What's New, 8-11-08

What's New, NMU?

For the week of August 11, 2008

From the 6th floor

A high pressure system settling in over the Midwest is providing the U.P. with plenty of sunshine. Temperatures are expected to climb throughout the week, reaching a forecasted high of 80 degrees by Wednesday. There's still plenty of time to visit Upper Michigan this summer. There is always a lot going on in town. Summer festivals are scheduled just about every weekend. The Pirate Festival this past weekend drew hundreds of spectators to the waterfront to watch pirates battle. The Marquette County Fair was held over the weekend and drew the attention of the New York Times. Check out the article and photos here.
The Seafood Festival is scheduled for August 21-23. It's not too late to plan a visit. Visit the Lake Superior Community Partnership web site for a calendar of events.

Summer Reunions

Alpha Phi Omega brothers got together July 7-8 in Marquette County. This was the first time members of the national service fraternity have gotten together to host a reunion.
The group is shown above at Jim '63 and Andrea Beckman's Michigamme cottage.

(Shown in the photo, kneeling, L to R: Lee Tripp �63; Jack Tripp �67; Don Beckman �61; Jim Beckman �63; Ron Cattelan �63; and Allen Salmi �65.
Standing, L to R. Richard Froling �66; Ken (John) Brownell �65; Robert Nelson �60; Richard Matthai �64; Tom Vietzke �65; Harry Rajala �56; Brian Jentoft �61; Clyde Durocher �61; Jim (Swede) Johnson �64; Wayne Rautio �64; and Tony Grudnoski �64.)

Also in attendance for the reunion but not pictured: Raymond Clemo �62; Raymond Johnson �62; Ernest Kaven �64; Robert Kauppinen �64; Roy Lee �64; John Meyer �65;  Ken Gundersen �67; John R. Maki �72; Peter Brock �69; Dan Collins �69; Jack Rombouts �70; and Dewey Jones �71.

NMU junior set to compete in China

The United States Olympic Education Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University is well-represented at the Beijing Summer Olympic Games. Along with current student athletes Spenser Mango (left) and Joe Betterman, several past student athletes, coaches and trainers are also on hand.
Anticipation is high for NMU junior Spenser Mango as he competes in Greco-Roman wrestling. Teammate Joe Betterman is awaiting word on a wild card in his weight class.
Mango competes at 55 kg (121 pounds). Competition is scheduled for Monday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 12.
Others in Beijing with ties to NMU include: Ivan Ivanov, USOEC wrestling coach who is serving as an assistant coach with Team USA;
Dr. John Lehtinen, USOEC team physician, who is serving as a physician to the U.S. Olympic Team for the third time.

There are a number of former athletes and others with U.P. ties at the Olympic Games. Check out the list here.

New graduate-level certificate offered

Have your management responsibilities grown over the years? Beginning this fall, NMU will be offering a new way to ensure that your skill sets are up-to-date with graduate-level certification in public management designed for working professionals. The certificate can be earned in just two semesters.
The program is 16 credit hours, with 8 credit hours in fall 2008 and 8 credit hours in winter 2009. Courses will be taught in a hybrid format, using a combination of face-to-face meetings on campus four Saturdays each semester with additional coursework completed online.
For more information, contact Brian Cherry in the Political Science and Public Administration Department at 906-227-1823.

Homecoming not that far away

Make your plans now to be in Marquette for Homecoming 2008, Oct. 3-5. Hotels in town fill up quickly, so you'll want to make reservations soon.
This year's schedule has a wide variety of activities including a look at the newly renovated Doncker's Soda Fountain, a political science symposium on the future of the Great Lakes, a full day of U.P. history presentations and all the traditional favorites associated with homecoming; parade, receptions, tailgate and football game.

View the complete schedule here.

Is your group getting together during Homecoming? Tell us about it so we can share the information with others.

International Performing Arts Series announced

An eclectic mix of musical and dance performances will highlight the NMU International Performing Arts Series. The lineup includes a Finnish-Norwegian instrumental group, a Native American recording artist, a French sextet that melds gypsy and Yiddish music, a band fronted by a member of the African Guitar Summit, an Irish-music duo and a company that presents Mexican folklore through music and dance.
Season tickets, which give purchasers the value of one free performance, are $75 for NMU faculty and staff, $30 for students and $100 for the general public. Individual ticket prices for the same groups will be $15, $6 and $20, respectively. The series is co-sponsored by the Finn Grand Fest Foundation at NMU and the MEEMIC Foundation. Dan Truckey, director of the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU, is the new director of the International Performing Arts Series.
Read more.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Chuck '58 and Sandi Westen of Alton Bay, N H. Chuck is a lifetime member of the NMU Alumni Association with a long Wildcat family legacy. During their visit, Chuck shared with us some NMU memorabilia which included NMU pins from the '20s and his certificate of promotion to the seventh grade at John D. Pierce School. He also had a very neat photo of his mother on the day she graduated from Northern.

Blanche Curtis '23 poses with her father, Joe, on her graduation day.
...Alumni Association members Bob '67 and Gail Oust of McCormick, S.C.

We have had a wonderful time over the summer, visiting with guests who've stopped by. Don't forget, we're on the 6th floor of Cohodas Hall. We'd love to meet you.

From the E-mail bag

"Thanks for sharing the picture of the Dakota House reunion in the July newsletter. I was an RA for Deja Vu House in Halverson in 1976-77. I used to think of them as "my boys" and they were all a great group of guys. Not a day goes by that I don't think of some funny (or not so funny at the time) antic of theirs. Those were good times and I am lucky to have lived in Halverson those years; they shaped me into who I am today. I still have the stethoscope the guys gave me when I graduated. Here is my email if anyone wants to drop me a line. I would love to keep in touch!"
Kathy "Bushy" Brutsche '77
Battle Creek, Mich.

"You�ve probably heard it on the news � diabetes is on the rise across the country.  Rural areas like the Upper Peninsula are especially hard hit but get little attention.  As alumni of NMU, you understand the area and the needs of the people here.  The U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON), a 22-year old U.P. non-profit organization, knows first hand the effects diabetes can have and in response we are planning a walk this fall to raise diabetes awareness.  I want you to join us!  Show your NMU pride and love for the U.P. by helping our small organization move the nation.  Gather your family and friends and take a walk, short or long, to show your support on Saturday, September 13, 2008.  Let me know you plan to walk.  I will be posting a map of the U.S. on the UPDON web site and coloring in each state as we get commitments from people saying they will walk.  On the day of the walk, take pictures of your group walking then email them to me along with any captions you�d like posted.  I�ll be putting together a collage of pictures from each state and posting them on the website (www.diabetesinmichigan.org; click on the U.P.) Together we can bring more attention to the seriousness of diabetes. (More information about the walk, UPDON and it�s mission can also be found at the Website.)
Kay Davidson Bammert '88

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