What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, April 11, 2011.

From the 6th floor

Much of Upper Michigan was on the receiving end of spring fever this past weekend as temperatures soared into the upper 50's. Many people took advantage of the nice weather to get yard work done. Storms moved through Sunday night, but nowhere near as bad as what other areas iof the country saw; mostly thunder and lightning in Marquette. Forecasters say it will cool off for the early part of this week, with a chance of showers.

Alumni business owners share experience with students

The NMU Student Alumni Association hosted the second of its series of panels designed to bring together current students and alumni. The topic of this semester's panel discussion was "So You Want To Be An Entrepreneur?"
Six alumni business owners, from a wide variety of businesses, discussed the ins and outs of owning a small business. Students asked questions about everything from renting business space to online sales and marketing.


Andy Jones '03.

Laura MacDonald '85.

Michele Dugree '06.
Those students in attendance got to hear first-hand what it's like to start a business from the ground up. One piece of advice all the business owners agreed upon: you have to really love what you do to be a small business owner.

Mobile app idea wins student business competition

MBA student Robert Johnson of Negaunee was the top competitor at the 2011 NMU New Business Venture Competition. Johnson’s new business, Prometheus Tree, is a mobile application development and marketing firm. He won $500 in the categories of best 60-second elevator speech and trade fair display, as well as the top prize of $4,000 for first place for the best business plan presentation.
Second place and a $2,500 prize in the business plan category went to sophomore Sondra Troup of Kalkaska and junior Skye Davidson of Roseville for Intertwined, a beauty and fashion accessories salon. Both Troup and Davidson are associate degree business majors. Third place and a $1,500 award went to Protectski, protective boxes and bags for skis, presented by seniors Martin Stuge Banerud of Oslo, Norway and Ingrid Fjeldheim of Marquette. Banerud and Fjeldheim are members of the NMU Nordic ski team. Banerud is a construction management major who is also enrolled in the MBA program, and Fjeldheim is a biology major.
This is the fourth year NMU’s College of Business has held the competition. The yearlong event begins in October with the submission of business ideas. Northern is one of only two schools in Michigan to offer entrepreneurship as a major, although the competition is open to all students regardless of their degree program.
You can view the presentations here.

NMU breaks world record

Northern students broke the Guinness World Record Sunday (April 10) for the "Largest Skateboard Parade." More than 340 people were a part of the parade, shattering the old mark of 250. The event was hosted by the NMU Skate and Snow Club and the Marquette Informal Longboarding Association.
"It was awesome to see so many people come out," said co-organizer Jeremy Johnson.

This is the fourth world record to be set on the NMU campus in Northern's history. Do you remember the others? Were you a part of one of them? Drop us a note and tell us what you remember.

German vintner's dinner planned

NMU's hospitality management program will hold its annual extravaganza scholarship dinner Friday, April 15, at the Jacobetti Complex. This year's theme is "Das Leben ist zu kurz, um schlechten Wein zu trinken: Life is too short to drink bad wine." The meal will replicate a German vitner's dinner.
The reception begins at 6 p.m. and features German wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres. The five-course dinner begins at 7 p.m. and includes Veal rouladen, sauerkraut salad, traditional black forest cake.
The cost is $100 per guest and space is limited. Reservations can be made by calling the NMU Foundation at 906-227-2627. All benefits go to support scholarships for NMU hospitality management majors.

Peter Pan coming to NMU

J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan will fly into Northern Michigan University's Forest Roberts Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, to Saturday, April 16, with a 1 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for NMU students and are available at all NMU EZ Ticket outlets.
The NMU production will create the familiar fantasy of Neverland with pirates, mermaids, the Lost Boys and Tinkerbell. But Director Shelley Russell's unconventional interpretation will also bring the classic play, first performed in 1904, "into the present."


Downtown Marquette tour popular attraction on Summer Reunion schedule

Think you know all about Marquette? Chances are pretty good there are stories and legends you haven't heard. And the historian who can tell you those stories is on our Summer Reunion schedule. Marquette's Jim Koski has been providing downtown tours for years, to residents and tourists alike. On Thursday, June 23, as part of Summer Reunion, Jim will offer a guided downtown Marquette historic tour. The tour is free, but you must register for Summer Reunion to take advantage of this opportunity.

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.

Summer Reunion registration is scheduled to begin mid-April. Details will be in your mailbox this week.

Meanwhile, keep visiting the Summer Reunion home page for all the latest news. And check out our Facebook page.
Let us know if you plan on attending Summer Reunion

Check out the full Summer Reunion schedule here.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Trisha Peters Confer '91 of Kawkawlin, Mich.

Our door is always open to visitors. If you're in Marquette, stop by and say hello. We're located on the 6th floor of Cohodas Hall.

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Feedback should be directed to dhemmila@nmu.edu.

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