What's New, NMU?

For the week of July 6, 2009

From the 6th floor

After a busy, busy holiday weekend in town, things have quieted down a bit in Marquette. And the weather has most certainly cooled down. Was hoping the U.S. flags would have still been up on Washington St. this morning, but as you can see, city crews have already removed them. This is one of the nicest views in town, looking down Washington to the lake. After a beautiful weekend of sunshine, the clouds have rolled in with promises of a cold front, also. Forecasters call for temperatures to remain in the 50s much of the week. For those folks who chose this week as their vacation week in the U.P. we know there are still plenty of things to do that don't require warm weather or sunshine. A hike up Sugarloaf is beautiful no matter what the weather.

Horizons highlights the bands you remember...and some you might not

The summer issue of Horizons, the magazine for alumni and friends of Northern Michigan University, should have reached your mailbox over the weekend or will be arriving soon. The new issue profiles the musical lives led by NMU alumni, professionals working in the music industry, students, staff and professors on campus making and studying music. You'll also find a look back at the musical stars of the past.

Remember these groups? Walrus, East of Orange, The Fantastics?
Also in this issue:
---The cool tools and venues today's NMU students have access to
---Professor Mark Shevy's studies on the effects of music in film
---NMU faculty who moonlight as musicians

Make sure you visit Horizons online to add an audible dimension to what you read. You'll find songs from our featured artists.

Tickets on sale now for Tigers, Timber Rattlers and Keweenaw Star

The NMU Alumni Association has a wide variety of summer events scheduled around the Midwest. Tickets are available now for these alumni get togethers:

---NMU Night at the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
   Saturday, August 1
   Appleton, Wis.
   Special ticket prices and tailgate party for NMU alumni and friends.

---Third Annual NMU Night at Comerica Park
   Saturday, August 15,  7:05 p.m.,
   Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals

---NMU Alumni Association Member Appreciation Cruise
   Thursday, August 20
   Explore Marquette's harbor and coastline aboard the Keweenaw Star.

Details and ticket information for all events here.

NMU Foundation launches 1899 Society

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Become a Charter Member. Learn how.

Have you already made a planned gift to NMU? Please help us update our records.

Read more about the 1899 Society here.

Anatomy Symposium now online


As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of "Anatomy of a Murder," the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives hosted a symposium on the filmmaking and the film. Six scholars gave presentations on various aspects of the film. Keynote speaker Foster Hirsch focused on director Otto Preminger. Hirsch is a professor of film at Brooklyn College in New York and recently published a biography of Preminger. Janet Lockwood, director of the Michigan Film Office, discussed the office’s work and its role in facilitating filmmaking in Michigan. Daniel Truckey, director of the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Museum at NMU, addressed the movie’s groundbreaking social commentary. Local attorney Paul Lehto gave a presentation on the issues of legal ethics presented by the movie. Joan Hansen, author of Anatomy of "Anatomy”: The Making of a Movie, talked about her book and favorite stories on the making of the movie. Leonard Heldreth, NMU emeritus professor of English, offered a film critic’s review of "Anatomy."

You can view the entire program here.

To read more about Anatomy author and NMU alumnus John Voelker, click here.

Work for NMU

The NMU Admissions Office has a full-time admissions counselor position open. The position is regionally based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; extensive travel, evening and occasional weekend work and residence within the region are required.

Click here for details.

Thanks for stopping by...

...NMU Alumni Association member Alan Parker '78, of Kalamazoo, Mich. (We can't believe Alan didn't want his picture taken!)

Lifetime member Reba Job Henze '86 (center) of Ankeny, Iowa, and her friends, Dar Goeman and Roni Ogren.

New Graduate member Michael Lertch '09 of Alpha, N.J.

Don't forget...at the end of the summer, the NMU Alumni Association will hold a drawing for a fabulous gift basket of NMU merchandise. All visitors to the 6th floor are eligible to win. To enter, stop by and visit us in 603 Cohodas Hall.

From the e-mail bag

"Myself, Doug Grossa '68, and my wife, Sally Shumway, have been traveling for three months through Australia, Indonesia and Eastern Europe. We took leave of absences from our Florida positions as school psychologist (Doug) and speech pathologist (Sally), in order to do this 'walkabout'. We have been posting travelogues of our trip. The first in the series may be seen here. We'll send you our next installment soon."
Australian Outback.
Doug Grossa '68
New Port Richey, Fla.
drgossa@gmail.com

"I wanted to write and send a picture of myself and a fellow alumni member I met when I moved to Kalamazoo, MI.  When I lived in Kalamazoo from 2002-2007 I ran with the Kalamazoo Area Runners.  Through my running I ran with a great guy named Mark Sigfrids.  Mark is from Rapid River and a 1975 NMU Alumnus.  I have since moved from Kalamazoo to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, but whenever I get back to Kzoo I visit my running friends.  This past weekend I ran the Kalamazoo Klassic 10K and 5K races.  Mark also ran both races so we thought it was a great chance for NMU alumni photo opportunity. Mark finished the 10K in 44:38 and the 5K in 21:02 (we only had about 30 mins from finishing the 10K to the start of the 5K).  Mark got 3rd place in his age group for the 5K and 2nd in the 10K.  I ran the 10K in 41:00 to take first female overall and ran the 5K in 19:55 to take 3rd female overall and first in my age. It is great to connect with NMU alumni in all areas of life!"

Jennifer Shaffer Cathey '01
Sheboygan, Wis.
shafferjen@yahoo.com

"If there are any NMU alumni interested in visiting the area this summer, I still have a few weeks lefto n my rental on Lake Independence in Big Bay. I can be reached at dmalaney@mi.rr.com. Thanks."
Dennis Malaney '76
Farmington Hills, Mich.
dmalaney@mi.rr.com


"Just a short note to let you know that I have retired from Yonkers Board of Education after 36 years of  teaching Social Studies for Special Education LD classes at Gorton HS, Yonkers, N.Y.  The person responsible for creating an interest in this field for me was Dr. Smith, Ed. Dept., NMU, 1968, Social Studies Methods Course. His favorite saying was, "Don't blow your 'whole wad' of your lesson in the first ten minutes and have nothing left for the rest of the time left.  Thank you Dr. Smith!  What will I do now? Anything that I want to do!"

Kenneth A. Trank '69
Pleasantville, NY
canref@aol.com

Note from the Editor: The Ron Burton Classic Golf Outing at the Sandy Burr Golf Course in Wayland, Mass. was postponed due to rain. The new date is Monday, July 20.
Make reservations or get questions answered by calling Bill Brodeur at 508-760-4844. Email lbro347889@aol.com.

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