For the week of January 30, 2006

From the 6th floor

It was a snowy start to the week in Upper Michigan. Many areas of the U.P. saw a couple inches of fresh snow the past several days. Temperatures have also dropped. We had been riding a wave of mild weather for so long, I think many of us forgot what winter was all about. The forecast through the week calls for more seasonal temperatures and a chance of snow each day.

Wildcat fans cheer on the 'Cats in Kalamazoo

Wildcat fans turned out in force to cheer on the Northern Michigan University
hockey team Saturday in Kalamazoo. The game was the first of a double-header on Fox Sports as part of "Hockey Day in Michigan". The Wildcats and Broncos skated to a 2-2 tie.
The NMU Alumni Association hosted a post-game reception at Damons.

Greg '81 and Carol '76 Schwemin
talk with NMU President Les Wong.

Suzanne, Bryan '98 and Elle Lepley.

NMU Assistant Director of Admissions
Dena Russell
with Barb '85, '94 and Rich Updike.

Del Anderson '60 and
Fred Dunayczan '64.

Check out Fred's 1960s-era
Northern Michigan College

Alex, Rick '81 and Patrick Swem.

Kelly Freberg-Ash '02 and
Michael Clark '02.

Joe Topp, Derek Nofz '05,
Helen Nofz, Dave Nofz '73.

Jeff Barton, Larry Arbogast,
Shannon Blanchard, Mary Arbogast,
Troy Huggett '92.

Back row: Molly Bedwell '99,
Roxanne and Royce '64 Williams.
Front row:
Maia, John and Chloe Bedwell.

Josh Mattonen '03, Jeff '81
and Mary Ann Maier with NMU First Lady
Phyllis Wong.

Rhonda '90, Bud and Mason Miller.

A look at Wildcat Night Across the Country

We've slowly been receiving photos from last Saturday's Wildcat Night Across the Country.
19 locations participated this year. Hundreds of alumni around the country gathered in front of televisions to watch the hockey Wildcats live. Here's a look at some of the photos we've gotten so far.
A huge thank you to all our party hosts!

Wildcat fans in Appleton

Rhonda Sprague '91 and Debbie Jenkin '82.

Jim Jenkin '81 and Jim Rose '77.
Nathan Holtslander '04.

Wildcat fans in Flint-Fenton

Jim Bohmier, Craig Flynn '85, Annie (Robinson) Flynn, Catherine Montgomery '91, Billy Tucker '94, Greg Feamster '93 and Rob Forlenza.

Annie (Robinson) Flynn.

Wildcat fans in Warren

Mike Derry '72, Leonard Sokolowski '73 and Mark Samarian '71.

Jim Evans '74 and Dennis Malaney '76.


A Doug Braunschweig '84 sighting.

Hot off the press!

The Winter 2006 issue of Horizons is hot off the press.
It should be hitting your mailbox soon.

With this issue we profile Wildcat Weekends and what NMU alumni, faculty, staff and friends do with their free time.

Highlights include:

  • NMU alumni who are part of Super Bowl XL, from planning the event to throwing some of the best parties.
  • A Saginaw alumnus who talks about his involvement in stock car racing and efforts to make the sport safer for drivers
  • A new president for the NMU Alumni Association.

Don't forget...Milwaukee reception next weekend

NMU President Les Wong and the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors invite you to join them at a casual Alumni and
Friends Reception in Milwaukee, Saturday, Feb. 11.
It's taking place at Mo's Irish Pub, 142 W. Wisconsin Avenue.

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages available for purchase.

Please let us know if you plan to attend.

Public forums to generate input on provost search

Three public forums will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, to gather input from campus and community members on the qualities they hope to find in a new provost and vice president for academic affairs. The 45-minute forums are scheduled for 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. in the Brule Room. They will be moderated by Shelly Storbeck from the executive search firm A.T. Kearney. Members of the Provost Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) will also be present.
“We decided to include public forums in the search process for two reasons,” said Darlene Walch, co-chair of the PSAC. “It gives the community a chance to interact with the committee members, ask questions and get updates. It also allows the committee members to hear what the public wants from a new provost. There are minimum requirements that this position entails, but all of our candidates meet these requirements, so feedback from the community will help in the screening process.”
The goal is to facilitate on-campus visits by the top candidates before the end of this semester, and to have a new provost on board by summer 2006.

