What's New, NMU? for the week of Oct. 20, 2008

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Oct. 20, 2008

From the 6th floor

Looking northeast from the 6th floor, you really can't see a lot of color change, but according to the National Weather Service, the U.P. is past peak color for the season. Overnight temperatures have consistently been in the lower 30's across the region. While there is a chance of snow in the forecast, only the highlands are likely to see any flurries. The mercury hasn't been getting much past 50 during the day, though.

Lansing area alumni reception Friday

The NMU Alumni Association will host a post-game reception in Lansing, Friday, Oct. 24, immediately following the NMU-MSU hockey game.

Lansing Area Post-game party
Friday, Oct. 24
Trippers on Frandor Ave.

All Wildcat fans invited.
Snacks provided, beverages available.

Game time is 7:05 p.m.
Reception immediately following.

Wide variety of speakers visiting Northern this week

A diverse schedule of presentations will make for a busy week on the NMU campus. From the executive producer of the Batman movie series to a globally recognized Islamic cleric, there is something for just about everyone this week.

This week's highlights include:  

Michael Uslan
Michael Uslan--"From Fan to Filmaker: The Journey to Bring Batman to the Silver Screen"

Uslan is best known as the originator and executive producer of the Batman movie series, starting with Tim Burton's 1989 film and continuing to 2008's "The Dark Knight".

Monday, Oct. 20
7 p.m.
Jamrich 102

Dr. Ines Bustillo

Dr. Bustillo is the director of the Washington office, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Tuesday, Oct. 21
4 p.m.
Mead Auditorium

Imam Al Qazwini
Imam Sayid Hassan Al Qazwini

Imam Qazwini is the spiritual leader of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. Known globally for his progressive views on interfaith harmony and the need for constructive interfaith, his book, American Crescent summarizes his life in Iraq before he and his family had to flee their home and country.

Wed. Oct. 22
7 p.m.
Reynolds Recital Hall

Dr. Will Keim

"Keys to Success in College and Life"

Will Keim has spoken to more students on more campuses about actualizing peak performance and leadership than anyone in the nation.

For more information, call 227-1771.

This is just a sampling of this week's activities. For a complete look, visit the NMU Master Calendar.  

Business Venture Competition includes cash awards for student entrepreneurship

The NMU College of Business has announced the 2nd Annual New Business Venture Competition. The competition is intended to provide an opportunity for NMU students, working individually or in teams of up to five, to develop a viable business plan.
$10,000 in cash awards is available to assist students in realizing their vision.
The competition is designed to encourage entrepreneurial activism among students by recognizing and rewarding those who present detailed plans on designing and creating business enterprises, drawing on their own ideas and inventions or those of others.
The first part of the competition, the completion of the intent to compete forms and the executive summary, is due on Oct. 30.

Students from all majors are encouraged to participate.

Learn more about the competition.

License paves way for WiMAX

Northern has been granted an Educational Broadband Service (EBS) license by the Federal Communications Commission. EBS is a type of wireless spectrum that supports high-speed Internet access using “WiMAX” technology.
A special thanks to NMU alumnus Kevin Boyle '81 for his role in helping secure the license.
The license will allow NMU to better serve the university’s growing commuter and off-campus populations with broadband access to critical course related materials, expand the collaborative efforts between area K-12 schools and NMU students fulfilling student teaching requirements, and continue the development of new wireless services that are critical to the Teaching, Learning and Communication (TLC) technology initiative.
"Our new EBS license takes Northern’s technology to a new plateau by expanding our wireless network in a way that will make handheld and notebook devices truly portable. WiMAX wireless technology is a global standard for cutting-edge technology that will help provide our students and faculty fast, reliable access to the future’s multi-media content and communication demands. It means much greater wireless penetration throughout the central portion of the Upper Peninsula," said NMU President Les Wong.
Congressman Bart Stupak said the increased wireless penetration afforded by WiMAX will be valuable on two fronts: “It will not only enhance learning for NMU students; it will be very helpful from an emergency services perspective and the ability to keep more citizens informed. With Wi-Fi, the coverage is about 100 to 150 feet. With WiMAX, it’s miles.”
Also part of the recent announcement was a check presentation by Gene DeRossett, state director of U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development of Michigan. The USDA’s Rural Development Program awarded WNMU-TV a $633,231 federal digital television grant earlier in the fall to assist with the final steps in the conversion from analog to digital, which must be completed by February 2009.

