What's New, NMU? for the week of Monday, May 18, 2009

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, May 18, 2009

From the 6th floor

It's a rainy start to the week in Upper Michigan. With temperatures not reaching much higher than 50 degrees, it's also a bit cool. But here's a good example of the "if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes" theory: forecasters say we could get as warm as 80 degrees Wednesday. While temperatures that high and sunshine would certainly be welcome, the heat is not expected to continue very long. The holiday weekend may provide some additional sunshine, but more moderate temperatures in the 60s are predicted.

Congressman hosts NMU alumni in Washington, D.C.

Congressman Bart Stupak, Michigan's First Congressional District, hosted NMU alumni and friends at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 12. Sponsored by the NMU Alumni Association, the reception brought together alumni from around the nation's capitol, including Maryland and Virginia, but also from far away spots such as Florida and Michigan. Michigan Senator Carl Levin was in attendance, as was Michigan's 7th District Congressman, Mark Schauer.
Special thanks to Congressman Bart Stupak's Chief of Staff, Scott Schoegel '90, staff assistant Loren Aho '00, '07, and executive assistant Rachel Stevenson for helping  organize the reception.

Congressman Bart Stupak, center, shows NMU President Les Wong, foreground, and Brian Bentzen '90, the National Mall from the Speaker's Balcony on Capitol Hill.

Dana Nearing '05, Abby Hayes '84, Shelley Benac '84, NMU Alumni Association President Joseph Evans '81, '83, Mame Croze '06.

Michelle and Brian '90 Bentzen pose outside the Capitol.

Connie '63 and Errol '63 Moffatt.

David Haynes '72, Amber '06 and Jeff '05 Duchaine with NMU First Lady Phyllis Wong.

Nick Glazier 08'  and Mary Ernsberger '67.

NMU President Les Wong and Congressman Mark Schauer.

NMU Foundation Board of Trustees Vice President Kevin Boyle '81 and Martha Haynes, NMU Executive Director of Advancement.

Chris '02 and Jessica '02 Koval.

Nicholas Baise, NMU Board of Trustee Gil Ziegler '60, Ron McGregor '71.

Rebecca Thompson '09, an unidentified assistant to Senator Levin, Mark Ruge '80, President Les Wong.

Kim Luoma '80 and Daniela Hink.

New grad wins grand prize

Kelly Passinault '09, of Marquette, stopped by the Alumni Association to pick up her grand prize basket. Kelly won the prize at the Graduation Rehearsal Pizza Party sponsored by the NMU Alumni Association, NMU Career Services and TCF Bank. Kelly was eligible because she joined the NMU Alumni Association as a new, first-year free member.
Are you a new graduate? There's still time to sign up for your free membership.

Tigers tickets on sale

Third Annual NMU Night at Comerica Park
Saturday Aug. 15
7:05 p.m.
Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals

Tickets on sale now. Click and print form
Enjoy an evening exclusively packaged for NMU alumni and friends.

  � Group rate tickets available in NMU section.

  � Pre-game reception for NMU fans.

  � Free t-shirt for all Alumni Association members.

  � Special welcome to NMU alumni and friends on the Tigers scoreboard.

  � Wear your NMU apparel and colors to show your spirit.

NMU Night rate: $22 per ticket, Pavilion ($2 per ticket handling fee included) 
Order by phone: credit card only(Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express)
Call 906-227-2610 or 877-GRAD-NMU
Fax/mail: Click and print form 
Or stop by the Alumni Office in 603 Cohodas Hall

Beaumier Center selected to host festival

School districts in Marquette and Alger counties will have a rare opportunity to interact with and learn from global musicians through Arts Midwest World Fest. The Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University has been selected to host the festival as part of its ongoing International Performing Arts Series.
From October 2009 through April 2011, musical ensembles from four countries will conduct week-long intensive residencies in conjunction with their scheduled public concerts for the NMU series. Each residency will consist of school performances, workshops and outreach activities.
"This is a big deal because only one town in each state gets to host Arts Midwest World Fest for a two-year period," said Daniel Truckey, director of the heritage center. "We encourage area districts to take advantage of the opportunity to host school visits by these performers during their extended stays in Marquette."
Arts Midwest provides participating communities with a curriculum that helps students and teachers better understand and appreciate the customs and traditions of the visiting ensembles. Its mission is based on the hope that studying other cultures will spark a lasting curiosity in both teachers and students that will result in further exploration of the diverse and fascinating cultures of the world.
The 2009-2011 Arts Midwest World Fest is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3M Foundation, Verizon Foundation and MetLife Foundation. School districts interested in participating in this program should contact Truckey at 227-1219 or heritage@nmu.edu.

