What's New, NMU? for the week Monday, June 27, 2011.

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, June 27, 2011

From the 6th floor

The gorgeous blue sky is a nice backdrop to the partially-completed Superior Dome project. The dome is receiving a new covering on the outside. As you can see from the photo, the previous grey is being covered by a light shade of tan. The skies finally cleared last weekend for Summer Reunion. A few events had to be moved to indoor locations due to inclement weather, but for those alumni visiting, Saturday and Sunday were absolutely gorgeous summer days. The upcoming forecast for the holiday period calls for more seasonable conditions; sunshine and higher temperatures.

Alumni from across the country descend on Marquette for Reunion Weekend

Summer Reunion 2011 brought alumni from around the country to Marquette and Northern Michigan University. Almost 300 families registered for the weekend's events and hundreds more were in town to take advantage of the activities offered on campus and in the community. Highlights included campus and downtown tours, a pig roast and Jeff Daniels in concert.

Jim & Ray entertain alumni on top of Sugarloaf Mountain.

More than 250 alumni attended the reunion pig roast, which had to be moved indoors due to rain.

Jeff Daniels greets the crowd at Lakeview Arena.

Almost 100 runners took part in the Wildcat Fun Run 5K Saturday morning.

NMU historian Dr. Russ Magnaghi guides alumni through a campus tour.

Thursday's downtown tour took alumni into Marquette's historic courthouse.

The McClelland family of Ypsilanti, Mich., pose with Wildcat Willy.

Thank you to all those alumni who made Marquette their summer destination.

Check out the complete Summer Reunion Photo Album on the NMU home page.

Did you take photos at Summer Reunion? Send them to us and we'll share them in our photo album. alumni@nmu.edu

NMU Night at Comerica Park

NMU alumni and friends will gather Friday, July 29, for NMU Night at Comerica Park.The Detroit Tigers face the Los Angeles Angels at 7:05 p.m. Every summer, some 200 Wildcats gather at Comerica Park to cheer on the Tigers. The NMU Alumni Association is hosting a pre-game party. Space is limited.
Tickets are on sale now.

Golf outing to raise money for student aid

The inaugural Blueberry Classic golf outing is scheduled Friday, July 29, at the Northern Michigan University Golf Course in Chocolay Township. It is designed to raise scholarship funds for NMU students who encounter unforeseen financial challenges.

An NMU Student Flexible Aid Fund created by the event will be a resource to which students can apply for help in covering costs such as auto repairs, medical bills, child care and course expenses not covered by financial aid.

“Each year, a number of NMU students are distracted by situations that place added demands on their already limited finances,” said Phyllis Wong, event co-chair. “A golf outing seemed like a fun, relaxing way to generate support that can help students navigate through these temporary hardships and ensure their continued academic success. But this is no ordinary golf outing.”

Designed to attract all types of golfers—social, competitive, intermediate and novice—the Blueberry Classic will feature 18 traditional and not-so-traditional holes. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and four-person teams will tee off at noon in a scramble format. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to receive playing tips from local “experts” and stay late to enjoy chair massages and a golf cart regatta.  Lunch, snacks on holes and end-of-day appetizers and beverages will be provided. 

Registration for the Blueberry Classic is $75 per person, or $50 for NMU students, and requested by July 15. Additional information and registration forms are available at www.nmu.edu/BlueberryClassic.

Archives launches CCI records website

A project to digitize historical records of the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company has been completed by the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives. A new website offers online access to more than 70,000 documents, 250 maps, an assortment of photographs and fourth-grade lesson plans that adhere to Michigan Education Standards. The collection spans 1882-1960 and documents major turning points in the history of American iron ore mining.

The collection spans the period from 1882-1960. It documents major turning points in the history of American iron ore mining: the industry’s shift from a reliance on low- to medium-grade ore supplies in the eastern Alleghenies to a reliance on high-grade ore in the upper Midwest; the long-distance shipping required to transport product from the Lake Superior basin to the lower Great Lakes; the consolidation of iron ore mining in the hands of large corporations from 1895-1904, stimulated by the emergence of U.S. Steel as America’s first billion-dollar corporation; and the replacement of natural with artificial, pelletized ores in the aftermath of World War II.

To access the collection, visit http://archives.nmu.edu/cci

Thanks for stopping by.....

John '69 and Alice Hanlon of Medway, Mass., and Alumni Association members Marise and Charlie ' 70 Gross of Marquette.

Don't forget, if you're visiting Marquette this summer, stop by and say hello. We're located in room 603 of Cohodas Hall.

From the e-mail bag

"I wanted to let you know that my father, Dr. Lorin C. Richtmeyer, passed away Wednesday, June 8, of complications from Alzheimer’s and heart disease. He joined NMU’s music department in 1957 where he was the director of the Marching Band, Concert Band and Wind Ensemble and taught various brass classes as well as Advanced Repair of Band Instruments.  He retired from NMU in 1983 as a Full Professor. I know there are a lot of former students who might want to know. Feel free to include this information in the newsletter. Thanks so much."

Gary Richtmeyer, BME, ‘72
Zephyrhills, Florida


 Last month I ran the Fifth-Third 25K, finishing in a respectable 2:54:19. And this summer, my running adventures will continue as I train for the Chicago marathon through Team in Training- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. If anyone wants to follow along, I post updates here: http://pages.teamintraining.org/mi/chicago11/bcowles. Have a great day! 

Bob Cowles '06
Muskegon, Mich.

"Last Thursday I got to see the premiere performance of ROCKLAND the OPERA by Jukka Linkola here in Finland, which has been a great international project commissioned by former NMU math professor John Kiltinen and his wife Pauline. It was SO IMPRESSIVE I stayed to see it again the next evening. The New World premiere will be at the Pine Mountain Music Festival at the Rozsa Center for Performing Arts on July 15 (also July 17) so you must all go see it! It tells about the life of immigrant (Finnish) miners at a UP copper mine in 1906 at the time of a strike. The music is beautiful, with lots of great chorus scenes and gorgeous arias and duets. The Kiltinens have really made cultural contributions before, but this is the ULTIMATE! A must for every Yooper, NMU affiliated person, Finnish-American, music lover, history lover... You don't have to be an opera fan to like this. But, opera fans will love it, too. So, reserve your tickets quick! There will only be two performances!"

Margaret Sell Vainio '76
Mahlu, Finland

Ed. Note: We would like to thank Margaret Vell Saino for drawing attention to this important cultural event. We would like to add that substantial funding for the opera was also provided by NMU alumna, Gloria Jackson ’68.

We are very sad to report that Gloria passed away May 18, 2011, at her home in Eagle Harbor before having the opportunity to see the opera’s premiere. Gloria was a great patron of the arts and long-time supporter of Northern Michigan University. She leaves behind a legacy of service and philanthropic support, including 22 years on the NMU Foundation Board of Trustees and the establishment of a $1 million scholarship endowment at NMU for international studies.

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