What's New, NMU? for the week of Jan. 26, 2009

What's New, NMU?

For the week of January 26, 2009

From the 6th floor

It's nice to see the sunshine today but it hasn't helped warm things up very much. Michigan is back in the deep freeze. The National Weather Service says temperatures at 3 p.m. Sunday ranged from 27 degrees at Houghton Lake to minus 16 at Ironwood and Escanaba. Heavy snow fell in the Keweenaw Peninsula. This is the second Arctic blast to hit the Upper Peninsula in recent weeks. On Jan. 15 and 16, wind chills dipped to 40 below zero in some areas. Schools across much of the U.P., including Northern Michigan University, shut down for those days in an effort to keep students safe. Meanwhile, we still have a lot of snow. It's getting difficult to see over the snowbanks at intersections. More snow is predicted throughout this week with temperatures not expected to get much past 20 degrees.

Inauguration day on campus and off

The NMU campus community gathered around large screen televisions in a number of university locations Tuesday Jan. 20, to watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Meanwhile, several NMU students were in Washington, D.C. to witness the festivities. NMU's independent student newspaper, The North Wind, talked with the students upon their return. You can read about their experiences in the online edition.

This photo, taken by student Melissa Seelye, shows her view on inauguration day.
Scott Schloegel '90, chief of staff for Congressman Bart Stupak, took part in the historic day and wore his NMU Stormy Kromer to help him stay warm.

Have Inauguration photos you'd like to share? Send them our way.

Northern Night in Chicago draws large crowd

More than 100 NMU alumni, parents and friends attended Northern Night in Chicago Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Talbott Hotel. Hosted by the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors and NMU Foundation, the event was a lively evening, complete with contests and prizes. NMU President Les Wong was on hand to address the crowd. See if you recognize anyone.

NMU Alumni Association board member Jeremy Pickens '01, Ryan Vesta '08 and  Kendall Sutliff '08.

NMU Alumni Association board member Doreen Avenall '96, '99, Bruce Avenall '98, Lauren Connolly '06, Lindsay Williams '05.

Les and Phyllis Wong with NMU parent Linda Krisininkas.

NMU Director of Advancement Martha Haynes, Rob ' 78 and Beth Marquardt.

Jodie Filpus '01, Brad Hamel '99, assistant director of alumni operations, Krystaine Brunner '03, Angela Brunner.

Matt Lambrecht '84, NMU Alumni Association board member Jim Hundrieser '87, Kimberly Rose '85.

Holly Havlicek '08, Mike Kann '07, NMU Alumni Association board member Kelly Wagner '98.

NMU parent Ron Krisininkas and Kevin Connelly '06.

NMU Alumni Association board member Fred Stonehouse '70, '77, Lois Stonehouse '80, Deanna Gregory '95.

Crystal Sirtola '03, Kim Gischia '04, NMU admissions counselors Kari Proehl and Marcia Lovett.
Les Wong, Kasia Szczesniak, Piotr Niewiarowski '05, Jose Garcia '08, Kari Proehl, Phyllis Wong.
Ron and Linda Krisininkas and their children, Tim and Cory.

Carnegie honors NMU for community engagement

Northern has been selected for the 2008 Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. NMU is one of 119 higher education institutions in the nation to earn the distinction.
Colleges and universities were invited to apply for the classification by submitting documentation describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, be it local or beyond. Sandra Poindexter, NMU business professor, played a pivotal role in compiling NMU’s material.
“There is not an area on campus that does not have a community tie,” she said. “Youth and sports outreach, academic service learning and student volunteer efforts are only the tip of the iceberg. Community-based research and consulting by faculty and students, facilities and partnership planning and continued training for U.P. educators and other workforces is very strong.
“Community involvement is also impressive. Between the Volunteer Center, Superior Edge, and Student Leader Fellowship Program, students volunteer more than 100,000 hours per year. And it was learned that, over the past three years, 49 administrators held 58 leadership positions in 76 local or regional organizations.”
Institutions were classified in one of three categories: curricular engagement, outreach and partnerships or a combination of both areas. NMU received the maximum recognition by qualifying for the latter category.
Read more here.

Couple donates Chocolay Golf Course to NMU

Chocolay Golf Club owners Joe and Patsie Gibbs of Interlochen, Mich., have donated the 18-hole course, buildings and equipment to the Northern Michigan University Foundation. The value of the gift is $1.6 million. The couple, whose daughter graduated from NMU, developed the course in 1991 on property they purchased in Chocolay Township.
Joe Gibbs said they sold it to a California group through a land contract in 2006 so that  he and his wife could move back to the Grand Traverse area to be closer to his elderly mother.
“We think the world of the people who purchased it, but they weren’t able to keep making the payments, so we had to reacquire it last fall,” Gibbs added. “Pat suggested we look into giving the golf course to Northern and keeping some of the surrounding acreage for ourselves. I thought it was a great idea. We love Marquette and did very well up there. We couldn’t have been happier about our time in the area, so it makes us proud to be able to do something good in return for the community.” NMU plans to operate the course for the upcoming golf season, with all net proceeds going to student scholarships and academic programming. The club will remain open to the public. Information will be made available to club members and the general public as soon as ownership transition details are finalized.
A number of academic, athletic, recreational and social program ideas, including internships, are being considered for the 220-acre property. Possibilities include use by the Wildcat golf team and outdoor recreation academic programs. The course might also become a year-round venue with winter activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
“Northern deeply appreciates Joe and Patsie’s generosity,” said NMU President Les Wong. “They wanted the course to continue to serve the area community, the university and our students, and we will work hard to meet those expectations. This is a wonderful asset—one that we hope will not be limited to golf and will complement other outdoor venues in the community.”
Chocolay becomes the ninth golf course in Michigan to be owned and operated by one of the state’s public universities.

