What's New, NMU for the week of Sept. 28, 2009

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, Sept. 28, 2009

From the 6th floor


If you made the trip to Marquette for Homecoming last weekend, you were treated to a beautiful weekend. Most of Homecoming saw plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the mid 60s. Then Sunday rolled around and we saw a significant change in the weather pattern. Forecasters say much more seasonable weather will be the norm through October. Lows at night are dipping near 30 with frost and freeze advisories. Color change hasn't been all that dramatic yet. Some areas of Upper Michigan are seeing more color change than others. As you can see from the 6th floor window, not too much color yet from this view.

Wildcat victory highlights Homecoming 2009

Homecoming was a busy weekend on campus. The community celebrated the traditional activities such as the parade and tailgating, as well as with plenty of other activities. The classes of 1958-59-60 celebrated their 50th anniversaries. The NMU Alumni Association and NMU Foundation held the annual award ceremony and scholarship celebration. A tribute was held for former NMU professor Hal Dorf. And the football Wildcats shut out Ferris State University, 34-0.

Here are a few highlights.

The NMU Alumni Association presented three alumni awards at the Alumni Awards and Scholarship Brunch.
Shown in the photo; Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Ret. Rear Admiral Mike Roesner '74, Alumni Achievement Award recipient Cynthia Peck '76, NMU President Les Wong, Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Ron Stump '69, '71.

Graduates of the NMU Classes of 1958-59-60 pose on the steps of Cohodas Hall with NMU President Les Wong and his wife, Phyllis.

Donor Heidi Seaman '94 speaks to the crowd at the Alumni Awards and Scholarship Brunch.

Kay Taylor, mother of Lt. Col. Kip Taylor '85, unveils the plaque in her son's honor on the grounds of the University Center. Taylor was killed on Sept. 11, 2001, in the attack on the Pentagon.

Under beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures, the NMU Alumni float makes its way down the parade route.

Day assumes leadership of NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors

Kris Day '94 (center front) is the new president of the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Day's two-year term began at the board's annual meeting, Friday, Sept. 25. Jim Jenkin '81, '84, will serve as vice president.

Also at the meeting, six new board members began their terms. Shown in the photo, front row, left to right: Julee Kaurala '05 of Marquette, Day, Rebecca Thompson '09 of Washington, D.C. Back row, Paul Millenbach '84 of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., Alan Swanson '05 of Marquette, Fritz Nelson '73 of Newark, Del., and Eric Bolduc '94 of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Special recognition was given to out-going board members Joseph Evans '81, ' 83 and Jim Hundrieser for their six years of service to the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Wildcat Make A Difference Day set for Oct. 24

Wildcats nationwide are invited to participate in Wildcat Make A Difference Day. Make a Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others--a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. NMU alumni throughout Michigan have projects lined up.
You can participate in these locations:

Mt. Pleasant Alumni are going to Make A Difference at
Woodland Hospice
2597 S. Meridian Rd., Mt. Pleasant
Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m.

Join Wildcat alumni and help winterize the yard and gardens.
Come prepared to do yard work. Bring shovels, rakes and gloves.
RSVP to Annie Van Dyke '79

Redford Township Alumni are going to Make A Difference at
The Wait House
26704 W. Five Mile Rd., Redford
Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m.

Join Wildcat alumni and help restore Redford Township’s oldest home.
Come prepared to paint or do yard work.
RSVP to David Wirth '72

Saginaw-Midland Area Alumni are going to Make A Difference
Canned Food Drive
Saturday, Oct. 24, 4- 6 p.m.

Join Wildcat alumni and help fill the pantries in your local area.
(All food collected will be given to pantries in your area.)
Drop off locations: Saginaw- Willows Day Salon, 5820 Gratiot
Midland—711 Ashmun Plaza
RSVP to Garn Lewis '86

Marquette Area Alumni are encouraged to sign up to help the more than 1,000 NMU students that take part in this national day of service.
RSVP to the NMU Alumni Association , 227-2610.

All participants get a Wildcat Make A Difference Day t-shirt.


Professor explores influenza pandemic school strategies

H1N1 preparedness in schools is the topic of an upcoming research article co-written by Mary Jane Tremethick, NMU's HPER department, NMU student Kristen Wassink and recent NMU graduate Nicole Weber. The trio collaborated with Maureen Johnson, an Indiana State University professor. Their report provides an overview of the virus, methods for stopping the spread of infection and classroom interventions for preschool-12 students that can be used to address pandemic influenza.

The article highlights various teacher resources available: in-class lesson plans with downloadable worksheets, stickers and other materials; posters that highlight proper hygiene to stop the spread of the virus; creative learning opportunities such as educational cartoon contests and students writing skits or songs; and local health department guest speakers or field trips. It also addresses the critical role parents play in reinforcing health-promotion behaviors in the home and keeping their children out of school if they demonstrate influenza symptoms.

“Parents and teachers have an important role in preventing the spread of communicable disease," said Tremethick. "These resources provide parents and teachers with engaging activities for children and adolescents to learn about H1N1 and how to decrease the risk of contracting H1N1 influenza.”

The article was completed this summer and will appear in an upcoming publication of the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Thanks for stopping by...

In addition to the alumni who visited Marquette for Homecoming, these folks stopped by the office to say hello.

...Andrea Gommans '94, '97, Holger Wagner '97, and their children, Zoë, Niall and Noah Wagner, of Nairobi, Kenya.

...Lou Vargo '88 of Nashville, Tenn.

...Roger Fraites '77 of Fredericksburg, Va.

Don't forget, if you're on campus, stop by and say hello. We're located in 603 Cohodas Hall.

From the e-mail bag

Note from the Editor: In case you missed it...Yooper Sunday on NPR's Weekend Edition with Liane Hansen. The Sunday, Sept. 27 program featured stories for the U.P. recorded by Liane and crew when they were in the U.P. in early Sept.

"Hi Guys. We are both Alumni of Northern from Cyprus. At the beginning of September, we took a hiking trip to Nevado Salkantay on the Peruvian Andes.  To mark this special occasion  the NMU flag we carried from Cyprus was unfurled in front of the Salkantay glacier at the 15,000 ft (4,600 mt) mark. I guess that's what NMU is all about the challenge, the friendship. Keep up the good work."
Erhan Raif '86
Yurdakul Birgen '88 
"Doug Grossa, BA '68 and his wife Sally Shumway recently returned from a three month self-guided walkabout.  We visited Australia, Indonesia, Germany, Poland, The Czech Republic, and Slovakia.  During our trip we posted several You Tube videos.  The videos are still slide shows with background music.  We'd invite you to view our last You Tube.  If you enjoy it, follow the links to the other You Tubes or email Doug."
Doug Grossa '68

Click on this link to view the video.

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