getting Horizons?  Make sure we have your accurate mailing address by filling out our online form.

Alumnus to present injection molding seminar

Scott Stephens '91, vice president of Ironwood Plastics, will present a seminar on Plastic Injection Molding on December 7.  Through a generous gift, Ironwood Plastics and the Stephens family helped establish a plastics injection technology program at NMU. The demonstration will take place from 10 a.m.-noon in room 134 of the Jacobetti Complex.
Read information on the Plastics Injection Technology program.

Can you help?

This old photo surfaced recently and we're looking for information about it.  While we know it was taken at the Tip Top Cafe, that's about all we know. Are you or someone you know in the photo? Do you know when it was taken? Why was it taken?

Click on the photo for a larger version.
Get in touch with us if you have any information about the photo.

Unprecedented tax benefits

For a limited time you can put a gift from your IRA into action   and take advantage of unprecedented tax benefits. But you must act by December 31, 2007.

Alumni are already opening doors to achievement by helping our students and their families meet the challenging financial demands of higher education. In fact, many of you would like to do more by making gifts from assets that are currently in your IRAs. However, you don't want your gifts reduced by federal taxes before they can be put to work as intended--for the benefit of NMU students.The Charitable IRA Rollover provision in the Pension Protection Act of 2006 allows you to make a tax-free distribution directly from your IRA to a qualified charitable organization, such as the NMU Foundation. To learn more, visit our Web site at www.nmu.edu/foundation or call the NMU Foundation at 906-227-2627 and ask to speak to a development officer. Please don't pass up this opportunity to help. Thank you for your continued support of NMU.

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University hockey team went home-and-home with the Lake Superior State University Lakers over the weekend (Nov. 23-24). NMU swept its first weekend series of the season with the 3-1 win over the Lakers at Taffy Abel Arena on Saturday night. The 'Cats won Friday's match 4-2 at the Berry Events Center. NMU improves to 5-9-0 on the season and 4-8-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Up next for the 'Cats: a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) to face the Nanooks in a CCHA match-up.
The NMU women's basketball team picked up its first win of the season with a 70-53 win over the UM-Duluth Bulldogs, Saturday (Nov. 24) at the UM-Duluth Tournament.  NMU is 1-3 on the season. The team's next two games are on the road. They open the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play this week in Erie, Pa. Thursday (Nov. 29) the team will face Gannon before going across town to face Mercyhurst on Saturday (Dec.1).
The NMU men's basketball team fell to host UM-Duluth by a score of 79-53 Saturday, Nov. 24 at the UM-Duluth Tournament. The 'Cats are still in search of their first win as they fall to 0-3. The team stays on the road, following the women to Gannon and Mercyhurst, Nov. 29 and Dec. 1.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Shawn Heid '97 from Ypsilanti, Mich.

From the E-mail bag

"Hi. I was part of the student radio crew that had a reunion last year during the "Lost Weekend" tour. Thanks for the great job the Alumni Association is doing.  I logged in to the live campus cam when I received the last issue of 'What's New, NMU?' and really enjoyed it. Suddenly, you're back on campus. If I could offer a suggestion, there should be a button in the weekly update next to the 6th floor picture so it would be easy to do a quick campus visit. It would be great if there were more cameras around that we could check in on."
Dan Kalinowski '75

Cumming, Ga.


Note from the Editor: Great idea, Dan. Can't believe we didn't think of it ourselves. We added it this week.

"Kim Dykwell '07 left in September for Peace Corp duty in the Dominican Republic. She's certainly had her ups and downs as far as her overall experience, mainly problems with Spanish language, living conditions, tropical storm Noel and oppressive heat all the time. She's a girl with a lot of determination and is doing her best to get through the training. To follow her progress, you can check her blog at http://www.drgirl0709.blogspot.com
Her father, Bob Dykwell
Grand Rapids, Mich.
"Here is a photo of three NMU grads that work in one small school building, Maple Grove Elementary in Lapeer, Mich. We all have great memories of NMU!"

Sandy Gotz Mroz '74, PE teacher
Tamara Huhta-Rezanka '88, '91, Speech and Language teacher
Nyla Lawrence McCoy '76, Special Education teacher

"I graduated from NMU in 1979 (finally, after having started college in D.C. 26 years before) and left for Hawaii a year and a half later. Since I was so much older than most of the students, I doubt there's anyone who remembers me, but many might remember my kids, all of whom graduated from UP schools and 3 who attended NMU. They are still Lepthiens -- Van, Cyn, Terri, and Scott -- while I took my middle name (De la Noy) as a last name (Delanoy). The main reason I get into the newsletter is to look at the photos. I miss Lake Superior, and although it's beautiful here in southern New Hampshire, I miss your more abundant snow. Happy Winter!"
Kay Lepthien Delanoy '79
Keene, NH


"Just returned from a fantastic vacation on the Island of Vieques, just off the coast of Puerto Rico.  We were hosted by Gordy Ried who has developed a majestic compound , overlooking the Caribbean and accommodating up to 20  people.  Gordy and Tom Newman '63 established Togo's Pizza Shop in Marquette.  Besides swimming, boating, fishing and beach runs, Gordy featured his daughter Whitney's bloody Mary mixes with a pickle, of course, and pasties to get us through the mid-day.  Color of the compound???? Yup, its green and gold.  Highly recommend you try the experience--I'm sure Gordy will discount all NMU alums or U.P. residents. You can find the web site at casa de claire.  GO WILDCATS!"
Bill Brodeur '60

Yarmouth, Mass.

"I wanted to share with everyone that two NMU grads tied the knot. Meredith Andrews '03 and Stephen Ereg '03 were married May 14, 2007.  Our wedding took place in Ixtapa, Mexico and a reception was held in Grand Ledge, Mich. upon our return home.  We honeymooned on the Carnival Liberty in the western Caribbean. We reside in East Lansing, Mich. Thanks for sharing this with everyone."
Meredith Ereg '03
East Lansing, Mich.

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