What's New, NMU for March 3, 2008

What's New, NMU?

For the week of March 10, 2008

From the 6th floor

We've gotten several notes from alumni asking about Lake Superior and whether or not it has frozen over this winter. While we can report it is not frozen over, depending on the direction of the wind, there often is ice as far as the eye can see from the 6th floor window. As a matter of fact, if you walk along the lake and look at all the ice, you would likely wonder how it will ever melt, it is so plentiful. Hopefully, this week's sunshine and milder temperatures will help the melt get started.

Florida alumni get look at campus master plan

NMU President Les Wong points out some of the highlights of the master plan to Tom Houck '79 and Christopher Mast '78 at the recent alumni reception in Naples, Fla.
NMU alumni who attended the recent Florida alumni events got an up-close look at NMU's master plan for the physical campus in Marquette. In addition, Dr. Wong offered a preview of the "Roadmap to 2015" that will be shared in detail in the coming months.

The NMU Alumni Association sponsored events in Naples and Tampa.


Phillip '63 and Judith Griffith and John Hicks.

Deborah Orr '72 and Sandra Orr '68.

Sue and Tim Zhulkie, Theresa '79 and Bob Stommell.

Gary Helisek and Carolyn Anglin '92.

Diane and Al '59 Quaal.

Michael '71 and Gloria '98 Slade.

Christopher Mast '78 and Bob Stommell.

Sue Rigby and Dave Bammert '88, NMU Foundation.

NMU First Lady Phyllis Wong, Tom '69 and Robyn Payant, Mike '69 and Kathleen '70 Mayhew.

Sig '64 and Sheila '61 Nelson.

David Haynes '72, Executive Director of Advancement Martha Haynes, Dianne Horn '76, John '46 and Grace DeVoe.

John Berkin and Diane Kraas '83.

NMU President Les Wong, Laura '76 and Steve '76 Toll.

Laura Dunne-Wamsley and Stan Wamsley '71.

NMU Alumni Association board member Rich Dabney '87 and Jen Gravelle '95.

Important announcement regarding Grand Rapids event

Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, the reception scheduled for Thursday, March 20 at Steelcase in Grand Rapids will not be taking place. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tickets on sale now for NMU Night at Comerica Park

The NMU Alumni Association has finalized plans for our Second Annual NMU Night at Comerica Park in Detroit. This year's game will be held on Monday, August 25.  The Detroit Tigers take on the Cleveland Indians at 7 p.m.
Tickets sold out last year so be sure to sign up early.
A pre-game reception will take place at Proof, 2001 Woodward Ave.

NMU Night at Comerica Park
Ticket options:
$14 Upper Reserved
$24 Upper Box Infield

Free commemorative T-shirt to the first 200 members.
Click here for Ticket Order Form.

Tickets are limited.

NMU hockey Wildcats move on in CCHA playoffs--Friday game on Fox Sports

The NMU hockey team is moving on in Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoff action after getting past Ohio State University this past weekend at the Berry Events Center. The Wildcats now face Michigan State University in second-round action in a best-of-three series. The games are scheduled for Friday (March 14), Saturday (March 15), and Sunday (March 16) if necessary, at the Munn Ice Arena on the MSU campus.
The NMU Ticket Office may have a limited number of tickets available for sale beginning Tuesday afternoon.
Ticket prices are $20 plus a $1 handling fee per ticket. For more information, contact the Ticket Office at 906-227-1032. Tickets are also available for purchase from the MSU Ticket Office by calling 1-800-467-8283. Request the NMU fan section.

Fox Sports will televise the Friday evening game. Check your local listings.

Great new benefit for Alumni Association members

Membership in the NMU Alumni Association now includes savings on auto and home insurance. As a member, Northern Michigan University alumni qualify for a special group discount* on auto, home and renter's insurance through Group Savings Plus� from Liberty Mutual. This unique program allows members to purchase high-quality auto, home and renter's insurance at low group rates. 
Check out the savings from Liberty Mutual.
For a free, no-obligation quote, please visit the Web site or call 1-800-524-9400 and mention client #113770

*Group discounts, other discounts, and credits are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state.  Certain discounts apply to specific coverage only.  To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify.  Coverage provided and underwritten by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and its affiliates, 175 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA.

Liberty Mutual provides operating funds to the NMU Alumni Association as part of this partnership. Agreements like this help provide the programs and services of the NMU Alumni Association. Neither Northern Michigan University nor the NMU Alumni Association imply that the service being offered by this business is the only one that may be available. You should determine whether the services being offered are appropriate for your particular needs.

