What's New, NMU?

For the week of June 15, 2008

From the 6th floor

A lot of gray skies these days. While we did have some sunshine over the weekend, it hasn't really warmed up much across Upper Michigan. Skies remain gray and cloudy and that's expected to continue much of the week. Temperatures remain somewhat cool, with highs only in the lower 60s. Overnight lows are still dropping down into the low 40s. We've been told there are people who haven't planted their gardens yet for fear of another dose of frost.

Homecoming 2008 schedule set

Homecoming activities on the campus of Northern Michigan University will take place October 2-5. A variety of new events are scheduled along with the traditional favorites.

This year, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Professional Studies will join the College of Business and Political Science and Public Administration Department in hosting alumni reunions. All four get-togethers will be held Friday, Oct. 3, at the Landmark Inn immediately following the Homecoming parade.

Also new this year:

  • Forest Roberts Theatre Open House and Alumni Reception
  • The Foreigner, play at Forest Roberts
  • "See 'ya at Donckers" Open House
  • "Trash or Treasure" antique and collectibles appraisals


Check out the complete Homecoming schedule here.

Having a Homecoming reunion we don't know about? Share it with us.

NMU residence halls achieve "green building" status

Northern Michigan University can claim two of eight campus residence hall renovations in the United States—and the first in the Midwest—to achieve sustainability benchmarks set by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Meyland and Van Antwerp Halls have received “certified” and “silver” designations, respectively, through the council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
“It’s easier for new construction projects to become LEED certified because you can start from scratch with the goal of building green,” said Brandon Sager of NMU engineering and planning.

“It’s more challenging with an existing building. When we started, people kept telling us it doesn’t really cost much more to go the sustainable route and it turned out to be true.”

The extensive renovations were completed on a “fast-track,” 90-day schedule over the summer breaks in 2006 and 2007. Each facility was recognized for performance in five areas: sustainable site development, materials selection, water savings, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.
“We were able to divert waste from the landfill by recycling more than 250 tons of metal piping and wiring between the two projects,” added Sager. “Many of the materials used in the renovations are made of recycled content and were regionally manufactured. Regulated water use has been reduced by up to 60 percent with the help of dual-flush toilets and low-flow showers, and faucets and air flow has been significantly improved with new mechanical systems. There’s more natural light in these buildings with the addition of windows. We are also saving energy with lights that are on timers or have occupancy sensors.”

The new furnishings are made with environmentally farmed, quickly renewable Malaysian hardwood and were manufactured in Indiana. The replaced beds were donated to RE-MEMBER, a nonprofit organization that supports residents in need on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Other furnishings have been donated to Marquette’s Habitat for Humanity chapter.

Read more about "green building" here.


USOEC wrestler makes Olympic squad

United States Olympic Education Center Greco-Roman wrestler Spenser Mango (St. Louis, Mo., in red trunks) earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team at the Olympic Team Trials held June 13-15 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Mango made it to the championship at 55 kilograms and defeated opponent Sam Hazwinkel of Gator WC 2-0.
“I feel great, like I’m on top of the world,” said Mango. “I’m going to Beijing.”
Mango attributes his performance in the tournament to his USOEC teammates. “We have some of the best talent in the U.S. in our wrestling room, so when we get out on the mat we’ve already had experience wrestling some of the top guys in the U.S.,” he said.

Meanwhile, the United States Olympic Education Center is set to host the 2008 Junior Olympic National Boxing Championships June 17- 20 in the Northern Michigan University Superior Dome. The country’s top male and female boxers ages 15-16 will compete in the event.
This will be the third consecutive year that the competition will be hosted by the USOEC.
“We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with USA Boxing,” said USOEC director Jeff Kleinschmidt. “We are humbled by the trust that USA Boxing places in the USOEC and NMU to host this important event.”
The USOEC closed its resident boxing program in December. “We are hopeful that USA Boxing will identify the resources that are necessary to bring the program back in the future,” said Kleinschmidt. “Until then, we are excited to host the Junior Olympic National Championships.”

