What's New, NMU? for the week of Dec. 14, 2009

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, Dec. 14, 2009

From the 6th floor

After viewing this photo, I think this is an example of "you had to be there". A freighter was headed out of Marquette's Upper Harbor Friday, Dec. 11, and it looked like a ghost ship as it floated through the fog and mist. If you look closely, between the rocks, you can just make out the upper part of the ship. It appeared to be almost invisible at times. Unfortunately, it does not show up well in photographs.
Meanwhile, we've settled into more seasonable weather as we've already had our first official snow day, this past Wed. Dec. 9. Blizzard conditions made for hazardous driving. This week, forecasters say to look for snow showers every day with cool temperatures.

New alumni welcomed

The NMU Alumni Association welcomes its newest members, the graduating class of Fall 2009. Some 550 students were eligible for degrees. Almost 400 participated in commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 12.

Graduating seniors were treated to the annual Alumni Association/Career Services Pizza Party following rehearsal, Friday afternoon.

Congratulations to Sarah Butala '09, from Calumet, Mich.
Sarah was the lucky winner of the NMU Alumni Association Grand Prize Basket.

Here's a look at some of the happy graduates.

Board approves tuition credit

NMU will offer a tuition credit to resident undergraduate students with the $1.3 million in stimulus funds the university is scheduled to receive through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The NMU Board of Trustees approved the recommendation at its meeting last week (Dec. 10-11). The plan is to apply the credit, which will average about $190 for full-time students, to the fall 2010 semester.

"The legislation that is providing the funding requires universities to use it to either mitigate increases in tuition and fees for students who are Michigan residents or to improve university learning facilities," said Gavin Leach, vice president for Finance and Administration. “We wanted to help Northern students because of the economic climate. These funds will directly assist students attending the university."

Faculty achievements recognized

Five NMU professors were honored recently for their scholarly or creative activities, teaching and innovative use of technology.
Award recipients were (pictured from left): Suzanne Standerford (Education), excellence in teaching; Beverly Matherne (English) and James Cantrill (CAPS), excellence in scholarship; Katherine Hanson (English), excellence in teaching; and Patricia Hogan, who received the TLC award for her effective use of mobile devices in the academic environment.

For more on the individual award winners, click here.

Alumni Career Services

The Northern Network allows you to browse thousands of jobs, post jobs or search for NMU alumni in your career field.

Not a member of the Northern Network? Join here.

Interested in exciting career opportunities at NMU?

There are a number of openings posted on The Northern Network and the NMU Human Resources Web site. Openings include:

--assistant women's volleyball coach
--assistant professor

To find out more about these positions, visit The Northern Network or NMU Human Resources.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Alumni Association events

Minneapolis Alumni Reception
Dodge Holiday Classic
Saturday, Jan. 2
Immediately following NMU vs. Clarkson, Mariucci Arena
adjacent Ridder Arena

Chicago Alumni Reception
Friday, Jan. 22
6 -8 p.m.
Glascott's Groggery
2158 N. Halsted

Wildcat Night Across the Country
Friday, Feb. 19
NMU hockey vs. Michigan on Fox Sports

Plan your party now! Get in touch with us for details.

Phoenix/Scottsdale Alumni Reception
Tuesday, March 9

Keep your eye on the NMU Alumni Association Web site for more details.

Johnson memorial rescheduled

A memorial open house will be held from 4 - 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16 at WNMU-TV/FM Studios in honor of Jay Withington Johnson ’65.  Johnson, a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin, former television news anchor in Green Bay and former director of the United States Mint, died Oct. 17 at his home in Bristow, Va. Johnson was born in Bessemer, Mich., in 1943, graduated from Gogebic Community College in 1964 (Distinguished Alumni Award-2003), Northern Michigan University in 1965 (Distinguished Service Award-1988 and Distinguished Alumni Award-2000), and Michigan State University master's degree program in 1970.

Memorial Open House

 in honor of Jay Withington Johnson ‘65

 Wed. Dec. 16

 4 – 7 p.m.

 Program at 6 p.m.

 WNMU-TV/FM Studios

 Learning Resources Center

 Northern Michigan University

Wildcat sports update

The NMU hockey team was swept by Lake Superior State University Friday and Saturday (Dec. 11-12) at Sault Ste. Marie. The 'Cats fell 5-1 and 6-3. The 'Cats are 6-8-4. The team closes out 2009 with a non-conference game against Michigan Tech Fri. (Dec. 18) at home.
NMU's women's basketball team stayed close to the top-ranked Michigan Tech Huskies Saturday (Dec. 12) through most of the game, but fell to the Huskies 64-59 for its first conference loss of the season. The Wildcats are 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The 'Cats hit the road for two GLIAC games, at Wayne State (Dec. 17) and Northwood (Dec. 19).
The NMU men's basketball team also fell to Michigan Tech. The 'Cats are 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the GLIAC. They, too, meet Wayne State (Dec. 17) and Northwood (Dec. 19) next.
The men's and women's Nordic ski teams saw action at Michigan Tech, last Sunday, Dec.13. In women's competition, NMU took first place. On the men's side, NMU took second place. The teams will be in action again after Christmas as the U.S. National Championships, which are being held in Anchorage, Alaska (Jan. 2-10).

From the e-mail bag

Note from the editor: In the "Things that cross our desks that you might be interested in" category...two books that have recently been published by friends of NMU:
NMU English professor John Smolens' newest book has just been published. The Anarchist is a historical novel about the assassination of President William McKinley.
Read more here.

Dr. James Surrell's new book, SOS Diet, is now available. Dr. Surrell '63 helps dieters with some simple ways to eliminate sugars.
Read more here.

"Dear NMU Alumni,
I was awarded a PhD from Monash University in Melbourne Australia on October 22nd, 2009. My thesis was an investigation into the life of an Australian war hero and his wife, Jessie Vasey. Upon the death of her husband, General George Vasey in March 1945, Mrs Vasey set about establishing the National War Widows' Guild of Australia. My research revealed an untold story of a courageous woman who helped save 12000 other war widows from suffering in loneliness. The organization she established works today, housing thousands of men and women who have served their country in times of war. I currently teach at Presbyterian Ladies College in Melbourne, and reside in Mt. Waverley, Victoria with my wife and son."

Richard Peterson '72
Mt. Waverley, Victoria, Australia

"I will be skating with the Los Angeles Kings, Jan. 11, 2010 against the San Jose Sharks!"

Eric LeMarque '90
Chatsworth, Cali.
"I am the producer, director and co-writer for 'The House of Besarab,' a Dracula stage play being presented at the Hollywood American Legion. Tickets and information are available at http://www.plays411.net/besarab
Please help in distributing information on the play, as we would love to have fellow NMU students and alumni in the L.A. area attend!"
Terrance Duddy '76
Los Angeles, Cali.

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