Alumni author to visit campus

Author Kathleen Heideman '94 will present �Tracking Curiosity: from Lake Superior to Antarctica,� a multi-media discussion of her work as a writer and her various travels. She will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Whitman Hall Commons at Northern Michigan University. Heideman will also read from her poetic works for spoken voice at 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, in the same location. The public is invited to attend both events free of charge.
Heideman has undertaken an epic poem set in Northern Michigan�s Iron Range. She also has participated in numerous artist-in-residences with the National Park Service. During a fellowship with the National Science Foundation�s Antarctic Artist and Writers Program, she shadowed scientists and observed their research at McMurdo Base, South Pole Station and remote field camps. She wrote poems about their work on the frozen continent.
Heideman received the NMU Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 1999. She is the author of Explaining Pictures to a Dead Hare. Her writing is included in 33 Minnesota Poets and Illness & Grace, Terror & Transformation. She is interim director of online learning at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

From the E-mail bag

"Why do we do it?  This is what we ask ourselves when we are stuck in Marquette for days in January.  We came home to visit relatives the last week in January.  The snow was nice, the company was great, and nostalgia is a wonderful thing.  It was playing cards till 3 a.m. and visiting all day.  But the -20 degrees was not inviting.  We went to leave Marquette and the planes could not come nor go for days.  It is called the cross-wind at Marquette airport.  We finally said good-by on the second day of plane cancellations.  We were aboard a van to Green Bay.  This is the only way to get out they say.  The wind, snow, and blowing snow  was so bad that every two miles there were cars in the ditch.  The driver kept saying I never saw so many cars in the ditch on this trip before. We will be back for sure in July when we know that we can see the sun shine at least a couple of days.
Trudy Ann Sicotte '94
Peyton, Colo.

"The 1966 'big snow' was Thanksgiving Weekend.  I was with five others, leaving from Detroit Sunday 1 p.m., for class on Monday. US-2....snow-driven windy, cold. We knew the forecast from Grayling on up.  The folks at the Bridge said it was 50-50 to cross at that point. We went for it...to our demise. Four- foot drifts stopped us 15 miles west of the Bridge along US-2....along Lake Michigan. Luckily, we followed the Greyhound bus exhaust fumes to a nice restaurant one mile away. Only an 18-year old could make that trek to the safe outpost. We cussed out George Romney for not getting the plows out to help our condition. Shame on us. It was a record storm; first time NMU was shut down because weather. Plows showed up Monday  p.m., so we could travel slowly to the nearest farmhouse. We were put up by a nice old gal somewhere north of US-2; six of us hungry, cold, broke.  We paid her $1 each for her trouble. Finally, left Tuesday morning for Marquette. Got there Tues. p.m., thawed out and wiser."
Tom Spiegel '71
Greenville, S.C.

"I remember the storm well.  My Dad, an old and experienced Yooper from Big Bay, was watching the weather in Menominee.  We were all home from Northern for the weekend.  At 2 in the afternoon he told us we better get on the road to Marquette.  We left immediately.  I think they closed the road from Rapid River to Marquette right behind us as we made it through.  There were cars stalled all along the way because they would stop to clear their windshields and never get going again.  Fortunately, I had a reservoir full of windshield solvent and emptied it keeping the window clear but I made it through.  I remember the southbound traffic on Kawbawgam Hill (the Lutheran Church where the graves of the family that drowned is at the top and the road to KI Sawyer is at the bottom) was stopped as a semi had jack-knifed at the top of the hill and no one could get by him.  It was a trip I will always remember and to this day I never let my windshield solvent get low when I am traveling in the winter.
Chris M. Olson, PhD �69, �70, �74
Okemos, Mich.

"Great snow stories. One of my favorites was the time I was the last car thru on M-28. It was a harrowing drive with my then 12-year old daughter and her friend in the backseat. They were doing what 12-year old girls do, yakking and such, delightfully oblivious to the sheer terror dad was experiencing in the front seat. I had to stop (I know, the last thing you're supposed to do in a whiteout) several times because there was no road to drive on. When we got to Marquette, I called the State Police to tell them of the road conditions and was asked what the hell I was doing driving on a closed road!
In the time I went to NMU, Marquette had three record winter snow totals. One Christmas, it snowed steadily from the 21st through late Christmas Eve night. They had pulled the plows on the 23rd because it was sheer folly to continue. We awoke Christmas morning to 30-plus inches of snow. The city in its infinite wisdom and finite budget, plowed a path down the center of every street. That was it--down the center. It took me three hours to get my drive cleared to the path. Merry Christmas!
Then there was my first summer in Marquette. It was 1996, the summer after Lake Superior froze over for the first time in years. It was a warm day in May, and I was driving down Washington towards the harbor.  To my astonishment there were these huge icebergs drifting in the bay near the docks. It was something this transplanted troll will never forget. I think I remember them having to bring in the Mackinaw to clear the docks because so much ice piled up-in May!
I would move back tomorrow if I could find a job in Marquette. The friendliest people I ever met. The best years of my life were spent in Marquette going to NMU."
John Council '00
Petoskey, Mich.

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