What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, April 4, 2011

From the 6th floor

Just about everything in the weather department today; drizzle, snow, rain, peeks of sun, sleet and wind. Temperatures are not expected to reach much higher than 40 for the early part of the week as low pressure moves across the Upper Great Lakes. We may see some sunshine midweek before another round of cool temperatures and rain will move in. Many local area school districts are on spring break this week but the weather is nothing like spring. Or maybe more accurately; exactly like spring in the U.P.; unpredictable.

How do I become an entrepreneur?

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, art and design graduate whose 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. It takes place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in the Charcoal Room at the University Center. A networking reception will follow the panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

Bullying forum at NMU

A public forum on bullying will be held from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in Reynolds Recital Hall at NMU. It is co-sponsored by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, NMU, Marquette Public Schools and the Marquette/Alger Intermediate School District. During this forum, the commission will discuss and take public comment on bullying. A number of guest speakers with expertise on bullying and related issues will be present. The general public is encouraged to attend the forum, especially those who wish to provide testimony on bullying to the commission.

U.S. Department of State recruiting on NMU campus

A representative from the U.S. Department of State will be on the campus of NMU, Monday, April 18, to talk about careers in the Foreign Service. Michael McClellan, a Senior Foreign Service Officer now serving as Diplomat-in-Residence at the University of Michigan, will host an information session for students or others interested in learning more about the career range available. Covering the Foreign Service Exam and selection process, as well as discussing the 19 Foreign Service specialists tracks, the session will give attendees an overview of the process and options available. To register for the sessions, contact Career Services at 227-2800. More details available here.

Distinguished faculty announced


Kenneth Janson, Business, Shelley Russell, Communications and Performance Studies, and Mary Jane Tremethick, HPER, are recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Faculty Awards for their university and professional contributions. They will be honored at a reception and mentioned in the president's remarks at commencement on April 30.
Janson joined the NMU faculty in 2001 after serving as director of D&N Capital Corporation. He previously taught accounting at universities in Michigan and Wisconsin. In addition to teaching at NMU, Janson is a consultant to financial institutions, law firms and commercial/industrial firms.
Russell has directed more than 60 NMU and professional theater productions, most recently Rent, Of Mice and Men and Peter Pan. She is also an established playwright often inspired by Lake Superior and the Upper Peninsula. One of her biggest achievements was Haywire. The musical about an 1880s logging camp was one of five productions selected from more than 900 nationally to be performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Tremethick is a past recipient of the NMU Excellence in Teaching Award and co-recipient of Michigan Campus Compact's Faculty/Staff Community Service Learning Award. The latter honored her efforts to develop and implement a service learning/cultural immersion class in Honduras with Eileen Smit (Nursing). The colleagues have traveled with students the past four summers to Santa Cruz de Yojoa, a rural, medically underserved area of Honduras.

Economics professor's Japan workshop, textbook put NMU Center on global map

Tawni Ferrarini, Economics, (standing, center) presented a two-day workshop for K-12 teachers from all over Japan during a recent visit to the country (preceding the earthquake and tsunami). She represented the NMU Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship, which she co-directs, and the national Council for Economic Education. The workshop series was sponsored by CEE-Japan and Daiwa Securities.

The president of Japan Junior Achievement, an economics and personal finance program, participated in a course Ferrarini delivered in New York City.  He requested that she conduct a workshop in his country, with help from two translators. Thirty teachers attended the session and each received U.P. mementos.

"This helps to put Northern’s CEEE on the global map," Ferrarini said. "We’ve made a regional impact and received state and national recognition. Now we’re tapping international venues. I plan to continue work with the CEE-Japan and will likely return for future workshops.”

Read more about the trip here.

Second annual DeVos Art Museum wine tasting   

The DeVos Art Museum will host the second annual Wine, Food, Music and Art event, from 7 - 10 p.m., Friday, April 22. Guests can taste a variety of red, white and dessert wines hand-selected by Fahrenheit 55 Wine Distributors. Treat yourself to artisan cheeses and a variety of hors d'oeuvres. Graduating students from NMU's School of Art and Design will be on hand to share their exhibition on display in the museum. Guests will be able to enjoy classical music played by students in The Rococo Quartet.  Tickets are $50, advance purchase only. To purchase tickets, contact the NMU Foundation at 227-2627. All ticket sales include a $30 donation to the DeVos Art Museum to support exhibitions and programs.

Lazarus Project next One Book, One Community selection

Aleksandar Hemon's The Lazarus Project, a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, is the 2011 selection for Marquette's One Book, One Community program.

At the heart of the novel is a historical event, according to Hemon's website: On March 2, 1908, 19-year-old Lazarus Averbuch, a recent Jewish immigrant from Eastern Europe to Chicago, knocked on the front door of the house of George Shippy, the chief of Chicago police. When Shippy came to the door, Averbuch offered him what he said was an important letter. Instead of taking the letter, Shippy shot Averbuch twice, killing him. When Shippy released a statement casting Averbuch as a would-be anarchist assassin and agent of foreign political operatives, he all but set off a city and a country already simmering with ethnic and political tensions.

Moving forward to the 21st century, the fictional hero Vladimir Brik is a young writer in Chicago who also hails from Eastern Europe. Brik becomes obsessed with Averbuch's' story—what really happened, and why? In order to understand, Brik retraces Averbuch's path across Eastern Europe. The Lazarus Project weaves the two stories together, augmenting them with photographs taken during Brik's journey by his traveling partner, Rora, who overflows with stories of his life as a Sarajevo war photographer.

Hemon also is the author of three collections of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was there, Sarajevo came under siege and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004.  He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

One Book, One Community is designed to bring Marquette County residents and NMU students together to read and discuss the same book. A schedule of discussions and special events related to The Lazarus Project will be posted at www.nmu.edu/onebook.

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:  Business Manager-Foundation; .75 FTE (6 hour days)
Department:  NMU Foundation
Minimum prorated salary: $29,925
Submit application by April 15, 2011.

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.

Summer Reunion countdown

Are you one of the many who make sure and hike Sugarloaf Mountain every time you visit Marquette? Well, sign up for our Sugarloaf climb during Summer Reunion and be ready for some fun surprises; along the way and at the top. It's happening at 2 p.m. Friday, June 24.

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. It all kicks off with a special pig roast/all alumni picnic at NMU President Les Wong's home, Thursday, June 23. Our marquee entertainment, Jeff Daniels, takes the stage at the Marquette Commons at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 24. An Evening with Jeff Daniels is presented by Cliffs Natural Resources.

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.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Alumni Association member Steve '76 and Pam Mastricola of Lake Geneva, Ill. We'd also like to congratulate Steve and Pam on their recent marriage.

...Future Wildcats who are keeping the NMU legacy alive in their families: (left to right) Christian L'Huillier, son of Kelly L'Huillier '85, '08; Dean Potila, son of Dean '05 and Diane '85 Potila; and Ryan Schmidt, son of Douglas Schmidt '83.

Don't forget, if you're visiting campus, stop by and say hello. We're located in 603 of Cohodas Hall.

"Hi. I just learned that Shana Weber '97 passed away. I wanted to make sure you were aware. I am sure there are many alumni, faculty and staff who will miss this special lady and would appreciate knowing about her passing.
http://record-eagle.com/obituaries/x10257178/Shana-R-Weber

Kind regards.
Heather Picotte

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