What's New, NMU?

For the week of Feb. 2, 2009

From the 6th floor

A weak low pressure system with a cold front is making its way across Upper Michigan early this week. That will mean fresh snow for many areas; up to 8 inches in Marquette and Alger counties. There is hope for a bit of a warm-up later in the week, thanks to a warm southwest breeze that could send temperatures into the upper 30's.

Governor to deliver State of the State address Tuesday

Michigan's 15 public universities will get a look at Governor Jennifer Granholm's plan for higher education funding when she delivers her State of the State Address, Tuesday. The state of Michigan faces a $1.6 billion deficit for the budget year beginning Oct. 1, as state revenues dwindle due to the limping economy and a jobless rate of more than 10 percent. Tune in to Public Radio 90 for the live State of the State Address by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.

Wildcat Night Across the Country is next weekend

Not familiar with Wildcat Night Across the Country? It's the one night of the year Wildcat hockey fans gather at sports bars and restaurants to watch the NMU hockey team on national television. This year's match-up takes place on Friday, Feb. 13, when the 'Cats face nationally ranked Notre Dame on the road. The CBS College Sports Network will broadcast the game at 8 p.m. Eastern.
If there is a party in your area, you should attend!
Meet NMU alumni in your area, win prizes and cheer on the 'Cats.
Parties are taking place in Michigan: Battle Creek, Grand Blanc, Grand Rapids, Midland, and Muskegon. Other locations include Appleton, Wis., Asheville, N.C., Chicago, Ill., Phoenix, Ariz., Washington, D.C., and Wausau, Wis.
Details available here.

All Wildcat fans are invited to any of the parties. The parties are sponsored by the NMU Alumni Association.

Alumni Legacy Scholarship applications available

The NMU Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship is offered exclusively to students whose parent or grandparent is an NMU alumnus, member of the NMU Alumni Association and reside in the state of Michigan. Applications for the annual scholarship are now available. Application details here.
The Legacy Scholarship is made available through monies generated by the NMU Wildcat license plate. Order your plate today.

Winter Weekend College for Kids

NMU's Seaborg Mathematics and Science Center offers a variety of after-school, weekend, and summer programs in science, mathematics and technology for students in grades K-10. The Center has a great line-up of winter weekend offerings. Children can learn about penguin families, gravity and bubbles, just to name a few.

Saturday, Feb. 7

  • K & 1st grade  Penguin Families - Learn how penguin families live and thrive in extreme cold.
  • Grades 2 & 3  Sound Energy - Investigate sound and learn how it works.
  • Grades 4 & 5   Food Chemistry -Experiment to determine what structures are in foods.
  • Grades 6 & 7   Gravity Rules - Investigate the forces that cause gravity.

Saturday, March 21

  • K & 1st grade  Sifting through Science - Experiment with materials to learn about them.
  • Grades 2 & 3   Chemical Testing - Experiment to determine unknown substances.
  • Grades 4 & 5   Microscopic Explorations - Investigate the microscopic world.
  • Grades 6 & 7   Color Analyzers - Participate in an in depth study of color.

Saturday, April 18

  • K & 1st grade  Bubble-o-logy - Investigate the science of making bubbles (guaranteed messy).
  • Grades 2 & 3   Light Energy - Investigate light and learn how it works.
  • Grades 4 & 5    Wildlife Ecology - Learn about wildlife and their behaviors.
  • Grades 6 & 7   More than Magnifiers - Experiment with optical instruments.

Each session is $5 per child.

Register by calling the Seaborg Center at 906-227-2002.

ALL classes run from 9 a.m. - noon.

For more information, visit the Seaborg Center online.

Cinderella takes to the stage

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn in the musical Cinderella with the Rodgers and Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Richard Rodgers has decorated the story with some of his loveliest songs such as "In My Own Little Corner," "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?" and "Ten Minutes Ago."
Performances are Feb. 17-21 at 7:30 p.m. with a 1 p.m. matinee on Feb. 21.
To purchase tickets, contact the Forest Roberts Theatre box office at 906-227-2082 or an NMU EZ Ticket outlet.

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University hockey team swept its second series of 2009 with a pair of road victories, 6-5, 4-3, over the Western Michigan Broncos last weekend (Jan. 30-31). The team improves to 9-13-4 overall and 6-10-4-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). NMU will be at home Feb. 6-7 against the Bowling Green State University Falcons.
The NMU women's basketball team scored its biggest victory in the Troy Mattson era Saturday against Grand Valley State University. The Lakers, ranked 20th in this week's USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, fell victim to a three-point barrage from the Wildcats. NMU set a new school record for three-pointers made and attempted with 18-38 from beyond the arc for 47.4 percent. In the end, NMU won the game 81-68. NMU is 11-8 overall and 6-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The team is on the road for its next four games. First up this week are games at Ashland (Feb. 5) and Tiffin (Feb. 7).
The men's basketball team, meanwhile, fell to Grand Valley 64-56. NMU is 9-10 overall and 4-10 in the GLIAC. The men also take on Ashland and Tiffin this week.
The NMU women's track and field team hosted its lone home meet of the indoor season Saturday at the Superior Dome. No team scores were kept for the Northern Challenge. The women's 4x200 relay team set a new school record of 1:47.07. The 'Cats are in action again at the NCAA Division II Challenge Feb. 6-7.
The NMU women's swimming and diving team concluded the dual meet portion of tis schedule with a home meet against the Grand Valley State Lakers Saturday at the PEIF pool. The Lakers swam away with the victory, 170-69. The 'Cats will hit the water next at the GLIAC Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held at Grand Valley State from Feb. 11-14.

Ski team auction on eBay

The NMU cross country ski team will be the recipient of proceeds from an online auction The band Tool is donating the profits from the auction of a framed, gold "Undertow" album.

Click here check out the item.

From the e-mail bag

"Just wanted to thank Joe and Patsie Gibbs for their wonderful gift of the Chocolay Golf Club to NMU. A 'Thank You' does not seem to be enough for that donation."
Anita Dionne Gray '66
Frisco, Tex.
yooper2step@grandecom.net

For the original story, click here.

"Greetings. The Ontonagon Herald ran the following on behalf of the Country Historical Society asking 'does anyone recognize this photo?'
Of course we do! That is 1974 Ontonagon grad Candy Miller who graduated from NMU in 1978 and now resides there with her husband, Dr. Bruce Miller. Not sure who the guy with her is, though the initials JXJ come to mind. Wink, wink."
Ken '75 and Chris '78 Raisanen
Ontonagon, Mich.
ken@oasd.k12.mi.us
Jeff Vande Zande '93 just had a novel published and released from Bottom Dog Press. Landscape with Fragmented Figures, Vande Zande's second novel, is a working-class story set in Michigan. Vande Zande is a past recipient of NMU's Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Anyone who wants to know more about his new book should check out this site. "

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