What's New, NMU? for the week of Monday, Jan. 24, 2011

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, Jan. 24

From the 6th floor

Maybe it's just us, but it seems like it snows every day. And where is the sunshine? We're not anywhere near a snowfall record, but we are on the receiving end of a couple of inches each day. That combined with dreary, gray skies makes winter seem very long, indeed. Forecasters are teasing us by saying the sun may shine later this week. That would be a welcome change.

Governor appoints new trustees

Northern Michigan University alumni Stephen Gulis Jr. of Rockford and Rick Popp of Northville Township have joined the NMU Board of Trustees. They are among the new university appointments Gov. Rick Snyder filed last week with the Senate.

Gulis retired as president of global operations for Wolverine World Wide Inc., a leading global marketer of branded footwear that is headquartered in Rockford.  He previously served the company as executive vice-president, chief financial officer and treasurer. Gulis graduated from NMU in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He delivered the May 2007 commencement address at his alma mater and received an honorary doctor of business degree. He also spoke to the Economic Club of Marquette County earlier the same year. His wife, Janet (Bloeser), is an NMU alumna. She earned her BSN degree in 1980.
“I’ve been interested in serving on Northern’s board for several years, so I’m very pleased that the governor reached out and asked me,” said Gulis. “As an alumnus, I also look forward to helping the university strengthen its representation downstate among potential students. There’s a real opportunity to further develop the NMU brand.

Popp is director of employee benefits at Ford Motor Company. He previously was director of human resources for Ford of Mexico and has held various HR leadership positions in more than 20 years with the company. Born in L’Anse and raised in Iron Mountain, Popp earned two degrees from NMU: a master’s in public administration with an emphasis in personnel and labor relations in 1990; and a bachelor’s in computer science in 1988. He played quarterback for the Wildcats, leading the team that advanced to the semifinals of the 1987 NCAA Division II national playoffs. Popp is a past president of the NMU Alumni Association and also served on its board. He met his wife, Sue (Willson), at Northern. She graduated in 1990 with a finance degree and also had NCAA playoff experience as captain of the 1988-89 Wildcat women’s basketball team.
“I feel very privileged to receive a call from the new governor and honored to join Northern’s board,” said Popp.  “I’m certainly familiar with economic challenges. The auto industry faced a tremendously dark period, similar to what the state is going through. At Ford, I was fortunate to be part of arguably the biggest turnaround in corporate history. I have confidence that with a fresh start, the future of Michigan is looking up as well.

Alumni network at Milwaukee reception

More than 75 alumni and friends attended the NMU Alumni Association's Milwaukee Alumni Reception, Friday, Jan. 24. The reception brought together the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors, alumni from the Milwaukee area and a dozen NMU students from the NMU Student Alumni Association. Alumni had an opportunity to hear about today's student experience; and future alumni had a chance to network with graduates from their desired professional fields.

Barbara Polzin, Linda Edmundson '72 and Rob Polzin '74.

Robert Cowman '72, Judy Cowman and NMU Alumni Association Board member Fritz Nelson '73.

Student Alumni Association members Kevin Bauer and Leanne Plath with NMU Alumni Association Board member Doreen Avenall '96.

Ross Brooks '08 and Lindsay Guskulak '08.

Dana Durocher '01, April Arnestad '03, NMU Alumni Association Board member Nicole Kreis '01, Morgan Thatcher and Lindsey LaMack '03.

NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors Vice President Jim Jenkin '81, '84, and Richard Anderson '66.

Scott '02 and Tiffany Christensen.

Brad Hamel '99, NMU alumni operations assistant director and Simon Durocher '01.

Mike Kaurala '97 and NMU Alumni Association Board member Julee Kaurala '05, '07 and Holly Gerstner '07.

NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors holds Winter retreat; looking for new members

The NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors held its annual winter retreat, Saturday, Jan. 22 in Milwaukee. The board meets three times a year, twice on campus and once in a Midwest location with a large alumni population. This year, Milwaukee was selected.

The board is a group of alumni from across the country that acts as an advisory board to the NMU Alumni Association and the University. Board members are appointed by a nominating committee of the board to serve two, three-year terms. The board evaluates the effectiveness of programs and services for alumni; advises staff on new programming; guides policy and monitors progress on the NMU Alumni Association's strategic plan. Board members must attend three meetings a year and serve on a committee of the board.
Read more about board responsibilities here.
Interested in serving on the board? Drop us a note.

Shown in the photo above:
Front, left-right: Jim Jenkin '81, '84, Pat Wilson '92.
Second row: Rebecca Thompson '09, Mary Snyder '98, '07, Jeremy Pickens ''01.
Third row: Nicole Kreis '01, Fritz Nelson '73.
Fourth row: Julee Kaurala '05, Linda Shriver '83, Alan Swanson '05.
Fifth row: Carissa Waters '04, Kelly Wagner '98.
Sixth row: Bob Glascott '67, Kris Day '94, Alice Hancock '88, Paul Millenbach '84.
Back row: Doreen Avenall '96, Sandy MacLean '56, Curt Tucker '82, '08.

