What's New, NMU? for the week of January 25, 2010

What's New, NMU?

For the week of January 25, 2010

From the 6th floor

Slick driving conditions in many areas of Upper Michigan after a rainy weekend. On Sunday, rain all day piled up on snow-covered roadways, leaving many roads icy. The forecast calls for arctic cold air to push through for the remainder of the week. A chance of lake effect snow showers may add up to significant accumulation in the north.

Great turnout at Chicago area alumni reception

The annual Chicago area alumni reception was held Friday, Jan. 22 at Glascott's. A fun crowd was on hand to meet NMU President Les Wong and his wife, Phyllis, and the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Special thanks to Bob Glascott '68 for hosting at his Lincoln Park tavern.

Bob Deppen '79, NMU Alumni Association Vice President Jim Jenkin '81, '84 and Phyllis Wong

Pat Mathieu '08, Kendall Sutliff '08, Ryan Vesta '08.

Bob Bennett '72 and Bob Ratcliffe '68.

NMU Alumni Association board member Alan Swanson '05 and Lauren Lafond.

Devon Moss '97 and NMU Alumni Association President Kris Day '94.

Barry '69 and Holly Axelrod and David Haynes '72.

Jose Garcia '08 and NMU Admissions Counselor Marcia Lovett

Piotr Niewiarowski '05 and Carter Nelson '05.

NMU Alumni Association board member Bob Glascott '68, Rob Marquardt '78 and board member David Wirth '72.

John and Joann Rea with NMU Alumni Association board member Sandy MacLean '56.

NMU Alumni Association board members Jeremy Pickens '01 and Rich Dabney '87.

Mary Ivory '77 and Mike Colombatto.

NMU President Les Wong with Kevin '06 and Lauren '06 Connolly.

Jodie Filpus '00 and NMU Alumni Association board member Alice Hancock '88.

NMU Alumni Association board member Julee Kaurala '05, Mike Kaurala '97 and board member Eric Bolduc '94.

Wildcat Night Across the Country set for Friday, Feb. 19--New locations added!

NMU vs. Michigan
Friday, Feb. 19
Fox Sports
Live from Ann Arbor
7:30 p.m. Eastern

All alumni and friends are invited to any of the parties.

Join Wildcat fans at the following locations:

Washington, D.C. Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
639 Indiana Avenue Northwest
Washington, D.C.
Joe Evans '81, '84
Battle Creek
Comensoli Pasta Pasta
762 West Main St.
Kalamazoo, Mich.
Pete Comensoli '73
Naples, Fla. Germain Arena Sports Pub
11000 Everblades Parkway
Estero, Fla.
Trent Ferguson '99
239-948-7825, ext. 1076
Ann Arbor Damon's
3150 Boardwalk Drive
Ann Arbor, Mich.
NMU Alumni Association
1-877-GRAD NMU
Madison, Wis. Pooley's
5441 High Crossing Blvd.
Madison, Wis.
Lisa Johnsen
North Pole, Alaska Badger Den
1447 Old Badger Rd
North Pole, Alaska
Jack "Moit" Daly '81


Muskegon, Mich. Buffalo Wild Wings
5584 Harvey St.
Muskegon, Mich.
Cathryn Battice '97
Charlotte, N.C. Fox & Hound
9325 Center Lake Drive
Suite 200
Charlotte, N.C.
Courtney Stromme '04
Grand Rapids, Mich. Score Restaurant and Sports Bar
5301 Northland Drive Northeast
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Dave Emmette '00
Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz. Fox Sports Grill
16203 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Eric Bolduc '94
Buffalo Wings and Rings
4403 Schofield Ave
Weston, Wis.
Alice Hancock '88

Locations continue to be added, so check back often.

Want to plan a party for your area? Get in touch with us.

Post-game reception at Damon's in Ann Arbor.
Approximately  9:30 p.m.
Meet NMU President Les Wong. NMU coach Walt Kyle and Ann Arbor alumni immediately following the game.

RSVPs requested.

Arizona reception set for March 9

Alumni in Arizona are invited to attend the Phoenix/Scottsdale Alumni Association Reception, Tuesday, March 9 in Scottsdale. All NMU alumni and friends are invited.

The reception is being hosted by NMU Alumni Association board member Eric Bolduc '94 and will feature NMU President Les Wong and his wife, Phyllis, as special guests.

