From the 6th floor

6thfloor Warm October air has been moving across Upper Michigan but forecasters say expect that to change soon. After temperatures in the 60s early in the week, a sharp cold front will move through accompanied by some scattered showers, strong, shifting winds and some much colder air. And yes, they are using the "S" word in the forecast for late Wednesday night into Thursday. Hopefully, they are mistaken.


NMU Distinguished Alumnus Contributes to Nobel-Winning UN Climate Panel Report

Frederick “Fritz” Nelson ’73, professor of geography at the University of Delaware and 2007 NMU Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus, is a member of a working group within the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

IPCC, a science body advising the United Nations on the dangers of global warming, was established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in recognition of the problem of potential global climate change.

Nelson contributed a lengthy section on climate-change impacts on permafrost to the 2007 IPCC report.

“I feel very privileged to have played a modest role in an enterprise that’s received such attention at high government and societal levels. One of the most intriguing and important aspects of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize is that it was made, collectively, to a very large group of people and involved work in both the natural and social sciences.  Modern science is indeed a collaborative effort, and this year’s Nobel Peace Prize recognizes that fact.”

NMU alumni gather in Lansing to cheer on hockey ‘Cats.

wongs Close to 100 NMU alumni and friends got together following NMU vs. Michigan State hockey, Friday, Oct. 26. The Lansing area reception was sponsored by Marquette’s Casa Calabria restaurant and the NMU Alumni Association. 
Shown in photo at left: Jim Johnson ’77, co-owner of the Casa, and Phyllis and Les Wong.


NMU Bookstore offers special Holiday Shopping Discount to alumni

bookstore Just in time for your holiday shopping, the NMU Bookstore is offering a special, limited-time only discount to readers of "What's New, NMU?" Now through Nov. 18, you can save 10% off your total order from the NMU Bookstore.  Alumni need to enter the coupon code "alumni1" on the "my cart" page. This coupon is good for in-stock NMU imprinted merchandise.
Questions?  Contact the NMU Bookstore via email or by phone 1-888-458-8668.
Enter coupon code "alumni1" when checking out to get your 10% discount.

Beaumier Heritage Center looking for artifacts

beaumierAn upcoming exhibit at the Beaumier Heritage Center will focus on student life at Northern over the past 100+ years. Students designing the exhibit are looking to alumni
for help.  They are in search of artifacts and personal stories from life on campus.

The Beaumier Heritage Center was made possible through a gift from John Beaumier '53. Daniel Truckey, Director/Curator of the Beaumier Heritage Center, says that the Center will be more than just a museum gallery.  “Our plan is to create a very active programming entity here on campus that serves the students, staff and public.   In addition to historical exhibitions, we are planning festivals, concerts, and possibly a film series.  More importantly, the Heritage Center will be a laboratory for students interested in museums.  They will be involved in the planning and implementation of our exhibitions and programming.  In addition, we are planning to offer opportunities for students to do internships at museums throughout the Upper Peninsula.”

Geoff Woodcox, senior photography major and museum assistant said, “Doing research for the exhibit on Northern, has helped me to have a lot more pride in the school and what went on before I came here.  My experience here at the BHC has been amazing and will really contribute to my work in graduate school and hopefully my career plans as well," said Geoff Woodcox, senior photography major and museum assistant.

Truckey says that an institution like the Beaumier Heritage Center is important for many reasons.  “There has never been a museum dedicated to the entire scope of Upper Peninsula history, in particular the people who have lived here for literally centuries.  The Upper Peninsula deserves such an institution and it is increasingly important at this time.  The UP is such a special place and in an age where everything is so dominated by a larger culture, we need to preserve our culture and even help it thrive.  That’s what the Beaumier Heritage Center is all about.”

Have something they might be interested in? Get in touch with the Beaumier Heritage Center.


Alumni Association One Book reception

The NMU Alumni Association and One Book, One Community present a book discussion led by NMU professor and novelist John Smolens.
Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.
Federated Women's Clubhouse in Marquette
NMU alumni and the public are invited to enjoy desserts, coffee and conversation about Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, this year's One Book, One Community selection. Reservations appreciated; not required.
906-227-2610 or alumni@nmu.edu
Click here for more information regarding the One Book project.


Schindler Holocaust exhibit comes to NMU

schindlerThe traveling Schindler Exhibit from the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., will be on display at NMU’s Olson Library from Nov. 1 to Dec. 12. The Schindler Exhibit promotes awareness about the Holocaust through the story of Oskar Schindler, a German who joined the Nazi party in 1939, but by the end of World War II had rescued more than 1,000 Jews from Hitler’s genocide.

