What's New, NMU for the week of June 22, 2009

What's New, NMU?

For the week of June 22, 2009

From the 6th floor

We're keeping our fingers crossed, but it appears summer may have arrived in the U.P. We have had a series of beach days over the past week. (But as you know, in Upper Michigan, 70 degrees is a beach day, so take that into consideration.) Picture-perfect sunshine made for some great photography last week. Here's a shot looking out over the Lower Harbor and L'Attitudes patio.

The forecast calls for a gorgeous week with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70s.

Alumni award nominations being accepted

Larry Inman '76, Duane Vandenbusche '59, Heather Albrecht '96 and Mike Ross '76, 2008 Alumni Award winners, pose with NMU President Les Wong.

Each year since 1964, the Northern Michigan University Alumni Association has presented accomplished alumni with the association's highest honor--the Distinguished Alumni Award. This award recognizes graduates who have achieved records of outstanding accomplishments of national note within their chosen professions. Ideally, these extraordinary alumni also have a strong connection to their campus and the mission of the NMU Alumni Association.

In addition to the Distinguished Alumni Award, four other categories recognize alumni who have been a positive influence on their professions or on their communities through public service or who have demonstrated exceptional performance that place them above the norm.

Alumni Association Awards are presented annually at Homecoming. They include: the Distinguished Alumni Award; Alumni Achievement Award; Outstanding Young Alumni Award and Alumni Service Award. An additional award, the Alumni Civic Leadership Award, can be presented at any time during the year as determined by the Alumni Association Awards committee.

Read more about the NMU Alumni Association Awards program here.

The 2009 Alumni Award winners will be announced later this summer.

U.S. National short track team training in Marquette

The United States National Short Track Speedskating team is training at Northern Michigan University�s Berry Events Center through next Tuesday, June 30. The camp is hosted by the United States Olympic Education Center and U.S. Speedskating.
Participating are five-time Olympic medalist Apolo Anton Ohno, Olympic bronze medalist J.P. Kepka and world champion and Olympic gold medalist long track skater Shani Davis; short track Olympians Allison Baver, Kimberly Derrick, and Anthony Lobello, and long track Olympian Charles Ryan Leveille; as well as short track national team members Eduardo Alvarez, Ryan Bedford, J.R. Celski, Alyson Dudek, Lana Gehring, Mary Grace, Travis Jayner, Jordan Malone, Katherine Reutter, Jeffery Simon, Jessica Smith.
Baver, Bedford, Davis, Derrick, Grace, Lobello and Reutter are all former USOEC resident student-athletes.
The training camp previews the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials and ISU Speedskating World Cup to be held in Marquette on Sept. 8-12 and Nov. 12-15, respectively.
Practices during the training camp are open to the public. Sessions are 8-9:45 a.m. each morning, as well as 2-3:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday (June 22-24), Saturday (June 27) and next Monday (June 29) and 3- 4:30 p.m. Friday (June 26).
"Having the National Team train here is a great opportunity for the Marquette community," said Jeff Kleinschmidt, USOEC director. "The open practices allow the public to see what the sport is about and to get to know the athletes before the Olympic Trials and World Cup in Marquette this fall."

More details available here.

Physics helps test speedskating pads
One of the most important features at this fall's Olympic Speedskating Trials and World Cup competition will go unnoticed by many spectators, but you can bet the athletes will appreciate it, especially after an unfortunate fall.
The padding on the boards surrounding the rink is their safety net. It acts as a cushioned buffer to reduce the risk of injury by absorbing the impact of skaters sliding out of control after reaching top speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. But before the padding is installed, it must meet rigorous performance standards set by the International Skating Union.
The NMU physics department took advantage of an invitation to assist the U.S. Olympic Education Center and Jacquart Fabric Products of Ironwood in testing a new set of pads for the upcoming short-track events. Jacquart had produced the original pads for the USOEC more than 20 years ago.
"This is simple physics at work, but it sounds easier to accomplish than it is in terms of setup," said Dave Lucas, head of the physics department, during one of the test sessions in the Superior Dome. "We're approaching it almost in a Rube Goldberg way. The end result looks crude, but it gets the job done. We're happy with how the testing is going."
Read how the test works here.

Take part in an alumni event near you this summer

A variety of alumni events are planned around the Midwest this summer. Check out the calendar for an event near you. Click on the event for complete details.

Thursday, July 30
NMU Reception

NMU President Les Wong and his wife, Phyllis, will host NMU alumni, friends and western Marquette County business leaders at a casual reception.

Details here.

Saturday, August 1
Appleton, Wis
NMU Night at the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Special ticket prices and tailgate party at the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers baseball game in Appleton, Wis.

Details here.
Saturday, August 15
NMU Night at Comerica Park

Special ticket prices and pre-game party at the Detroit Tigers baseball game in Detroit.

Details here.

Thursday, August 20
Member Appreciation Boat Cruise

Alumni Association members are invited to cruise the  Marquette shoreline on the Keweenaw Star.

Details here.

E-mail us with questions about any of the events.

Don't forget to stop by...

Visitors to the 6th floor will be entered into a drawing to win a fabulous prize package from the NMU Alumni Association. Stop by for a visit and enter your name. Alumni Association members get two chances to win. Not a member? Join when you visit and increase your odds of winning.
We're located on the 6th floor of Cohodas Hall.
Oh yeah...we like taking your photo, too.

From the e-mail bag

"Back from vacation (Turks and Caicos Islands) and with my reconnect with Mickey Gopigian (NMU '84) who lived in my floor in Hunt Hall when I was an RA in '81.  What a wonderful week, and it was nice to see Mickey again! Flamingo Divers was nice enough to give NMU a plug in their photo log.  See:


I also got a shot of me and Mickey in our NMU t-shirts and a shot of us underwater ('we go to the ends of the earth to keep connected with our alumni')."

John Frick '82, '87
Marquette, Mich.

Frick, left, and Gopigian.

Hi. I thought I'd let you know that one of our fellow alums, Dan Adsmond '82, has been named the Distinguished Teacher of the Year here at Ferris State.  Here is the news link:


I hope summer has finally arrived - we're just now getting nights out of the 30's into the 40's. Take care."

Jon L. Shaffer '90
Big Rapids, Mich.

"Meeting Robert Traver--the penname for John Voelker--fly fishing for trout one day and eating a burger and drinking ale at the Lumberjack Tavern in Big Bay was an interesting aspect of my education at NMU that reached beyond listening in the lecture halls and looking out the windows while living in the U.P."
James More '92
Channanhon, Ill.


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