Phoenix/Scottsdale Area Alumni Reception

Tuesday, March 9
6 - 8 p.m.
Bolduc Residence
10665 East Raintree Drive
Scottsdale, Ariz.

$15 per person for Alumni Association members
$20 for non-members
(Price includes food and beverages.)

RSVPs required.

Contact the NMU Alumni Association
1-877-GRAD NMU (or 906-227-2610)


Used textbook program excels

Northern has one of the most successful used textbook programs in the United States, which saved students an estimated $1.7 million last year. For the fall semester, 62 percent of the sales at the NMU Bookstore were used editions—more than double the nationwide average of 30 percent.

“I don’t know of any other full-service college bookstore as high as we are,” said Paul Wright (pictured), who directs the textbook program. “When I got here, it was better than average, at about 40 percent. I’m fortunate that NMU Bookstore manager Mike Kuzak gave me the freedom to get creative and try new ideas to make it even better. It’s a lot of work, but fun. I compete against myself every year to get more used books. Eventually it will plateau; surprisingly, it was up again in the fall.”

Wright works aggressively with eight wholesale companies. He sends out a “want” list of used titles to some of them daily and contacts the others at least once each week. Timing is critical. Wright compares used books to produce—both have a limited shelf life.

“If you hold on to them too long and the professor chooses the new edition, you’re left with a bunch of books that are essentially worthless,” he said. “My relationship with the faculty helps. I might call someone and say, ‘I know you requested a new edition, but can we wait one semester?’ That faculty connection is important in creating a strong used book program, which leads to a strong buyback at the end of the semester. We sell about 80,000 books each year and buy back close to 40,000. It also helps when faculty get their textbook requests in by the deadlines because it's harder to get some used titles close to the semester.”

Wright stays “in the loop” on textbook trends through his participation in professional organizations. He is chair of the course materials committee for The National Association of College Stores.

Work for NMU

NMU currently has openings for faculty and staff. A complete list of vacancies can be found on the NMU Human Resources Web site.
This week's featured openings:
---Manager - HRIS (Human Resources Information Systems) and Payroll
---General Manager - Golf Course, Auxiliary Services

For a complete look at current openings, visit NMU Human Resources.

The Northern Network is your best source for employment assistance.
New jobs are added daily.
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Wildcat sports update

The NMU hockey team dropped a pair of games at Omaha, Neb. last weekend, Jan. 22-23. The 'Cats are 10-10-6 overall and 6-8-4-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). NMU is home this weekend (Jan. 29-30) against the Nanooks of Alaska.
The NMU women's basketball team improved to 12-5 on the season with a win over Saginaw Valley State, 69-67. The team is 9-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). NMU is on the road for its next two games at Ferris State (Jan. 28) and Grand Valley State (Jan. 30).
The NMU men's basketball team lost its match against Saginaw Valley State, 59-56. The 'Cats are 7-9 overall and 4-8 in the GLIAC. They also face Ferris and Grand Valley this week.
The NMU women's swimming and diving team ended two days of competition at the Stevens Point Invite with 232.5 points, which was good for seventh place. The squad will swim in its final dual meet of the season Saturday (Jan. 30) at Grand Valley State.
NMU's women's indoor track and field team hosted its lone home meet of the season, the Northern Challenge, Saturday (Jan. 23). The meet was non-scoring. NMU will be in action at the Pointer Invitational Feb. 5-6.

Weekend college for kids

The Seaborg Mathematics and Science Center will host its Weekend College for Kids on two Saturdays this winter.

Saturday, January 30

K and 1st grade--About Wood - Learn about wood by investigating its properties and changing the wood.

Grades 2 and 3--Good Vibrations - Experiment with sound and discover how sounds are made.

Grades 4, 5, and 6--Separating Mixtures and Reaching Saturation - Make, then separate mixtures and investigate saturation.

Saturday, March 20

K and 1st grade--About Paper - Learn about paper by investigating its properties and changing the paper.

Grades 2 and 3--Sound Travel and Challenges - Investigations about sound travel.

Grades 4, 5, and 6--Landforms - Simulations with stream tables to go with the flow, guaranteed messy.

Registration has begun. Each session is $5 per student.
Sign up by calling the Seaborg Center at 227-2002.

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