What's New, NMU? for the week of Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

From the 6th floor

The campus holiday tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday evening (Dec. 1) and it appears there will not be any snow on the ground to greet Santa on his arrival for the festivities. It's a good thing his sleigh can use wheels. While the forecast calls for a bit of a cool down, any precipitation that falls is likely to be rain rather than snow. The campus holiday gathering takes place from 4:30 - 8 p.m. and is open to the public. Horse drawn hayrides will be available along with pictures with Santa, cookies and refreshments. It all takes place at the University Center.

Former Hardees renovation under way

The former Hardees restaurant on Presque Isle Avenue, which Northern purchased about two years ago, is being renovated to house both Temaki and Tea and a Smoothie King franchise. The work is scheduled to be completed by mid-February, but the university will continue operating the Temaki location in C.B. Hedgcock at least through the end of the academic year while Auxiliary Services plans a replacement.

“We needed an alternative location for Temaki and Tea with larger prep, cooking and seating spaces to handle the increased consumer demand,” said Art Gischia, associate vice president, Business and Auxiliary Services. “There were also issues with gas capacity and grease trap locations that would have made remodeling the Hedgcock space problematic.

“When no community developers expressed an interest in leasing the former Hardees, we explored our own options. The building combines everything we’ve been looking for: a campus dining option on the east side, which goes along with the university’s master plan for Presque Isle development; more interior space; a drive-through window; and adequate parking. It will also be a lounge atmosphere that could serve as a late-night, non-alcoholic study space if student traffic supports that.”

 The renovation project will be funded by Auxiliary Services revenue. The operation will be self-sustaining and provide hands-on educational opportunities for NMU hospitality management students.

Temaki and Tea’s Japanese-style cuisine will be complemented by Smoothie King’s custom-blended drinks. According to the company website, the smoothies are made with real fruit, pure juices and nutritional supplements.

Commencement speaker announced

Dr. Daniel Mazzuchi, a distinguished physician and Marquette community leader, will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Northern Michigan University’s mid-year commencement on Saturday, Dec. 11.

Mazzuchi retired in 2001 as CEO of the Upper Peninsula Health Education Corporation (UPHEC), a not-for-profit corporation created in 1974 to train physicians to work in medically underserved communities within the Upper Peninsula. He previously served UPHEC in the capacities of vice president and director of residency planning. Mazzuchi spearheaded the creation of the U.P.’s only medical residency program in 1977. These combined efforts have had a significant and positive impact on meeting physician needs in the U.P. and in the growth of the Marquette medical community. He received the Founding Father of Medicine Award earlier this year from the Marquette General Foundation.

Relocating to Marquette from Maryland in 1973, Mazzuchi opened a nephrology practice and became the area’s first kidney specialist.

As one of the founding members of NMU’s pre-medical advisory board in 1974, Mazzuchi proved to be a valuable asset to the program through his understanding of the medical education process and his passion for helping students. He has supported the university in other ways as a board member of the Wildcat Club and member of the President’s Committee on the Future of NMU Task Force on Academic Excellence. 

December commencement is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 11 in the Superior Dome.

One new grad will win a TV

One lucky graduate will be leaving campus with a new 37 inch TV, courtesy of the NMU Alumni Association. All December graduates are eligible to win by signing up for a free year of membership in the NMU Alumni Association  The winner will be announced at commencement by the Alumni Association speaker, Jeremy Pickens '01.
If you are a December graduate and have not yet registered, you can do so here. A special thank you to Liberty Mutual and American TV of Marquette.

Get your holiday shopping done at the NMU Bookstore; enjoy up to $10 in free shipping

The NMU Bookstore is now offering up to $10 in free shipping exclusively to readers of "What's New, NMU?" All orders placed on the Bookstore website by December 4 are eligible. The NMU Bookstore offers a wide variety of gift merchandise and NMU attire.
Begin your shopping here.

To take advantage of the discounted shipping offer, enter coupon code  "holiday" on the "My Cart" page or mention code if ordering by phone.


Milwaukee area alumni reception planned for Friday, Jan. 21

The final details are in place for the Milwaukee Area Alumni Reception, Friday, Jan. 21, in downtown Milwaukee. All alumni and friends are invited to join the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors at Mo's Irish Pub. The board will host a reception beginning at 6 p.m. Invitations are in the mail this week.

