What's New, NMU? for the week of Monday, Feb. 20, 2012

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, Feb. 20, 2012.

From the 6th floor

This is what everyone has been talking about: the vivid Northern Lights gracing the sky. The dancing streaks of light in the night sky, known as the aurora borealis, are expected to be especially vivid this year and we have had a front row seat the past two weeks.
These gorgeous photos come to us from Lake Superior Photo. Check out their photos on Facebook. They hope to have some timelapse video up soon, too.

Interested in viewing the Northern Lights? Now through the end of March is prime time to see them. For optimal viewing, get away from city lights and keep watch between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Wildcat Night Across the Country celebrated nation-wide

Wildcat fans in Atlanta, Ga.

Wildcat fans at 22 locations nationwide got together to cheer on the 'Cats Saturday, Feb. 18. Wildcat Night Across the Country featured the NMU hockey team taking on the University of Michigan on Fox Sports Detroit. It was an exciting game with an overtime win by Michigan, 3-2.

Wildcat fans in Grand Blanc.

Sponsored by the NMU Alumni Association, Wildcat Night has become one of the largest alumni events of the year. Parties are hosted by alumni around the U.S. in their local area. A big "Thank You" to those hosts who make the evening possible.

NMU President Les Wong joined more than one hundred Wildcat fans at Buffalo Wild  Wings in Marquette. He is pictured with NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors member Jeremy Pickens '01, who co-hosted the party.

We put together a Wildcat Night Photo Album from those parties that sent in photos.
Check out the Photo Album and see if you recognize anyone.

Ann Arbor area alumni cheer on 'Cats

Cindy and Jeff '85 Tascoff, Mike Mielke '81 and NMU head coach Walt Kyle '81.

Wildcat fans got the chance to meet the NMU hockey coaching staff at a post-game reception Friday, Feb. 17 in Ann Arbor. The 'Cats lost to Michigan 4-1.


Horizons headed your way

The Winter 2012 edition of Horizons, the magazine for alumni and friends of NMU, is headed to mailboxes. The new issue features a number of stories with NMU alumni in the health and fitness profession.

Highlights include:

  • NMU's Health Center: from sniffles to malaria
  • Nature and Needles
  • The "Stop Only Sugar" Diet
  • Healthy lifestyle tips

Horizons is published three times annually. It is mailed to all NMU alumni with an accurate address.
Have you changed your address recently? Make sure and let us know.

Show your Wildcat spirit

Newlyweds Chris '10 and Julie '09 Grebe pose in Nassau, Bahamas.

Are you going somewhere fun for spring break? Show your Wildcat spirit by wearing your "It's a Great Day to be a Wildcat" t-shirt. Take a photo in your t-shirt and e-mail it to Cara Kamps at the NMU Student Enrichment Center.
Look for a Facebook page featuring the photos to be posted soon.
You can purchase the t-shirts at the Center for Student Enrichment in the University Center. Or e-mail Cara for details.

U.P. Folklife Award presentation Feb. 24.

Storyteller, musician and musicologist Oren Tikkanen of Calumet will receive the 2012 Upper Peninsula Folklife Award. He will be honored before a 7 p.m. performance by storyteller and NPR commentator Kevin Kling on Friday, Feb. 24, in Northern Michigan University’s Forest Roberts Theatre.

The award has been presented annually since 2009 by NMU’s Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center to individuals who have made significant contributions to the preservation, promotion and performance of the Upper Peninsula’s traditional arts.

Tikkanen is a fixture at most Finnish cultural and musical events throughout the Upper Peninsula. He has played music with artists from around the world and currently is a member of ensembles including the PasiCats, Wil Kilpela and Friends, the Thimbleberry Band and Les Ross Sr. and the Finnish-American All-Stars.

Besides his musical pursuits, Tikkanen is a legendary teller of jokes and anecdotes, well-versed in the canon of immigrant humor traditions of the Copper Country. Along with his wife, the late Toni Tikkanen, he collected the songs of the Finnish Americans, in particular artist Viola Turpeinen, and rereleased them on his Thimbleberry Records label. The effort earned the couple the Michigan Heritage Award from the Michigan State University Museum in 2001. Tikkanen also was named the “Hankooki Heikki,” or grand marshal, of the 2008 Heikenpaiva celebration in Hancock.

Previous U.P. Folklife Award recipients were musicians John Perona and Les Ross Sr. For more information, visit www.nmu.edu/beaumier or call 906-227-1219.

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