For the week of December 4, 2006

From the 6th floor

Well, it's here. After setting a new record high last week, winter has caught up with us. Temperatures dropped significantly and we have snow on the ground. Some areas of the U.P. saw more snow than others, as is often the case. Here in the Marquette area there is a couple inches of snow on the ground. Just enough that the plows had to come out over the weekend. Forecasters call for continued cold weather with a chance of flurries each day this week, although we may also see some sunshine scattered amongst the snow clouds.

Alumnus featured commencement speaker

Dr. John Beaumier '53, a retired orthopedic surgeon and Northern Michigan University alumnus, will be the featured speaker at Northern’s mid-year commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 16. He will also receive an honorary doctor of science degree.
Beaumier was born in Escanaba and now resides in Cedar River, Mich. He retired in 1998 from the Mayo Clinic, where he served as a director in orthopedic evaluation. He also was an associate professor in orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.
A 1953 graduate of NMU, Beaumier has maintained close ties to his alma mater. He has served on the NMU Foundation Board of Trustees since 1999 and was national campaign chair for the university’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign. Beaumier is a past recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also was a 1994 inductee into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame for his contributions to Wildcat football.
While in Marquette, Beaumier and his family will be recognized during the dedication ceremony for the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, located in the former Cohodas Room of the Superior Dome. The Beaumier family made a $1 million gift during Northern's last capital campaign to create an area on campus that would feature exhibits highlighting the socio-economic, cultural, religious and industrial heritage of the Upper Peninsula.

Following the bestowing of degrees on the graduates, NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors member Fred Stonehouse '70, '77, will deliver remarks on behalf of the NMU Alumni Association.

The NMU mid-year commencement ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. It will be broadcast live on WNMU-TV.

Detroit area alumni hold organizational meeting

Detroit area alumni held an Alumni Constituency Society meeting in Plymouth, Mich., on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Approximately 30 people attended. The group was enthusiastic about the idea of a Detroit Alumni Club and plan to continue their discussions via email over the holidays and will meet again in February to firm up their ideas.
If you are interested in learning more about the group, contact Sean Krabach '94.

NMU partners with ConnectEdu

Northern recently entered into a partnership with ConnectEdu, enabling high schools to electronically forward transcripts and letters of recommendation on behalf of their student applicants. The “educational solutions” company offers a suite of Web-based services designed to make the admissions and financial aid application process as simple as possible for high school counselors, students and parents. Director of Admissions, Gerri Daniels said there is no charge for high schools to participate. But colleges and universities pay for the seamless, secure connection to student documents and data.
“There are a number of companies on the leading edge of simplifying admissions as more of the process moves online,” Daniels said. “The idea of electronic transcripts isn’t new, but it’s always been a chicken-and-egg dilemma. It’s a matter of determining not only which company best meets our needs as a university, but which one is attracting that critical mass of participating high schools required to make it a worthwhile investment on our part.”
ConnectEdu distinguished itself from other companies when it offered a pricing deal of $5,000 per year to the 15 public universities in Michigan if they signed up by Sept. 1. Daniels said it became an easier sell once the University of Michigan and Michigan State were on board because an endorsement by the “big two” would most likely convince a majority of state high schools to use ConnectEdu.

Finn Fest fund

Visitors at Finn Grand Fest check out one of the many painted benches that were on display around campus during the August 2005 festival.
The Finn Grand Fest 2005 Board of Directors recently donated $17,500 from the proceeds of the Finn Grand Fest 2005 festival to NMU. Finn Grand Fest 2005 was a joint U.S.-Canadian Finnish festival hosted in Marquette in August 2005 that provided education, entertainment, recreation and worship options to more than 13,000 attendees.  It was only the second time in history that Finn Fest USA and the Finnish Canadian Cultural Federation worked together on a joint event. The FGF2005 Annual Fund will be used to further Finnish American and Finnish studies associated with or supported by NMU, including cultural events, exchange programs, travel grants, research, artistic projects and instructional resources. “Our goal is to continue the research, the exploration, and the exchange of thought between the U.S. and Finland," said Pauline Kiltinen, president of Finn Grand Fest 2005.  “We have much to learn from each other and we want this money to be used to advance this goal."

Wildcat sports update

The Lake Superior Lakers swept the Northern Michigan University hockey Wildcats for the first time since March of 2000. LSSU won 2-0 in Sault St. Marie on Friday and skated past the 'Cats Saturday, 5-2, at the Berry Events Center. The 'Cats have dropped three games in a row as they stand at 7-8-2 overall and 4-5-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The 'Cats host the Michigan State Spartans for two games, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9.
The NMU women's basketball team defeated the Findlay Oilers 74-68 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action Saturday, Dec. 2, at Findlay, Ohio. The 'Cats are 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC.
Meanwhile, the men's basketball team suffered a 70-56 loss following its match with Findlay. The NMU men are 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the GLIAC.
Both the NMU men and women host Saginaw Valley State on Thursday (Dec. 7.)
The NMU men's and women's Nordic ski teams were scheduled to compete at the MTU Open in Houghton on Saturday (Dec. 2) and at the NMU Open in Marquette Sunday (Dec. 3). Both events were cancelled due to a lack of snow.
Both the men and women are scheduled to compete at the Collegiate Holiday Cup in Ironwood, Dec. 9-10.

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.

