What's New, NMU? for the week of April 20, 2009

What's New, NMU?

For the week of April 20, 2009

From the 6th floor

It's only April, so why is everyone so surprised we're in the middle of a winter storm?  Wet, heavy snow fell across the area Monday; as much as 12 inches of snow in some places. K-12 schools closed for the day (Tuesday) across much of central Marquette County. The forecast calls for a warm-up into the 50s by the end of the week meaning the current snow is not likely to remain on the ground very long.

D.C. area alumni reception deadline drawing near

Alumni in the Washington, D.C. area planning on attending the NMU Alumni Association's May 12 reception need to make their reservations by Friday, April 24.
"An Evening at the Capitol" is scheduled for Tues, May 12. All alumni in the area are invited to attend. NMU President Les Wong and U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak will be in attendance. This is a unique opportunity to visit the new Capitol Visitor Center in D.C. and mingle with NMU alumni.
The reception will take place in the atrium area of the new building.
Please use the main entrance of the Center.

An Evening at the Capitol
Tuesday May 12
5 - 7 p.m.
Capitol Visitor Center
Washington, D.C.

Beverages and hors d'oeuvres

No cost for Alumni Association members
$10 for non-members
Reservations are required.

alumni@nmu.edu or 1-877-GRAD NMU

NMU Golf Course getting ready for season; alumni welcome in league play

The NMU Golf Course, formerly known as Chocolay Downs, is gearing up for the golf season. Alumni Association members get a 5% discount on annual memberships and driving range rates. You can purchase your membership online. All net profits from the NMU Golf Course will go to student scholarships and academic programming.

NMU Golf League
The NMU Golf League is getting organized for the summer season. League play is set for Thursday evenings and begins May 28 . Alumni are welcome to play in the 3-person scramble league. Each team must have at least one member of the following: faculty, staff, retiree or alumni. Interested? Let us know and we'll send you the registration form.

Economic Development Survey looking for campus visitor input

The recently completed NMU Master Plan identified Presque Isle Avenue as being a good location to build a mixed-use development for the city and campus to enjoy. Visitors to campus are being asked for their thoughts on the project. Anderson Economic Group has engaged the local community in the survey process and alumni and parents are also encouraged to voice their opinions.
Obviously the university has no plans to start constructing buildings during these spiraling economic times, but now is a good time to discuss possible long-term plans and get ideas from the university's stakeholders.

Take the survey.

You can learn more about NMU's Master Plan here.

Video challenges myth that alcohol causes violence

A new video being distributed throughout Michigan shatters the myth that alcohol causes men to be violent. Four survivors of domestic violence willingly shared their experiences on camera in the hope that other women will not accept alcohol as an excuse or be less likely to seek help because of the dangerous illusion that, if the drinking stops, so will the abuse.
Alcohol and Men’s Violence Against Women was produced by NMU with a $78,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. “Nothing like this has been done before that we can find,” said Ira Hutchison, professor of sociology and the project director.
"Instead of addressing the broader issues of alcohol use or domestic violence, this project has a very specific purpose. And we’re making the point with women who’ve been directly impacted because victims of abuse will relate best to those who’ve had similar experiences.”
The DVD includes the 30-minute documentary and 30 minutes of special features offering advice and information on learned behavior, substance abuse therapy, success stories and responses from law enforcement and ER nurses. It can be viewed in English or Spanish. Copies will be sent to every residential or outpatient substance abuse unit, women's shelter and four-year nursing program throughout Michigan. The video is the culmination of a two-phase project at NMU that began with preliminary interviews with 20 victims to flesh out common themes about alcohol and violence.

Read more about the project here.

Shakespeare's The Tempest closes NMU theatre season

William Shakespeare's The Tempest wraps up the 2008-09 "Brave New World" theatre season at NMU. Shakespeare's crowning achievement runs Wednesday through Saturday,  April 22-25, at 7:30 p.m., with a 1 p.m. matinee on the 25th.
The Tempest is directed by Dr. James Panowski and will serve as his "swan song". After 32 years as director of the Forest Roberts Theatre, Panowski is retiring. During his tenure, he has directed over 50 productions.
Tickets are $11 for general public and $7 for students. They can be purchased at any Ticket Outlet.

From the e-mail bag

"Cerona and John Stevens, headed to Gatlinburg for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Bridge Tournament, hold the NMU flag that will be hung in the Log Cabin Pancake House in Gatlinburg along with some 40 other college and university flags."
John '81 and Cerona '64, '67 Stevens
Marquette, Mich.
"Sure glad to meet any NMU alumni coming through my island, Kosrae, formerly Kusaie. The movie 'Up Periscope' is about a story that happened on my island during WWII starring James Garner. Send a note if you have a chance."
Sidney Skilling '79
Kosrae, Micronesia


Odds and ends that cross our desks...

The recent gravity research by Jay Tasson '03 and Alan Kostelecky is on the cover of this week's New Scientist.
Check out the article.

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