For the week of January 9, 2006

From the 6th floor

A sunny start to the week with the promise of mild temperatures for Wednesday and Thursday. Not a lot of drama to report on in the weather department. The holidays were white, which is pretty much a given in Upper Michigan, but other than that, it's been unusually mild. The forecast for the next few days calls for the thermometer to creep near 40 degrees.






Faculty members receive honors

Several faculty members were recognized for their achievements both in and out of the classroom at the recent Celebration of Scholarship Ceremony.

Recipients of the Excellence in Professional Development Award, which is new this year, are pictured with NMU President Les Wong and Provost Fred Joyal. They are (from left): David Prychitko, economics, a leading representative of the Austrian School of Economics; Neil Russell, physics, who has maintained an outstanding record of theoretical physics research while also teaching the standard course load and performing outreach duties; Kerri Schuiling, nursing, an internationally recognized expert in the area of comfort and pain during childbirth who recently co-authored a textbook; Marek Haltof English, who has become a world authority on film studies, particularly Eastern European and Australian national cinema; and Phillip Watts, HPER, a world expert in the physiological aspects of both sport rock climbing and cross country skiing. Each winner received $1,000 and a plaque.

The NMU Excellence in Teaching Award recipients were (pictured left to right) Kathleen Heikkila, education, who was recognized for her ability to make course content meaningful and relevant while pushing her students to reach for greater goals; and Laura Soldner, English, a learning skills specialist who is known for gaining the trust and respect of her students. They also received $1,000 and a plaque.

Sandra Poindexter, business, was given the TLC Faculty Award for 2005-06. She was recognized for implementing laptops into her courses and using university-related technology projects to enhance student learning. She received a paperweight and $300, which she is donating to the NMU chapter of the Association of Information Tech Professionals (AITP).


“They want to send a few of their members to the national convention, and have been trying to raise money via several avenues,” she said. “By donating my award money to AITP, I feel I’m contributing to extended learning. I believe that students benefit greatly by attending these national forums.”

Wildcat fans turn out to cheer on the team in Madison

A number of Wildcat fans were on hand to watch the NMU hockey team skate past Wayne State, 6-2, in the first day of play in the Badger Showdown, Friday, Dec. 30, at the Kohl Center in Madison. Following the win, more than 50 alumni attended a post-game reception at the Nitty Gritty. The reception was co-sponsored by the NMU Alumni Association and Blue Line Club.
On Saturday, in the championship game, the Wildcats fell to nationally ranked Wisconsin, 5-1.

Matt and Amy '93 Kierzek and their children, Bryan and Allison. Pete Jenkin, son of Jim '81 and Debbie '82 Jenkin, and Brett Nyman, son of Rudy '90 and Delcene '89 Nyman.

Northern icers and the NMU Alumni Association part of Hockey Day in Michigan

The passion, fun and friendships that make hockey such an important part of the sports landscape will be celebrated statewide during the inaugural Hockey Day in Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 28.
Northern Michigan University's hockey game against Western Michigan will be one of the featured attractions of the weekend as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, FSN Detroit, the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Metro Sports Commission team up with a full lineup of fanfare in the place that is recognized as having more players, teams and fans than any other state in America.
"Michigan is one of the greatest hockey states in the country," said CCHA commissioner Tom Anastos. "We are really excited about joining efforts with so many others to create one special day when we can celebrate the great passion and stories that make our sport so special. We are looking forward to working with organizations around the state to find ways to celebrate the game in their communities as well."

The NMU Alumni Association will be taking part in Hockey Day in Michigan (Jan. 28) by hosting our annual Wildcat Night Across the Country.
This is a great opportunity for Wildcat fans around the nation to get together and watch NMU hockey.
We have more parties this year than ever before, plus many new locations.