Canadians in the U.P. exhibit opens

(Courchaine Family of Chassell)

An opening reception for a new exhibition titled “Across the Border: Canadians in the Upper Peninsula” will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University. The gallery is located in 105 Cohodas Hall. The reception is free and open to the public. It will feature refreshments, treats and a performance of French-Canadian songs.

Across the Border focuses primarily on the immigration of Canadians to the Upper Peninsula during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It also traces back further to the Anishinaabeg people who have lived on both sides of what they view as purely a political border for centuries. The very nature of this border, which has been seen at times as irrelevant and porous, will be addressed, as will the nature of Canadian identity as it relates to the immigration of people to the Upper Peninsula from Québec and Ontario.
Across the Border will be on display through July 23. Funding for the exhibition and associated programming comes from Cliffs Natural Resources, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Province of Québec, Chicago Delegation. The Beaumier Center’s hours are 12:30-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.nmu.edu/beaumier.

Wildcat Night Across the Country, Feb. 12

Wildcat Night Across the Country has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12. The NMU hockey 'Cats face the MSU Spartans at Munn Arena in East Lansing. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Detroit.

Here are the party locations:
In Michigan; Kalamazoo, Bay City, Muskegon, Lansing, Nahma, Iron River.
Others; LaCrosse, Wis., Phoenix, Ariz. and Las Vegas.

Complete details here. Check back often as new locations are added daily.

Wildcat sports update

The Nordic ski team was the top combined team at the Mayor's Challenge in Minneapolis, Jan. 21-22. The men had a team score of 77 for first place while the women's team was second with 66 points.
The NMU hockey team got a much-needed sweep last weekend (Jan. 21-22) against Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) opponent Ferris State. The 'Cats skated past Ferris 2-1 Friday and 3-1 Saturday at the Berry Events Center. The 'Cats are now 8-7-2 in the CCHA. They visit Western Michigan Friday-Saturday (Jan. 28-29.)
The NMU women's basketball team lost a pair of GLIAC North games at Grand Valley State and Ferris State. The 'Cats host Hillsdale College Thursday (Jan. 27) and Northwood Saturday (Jan. 29) at the Berry Events Center.
The NMU men's basketball team also lost to both Grand Valley State and Ferris. It also faces Hillsdale and Northwood this week.
The NMU track and field team competed at the Lake Superior State Challenge and hosted the Northern Challenge in the Superior Dome over the weekend. You can check out results here.
The NMU swimming and diving team competed at the Get to the Point Invite in Stevens Point, Wis. The 'Cats had three first place finishes. You can check results here.

‘Be the Match’ events planned

NMU Athletic Director Ken Godfrey, who was diagnosed with leukemia and recently received word of a potential bone marrow match, is hoping to help others facing a similar health crisis. Godfrey is lending his name to a donor registry drive and fundraiser that will be held at three campus events: from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5 in Vandament Arena, to coincide with the NMU-Lake Superior State hockey series; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the Superior Room of the University Center during the Wildcat Wellness Fair.  “Ken’s going through the process now and this drive is designed to help someone else down the road. The goals are to recruit new donors for the national ‘Be the Match’ registry and to generate support for the Pay It Forward Funding Program,” said Brian Gaudreau, Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services associate director of programming. According to the National Marrow Donor Program, joining the registry involves swabbing one’s cheek cells and tissue typing the sample. It costs Michigan Blood, the organization collaborating on the campus effort, $180 to test each donor. The Pay It Forward program allows organizations and individuals to become supporting members of the registry by contributing money to help cover testing costs. A minimum $25 tax-deductible gift is encouraged, but any amount will be accepted. A gift is not required to be tested for the registry.  Godfrey has worked at NMU for more than 30 years. He was appointed athletic director in 2003.

From the e-mail bag

"Greetings from a snowy Columbus, Ohio (if you call a few inches "snowy"). Thanks for sharing Curt Tucker's beautiful lake effect snow photo taken from high atop Sugarloaf Mountain.  It would be nice to be able to click on it and other "What's New, NMU?" photos and have them enlarge full screen.  Might that be something to look forward to in future newsletters? I'm loving the updates. Keep up the great work everyone!"
Mike Settles '84
Columbus, Ohio

"My boyfriend and I went to see the Wildcats take on DU on New Year's Day.  It was great to see the Wildcats on ice again and hang out with some fellow alumni.  I hope the Wildcats come to Denver again soon!  I have attached a photograph of my boyfriend Kent and I at the game."

Jamie Wilms '04
Denver, Colo.

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