What's New, NMU for the week of Monday, Oct. 25, 2010

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, Oct. 24, 2010

From the 6th floor

Is it possible to tire of the beautiful sunrises we have been on the receiving end of lately? It seems as if every day is a picture-perfect sunrise. This was taken from the 6th floor looking out across Lake Superior. Forecasters are calling for wet weather much of the week, with high winds predicted early in the week. There have been occasional mentions of the "s" word (snow) but other than a few flakes there certainly has not been anything measurable. But this is the U.P., so we know that can change quickly.

Student Alumni Association helps 'Make A Difference'

The NMU Student Alumni Association was just one of many groups that participated in NMU's annual Make A Difference Day project, Saturday, Oct. 24. It is a national day of service and more than 1,200 NMU students participated across Marquette County. The NMU Volunteer Center coordinates the day's events. NMU student Victoria Leonhardt is coordinator at the center.

"Make a Difference Day is one of my favorite days of the year. Seeing all the NMU students that get up early on a Saturday to give back to Marquette is always a great sight. My hope is that Make a Difference Day shows students how fun volunteering can be, and students continue to give back to Marquette."

Elderly people county-wide are able to request assistance with simple household projects such as raking. Students are then sent into the community. They were responsible for 183 sites Saturday. The Student Alumni Association teamed up with some NMU Alumni Association board members and were assigned three raking projects in the Negaunee area.

NMU Alumni Association board member Nicole Kreis '01 and Student Alumni Association vice president, Leanna Plath, collect leaves.

The group posed prior to beginning work on the first of three yards.

NMU alumna celebrates 106th birthday

Sarah Bottrell '24, '29, celebrated her 106th birthday Oct. 22. We can't say for sure if Sarah is the oldest living alumna, but we're pretty sure there aren't too many others out there who have reached Sarah's age. Sarah was a high school teacher in Marquette and Newberry during her career. Originally from Ishpeming, Sarah says there is no real secret to her attaining 106 years, but she does say she has always maintained a pretty healthy lifestyle. The NMU history department hosted a birthday party in Sarah's honor and at the party, Sarah told a few tales from her Northern years. She told the crowd that one of her favorite instructors was Dr. Forest Roberts. Teddy Roosevelt was president when Sarah was born and Barack Obama is her 19th president. A couple interesting facts; Sarah is older than the Theory of Relativity; the population in the United States has tripled in her lifetime. Cary Grant, Dr. Seuss and Salvador Dali were all also born in 1904.

Cammie Koskiniemi and her parents, Mike '02, '04, and Sarah Koskiniemi, stopped by Sarah's party. Cammie and Sarah share an Oct. 22 birthday; there are 105 years between the two: Cammie turned 1 as Sarah turned 106.

Nursing Forum scheduled for Nov. 15; your chance to network

The NMU Alumni Association and Student Alumni Association will be hosting a Nursing Forum on Monday, Nov. 15. The purpose of the forum is to bring together current nursing students and alumni who are currently working in the nursing profession. We've put together a panel of alumni from several different areas of the nursing profession. The forum is scheduled from 6 - 7:30 p.m. with a networking social immediately followed. It is taking place in the Ontario Room of the University Center.

Are you an NMU nursing alumni? Are you interested in hearing what other nurses are doing in their profession? Are you looking to network? Do you have career advice for current nursing students?
All interested alumni are invited to attend. This is a great opportunity to stay connected to Northern and interact with current students. Get in touch with us for all the details.

Wildcat Night Across the Country is February 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 nation-wide. 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.

It's so easy to do! You find the location, we'll invite the crowd.
Send us a note and we'll get you started.

Summer Reunion coming your way June 23-25

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, including the Student Leader Fellowship Program, are hosting reunions.

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.