Join the hundreds of Wildcat fans taking part in
Wildcat Night Across the Country!
Saturday, January 28, 4:30 p.m. Eastern
If you are here: Your party is here: Please rsvp to:
Scottsdale, AZ Fox Sports Grill
16203 N. Scottsdale Rd
Eric Bolduc '94
San Diego, CA Players Sports Bar
7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
Paul Howard '75
St. Petersburg, FL The Sports Bar
9685 Bay Pines Blvd
Jay Pritchard '75
Chicago, IL Glascott's Groggery
2158 N. Halsted
Jen Giangrasse '03
Alpena, MI TBA Justin Gluesing '95
Dorthy (Marchand) Pintar '92
Fenton-Flint, MI Joe and Lewie's Penalty Box
2400 Owen Road
Greg Feamster '93
Kalamazoo, MI Damons
3124 S. Westnedge Ave
Alumni office
Lansing, MI The Nuthouse
420 E. Michigan Ave
David Foster '00
Menominee, MI/Marinette, WI Schooner's Pub & Grill
2203 11th Avenue
Zac Britton '94
Warren, MI Le Club LeSalle
24205 Ryan Road
Scott Steele '01
Roseville, MN Joe Senser's
2350 Cleveland Ave
Joanne Rule Chalgren '99
Kansas City Metro, MO Buffalo Wild Wings
13505 S. Mur Len Road (Santa De Square Shopping Center)
Olathe, KS
Aaron Cadman '03
Asheville, NC Original Steak House and Sports Bar
1636 Hendersonville Road  
Lilly Bonetti '84
New York City, NY Ship of Fools
1590 2nd Ave
(Between 82nd & 83rd)
Kim Prohaska '03
Appleton, WI The Capitol Centre
725 W. Capitol Dr.
Jim Jenkin '84 and Amy Kierzek '93
Sheboygan, WI The Sky Box
1132 N. 8th Street

Matt Driscoll '94
Game time is 4:30 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports.
Party times vary so make sure you contact your host for details.

Some of the fans who turned out at last year's parties.

Upcoming events

Saturday, January 28, Kalamazoo
Post-game Alumni Reception

Join NMU President Les Wong and Wildcat Coach Walt Kyle after the NMU vs. Western game at Damon's on Westnedge.
All NMU Alumni and Friends are invited to attend.
Reception starts approx. 7 p.m.

Please rsvp to the Alumni Association.

Saturday, February 11, Milwaukee
Alumni and Friends Reception

Join NMU President Les Wong, NMU Alumni Association President Garnet Lewis '86, Ph.D, and the Alumni Association
Board of Directors at a casual reception.
All NMU Alumni and Friends are invited to attend.
6 - 8 p.m.
Mo's Irish Pub
142 West Wisconsin Ave.

Please rsvp to the Alumni Association.

Don't forget....Homecoming 2006....Sept. 29-30.

Recognize anyone?

Carol Geisler '87 of North Branch, Minn. was cleaning out some old photo albums recently and thought we might want
to share some of her photos with you.
Carol was involved with residence life, student government and summer orientation. Can you tell from the photos what years Carol was on campus? 1985-1989. Click on photos for larger view.

From the E-mail bag

"Hi Deanna. Just a quick note to thank you for the consistent "What's New, NMU?" notes. They're very much appreciated.
Although I miss the UP, NMU and, most of all, the people, Belize is home now. My family continues to grow and business is
always enjoyable. The weather is more than enjoyable.
I just had a guest who graduated from Michigan Tech in 1965. We compared notes on growing up in the UP and, of course, schools. Please see attached photo we took while keeping the NMU/MTU rivalry alive. Hockey or fly's all the same. Mr. Doug Kreibel MTU '65 vs. Jim Scott NMU '87.
Blessings to all at NMU and thanks again."
Jim Scott '87
Punta Gorda, Belize

"I recently moved to Texas and have been missing the Monday NMU Alumni news. Never thought about it until today.
We have a gray, cloudy day. Looks like a Michigan winter day here, but I will take the 50 degree temperatures.
I do miss the 6th floor camera and pictures of the snow. I don't miss the cold weather or the snow, just the pictures of it."
Anita Dionne Gray '66
Frisco, TX

"I love receiving the newsletter!"
Stacey Rhodes '96
Belleville, MI

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