What's New for Monday, Nov. 17, 2008

"What's New, NMU?"

For the week of Nov. 17, 2008

From the 6th floor

The first measurable snow in Marquette might be a cruel reminder of what's ahead for us this winter season. A lake effect snow warning has been posted for Marquette County, through Tuesday morning. Amounts are expected to range from 1 to 11 inches. The heaviest snowfall amounts are expected across Eastern Marquette County. The snowfall is likely good news for the thousands of deer hunters in the woods this week as firearm deer season got under way Sat. Nov. 15. Snow showers are in the forecast all week.

NMU partners with CMU on education program

Northern is collaborating with Central Michigan University on a program that will allow students to seamlessly transition from the specialist in education to the doctorate in educational leadership. Thirty-one students are enrolled in the first classes for the Ed.S., which NMU is responsible for programming and awarding. CMU will deliver the Ed.D. content and confer that degree. Rodney Clarken, Education, is pictured signing the agreement with Karen Adams, dean of the College of Education and Human Services at CMU.
“This is the first such partnership I’m aware of and it will serve as a model for collaboration in the state,” said Clarken. “Two universities that might be considered competitors are instead working together on being good stewards of state, university and student resources while developing quality school leaders.”
Faculty member Derek Anderson is one of those responsible for delivering NMU's portion of the program. Anderson took advantage of CMU's doctoral program at a satellite location in Escanaba and graduated in 2006.
“At first I thought NMU should consider offering its own doctorate to take advantage of its status in the Upper Peninsula in terms of respect for its education programs and loyalty to the university," said Anderson. "But it wasn’t practical with the population base to sustain that, so we developed something that would be a win-win for both institutions. As we establish a rotation, maybe we’ll offer this every four or five years so people can plan ahead.”
Anderson said Northern’s Ed.S. program had struggled, but making it part of a strategic segue to Central’s doctorate has increased its value and enrollment. Central benefits, he added, because students who complete up to 24 credits at NMU are obviously committed to an education beyond the master’s level, so it increases the likelihood they will complete their Ed.D. degree.

At Chez Nous, dinner is served

Chez Nous, the fine dining restaurant in the Jacobetti Complex that serves as a training ground for cooking and hospitality services, has opened for the first time during the fall semester. But instead of serving lunch as it does each spring, Chez Nous is featuring five-course gourmet dinners and a beverage for $14.99 per person.
Each meal revolves around a theme or particular ethnic cuisine, including Southwestern, Japanese, classic French, Thai and rustic Italian.
“We wanted to introduce students to the pre-fixed menu because it’s a really hot trend in the hospitality industry right now,” said Yvonne Lee, professor in Technology and Occupational Sciences. “This will be a huge benefit to not only future employers, but to the local community because so many of our former students are working in the new restaurants that have opened in Marquette.
“We also wanted to give students more experience in fine dining so they will have a better skill set going into the winter semester, when they’re working off a full lunch menu. Opening up the evening labs gives them more quality lab experience and a lower student-faculty ratio.”
Chez Nous is open from 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 4. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 906-227-1981 or 2387.

Upcoming alumni events to put on your calendar

Fri. Jan. 2
Madison, Wis.
Madison Area
Post-Game Alumni Party
The Nitty Gritty
223 N. Frances St.
(One block North of the Kohl Center)

Immediately following NMU vs. UW hockey.

For hockey tickets, contact
1-800-GO BADGERS or www.uwbadgers.com

Sat. Jan. 24
Chicago, Ill.
Chicago Area Alumni Reception
Talbott Hotel
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Feb. 10
Washington, D.C.
Washington D.C. Area Alumni Reception
Site TBA
Fri. Feb. 13 Wildcat Night Across the Country
NMU vs. Notre Dame
on CBS College Sports Network

Get your party planned. Contact us for details.

NMU Bookstore offering free shipping to "What's New, NMU?" readers

Just in time for your holiday shopping, the NMU Bookstore is offering alumni free shipping on items purchased by Dec. 14.  The NMU Bookstore has a wide variety of gift items and clothing for men, women and children.
Receive free shipping on all orders by entering coupon code "alumni08" on the "my cart" page, or mention the discount if ordering by phone.
Shop online, mail, toll-free by phone (888-458-8668) or email bookstor@nmu.edu

This is a limited time off. Act now.