Watch for information on the upcoming contest to name the new golf course. Details in a future issue of "What's New, NMU?"

Wildcat Night Across the Country adds Chicago and Appleton locations

Wildcat Night Across the Country takes place Friday, Feb. 13. The NMU hockey 'Cats take on Notre Dame on the road. The game is being broadcast by the CBS College Sports Network. Alumni are getting together across the country to watch the game, win some prizes and cheer on the 'Cats.
Game time is 8 p.m. Eastern.

Plan on attending the party in your area. All Wildcat fans are welcome.
Here's where the parties are on Fri. Feb. 13 and who is hosting:

Appleton, Wis. Sluggers Sports Bar
(Inside the Super Bowl)
2222 E. Northland Avenue
Appleton, Wis.
Jim Jenkin '81, '84
Chicago, Ill. Glascott's
2158 N. Halsted
Chicago, Ill.
Jodie Filpus '00
Grand Blanc, Mich. Brick St. Bar & Grill
1223 E. Grand Blanc Road
Grand Blanc, Mich.
Greg Feamster '93
Grand Rapids, Mich. Score Restaurant & Sports Bar
5301 Northland Drive
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Dave Emmette '00
Wausau/Weston, Wis. Buffalo Wings & Rings
4402 Schofield Avenue
Weston, Wis.
Greg Goetz '82
Muskegon, Mich. Buffalo Wild Wings
5584 Harvey Street
Muskegon, Mich.
Cathryn Battice '97
Battle Creek, Mich. Riverside Country Club
245 E. Columbia Ave
Battle Creek, Mich.
Troy Huggett '92
Washington, DC Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
639 Indiana Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.
Hosted by the tavern
Asheville, NC Beef O' Brady's
2625 Hendersonville Road
(Hwy 25)
Arden, NC
Lilly Bonetti '84
Midland/Saginaw, Mich. Damon's
6801 Eastman Road
Midland, Mich.
Garn Lewis '86
Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz. Fox Sports Grill
16203 Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Jeff Beneteau '04
If you plan on attending a party in your area, please let your host know.

Wildcat sports update

The NMU hockey 'Cats defeated the Alaska Nanooks 2-0 on Friday (Jan. 23) and 3-2 in a shoot-out on Saturday (Jan. 24) at the Berry Events Center. The ‘Cats are on the road next week as they travel to Kalamazoo, Mich., to take on the Western Michigan Broncos (Jan. 30-31).
The men's basketball team dropped a 74-69 home match to Saginaw Valley State, Saturday (Jan. 24). With the loss the 'Cats fall to 9-8 overall and 4-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
The women's basketball team won their home game against Saginaw Valley State, 78-58.
The 'Cats host Ferris State Thursday (Jan. 29) and Grand Valley State Saturday (Jan. 31).
The NMU men's Nordic ski team took both sides of the Mount Itasca SuperTour event over the weekend. Saturday (Jan. 24) the men skated to the classic team title with 75 points and on Sunday (Jan. 25) the Wildcats captured the freestyle title with 72 points.
Meanwhile, the women's Nordic ski team captured both events at the Mount Itasca SuperTour. The women took the classic team title with 78 points and the freestyle team title with 75 points.
This week the 'Cats are at the SuperTour stop in Hayward, Wis., Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 31-Feb 1.)

From the e-mail bag

"NMU – UNO Hockey is great! Very evenly matched teams, I believe the two schools are now tied with 13 wins each and 2 tie games in their play against each other. Jim and I attended the Jan 9th game at Omaha’s Qwest Center.  Exciting down to the wire, UNO won that game but NMU came through the next night with a win. Friendly competition is great. Here I am in my NMU sweatshirt getting a hug from the UNO mascot…Durango the Bull."

Judy and Jim Hartwig ‘72
Omaha, Neb.

"Not to continue or confuse the discussion on Northern’s songs, I found these in my Dad’s scrapbook.  He (Ottar M. Olson) graduated in 1936 and as you can see, it is a typed copy and he is not sure where he got it from or whether he typed it.  I thought it might add some authenticity to the various versions you have discovered."
Chris M. Olson ‘69, ‘70, ‘74
Okemos, Mich.


"It's mentioned in the Jan. 12th issue that the snow record 'for December is 89.5 inches'. What year was that in? I was there from '75 through '81. Just wondering if I had shoveled all that then. Thanks."
Stan Taylor '81
Acworth, Ga.

Note from the Editor: Sorry, Stan. You may have shoveled a lot of snow in the '70s, but not record snow. According to meteorologist David Pearson at the National Weather Service in Negaunee, the December record of 89.5 inches was set in 2000.

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