For the week of December 18, 2006

From the 6th floor

White Christmas?
After a couple weeks of mild weather and a few days of rain, the prospects for a white Christmas are quickly fading, at least in the Marquette area. As you can see, all that remains of our previous snowfall is a few piles of snow left over from plowing, here and there. The tourism industry is bemoaning the lack of snow. The week between Christmas and New Year's is one of the busiest tourist times for many U.P. areas that cater to the snow enthusiasts, and with a lack of any decent snow, many tourists are canceling trips north. Forecasters are predicting a cold front with snow showers to move in over the weekend, but it's still too early to tell if it will give us any measurable snow. Many people around town are scratching their heads trying to remember the last time we've had a Christmas without snow.

Welcome new alumni

Jeremy Brown '06 of Hopkins, Mich., shakes hands with NMU President Les Wong at last Saturday's mid-year commencement.

The NMU Alumni Association welcomed almost 400 new members during mid-year commencement, Saturday, December 16.

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Beaumier Heritage Center dedicated

Dr. John Beaumier '53 and President Wong at the dedication.

On Friday, December 15, 2006, the Beaumier Heritage Center was dedicated at its temporary home in the former Cohodas Room of the Superior Dome.
Through the generosity and vision of alumnus, Dr. John Beaumier '53, and his family, NMU will now be able to share the heritage of the Upper Peninsula with all visitors to our campus. The Beaumier family made a $1 million gift during the last capital campaign to create a center on campus for exhibits that feature the ethnic, cultural, religious, industrial and educational history of the Upper Peninsula.
Dr. Beaumier was also the commencement speaker last Saturday and he received the honorary degree Doctor of Science. Dr. Beaumier has been an NMU Foundation Board Trustee since 1999.


NMU Board of Trustee emeritus James Collins and his wife, Dorothy, check out the exhibits at the Beaumier Heritage Center.


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.

Phoenix Area Alumni Reception

Saturday, February 17
Camelback Golf Club
Scottsdale, Ariz.
More details to follow.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Jeff Poutanen '05 and Crystal Raeck '02 of Marquette.

From the Email bag

"Hi. My 16-year-old son William Beacom was a guest on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' on Friday, December 1st. William showed Dave some of the things he's made out of duct tape and he showed Dave how to make a wallet out of duct tape. William's a 16-year-old junior at Midland High School here in Michigan. You can see a portion of his appearance on You Tube, search for "duct tape letterman."
Ron Beacom '82
Midland, Mich.

"Just wanted to be sure I had send you a big "Thank You" for your donated gifts from NMU, for Jean's Fundraiser.
It was an unbelievable turn out.  We did take a photo of the NMU group that was there and it consisted of about 15+ Alumni. 
I am pretty sure I had thanked you but wanted to be certain. I also have seen (somewhere) an opportunity to buy a Laptop computer through NMU at a substantial discount, Now, I try to find it again, I can't seem to find it.  Can you help?  We are "looking" right now and should check out this opportunity. 
Thanks Again,
J. Jeff Watson '80
Holt, Mich.

Note from the Editor: GREAT laptop discounts for NMU alumni are available here.

"I attended the Holiday Pops concert in Flint and was pleased to see and hear the Flint Jubilee Gospel Chorale, led by NMU grad Sylvia Pittman '78, who teaches voice at the Flint Institute of Music.  They thrilled me and the crowd!  The concert was broadcast live over Channel 12 in Flint and taped for broadcast on Michigan Public Television stations.  I see in the program WNMU-TV will carry it tonight."
Wendy Warren '78
Flint, Mich.

"What a phenomenal blast from the past it was to read the series of emails regarding some of the great concerts of the late 70s and early 80s.  I don't know how many people remember the surge of incredible bands that came to town once the Marquette area got its first REAL commercial album-rock radio station in 1980.  As one of the inaugural on-air personalities and a proud alum of Q107, "Upper Michigan's Rockin' Best" (of course, that was before the station succumbed to ratings pressure and opted to go Top-40 in the mid-80s, but I digress...), I recall what pride the air-staff took in being the vehicle that brought groups like The Tubes, Alice Cooper, April Wine, Donnie Iris and REO Speedwagon to the old Lakeview Arena, along with "Beerstock", Marquette's version of Woodstock in the hills just west of town.  And all the talk of the infamous BTO concert brings a question to mind...does anyone on campus still do The Alligator whenever they hear "Takin' Care of Business"?  Nah...didn't think so.  Man, that was a great time to be a Wildcat."
Dave Sevick '81
Lakewood, Co.

