What's New, NMU?

For the week of June 8, 2009

From the 6th floor

I doubt anyone would disagree with the assessment that the weather has been less than pleasant. Rainy and 42 degrees Monday, June 8. That does not resemble anything like summer weather, except in the U. P., of course. The forecast calls for things to dry up a bit but temperatures still on the cool side through the rest of the week.

Homecoming 2009 will be here before you know it

While everyone else may be gearing up for summer, the NMU Alumni Association is planning for fall and Homecoming 2009. This year's celebration takes place Sept. 25-26, on the campus of Northern Michigan University. As always, a wide variety of events are planned. Traditional activities, such as the parade and tailgating, continue and we've added new traditions such as the college receptions at the Landmark Inn. The Beaumier Heritage Center will have open house hours and several reunion groups are getting together.


Alumni at the Friday night reception, Homecoming 2008.

NMU Homecoming 2009
Sept. 25-26
Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, Sept. 23

5 - 7 p.m.


NMU Alumni Association Hosts
Faculty/Staff Homecoming Reception
7 p.m. King/Queen Competition
   
Friday, Sept. 25  
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors Annual Meeting
10 - 4 p.m. Beaumier Heritage Center
Open House
3 p.m. Politcal Science Symposium
5:30 p.m. Homecoming Parade
5:30 p.m. Political Science/Public Administration
Homecoming Reception
Landmark Inn
6:30 p.m. College of Business
Homecoming Reception
Landmark Inn
6:30 p.m. College of Professional Studies
Homecoming Reception
Landmark Inn
6:30 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences
Homecoming Reception
Landmark Inn
6:30 p.m. "A Celebration of Excellence"
Tribute to Hal Dorf by friends
More details here
6:30 p.m. Classes of 1958-59-60
50th Reunion Dinner
9 p.m. All Alumni Reception
Landmark Inn
Saturday, Sept. 26  
10 - 4 p.m. Beaumier Heritage Center
Open House
10:30 a.m. Alumni Association Homecoming Awards
and NMU Donor-Funded Scholarship Brunch
2 p.m. Tailgating
Outside Superior Dome
4 p.m. NMU Football vs. Ferris State
7 p.m. Fifth Quarter Reception
TBA

Keep your eye on our Web site for additional details and activities.

Do you have an event planned during Homecoming? Let us know so we can tell others.

Homecoming activities are sponsored by the NMU Alumni Association.
If you are not a member, consider joining today.

Classes of 1958-59-60 to celebrate 50th anniversary


As part of Homecoming 2009 activities, the classes of 1958-59-60 will be holding a 50th anniversary celebration. Special events are planned throughout the weekend.
Interested in helping out with the reunion planning? Get in touch with us.

Alumni group planning Dorf celebration


A group of NMU alumni are planning a special tribute to former NMU professor Hal Dorf. Dorf taught in the College of Business and served as director of international studies.
 The tribute committee invites all alumni, staff, students and friends who were part of Hal's programs, had him as an instructor, or just enjoyed the pleasure of his company, to attend.
Details can be found at www.HalDorf.com.
Or contact Jodig@sigmaonegroup.com

Are you planning a reunion at Homecoming?
Let us know so we can put the information on our Web site.