Milwaukee Area Alumni Reception
Friday, Jan. 21
6 - 8 p.m.
Mo's Irish Pub
142 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wis.

Price includes hors d'oeuvres. Beverages available for purchase.
$5 for Alumni Association members/$10 for non-members
Please RSVP by Friday, Jan. 14.

Call the Alumni Association at 1-877-GRAD NMU with credit card payment or mail payment to Alumni Association, 1401 Presque Isle, Marquette, MI, 49855.

Want to make sure you're invited? Send us an e-mail with your mailing address. The reception is open to any and all alumni who want to attend. We'd love to see you there.

Wildcat sports update

The hockey Wildcats traveled to Bemidji, Minnesota on Thanksgiving weekend and got a split with the Bemidji State Beavers. NMU picked up a 4-0 win Friday (Nov. 26), but dropped a 3-0 match Saturday (Nov. 27). The 'Cats are 6-7-2 overall and 5-4-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). NMU hosts Western Michigan this weekend (Dec. 3-4) at the Berry Events Center.
The women's basketball team came out of the weekend on a three-game win streak that included two games at the Radisson Roseville Thanksgiving Classic in St. Paul, Minn. Friday (Nov. 26) the 'Cats defeated tournament host Concordia University, 72-68 in overtime. They defeated Southwest Minnesota Saturday (Nov. 27), 63-57. NMU (4-2) battles U.P. rival Michigan Tech Saturday (Dec. 4) at home.
The men's basketball team traveled to Gannon University to play in the 27th annual Gary Miller Classic. The 'Cats defeated Daemen Friday (Nov. 26), 82-80, for their third win in a row. NMU took on Gannon in the championship game Saturday (Nov. 27), and lost 79-68. NMU plays its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game when Michigan Tech comes to town Saturday (Dec. 4.)

Wildcats to face MSU on Wildcat Night Across the Country, Feb. 12

Wildcat Night Across the Country has been scheduled for 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.

Not familiar with Wildcat Night Across the Country? It's the biggest night of the year for NMU alumni nationwide. Groups get together in front of television screens and cheer on the 'Cats. It's a great opportunity to get Wildcat fans together for an evening of fun.
Fox Sports Detroit is available on most basic cable packages throughout the Midwest.
To take part in Wildcat Night Across the Country, all you have to do is be willing to host the event, find a spot to watch the game and let us know. We'll send invitations to alumni in your area with all the details on how they can join in the fun.

Wildcat Night Across the Country
Saturday, Feb. 12
Fox Sports Detroit
*5:05 p.m.
*NOTE early game time

Parties are planned for:
Las Vegas, Phoenix, Lansing, Nahma and Iron River, with more being added daily.

 Click here for details.

Looking for a job?

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:  Operations Manager (two vacancies)
Department:  Dining Services
Targeted salary range: $36,200 - $51,400
Submit application by December 10

Title:  Assistant Director - Housing and Residence Life
Department:  Housing and Residence Life   
Targeted salary range: $36,800 - $52,200
Submit application by December 17

Title:  Coordinator of Workforce Development and Training
Department:  Technology and Occupational Sciences
Targeted salary range:  $30,100 - $45,000
Submit application by December 15

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

From the e-mail bag

"Hello, NMU Alumni. We just wanted to drop a note as we close out our trip to Fairbanks to watch the Wildcats face the University of Alaska Nanooks.  Our tradition of traveling to Fairbanks started in 2004, and I haven't missed a game up here since to see the `Cats.  We have been rewarded with great hockey, like this weekend... a tie and an outright win.  In addition, we have had a chance to see the NMU fan base grow and meet some other great alums. We are attaching a photo; following the Saturday win, with the entire team as it prepares to head off to the airport.
From an unusually warm Fairbanks."
James `93, `06 and Shawna `96, `01 Anderson
Kelsey Kost `08
Dan "Farmer Joe" Klein `08
Jack Daly `81
"Hello fellow alumni.
The attached photo is of my daughter, Tracy Wills, who graduated from Northern in 2005. She was a member of the NMU cross country team  while at Northern, and still shows her colors, here in a photo from a muddy obstacle course running event in London, UK, where she now lives after earning a master's degree there in 2009."
John Wills
'70, '86
Menominee, Mich.


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