For the week of February 17, 2008
From the 6th floor
As many as 10 inches of snow fell Sunday and Monday across Upper Michigan, closing schools and making for dangerous driving conditions. Winds caused considerable drifting of snow across the region. Snow showers are predicted throughout the rest of the week, but accumulations are expected to be in the range of two to four inches. We are left with some pretty significant snowbanks.
The weather is always a great topic for feedback. Last week, following blowing and drifting that caused road closures including the Mackinac Bridge, we asked readers to send us their NMU travel stories. We received some great notes. So many, as a matter of fact, we had to create a special Web page. Click here for some entertaining reading.
Smoking survey results released
NMU President Les Wong announced the results of a recent online smoking survey at a university forum, but said no decision has been made yet about whether to implement a campus-wide smoking ban. He said he will convene a small task force of faculty, staff and students to help determine the next step.
The survey netted more than 4,500 responses, with more than 80 percent coming from non-smoking students. About 54 percent of non-smokers supported a smoke-free policy for the entire campus, including parking lots and private vehicles. When the question was altered to exclude private vehicles from the ban, the results were virtually identical.
"I think my responsibility to the community was to truly try and get my arms around the sentiment of the campus regarding smoking," Wong said. "The issue is about more than just smoking and regulating it. There's the complicated issue of enforcement. I thought it would be a relatively simple thing, but I became a very good student and learned that there are a lot of nuances to this decision. I wanted to gather information rather than make it some sort of cavalier decision on my part."
The detailed survey results can be found at Smoking Survey.
Student life artifacts still needed
Do you have artifacts from your days at Northern laying around the attic? You should consider loaning them to the Beaumier Heritage Center.
The Heritage Center is putting together an April exhibit featuring student life at Northern. While they have received a number of artifacts and memorabilia from alumni, they are in need of some specific items.
- Artifacts including period clothing, intramural champion t-shirts, event banners, Greek-related objects and record players, boom boxes, eight-track players and old TVs.
- Photographs of dorm life, events and activities, favorite off-campus hangouts and any video footage of campus events.
- Stories about student politics or issues on campus, memories of campus events.
If you have something you think may be of interest to the Heritage Center, get in touch with curator Dan Truckey.
Meet NMU President Les Wong at a Florida event near you
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, Tuesday, March 4
|Joe's Crab Shack
1355 Fifth Ave. South
6 - 8 p.m.
$8 Alumni Association members/ $10 non-members
Appetizers provided, beverages available
|Sarasota, Wednesday, March 5
Island Park, #2 Marina Plaza
11:30 - 2 p.m.
$20 Alumni Association members/$25 non-members
Grouper, London Broil, Chicken
|Tampa, Thursday, 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.
Horizons headed to mailboxes
The winter issue of Horizons should be hitting your mailbox any day now. With a focus on environmental issues, you'll find profiles pieces on alumni nationwide who are involved in sustainability research, education and energy efficiency.
It's already online if you want to check it out now.
Wildcat sports update
The Northern Michigan University men's and women's Nordic ski teams won the NCAA Central Region Championship in Biwabik, Minn., Sunday (Feb. 17). NMU repeated its combined team title of a year ago with 327 points. NCAA Championships take place March 3-8 in Bozeman, Mont. Individual qualifiers are expected to be announced soon.
The NMU hockey Wildcats split on the weekend at Ohio State University. On Friday, NMU won its first game ever at Value City Arena with the 2-0 shutout. Saturday the 'Cats dropped a 3-2 match. NMU is 13-16-3 on the season and 10-12-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The team is still in the hunt for home ice for the playoffs as it hosts Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 22-23.
Both the NMU men's and women's basketball teams dropped games against Saginaw Valley State Saturday (Feb. 16). The 'Cats have two more games left in the regular season. First up is a mid-week encounter at Michigan Tech on Wednesday (Feb. 20). The NMU men and women will then face Lake Superior State on Saturday (Feb. 23) for their final games.
The NMU swimming and diving team wrapped up competition at the 2008 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday (Feb. 16). The Wildcats finished in eighth place.
Thanks for stopping by...
...Susanna Swanagan '92 of Seattle, Wash.
...Mary-Eileen '78, Don '78 and Jason '03 Goss of Essexville.
From the E-mail bag
"Here's a photo from the Feb. 16 NMU vs. Ohio State hockey game in Columbus. We long-lost Yoopers managed to create our own little Donor's Room in the 19,000 seat Value City Arena. A good time was had by all despite the 'Cats last-second, heartbreaking loss to the Buckeyes. Pictured left to right, above the table: Scott Doelling '90, Sherri Beaudry Donnelly '91, Christina Doelling, Mike Settles '84. Below the table, Tom Donnelly."
Mike Settles '84
"I would send you pictures but they would be boring. Same old thing day after day. Snow capped mountains in the background and sunshine everywhere. Weather has gotten colder since Mike Nelson from the NMU Foundation arrived. It has gone from the eighties and is now in the high sixties and low seventies. We have to wear a jacket until 10 a.m. When you send pictures like you did I am reminded as to why I came to California. Thanks for the tour last summer."
Bruce Mihelich '63
"I had to laugh when I saw the pictures from last week’s Alumni Newsletter. Living in West Virginia, I often forget how much snow we used to get up north, but I will never forget what seemed like a yearly ritual – driving back from Thanksgiving break in a white-out. I don’t think a year went by that I was not driving the Seney Stretch at 20-30 miles an hour, following the car in front with less than ten feet between and only barely able to see their tail lights because of the blowing snow. We always left on Saturday just in case the weather was bad and we got stuck at the Bridge (we never did, but the weather always got bad after we crossed into the UP). The worst was my freshman year – 1996 – which was also a record breaker for snowfall. I had been surprised when I first moved to town to see how tall the street signs were, but I was even more surprised in December when I tripped over those same signs going for a walk on the snow banks along the side of the road. ;-) Thanks for helping me to relive what was probably one of my favorite memories, although at the time I just wanted it over. When I came back to NMMU for my Masters, I got an apartment at KI Sawyer, so I got A LOT of practice driving in white-outs and drifts on the trip from Marquette to Gwinn."
Maggy Helwig '01, '05
Fairmont, West Virginia
"Hi guys. We share your weather. Tuesday night it was -39 and last night, -35! Snow all over the place here in Oakland County. Most schools closed last week when we got some 11.5 inches. This week we got 9 inches and 3/4 of the schools were open. Take care, stay warm...make lots of hot chocolate."
Terry McCormick '73
"Yes, I traveled back to Hurley from NMU on Sunday (Feb.10). That was a long trip! I traveled in a pack of cars. We kept an eye on each other. There were white-out conditions until I got to Wakefield, where the sun was shining. Of course, it was still 11 below at noon. good day to stay inside and build a fire."
Keith Polkinghorne '76
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