For the week of January 23, 2006

From the 6th floor

Plenty of sunshine to go around today. We are coming off yet another mild weekend in Upper Michigan. The weatherman says we shouldn't get used to the sun, however. An Alberta clipper is reportedly headed our way. Lake effect snowshowers will be in abundance Tuesday for the northwestern and northeastern U.P. in those areas favored by northwesterly lake effect off of Lake Superior. It looks like those areas should pick up 3 to 6 inches during the daytime on Tuesday. That lake effect engine should continue running until at least Wednesday morning. Then attention turns to a dramatic warmup for the end of the week that may even bring rain for Friday. Imagine the mess that could cause.

Wildcat Night Across the Country takes place this Saturday. Get to a party near you!

Packages of party supplies stacked up in the NMU Alumni Relations office last week.

Party supplies were shipped out last week to locations nationwide in anticipation of Wildcat Night Across the Country Saturday, Jan. 28.

Alumni around the country are planning parties to watch Wildcat Hockey on Fox Sports.

NMU vs. Western Michigan
Saturday, Jan. 28
4:30 Eastern

Locations include San Diego, New York City, Scottsdale, Chicago and many more!
Plan on attending a party near you.

For a complete list of parties, click here.

All Wildcat fans are invited to any of the parties.

Please help us spread the word.
Send this note to your Wildcat friends and neighbors.

Most parties are dutch treat, with a couple exceptions.
See the list for details.
Please RSVP to the party host listed.

Meet friends, win prizes, cheer on the 'Cats!

Post game reception planned for Kalamazoo

NMU President Les Wong with
Molly and Tom '83 Gallagher
at last year's
Wildcat Night Across the Country
post-game reception.

Post game reception in Kalamazoo

Come and meet NMU President Les Wong.

Immediately following NMU vs. Western
Saturday, Jan. 28

3124 S. Westnedge Ave
Immediately following the game (approx. 7 p.m.)

Free snacks, beverages available for purchase.

All NMU alumni and friends are invited to attend.

Please RSVP to the NMU Alumni Association

Still time to submit a nomination for Homecoming 2006 Awards

There's still time to submit a nomination for the NMU Alumni Association Homecoming Awards.
This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30.

These awards recognize alumni who have received an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or educational specialist degree from NMU and who have been a positive influence on their professions, or on their communities through public service, or who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding achievements that place them above the norm.
The NMU Alumni Association has four award categories:
Alumni Service Award
Alumni Civic Leadership Award
Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Distinguished Alumni Award

Do you know an NMU alumnus/alumna worthy of an award?
Check out the criteria and then get in touch with us.

To nominate someone: Contact the NMU Alumni Association with contact information for the person being nominated.
That person will then be contacted by the NMU Alumni Association in order to gather the necessary information to complete the nomination.
Self-nominations will not be accepted.

NMU skiers headed to the Olympics

Lindsey Weier

Lindsay Williams
Several athletes with ties to the Northern Michigan University cross country ski program will represent the United States in the Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, next month.
NMU head cross country ski coach Sten Fjeldheim said four skiers will join former Wildcat and U.S. assistant coach Peter Vordenberg, at the Games.
Northern seniors Lindsey Weier (far left) of Mahtomedi, Minn., and Lindsay Williams of Hastings, Minn. - both juniors in competitive eligibility - have made the women's U.S. Olympic cross country ski team. Weier made the U.S. Olympic squad in 2002 as a senior in high school, but didn't compete in the Winter Games that year, Fjeldheim said. Fjeldheim also said former Wildcat skiers Abigail Larson '00 of Bozeman, Mont., and Chris Cook '03 of Rhinelander, Wis., have been named to the U.S. Olympic women's and men's teams, respectively. All four skiers are former NCAA All-Americans.
"I'm very pleased. These athletes have worked hard to achieve their goals and it's a real shot in the arm for our (NMU) program," said Fjeldheim.
"To have four named (for the Olympics) from the NMU family is exciting for us," he added. "Weier, especially, is happy to re-establish herself as a national contender."

Students spend break building home in Alabama

The NMU Constructors Club
in Montgomery, Ala.

