For the week of November 28, 2005

From the 6th floor

As you can readily see, the ground is now white in Marquette. We've been on the receiving end of snow a couple times. As a matter of fact, we've already had our first snow day. While the Eastern end of Upper Michigan seems to have gotten the worst of it, there is still snow on the ground here in Marquette County. Not sure if it's here to stay, though. Rain and warm temperatures dimished many of the snowbanks Sunday. Marquette Mountain (formerly Cliffs Ridge) opened for skiing on Saturday, but it was kind of messy by Sunday afternoon. After a couple days of warmer weather Monday and Tuesday, we're supposed to drop back in to the 20s with snow by the end of the week.

Our first real snowfall of the season hit us on Wednesday, Nov. 16. It was the wet, sticky snow which made for some beautiful photos as it clung to the trees. Click here for some scenes from Forestville Road.

Alumnus to speak at Midyear Commencement

Peter Reijula '76 will be the featured speaker at midyear commencement, Saturday, Dec. 17.

Peter is President of Foodservice Business for McCain Foods, USA, Inc. This market-leading business has $1.2 billion in annual sales, nine manufacturing plants, and 4,000 employees in the U.S. McCain Foods is the leading provider of frozen potato and appetizer products to the foodservice industry. Their brands include Ore-Ida, Anchor, Brew City and the Ellio's frozen pizza.
Reijula was appointed to this post in February 2005.
Prior to joining McCain Foods in 1994, Mr. Reijula held positions of increasing responsibility in sales and marketing with General Foods Corporation and Tropicana Products, Inc., and in general management with Alberto-Culver Company.
Mr. Reijula served as President of the National Frozen Pizza Institute in 2004-2005; on the Board of Directors of International Foodservice Manufacturers Association 2002-2004; and in various positions in National Juice Products Association 1994-2000. He served on the Presidents Council of the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 1997-2000.
He was a youth soccer coach in the Glen Ellyn Park District for a decade ending in 2002. In his youth, he was a member of the Finnish National ski jumping team placing fifth in the World Junior Skiing Championships. He was an NCAA Champion in Nordic skiing in 1973 and was elected to the Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.
A native of Finland, Peter moved to the United States to go to college. He graduated from NMU with a bachelor's degree in general business in 1976 and received his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in marketing from Michigan State University in 1978. He and his wife, Susan '76, have three daughters and live in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Commencement is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and can be seen locally on WNMU-TV 13.

"Return to Learn" open house at NMU

In conjunction with the “Return to Learn” initiative, Northern Michigan University will hold an open house from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Jacobetti Center.
Recent studies have revealed that Michigan leads the nation in the number of adults who have college credit but did not earn degrees. Return to Learn is a new, statewide program implemented by Gov. Jennifer Granholm that focuses on getting more adults back to school to finish their college careers. 
“The goal of our Return to Learn open house is to have an evening on campus where students who have previously attended college can find out what the steps are and what they need to do to come back,” said Kevin Stulz '87, assistant director of NMU’s admissions office. “And it doesn’t just pertain to those who attended NMU; those who have college credit somewhere else can still finish their degrees here. We’re not here to put pressure on anyone; we just want adults to know that it is still possible for them to earn their degrees.”
The open house will feature representatives from all three of NMU’s undergraduate colleges, as well as financial aid, academic advising, admissions and the JOBSearch Center. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kevin at 227-2650.

Plenty of opportunities to meet alumni in coming months

The NMU Alumni Association has a variety of events planned in the upcoming months where you can hook up with fellow alumni.

Mark the dates so you don't miss out on any of the fun!
Among the activities:

Thursday-Friday, December 29-30 Green Bay, Wis.
UWGB Basketball Classic
Resch Center

Informal pre-game receptions will be held at the Brett Favre Steakhouse in Green Bay.
Special thanks to Maggie Mahoney for planning and hosting.
You can contact Maggie at

Game time is 7:30 p.m. Central Time Thursday, the 29th,
5:00 p.m. Central on the 30th.
Join Wildcat fans before the games at the Brett Favre Steakhouse, across the street from the Resch Center.
Game tickets can be purchased from the Resch Center.

Friday, December 30 Madison, Wis.
Badger Hockey Showdown
Kohl Center
(NMU vs. Wayne State, 4 Central Time)

Post-game reception at the Nitty Gritty
223 N. Frances St.
1 block North of the Kohl Center

Co-sponsored by the NMU Alumni Association and Blue Line Club.
Free snacks with beverages available.
Win prizes and meet the coaches.

