What's New, NMU? for the week of Sept. 8, 2009

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Sept. 7, 2009

From the 6th floor

A beautiful start to the first week of September in Upper Michigan. This was the view Tuesday morning outside the 6th floor window. A glorious sunrise after what was most likely the best week of summer weather-wise. With plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70s, Upper Michigan was treated to a lovely Labor Day weekend. The beaches and campgrounds were packed. The warm weather is expected to continue through the week but some showers will move in by Thursday.

In case you missed the Old Farmer's Almanac predictions, we received a number of notes directing us to this:
Almanac predicts bitterly cold winter for parts of U.S. (Yes, the Upper Michigan part.)

Olympic trials begin


The Berry Events Center takes center stage this week as the U.S. Olympic Team Trials get under way. The competition brings together the top speedskaters in the United States. The trials will determine the 2010 U.S. short track speedskating team for the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Action begins Tues. (Sept. 8) and continues through Sat. (Sept. 12) with the final qualifying rounds and awards ceremony.
Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the door. For a complete schedule, visit the Olympic Trials Web site.

The Marquette community has gotten into the action as some 80 wooden skates decorate downtown and Third Street.
The wooden skates have become a traditional welcome for skaters, coaches and fans attending premier speedskating events in Marquette. Community groups, NMU clubs and sports teams, local businesses and individuals have put their hard work and creativity into designing individual skates.
The NMU Constructors student organization used their experience and skills to cut out the 80 wooden skate patterns.
"We think it is awesome that we got to help put together something that thousands of people will see," said Chris Singer, NMU senior and president of the club. "It is activities like these that we like doing to get our new members involved and to benefit everyone in the community and beyond."

Homecoming rapidly approaching

Homecoming festivities on the campus of Northern Michigan University take place Fri.-Sat., Sept. 25-26.

Make sure you plan on being a part of the action. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy including the homecoming parade, college receptions, tailgating and football.
The classes of 1958-59-60 will be celebrating their 50th anniversary.

A complete Homecoming schedule is available here.

Alumni Association Homecoming Award winners announced

Three NMU alumni will be honored during the 2009 Alumni Association Awards and Donor-Funded Scholarship Brunch, Saturday, Sept. 26.

Each year since 1964, the Northern Michigan University Alumni Association has presented accomplished alumni with awards, including the association's highest honor - the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Two recipients will be awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award and an alumna will receive the Alumni Achievement Award.

2009 Alumni Achievement Award
Cynthia Peck ’76 – Saginaw, Michigan

A well-respected instructor at Delta Community College, this award-winning chemist spent 14 years in the industry before beginning a career in education. She has received a number of awards for her work in laboratory robotics. She is a dedicated instructor who prides herself on holding students to extremely high standards. She has participated in nationwide curriculum development with the National Science Foundation and has been a reviewer for a number of textbooks and online support materials. Actively engaged in her local community, she works extensively with grade school children and science education.

Distinguished Alumni Award:
Michael Roesner ’74 – Prudenville, Michigan

Ret. Rear Admiral Roesner had a 39-year Naval career spanning a broad range of Naval missions, from control of aircraft to command of the Navy's largest logistics and procurement center.  He saw duty in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan. While the majority of his career was in combat-related activity and support, he was involved in a number of humanitarian relief efforts, most recently Hurricane Katrina, in 2005. His organizations have received a number of Department of Defense awards.  He has been the recipient of a number of personal medals culminating with the Distinguished Service Medal, one of the Navy's highest peacetime awards.

Distinguished Alumni Award:
Ronald Stump '69, '71 – Boulder, Colorado

Dr. Stump has been a higher education administrator for over 40 years and currently serves as the interim director of the Alumni Association at the University of Colorado. Prior to serving with the Alumni Association, Ron was vice chancellor for student affairs. In that position, he was responsible for the university's second largest division, more than 30 departments, directing key operations that include the Office of Admissions, Housing and Dining Services and Financial Aid, among others.  He led a staff of approximately 1000 and was responsible for an annual operating budget of more than $125 million. He is actively engaged in professional organizations and his community.

Alumni Association Awards are presented annually at Homecoming. They include: the Distinguished Alumni Award; Alumni Achievement Award; Outstanding Young Alumni Award and Alumni Service Award. An additional award, the Alumni Civic Leadership Award, can be presented at any time during the year as determined by the Alumni Association Awards committee.

