What's New, NMU?

For the week of April 28, 2008

From the 6th floor


Yes, that's green grass. Probably shouldn't go so far as to say spring is here, but it's nice to see green covering the ground instead of white. The outlook for this week, finals week, calls for temperatures only to reach the mid forties but no snowfall in the forecast. Keep in mind, though, it is Upper Michigan and it's only April, after all.

Finals under way; commencement this Saturday

More than 800 students are scheduled to walk across the stage during commencement exercises Saturday, May 3.
Jim Shaughnessy '75, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Orbitz Worldwide, will speak at commencement. The NMU alumnus will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. At the global online travel company, Jim is responsible for managing global legal affairs, along with the public relations, government affairs, ethics, compliance and security functions. Prior to his Orbitz appointment, he was senior vice president and general counsel for Lenovo Group Ltd., the world’s fourth-largest personal computer company and supplier of most NMU notebook computers. He also has worked with PeopleSoft Inc., Hewlett-Packard, Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation, and with a leveraged buyout group. He was in private practice with international law firms in Washington, D.C., early in his career. Jim graduated in 1975 with a degree in political science. He received his juris doctorate and a master’s in public policy from the University of Michigan.
The student commencement speaker is Aaron Pairolero, a social studies-elementary education major from Gladstone. His speech is on “not being done, but being ready.” The soloist is senior Stacey Beary, a music and psychology major from Lafox, Ill.
Commencement is at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 3, at the Superior Dome.

Luncheon brings together scholarship recipients and donors

The NMU Foundation held its annual Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, April 26. The Luncheon was established as an opportunity to thank the donors for their generosity and commitment and to bring them together with their student recipients. Over 240 students, faculty, staff and donors attended the event.



Senior Kendall Sutliff and donor Phyllis Reynolds
Senior Tricia Pepin with donor Carol Stevens '61 and her daughter, Patty Stevens '84.

The NMU Foundation Board of Trustees held its annual meeting April 25-26. It was the last meeting for six trustees whose terms have now expired. Before the meeting was adjourned on Saturday, these trustees were recognized by President Les Wong and the Board for a combined total of over 100 years of service to the Foundation and to the students of NMU.

Shown in the photo with NMU President Les Wong are outgoing board members, Frank Young '58, 12 years; Gloria Jackson '68, 19 years; Robert Glenn, 11 years; Kenneth Seavoy, 15 years; Bill Weaver, 32 years.

Not present for the photo:
Will Carne '54,
19 years

William Verette, 15 years

NMU students receive awards for community service

Six Northern Michigan University students received Michigan Campus Compact awards for their dedication to community service. They were honored at the 12th annual MCC Outstanding Student Service Awards ceremony held recently in Lansing.
Betsy Ott, a senior English writing major from Brooklyn, Wis., received the Commitment to Service Award, which is presented to one student at each of the 41 MCC-member campuses in the state.
The following five NMU students received the Heart and Soul Award to recognize their time, effort and personal commitment to their community through service: Christopher Chase, a senior pre-med major from Marquette; Danielle Foulks, a senior biology/physiology major from Marquette; Paul Green, a social studies secondary education/physical education secondary education double major from Huntington Woods; Abby Kiley, a senior nursing major from Green Bay, Wis.; and Angela Neumann, a senior accounting/financial planning major from Traverse City.
According to its Web site, Michigan Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to the development of personal and social responsibility as integral to the educational mission of their campuses.

NMU Athletic Department receives national award

The Northern Michigan University Athletic Department has been selected by Division II and the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) as the 2008 winner of the Community Engagement Award of Excellence.  NMU was selected as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) winner to advance to the national level.
NMU, which will be recognized at the NACMA convention in June, was selected for its Fall Sports Kick-Off which was designated to shine a light on what NMU athletics has to offer to the university campus and the Marquette community. It was held before the NMU-Hillsdale football game on Sept. 8, 2007. The event was co-sponsored by Econo Foods, Northern Star Broadcasting and The Mining Journal.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Rick Malta '80 of Kalispell, Mont.

From the e-mail bag

"Couldn't help but smile and reminisce after viewing the pictures of 'Frosty Treats' in the 'From the Sixth Floor' section.  This week, exactly 36 years ago, my wife and I brought our first daughter Kristan home from St. Lukes hospital to our married housing apartment. First though, our brand new little 'UP' baby made her very first car trip to....why of course, the Dairy King out by Sandy's Drive In!  I also distinctly remember going back to our apartment at 821 Summit, standing on a large snow bank, and telling our friends on the second floor that our daughter had arrived.  The date April 25, 1972. My wife used to push the baby stroller up to Burger Chef that summer to pay Dad a visit while he was working and then, nearing the completion of my Masters degree, the Norquist's headed back down state to the Plymouth/Canton area where we still reside and as does Kristan's family."
Jerry and Susan Norquist
Canton, Mich.
mailto:gnorquist244543mi@comcast.net

"Greetings. I'm not sure if it is appropriate to do this, but I've enclosed an item I'd like to include in your next issue of 'What's New, NMU?'  I'm an '81 grad and just had a thought to solicit support from my fellow alumni for an effort I've under taken.  I'm diabetic and I cycle in order to help control my diabetes.  I formed a bicycling team for the up-coming American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure. Our goal is to raise $10,000 by May 18, 2008 and ride in the 100k event.  Enclosed is my picture and the links to the Tour de Cure Websites where donations can directly to the ADA.  All donations are tax deductible and secure.  Please help me help in this worthy cause."
Stan Taylor '81
Marietta, Ga.
mailto:stan.k.taylor@lmco.com

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