Following the German conquest of Poland, Schindler moved to Kraków and took responsibility for a formerly Jewish-owned enamel kitchenware factory. Later, he received an enamel works factory in a small town outside of the city. This factory became a haven for about 900 Jewish workers during the Holocaust.

In 1942 and early 1943, the Nazis murdered and deported 20,000 Jews from Krakow. The Jews who survived, many of Schindler’s factory workers included, were taken to forced labor camps. Schindler, appalled by the cruelties of these camps, secured permission from the German Army to move his workers from the camp to a shell and rocket casing factory he set up in Brünnlitz. The factory never produced any shells or rocket casings, a deliberate plan by Schindler, but it was used to keep roughly 1,100 Jewish men and women safe in the until the war ended on May 8, 1948.

In 1993, the United States Holocaust Memorial Council presented Schindler with the Museum’s Medal of Remembrance, a rare honor reserved for extraordinary deeds during the Holocaust.

The Schindler Wall is being brought to NMU by the campus chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society. Olson Library hours are 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and noon to midnight on Sunday. For more information on the exhibit, contact Elizabeth Wantz at 906-227-4828. Admission is free and class or group visitations are also available.


Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University football team has won three of its last four games. The Wildcats wrapped up their final home game of the season with an exciting 45-31 victory over Mercyhurst College in the Superior Dome, Saturday (Oct. 27). NMU outscored Mercyhurst 28-3 in the second half. NMU is 3-5 on the season. The 'Cats will end their season by playing the final two games of the 2007 schedule on the road. They make the trip to Erie, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 3, to take on the Golden Knights of Gannon University.
The NMU hockey team is still in search of its first Central Collegiate Hockey Association  win after losing a pair of games to Michigan State University this past weekend (Oct. 26-27). NMU is 1-5 overall and 0-4 in the CCHA. The 'Cats are home this weekend (Nov. 2-3) for a CCHA clash with the Miami Redhawks.
The NMU women's soccer team (11-4-2) played its regular season finale in the Superior Dome on Sunday (Oct. 28) against Finlandia University.  A total of 11 different Wildcats scored in the 14-0 win. A new NMU record was set, as the 14 goals is the most ever scored by the 'Cats in a game. The old record was 12 goals. The 'Cats will travel to Findlay, Ohio for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women's Soccer Tournament. NMU will face the Oilers in the quarterfinals on Tuesday (Oct. 30).
The NMU volleyball squad made it a clean sweep over the weekend on the road. NMU took care of the Northwood University Timberwolves on Saturday in three straight (30-27, 30-25, 32-30). The Wildcats are now 18-10 overall, 13-4 in the GLIAC and are riding a four-match winning streak.NMU has two more matches left in the regular season as the team is at Michigan Tech on Wednesday (Oct. 31) and then will be at home for the regular season finale on Saturday (Nov. 3) against Lake Superior State.


NMU alumna celebrates 103

sarah Sarah Bottrell '29 is shown at a birthday gathering in her honor. Sarah, who lives in Marquette, was the adviser for the NMU chapter of Alpha Xi Delta and wrote the chapter song. She taught social studies at Newberry High School for 27 years and at Marquette Senior High School for 16 years. Sarah retired in 1972.

Sarah may be NMU's oldest living alumna. Do you know someone older than Sarah who graduated from NMU? Please let us know.


From the E-mail bag

"I had the opportunity to come up for NMU's homecoming with my son, Robert who is 2. I marched with the Alumni band and had a wonderful time. It was so nice to be back up on campus and reminisce. I have attached a photo of my son with Wildcat Willy. Thank you."
Elizabeth Waters '02
Adrian, Mich.

"Hi,  Pat Miller here.  Just thought I would share the link to a short film I made (shooting time 11 hours - editing 4 days) that is currently on Google.  http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-601049708322699502
It's a little grim, but think Twilight Zone."
Pat Miller '73
Hollywood, Cal.

"Hi there. I was just reading about some of the activities at Northern and the alumni activies there so I thought I would try to get some information out about my group at in Circle called "Class or 1956".  I am sure your email message will get to more of my class than I can find addresses for so I thought I would try to get the site listed here.  I have been sending out letters to those people I can find searching the Internet for addresses and have gotten a number of them contacted.  I am posting the information about their lives on the "Class of 1956" site so other classmates can read what has happened to their friends.I would like to hear from any of those I have not been able to contact and they can reach me at 1405 Washington Ave.  Iron River, Mi 49935 or at jwaldronw@peoplepc.com. I have just doubled the membership of the class site today...we are now 2 members."
Jerome Waldron '56
Iron River, Mich.

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