What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, March 21, 2011.

From the 6th floor

Watching and waiting: forecasters are keeping an eye on the winter storm marching across the Midwest. As is often the case with spring snowstorms, it's difficult to predict just how much snow could fall. Upper Michigan is under a winter storm warning for mid-week, with as much as a foot of snow possible. Because of all the moisture in the storm system, it's likely to be heavy, wet snow. Look for the outcome in next week's newsletter.

Horizons highlights Presidential visit

The Winter issue of Horizons magazine should have reached your mailbox by now. With President Barack Obama on the cover, the magazine has some excellent articles on why he chose to visit Northern Michigan University. From his WiMAX demonstration to a stop at Donkers, it was a whirlwind two hours on the ground for the president.
Also in this issue:

  • A historic international partnership with Cuba
  • NMU student work on display in Milan
  • Wildcat teams wrap up their season

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Student Alumni Association showcasing successful business owners

The NMU Student Alumni Association is hosting the second in a series of professional panels designed to bring together students and alumni. The topic of this semester's panel is entrepreneurial opportunities for new graduates. The panel will feature six alumni who run successful businesses. Topics for discussion include the ins and outs of running your own business and what it takes to own a company.
Panelists include:
Andy Jones '03, owner of Casualties Skate and Snow in Marquette;
Michele Dugree '06. An art and design graduate, this independent artist's ceramic work has been featured in the New York Times, House Beautiful, and Country Living. Her work is sold at Target and is displayed at the New York City Museum of Modern Art;
Rick Holmes, owner of the Marquette area Subway restaurants;
Guy Strong '10, artist;
Laura MacDonald '85, salon owner;
Caleb Hayes '09, owner of Real Estate Investing LLC.

The panel will be moderated by NMU business professor Michael Crum. A networking reception will follow the panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

Summer Reunion countdown

Do you know which is the oldest building on campus? If you join us for the Summer Reunion "Welcome Back Tour", that's just one of the many interesting campus tidbits you'll hear from NMU historian Dr. Russ Magnaghi.

Most of the details are in place and the countdown has begun; Summer Reunion 2011 is a little over three months away. If you haven't made your hotel reservations, now is the time. Three days of NMU and Marquette activities are planned. Summer Reunion, June 23-25, coincides with the Superior Bike Fest. This premier bike fest offers $15,000 in cash and prizes and has a race for every level of competitor. Check out Bike Fest here.

Summer Reunion has activities for all ages, from the kids right on up to Grandma and Grandpa. It all kicks off with a special picnic/pig roast at NMU President Les Wong's home, Thursday, June 23.

View the complete schedule here.

Registration details will come your way soon. Meanwhile, keep visiting the Summer Reunion web site for all the latest news. And check out our Facebook page.
Let us know if you plan on attending Summer Reunion.


You'll want to make sure your wardrobe is ready for Summer Reunion...

The NMU Bookstore has a special sale, now through April 30, on everything you'll need to be properly attired for Summer Reunion. Whether it's a cool t-shirt for a day at the beach or a hoodie for an evening on Sugarloaf, get it now at the Bookstore sale. Visit the NMU Bookstore on campus or check out the online store.

The Bookstore is offering free shipping up to $10 when you enter the code "reunion" on the "My Cart" page. You can order by phone, too, just mention the free shipping code.

NMU President honored with Distinguished Service Award

NMU President Les Wong (above, right) was honored with the 2011 Distinguished Service Award, sponsored by the Marquette County Ambassadors. The award was presented Friday (March 18.) Tom Edmark, chairman of the Lake Superior Community Partnership commented: "Dr. Les Wong has been a strong supporter of the Partnership, sitting as an Officer on the LSCP board of directors and as chair of the chairman's circle. He has demonstrated effective leadership and commitment building unprecedented collaboration between Marquette area K-12 education, healthcare and economic development agencies. With Dr. Wong's leadership, Northern has been recognized as a national leader in technology innovation, bringing wireless internet services to elementary and secondary education, government, first-responder and security services up to 30 miles from the NMU campus."
Upper Peninsula Health Plan was selected in the business category. UPHP CEO Dennis Smith is shown above with President Wong.

Students volunteer in Belize over spring break

Twenty-six students participated in Northern's first volunteer abroad opportunity in Belize over spring break. Miriam Moeller of NMU's International Programs, called it a “total success.”
Students painted the school in the poor town of El Progresso and drew the school’s emblem on the side of the building. They also built a picnic table, assembled a basketball hoop, taught an arts and environmental lesson and played games with the children. Students brought two boxes of donated items ranging from school supplies and encyclopedias to soccer balls and toothbrushes. The group had an opportunity to tour Mayan ruins and participate in other cultural excursions.
You can read more about their trip here.

Looking for a new career?

The NMU Alumni Association offers a number of ways to network, including posting job opportunities when we become aware of them.


Northern Michigan University has the following openings:

Title: Associate Director-Facilities/Heating Plant
Department: Engineering and Planning
Targeted annual salary range: $60,600-$80,000
Submit application by April 8, 2011.

Title: Coordinator-Academic Support Services; .83 FTE; Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Time off to be arranged with supervisor.
Department:  Academic and Career Advisement Center
Targeted Annual Salary Range: $28,999-$41,165
Submit application by April 8, 2011

You can read more about the positions on the NMU Human Resources website.

The Northern Network is a great source for employment assistance. The Northern Network is our exclusive online community for alumni and friends. But it's not just local. Hundreds of companies from around the globe post jobs daily.

Check us out on LinkedIn.

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University Nordic ski teams finished the season at the Trapp Family Resort in the NCAA Championships on a rainy Friday (March 11). NMU's Andy Liebner is an All-American in the classic as he finished eighth in the 20k race.The men's team finished ninth in the event. The women's team finished eighth in the event.
The 2011 NMU football season got under way Monday (March 21) with the opening of spring football drills. The spring season will conclude with the spring game at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 16. NMU is coming off a 5-6 record and will begin the regular season against Minnesota-State Mankato in the Superior Dome on Sept. 1.

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