What's New, NMU? for the week of Monday, April 18, 2011.

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, April 18, 2011

From the 6th floor

We may have a white Easter in Upper Michigan. Most areas of the U.P. received fresh snowfall this past weekend. Just when everyone had hopes of an early spring, Mother Nature reminded us of her powers. A combination of rain and snow mixed with freezing temperatures created hazardous travel conditions. Forecasters are calling for another batch of heavy, wet, snow mid-week.

Sports Hall of Fame inducts new members

Chris Cook '03, Andrea Gommans '94, '97, and Krista Pray-Hobbins '84, were inducted into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame during a special ceremony Saturday, April 16. Peter Vordenberg was also inducted but was not present at the ceremony. Cook and Vordenberg were both NCAA National Champions in Nordic skiing while at NMU. Gommans was a National Champion and three-time All American on the volleyball team and Pray-Hobbins was one of the first great women's basketball players for NMU.
The Sports Hall of Fame ceremony was held in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Awards Banquet. You can view the ceremony here.

For those interested in the Sports Hall of Fame segment, click on Part 2.

New grads eligible to win an iPad 2

The NMU Alumni Association will be giving away an iPad 2 to one lucky graduate. All seniors who have registered for graduation are eligible. To enter the contest, register for your first-year free membership in the NMU Alumni Association here.

A random winner will be selected from all entries, Saturday, April 30, during commencement line-up in Vandament Arena. Good luck to all the new grads!

Summer Reunion registration open

Registration is officially under way for Summer Reunion, June 23-25. Registration is required for access to all free events.

Registration fee of $10/person includes one adult Summer Reunion T-shirt and Reunion gift bag.

All events open to everyone.

Check out the complete schedule here.

Registration packets, which will include all tickets and T-shirts, will be available for pick-up at the Don H. Bottum University Center Atrium.
Additional T-shirts will be available for purchase.

Registration Center hours, June 23-24
UC Atrium

Thursday, June 23    9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday, June 24    9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Questions should be directed to the NMU Alumni Association.

Relay for Life named Project of the Year

The NMU Center for Student Enrichment handed out its year end honors during the 2011 Leadership Recognition Banquet, Thursday, April 14.

Relay for Life, the student-driven cancer fundraiser which raised $25,000, won top honors as Project of the Year.

Northern Michigan Constructors won Organization of the Year.

In addition to group honors, several individuals were presented with awards. You can view the Leadership banquet here.

World's Largest...

In last week's newsletter, we mentioned the new world record set at NMU, the world's largest skateboard parade. That prompted a number of emails from those of you who were on campus during other record-setting events. We wanted to share some of those with you.

"...musical chairs in the '70s."
Mike Kellner '76

"I graduated from NMU in 1980. I had a piece of the 'world's largest pasty'. I also played in a very large game of musical chairs. I can't remember if that was a record at the time."
Janet Balbierz '80

"I was part of the, I believe, first record. Making the largest pasty--as part of Student Activities with Dave Bonsall, Greg Goetz, Bernie O'Brien and group. Lots of fun."
Deb Feinauer Hackman '80

"I'm not sure of the year, around 1977 or so, we made the world's largest pasty, during Homecoming. I still have a button from that event!"
Cathy Blankenship '79

"As a freshman I remember the attempt to set the world record for the world's largest pasty during homecoming in 1978. It may not have qualified because the folks at Guinness thought the pasty was only a regional delicacy. But those of us in the know, then as well as now, understand the pasty is the perfect meal! I also remember my sister participating in the world's largest game of musical chairs in 1977."
Bob Burgess '83

"...hold the record (for a short time) for the tallest campus bonfire in the U.S.? (I think Michigan broke our record the next fall by a few feet?) We may have also held the record for the most expensive food fight on a U.S. campus after breaking dishes and windows, etc., started in Hunt/Halverson/Major/Meyland and spreading over to the other quad. '67 or '68? Ok, maybe not something to be proud of, but they were records..."
Mike Greer '76

From the e-mail bag

My name is Betsy Ott, I graduated from NMU in 2008 and am now teaching English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. My counterparts and I just finished a Peace Corps Partnership grant to buy our students new textbooks and are now looking for donors. If you could direct this email to anyone who may be interested, I would be very grateful. For more about our project you can go to this site:


To show you what we're currently working with (and because they're amusing), here are some examples pulled from the books I used today in class:

9th form - a large picture of a large Boy Scouts poster that says "To put Godless sodomites in their place"
5th form - "I like to go on camping."
5th form - "I eat my toast by the piece of slice", "I eat two toasts for breakfast every day"
6th form - "We arrived to Odessa at midnight" (this text also encourages the use of the word "voyage") 7th form - Complete the sentence: Mother does the cleaning and she takes the clothes off . . ."
4th form - "I'm sorry, I have not time now to buy a film"
6th form - Teaches kids to make sentence tags where "didn't/isn't he?"= "did not/is not he?" which results in the example sentence, "Peter ironed his pants yesterday, did not he?"

Thank you for your time.

Betsy Ott '08
U.S. Peace Corps, Ukraine
TEFL Volunteer, Group 37
KS - 0980360548
Life - 380931323486

Have something you'd like to share?

Feedback should be directed to dhemmila@nmu.edu.

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