What's New, NMU for the week of March 23, 2009

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, March 23, 2009

From the 6th floor

We've settled back into a cooler, more seasonable weather pattern, but it made for a beautiful sunrise over the lake. The ice is starting to break up on Superior. The first Coast Guard ice-breaker of the season entered the harbor over the weekend. The shipping season, however, is still a few weeks away. Forecasters call for temperatures in the mid-30s for much of the week.

Great Wildcat crowd cheers on hockey team

Hundreds of Wildcat fans turned out this past weekend to cheer on the hockey 'Cats at the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Championship at Joe Louis Arena. The Wildcats captured third place, for the second consecutive year, after a 2-0 win over Alaska. The 'Cats end the season with a 19-17-5 record.

The NMU Alumni Association sponsored the annual Wildcat Hospitality Room at Joe Louis. Great crowds were on hand Friday (March 20) and Saturday (March 21).

Were you at Joe Louis? Did you have a great time? These events are brought to you by the NMU Alumni Association. Join today and show your support.

Vince Caruso '69, Rich Lindberg '70, Peggy Lindberg '72, Rick Bye '70, Charlie Gross '70.
NMU President Les Wong (second from right) visits with TKE fraternity brothers.

Jennifer and Chuck '86 Roberts

NMU President Les Wong and student Ryan Smith.
Ed Brennan (Parent), Steve Voorheis and Cathy Reed-Voorheis (Parents), Doug Braunschweig '84 and Dr. Wong.

The Puckheads. Some of the greatest fans ever!

An Evening at the Capitol planned for Washington, D.C.

NMU President Les Wong and the NMU Alumni Association will host a special evening for alumni in the Washington D.C. area. "An Evening at the Capitol" will take place Tuesday, May 12 at the newly-opened Capitol Visitor Center. The center, the new main entrance to the U.S. Capitol, is located below the East Plaza of the capitol between Constitution and Independence avenues.Honorary host U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak will also be in attendance. Invitations are being sent to those in the D.C. region, but the event is open to all alumni.

An Evening at the Capitol


Tuesday, May 12
5 - 7 p.m.

Capitol Visitor Center
Washington, D.C.

Free for Alumni Association members;
$10 for non-members.

To request more information or register, contact us.

Insurance industry expert to speak

The NMU College of Business will sponsor "Growth Opportunities in Difficult Times: The Insurance Industry in the U.S." at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, in the Marquette Room of the University Center. Scott Reynolds, president of the United National Group, will give the presentation. The event is free and open to the public.
Reynolds has more than 20 years experience in the insurance industry. He will discuss the employment opportunities in the insurance industry despite the current state of the economy.  The presentation will encourage thinking about ways the enhance business opportunities.
Reynolds began his career in 1987 at Royal & Sun Alliance in its actuarial department, and later served as division actuary of Liberty Mutual's Business Markets Division. Most recently, he served as president of the Specialty Underwriting Division of AmWINS Group Inc., where he oversaw its program business.
His NMU presentation is sponsored by the College of Business and supported by the NMU Foundation. For more information, call 227-2947.

Wildcat sports update

NMU's Erik Gustafsson was named by the CCHA as the Best Offensive Defenseman. He was presented with the award at the annual CCHA Awards banquet Thursday (March 19) at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Gustafsson is the first player from NMU to win this award. The sophomore from Kvissleby, Sweden, led CCHA blueliners with 22 assists and 25 points in 28 conference games and finishing tied for 10th in the nation.
The NMU volleyball team hosted a spring tournament at Vandment Arena with Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State University. NMU won this first competition of the year by beating both Tech and Lake Superior State. The Wildcats travel to Ypsilanti for the Spring Bash hosted by Eastern Michigan University, March 28.

NMU to hold Indigenous Earth Summit

Northern Michigan University will host its second annual Indigenous Earth Summit on Monday, April 6, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. The day-long event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested by March 30.
The summit will feature panels, films and poster displays on environmental issues impacting Indigenous peoples and lands around the world. It will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and end with a 7 p.m. keynote presentation by Evon Peter titled “An Arctic Perspective on the Eco-Challenges Facing our Generation.” Peter is an Indigenous environmental activist from the Arctic Circle. He will address climate change, renewable energy, industrial pollution, land dependency and the need to shift direction toward more sustainable economies.
According to Peter’s Web site, he is Neetsaii Gwich’in (Alaska Native) from a small mountain village in northeast Alaska called Vashraii K’oo. He was appointed chief in his early 20s, making him one of the youngest leaders in the history of his village. With his wife, he established Native Movement, a non-profit institution that sponsors culturally based leadership and sustainability organizations in Alaska and Arizona. Peter also is the founder and executive director of the Indigenous Leadership Institute, based in Alaska.
Eco-vendors and informational tables on environmental issues will also be available at the summit. Those planning to attend the lunch are asked to pre-register. For more information, call 906-227-1397 or visit www.nmu.edu/nativeamericans. The summit is sponsored by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the NMU Center for Native American Studies.

From the e-mail bag

"Congratulations to the NMU hockey team for a great effort and entertaining game with #1 Notre Dame, despite the heartbreaking loss. I look forward to a fantastic and success-filled next season for the Wildcats."
Allen Slowik '72
White Lake, Mich.


Note from the Editor: We just received this great group photo of Wildcat fans at the
Grand Rapids Wildcat Night Across the Country party, Friday, Feb. 13.
Thanks to Dave Emmette '00 for hosting.

"Hi. Just received the latest 'What's New' about the alumni gathering on Capitol Hill on May 12. I will plan to be there and am available to help in any way. Here's a recent picture shot by an NMU alumnus. Looking forward to seeing lots of NMU alumni and Yoopers there."
Jay W. Johnson
Bristow, Va.
"Hi. saw the picture of Richard '62 and Dorothy '64 Nobert from Livonia, Mich. on the NMU Web site. Here's one of us in Lake Worth, Fla. on our motorcycle. We both do missions with the Patriot Guard Riders. We are looking forward to returning home to the U.P. in May."
Al '65, '76 and Dolly '68 (Wuori) Salmi
Rapid River, Mich.
"We would love to hear from more NMU alumni in the central Florida area. We live in The Villages and recently helped celebrate St. Paddy's Day."
Rosemary Sandefer '75
Lady Lake, Fla.


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