2008 Summer College for Kids

Looking for something educational for the kids this summer? NMU's Continuing Education department has a wide variety of offerings for students in grades K-8. Weeklong enrichment classes begin as soon as next week. Programming includes Art and Design, Economics, Science and Sports. Check out the complete schedule.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Bridget Sweeney, Hampton, Va. and Gwen Larson '02 and Brayden, Marshfield, Wis.


...Angela Orlich '79 of West Springfield, Mass.

If your summer plans include a visit to Marquette, make sure and stop by the Alumni office and say hello. We're located on the 6th floor of Cohodas Hall.

From the e-mail bag

"Some information for Wildcats out East. Len St. Jean '72, Bill Brodeur '60 and Pat Lentell '72 are running a golf tournament. The Ron Burton Training Village Golf Classic will be held on Monday, June 23 at the Sandy Burr golf course in Wayland, Mass. The proceeds from the outing support an NMU scholarship to a Ron Burton camper. Ron Burton was the top draft pick of the New England Patriots in 1960. Ron dedicated his life and career to helping inner city youth. Since his death, his sons have carried on the tradition. Participation in the golf outing includes Patriots alumni and NMU alumni and friends. If you are interested in taking part, call Bill at 508-760-4844 or email me. Prizes include Red Sox tickets, Patriots tickets, vacations and sports memorabilia."
Bill Brodeur '60
Yarmouth, Mass.
mailto:lbro347889@aol.com

"Hi. I met up with a good friend and Northern alumna in March.  I took my daughter to Lake Tahoe on a ski trip and we stayed with Sarah Clement, '84.  Sarah and I were teammates on the swim team at Northern.  We had a great time reminiscing about NMU and Marquette, all the road trips to swim meets, and remembering all our teammates.  (We say hi to all of them if they are reading this.)  She modeled her old NMU letter jacket that she has saved for 25 years.  I brought her a new NMU sweatshirt to show off around town.  Sarah lives in Truckee, California where she's out biking, skiing, and skate skiing as much as she can.  She also coaches swimming for 8, 9, and 10 year olds.  It was fun for my daughter to hear all the Northern stories since she will be a freshman there this Fall.  I'm looking forward to a few trips to Marquette to visit her."
Sue Neyens '82
Wixom, Mich.
mailto:sue.neyens@comcast.net

"Visiting Marquette this summer? Join NMU Theatre crew Shelley Russell and Paul Truckey for the tenth anniversary for Lake Superior Theatre!  Shows are in the working boathouse on the lake full of historical artifacts.  Beacon On The Rock, their signature show, returns this season as well as a Jeff Daniels delight...Escanaba In Love, Treasure Island, during the Pirate's Celebration,  and A Midsummer Night's Dream.  More information and tickets at the website.. www.lakesuperiortheatre.com"
Peggy Frazier
Marquette, Mich.
mailto:frazier@chartermi.net

"May 19th was a great day for Wildcats!  My wife Kelly and I welcomed into the world Milla Jean Raley, born at 11p.m.  I expect her (along with her older sister who is almost 2 years old) to become a Wildcat in the Fall semester of 2026! Everyone is doing just fine and we look forward to coming up to Marquette for homecoming in October! I have attached a picture of our oldest daughter Anya, holding her new sister."

Go Cats!

Nicholas J. Raley '05
St. Clair Shores, Mich.
mailto:nraley@shoremortgage.com


"If there are NMU grads looking to come north for the summer, I have rentals still available at my rental home on Lake Independence in Big Bay. I can be reached at mailto:dmalaney@mi.rr.com or 248-760-8560. Thanks."
Dennis Malaney
Farmington Hills, Mich.


