For the week of January 22, 2007

From the 6th floor

Upper Michigan has had much more seasonable weather over the past two weeks and snow covers the ground everywhere to varying depths. With cold temperatures and weak upper air disturbances, the chance of lake effect snow remains for much of the week, although no major systems are forecasted.

Alumni Association Board of Directors to meet in Chicago; host alumni reception

The NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors will hold its winter meeting in Chicago, Saturday, Jan. 27. The board will host a Chicago Area Alumni Reception Friday, Jan. 26, at Glascott's Groggery in Lincoln Park. Special guests include NMU President Les Wong and his wife, Phyllis.

Former Alumni Association board member Amy Kierzek '93
and current board member Don Hartman '65, '71,
talked with Chicago area alumni at Glascott's in 2005.


Chicago Area Alumni Reception

All alumni welcome!

Friday, Jan. 26
Glascott's Groggery
2158 N. Halsted
6 - 8 p.m.


The event is free (snacks will be provided, beverages available for purchase) and open to all alumni and friends in the Chicago area.

Questions? Contact us.

Phoenix Area Alumni Reception details finalized

Gloria '68 and Bill Jackson and the NMU Alumni Association will host a Phoenix Area Alumni Reception, Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Jackson home in Paradise Valley.
Special guests include NMU President Les Wong and his wife, Phyllis.

Please join us at this special event to welcome President Wong to Arizona.

Invitations are in the mail to all Phoenix area alumni.
If you're in that area and don't receive an invite, please get in touch with us.

Phoenix Area Alumni Reception
Saturday, Feb. 17
8601 North 64th Place
Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Reception is free of charge, but reservations are required.

To make reservations, contact the NMU Alumni Association at 1-877-GRAD NMU or 906-227-2610.
Reservations can also be sent to

Provost finalists' campus visits set

Four provost candidates will participate in on-campus interviews beginning this week. They will meet with academic and administrative leaders. Candidates will also give a presentation at an open forum followed by a question-and-answer session at 4 p.m. on their respective interview dates. These will be made available via streaming audio after each session for those unable to attend.
The finalists are: Jeffrey Koep, dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Monday, Jan. 22; Dee Hopkins, dean of the College of Education at Texas A & M University in Corpus Christi, Friday, Jan. 26; Robert Sheehan, interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Toledo, Monday, Jan 29; and Susan Koch, dean of the Graduate College and associate provost at the University of Northern Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Expanded vitae and schedules, along with streaming audio from each forum, will be available at Provost.

Construction and Technology Job Fair set

The JOBSearch Center will host the second annual Construction and Technology Job Fair on Thursday, Feb. 1. Employers representing more than 20 local, regional and national companies will be on hand from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the concourse area of the Jacobetti Center to speak with students and alumni regarding career opportunities and internships. A number of companies will be interviewing candidates for employment and internships on the day of and/or the day after the job fair.
For a complete list of companies who have registered to attend, visit

Upcoming lectures feature unique speakers

Youth culture expert Bakari Kitwana will be on campus Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Acknowledged as an expert on youth culture and hip-hop politics and activism, Kitwana has lectured on hip-hop across the country. He is the former executive editor of The Source and author of the Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture.

A prominent activist and writer among African-American youth, Kitwana promotes cultural awareness and ambition among members of the hip-hop generation.

Bakari Kitwana
"Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop"
Wednesday, Jan. 31
7:30 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, University Center

Free to NMU students with ID; $2 for general public.
Sponsored by Platform Personalities, the Hip Hop Coalition and the Student Activity Fee.

John Dau-"Lost Boy of Sudan featured in the film God Grew Tired of Us" will be on campus Tuesday, Feb. 6.
Dau has experienced journeys in his life that most people never imagine. He was born in war-torn Sudan, and in 1987, his village was attacked by government troops involved in the Civil War involving the Muslim-controlled government in Northern Sudan and the non-Muslims in Southern Sudan. The violence scattered his family.
He faced disease, starvation and violence. Eventually, in 2001, he came to the U.S. with three other Lost Boys. Despite culture shock--women driving cars, huge stores filled with food--he has succeeded in the U.S. Dau has begun two non-profits to help the Sudanese youth throughout the U.S. His early experiences in the country are the subject of the film God Grew Tired of Us, which won the Grant Jury Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
His moving talk focuses on the importance of human rights and ending the tragedy in Darfur.

