What's New, NMU? for the week of March 16, 2009

What's New, NMU?

For the week of March 16, 2009

From the 6th floor

I don't know if it's the earliest opening on record; and I don't know if they will stay open, but Frosty Treats was serving up its specialties as Marquette saw its first heat wave of springtime. Temperatures Sunday and Monday soared into the 60's and that brought out the "Open" sign at the popular ice cream stop. By 9 p.m. Monday, the line was about 20 people deep. Keep in mind, it's only March 17th. That gives you an idea of how anxious for spring Upper Michigan residents are. It has been a cold winter and the brief warm-up was truly welcome. Forecasters are calling for a return to near-normal temperatures (the 30s) as we head towards the end of the week. But the sunshine sure has been nice for a few days. And yes, there still is plenty of snow on the ground.

Headed to the Joe

Following a big win on the road against the Miami Redhawks, the NMU hockey Wildcats will be making their second consecutive trip to Joe Louis Arena for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Championship this weekend (March 20-21). NMU enters the 2009 CCHA Championship with an overall record of 18-16-5. NMU will face Notre Dame at 4:35 p.m. in the first semifinal of the day Friday. The second semifinal game is 8:05 p.m. Friday. The championship game is set for 7:35 p.m. Saturday; with the third-place game at 3:35 p.m.
The games will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit, so if you can't get to Joe Louis, you can still cheer on the 'Cats.
Tickets for the games went on sale at the NMU Ticket Office Tuesday morning and will be available until noon Thursday. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone (906-227-1032). Tickets are $25 for adults and $9.50 for students. A $1 consignment fee will be added to the purchase price of each ticket. You can also purchase tickets online at http://www.collegehockeyatthejoe.com/index.asp

NMU Alumni Association hosts Wildcat Hospitality Room

The NMU Alumni Association invites all Wildcat fans to the Wildcat Hospitality Room in the garden area of the Olympia Club at Joe Louis Arena.  Snacks are provided and beverages will be available for purchase between periods and after the game. Stop by and meet NMU President Les Wong and Provost Susan Koch.

An Evening at the Capitol planned for Washington D.C.

NMU President Les Wong and the NMU Alumni Association will host a special evening for alumni in the Washington D.C. area. "An Evening at the Capitol" will take place Tuesday, May 12 at the newly-opened Capitol Visitor Center. The Capitol Visitor Center, the new main entrance to the U.S. Capitol, is located below the East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution and Independence avenues.Honorary host U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak will also be in attendance. Invitations are being sent to those in the D.C. region, but the event is open to all alumni.

An Evening at the Capitol

Tuesday, May 12
5 - 7 p.m.

Capitol Visitor Center
Washington, DC

Free for Alumni Association members;
$10 for non-members.

To request more information or register, contact us.

Distinguished faculty announced

The 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award recipients have been announced. They will be introduced to the NMU Board of Trustees and honored at spring commencement for their university and professional contributions.

Tawni Ferrarini (Economics) was appointed to the Sam M. Cohodas Professor in Economic Development at NMU in January 2008. In that capacity, she serves as a regional economist for the Upper Peninsula, producing economic reports on the Upper Great Lakes economy, leading regional studies and serving as a liaison between the university and community members. She also directs the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship, which promotes economic literacy in K-12 schools across the Upper Peninsula. Ferrarini holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Southern Illinois University and a master's and doctorate in economics from Washington University in St. Louis.
Since arriving at NMU in 2000, Jill Leonard (Biology) has done extensive research on the biology of migratory fish with a recent focus on the restoration of coaster brook trout to Lake Superior tributaries. She consistently involves students in her projects and has obtained external grant funding. Leonard teaches a variety of courses in the biology department. She also assisted NMU's Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) review team by chairing a committee that addressed the "climate for scholarship at NMU," one of three AQIP action projects for continuous improvement in 2007-08. Leonard earned her bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary, her master's from the University of Delaware and her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Jaspal Singh's (English) teaching specialties include the following areas of literature: colonial and post-colonial; Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean; feminist; and both Asian American and African American. She has numerous publications to her credit, including the recent "Representation and Resistance: Indian and African Women's Texts at Home and in the Diaspora." Singh joined the English faculty in 2001. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from two Indian institutions: the University of Delhi and Agra University. She received another master's from Oregon State University and her doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Oregon.

"The Girl in the Picture"

Kim Phuc-the young girl immortalized in this Pulitzer-prize winning picture will be on the NMU Campus, Wed. April 1.
In 1972, Americans and the South Vietnamese Air Force dropped napalm bombs on her village. Nine-year-old Phuc fled and was badly burned. During the following years, the government subjected her to endless interviews and officials summoned her to Ho Chi Minh city to be used in propoganda films. Phuc had been forced to quit school and move back to her province, where she was supervised daily as a "national symbol of war."
In 1986, she was sent to study in Cuba and eventually settled in Canada. When Vietnam veterans invited her to participate at a service in Washington, as part of a Veteran's Day observance, Phuc shared her experience to help others heal from the pain of war. While there, she spoke face to face with a veterans involved in dropping bombs on that day in 1972, and she forgave them. She now dedicates her time to helping others heal from the wounds of war.

Phuc will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 1 in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. Tickets are available at the door. This event is sponsored by the Honors Student Organization, Platform Personalities and the Student Activity Fee.

From the e-mail bag

"Have been enjoying sunny weather the past month in Mission, Texas, down in the Rio Grande Valley."
Richard '62 and Dorothy '64 Nobert
Livonia, Mich.

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