Rather than heading directly home for the recent holiday break, 10 members of the NMU Constructors Club took a detour south to Montgomery, Ala., to help build a Habitat for Humanity house. The group is comprised of construction management majors who volunteer regularly for Marquette Habitat for Humanity. Brent Madison, vice president of the club, said members browsed the FEMA Web site and decided they might possibly want to extend their services to another part of the country. He said the biggest hurdle was convincing the national Habitat organization that their intentions were legitimate.
“We tried for six weeks and finally got the okay from the Montgomery chapter," Madison said.
After weeks of fundraising, the club sacrificed their first two weeks of vacation to make the 1,169-mile trip to New Hope, a community in northern Montgomery. They were put to work on a house that was half completed and assumed different divisions of labor. Some of the students stood on ladders and painted awnings, while others drilled bolts into wooden frames or reinforced windows.   Even though they were out working instead of sleeping in and watching TV like some of their classmates, Madison said the experience was definitely worthwhile.
“We got to go on a road trip and help out some great people from another part of the country. This has taught us to look outside of the Midwest and see how much other people benefit from things like Habitat.”
The group's efforts garnered an extensive feature story in the Montgomery Advertiser.

Chris Cardinal, the club’s president, was also instrumental in organizing the trip. He and Madison would like to see it become an annual event for the club.  They didn’t get to finish the house, but were pleased with their progress, and even made it home in time for Christmas.


'Copley to Cassatt' at DeVos Museum

The DeVos Art Museum recently unveiled a new exhibit titled “Copley to Cassatt: American Paintings from the Detroit Institute of Arts.”
The collection chronicles American painting from Colonial times to the early 20th century. It features such noted artists as John Singleton Copley, James McNeil Whistler, George Inness, Winslow Homer, Robert Henri and Mary Cassatt (whose oil on canvas titled "In the Garden" is pictured). The exhibition is the largest loan ever of 18th, 19th and early-20th century American paintings to come to the DeVos Art Museum from the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts.
“It is made possible by the renovation and expansion project now under way at the DIA, as the building program has required the closure of galleries and restricted storage spaces,” said museum curator Wayne Francis. “The paintings selected are works that are customarily installed in the DIA's American galleries. This unique circumstance will benefit the people of the Upper Peninsula who may not ordinarily be able to view the paintings in Detroit.”
"Copley to Cassatt" runs through March 3. It is presented by the DeVos Art Museum in cooperation with the Detroit Institute of Arts, with assistance from the Dennos Museum Center and support from the John and June Jamrich Endowment for the Arts.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is free.

Milwaukee Area Alumni Reception

For a complete look at our board members, click here.

NMU President Les Wong,
Alumni Association President Garn Lewis '86, Ph.D.
the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors
invite you to a
casual gathering of NMU alumni and friends.

Saturday, Feb. 11
6-8 p.m.
Mo's Irish Pub
142 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Downtown Milwaukee

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages available for purchase.
Please RVSP to the NMU Alumni Association.

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University hockey Wildcats split last weekend's series (Jan. 20-21) with Notre Dame. The 'Cats skated past the Fighting Irish 5-2 Friday but dropped Saturday's game, 4-3. NMU is 14-11-1 overall on the season and 10-9-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Northern takes on Western Michigan at Kalamazoo, this weekend (Jan. 27-28).
The NMU women's basketball team dropped a pair of matches at home last weekend, losing to Wayne State and Hillsdale. The Lady 'Cats are 5-11 overall and 1-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The NMU men's basketball team recorded a pair of wins on the weekend, getting past both Wayne State and Hillsdale. The 'Cat cagers are 10-8 overall and 6-3 in the GLIAC. NMU men and women's squad hosts Northwood on Thursday, Jan. 26.
The NMU track team opened its indoor portion of the schedule last Friday at Saginaw Valley State. Danielle St. Onge and Stephanie Boyer turned in impressive early season performances as the ‘Cats won five events. They will be in action at the Lake Superior State Invitational Saturday. 
The NMU women’s swimming and diving team had its final regular season meet of the year at the PEIF Pool last Saturday. NMU defeated Lewis University 98-97. The team will travel to Allendale, Mich. this coming weekend to face Grand Valley State in its final tune-up before the GLIAC Swimming and Diving Championships, which NMU
hosts on Feb. 15-18. 

From the E-mail bag

"Hi. I'm glad to hear the photos I sent were a hit in the weekly newsletter. I'd love to hear from people who were interested in contacting me. Feel free to give them my contact info."
Carol Geisler '87
North Branch, MN

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