What's New, NMU for the week of Monday, Dec. 20, 2010

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, December 20, 2010.

From the 6th floor

Yes, we will definitely have a white Christmas. The past two weeks have brought plenty of snowfall and even a snow day. As you can see from the photo of the Berry Events Center, we already have pretty significant snowbanks in town.

Congratulations, new alumni!

More than 500 new alumni received degrees during commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Superior Dome. The NMU Alumni Association welcomed the new grads with a chance to win a TV. All graduates were eligible for the drawing, simply by signing up for the first year membership in the Association. Ashley Hiltunen '10 of Ishpeming walked away with a bachelor's degree and a new 37-inch television. Congratulations to Ashley and all the new graduates. If you are a new graduate and haven't yet registered for your free year of membership in the NMU Alumni Association, it's not too late. Visit our New Grad page for details on how to register and the great benefits associated with being a member of the NMU Alumni Association.

NMU Board approves projects

The NMU Board of Trustees approved three related items at its December meeting: a fiscal year 2012 capital outlay request required annually from the state, which includes the Jamrich Hall modernization; a plan to move forward with the design of a scaled-down version of a cogeneration heat and power plant; and the university's five-year facilities master plan.

The Jamrich project is in the capital outlay bill awaiting the governor's signature after the House and Senate approved it last week. If it goes through, the state would cover the bulk of the $33.9 million cost. NMU's share of $8.5 million would be funded through deferred maintenance reserves, capital equipment replacement reserves and a bond issue. The university's primary classroom building has not been updated since it was built in 1969. The plan is to redesign classrooms into high-tech, flexible learning rooms that can adapt to various sizes and layouts; repurpose existing lab space; add academic department office space; and increase sustainability through a new, energy-efficient infrastructure.

“About 40 percent of all NMU classes are held in Jamrich, so there will be a lot of adjustments required on campus during the renovation period, which is expected to last about 18 months,” said NMU President Les Wong. “NMU especially thanks Rep. Mike Lahti, who chairs the House capital outlay committee and ensured that the U.P. projects remained in the bill. We also thank the remainder of the U.P. legislative delegation: Representatives Steve Lindberg, Gary McDowell and Judy Nerat; and Senators Mike Prusi and Jason Allen.”

Remaining projects identified in the request, in descending priority order, are: Learning Resources Center renovation and addition; academic facilities upgrades; and Cohodas Hall renovation.

Read more about the Board actions here.

NMU to launch Center for Rural Community and Economic Development

Northern Michigan University will launch a Center for Rural Community and Economic Development in January. Seed money to cover the first three years of operation will come from external grant funding designated soley for economic development activities. The center will become self-sustaining by January 2014. Its mission is to combine research, public service, education and training to enhance economic development and improve the quality of life in the Upper Peninsula and surrounding region.

"NMU has been active in regional economic development for many years," said Susan Koch, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. "Contributions are being made in a number of areas, such as workforce development, regional economic research and entrepreneurship. The center will bring those efforts and new ones together under one banner to better serve economic and community development needs throughout the region while enhancing the educational experience of our students."

The Center for Rural Community and Economic Development will serve as a vital link between the region’s public, private and non-profit sectors in the Upper Peninsula and bordering counties in Wisconsin. It will collect, analyze and disseminate data, conduct and publish applied research and provide training and professional development. Brian Cherry, head of the political science and public administration, and Tawni Ferrarini, economics professor and Sam. M. Cohodas Professor, will serve as co-directors. Cherry will focus on the public sector piece. Ferrarini will oversee efforts to bring market economics and entrepreneurship ideas to the private sector and help existing businesses with new-growth strategies such as exporting products.

For more details, visit the NMU News Bureau.

Faculty honored

Five NMU faculty members were honored Dec. 2 for their scholarly or creative activities, teaching and innovative use of technology.

Award recipients are (beginning second from left): Adam Prus (Psychology), excellence in scholarship; Carol Bell (Mathematics and Computer Science), technology innovation; David Wood (English); Lisa Flood (Nursing), excellence in teaching; Ken Culp (Mathematics and Computer Science), technology innovation.

Read more about the individuals award recipients here.

