What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, November 28, 2011.

From the 6th floor

Upper Michigan was treated to mild weather for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. There is just a light dusting of snow on the ground in the Marquette area. Our friend, Tony Williams '06, sent us some fresh aerials of campus including this photo of the Superior Dome with its new covering. The six month project to re-cover the dome was completed last week. This is the first time the dome has been re-covered since its opening in 1990. The old gray covering was replaced by a brighter tan color. The dome's surface is roughly 296,000 square feet. Forecasters say the mild weather is likely to continue through most of this week with a slight chance for some snow flurries closer to Friday.


Grand Rapids area alumni event - save the date!

NMU President Les Wong and the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors will host a special NMU Reception, Friday, Jan. 27, at the West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology in downtown Grand Rapids. All alumni and friends are invited to attend. This is a great opportunity to catch up with West Michigan area alumni and hear about the exciting things happening at your alma mater, Northern Michigan University.

Grand Rapids Area Alumni Reception
Friday, Jan. 27
6 - 8 p.m.
West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology
98 East Fulton
Grand Rapids, Mich.

Invitations to be mailed shortly.

Questions? Want to make sure you receive an invitation? Drop us a note.

Las Vegas, Naples and Phoenix sign on to Wildcat Night Across the Country

Wildcat Night Across the Country is set for Saturday, Feb. 18. The NMU hockey 'Cats take on Michigan at Yost Arena in Ann Arbor. This is the biggest night of the year for Wildcat fans nation-wide. Make sure your local community has a party planned so you can get together with green and gold fans and watch Wildcat hockey.
Parties are lined up in a number of areas, but there is still plenty of time to get on organized for your neighborhood.

Here are this year's parties as of today:

Atlanta, Ga. Susan Bilkey '82
Battle Creek, Mich. Troy Huggett '92
Flint/Grand Blanc, Mich. Greg Feamster '93
Lansing, Mich. David Foster '00
Las Vegas, Nev. Kyle '05 and Mary '05  Anderson
Muskegon, Mich. Bob Cowles '06
Nahma, Mich. Therese Gondek '73
Naples, Fla. Trent Ferguson '99
North Pole, Alaska Moit Daly '81
Phoenix, Ariz. Eric Bolduc '94

If your town isn't on the list, get in touch with us and find out how to plan a party for Wildcat fans in your area. It's easy to do; pick a location and we'll be sure and invite alumni in your area and ship you a Party Pak for the big night.
If your location is on the list, you'll be getting an invitation in the mail with all the details. We'll also post all locations as soon as they are determined.

Get in touch with us today.

Native American anthology published--public readings to be streamed live

An anthology of creative works representing the contemporary American Indian experience has been published by the NMU Press and Center for Native American Studies. It is titled Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now and features the works of 88 authors and artists. The contributors’ narratives and art address themes of the land, the lakes, family, the search for center, ideas of time and the past, communalism and Native communities on and off reservation homelands, along with storytelling, Indian education, the Michigan urban Indian experience, ceremony and ritual, persistence of traditional arts and lifeways, and new cultural ways of being.

A public reading will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in 105 Jamrich Hall to celebrate the book's launch. Contributors will read from their selections and share their artwork.

This presentation will be made available as a live stream online. Click here to listen live.

Campus signage effort enters new phase

The multi-phase effort to make it easier for visitors to find and navigate their way through campus continues. Two more entryway signs are being installed on campus this month: one at the intersection of Wright Street and Tracy Avenue; another at the entrance to the Berry Events Center and PEIF off Fair Avenue. They will be similar in design to the Seventh Street entryway, with a large sign on one side of the road, complemented by a smaller boundary marker on on the opposite side.
Three of these boundary markers are also being installed near Cohodas at the corner of Presque Isle and Kaye Avenues, at the north entrance to the Superior Dome and on the west side of campus where Center and Lincoln Streets intersect.
This is phase two of a five-year plan developed in response to a wayfinding study completed by an external consulting firm.
“In the first year, we wanted to have the biggest impact on recruitment that we could, so we went out of sequence a bit with first-time campus visitors in mind,” said Jim Thams, associate director of Engineering and Planning.  “Our goal was to install trailblazers on city roads to mark the most direct routes to campus, identify the primary entrance to campus on Seventh Street and mark the building most first-time visitors are looking for, which is Hedgcock. This is the only new building identifier installed to date. The rest will come later in subsequent phases."

The 2011 tax year is the last in which Michigan residents will be able to claim a state tax credit on their cash gift to the NMU Foundation. You could be eligible for a 50 percent return.
We know that you give to provide opportunities for our students, not to reduce your tax burden, and we thank you.
But, for years, the credit has been a great way to support the university and get something back on your State of Michigan tax return.
Now, that incentive is going away.
So don't miss this last chance to feel twice as good about giving. Consult with your tax advisor about how to receive the maximum state income tax credit when making a gift to the NMU Foundation before the end of 2011.
Questions?

From the e-mail bag

"In 2010, MIUpperHand was created to help support Upper Peninsula artists by marketing and selling their U.P. made goods online.  Several NMU alumni have been involved in the project since its inception, including many of the featured vendors.  A portion of the sales go directly toward supporting public art throughout the U.P.  It’s really a great project!  I think our Alumni will be surprised at the quality and variety of products that are made right here in the U.P and available through MIUpperHand.   Here’s a link to website: http://www.miupperhand.com. 
P.S.  I've attached a few photos of just some of the works available on the site created by fellow NMU alumni such as Ryan Dalman, Jenny Frein, and Beth Millner. 
Thanks,
Jeremy Pickens '01
Marquette
jeremypickens@hotmail.com
"Hi alumni folks, thought I'd tell you a little about my big year! My screenplay Val &  Tootie was a second round pick in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Competition. I was promoted to Volunteer Services Manager at the Girl Scouts of Western Washington and was recently voted on to the board of directors for the Northwest Screenwriters Guild.
Hope everyone is doing well."
Robin Brooks '97, '01
Seattle, Wash.
robinebrooks@yahoo.com

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