"Anatomy of a Murder" 50th Anniversary kicks off in Marquette County

The Beaumier Heritage Center announces the opening of the new exhibit "Hollywood Comes to Marquette County: The Making of Anatomy of a Murder" on June 19 from 5 - 7 p.m. There will be a viewing of the exhibition and some light refreshments. People who were involved with or witnessed the filming of the movie are encouraged to attend and share their experiences.
The exhibition will be on display in the Beaumier Heritage Center's gallery in 105 Cohodas Hall on the campus of Northern Michigan University. It is sponsored in part by NMU, Marquette County History Museum, Central Upper Peninsula & NMU Archives, and the Steering Committee for the 50th Anniversary of Anatomy of a Murder.
The exhibition begins by telling the story of John Voelker (using the pen name Robert Traver), the author of Anatomy of a Murder, including his life as an attorney, author and judge. It will also feature his work on the People vs. Peterson murder case which was the inspiration for the book and the film. The exhibit will then focus on how the book became a movie and the shooting of the film in Marquette County. Lastly, it will look at the impact that film had on the community and also, the world of film. The exhibit will feature dozens of photographs, artifacts, movie memorabilia and lots of information about making this classic American film.
The exhibition is part of Marquette County's 50th Anniversary Celebration of the film Anatomy of a Murder. It will be on display at the Beaumier Heritage Center from June 19 through December 2009. The hours for the Beaumier Center are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information call (906) 227-1219.


Do you miss Marquette? Put a memory on the wall

The NMU Alumni Association and NMU Bookstore want to remind you about the limited-edition scenic prints available for purchase.
Paul Grant's shoreline print brings Lake Superior into your home and Bill Hamilton captures McCarty's Cove and its spectacular view. Both are available at the NMU Bookstore or online. Simply type in Grant or Hamilton.
It's a great way to put a piece of Marquette in your home, no matter where you live.

Community members needed for NMU leadership program

Northern Michigan University’s nationally recognized Student Leader Fellowship Program (SLFP) is seeking community leaders to serve as mentors. Citizens are paired with student participants during the first year of the two-year program.
“The goal is to assist students in developing leadership skills while at the same time fostering an appreciation for leadership at the community level,” said Rachel Harris, associate director of the Center for Student Enrichment at NMU. “We selected 55 students to participate in the Student Leader Fellowship Program this fall, which means we need to identify that many mentors.”
Prospective mentors typically are involved in the community at various levels. They are often affiliated with service clubs or organizations, government or organizations and projects that contribute to building a community.
“I have met the most wonderful young people through SLFP,” said Nheena Weyer Ittner, a local leader who has served as a mentor. “I’ve not only enjoyed getting to know them, but I've learned so much from them as well. Being a mentor is an experience I have cherished.”
In addition to the mentoring relationship, other components of the two-year program include two overnight fall retreats for students that feature activities designed to build fellowship and teamwork, a two-credit leadership theory and practice course, Skill Builders workshops and opportunities to meet with visiting leaders. The culminating experience is when students plan and implement their own year-long community service internships.
“We select 55-60 students each year for the Student Leader Fellowship Program, and we have been able to match each of them with a mentor for the past 18 years,” Harris added. “That says some pretty amazing things about our community. All told, 562 different individuals have served as mentors, and many of them have done so on more than one occasion.”
For more information or to volunteer, contact Harris at (906) 227-1771.

Thanks for stopping by...and sign up to win a prize basket

The summer tourist season is just getting under way and we know that means many folks will be visiting Marquette. In the past, alumni, young and old, have made the 6th floor a stop on their campus tour. This year, we'd like to set a record for visitors to the 6th floor so we're giving away a great prize package. Visit us at the Alumni Association between now and Monday, August 24 and you'll be eligible to win our Summer Prize Basket.
Everyone who visits gets a chance to enter their name in the contest. Alumni Association members get two chances. Get an extra chance to win by joining the association during your visit.
We're located on the 6th floor of Cohodas Hall. Stop by, say hello and register to win!

From the e-mail bag

"The weekend of May 15-17, a group of Payne Hall/Normandy House circa 1974-78, gathered in Houghton Lake for the weekend.
It was a great day to be a Wildcat!"

Steve Dirksen '79
Grand Rapids, MI
sdirksen@whitecapsbaseball.com


Front row: Bill Goforth '82 and Curt Niepoth '78.
Back row: Gary Sobeck '80, Shawn Clark, Pete Lundreg '81, Glenn Ford '79, Tom Tiller '78, Don Waddell '80, Steve Dirksen '79.

Feedback should be directed to alumni@nmu.edu

"What's New, NMU?" is a service of the NMU Alumni Association. Not a member? Join today!