Wildcat sports update

The NMU hockey team was finally able to get a win against Michigan Tech after a loss in overtime and a tie with the Huskies earlier in the season. NMU scored four goals in the second period and two in the third to beat the Huskies 6-2, Friday (Dec. 17) at the Berry Events Center. NMU is 9-8-3 overall. The 'Cats are off until after Christmas when they travel to Denver to take on the Pioneers Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
The men's basketball team lost a pair of GLIAC games in its back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday. No. 11 Grand Valley State came to town Saturday and won 61-52. NMU lost to Ferris State 73-63 Sunday. NMU is 5-5 on the season and 0-3 in the conference. The Wildcats are off until after Christmas when they travel to Ohio to take on Ohio Dominican for the first time on Dec. 30 and Tiffin on Jan. 2.
The women's basketball team split a pair of GLIAC games over the weekend. NMU lost to No. 9 Grand Valley State 59-65 Saturday. The 'Cats bounced back on Sunday to pick up their first conference win, defeating Ferris State 75-56. NMU is now 6-4 overall and 1-2 in the GLIAC. The 'Cats are off until they travel to Ohio after Christmas and take on the new GLIAC member Ohio Dominican on Dec. 30 and Tiffin on Jan. 1.

Five "Best New Poets" have NMU ties

Five former Northern Michigan University English teaching assistants are listed among the 50 Best New Poets of 2010.

Lisa Coutley, Adam Houle, Brandi George, Eric Smith and Sarah Wangler were selected for Best New Poets, an annual anthology of poems from emerging writers who have not yet published a full-length book. Each year, a guest editor selects poems from nominations made by literary magazines and writing programs, as well as an open online competition. The work of the 50 writers represented provides “the best perspective available on the continuing vitality of poetry as it is being practiced today.”

Best New Poets is distributed for the Samovar Press in cooperation with Meridian: The Semi-Annual from the University of Virginia.

It may be Christmas, but start thinking about your summer visit to Marquette

It is never too early to make your plans to be in Marquette this summer. Remember how great the summers are in Upper Michigan? June 23-25 should be circled on your calendar for your trip to Marquette.
We're putting together three, fun-filled days of NMU excitement. Take part in campus and community-wide activities for the entire family.
Activities include:
Individual group reunions
Boat cruises
Picnic lunches
Historical campus and Marquette tours
Activities for children
Special performances.

If you've been thinking about organizing a reunion for your group, this is the summer.
A number of groups are hosting reunions, including the Student Leader Fellowship Program and Delta Zeta.
Interested in the Delta Zeta Reunion?
Shelagh Williams

Keep on eye on the website and Horizons for all the latest details.

Meanwhile, get in touch with us if you have some ideas for a reunion or reunion activity.

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.

It's not too late to plan your Wildcat Night party

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.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Alumni Association member Kathy Heystee '77.  Kathy was in town for her daughter Natalie's graduation from Northern on Dec. 11. Kathy and Natalie '10 are from Lockeford, Calif.

From the email bag

"Regarding the Hardee's building (see WNN 11-29-10): was that the old Burger Chef restaurant across from the old Kaye Hall? I worked there while attending school and like McDonald's icon 'Ronald', Burger Chef was 'Burger Chef and Jeff'. Front line slang: 'One and one hot french fry!'"

John (Kook) Kukulka '75
Indian River, Mich.


Note from the Editor: Yes, John, it was Burger Chef.

"My wife and I just returned from a river cruise on the Nile. One of our guides joined us for a meal and when she heard that we had been in Michigan, she asked 'Do you know Northern Michigan University? My cousin works there.' I replied that we know it very well as I am a graduate and serving on the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Her cousin is Dr. Mokhlis Zaki. Her name is Salw Borhan."

L. Sandy MacLean '56
St. Louis, Mo.

"Hi. This is Karl Salscheider (NMU '74 economics and health, '78 health education), former Wildcat basketball player and current professor of health at Bemidji State University. I attended both hockey games this past weekend (Nov. 26-27). My mixed loyalties were demonstrated by wearing a BSU sweatshirt under my NMU letter jacket; the old green and gold version from '71.) My retro look was quite a conversation piece amongst the 3700 fans in attendance. Got a change to visit with a few NMU fans at the game. Actually, I was happy with the split. Good luck, 'Cats!"

Dr. Karl W. Salscheider '74, '78
Bemidji, Minn.

Happy Holidays from the NMU Alumni Association!

Northern Michigan University will be closed Thursday, Dec. 23 until Monday, Jan. 3. 'What's New, NMU?" will resume weekly distribution Monday, Jan. 10.

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