What's New, NMU for the week of August 3, 2009

What's New, NMU?

For the week of August 3, 2009

From the 6th floor

The calendar may say August, but you sure wouldn't know it's summer by the weather. It's often the No. 1 topic around the water cooler these days. Or actually, the lack of summer is topic No. 1. There has been very little warm weather in Upper Michigan. Many places haven't even hit 80 degrees yet this summer. The 10-day forecast doesn't offer much in the way of consolation, either; temperatures not expected to get much above 70.

NMU fans help Timber Rattlers end losing streak

More than 40 people attended the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers tailgate party and baseball game Saturday, Aug. 1. The event was sponsored by the NMU Alumni Association for Fox River Valley area alumni. NMU alumni were treated to a tailgate party before the game. NMU President Les Wong and his wife, Phyllis, were in attendance along with Wildcat Willy.
President Wong threw out the first pitch of the game. The Timber Rattlers ended a seven-game losing streak with a win over Quad Cities.

Special thanks to NMU Alumni Association board member Jim Jenkin '81, '84 and his wife, Deb '82, for organizing the event. Thanks, also, to Jeron Schmidt '08 and Dayna Haddock ' 08, Timber Rattlers staff members.

NMU alumni take over section 106 at Time Warner Field in Appleton, Wis.

NMU alumni enjoying the tailgate party.

Chef Andrew Hamel cooking up a storm.

Jim Jenkin '81, '84, Wildcat Willy and Jeron Schmidt '08.

Dr. Wong gets his "first pitch" instructions from Jeron.

We're pretty sure it was a strike!

Watch the video on YouTube.

Timber Rattlers mascot "Fang" and Wildcat Willy pose for the camera.

Keweenaw Star tickets still available

NMU Alumni Association members are invited to take advantage of a unique opportunity to see Marquette from the water. The Keweenaw Star will be in town the week of August 17. This is the second annual Member Appreciation Boat Cruise and takes place Thursday, Aug. 20.  The two-hour ride takes cruisers along Marquette's coastline, complete with maritime history narration.
Tickets are on sale now.
Contact the NMU Alumni office to purchase your tickets.
1-877-GRAD NMU or 227-2610.

Homecoming 2009 will be here before you know it

This year's celebration takes place Sept. 25-26, on the NMU campus. As always, a wide variety of events are planned. Traditional activities, such as the parade and tailgating, continue and we've added new traditions such as the college receptions at the Landmark Inn. The Beaumier Heritage Center will have open house hours and several reunion groups are getting together.

Alumni at the Friday night reception, Homecoming 2008.

NMU Homecoming 2009
Sept. 25-26
Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, Sept. 23

5 - 7 p.m.

NMU Alumni Association Hosts
Faculty/Staff Homecoming Reception
7 p.m. King/Queen Competition
Friday, Sept. 25  
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors Annual Meeting
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Beaumier Heritage Center
Open House
3 p.m. Political Science Symposium
5:30 p.m. Homecoming Parade
5:30 p.m. Political Science/Public Administration
Homecoming Reception
Landmark Inn
6:30 p.m. College of Business
Homecoming Reception
Landmark Inn
6:30 p.m. College of Professional Studies
Homecoming Reception
Landmark Inn
6:30 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences
Homecoming Reception
Landmark Inn
6:30 p.m. "A Celebration of Excellence"
Tribute to Hal Dorf by friends
More details here
6:30 p.m. Classes of 1958-59-60
50th Reunion Dinner
9 p.m. All Alumni Reception
Landmark Inn
Saturday, Sept. 26  
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Beaumier Heritage Center
Open House
10:30 a.m. Alumni Association Homecoming Awards
and NMU Donor-Funded Scholarship Brunch
1:30  p.m. Tailgating outside Superior Dome
Music by Bumpus
4 p.m. NMU Football vs. Ferris State
7 p.m. Fifth Quarter Reception

Keep your eye on our Web site for additional details and activities.

Do you have an event planned during Homecoming? Let us know so we can tell others.

Homecoming activities are sponsored by the NMU Alumni Association.
If you are not a member, consider joining today.

NMU alumnus headed to the National Senior Olympics

Cory Hartbarger '56, of Shelbyville, Tenn., is headed to the National Senior Olympics in California this week. The former multi-sport Wildcat recently set new Tennessee records in the javelin throw and the shot put. That earned him the right to compete with the best seniors in the country. He'll compete in both events plus the discus at Stanford University in Palo Alto.

While at Northern, Hartbarger lettered in football, basketball and track.

"I'd like to bring back a great experience," 82- year-old Hartbarger told the Shelbyville Times-Gazette. "I'd like to come back with at least a ribbon (awarded for fourth to eighth places.) I'd love to come back with a bronze. You've got to be able to look forward to something. But I'm just proud to go. I've waited a long time for something like this."

Good luck, Corey!

Read the Times-Gazette article here.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Patience Doherty Zivnoska '02, Patrick Doherty, Michael Zivnoska '02 and children: Peyton, Mia and Easton of Monroe, Mich.

...Alumni Association members Keith '84 and Beth '85 Belonga of Williamston, Mich.

...Alumni Association members Kyle '05 and Mary '05 Anderson of Las Vegas, Nev.

...Alumni Association member Gary Hoppe '65 of Flint, Mich.

...Barbara Ford '74 of West Bloomfield, Mich. and Mary Holliday '75 of Brighton, Mich.

...Alumni Association member Paul Hedgcock '76, with his son, Andrew, and wife, Jan, of Union City, Mich.

