What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, Oct. 11, 2010

From the 6th floor

While we had a beautiful weekend for color tours, as you can see from the view today, we're pretty well past peak color in the U.P. Temperatures soared into the 70's over the weekend, but a bit of a cool-down is predicted for this week. That shouldn't stop folks from getting outside to enjoy what could be the last nice days of fall.

NMU fans cheer on Wildcats at Grand Valley State

It was a gorgeous day for a tailgate party, as NMU alumni in the Grand Rapids area came out to cheer on the Wildcat football team. The NMU Alumni Association sponsored a pre-game tailgate party at Grand Valley State University. NMU fell to GVSU, 28-7.

Thanks to the NMU Wildcat Football Parent Association for teaming up with us at the tailgate party.

Wildcat sports update

NMU football lost its second game in a row as top-ranked Grand Valley State defeated NMU 28-7. The 'Cats are now 3-3 and 3-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). NMU hosts Ferris State University Sat. (Oct. 16) at 1 p.m.
The No. 16 NMU volleyball team swept a pair of matches in Ohio over the weekend to remain undefeated. They move to 15-0, 11-10 in the GLIAC. Up next for the undefeated Wildcats is a GLIAC/CLVC crossover from Aurora, Ill. next weekend.
NMU hockey had a rough first weekend of the season. They dropped two matches in the Superior Cup; first to Michigan Tech, 4-3, and then Minnesota-Duluth, 3-2. NMU travels to Houghton Tuesday, Oct. 12.
The No. 19 NMU soccer team lost its first two games of the season at home over the weekend. They lost to both Findlay and Tiffin. The losses move NMU's record to 6-2-4 overall and 6-2-2 in the GLIAC. The team visits Grand Valley State next.

Family Weekend highlights include annual tailgate party, still time to attend


Family Weekend is taking place this upcoming weekend, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16. A wide variety of activities are planned including the annual Family Weekend Tailgate Party. The Tailgate Party features traditional picnic fare and door prizes. Wildcat Willy, the NMU Marching Band and NMU President Les Wong will all make appearances. Tickets need to be purchased in advance and are available through the NMU Ticket Office. The Tailgate Party is co-sponsored by the NMU Foundation.

Complete Family Weekend Schedule.

New Study Abroad options offered

Northern is in the process of signing an agreement with a new study abroad program provider. Living Routes offers experiences in ecological villages around the world, teaching students about environmental issues, sustainable development, organic agriculture and green building practices.
The company bills itself as “carbon conscious” and demonstrates that commitment by participating in many study abroad fairs and other events through videoconferencing to limit environmental impacts and save on travel costs. It also uses Skype extensively to communicate with faculty and staff in the field.
The company provides opportunities in Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Israel, Mexico, Peru and Scotland.
“The combination of staying in a foreign country for a semester and experiencing a different culture and language, while also learning hands-on about the thriving ‘green’ industry and making a difference in someone’s life, is a fantastic learning environment for NMU students,” said Miriam Moeller, of NMU International Programs. “This new partnership not only benefits students, but it is also right along the lines of Northern’s Road Map to 2015. It will further our goal of becoming a more internationally engaged campus and it exposes our students to sustainable education and practices.”
For more information on the new program provider, visit Living Routes.

New exhibit opens at DeVos

The DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University hosted the opening of the new exhibit “A Unicorn Basking in the Light of Three Glowing Suns.”  The show is composed of artists and artworks that navigate the intersections where bureaucratic information and fantasy define each other. In 2008, when discussing artistic strategies that claim the political legacy of 1968, British artist Liam Gillick made the following observation: "For every artist collective that offers information in lieu of a fourth estate no longer meeting its obligations, there is a small painting of a unicorn basking in the light of three glowing suns." This statement was the genesis for the exhibition. Featured artists include AIDS 3D, TOPI/TOPY/Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Gary Cannone and Charles Irvin, Castillo/Corrales. Chances Dances, deluxe projects, Dexter Sinister, Renée Green, Shane Huffman, Matthew Metzger, Rebecca Morris, My Barbarian, Orson Panetti, Jon Rafman, John Russell, Steve Ruiz and Zachary Cahill.The exhibit runs through Nov. 14. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 1-4 p.m. on weekends.

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:  Security Police Officer; 8 months (off May-August): 12 hours shifts; variable shift/days
Department:  Public Safety and Police Services
Hourly Salary:  $9.87 probationary; $10.97 six month rate; $12.09 working rate.
Subit application by Oct. 18

Title:  Temporary Steam Plant Operator/Controls Technician; six month position; variable shift/days (12 hour shifts); weekend work required.
Department:  Plant Operations
Hourly salary: $15.71
Submit application by Oct. 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

"Former NMU Wildcat goalie, Bill Zaniboni, is the Head Coach of the Bozeman, Montana Icedogs.  It's a wonderful organization where the community supports young hockey players from 16-20 by opening their homes while they participate in a grueling daily practice schedule and frequent, high level competitive games in Level III hockey.  Their goal is to prepare hockey players for Level I and II play, the Armed Forces hockey teams, and collegiate hockey.  The 2009-2010 Escanaba Eskymo High School hockey team is well represented by Alex Wycoff, Kyle Bernard, and Casey Collegnon.  Check out the websites: bozemanicedogs.com ; marketingbozemanicedogs.com ; and lana@bozemanicedogs.com  They can use U.P. support during the 9 months away from home.  We've already scolded him for not being an NMU Alumni!  If you want to help sponsor this organization, you can contact Lana Lahey at (406) 209-2851."
Mary L. Myllyla
mmyllyla6@charter.net

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