What's New, NMU for the week of Monday, Feb. 14, 2011

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, Feb. 14, 2011

From the 6th floor

Doesn't everything look better when the sun is shining? There's a whole lot of blue sky over Marquette today. We're fortunate to be in pattern of unseasonably mild weather. This past weekend the temperature neared 40 degrees. It has led to a bit of a meltdown, but forecasters say temperatures will drop again before the end of the week. It's just really nice to see the sun.

President Barack Obama visits NMU

President Obama visited Marquette and Northern Michigan University to unveil his National Wireless Initiative Thursday, Feb. 10.
The President said he chose Marquette because of NMU's success with high-speed wireless services and he'd like to see that success duplicated across the U.S.
"We're going to have to up our game, Marquette."

It was a very exciting day for Marquette. Air Force One touched down at Sawyer International Airport just after 11:30 a.m. The Presidential motorcade made a stop at Donkers in downtown Marquette, where the President had lunch. From there it was on to Northern Michigan University and a demonstration of online learning. The President was networked with Negaunee High School and Powell Township School in Big Bay. Following that, Obama spoke for about a half hour to a packed Vandament Arena. Air Force One departed from Sawyer just before 3 p.m.

There was plenty of media coverage throughout the three-hour period the President was in town.
Visit the NMU home page for a link to the President's remarks and University photos.
The Marquette Mining Journal and TV 6 also had extensive coverage.

'Cats win on Wildcat Night Across the Country

NMU fans at WNAC in Lansing.
Special thanks to David Foster '00 for hosting.

Wildcat fans had an exciting evening Saturday, Feb. 12, as they gathered across the country to watch NMU take on the Michigan State Spartans in CCHA hockey action. The game was broadcast by Fox Sports Detroit. The NMU Alumni Association sponsored a dozen parties nationwide. Thanks to all the alumni who hosted events.
And speaking of exciting...the 'Cats were down 4-1 in the second period, but battled back to win 6-5.
Here are some of the photos we received so far.

Nahma, Mich.
Special thanks to Therese Gondek '73 for hosting.

Back row, left to right: Ivan Malnar '75, Colin Pomeroy '00, Therese Gondek '73, Jim Anderson '93 & '06, Jack LaSalle '71
Front row, left to right:  Jodi Malnar '74, Levi Pomeroy, Shawna Anderson '96 & '01, Jeanne LaSalle '71
Taking the Picture was Steve Gondek '72 & '73

Iron River, Mich.
Special thanks to Lindsay '01 and Mike '01 Demske.

Couch left to right: Karen & Ev Sandell, Faye Atanasoff, '80, '82, '88, Sherri Passamani '09, Mike Demske, '01, Steve Shepich, '72 (and owner of The Station).
Standing left to right: Erin Gustafson, '12, Jane Gustafson, '86, Kelly Gustafson, '85, and Lindsay Harmon-Demske, '01.
Special thanks to April Lindala '97, '03, '06, and the Student Alumni Association for hosting.

Summer Reunion commercial debuts on Fox Sports

Summer Reunion is going to be a very fun time and we want to get the word out. Did you happen to catch the commercial during the NMU vs. MSU hockey game Saturday? A huge thank you to our favorite hockey fan, Mojo, for braving the bitter cold and hanging out on the beach in a Hawaiian shirt. You can check out the commercial on our YouTube page.
We're nailing down the details and will have a cool announcement any day now about some fun entertainment as part of Summer Reunion Weekend. It's happening June 23-25 in Marquette. Check out the preliminary schedule here. A number of reunions are taking place. Summer is a great time of the year to visit Marquette. Make your plans today.

Wildcat sports update

The NMU hockey team swept Michigan State in Lansing, Feb. 11-12. Jared Coreau made 50 saves in NMU's 4-2 win Friday night. On Saturday, NMU won 6-5 in a come-from-behind victory. NMU is currently tied for sixth place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association with four regular season games to go. The Wildcats are at Bowling Green Feb. 18-19.
The NMU Nordic ski teams took home the Central Collegiate Ski Association titles over the weekend from Al Quaal Recreation Center. The men dominated both events, only allowing one other skier to finish in the top three in classic and freestyle combined. The women's team won by a one-point margin over Alaska-Fairbanks.
In women's basketball, NMU was defeated by Lake Superior State, 68-46. The 'Cats host Lake Erie College Thursday (Feb. 17) and Ashland Saturday (Feb. 19). Thursday night's game will be part of the Pink Wave event to Wipeout Breast Cancer sponsored by the WBCA, GLIAC, and NMU.
The men's basketball team also fell to Lake State, 57-43. It faces a similar schedule as the women's team.
The track and field team competed in the Lake Superior Challenge Saturday (Feb. 12) on the campus of St. Scholastica University. Team scores were not kept for the meet.

Looking for a job?

The NMU Alumni Association offers a number of ways to network, including posting job opportunities when we become aware of them.

Northern Michigan University has the following openings:

Title: Medical Office Manager
Department:  Health Center
Targeted salary range: $39,200 - $47,400
Submit application by February 25.

Title: Principal Secretary; Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Jan. 1-June 30; Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. July 1 - Dec. 31 (.88 FTE)
Department:  Controller's Office
Hourly rate:  $10.57 probationary
Submit application by February 25.

You can read more about the positions on the NMU Human Resources website.

The Northern Network is a great source for employment assistance. The Northern Network is our exclusive online community for alumni and friends. But it's not just local. Hundreds of companies from around the globe post jobs daily.

Check us out on LinkedIn.

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