What's New, NMU? for May 12, 2008

What's New, NMU?

For the week of May 12, 2008

From the 6th floor

It probably didn't take long for you to realize this is not the view from the 6th floor of Cohodas Hall. But we thought the photo was so beautiful we wanted to make sure and share it with you. This is the view that our Alumni Association travelers have today. This is the view of Cortona, Italy, from their hotel. You can read much more about their tour in their blog.
Meanwhile, back in the U.P., it's been cloudy and rainy the past several days. We're looking at temperatures right around the 50 degree mark much of the week but the showers are expected to continue.

On the road in Italy

Lynn Anderson '73, '74, Gary and Carmen Fields, Leanna Ketola '06, Rachel Geib '06, Heather Henderickson '06, Amy Mercure '06, Sandra and John '70 Leanes, and Judi and Sandy '56 MacLean.
More than a dozen NMU alumni are on the road in Italy, taking advantage of the NMU Alumni Association's exclusive travel and educational opportunity. The group began their trip in Cortona, Italy, on May 7. The trip includes a variety of educational activities and day trips, including tours and wine tasting.
Assistant Director of Alumni Operations Brad Hamel '99 is traveling with the group and posting daily updates on their blog.
Check it out. Sounds like they are having a great time.
Gary and Carmen Field and Mary Anderson '73, '74, sample wine in Tuscany.

Baseball tickets selling quickly

If you haven't purchased your tickets for our second annual NMU Night at Comerica Park in Detroit, you might want to think about doing so soon. A limited number of tickets are available and it's first come, first served.

Monday, August 25
Tigers vs. Indians
7:05 p.m.

Free commemorative t-shirt to the first 200 members who purchase tickets.
This event sold out last year. Almost 200 NMU alumni participated.
Order your ticket today!

Tickets are $14 upper reserved or $24 upper box infield.

Pre-game reception to be held at Proof, 2001 Woodward Ave.

Click here for details and Ticket Order Form.


This group enjoyed last year's game.

NMU professor earns state honor

Northern Michigan University’s Sandra Poindexter is one of three recipients of the Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year Award. She was selected for the honor by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan based on her "sustained commitment to creating and infusing innovative teaching strategies and experiential learning opportunities into the classroom."
Poindexter joined the NMU College of Business faculty in 1980. She teaches computer information systems and previously served one-year interim appointments as director of business affairs in the college and head of the management, marketing and CIS department.
"Just being nominated by NMU for this award was an honor because there are many NMU faculty who constantly innovate, are great student mentors and experts in their disciplines," said Poindexter. "Actually receiving one of the awards is more humbling. It has been my good fortune to work in a technology field at a time when the Internet exploded and at a university that chose high tech as part of its vision. The opportunities for research, pedagogy changes and real-world student projects have been almost endless."
Poindexter will be honored at a luncheon in Lansing. The award program, in its second year, recognizes the outstanding contributions made by the faculty at Michigan's 15 public universities to the education of undergraduate students.

History of NMU athletics display opens

A history of athletics at Northern Michigan University is the topic of a new display created by the Beaumier Heritage Center in the Superior Dome.
A 40-foot display case features artifacts, memorabilia and historical information about Northern’s athletic history and includes items related to the university’s fans, mascots and cheerleaders. The Wildcat Willy uniform worn by Jay McQuillan in the 1980s is included. Other items include a coat and trophy from NMU’s first male cheerleader, Bruce Carlson, old athletic uniforms and equipment, informative text panels and dozens of photographs.
The display is located along the perimeter of the Superior Dome, directly across from the U.S. Olympic Education Center offices. Dan Truckey, director of the Beaumier Heritage Center, said it is the first part of a larger exhibition, “The Northern Century: Student Life at NMU,” that will be unveiled this fall.
The Beaumier Heritage Center is a museum and cultural center dedicated to preserving not only the history of NMU, but also the culture of the Upper Peninsula. The center’s mission is to foster a greater appreciation for the diverse U.P. heritage and help its people preserve their material and folk culture for future generations to enjoy. It was created through a generous gift from John Beaumier '53.

From the E-mail bag

"Early this morning, before heading out to a project in Key Largo (sadly, only three days) I read your latest edition of "What's New, NMU" including the commencement address, 'An Opportunity to Learn' given by NMU alumnus, Mr James P. Shaughnessy.  After a hiatus of several years, it was my pleasure to attend an NMU commencement ceremony last week.  I was particularly interested in the student commencement speaker. I don't have his name with me while in Florida, nor the title of his speech, but I believe it to be very much on a par with the speech given by Mr Shaughnessy.  I was impressed enough with it to order 3 copies of the DVD produced by WNMU-TV13, to give to select graduates I have known.  I wonder if you could also publish his speech in a future edition of 'What's New, NMU?' Many thanks for keeping us in touch. Have a pleasant summer. Go Northern."
Robert Manning '74

"Hello. Would it be possible to get a copy of Aaron Pairolero's speech? As a high school counselor, the title of his speech really captured my attention; 'You're not done, you're ready.' I tell my students this all the time. Maybe hearing it from someone other than me would help."
Ann Arthur '73
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.


Note from the Editor: These are just two of the notes we received regarding Aaron's speech. The text is now available online.

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