...Shigeko Nishihara '56 of Japan  and Gerry Anschutz '56 of Colby, Kansas. So far this summer, Shigeko has traveled the furthest to visit the 6th floor!

...Alumni Association member Brian Chase '86 of Ixonia, Wis.

And those folks who didn't get a photo taken:

...Alumni Association member William "Bill" Biscomb '63 of Crystal Lake, Ill.

...Alumni Association member James Seelye '04 of Toledo, Ohio.

...Alumni Association member Angela Graves '06 of Sidney, Neb.

As you can see, the 6th floor has been a busy place. There's still time to enter our Summer Prize Package Giveaway. Stop by the 6th floor, say hello and you're automatically entered to win. Join the NMU Alumni Association while you're here and get an extra entry. We're located in room 603 of Cohodas Hall.

Also stopping by...the Thurs., July 30 reception in Ishpeming, Catherine Lincoln '41 and Henrietta Leigh '44. They are shown, below, with President Wong.

From the e-mail bag

"Hi. Just wanted to share the news that we welcomed a new little Wildcat to our family July 9--Dominic Robert Dane. He joins brother Logan."
Rob and Dee '96 (Harrington) Dane
Sylvania, Ohio

"Hi. I recently was able to go on the trip of a lifetime to Nepal with a Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad program. Part of my time was spent in schools and I was supposed to bring some small gifts for the students representing my area of Michigan. The Alumni Association came through for me with NMU pencils and stickers for all! They were greatly appreciated by all but unfortunately the pictures didn't come out, but I've attached what I think are better pictures. For two weeks we lived with local families and again needed to bring presents representing our area, so for 10 & 13 year old boys I thought an NMU t-shirt would be a great choice, and they were! The boys wore them with pride and showed them off to their friends. A fellow Fulbright group member saw one boy walking down the street in his t-shirt and when he saw me later her commented that he must be with my family since nobody else in Nepal would have an NMU shirt! My response was that I was recruiting them young for the best school in the north!!

Just thought I would share the pictures and let you know that once again my education at NMU served me well, our group met with the Prime Minister and I was able to answer his questions and stay poised and calm! Thanks, again!"

Shawna Anderson '96, '02
Escanaba, Mich.

"Hi. I read the story of the Strattons, and Mrs. Stratton celebrating her 100th birthday in the last newsletter. I remember both of them in my biology class in 1974-75. They obviously stood out as the only retired students there. I wish Mrs. Stratton all the best!"
Rick Lemon. M.D., '76
Middleton, Wis.
"Would you be able to mention the official Facebook Fan pages in your 'What's New?' I know that Northern Michigan University International Fan page would love a little publicity to up our numbers and our traffic. The International Programs Office would like alumni who studied abroad and alumni who now live abroad to participate by starting discussions, posting pictures and networking. I hope that we will be able to create a lively environment where everyone can benefit from different views and perspectives."
Rehema Clarken '07
International Program Specialist
International Programs Office

Note from the Editor: Many organizations, including the NMU Alumni Association, are on Facebook. Don't forget to check them out.

"Twenty members and friends of the 1987 NMU Wildcat Football team met in South Haven for the 19th Annual 'NMU Golfcat Open.' Below is a picture of almost the entire gang showing their Wildcat pride at the American Legion in South Haven.  Top golf honors went to Steve Princinsky and Jason Cornell.  The long-distance award went to Scott Johnson who traveled all the way from Little Rock, Arkansas.
'It’s a great way to keep everyone together and to renew our ties to NMU,' said long-time organizer Chuck Whelpley. “Next year, we are going to bring the bacon back to the U.P. and host our 20th Annual in Marquette,” he added.  “Wildcat football alumni and friends from all classes are welcome, so plan on joining us the third weekend of July for golf and NMU fellowship at the NMU Golf Course."
Chuck Whelpley '


Wildcat Football Reunion

Bottom Row, L to R: Pete Young '89, Scott Johnson '89, Vito Gill '88, Bob Morin '93, Chuck Whelpley '90, Steve Princinsky '94.
Back Row, L to R: Tom Laage '90, N/A, Chris Goerlitz '87, Hank Sweeney '90, Andy Kroll '90, Chris Allison '90, N/A, N/A, John McMullen '89, Jason Cornell '90.
Not pictured: Rick Popp '88, '90, Greg Light '90, Ron Thomas, Mike Sherril.
"Hi. I enjoyed the most recent Horizons feature on musical groups with NMU ties. At the end of that article, you printed the name of Steve Seymour who writes a 'Rock and Roll Blog' as well as articles for the Escanaba newspaper. As a proud NMU grad, I felt compelled to contact Steve and let him know that he overlooked one...the high school rock band I was in back in 1969 in Newberry. He subsequently wrote an article about it which was posted to his blog last Wednesday (July 15) and then published in the paper the following day. So, in case you are interested, you can go to http://www.blogcatalog.com/blog/rock-n-roll-graffiti and see the article. Enjoy!"
Bob Robertson '75
Gland Ledge, Mich.
"Last year, I started running as a way to relieve stress and boredom. Well, this year, I decided to take it to a new level. In May, I ran in the Fifth Third River Bank Run, completing the 25K in 2 hours, 45 minutes, and 21 seconds. But that's not enough. No, I decided to run in the Grand Rapids Marathon on October 18, and I'm running to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. If anyone would like to track my progress or help me out, my website is: http://pages.teamintraining.org/mi/GrdRpd09/bcowles. Have an awesome day!"
Bob Cowles '06
Muskegon, Mich.

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