What's New, NMU for Monday, Nov. 24, 2008.

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Nov. 24, 2008

From the 6th floor

Yes, there's snow on the ground and yes, it's likely to stay that way now until April. Last week's lake effect snowstorms left Marquette County with the first snowbanks of the season. Several school districts in the Central U.P. had their first snow days. Thursday and Friday were the most blustery with classes on campus canceled Thursday evening. It got downright cold over the weekend with temperatures near zero. We're looking at more seasonable weather this week, in the 30's, with a chance of snow showers every day.

Instead of the 6th floor window today, we thought you might get a kick out of this guy:
We watched him via a Web cam on the academic mall throughout the day last Thursday. This guy stood outside in heavy snowfall and bone-chilling winds, just stood there at his table all day as people passed by, not stopping since they were too rushed to get indoors. We're thinking he might have been promoting Marquette Mountain Ski Hill passes, but we're not certain.  What we do know for sure; he's one dedicated salesman.

Several of them provide live feeds.

Commencement speaker announced

Gloria Jackson, secretary/treasurer and owner of CableAmerica Corp. in Mesa, Ariz., will be the keynote speaker at Northern’s Dec. 13 commencement ceremony. The Marquette native and NMU alumna will also receive an honorary doctor of business degree.
Jackson graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from NMU in 1968. She has maintained strong ties to her alma mater, hosting many alumni gatherings at her Arizona home and serving as an NMU Foundation trustee for 19 years.
Her passion for higher education has inspired her support of students throughout the Upper Peninsula. She has established endowed scholarships at NMU, Michigan Technological University and Finlandia University. She has also served as chair, secretary and member of the Finlandia Board of Trustees.
She is a recipient of the Alumni Service Award from NMU, the Silver Award of Merit for promoting Finnish culture from Suomi Seura, the Lion Award from the former Suomi College (now Finlandia University) and an honorary doctor of humane letters from Finlandia University.
The family-owned CableAmerica Corp. has been developing and operating cable TV systems since 1971. The company employs more than 200 and operates or has operated in 17 states, including Michigan.

Love and Music stories wanted

Do you have an unusual story of romance at NMU? Were you involved in the local music scene or are you making music as your career today?
Would you share memories of your days rousing the crowds at Memorial Field (or far-away fields), as part of the marching band?
Are you still in a garage band you put together during your college years?
Did you meet the love of your life at Northern?

Love and music are the themes for the winter issue of Horizons. We'd love to hear from you if you have an NMU story about either.

Please get in touch with us if you are willing to share.

Two exciting travel opportunities

Visit China with the NMU Alumni Association
May 20- June 1

Includes Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai featuring a Yangtze River cruise.

This comprehensive 13-day itinerary has been planned by seasoned experts to showcase the opulent monuments of China's imperial past as well as its changing contemporary environs. You'll be immersed in time-honored traditions at exclusive special events, thereby deepening your understanding and appreciation of the Chinese people and their fascinating culture.

Read more about the trip.

NMU students in the Piazza San Marco, 2007.
Live and study in Macerata, Italy
May 11-June 20

Two courses offered for NMU credit:
Travel Writing, with NMU English Professor John Smolens
Italian Art, Culture and Language, with Dr. Filiberto Bracalente

Weekly excursions incude Assisi, Rome, Urbino, Fracassi Caves, Loreto

"Macerata, Italy, is a place were people will make remarkable discoveries--about themselves, and about the world in which they live. Truly, it's an experience they will never forget," said Smolens.

For more information contact John Smolens at 906-227-1796 or jsmolens@nmu.edu

Scholarship applications available Dec. 1

Applications for privately funded scholarships through the NMU Foundation will be available Dec. 1 and accepted through Feb. 15, 2009. This includes the NMU Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship.
Last year, the NMU Foundation distributed more than $360,000 to more than 300 scholarship recipients.
More than 80 percent of NMU students receive financial assistance--an average of $8,000 per year from all sources. But privately funded scholarships help to bridge the gap of unmet needs averaging $9,000.
For more information, visit NMU Foundation.

Don't forget about Bookstore Holiday Special

Just in time for your holiday shopping, the NMU Bookstore is offering alumni free shipping on items purchased by Dec. 14.  The NMU Bookstore has a wide variety of gift items and clothing for men, women and children.
Receive free shipping on all orders by entering coupon code "alumni08" on the "my cart" page, or mention the discount if ordering by phone.
Shop online, mail, toll-free by phone (888-458-8668) or e-mail bookstor@nmu.edu

This is a limited time offer. Act now.

Wildcat sports update

The NMU hockey team split on the weekend with Ohio State University. The 'Cats skated past the Buckeyes, 3-1, Friday evening (Nov. 21) at the Berry Events Center, but dropped Saturday's (Nov. 22) game, 2-0. NMU is home over the Thanksgiving weekend, hosting Ferris State, Nov. 28-29.
The NMU men's basketball team ran its record to a perfect 4-0 with an 88-67 decision over Finlandia College at the Berry Events Center Monday.
Meanwhile, the women's basketball team cruised to a 106-51 win over Finlandia. The Wildcats improve to 3-0.
The NMU swimming and diving team hosted Hillsdale, dropping the meet 169-118.
The NMU volleyball team ended its season Fri. (Nov. 21) at the NCAA II Midwest Regional Tournament losing to Indianapolis in five sets. NMU ends the season 20-12.

From the Email bag

"Am I just getting old, or did the fight song words change? What I remember is: 'Hail Men of Northern, we're behind you in this game. Hail Men of Northern, you will fight to win acclaim, for you are the pride and joy of every person young and old, so give your best for Northern's glory, fight for the olive and gold."
Marco Vialpando '76


Note from the Editor: Yes, Marco, we're pretty sure the words did change, but we haven't been able to put our hands on the documentation, yet. We have the university historian working on it. Hope to have more information shortly.

"Hi. I wanted to share that my wife, Tricia, and I, welcomed a new addition to our family: Ella Jaye Sharkey was born Nov. 8 in Gilbert, Arizona. This is our first child!"
Joe Sharkey '00
Gilbert, Ariz.

"I'd love to hear from people who lived in our time in the late '50s and early '60s. Not about the old times but about what you are doing now. How are you coping? I really wonder sometimes. Give me hope. Did I retire too soon?"
Gerald Pieti '61
London, England


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