What's New, NMU? 1-28-08

What's New, NMU?
For the week of January 28, 2008

From the 6th floor

While it is currently a balmy 41 degrees in Marquette, forecasters say to expect dramatic changes over the next few days as a strong storm system moves from the Northern plains across the Great Lakes region. Gusty winds have already started to develop. A powerful Arctic cold front is expected to blast across Upper Michigan Tuesday, resulting in falling temperatures and a chance of scattered snow. This past weekend (Jan. 25-26), the 10th Annual Subaru Noquemanon Ski Marathon was held. Race directors said ski conditions were perfect in Marquette County. Meanwhile, looking ahead, the U.P. 200 Sled Dog Race takes place Feb. 15-16 in Marquette.

Minneapolis area alumni get together

Close to 75 NMU alumni and friends joined NMU President Les Wong and the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors at the Minneapolis Marriott, Friday, Jan. 25.  The NMU Alumni Association sponsored the evening's activities. Minneapolis area alumni got a chance to hear about all the exciting things happening at Northern. See if you recognize anyone in our photos.

Jerone Barnes '82, Dennis Ware '84 and Keith Nelsen '86.
Jan Haapala '02 , Mike Westhouse '03,  John Connolly '03

Tricia Kush '90, Carol Takalo '67, Ron Takalo '66, 74, '87, Janet Nellis Mendler '68.

Richard Hebl, Elizabeth Hebl '00, Wynfred Russell '93, '96.

Steve and Karen '88 Foster,
Walt Lindala '90.

Erin Elliot '02 and Tom Bryan.

Bob Chalgren, Jodie Filpus '00, Joanne Chalgren '99, '05.

Don Hartman '65, '71, Erik Maillard '07, Kris Day '94, NMU Executive Director
of Advancement Martha Haynes.

Chris Mullarkey and Damon Scott.

Bill Newman '83 and Alice Hancock '88

Patrick and Tricia '90 Kush.
Elizabeth '00 and Richard Hebl, Dan '99 and Amanda '00 Huyck.

NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors holds annual retreat

In addition to hosting the Minneapolis area alumni reception and as part of its annual winter meeting, the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors met in a retreat format to reflect on the board's accomplishments and set future goals. The mission of the Northern Michigan University Alumni Association is to cultivate a strong tradition of loyalty and involvement among alumni, students, friends and community while advancing the interests of the university.

NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors:
Front row (left to right): Kris Day '94, Janet Nellis Mendler '68, April Lindala '97, '03, '06, Joe Evans '81, '83, Curt Tucker '82, Bob Glascott '68.
Back row (left to right): Rich Dabney '88, Jodie Filpus '00, Jim Hundrieser '87, Alice Hancock '88, Fred Stonehouse '70, '77, Sandy MacLean '56, Annie Van Dyke '79, Dennis Ware '84, Nicole Kreis '01, Amy Hathaway '91.
(Not pictured: Robert Archibald '70, Doreen Avenall ' , David Gregory '92, Kay Helberg '59, Troy Huggett '92, Jim Jenkin '81, '84, Mary Snyder '98, '07, Kelly Wagner '98, David Wirth '72.)
Interested in knowing more about the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors?

Ann Arbor post-game reception this Friday

Join NMU President Les Wong, Coach Walt Kyle and alumni from the Ann Arbor area Friday, Feb. 1, at Damon's. The NMU Wildcat hockey team takes on the University of Michigan that evening at 7:30 p.m. at Yost Arena.  Wildcat fans will be meeting at Damon's on Boardwalk following the game. Snacks will be provided and beverages available for purchase.

Florida area alumni, mark your calendars to meet the president

The NMU Alumni Association will be hosting a number of events in Florida.  NMU President Les Wong will be visiting Naples, Sarasota and Tampa, March 4-5-6.
Plans are just now being finalized, so save those dates.  All alumni and friends are invited to any of the events. Invitations will hit the mail shortly.
Meanwhile, drop us a note if you are interested in the events and we can make sure you receive an invitation with all the details.

NMU Constructors making a difference in New Orleans

The Northern Michigan University Constructors (NMC) recently spent a week in New Orleans during their Christmas break. The NMC is is designed for students in Construction Management, Building Technology, Architectural Technology and Climate Control (HVAC).  In the fall of 2007, the student organization raised $10,000 to fund a trip to New Orleans in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. During the week before Christmas, 19 volunteer construction management students made the 21-hour road trip to the city-on-stilts.
NMC members Jeremy Bubb and James Conlin didn’t know what to expect, but as they drove into New Orleans on the “20-mile bridge through a swamp” and over the Mississippi River, they realized that the extent of the devastation was more than they’d expected.
“It seemed untouched,” Bubb said. Although water levels had receded, many houses were seemingly beyond repair. “You could see the line on houses where the water level had been marked by the National Guard, and a lot of houses still had FEMA tarps for roofs.”
Conlin, who spent hours planning and preparing a budget for the trip to New Orleans, added, “We repaired three roofs, sided two houses, finished trim work on two porches and did other miscellaneous jobs,” yet it didn’t feel as though the work made a dent in a city with so much left to rebuild.
NMC volunteered a total of 640 collective hours during their week in New Orleans.
Read more about the project here.

Seaborg Center offers 2008 Winter Weekend College for Kids

Too cold outside for the kids? NMU's Seaborg Science Center has a wide-range of activities scheduled for children of all ages, now through April.  Check out the center's complete schedule and details on how to register your children.

From the E-mail bag

"We had little snow last year but so far this year we have over 70 inches and more to come.  This is why we live in New Hampshire."
Chuck 58, '66 and Sandy Westen
Alton Bay, N.H.

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