For the week of November 27, 2006

From the 6th floor

The Upper Peninsula was on the receiving end of a very mild Thanksgiving holiday. It was perfect traveling weather for those hitting the highways and byways to visit relatives. Temperatures hovered in the mid 40's throughout the weekend with just a little precipitation reported on Sunday evening. While we have been pretty spoiled, forecasters say that will change later this week as a low pressure system moves our way. Temperatures are predicted to drop into the teens by the end of the week.

NMU studies impact of Proposal 2

The measure approved by Michigan voters that bans affirmative action programs in education and other areas is scheduled to go into effect Dec. 22. NMU plans to make productive use of the next 40 days assessing the full reach of the amendment and its potential impact on university programs. President Les Wong is directing a task force to address the issue.
“One thing I can say with certainty right now is that Northern remains fully committed to diversity and inclusiveness to the full extent of the law,” Wong said.
The language of the actual amendment will differ from the wording on the ballot proposal. It reads: “The University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and any other public college or university, community college or school district shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting.”
Cathy Dehlin, NMU's university counsel and equal opportunity coordinator, said Northern already has a non-discrimination policy in place and will continue to comply with that, as well as state and federal anti-discrimination laws, after Dec. 22.
The amendment language also includes a caveat that universities are not prohibited from “action that must be taken to establish or maintain eligibility for any federal program if ineligibility would result in a loss of federal funds to the state.”  Dehlin said part of Northern’s analysis will be to ensure that the university does not lose federal funding.
According to a Nov. 8 report by the Associated Press, the amendment was challenged in court less than 24 hours after its approval by Any Means Necessary, the group that unsuccessfully tried to prevent the measure from appearing on the ballot. The article also reported that University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman told a crowd gathered on campus that she would consider legal options to preserve and enhance diversity at the school.

School of Education offering new online course "Life Science for K-8 Teachers"

A new course offering from the School of Education allows teachers to expand their teaching skills online and prepare for No Child Left Behind. It's called "Life Science for K-8 Teachers" and is part of The Living World program. This online, 4-credit course, for elementary or middle school teachers with elementary certification includes life science content, laboratories and activities for teaching life science and science as a process as defined in the National Science Education Standards to grades K-8.

--The Changing World of Classification and Diversity
--It's All Related-Ecology
--Genetics; the Next Generation
--The Balance Within-Homeostatis in the Human Body
--An inquiry based research project (Labs and activities will use inexpensive, easily obtainable materials.)

--Gain valuable knowledge for your teaching career and great ideas for classroom activities.
--Share ideas with other teachers and develop exciting new lesson plans
--Be prepared for new No Child Left Behind science assessment, earlier student prerequisites and possible AYP requirement.
--High quality online class fits your schedule.

For more information, contact instructor Carolyn Lowe at or 906-227-1893.

Detroit Area alumni club to hold organizational meeting--don't be left out

Interested in helping get a Detroit area alumni club established? NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors member David Wirth '72 will be hosting an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. ,Tuesday, Nov. 28. The meeting will take place at Ginopolis on the Ice Restaurant at Compuware Arena. All alumni and friends are encouraged to attend.
Detroit Area Alumni Club
Organizational Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 28
7 p.m.
Ginopolis On The Ice Restaurant
Compuware Sports Arena
14900 Beck Road
Plymouth Township

Please RSVP to David Wirth '72

Birth date request

If you recently received an email from us asking for your birth date, we want to assure you it was a legitimate request. When we launch our upcoming social/networking community, you will be asked to log in with your birth date. In order to do that, your birth date must be part of your official NMU record. If you received our recent email, it means we don't have your birth date. Please visit our online form to add that piece of information to your record. This information will not be used for any other purpose, it will simply be added to your permanent record at NMU.

Upcoming Alumni events

Ann Arbor Area Alumni Reception Friday, Jan. 12
Following NMU vs. Michigan hockey
3150 Boardwalk
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Chicago Area Alumni Reception Friday, Jan. 26
Glascott's Groggery
2158 N. Halsted

Saturday, Jan. 27 in Chicago

The NMU Alumni Association will host a pre-show reception with NMU President Les Wong at the Oriental Theatre on Randolph Street in downtown Chicago.

Time: 7:15 p.m. Alumni Association Reception
8 p.m. "Wicked"

$110 Alumni Association members
$120 Non-members
All seats are in the lower balcony

Ticket price includes one play ticket and one reception ticket, which covers all food and beverages served prior to the show. A limited number of tickets are available. First come, first served.

To purchase tickets, contact the NMU Alumni Association at 906-227-2610 or toll-free at 1-877-GRAD NMU.

Future science teachers receive lessons in hands-on learning

NMU education majors are using a hands-on approach to studying the Lake Superior watershed. Associate Professor of Education Greg Coverdale is giving them a taste of inquiry-based learning in the hope that they will adopt a similar strategy as future K-8 science teachers. Guided by the theme “Great Lakes in Our World,” his science methods class has participated in a variety of outdoor projects this semester.
Students are assessing the impact of power plants and paper mills on water quality; comparing mercury levels in Deer Lake and Teal Lake; and analyzing differences in water quality between inland lakes and Lake Michigan. They are also studying other region-specific environmental issues related to forestry and wolves.
“My job is to light the fire – to show them that science learning is important, that it’s connected to the real world and that our country needs to become science literate,” Coverdale said. “Teachers are under pressure to prepare students for tests so there’s a tendency to over-prescribe the written curriculum and depend too heavily on textbooks. I’m trying to demonstrate the value of experiential learning. It may cover less material, but it’s more thorough. The focus is on understanding relevant concepts rather than short-term memorization.”
Click here to read more about the program.

