For the week of January 29, 2007

From the 6th floor

Many areas of the U.P. got hit over the weekend with as much as 8-10 inches of snow. Chilly temperatures are expected all week as cold weather has settled in over much of Upper Michigan. Lows at night are expected to drop below zero with highs during the day not likely to get out of the single digits. Because of the cold, not much along the lines of snow is expected, possibly a few scattered snow showers, but little accumulation. The recent snow is good news for the tourism industry and the upcoming winter events scheduled throughout the area. The U.P. 200 Sled Dog Race takes place Feb. 16-18.

NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors holds winter meeting

The NMU Alumni Association Board held its winter meeting, Saturday, Jan. 29 in Chicago. Among the items on which the board took action; the Spring-Summer meeting has been moved to Friday-Saturday May 4-5, to coincide with Spring commencement on the campus of Northern Michigan University. The NMU Alumni Association annually sponsors the Graduation Rehearsal Pizza Party for new graduates. The move will allow more board members to participate in commencement activities. The board's annual fall meeting will take place during Homecoming 2007, Oct. 5-6.
The board will have four vacancies to fill at its annual meeting in October. Do you have an interest in the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors? Do you know someone who would make a good board member? Read more about the board's responsibilities and submit the name of a potential board nominee.

Chicago area alumni gather

NMU President Les Wong, his wife, Phyllis, and the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors hosted an alumni reception Friday, Jan. 26, in Chicago. A lively crowd of alumni were on hand at Glascott's Groggery in Lincoln Park. See if you recognize anyone. Identities, when known, are used. Know someone not identified? Send us a note.

Lois Stonehouse '80, Alumni Association board member Fred Stonehouse '70, '77, Bill Olenick and former NMU Alumni Association president Barry Axelrod '69 talk with a friend.

Matt Vincenzi '03, Brandon Sagotz '01, Matt Tuccini.

Phil Molnar '05, Brad Hamel '99, Robert Rustman '04.

Board member Kelly Goldman '94 and NMU Foundation Development Officer Robyn Stille '00.

Sam Perkins-Harbin 04, Skylar Moran '04.

Executive Director of Advancement Martha Haynes and board member Bob Glascott '67.

Board member April Lindala '97, '03, '06 and her husband, Walt '90.

NMU Foundation Development Officer Dave Bammert '88 and Bob '62, '65 and Mary '74 Mercier.

NMU President Les Wong, Kelly Goldman '94, Jim Jenkin '81, '84 and Dave Goldman.

Board member David Gregory '92 and Phyllis Wong.
Phil Molnar '05 and Sandy MacLean '56 represented 50 years of alumni at the reception. Heather Albrecht '96, Mike Axford '98 and Robyn Stille '00.

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Next 'One Book, One Community' selection announced

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safran Foer is the 2007 reading selection for "One Book, One Community."
The hero of the book is a nine-year old amateur inventor named Oskar Shell who also keeps a scrapbook of random photographs and writes letters to scientists. When his father dies in the World Trade Center collapse on 9/11, Oskar finds a key within a blue vase among his father's possessions. He embarks on a remarkable quest to find what door the key opens. Oskar's story in interwoven with those of a few others at times to keep readers guessing. The tale combines laugh-out-loud humor with poignantly painful reflections on loss and recovery.
One of the main goals of the "One Book, One Community" program is to facilitate social interaction between a variety of people who might not otherwise cross paths by bringing them together to read and discuss a common book. The first year's selection was The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle.

Final performances for "underground" theatre production

The Forest Roberts Theatre has announced the final two performances of "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom" by Charles Busch. This comedy will play Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2 and 3 at 10 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre. This cult favorite was written by Busch in four hours while he worked as a temporary receptionist. It was first performed in the Limbo Lounge and was so successful that it moved to Off-Broadway's Provincetown Playhouse where it ran for five years.
Heading the NMU cast are Ben Schneider, Madeline Astarte and Jessica Louise.
Director James Panowski explained why he decided to do "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom". "I wanted to do something completely different from what our students have experienced, and in an experimental space like our Black Box Theatre."
Tickets are available at the door for $4 cash only. Space is limited and all seats are unreserved. For additional information contact the Forest Roberts Theatre at 906-227-2082.

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University women's track and field team competed at the Lake State Open last Saturday (Jan.27). Two new school records were set. Danielle St. Onge crossed the finish line first in the 55-meter dash. Her time of 6.90 set a new record. In the field events, Krista Squiers won the shot put with a throw of 36-02.00, a school record. The 'Cats are at the UW-Oshkosh Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 3).
The NMU men's basketball team recorded its fourth-straight road game win at Saginaw Valley State last weekend (Jan. 27). The Wildcat men beat SVSU 77-55. NMU is 12-9 overall and 6-6 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The 'Cats face Mercyhurst at home on Thursday (Feb. 1).
The women's basketball team, also at SVSU, ended its five-game losing streak with a 63-56 win. The women are 7-14 overall and 3-9 in the GLIAC. The NMU women also face Mercyhurst on Thursday.
NMU's women's swimming and diving team lost, 140-106, to the University of Indianapolis at Indianapolis last Saturday. NMU will host Grand Valley State Saturday at the PEIF pool.
The NMU hockey team had a three-game road swing last week with a single game versus Minnesota-Duluth lsat Wednesday (Jan. 24) before traveling to Omaha, Neb. for a weekend set against the Mavericks. NMU lost all three games. The team is now 11-17-2 overall and 8-13-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The 'Cats are home-and-home this weekend against Lake Superior State University. Friday's action will be at the Berry Events Center and Saturday's game at Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

From the Email bag

"Does anyone know where we can get the NMU Fight Song for our cell phones?"
Nicholas Raley '05
Royal Oak, Mich.

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