What's New, NMU? for the week of Monday, January 16, 2012.

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, January 16, 2012.

From the 6th floor

NMU's Winter semester began Monday, Jan. 16 under cloudy skies but fresh snowfall. A winter storm dumped close to a foot of snow on areas of the central Upper Peninsula late last week. It was the first snowstorm of 2012 and many local school districts shut down for a two-day period, Thursday and Friday (Jan. 12-13). Snow showers and cooler temperatures are predicted for most of this third week of January.

Special evening planned for Grand Rapids area alumni

NMU President Les Wong and the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors will host Grand Rapids area alumni at the West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology, Friday, Jan. 27. This special evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will offer alumni a great opportunity to learn how our alma mater is meeting challenges and developing exciting new programs and opportunities for students.
The reception will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. Cost is $25 and includes all food and beverage. RSVPs are required. Contact the NMU Alumni Association for details: 1-877-GRAD NMU or alumni@nmu.edu.

Largest-ever Wildcat Night Across the Country set for February 18.

The Hockeytown Cafe will host Detroit area Wildcat fans for Wildcat Night Across the Country.  The NMU hockey 'Cats take on the Michigan Wolverines at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, on Fox Sports as part of Hockey Day in Michigan.  Detroit is just one location for this year's largest-ever event. More than 20 Wildcat parties are lined up nation-wide, from California to Florida and everywhere in between, now including North Carolina. 

What happens on Wildcat Night Across the Country?

(Last year's party in Lansing, Mich.)

NMU alumni and friends meet up at a local establishment and cheer on the hockey Wildcats. Win prizes and meet alumni in your local area. Find a party near you and take part in the largest-ever Wildcat Night Across the Country. New locations include Atlanta, Green Bay and two locations in California!

Complete party list here.

Please be sure to RSVP to the host in your area if you plan on attending.

NMU honors Martin Luther King Jr.

NMU's Multicultural Education and Resource center will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. during a week-long celebration. The public is invited to attend the following events free of charge.

NMU President Les Wong will participate in a "Let's Chat" session with students on the subject of diversity at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Starbucks lounge of the Learning Resources Center.

Keynote speaker Moustafa Bayoumi will present "How Does It Feel To Be A Problem? Being Young and Arab in America?" at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Whitman Hall Commons. Bayoumi will discuss Arab-American experiences in post-9/11 America. He wrote a book by the same title, which won both an American Book Award and Arab American Book Award for nonfiction. Bayoumi is a professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. His writing has appeared in international newspapers and magazines. He also has been featured on numerous broadcast media outlets. Related book discussions of "How Does It Feel To Be A Problem?" are scheduled from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, and 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the C.B. Hedgcock atrium.

Slam poet Bluz will perform and emcee an open-mic night Thursday, Jan. 19. The event is scheduled from 7-11 p.m. in the Woodland Park Apartments multipurpose room.

An inaugural MLK Bash to celebrate the final day of Martin Luther King, Jr. Week will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Jan. 20, in the University Center Great Lakes Rooms. Music will be provided by Radio X with DJ Cedric Douglas, aka DJ Loko.

For more information, contact the NMU Multicultural Education and Resource Center at 227-1554.

Travel with the NMU Alumni Association in 2012

The NMU Alumni Association is proud to offer two exciting trips scheduled for 2012.

Amalfi-The Divine Coast

A deluxe European travel tour for the educated traveler. Our escorted tour allows you the pleasure of leaving your cares at home to enjoy stress-free travel and focus on maximizing your travel experience. Intimate, behind-the-scenes, experiential, educational...unlike the Italy tours offered by others. Relax for seven nights on the spectacular Amalfi Coast at the Hotel Rialto. Explore Campania, known as Italy's breadbasket. Visit a farm famous for the regional specialty, buffalo mozzarella. Marvel at the breadth of Italy's prodigious history. See five UNESCO World Heritage List sites: the Almalfi Coast, the historic center of Naples, the archeological sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii, and the Greek ruins at Paestum. Cross the Gulf of Naples to spend a day on the enchanting Isle of Capri. Admire the spectacular towns of Positano, Sorrento and Naples.

A number of dates are available. Visit our Journeys page for details.


Relax for seven nights at the Stirling Highland Hotel. Discover Scotland's spectacular natural beauty from the wild Highlands to the lowland Trossachs. See the historic homeland of William Wallace and visit some of Scotland's noble castles:Sterling Castle, Scone Palace and Edinburgh Castle. Learn the secrets of Scotland's whiskey artistry during a visit to the Famous Grouse Experience. Cruise lovely Loch Katrina aboard the steamship Sir Walter Scott. Visit St. Andrews, internationally famous as the birthplace of golf. Enjoy cultural performances such as the Military Tattoo and Scottish dancing.

August 22, 2012  8 days. Visit our Journeys page for details.

Wildcat sports update

The NMU hockey team skated to a 5-5 tie with MSU on Friday night and was defeated 2-1 on Saturday at Munn Arena in Lansing. The 'Cats are now 10-8-5 overall and 6-7-5-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).The Wildcats are tied with the Spartans for seventh in the conference standings with 25 points. NMU continues its five-game January road trip next weekend at Michigan Tech for its final non-conference game of the season.
Four players reached double-figures as the NMU men's basketball team defeated Lake Superior State 63-55 on Saturday (Jan. 14). With the win, NMU improves to 7-8 on the season and 3-5 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic conference (GLIAC). The win also snaps a four-game conference losing streak. NMU returns home to the Berry Events Center for a pair of divisional games, hosting Grand Valley State (Jan. 19) and Ferris State (Jan. 21). Both games are part of a doubleheader with the women's basketball team.
Meanwhile, the women's basketball team defeated Lake Superior State 55-36 on Saturday (Jan. 14).
The NMU swimming and diving team honored its two seniors Jenny Gallagher and Stephanie Rogaczewski Saturday (Jan. 14) at the Wildcat Intrasquad meet in the PEIF pool.The Wildcats are off until Feb. 8-11 when they travel downstate to host the GLIAC Championship.
Two NMU indoor track and field athletes placed in the top five in their events at the Badger Track Classic on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Saturday (Jan. 14). Sophomore Jaime Roberts won the pole vault, clearing 12-1.50 and freshman Katelyn Macaulay had a jump of 4-11.75 in the high jump for fourth place. The Wildcats get back in action next weekend (Jan. 21) back at Wisconsin for the UW-Elite meet.

From the e-mail bag

"Hi. Thought I'd pass along our picture of our son Jacob's graduation from Northern, Saturday, Dec. 17. He joined my wife and I as alumni from NMU, with a BFA in Digital Cinema. It was great getting back to Marquette again. This time was even more special."
Jim '77 and Kristine '78 Jacques
Clarkston, Mich.

"Just to let you know, the Gamma Delta Chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity will be holding another reunion in Indian River, Mich., the weekend of August 4, 2012. I would appreciate you posting this in any upcoming newsletters so any long-lost brothers can respond to me."

John Kukulka '75
6921 S. Wauburn Road
Indian River, Mich. 49749

"After the Packers game on Sunday, January 1, the high school hockey team picked up the rental seats as a fundraiser. As we worked our way around the field, I snapped a few photos with my phone. Was kind of neat to be in the empty arena with the snow falling."
Jim Jenkin '81, '84
President, NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors
Appleton, Wis.

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