What's New, NMU for the week of Monday, Feb. 6, 2012

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, February 6, 2012.

From the 6th floor

While the U.P. may occasionally look like this, it is not the U.P. But we thought is was a great picture and wanted to share it with you. The picture was taken in the Antarctic and shows NMU alumni Lisa Trotter '99 and Sandy MacLean '56. Lisa works for National Geographic Expeditions and was Sandy's guide on a recent tour of the Antarctic. Trotter, an NMU health and fitness grad, is an expedition leader, undersea specialist and divemaster. She is reportedly the first person to be trained and certified diving in the Antarctic. The little guys in the background are penguins.

Meanwhile, closer to home, it's been unseasonably mild in Upper Michigan as of late. Temperatures have climbed into the upper 30s in the past week. While snow flurries are predicted for the next few days, forecasters say the sun will be back later this week and the mercury will climb back into the 30s.

Ann Arbor post-game reception set for next Friday, Feb. 17.

Alumni in the Ann Arbor area are invited to join the NMU Alumni Association and Wildcat hockey coaches for a post-game reception Friday, Feb. 17. The reception will take place at Damon's on Boardwalk. Reception will begin immediately following the NMU vs. Michigan game. Reception is open to all Wildcat fans. Snacks provided and beverages available for purchase. Game tickets can be purchased by contacting the Michigan Ticket Office at 734-764-0247.

Plan on attending the reception? Let us know.

Wildcat Night 2012 has most locations ever. Get to a party near you!

Saturday, Feb. 18, will be the largest Wildcat Night Across the Country in history. Twenty-two parties are planned nationwide. Find a party near you and join fellow Wildcats as we cheer on the 'Cats. The NMU hockey 'Cats take on the Michigan Wolverines at 5 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports Detroit. Groups are gathering at bars and restaurants across the country to watch the game.
A complete list of parties is available on our website.

From Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Naples, Detroit, Chicago and plenty of places in between. Check out the list and cheer on the 'Cats.

All you need to do is RSVP to the host for the party in your area, put on your green and gold and bring your Wildcat spirit. There will be games and prizes at all the parties. Food and beverage is Dutch treat.

Questions? Get in touch with us.

Looking for career advice or a new job?

NMU's Career Services Office will offer its annual Summer Job Fair Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. On-campus and off-campus organizations will be in attendance to help students and others find summer jobs. Participating businesses are listed here.

The NMU Alumni Association offers a number of ways to network, including posting job opportunities when we become aware of them.

Northern Michigan University has the following openings:

Title: Athletic Director
Department:  Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports
Salary:  Commensurate with experience.
Submit application by February 15.

Title: Assistant Football Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Department:  Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports
Targeted annual salary range: $48,000 - $54,000
Submit application by February 13.

Title: Assistant Director-Financial Aid
Department: Financial Aid
Targeted salary range: $37,000 - $45,000
Submit application by Feb. 13.

You can read more about the positions on the NMU Human Resources website.

The Northern Network is a great source for employment assistance. The Northern Network is our exclusive online community for alumni and friends. But it's not just local. Hundreds of companies from around the globe post jobs daily.

Check us out on LinkedIn.

Wildcat sports update

The No. 19-ranked NMU hockey team tied and lost to No. 6 Ferris State at the Berry Events Center this past weekend. NMU skated to a 5-5 tie on Friday (Feb 3) . Junior forward Matt Thurber got the Wildcats the extra Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) point with his shootout goal. On Saturday (Feb. 4), NMU lost at home for only the second time this season, losing to the Bulldogs 3-1. NMU is 12-10-6 overall and 7-9-6-3 in the CCHA. The 'Cats sit in ninth-place in the conference with 30 points.
The NMU women's basketball team finished with a weekend sweep over Wayne State and Findlay at the Berry Events Center. After trailing for the first 35 minutes of the game, the 'Cats defeated Wayne State 70-69 Thursday (Feb. 2). Saturday (Feb. 4) NMU beat Findlay 79-76. The 'Cats improve to 10-11 on the season and 6-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), putting them in a tie for seventh.
The men's basketball team was unable to come away with a win at home as they fell to Wayne State 72-55 and Findlay 85-76 last week. With the losses, the 'Cats fall to 8-13 overall and 4-10 in the GLIAC.
The No. 21 NMU indoor track and field team finished for second Saturday (Feb 4) at the Pointer Invitational at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The Wildcats broke five school records and had four NCAA provisional qualifying marks on the day.

WiMAX extended to Houghton, internet upgrade completed

In recent technology-related developments, NMU’s WiMAX capability has extended to the Houghton area.  Also, the university has upgraded its primary Internet connection from 1 gigabits per second to 10 Gbps. According to Dave Maki, NMU chief technology officer, a company named BBTelsys is leasing WiMAX spectrum from the intermediate school district in Houghton with plans to sell it for business use.

The company contacted NMU for assistance because of the university’s experience operating its own WiMAX network.  “They paid us to run the equipment and as part of the deal, Northern and the school district get free access,” said Maki. “That access will remain in effect when they sell it. There’s no restriction up there that WiMAX can only be used non-commercially for education, government or police and fire services. They can use it for business.”

Upgrading the primary Internet from 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps allows NMU to connect to the other public universities in Michigan and to the commodity Internet at a higher speed and with a higher capacity link. A gigabit per second is the equivalent of one billion bits per second or 1,000 megabits per second. 

“For comparison’s sake, a good residential cable modem or DSL modem might get speeds around 20 Mbps,” said John Marra, NMU director of technical services. “Our new connection, expressed in terms of megabits, would be 10,240 Mbps.”

NMU worked with its service provider, Merit, to complete phases of the project. Merit provides Internet for all of Michigan’s public universities, along with many libraries, local governments and K-12 educational environments. The 10-fold upgrade in speed is part of Merit’s broader REACH-3MC fiber-optic infrastructure project in the Upper Peninsula.


Check out NMU commercials on YouTube

Did you know there is an NMU YouTube channel? It has a great line-up of NMU commercials and special segments. Want to know what your alma mater has been up to lately? Check out the promotional segments called "This Is My NMU".

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