John Dau
Tuesday, Feb. 6
7:30 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, University Center

Free to NMU students with ID; $2 for general public.
Sponsored by Platform Personalities and the Student Activity Fee

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University hockey team swept its first series of the season. The Wildcats skated past Bowling Green State University in a pair of 4-1 victories last weekend (Jan. 19-20). The 'Cats have won three straight games and four of the past six. NMU is currently 11-14-2 overall and 8-11-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The team has a busy week as it has a mid-week contest at UM-Duluth Wednesday (Jan. 24) before jumping back into CCHA play at Nebraska-Omaha on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 26-27).
The NMU men's basketball team improved to 10-9 overall and 4-6 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) following a 75-55 win over Wayne State last Saturday. NMU faces Northwood on Thursday (Jan. 25) and Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 27).
The women's basketball team dropped to 6-13 overall and 2-8 in the GLIAC after a 63-54 loss to Wayne State last Saturday. The women's team also faces Northwood on Thursday (Jan. 25) and Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 27).
The women's track and field team opened its indoor portion of the schedule at the Saginaw Valley State University Indoor Collegiate Open on Friday (Jan. 19). NMU set six new school records at the event. The team will be in action Jan. 27 at the Lake Superior State University Invitational.
The women's swimming and diving team fresh off a training trip to Mexico was back in action Jan. 19 at UW-Oshkosh. The Wildcats won a three-way meet with 118 points.

From the Email bag

"Hi. You're doing a great job with the newsletter! Here are the lyrics for the NMU Alma Mater and Fight Song for inclusion in your newsletter. Also, if the readers want to hear the music for the NMU Fight Song, it is at:
Dennis Kelly '75, '76
Haslett, Mich.

NMU Alma Mater
Hail Northern, we thy sons and daughters
Now bring thee tribute long deserved
Thou beacon light 'mid natures grandeur
Through passing decades well-preserved
Oh, may we labor with untiring zeal
That when these golden days have flown
We may with honor face the future
And match thy courage with our own.
NMU Fight Song
Wildcats of Northern
We're behind you in this game
We're the Wildcats of Northern
Do your best to win acclaim
You are the pride and joy
Of every person young and old
So do your best
For Northern's glory
Fight for the green and gold.

"For Bob Cook, the local band that warmed up the stage for Little Anthony and the Imperials (not Platters) and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels was The Excels.  For Linda (Nascenzi) McCaffrey, I thought Kim French was the original bass player for The Walrus.  Previously, Kim was the original bass player when Mike (Cubby) Koda was at NMU, along with my brother, Warren on drums and my Stonestroke at rhythm guitar.  Kim went to Ann Arbor about the same time as Mike Koda and played in bands there.  I believe Kim is still in that area today.  I’m glad you finally have snow up there.  Good skiing Bro’."
Gordon MacDonald ‘74
Lakeport, MI
"p.s. for Linda
: Mike Koda and the Blue Blades only fame was to be the rock band in the play Revival at Forest Roberts Theater."

"I wonder if anyone remembers the heart shaped mound - about 30 by 40 feet wide on the lawn of the campus fronting Presque Isle. Is it still there?I remember a romantic affair that started there in 1959. It's never ended.
Also the carillon bells that used to sound to sound the time and occasional concert from the towers of Kaye Hall. I remember them fondly."
Gerald Pieti - '61, '62
London, England

Note from the Editor: The "Heart of Northern" that Gerald is referring to was relocated to the grassy area outside of Jamrich Hall. The carillon bells were recreated and now stand outside the University Center. They play the Alma Mater twice daily.

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