Do you know someone who should be nominated? The nomination process is quick and easy.
Nominations can be submitted by friends, family, faculty and staff.
NMU Alumni Association Award Nomination Form.
Questions? Get in touch with us.


Congratulations Alan Parker '78

Alan was the lucky visitor who won the Alumni Association Summer Prize Package. Unfortunately, Alan did not get his picture taken while he was in town.
In case you are not familiar with our contest, anyone who stopped by the 6th floor to visit during the summer was entered into the drawing. Alumni Association members and alumni who joined while they were here received a second entry.
Alan is a member of the NMU Alumni Association and we'll be shipping his prize package to him in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by this summer. We loved meeting all of you!

Congratulations Erica Terry '08

Erica was the lucky winner of 4 Tigers tickets and a $250 gift card from TCF Bank. TCF and the NMU Alumni Association sponsored NMU Night at Comerica Park, Aug. 15. Erica is a member of the NMU Alumni Association. Congrats, Erica. And thanks to TCF Bank for their support.

NMU professor named 2009 Economic Educator of the Year

Northern Michigan University professor Tawni Ferrarini has received the 2009 Economics Educator of the Year Award from the Michigan Council on Economic Education.
Ferrarini was praised by the MCEE for her service as a professor and director of the NMU Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship, for going “above the call” to provide teacher education and professional development opportunities and for her role in advocating technology and online programs.
She joined the NMU faculty in 1998 and since 2000 has served as the director of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship. In 2008, Ferrarini was appointed as NMU’s Sam M. Cohodas Professor for economic development in the Upper Peninsula. She works with the campus community and regional organizations to research economic activity for others to use to develop plans for enhancing the U.P. economy.
Ferrarini will be honored Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the MCEE economic summit dinner at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch.

Wildcat sports update

The NMU football team staged a second half comeback which fell just a bit short Saturday afternoon at Northwood. Down 14-0 after 30 minutes of play the Wildcats scored 21 points in the second half to take a 21-20 lead with 3:35 left in the game. The Timberwolves kicked a field goal with 14 seconds left to take the season opener for both teams 23-21.
NMU will face Tiffin University Saturday (Sept. 12) in the home opener at 4 p.m.
The NMU soccer team split on its weekend trek through Minnesota. Monday, the Wildcats lost to UM-Duluth 3-2 to even its record to 2-2 on the season. Saturday the 'Cats defeated Concordia.
NMU will face Ashland Sunday, Sept. 13, in its home opener.
The second day of the Triton Invitational being held at UC-San Diego did not go well for the NMU volleyball team. NMU dropped both its matches oF the day. The Wildcats lost to Cal State 3-1 and to Cal State-San Bernadino 3-1. NMU left the West Coast with a 4-4 overall record.
NMU now jumps into conference play with two matches. The 'Cats face Saginaw Valley State (Sept. 11) and Lake Superior State (Sept. 12) on the road.

Thanks for stopping by...

...NMU Alumni Association Life Members Christine '90 and Ray '88 Bowerson and their family, Sebastian, Gabriel, Desiree and Grace of Standish, Mich.

...Rod LaFleur '90 of Chicago, Ill.

Don't forget, you'll always find welcoming faces when you stop by the 6th floor.

From the e-mail bag

"Dear Alumni Association, in June 2008, I was in a near life-altering bicycle accident and broke several bones in my neck.  After two surgeries to replace the bones with titanium and 5 days in the ICU of Tampa General's Hospital, I am now fully recovered teaching English and coaching football and track. If it wasn't for the quick action of the ambulance crew and the nurses and doctors of Florida Hospital, Lake Placid, my life would be very different today. 
In addition to this, it just so happens that my wife and NMU grad, Kristy (Pierce) Harris works for Florida Hospital's Marketing Department as a Graphic Artist and every year they select certain stories to promote their outstanding facilities.  I was selected by her department and I am now featured in our area of Florida (Sebring/Lake Placid) as a Story of Success.  I wanted to share my story and billboard as well as my wife's handy work; she made the bench (not shown) and billboard.  Go 'Cats Go!"
Cason Harris  '06 and Kristy (Pierce) Harris '07 
Sebring, Fla.

"After reading your newsletter, living in Northern California and having come back from 'HOT--over 107 daily' Las Vegas recently, you should feel lucky that you haven't had your heat wave or two this summer. I'm heading to Brisbane, Australia, this month and it's winter season down under, which will be interesting to see what they experience as cold weather."
Marty De Venuta '73
Martinez, Calif.

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