What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, Jan. 31, 2011.

From the 6th floor

It was a pretty chilly Monday at McCarty's Cove, with temperatures in the single digits. And why would one be spending a day at the beach in January, you ask? You'll find out soon enough if you tune in. The NMU Alumni Association will debut a new Summer Reunion commercial during Fox Sports' coverage of the NMU vs. Michigan State hockey game, Sat. Feb. 12, which is also Wildcat Night Across the Country. A huge thank you to our talent, Darren Muljo (Mojo), and Mike Lakenen and Bob Thomson from WNMU TV 13. Hopefully, by the time you read this, they will be able to feel their toes again.
For more details on Wildcat Night, see below.
And don't forget, Summer Reunion is June 23-24.

NMU sends students to Cuba

Northern Michigan University has launched a historic international partnership in Cuba. Following a lengthy application process, an NMU delegation traveled to the island last week to meet with officials from two Cuban universities. NMU is one of only 16 U.S. institutions granted a license for study abroad programs in the country and the first to extend its presence beyond Havana. Two NMU students who accompanied the group have remained for the semester at the University of Matanzas, east of the nation’s capital.

 “Today’s students are the ambassadors of tomorrow and NMU building a relationship with Cuba reflects our interest in getting our students out into the world to serve in this vital role,” said NMU President Les Wong. “The two NMU students who will be studying in Cuba this semester are true pioneers. They are the first Americans that many of the Cuban students have ever met and they are great ambassadors for our university and the nation.”

Michael Wiese-Gomez, a senior Spanish major from Marquette and Natasha Gallagher, a junior history major from Midland, will begin their term at the University of Matanzas on Feb. 15. Both speak advanced-level Spanish, a prerequisite for studying in Cuba. They will live in residence halls, attend classes with Cuban students and take 12-18 credits in a range of topics including Spanish, culture, social sciences and literatures.

Read more about this historic partnership here.

Special Department of Human Services recruitment event at NMU; only one in UP

The Michigan Department of Human Services is hiring at least 500 individuals to work in children's protective, foster care, adoption, juvenile and home licensing services. The DHS is conducting a series of statewide recruitment and interview events and Northern Michigan University has been selected to host the only U. P. site.

"This event came about as a very pleasant, but very much welcomed, surprise," says Jim Gadzinski, director of NMU's Academic and Career Advisement Center. " We were contacted by the DHS in late January and dropped what we were doing to make sure we could sponsor the event in early February.  With the level of employment and the economy as it is, this is truly a great opportunity for our graduating seniors, our alumni, and the people of the Upper Peninsula."

DHS Recruitment and Interview Event is Feb. 8-10 at Northern Michigan University.

These are public events, open to all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications. Complete details regarding qualifications can be found here.

Wildcat Night Across the Country; Appleton and Marquette parties added

Appleton and Marquette have joined the list of locations hosting a Wildcat Night Across the Country party, Saturday, Feb. 12.

The NMU hockey 'Cats face the MSU Spartans at Munn Arena in East Lansing. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Detroit at 5 p.m.

Here are the party locations:

In Michigan; Marquette, Kalamazoo, Bay City, Muskegon, Lansing, Nahma, Iron River.
Others; Appleton and LaCrosse, Wis., Phoenix, Ariz. and Las Vegas.

Complete details here.

Please RSVP to the party host if you plan on attending.


Wildcat sports update

The NMU hockey team lost a pair on the road at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Jan. 28-29. The Wildcats are 11-13-4 overall and 9-9-2-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA.) The team hosts Lake Superior State Friday and Saturday (Feb. 4-5.)
The women's basketball team split a pair of conference games at the Berry Events Center over the weekend. Thursday (Jan. 27) the 'Cats defeated Hillsdale 67-64. Saturday (Jan. 29) they lost to Northwood 58-65. The women are now 8-11 overall and 3-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC.)
Meanwhile, the men's basketball team came off the weekend with a split, also. They dropped Thursday's match to Hillsdale but beat Northwood, Saturday. The men are 7-12 overall and 3-10 in the GLIAC.
The NMU Nordic ski teams finished up the weekend in Houghton competing in the 2011 USSA Super Tour, hosted by Michigan Tech University. Both the men's and women's teams dominated the field of competition in Sunday's (Jan. 30) freestyle races. The teams will now rest up for a week before competing at the CCSA Championships Feb. 12-13 in Ishpeming.

From the e-mail bag

"Thanks to Jamie Wilms for writing in about the 'Cats hockey games in Denver over the New Year's holiday. I was fortunate to also be in attendance at the game on Jan. 1 with a DU season ticket holder. He was so complimentary of the passion and enthusiasm of the Wildcat nation. He said that if NMU's fans were this loud and rowdy on the road, he couldn't imagine what the hometown arena was like. I told him Lakeview was always rocking when I was a student and that I couldn't imagine it being any different today! I agree with Jamie that it would be nice to see the 'Cats in Denver more often."
Bob Burgess '83
Parker, Colo.
bobburgess208@gmail.com

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