"Hi. Would it be possible to get the following information included in 'What's New, NMU?'
The 2008 Wildcat Open, an annual event open to all former football players and friends, is set for July 18-20 in Appleton, Wis. Please contact Hank Sweeney at mailto:hsweeney@gallowaycompany.com or 920-851-0886. Thanks!"
Chris Goerlitz '87
Telford, Pa.
mailto:nmu87@mac.com


"Hi. This year, I'll be participating in a very special event called the Breast Cancer 3-Day, September 26 – September 28.
I'll walk 60 miles over the course of three days with thousands of other women and men. The net proceeds will support breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment through Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. I’ve agreed to raise $2200 and need your help. You can give online at www.The3Day.org to visit my personal fundraising webpage and make a donation. You can also call 800.996.3DAY to donate over the phone. You are able to search by name (Jennifer Hurst) or by participant number (2178568). According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, approximately 200,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and nearly 40,000 will die from the disease. That's why I'm walking so far to do something bold about breast cancer. I hope that you'll share this incredible adventure with me - by supporting me in my fundraising efforts.
Thank you in advance for your generosity! Sincerely,
Jennifer Hurst ’99
White Lake, Mich.
mailto:nmubabe@yahoo.com


"As the very first resident, along with 1 of my 2 roommates, of Hunt Hall in September of ’67, I’m glad to see the renovations being made to the ol’ place. I also painted the door at the 3rd floor entrance to Haight Street (Ashbury being the other end of the hall).  Our first winter was a doozy, as snow drifted right up to the 3rd floor window sills. For few days, we actually entered our daily trudge to class via sliding out the window on a cafeteria tray.  (Jumping off the roof was eventually banned as one young man landed on a No Parking sign, ouch.)  We had no beds yet when we arrived, only mattresses.  My surprise was finding my new friend and roommate from Orientation was assigned to my room, but a bit crowded when the drummer from my high school rock band arrived also. 3 in a 2 man room, ugh.  Three guys on a single phone was something too, with two of us with girlfriends downstate.  Shower time was special, and the juniors in the suite next door, our “sweet mates”, were quick to pull rank on us, initiating us into the world of college freshmen. The R.A.’s were great, good friends to all.  On the other side of the study room was an eventual fraternity brother Vince Caruso, a junior(?) also from my H.S., who was a barber, like his father back in Royal Oak, MI.  I was also a barber back then for extra cash, having learned from my grandfather, also a barber in Royal Oak.  So we became fast friends in our competition for hair styles of the day. 
The food in the dorm cafeteria was horrid back then.  Was glad to see it improve AFTER I moved off-campus.  The spare ribs still had the blue “USDA REJECT” blue stamp on it even after cooking. To this day, I can’t truly enjoy a spare rib.  We had a dress code for Sunday dinner back then, ladies a skirt, men a tie. So my roommate and I wore ties over our flannel pajamas just for fun.  Food fights were often, one getting way out of hand made “Animal House” look like a prison meal.  Ha.
I paid my way working several jobs, the best was as short order cook at the “Golden N” downstairs.  On Sunday nights, with no late meal supplied, my hamburger line sometimes crept back up the stairs into the dorms. I’d put on a show with double spatulas. Had a great boss whom I later worked for in the Wildcat Den years later, Lee, but I can’t remember her last name.  A great boss. 
Some of the classes in the Science building were extremely hard because of excess heat and lack of windows...ugh.  At 8 am physics classes, several of us would fall asleep. But the most fun back in Freshman year was all the activities on campus, from Greek Week, football games, basketball, concerts, and yes, all that snow!  I learned to cross country ski and snowshoe and later taught it combined in a hiking class.  So much to do outdoors, as I found a fishing buddy right away, who now lives and fishes in AK.
Keep us posted on Hunt Hall renovations and maybe the residents will give the nightly ol’ “Aaaaaaaaw”, with the cross courtyard Halverson crowd answering with the traditional “Oooh”.   
Keep up the great work. I’m still moving back to Marquette, just taking longer than I’d planned, sigh.   Cheers!

Mike Greer ‘76
Arlington, Mass.
mailto:magreerflutes@comcast.net

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