"What a pleasure to read all about the fantastic memories people of the '70's have for the music and culture of Marquette, Michigan in the 1970's. We partied, took care of our grades, played intramural sports and volunteered to put on music shows. We worked like fiends to pull off excellent productions of shows folks never thought would come to Marquette and we're all still alive and well today. Congratulations to those hardworking, music loving, dedicated members of the PEC of the 70's."
Brian M. Garner '75
Thunder Bay, Ont. Canada

Wow. I want to thank everyone for helping me finally remember the axe job Chicago pulled on the “lame” piano.  As I now recall the Chicago concert itself was not all that great.  Here’s a bit of trivia: does anyone remember the band that opened for Chicago? Hint the guitar player was an RA from Gant Hall.  The concerts that do stand out are: Frank Zappa (at his very best); Flo and Eddie, Cheech and Chong, Fleetwood Mac (Future Games Tour) opening for Savoy Brown (Street Corner Talkin / Hellbound Train Tour) in my opinion one the best concerts ever at NMU, Canned Heat (my ears rang for a week) and Peter “Do You Feel Like We Do” Frampton (sorry Peter but I actually think we the audience, felt better than you did, due to the fact that you were working and we were…..well - not working). And for those you who can think deeper can you remember happy hour at the Four Seasons? If you can then you cannot forget NMU Pep Band Bass Player and now Jazz hall of fame Trombonist: NMU’s own Bone Hommes Rhythm and Blues musician extraordinaire Bugs Beddow. (Bugs did not pay me anything…really he didn’t) For Detroit and A2 alum you can catch the Bugs Beddow band around town.
Robert C Miller '74
Disneyland – Payne Hall
(Miller in the Morning - WBKX)
Ft. Mitchell, Ky.

"Reading about all the bands in the What's New NMU newsletter really hits home. Especially now, since I'm so excited that my youngest son will be starting as a freshman there in January. I remember the Chicago concert, I thought it was awful. Played their tunes like the record, destroyed a piano and left. Dull. Zappa was absolutely fabulous. And I do remember the Phi Zappa Krappa crew. They could party. I also remember CSN and my wife's favorite was Harry Chapin.
However one performer stands out because the concert at the Hedgcock field house was barely filled with students, maybe only about 300 or so. It only cost me $3.00 to go. It seemed to me that that was about the beginning of Peter Frampton's music career. Probably about 73 or 74. One of the best concerts I remember seeing at NMU."
 Jim Jacques '77
Kristine (Centilli) Jacques '78
Clarkston, MI

"Thank you for using larger type format in the Read It Now.  This old Wildcat likes that.Anyone remember K.C. and the Sunshine Band at the field house?  They were so loud you could hear them on Washington Street.
Have a good winter."
Anita Dionne Gray '66
Frisco, Texas

"I just want to thank the 40+ people who responded to previous AlumniNews e- regarding the group 'Chicago' and their wonderful chopping of the piano onstage at NMU.  Each e-mail I’ve received has disclosed new names of other groups that played our venue, as well as mention of favorite local musicians whose beloved names I hadn’t heard in a while.  When I can, I will list all the groups mentioned, as well as local groups and musicians.  I DIDN’T want to be the one to chronicle all this, and I hope there’s some energetic young music major who’d like to pick up the torch. A list of 40’s big bands and the old “dance halls” of the UP would be worthy of a thesis, and then continue up to current concert schedules. I can’t wait to move back to Marquette, next August, and hook up with all the folks from my past still up there playing music. Look forward to a real “session”(like a “Beggar’s Banquet” at the Dead River Falls powerline?  We’ll elude the police again with misdirection, ha).  As I was at neither the Chicago concert (had to work) or the BTO concert, I’ve concluded that it was probably not BTO that trashed the first piano, but one was trashed before Chicago, just without so much fanfare; my apologies to BTO, although I do remember student mischief took place, shocking the world as we knew it.  And thanks goes to all my friends from the past whom I’ve neglected to stay in touch with.  I hope all is forgiven, looking forward to some old fashion after hours sessions with potluck donations (the kids are grown up, maybe some will play something besides the pots and pans...ha.)  Again, thanks for the responses from all.  “Chicago” has brought us together through an otherwise senseless act of onstage violence.  Cheers and happy listening."
Mike Greer '76
Arlington, Mass.

Happy Holidays from the NMU Alumni Association.
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