What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, Sept. 12, 2011

From the 6th floor

Monday was a beach day--86 degrees and sunny! But apparently everyone had to work or attend school as the beach was deserted in the afternoon. Upper Michigan has been enjoying summer-like weather this second week of September. We've had a series of gorgeous days, making for perfect weekends. Forecasters say that is going to change in the next few days with a cold front moving in and cooling things off considerably.

Homecoming rapidly approaching; get your tailgate party ready

The NMU Wildcats take on Wayne State in Homecoming football action, Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Superior Dome. The tailgate lot opens at 2 p.m. for pre-game festivities, with kickoff scheduled for 4 p.m.  A Homecoming Fifth Quarter takes place at the Holiday Inn immediately following the game.

Homecoming activities get under way 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, with the traditional parade on Third St.

The Landmark Inn will once again be home to the All-College Alumni Receptions during Homecoming 2011. The College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Professional Studies and the NMU Alumni Association will be on hand Friday, Sept. 30 to welcome alumni. NMU's Political Science Department kicks things off at 5:30 p.m., with all other receptions getting under way at 6:30 p.m.

If you're arriving in town Friday evening, stop by the Landmark Inn. It's the best place to run into everyone and make your weekend plans. Go 'Cats!

Alumni events for Homecoming 2011 take place Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

A complete Homecoming schedule is available here.

Distinguished Alumnus Brian Majewski '76 to speak at Homecoming

Brian Majewski '76, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, U.S. Department of State, will present a special political science symposium, Friday, Sept. 30. He will speak on U.S. policy goals in Latin America.

Majewski currently serves as the executive director of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs with direct responsibility for the management of the 28 Embassies and 21 Consulates throughout North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean.  Mr. Majewski entered the Foreign Service in 1981.  In addition to several Washington, DC assignments at the State Department he has served at U.S. Embassies in the former Yugoslavia, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Brazil, Morocco, and Mexico and been posted on temporary duty to the former Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad.  He is the recipient of numerous State Department awards including Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards and a Special Act and Service Award.   

Brian hails from Hartford, Ct.  He holds a bachelor's degree with honors in philosophy from NMU with postgraduate studies in theology at Seattle University.  He served in Korea with the U.S. Air Force and enjoyed a brief career as a teacher before joining the Foreign Service.

Majewski will receive the NMU Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award during ceremonies Saturday, Oct. 1. This year's award winners also include: Outstanding Young Alumni Award winners Kyle Ortiz '04 and Stacy Welling '00, '02; Alumni Achievement Award winner Beverly Solomon '74; and Alumni Service Award winner L. Garnet Lewis '86. Read more about the awards here.

Alumni Reception in Madison Friday, Oct. 7

Madison Area Alumni Reception
Friday, Oct. 7
(Game at 7 p.m.)
Alumni Reception at 9:30 CST

Join NMU Alumni Association President-Elect Jim Jenkin '81, '84 and coach Walt Kyle '81 immediately following the game at the
Nitty Gritty Restaurant and Bar
(one block north of the Kohl Center)
223 N. Frances Street
Madison, Wis.

Snacks provided; beverages available for purchase.

Let us know if you'll be able to join us.
1-877-GRAD NMU or alumni@nmu.edu

Game tickets: 1-800-462-2343.

United Conference Sept. 18-22

The sixth annual UNITED Conference at Northern Michigan University will be held Sunday, Sept. 18-Thursday, Sept. 22. UNITED stands for Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity. This year’s featured speakers will address broad topics, including the architectural career of Marquette native and NMU alumnus John Lautner, efforts to aid military families, lessons in leadership, turning away from hate—as viewed by a former white supremacist—and eating well.

The conference incorporates seven tracks: art, dance/music, diversity, film, food, research/scholarship and service. For a full schedule, visit http://www.nmu.edu/united.

The conference opens with Dutch architects Jan-Richard Kikkert and Tycho Saariste, who will discuss the buildings of NMU alumnus John Lautner at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Since 2007, they have been researching Lautner's buildings and developed a course about the architect that included a research trip to Los Angeles with students to view more than 80 Lautner buildings in 10 days.  

Wildcat sports update

The NMU football team started the season 2-0 and 1-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) with a 30-23 double overtime victory over Findlay, Saturday, Sept. 10. The 'Cats beat Minnesota State-Mankato in the season opener Sept. 1. NMU takes on Northwood in the Superior Dome at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17.
The NMU volleyball team opened the home and GLIAC portion of its schedule, winning 2-of-3 in Vandament Arena. NMU is now 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the GLIAC. The Wildcats start a six-game road trip this coming weekend as they travel to Ohio to take on Ashland and Lake Erie.
The NMU soccer team extended its winning streak to four games with two victories last week. The 'Cats defeated Michigan Tech and Ohio Dominican. NMU travels to Ferris State and Grand Valley for a pair of GLIAC North games this coming weekend.
The NMU cross country team finished second overall for the second week in a row. NMU was second of six schools at the Northland College Invite in Ashland, Wis. The Wildcats travel to the St. Olaf Invite in Northfield, Minn. this weekend.
The NMU golf team finished 13th in its season-opening meet at the Al Watrous Memorial Invite at Bay City Country Club Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 10-11). The team travels to Midland, Mich., for the Northwood Invite, Friday (Sept. 16).

Thanks for stopping by...

...Alumni Association member Jim Brady '84, his wife, Jerri, and their children, Reagan and Travis, of Howell, Mich.
...Rod LaFleur '90 of Chicago, Ill. Rod is wearing the 3D glasses he used to tour the special "U.P. in 3D" exhibit at the Beaumier Heritage Center on the first floor of Cohodas.

Don't forget....if you're in town, stop by and visit. We're located in 603 Cohodas Hall.

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