Wildcat sports update

The NMU football Wildcats dropped to 4-4 overall and 4-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after a 6-5 loss to the University of Indianapolis, Saturday, Oct. 24. NMU travels to Tiffin, Ohio this weekend (Oct. 30) before finishing the regular season in the U.P. with a home game against Saginaw Valley State (Nov. 6) and a game in Houghton at Michigan Tech (Nov. 13).
The NMU hockey team struggled in its Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) opener at Miami University, dropping both games to the RedHawks. The 'Cats open the home portion of their CCHA schedule this weekend (Oct. 29-30) when they host Ohio State.
The No. 15 NMU volleyball team wrapped up its regular season home portion of the schedule with three games over the weekend. Friday, the 'Cats hosted Ferris State and got by the Bulldogs in five matches. Saturday, it took three matches to beat Saginaw Valley State. But on Sunday, NMU lost its first match of the season on home court to Grand Valley State. NMU ends the regular season with an 11-1 home slate. The 'Cats hit the road for five games before the GLIAC tournament starts.
The NMU soccer team wrapped up its regular season road schedule with a pair of games downstate at Saginaw Valley and Northwood. The 'Cats snapped their five game winless streak with a 2-1 win over Saginaw Valley State. On Sunday, they fell to Northwood 4-1. NMU is now 7-4-5 overall and 7-4-3 in the GLIAC. The team has its final home game against Michigan Tech, Saturday, Oct. 30.
The NMU swimming and diving team traveled to the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire for the first meet of the year where it was defeated by the Blugolds 141-101.
The NMU cross country team hosted its only meet of the year Friday (Oct. 23) when it hosted the U.P. Championships at the NMU golf course. The Wildcats finished second with 33 points. Michigan Tech won with 23.

The Pink Experience happens this weekend.

NMU is partnering with the Marquette General Foundation to raise awareness and financial support for the Marquette General Cancer Center. The effort culminates on Saturday, Oct. 30 with "The Pink Experience," a day-long event that includes a women's swimming and diving meet, a women's soccer game, a walk in the Superior Dome and a men's hockey game. All net proceeds will be gifted to the Marquette General Breast Cancer Care Center.

For complete details, click here.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Two generations of Wildcats in the Ross family of Saginaw, Mich. Dad, Richard (right) graduated in 1975, while son, Rich (left) is currently a sophomore at Northern.

Don't forget, we always like to meet folks who are visiting the area. Stop by and say hello. We're located in room 603 of Cohodas Hall.

From the e-mail bag

NMU Alumni Winning Big for Charity

The holidays are a time for sharing and NMU Alumni, Karen & Jonathan Brown, hope to give United Way and St. Jude Children's Reasearch Hospital a big reason to celebrate this year.  As finalists of the Sears and Kmart Shop Your Way Rewards "What Would You Do With One Billions Points?" contest they are competing to win the final prize, which equates to $547,740 in product value, half of which they will donate to United Way and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The winning charities will be given the opportunity to use the awarded points to purchase items that will help their respective cause, such as thousands of diapers for babies, clothing for the homeless and even new appliances for food kitchens.

 As one of more than 44,000 entries, public votes narrowed down the pool of videos to 20 finalists. The Brown's inspiration for their video was Karen's cherished childhood memories of a family tradition that she has passed down to their three year old daughter Georgia, the excitement of paging through the annual Sears Wish Book during the holiday season. Now it is up to online voters that support NMU Alumni, United Way and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to propel their entry to the top by voting online every day at www.votewishbook.com from Oct. 9 through Nov. 3.

 Fellow NMU alumni, students and faculty are encouraged to go online and vote for the Browns and their chosen charities. One daily vote per person/e-mail address is allowed. The first vote requires entry of a valid e-mail address, full name and mailing address. After submission, voters will receive a confirmation e-mail from Billion Points with a link to verify the e-mail address and validate the vote (please note that this may go into spam folder). To help even more, voters can share the video by posting the link on their website and social media pages (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, blogs) and share the link with family, friends, colleagues and supporters via email to encourage them to vote every day. Supporters can “like” the Facebook page “Karen’s WishBook Video for United Way & St. Jude” to get updates and reminders. Voting will close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Nov. 3 and the winner will be announced by mid-November.

 About Karen and Jonathan Brown

Karen (Kish) and Jonathan Brown met at NMU in 1993. Karen is originally from Detroit and Jonathan grew up in Gwinn. They currently reside in Black Earth, WI with their three year old daughter, Georgia. 

Contact: Karen Brown
Phone: (608) 332-8028


1122 Blue Mounds St
Black Earth, WI 53515


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