For the week of December 19, 2005

From the 6th floor

Thought I'd shake things up a little with the photo from the 6th floor. Yes, this is from the 6th floor window, but it was taken Thursday evening at sunset. The building you see in the foreground is the Robert C. Neldberg building at Marquette General Health Systems. It had been snowy and cloudy earlier in the day, but the clouds started to break up as the evening progressed, leaving us with a beautiful sunset.
Meanwhile, the weather varies greatly across the U.P. The Keweenaw and the Eastern end of the U.P. continue to get hit with snow on a regular basis. Here in Marquette County, things remain on the mild side, although we do see a few snow flurries every couple of days.

Welcome newest alumni

Among a sea of mortarboards, Northern Michigan University graduate Shannon Butryn of Escanaba, chosen to represent the Class of 2005, speaks during NMU commencement Saturday at the Superior Dome. Of the 491 students eligible to graduate, 340 participated in the ceremony.

Anderson hired as football coach

Bernie Anderson '78, '84, has been named the 20th Wildcat football coach.

Anderson comes to NMU from Michigan Tech where he has been the head coach of the MTU football program for the past 19 years.

"I have been very happy during my tenure at Michigan Tech, but rebuilding the NMU program holds a special appeal for me as an alum and as a native of nearby Ishpeming," said Anderson. "Michigan Tech has been great to me, but I feel that if I'm ever going to make a career change, now is the time. The NMU position is one of few that would motivate me to leave Tech."

Full story.

Olympic speed skaters decided at Berry Events Center

2006 U.S. Short Track Olympic Team
After an intensive week of spills and thrills at the NMU Berry Events Center, 10 U.S. short track speedskaters are one step closer to the 2006 Torino Winter Games in Italy in February, finishing as the top five men and five women competitors at the 2006 U.S. Short Track Championships.
Five of those skaters have ties to the United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette.
Apolo Ohno (Seattle, Wash.) was the overall winner for the men, winning all three distances (500, 1000, 1500 meters). He had 225 points. Hyo-Jung Kim (Fullerton, Cal.) was overall winner for the women, winning two of three distances. She had 191 points.
Rusty Smith (Long Beach , Cal.) was the overall men’s silver medalist with 68.5 and Alex Izykowski (Bay City, Mich.) the bronze medalist at 61.5. J.P. Kepka (St. Louis, Mo.) and Anthony Lobello (Tallahassee, Fla.) also earned nominations with fourth and fifth places, respectively.
Allison Baver (Sinking Springs, Pa.) took silver with 152 points and Kimberly Derrick (Caledonia, Mich.) the bronze with 82 points. Maria Garcia (Carson, Cal.) and Caroline Hallisey (Natick, Mass.) also became Olympic Team candidates with fourth and fifth-place finishes, respectively.
Kimberly Derrick and Anthony Lobello currently train at the USOEC in Marquette while Izykowski, Kepka and Baver are former USOEC athletes.

Torino will be Ohno’s second appearance at the Olympic Games and Kim’s first. Ohno won gold in the 1500 meters and silver in the 1000 meters at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. It will also be Baver and Kepka’s second trip to the Games. Smith and Hallisey will be veterans as this will be their third Olympic Games, while Izykowski, Lobello, Derrick and Garcia will make their Olympic debut. Smith took home bronze in the 500 meters in 2002.

NMU Board approves budget

The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees finalized the current fiscal year’s $94 million operating budget and approved a request for an additional $3.9 million in state funding for FY2007 at their meeting, Friday, December 16.
“It is an annual requirement for all universities to submit their initial budget requests to the state, based on anticipated cost increases and projected revenues,” said Gavin Leach. “But this is only the first step in the legislative budget process.”
Prior to the business portion of the meeting, the NMU Board participated in a focus discussion on the following topics: the future of the NMU Foundation; public television’s annual report and update on digitalization; an NCAA update for informational purposes; a continuation of the funding/formula funding discussion held previously; and a look at how Northern compares to other institutions in terms of faculty productivity and compensation, as well as instructional costs.

Broadway receives Fulbright honor

Dr. Michael Broadway, head of NMU's Geography department, has been awarded a Fulbright Research Chair at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He will spend the winter 2006 semester analyzing the economic and social impact of mad cow disease on the region.
Broadway said the United States’ decision in 2003 to shut its border to the import of live cattle from Alberta – the largest cattle-producing province of Canada – led to a devastating ripple effect. Producers suddenly had no market for their calves, and truckers had to suspend their traditional shipping routes.
"The slaughterhouses did very well during the mad cow crisis," he said.
Full story.

Alumni events next week

The NMU Alumni Association has a variety of events planned where you can meet up with other alumni.

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

Thursday-Friday, Dec. 29-30 Green Bay, Wis.

UWGB Basketball Classic
Resch Center

Informal pre-game receptions 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, Dec. 29th,
and 5 p.m. Central Friday, Dec. 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, Dec. 30 Madison, Wis.

Badger Hockey Showdown
Kohl Center
(NMU vs. Wayne State, 4 p.m. 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.

Don't forget Wildcat Night Across the Country

Saturday, Jan. 28
Wildcat Night Across the Country
NMU hockey vs. Western Michigan
4:30 EST
LIVE from Lawson Arena in Kalamazoo

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


Happy Holidays from the NMU Alumni Association.

"What's New, NMU" will be back Monday, January 9th.

A reminder: Most offices and departments at Northern Michigan University will be closed Monday, Dec. 26 through Tuesday, Jan. 3 for the holiday season. Regular office hours will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Thanks for stopping by....

.....Bob Maxon '99 of Marquette.

.....Gary Hoppe '65 of Flint, Mich. Gary was in town to watch the Olympic Speedskating trials.

Don't forget, if you're in town visiting, please stop by and say hello. We're on the 6th floor of the Cohodas Administration Center.

From the E-mail bag

"Are there any memories of the Boynton's-Math: Wahtera-Industrial Arts-and of course, Stan Albeck and the undefeated teams he coached?"
Tim Hughes '62
Gilbert, AZ

"Have lots of great memories. Spent four wonderful years, 1966-1970, at NMU. They were times of great change. Keep up the great work."
Mark Lapidus '70
Long Beach, NY

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