Saturday, January 28
Wildcat Night Across the Country
NMU hockey vs. Western Michigan

Check out all the new locations! If there is not a party in your area, plan one.
Click here for locations, details and contact information.

Saturday, February 11, 2006
Milwaukee Area Alumni Reception
Details to follow

Alumna in Iraq helps build morale

Fawn Armstrong '03 takes first place in an Air Force-sponsored race at Camp Bucca, Iraq.

A politial science major, Fawn Armstrong '03 joined the Army Reserves after graduation from Northern.
Fawn plans on attending law school and saw the reserves as a way to help with the expense of pursuing a law degree. She was activated to serve an 18-month tour of duty in Iraq and is currently stationed at Camp Bucca in Iraq.
A recent competition at the camp brought together airmen, soldiers and sailors for the first-ever Camp Bucc Raft Race. Held November 13 on a small pond at the camp, Fawn led her two-man team to a first-place victory, finishing far ahead of the other 16 rafts.
We caught up with Fawn to congratulate her.
Here's what she had to say:

" The race gave the soldiers and airmen something creative to do and also to boost troop morale. We had to scrounge around for pieces to make the rafts, but luckily I had Max (an interpreter) who made a good design. Another interpreter, Mark Khoury, and I were the ones in the boat. There were two heats and the 1st and 2nd place teams from each heat had a last race to determine final places. We won various prizes such as gift certificates to Green Beans Coffee, Subway and the gift shop, t-shirts and jewelry. I had all my soldiers from the DSB (Detainee Services Branch) work on our raft. A lot of the boats had team names, ours was "Wilson" (from the movie Castaway) so we made a volleyball with the Wilson face to ride in the boat with us.
I am the NCOIC of Detainee Supply here at Camp Bucca, Iraq. I am in the 785th Military Police Battalion, United States Army Reserve and I will spend a year in Iraq. When I come home, I plan on starting law school and would like to become a criminal prosecutor. Things are busy as always at Bucca, but we do make time for fun things like the raft race. I also sing in a rock band here called the Bucca Band. We had our last concert in October and the next one will probably be in January.
I would like to say thank you for profiling NMU alumni that are serving their country. I saw some pictures of NMU from the article you sent me. That's one thing I don't miss being over here, all that snow! I would like to come visit NMU when I come back but probably in the summer.
Thanks again to NMU for showing support."

SGT Fawn Armstrong '03
Camp Bucca, Iraq

To read more about Fawn and Camp Bucca, click here.

Wildcat sports update

On its longest road trip of the year, the NMU hockey team managed a split with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Friday evening the Nanooks got by the 'Cats 3-1, but Northern came back to take Saturday's game, 4-1. The Wildcats are 7-7-0 overall. They have the upcoming weekend off and will face Ferris State in Big Rapids Dec. 9-10.
The NMU men's basketball team picked up its first win of the season as the 'Cats defeated Concordia University Golden Bears, 74-63, at the Radisson St. Paul Concordia Thanksgiving Classic.  The ‘Cats are now 1-3 on the year.
The women's basketball team is still looking for its first win as NMU fell to 0-2 on the season at the American Family Insurance Classic at Minnesota-Duluth last week.
Both the men and women are back in action Tuesday when they host Finlandia at the Berry Events Center. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m. with the men's match-up at 7:30 p.m.

From the E-mail bag

"Hello there window to the campus. As always, we are enjoying the Monday updates and would like to thank you for putting this all together. Always look forward to reading it! Thanks also for the Horizons. Below is a link to the American University alumni e-newsletter which recently asked me a bunch of questions and came up with this article. I said to them that Northern Michigan University must be mentioned because this is where it all started! I am glad they did, although they could have used more information. Anyway, thought it might be of interest to you as I am an NMU alumnus before anything else. You are probably more interested in the picture of Zoë than in the text, which I totally understand of course!
Until soon with cheers from South Africa!"
Holger Wagner '97, Andrea Gommans '94, Zoë
Durban, South Africa

"Your article on the Edmund Fitzgerald brought back an interesting memory for me. In late 1981 we had a wild and wooly November storm in Marquette. I know someone has to have pictures of this somewhere, but the waves were literally crashing over the top of the Black Rocks on Presque Isle. They had to be 15 or 20 foot waves. And old timer, Bob Stoll, told me that those were the same conditions as on the night the Fitz went down in 1975. It was pretty awesome and demonstrated the power of Superior at its finest (and worst).
Cliff Weyhing '83
Shelby Township, MI

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