New version of "Scrooge" rings in the holiday season

The 24th annual NMU holiday production of "Ebenezer Scrooge" takes to the stage this week. The Christmas musical designed for the entire family features a lively new adaptation of the Dickens classic with music by Jeffrey A. Bruning and libretto and lyrics by Denise Clark '89.
Fifty-two cast members from the NMU and Marquette community will bring the famous story to life.
"Ebenezer Scrooge" runs Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. with 1 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10.
Tickets are on sale at the Forest Roberts Theatre box office weekdays between noon and 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased via the phone at 227-2802, online at, or at the EZ Ticket outlets in the Superior Dome and TCF Bank.
All tickets are $8 and all seats are reserved.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Steve Patterson Sr. '97 and Steve Patterson Jr. of Lake Orion, Mich.

Don't forget, if you're in town, stop by and say hello. You can find us in 603 of the Cohodas Hall.

From the Email bag

"Hi. I was reading Mike Greer's note last week regarding the music all around the Marquette area during the '70s. Mike is right--there was live music of all kinds all over the area. In his letter he mentioned Bachman Turner Overdrive trashing a grand piano. That reminded me of a concert I saw where Chicago took a hatchet to a studio-sized grand. They were disappointed that they did not get one of the school's Steinways. That was some protest."
Keith Polkinghorne '76
Hurley, Wis.
Note from the Editor: While we couldn't put our hands on a photo of the actual destruction of the piano, here's Chicago in concert at NMU.

"Mike Greer mentioned Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO) as having trashed a grand piano. I do not recall that happening, however, the group Chicago definitely did take an ax to a leg of the piano supplied by NMU. They were rightfully upset with a couple of keys not working. A couple of letters and a few weeks after the show, Chicago generously supplied not one but two new Yamaha grand pianos to NMU. The incident I recall with BTO was a sound wing attached to the stage collapsing, injuring one of the road crew about an hour before the show. Fortunately, he was not seriously injured and the sold-out show went on. The good people in the Student Activities Office, especially Dave Perkins, took the initiative to secure funding to purchase a proper stage soon thereafter."
Kevin Miller '77
Ancaster, Ontario

"In response to Mike Greer's comments on who else trashed a piano at a was Chicago! We also had the infamous Frank Zappa here along with the Tubes. I bet next to no one remembers the Phi Zappa Krappa's in 1975. We wanted guys and girls in our "FORORITY." This group stayed together for three years. If anyone has a 1975 yearbook you will see us all hanging out in front of the Elite Bar, which is now known as the Third Base Bar. What an awesome time we had and, actually, we were a pretty productive bunch where most of us turned out successful. What great memories!"
Kathy Johnson '99 (took me a little longer to graduate then the rest of them.)
Ishpeming, Mich.

"Just read Mike Greer's Email in the latest 'What's New, NMU?' and the answer to who else trashed a piano is the group Chicago. After they axed the piano, they said that no one else would have to play such an awful instrument. It was a great concert."
Bill Clancy '72, '75
Indian River, Mich.

"Mike Greer brought back memories recalling music clubs like The Clifton, Park Tavern, Westwood Lanes, Snuffy's, The Diamond Club, The Northwoods, and the Skandia Township Hall. Paradux, the two man band was Jeff Ross '73 on guitar and Stan Sulewski '73 on drums, who were roommates in Hunt Hall. I had heard them rehearsing for Greek Week of '69 and recommended they get a bass player with a third harmony. We became known as The Stan and Jeff Band and played at the Roosevelt Bar in Ishpeming and The Back Door at Cliff's Ridge. Danny Farr '75? guitar/trumpet and Chas Belt harmonica/piano joined us expanding our Beatles, Rolling Stones and original material. I remember one night when Cliff's Ridge was under construction to expand, the power went out. We got up and sang some barbershop quartet numbers that we had used to tighten up our harmonies, to keep the crowd there until power was restored. Here is a picture of The Stan and Jeff Band from about 1973."
Gordon MacDonald '74
Lakeport, Mich.

The Stan and Jeff Band, circa 1973.

"I was pleased to read Mike Greers email and to remember the bands that played in and around Marquette in the early and mid 70's. East of Orange and Stan and Jeff played great rock and roll and always had the bars packed when ever they played. As far as acts that came to Marquette during that time Mike mistakenly mixed up Bachman Turner Overdrive with Chicago. It was Chicago's piano player who deliberately brought an axe on stage and carved up the NMU Music Departments grand piano. The next year when BTO came to town the only mistake they made was having Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band open for them. Bob was so good that he brought the house down and the Northern audience was screaming for more. In the end Randy Bachman went and got Bob and they jammed for a good portion of the night. That being said let's not forget the night that Frank Zappa played at Northern. All of us in attendance will never forget what a phenomenal concert that was. Thanks Mike for bringing back some great memories."
John Dobel '76
Thousand Oaks, Cal.

"Thanks for posting Mike Greer’s note. It’s nice to read about something from my era.  Now that I have arthritis, it’s nice to remember the dances I went to while at NMU. The Typewriter shop rocked on Saturday nights after football games. The Lambda Chi- White Rose Ball at the Chalet (which burned down after my freshman year) and at the North Woods. We Delta Zeta’s held our Spring dance at the Mather Inn in Ishpeming. But those All Campus parties at the Delta Sig House with the live band on the landing….let’s just say I had some very ‘happy feet’ back then."
Donna Vandermark '75
Bradley, Ill.

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