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University men's basketball team ran its record to a perfect 2-0 on the season with a 79-74 win over the visiting Bulldogs of the University of Minnesota-Duluth Sunday (Nov. 16) at the Berry Events Center. The 'Cats have two more home games coming up. First is a clash with Alma on Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. On Nov. 24 the 'Cats face Finlandia at 7:30 p.m.
The women's basketball team opened up its 2008-09 season Saturday (Nov. 15) at Minnesota-Duluth. Down by three points at the half, the 'Cats shot 40 percent from the floor in the second 20 minutes of play and held the Bulldogs to 37 percent to pull out a 63-60 win. The 'Cats have their home opener against Marygrove Saturday (Nov. 22) at 11 a.m.
The NMU volleyball team is headed to NCAA Division II regional competition Nov. 21-23 at host site Grand Valley State University in Allendale. The 'Cats takes on Indianapolis.
The NMU hockey team dropped two games in Bowling Green, Ohio, over the weekend. Friday night's game was a 2-1 loss in overtime. Saturday evening the 'Cats lost 2-1 in regulation. The 'Cats have dropped five games in a row and are 2-7-1. The team is home for the next two weekends. First up is Ohio State Nov. 21-22.

From the e-mail bag

"We are organizing a Dionysus-Magers Hall Reunion for July 24-25 2009 in Marquette MI.  We are looking for ladies who lived there in 1972-73 or 1973-74 or 1974-75.  We have been able to make arrangements to stay back in the residence hall and we have a blog going with information at http://dionysusreunion.blogspot.com/.  People who want more information should contact Karen Spehar Wittkopp at klwitt@umich.edu."
Karen Spehar Wittkopp '73
Livonia, Mich.

"Hi. Can you post this in the next newsletter? This was just sent to me from Emily Tyra, a writer for Traverse Magazine and their online version MyNorth.com. She just posted an interview with me and the entire story, Bow Season (edited for language), taken from my book, Eight Dogs Named Jack. Hopefully my fellow alumni (especially the class of 84) might find it interesting. http://www.mynorth.com/
Appreciate your support."
Joe Borri '84
Farmington Hills, Mich.

"Hi. On November 2nd, 2008 former NMU gymnasts and alumni Robin (Mohre) Gare '90 and Cathy Heitert Kelly '89 participated in the New York Marathon. A first and, according to the runners, may be a last Marathon for each. Gare and Kelly finished with impressive times of 4:27:14-Gare and 4:36:52-Kelly."
Jay McQuillan '89
Orlando, Fla.

"I wanted to share that my wife, Becky, and I welcomed a new addition to our family. Sophie Lucille Sullivan was born Oct. 28. She joins brother Luke Daniel. Thanks."
Dan Sullivan '89
Rice Lake, Wis.

"Hi! My name is Kim Dykwell, and I graduated from NMU in 2007. Right now, I am a Peace Corps Volunteer working in the Dominican Republic, and my community is working on a project to build healthier stoves. These stoves have a chimney-like tube that directs the smoke away from the cooking area. Right now, all the smoke during cooking goes right into the people's faces, causing a big problem with Acute Respiratory Infections. The women complain of prolonged colds, fever, congestion, etc. in family members, especially younger children. As a gift for previously completing a nutrition course, I would like to help the community build these healthier stoves. I will be attending a 4-day training workshop in a couple of weeks to familiarize myself with the construction. The families who will receive the stoves have to participate in a mandatory workshop to learn about proper nutrition, combating malnutrion and dehydration, best cooking practices, and avoiding burns. We will bring in a trainer to train the members of the community to build the stoves, and the community will be responsible for manual labor and the costs of transporting the materials. The community is really excited to implement the project, but we lack the funding for the materials and the trainer.
If NMU alumni or any faculty members would like to contribute to this project through the Peace Corps Partnership Program, please log on to www.peacecorps.gov. Click on the Donate Now tab on the left-hand side. Then click on Donate to Volunteer Projects and type Dykwell into the keyword search box. My project is called Improved Clay Stoves, and the project is designed to make 40-60 stoves. The website is very secure, and your donation is tax-deductible.
If you would like any more information about my service, please visit my blog at www.drgirl.blogspot.com. And if you have any further questions, please don't hesitant to contact me.  Thank you so much for your consideration and support. My community and I appreciate it more than you know."
Kimberly Dykwell '07

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