What's New, NMU? for the week of Monday, March 7, 2011

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, March 7, 2011.

From the 6th floor

As you can see, we have some fresh snow to whiten things up. And more on the way, according to the forecast. After a relatively mild day Monday, a storm system out west is expected to move our way mid-week and could bring with it a foot of snow. As in the case with most spring storms, the amount of snowfall will depend on the track the storm takes.

Daniels to headline Summer Reunion

Michigan native Jeff Daniels will perform a free, outdoor concert during NMU's Summer Reunion Weekend. Daniels has a successful film and Broadway career but may be best known in Michigan as a singer/songwriter and founder of the Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Mich., where he now lives. The creative force behind "Escanaba in da Moonlight" will perform at the Marquette Commons, Friday, June 24.

"An Evening with Jeff Daniels" is presented by Cliffs Natural Resources.

Summer Reunion, June 23-25

Make this the summer you visit Marquette. Summer Reunion is designed to encourage alumni to return to campus to participate in reunion activities during the best time of the year--summer. We will have a wide variety of programming for all ages.

Already planning on being in Marquette? Take advantage of our summer activities.

Preliminary schedule includes:

Thursday, June 23
Summer Reunion golf event
Historic downtown Marquette tours
Pig Roast at Kaye House
Boat Cruise (Tentative)
Friday, June 24
Historical tours of campus
Sugarloaf Mountain hike and activities
Faculty presentations and campus open houses
Seaborg Center College for Kids
"An Evening with Jeff Daniels" presented by Cliffs Natural Resources
Saturday, June 25
Wildcat Fun Run/Walk

We've heard from these groups who are planning reunions:

If you've been thinking about organizing a reunion for your group, this is the summer!

Make sure and let us know so we can add you to the list.

We have some helpful reunion planning tips here.

Special thanks to Cliffs Natural Resources, Pioneer Surgical and Upper Peninsula Health Plan for their commitments to Summer Reunion.

Would you like to know more about our underwriting opportunities for Summer Reunion?
Contact Mary Crampton at the NMU Foundation.


NMU Sports Hall of Fame announces 2011 inductees

The NMU Sports Hall of Fame will induct four new members Saturday, April 16. The Class of 2011 includes:
Chris Cook '03, Pete Vordenberg '97, Andrea Gommans '94, '97 and Krista Pray Hobbins.
Cook and Vordenberg were NCAA National Champions in Nordic skiing while at NMU. Gommans was a National Champion and three-time All American on the NMU volleyball team and Pray Hobbins was one of the first great women's basketball players for NMU.
Induction ceremonies will take place in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Awards Banquet. A social hour beginning at 6 p.m. will be followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. You can purchase tickets at the NMU Superior Dome Ticket Office or by calling 906-227-1032.
The banquet is sponsored in part by Superior Oasis and Downtown EyeCare.

NMU celebrates Women's History Month

Northern Michigan University will mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and celebrate Women’s History Month with a series of March activities. This year’s theme is “Our History is Our Strength.” All events are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted.
This week's events include:
March 11: NMU distinguished women faculty presentation, featuring Tawni Ferrarini, Jill Leonard, Eileen Smit and moderator Christine Flavin, 1-2 p.m., Superior Room, University Center.
March 12: Canadian folk-pop duo Dala, 7:30 p.m. Forest Roberts Theatre. Tickets required. For more information, visit www.nmu.edu/performingarts.
March 14: NPR national security and FBI correspondent Dina Temple-Raston, 7:30 p.m., University Center Great Lakes Rooms. Free for NMU students; $2 for general public.
March 16: Guerilla Girls, 7:30 p.m., Jamrich 102. These anonymous females take the names of dead women artists as pseudonyms and appear in public wearing gorilla masks. They have produced posters, stickers, books, printed projects and actions that expose sexism and racism in politics, art, film and the culture at large. The Guerilla Girls use humor to convey information, provoke discussion and show that feminists can be funny. They wear gorilla masks to “focus on the issues rather than our personalities.”

Events continue through the month of March. Check out the complete calendar here.

NMU Pow Wow March 12

The 19th annual “Learning to Walk Together” traditional pow wow will be held at Northern Michigan University’s Vandament Arena on Saturday, March 12. Doors open at 11 a.m. and grand entry times are noon and 6 p.m.
The grand entry features the flag song followed by the veterans' honor song. The emcee will provide information on male and female traditional dances, jingle dress and grass dance and the male and female fancy dance. Social dances, such as the inter-tribal, round dance and two-step, are also featured and the audience is invited to participate. Artisan and vendor booths will provide a variety of craft items, reference materials and food. 
Participants include Rod Frye Sr., head male dancer; Bunny Frye, head female dancer; Bnaaswi Biiaaswah, head veteran dancer; Ditabasin, host drum; Elk Spirit Singers, co-host drum; Bahweting Singers, Four Thunders, Stone Boy and Little Thunder, invited drums; Stanley Spruce, emcee; Robert Blackdeer, arena director; Samuel Doyle, fire keeper; and the Keweenaw Bay Veterans, honor guard.
Admission is $5 for the general public and free with NMU student ID.

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University hockey Wildcats saw its 2010-11 season come to a close as Bryce Williamson scored his fourth goal of the season for the Bowling Green Falcons at 0:34 of the second overtime on Sunday, March 6.  Bowling Green won the game and series with the 2-1 victory over the Wildcats in the third game of their Central Collegiate Hockey Association first-round playoff series.  The Wildcats ended the season with a 15-19-5 record and a 12-3-3-0 conference finish.  Bowling Green (10-25-4, 3-21-4-2 CCHA) will advance to play a second round CCHA Playoff series against Michigan, March 11-13.
Kelli Vander Baan of the Northern Michigan University swimming and diving team will be competing at the NCAA Championships in San Antonio, Texas. Vander Baan qualified in both the one- and three-meter diving events.
The men's and women's Nordic skiing 'Cats have had some time off to prepare and now look ahead to the NCAA Championships. The event will be held in Stowe, Vt. and is scheduled for March 10 and 12.

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: Architectural Specialist
Department:  Engineering and Planning
Targeted Annual Salary Range: $44,900 - $52,000
Submit application by March 9

Title:  Resident Director; 9.75 month, live-in position
Department:  Housing and Residence Life
Approx. minimum prorated salary: $22,164 (excludes room and board)
Submit application by March 14

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.

From the e-mail bag

"Bob Cook '67 has retired after 38 years as an Episcopal Priest. His wife Sandy has retired after 42 years with Adoption and Foster Care. (She was vice president and executive director of the Children's Home Society of North Carolina, plus a part of the group which rewrote the National Adoption Standards for the Child Welfare League of America). I add that part especially with your upcoming human services recruitment event. Sandy and I have had a truly shared ministry and to work with her on adoption and foster care issues has brought significant meaning to my life. We will be watching the weather map for you all this week and add a photo of our latest snow event in North Carolina."

Bob Cook '67
Browns Summit, NC
"Enjoying the warm weather in the Rio Grande Valley and here we are at the beach, South Padre Island.  Have been to a Michigan Reunion and a Yooper Reunion but have not meet any NMU grads."

Richard 62 & Dorothy '64 Nobert
Livonia, Mich.

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