Additional information available here.

NMU hockey releases 2009-2010 schedule; features Dodge Holiday Classic

The Northern Michigan University hockey team will face in back-to-back weekends two participants from this year's Frozen Four to kickoff the 2009-10 schedule. NMU will host Bemidji State Oct. 23-24 and the RedHawks of Miami the following weekend (Oct. 30-31). Nine of NMU�s first 10 games will be against teams from this year's NCAA Tournament (Minnesota-Duluth, Bemidji State, Miami, Ohio State and Notre Dame).
The Wildcats open 2009-10 with an exhibition game against Ryerson University from Toronto Sunday, Oct. 4. NMU will hit the road the next week for the third installment of the Superior Cup with games at Michigan Tech (Oct. 9) and Minnesota-Duluth (Oct. 11).  The first half of the season the 'Cats host Nebraska-Omaha (Nov. 20-21), Michigan State (Dec. 4-5) and Michigan Tech (Dec.18). NMU will face Ohio State (Nov. 6-7), Notre Dame (Nov. 13-14) and Michigan Tech (Dec.19) away from Marquette the first half of the season.
NMU begins 2010 at the Dodge Holiday Classic, which will be held at the University of Minnesota (Jan. 2-3). Also participating will be fellow Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) member Bowling Green and ECAC Hockey member Clarkson. Minnesota is the host of the tournament.
Check out the rest of the schedule here.

Don't forget...there are a number of golf outings this summer for Wildcat fans.
Click here for details.

One Book, One Community announces 2009 selection

Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried has been selected as the 2009 One Book, One Community read. Though critics can’t agree whether to call this fine book a novel or a series of linked stories, their acclaim is universal. O’Brien mined his experiences as a foot soldier in Vietnam to write this powerful American classic that unflinchingly examines the myriad effects of war on man. The fighting, the waiting, the monotony, and, finally, the aftermath are all brutally scrutinized in heartbreakingly beautiful prose that captivates and educates readers of all ages.
Check out the One Book Web site for additional information and upcoming fall events.

The "One Book, One Community" program encourages the Marquette County and Northern Michigan University community to read the same book and to come together to discuss it in a variety of settings.

Thanks for stopping by...

...NMU Alumni Association member Amy Warman '03 and her boyfriend, Eliseo, from Chicago, Ill.

We know plenty of you are making plans to visit Marquette over the summer. Please make it a point to drop by the NMU Alumni Association and say hello. We're located in 603 Cohodas Hall.

From the e-mail bag

"NMU grad and recently retired biology /chemistry teacher Charles Zielinski '68 explains the work he did on the Courtney Lake /Sixmile Lake nature trail as a YCC supervisor during the 1970s.  Chuck came out of retirement for a day on May 4, 2009, to help out the Ontonagon 7th grade classes doing work on the National Forest Service trail.  This is the second year the Ontonagon 7th grade students have worked on NFS trails as a spring outing."
Ken Raisanen '75, '80
Ontonagon, Mich.
"Visiting Marquette this summer? Join NMU Theatre stalwart Shelley Russell for  another fabulous season at Lake Superior Theatre!  Shows are in the working boathouse on the lake  full of historical artifacts.  The season starts with the hilarious musical 'Guys On Ice', then 'Anatomy of a Murder' (50th anniversary),a Shakespeare/Star Wars adventure 'MacSith' by NMU alumnus Orion Couling '02, and closes with a youth theatre production of 'The Orphan Train'. More information and tickets at the website: www.lakesuperiortheatre.com"

Peggy Frazier
Marquette, Mich.

"Hi folks. Greetings from the East. Trust you can help us getting out the information on our golf classic to provide a scholarship to Northern. We have scheduled the Ron Burton Golf Classic for Mon., June 22 at the Sandy Burr Golf Course in Wayland, Mass. Starting time is 10 a.m. and and Italian buffet will be served following the event. Cost is $150 and sponsorships are available for $100. We have a wide array of prizes this year that include: a week in Puerto Rico; a week at Hilton Head; and several golf packages. Len St. Jean '72, formerly with the New England Patriots, will host the event, assisted by Bill Brodeur '60, Pat Lentell '72, John Crossant and Gordy Reid. All NMU alumni and friends are welcome. Make reservations or get questions answered by calling Bill Brodeur at 508-760-4844. Email lbro347889@aol.com. Deadline is fast approaching. Hope to see you there."

Bill Brodeur '60

Yarmouth, Mass.

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