Wildcat sports update

Coaching news:
NMU's Matt Granstrand was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women's Soccer Coach of the Year. Granstrand just concluded his third season at NMU and led the Wildcats to its best records ever overall at 16-2-0 and 6-2-0 in GLIAC play. NMU finished in third place in the GLIAC standings, which is the best-ever finish for the team.
Qi Wang, coach of the NMU volleyball team for the past two years, has announced his resignation. According to NMU Athletic Director Ken Godfrey, Wang and his wife, Shelly, who serves as the Wildcats' assistant coach, are leaving their positions for personal reasons, effective immediately. At Northern, Wang compiled a 31-23 record. A national search is under way to replace Wang.

The NMU men's and women's basketball teams competed at the American Family Insurance Classic at the University of Minnesota-Duluth over the holiday weekend. The men dropped a 88-86 decision to MSU-Mankato. The 'Cats are now 1-3 on the season. The women's team was defeated by UMD, 62-45. They are now 1-3 on the season. Both the women and men play their first home and conference games on Wednesday (Nov. 29) against Michigan Tech.
The hockey Wildcats had the Thanksgiving weekend off. They are currently 7-6-2 overall and 4-3-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The team is looking at a home-and-home series against Lake Superior State University, Dec. 1-2. Friday's action will be in Sault Ste. Marie before moving to the Berry Center on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, NMU and B2 Networks announced a partnership to provide live game action over the Internet via broadband broadcasting. The broadcasts feature video as well as play-by-play audio. The cost is $6 per game and events can be accessed through the NMU Web site at B2 will cover Wildcat men's and women's basketball, football and hockey action.

Thanks for your help

We received a number of replies after we asked for help in identifying the women in this photo. Our best source of information was Jamie Healey.
Top row (L to R): Andrea Consolatti '03, Jessica Boase Gustitus '01, Jamie Healey '02.
Middle row (L to R): Mary Shawgo '03, Kara LaForest '03.
Bottom row (L to R): Andrea Scopel '01, Courtney Boase '02.

Thanks for stopping by...

Bridget '00, '02 and Trenten Dodson of Kasilof, Alaska.
Carson Rizor '03 of Ann Arbor.

Don't forget, we'd love to meet you if you are in the area. Stop by the NMU Alumni Association, 603 Cohodas.

From the Email bag

"Hello. Here's a picture of my daughter, Mackenzie Bennetts, all decked out in her Northern Michigan University apparel. Mackenzie turned one year old on November 4 and is destined to be a Wildcat. (However, her mom, my wife, is an alumna of Alma and might try and influence her decision.) I thought maybe you'd want to use one of all of the attached photos in one of your publications, Bookstore catalog or online."
Rick Bennetts '79
Redford, Mich.

Note from the Editor: "Rick, we think Mackenzie is a doll! A Photo Release form is headed your way."

"FYI--on Sunday, Nov. 5, the 'Detroit Free Press' ran a 'Boston Globe' puzzle. No big deal, EXCEPT that 97 across asked for an "Upper Peninsula school." Well, my intrepid friend and former roommate, Mary Lu Lockhart (nee Schwarz, daughter of Alan Schwarz who used to teach at NMU) sent me the puzzle. The correct answer, of course, was NMU. Just thought you'd like to know."
Janet Nellis Mendler '68
Pinckney, Mich.

"Yes, to Julie Chamberlain’s recalling Bob Seeger up at NMU. He was a friend of mine back then and I got to play blues harp with them at a jam at the Ramada. Savage Grace was there, as well as Crosby, Stills, Nash and their smoky DC9 (saw them off at the airport) and lots of big names back then. At one point there were more music clubs in Marquette than downtown Chicago (which was having economic woes)Remember Scarlett’s?  Jazz on the top floor, rock & roll in the big room and blues in the basement. A perfect venue for any taste and like a mini-music-mall for us music majors...ha.  And how about those local bands; Midnight Mass (and their poster picture of them standing next to a brick building with MNM graffitied on the wall,was still there last I checked); East of Orange was hot; and Paradux, a two man band (guitar & drums) with walk-ons nightly. Lots of others that changed names weekly. Abyssmal Waterfall (my short-lived freshman rock band of ’67), and lots of sitting in around town. My favorite jazz and good friend Ron DiSalvio was as good as it gets anywhere. Bugs Bedoe is still kickin’ it in Detroit area. My favorite night was after my senior recital on flute in ’76, we all joined Ron on top of Scarlett’s for some jam...ah.  Rick Sonier is still in town. He and my wife, Joanne Wisti, and I were the folk/blues trio Harlequin. Rick still writes songs of the harbor town. Wish I’d been at NMU in the 40’s when all the big bands came to town. There were lots of big halls to play in back then that burned down over the years. Marquette has a great musical history, both classical and contemporary. It would be nice if someone wrote about it someday (anybody?). Bachman Turner Overdrive trashed a grand piano. Someone else did, too. Music dept. got new ones as compensation. The Four Tops were a no show due to illness.  Florida didn’t have 2 feet of fresh snow. Check out the community orchestra, student orchestra & jazz bands, pep bands, etc.  The armed services bands that come to town are hot, and of course the student population sponsors some great acts every year."

Mike Greer '76
Arlington, M

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