Pictured above during the check presentation are (from left) Stupak, Eric Smith, Gene DeRossett, Liz Reed, staff assistant for Sen. Carl Levin, Les Wong and Sheri Davie, regional manager for Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

Recorded in Stone: Voices on the Marquette Iron Range

A new collaborative project is helping preserve iron mining heritage on the Marquette Iron Range. "Recorded in Stone: Voices on the Marquette Iron Range" is a joint effort between NMU, Peter White Public Library, the Marquette County Historical Society, the Michigan Iron Industry Museum and the Beaumier Heritage Center. The kick-off event, a symposium, brought together scholars specializing in the history of immigration on the iron range. The symposium is just one of many components now available at the Recorded in Stone Web site.

Wildcat sports update

The NMU hockey team split its series with the Michigan Wolverines over the weekend. Michgian is ranked no. 2 in the country. Last Friday, NMU shut out the Wolverines, 2-0. On Saturday (Oct. 18), Michigan picked up a win, 5-3. The 'Cats are 2-2-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The team takes to the road this weekend (Oct. 24-25) against Michigan State University in East Lansing.
A 3-0 win over visiting Northwood University gave the NMU soccer team a win in its final home game of the season. NMU is now 9-8 overall and 5-6 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). NMU will play its final regular season games on the road. The 'Cats are at Findlay (Oct. 24), Tiffin (Oct. 26) and Ashland (Nov. 2).
After defeating two top 25 teams last Friday at the GLVC-GLIAC Crossover Tournament, the NMU volleyball team lost to Southern Indiana on Saturday in five sets. The 'Cats are now 15-8 on the season. They are back in conference action with matches at Lake Superior (Oct. 24) and Saginaw Valley State (Oct. 25).
The NMU football team couldn't hold on to its lead and dropped its sixth consecutive game of the season to Hillsdale College last Saturday, 49-25. NMU drops to 1-6. The team hosts the University of Findlay, Saturday (Oct. 25).

A reminder to Wildcat fans: NMU football, basketball, volleyball and hockey are available to watch live through B2 Networks. The broadcast features a high-quality video streamed by the team's videographer and audio from the team's official play-by-play broadcaster. To watch the Wildcats or for more information, click here.

From the e-mail bag

"Well, we made the trip again. Smaller group this year, but 10 alumni gathered on Columbus Day weekend on the South branch of the AuSable River. This group lived in Halverson Hall's Outhouse and graduated 1983-84.
Bob Macdonald '83
West Newbury, Mass.
Gary Cline, John Borowski, Scott Lattimore '84, Hall Smith IV '83, Mark Dressler '83, Mike Miller '83, Tom Gallagher '83, Bob Macdonald '83 and Mike Celovsky '83.


"Hi. On June 9, 2008, Michael Williams, '75 became a grandfather.  His daughter, Tara and Jeff Steinhorst became parents to a beautiful baby boy named Colton Michael Steinhorst. Here is a picture of Big Daddy (Michael) with Colton.
Shelagh Williams
Proud Great Aunt of '79


"Don Stacks ’71 was elected to the first class of Research Fellows by the Institute for Public Relations (http://www.instituteforpr.org/release_single/institute_for_public_relati...).  Dr. Stacks is currently professor and director of the nationally-recognized University of Miami Public Relations Program.  He is the author of over 160 articles, books, and professional presentations on communication, public relations, and persuasion.  Dr. Stacks is also associated with Echo Research, a world-class communication research firm, as one of the companies Senior Advisory Group of Experts (SAGEs).  Dr. Stacks’ most recent book, the 2nd edition of An Integrated Approach to Communication Research and Theory has just been published and his award-winning Public Relations Research Primer (2nd edition) is expected to be published this spring.  The 5th edition of his work with Dr. Mark Hickson and Dr. Nina-Jo Moore, Nonverbal Communication, is due out sometime in the late summer or early spring."
Don Stacks '71
Miami, Fl.

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