What's New, NMU? for Monday, June 30, 2008

What's New, NMU?

For the week of June 30, 2008

From the 6th floor

We've finally been on the receiving end of beach day weather. Granted, Lake Superior has certainly not warmed up enough to swim, but the beach has been pretty busy. Several near 80 degrees days brought out the crowds. It's expected to cool off a bit this week with temperatures in the lower 70s. There has been a lot of talk about how bad the flies seem to be this season.

NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors meets

The NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors held its summer meeting on the campus of Northern Michigan University, Saturday, June 21. Items on the board's agenda included a summary of the Road Map to 2015 from NMU President Les Wong and a tour of the digital broadcast studios at WNMU-TV 13.
The board also finalized the Homecoming 2008 activity schedule.

Jodie Filpus '00, whose term on the board expires in October, was presented with a plaque in appreciation for her six years of service.
Shown with Jodie are NMU Alumni Association President Joe Evans '81, '83, and Martha Haynes, executive director of advancement.

SLFP mentors needed

Northern Michigan University’s nationally recognized Student Leader Fellowship Program (SLFP) is seeking mentors. The SLFP pairs individuals who are active on campus and in the local community with students. For alumni in the Marquette area, this is a great opportunity to get involved.
Kathy Richards, left, is pictured with her first student fellow, Dana Toenjes.
"I don't have a lot of contact with students in my position at work, so serving as a mentor provided that connection," Richards said. "It's been 20 years since I was in college. I wanted to be more a part of current students' lives and see the issues and struggles they deal with day to day and how that might relate back to my job. It's also a way to give back to the university."
SLFP participants are assigned a mentor for the first year of the two-year program. Other components include a student weekend retreat each fall that features activities designed to build fellowship and teamwork, a two-credit leadership theory and practice course, Skill Builders workshops, opportunities to meet with visiting leaders and a year-long community service internship.
“The goal for our program is to assist students in developing leadership skills while at the same time fostering an appreciation for leadership at the community level,” said Rachel Harris, assoc. director of the Center for Student Enrichment. “We selected 57 students to participate in the Student Leader Fellowship Program, which means we need to identify that many mentors.
“Prospective mentors typically are involved in the community at various levels,” Harris said.  “Mentors are often affiliated with service clubs or organizations, government leaders or organizations and projects that contribute to building a community."
Harris said 535 individuals have served as mentors, many on more than one occasion. For more information or to volunteer, contact Harris at slfp@nmu.edu.

Fun sites we think you might enjoy

We bet there's a lot on the NMU Web site that you might not be aware of. So we're going to start showing you some of the more interesting links. This week's pick is a video that was put together by YOUniversity. The national video company spent a day touring campus recently. It's a fun look at NMU.
Check it out here.

Also worth mentioning...WMQT Q107 has been working on their new list of "107 Things To Love About Marquette County."

Check it out. If something's missing, feel free to e-mail Jim Koski. And make sure you mention you read about it here.

Second Annual NMU Night at Comerica Park

Monday, August 25
Tigers vs. Indians
7:05 p.m.

Free commemorative t-shirt to the first 200 members who purchase tickets.
This event sold out last year. Almost 200 NMU alumni participated.
Order your ticket or tickets today!

Tickets are $14 upper reserved or $24 upper box infield.

Pre-game reception to be held at Proof, 2001 Woodward Ave.

Click here for details and Ticket Order Form.


Burn named Peter White Scholar

Stephen Burn, assistant professor, English, is the 2008-09 Peter White Scholar at NMU. The contemporary literature specialist is writing a book that will explore the impact of neuroscience on the American novel.
Burn said some authors have embraced the idea of using the chemical and physical structure of the brain to explain their characters’ thoughts, emotions and behavior. Others, such as Jonathan Franzen, have challenged the authority neuroscience has in our culture.
“Historically, the novel has been interested in how we understand identity, so unsurprisingly many novels were named after their central characters, such as Robinson Crusoe or Jane Eyre,” Burn said. “These books followed their characters through time, looking at how their identities were shaped by the psychological impact of past experiences. This approach works well with the way literary critics interpreted psychoanalysis, by placing an emphasis on early experience.
"But over the last 20 years or so, we have seen novelists pay more attention to nature rather than nurture, emphasizing the scientific complexities of the brain as a determining factor in human behavior. It sometimes seems as if science and literature speak different languages, but by studying the relationship between the brain and the novel I wanted to understand how one has directly drawn upon the other.”

"No Sex Please, We're British"

Shown during a recent rehearsal: Travis Moscinski, Sarah Frame, Bobby Glenn Brown and Kelley Ross.
The Forest Roberts Theatre and First Nighters Club will present a summer production of “No Sex Please, We’re British.”  This madcap romp by Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott will run July 9-12 in the Black Box Theatre (McClintock Room 105), on the campus of Northern Michigan University.   Curtain time for all performances is  7:30 p.m., with a special 1 p.m. matinee on the 12th. This British farce was first staged in London's West End in 1971. While it was less-than-enthusiastically received by the critics, audiences embraced the comedy which which ran for nearly a decade to packed houses. Featured in the cast are Stevens Point, Wisconsin senior Travis Moscinski (Stevens Point, Wisc.) as assistant bank manager, Peter Hunter; Marquette native and NMU alum Bobby Glenn Brown as the bank's frantic chief cashier, Brian Runnicles; and junior Sarah Frame (Deerfield, Wis.) as Hunter’s new bride, Frances.
“No Sex Please, We’re British” is a fundraiser for the First Nighters Club, the theatre booster organization.Tickets can be reserved at the theatre box office or by calling 906-227-2082 weekdays between 1 and 4:30 p.m.  Tickets are also available at the door.  All tickets are $8 and all seats are unreserved. Audiences are cautioned that “No Sex Please, We’re British” is rated “PG” because of saucy language and mature subject matter.

Thanks for stopping by...

Keith Burkard '79 of Amherst, NY. Keith is a lifetime member of the NMU Alumni Association. Unfortunately, the camera wasn't around so we couldn't get a photo. (Sorry, Keith!)

If your summer plans include a trip to Marquette, make sure and stop by the Alumni office on the 6th floor of Cohodas and say hello.

From the Email bag

"I wish that I could bring the newest Wildcat and visit this summer--wait, don't tell her daddy who went to that bad school in Houghton, MI. We will be staying home and Mommy will be recovering from surgery. Maybe we can make it up for Homecoming! I can't wait to show my new daughter the sites of Marquette and NMU! Those were some of the best years of my life, til now, anyway! Here's a picture of our little Annabelle Rose Meldrum (mommy is Christine Carlyon Meldrum, class of 1999--Go Cats!). She was born on the very first minute of summer, 7:59pm on Friday, June 20, 2008. Here's my email for any old classmates that I haven't heard from rc.meldrum@gmail.com.  Included also is a picture of two other NMU grads who happened to be fortunate enough to be there when Annabelle was born, Sharon Knieper (class of 1996 in yellow) and Kelly Ylitalo (class of 1998) in dark, long hair. Thanks."
Christine '99, Richard and Annabelle Meldrum
Addison Township, Mich.

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