Students work on apartment project

Students enrolled in the construction systems and methods class under the instruction of Daryl Delongchamp are experiencing an opportunity that is not typically available at most schools. They are directly involved in a major campus building project: the new Wright Street apartment complex.
The apartments are located across the street from Wright St. Family Fitness Center.
The students have attended construction project meetings, developed related documentation, and created shop drawings. They also constructed rough framing of interior wall partitions for one of the apartments. The partitions were constructed as lab activities at the Jacobetti Center and then transported to the building site Friday afternoon for installation by the general contractor, Gundlach Champion. Throughout the project, students have interacted with NMU Engineering and Planning.
“The experience has been great in understanding what is involved in the construction management field," said Mark Jackan, a first-year master’s candidate.
Full story.

Sudan refugee to visit campus

The Black Student Union will be hosting Simon Aban Deng who will speak to the NMU campus at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb 14 in Jamrich room 103.
Deng is a refugee from Sudan and a survivor of child slavery. A native of the Shiluk Kingdom in southern Sudan, Deng narrowly escaped death during a government raid on his village as a young child. After being abducted by an Arab northerner at age 9, Deng spent several years as a domestic slave in northern Sudan. Today he is an American citizen leading the struggle to stop genocide and modern day slavery in Sudan.
Deng will speak at 7 p.m. in Jamrich 103 on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Former Wildcat to be inducted into Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Former Wildcat football standout Bobby Jurasin has been selected for induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Bobby played for the 'Cats 1982-85.
According to a press release from the CFHF, although he played only eight games with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in his first year in the CFL, Jurasin was nominated the team’s outstanding rookie. Over the next 12 years and 199 regular-season games he continued earning laurels for his performance at defensive end. His coaches would sometimes switch him from rush end to weak-side end or insert him on the Roughriders’ short-yardage offense. Jurasin won Western All-Star honors six times and was a CFL All-Star four times. He played in two Grey Cup games and was on the winning team in 1989. When he retired, Jurasin was third among CFL sack leaders (142) and his 22 sacks stood sixth overall among single-season marks. Jurasin coached at Northern Michigan University for six years and has been a guest coach for the past three years at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. He was inducted into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

From the E-mail bag

"I wanted to let you know that last Friday I was very proud to be a NMU alumni again. Here in the Netherlands the Dutch TV showed a 45 min. special on Shani Davis, a NMU student who will compete at the Olympics in Turino, Italy. Shani already qualified for the Olympics in the 1000, 1500 and 5000 meters speed skating and in the Berry Event Center he tried to become the first athlete to qualify for the short track as well. Unfortunately he just didn't make the squad for the short track but Shani will be for sure one of the favorites to win Olympic medals in speed skating. There were some great shots of Marquette and the Berry Events Center, which was wonderful to see back and a good promotion for NMU. I will cheer for Shani and the other Olympic Education Center students during the Olympics in Turino!"
Lavinia Janssen '03
Haarlem, The Netherlands

Note from the Editor: Check out NMU student and alumni Olympians on page 7 in the Winter issue of Horizons.

"I really enjoy the weekly newsletter. The photos and university updates help keep me informed of my alma mater. Although I try to get up to Marquette once or twice a summer, this really helps make me feel at home. Thanks again!!!"
John Kumjian '85, '02
Lake Ann, MI

"Hearty congratulations to those members of the NMU Constructors Club who gave up two weeks of their break to volunteer their services to Habitat for Humanity in Montgomery, Ala. Reaching out to those in need, wherever they live, should be uppermost in all of our minds."
Jack Miller '51
San Antonio, TX

"Hi. What a fun time at the NMU alumni party at Damons in Kalamazoo. I met someone who I knew from way back when (early 80s) when we still lived in Marquette and were raising our kids. We finally figured out that I knew her from when she worked at NMU and also from an exercise class we both attended at the same time. Meeting Dr. Wong was also wonderful. He is a great person and obviously an asset to NMU! Thanks for all that you and your staff do to continue the pride that we all feel for NMU! We are so glad that two of our three grown children have decided to attend NMU. Our son will graduate this Summer! Isn't it a great day to be a WILDCAT?? "
Carol Schwemin '76
Muskegon, MI

"A big thanks to Patti and Tony Savarin for hosting the alumni get together in Iron Mountain on Jan. 28. They provided great food and a fun place to meet. Hope we can have more of these activities to keep our NMU alums interested."
Sharon Scholke '72
Iron Mountain, MI

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