For the week of February 6, 2006

From the 6th floor

While we have had a bit of a return to winter, we still really have no right to complain. All things considered, it has been a relatively mild winter, at least here in the city of Marquette. I know folks to the east and west of us have gotten some serious doses of snowfall, but here in the city, it hasn't been that bad. The temperature has dropped closer to normal, with lows in the evening dipping into the single digits. Highs for the remainder of the week will only be in the teens and 20s.

Additional Wildcat Night photos

On Saturday, Jan. 28, the NMU Alumni Association sponsored Wildcat Night Across the Country. 19 parties were held nationwide, hosted by alumni in the local area.
These events were made possible by the members of the NMU Alumni Association.
If you are a member, thanks. If not, please consider joining today.

Here's a look at some of the parties.
We've identified people where we could. If you know someone we've missed, please let us know.

Fox Sports Grill in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Special thanks to hosts Gloria '68 and Bill Jackson and Eric Bolduc '94.

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Original Steak House and Sports Bar in Asheville, N.C.

Special thanks to host Lilly Bonetti '84..

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More from Asheville
Doug Reese '80.
Jennifer Holmes '05, Stephanie Taylor '90, Mark Holmes '05, Steve Marquis.

Players Sports Bar in San Diego

Special thanks to host Paul Howard '75.

Christian Leclaire '93 and family.

The Nuthouse in Lansing

Special thanks to host David Foster '00.

More from Lansing

J.J.'s Steak and Pizza House in Alpena

Special thanks to host Justin Gluesing '95.

Chris Limback '92, Cindy Limback '92, John Pintar '94, Andrea Linton, Dorothy Pintar '92, Janelle Schellie, Justin Gluesing '95.

More from Alpena

Andrea Linton and friend.

Janelle Schellie and Justin Gluesing '95.

Vango's in Marquette

Special thanks to hosts John '72 and Phyllis '69 Trudeau.

More from Marquette Lucky winners!
Bob '77 and Kitty '71 'Fisher  

Joe and Lewie's Penalty Box in Flint

Special thanks to host Greg Feamster '93.

Jim Bohmier ,Craig Flynn ' 85, Annie (Robinson) Flynn, Catherine Montgomery '91, Billy Tucker '94, Greg Feamster '93 and Rob Forlenza. 

More from Flint

Damon Scott and Kris Day '94.
Greg '93 and Carla Feamster.

Watch current and former Wildcats at the Olympics

Torino, Italy and the 2006 Winter Olympic Games will be the next stop in the careers of several athletes and coaches with ties to NMU.  Current NMU sophomores and resident athletes of the United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC) Kimberly Derrick and Anthony Lobello earned spots on the speedskating squad, and varsity athletes Lindsey Weier, and Lindsay Williams earned spots on the cross country team. Alumni Chris Cook '03 and Abigail Larson '00 also earned spots on the cross country team.

Read more about the athletes here.

Valentine Soiree and art exhibit

Northern Michigan University’s DeVos Museum will present its fifth annual valentine soiree from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. 
This event, which serves as a fundraiser for the museum, will feature live jazz music from the Dave Ziegner quartet, wine and hors d’oeuvres. It will also provide an opportunity for the community to view the museum’s new exhibit, titled “Copley to Cassatt: American Paintings from the Detroit Institute of Arts” which will be on display through March 3.
“This exhibit includes works from some of the most famous American painters. They illustrate the early history of American painting,” said Wayne Francis, museum director. “These pieces don’t travel very often, so we wanted to seize the opportunity to display them while they’re available.”
The general public is invited to this event. Tickets are $30 per person and are available at the art and design office. They will also be available at the door. For more information, contact 227-2194.

Check your mailbox

The Winter 2006 issue of Horizons is hot off the press.
If it hasn't hit your mailbox yes, it should soon.

In this issue, we profile Wildcat Weekends and what NMU alumni, faculty, staff and friends do with their free time.

Highlights include:

  • NMU alumni who were part of Super Bowl XL, from planning the event to throwing some of the best parties.
  • A Saginaw alumnus who talks about his involvement in stock car racing and efforts to make the sport safer for drivers
  • A new president for the NMU Alumni Association.

From the E-mail bag

"Hi. Here at West Bloomfield High School in greater Detroit, in a sea of teachers from MSU, Michigan, Eastern, and other colleges and universities, I work in a building with three amazing men. Out of a high school faculty of well over one hundred people, there are only four of us who can call ourselves Northern alumni.
As you can see by our graduation dates, collectively we have spent many years in Marquette, and we truly believe that the small campus environment of Northern has given us an advantage in our careers.
We hope that you might find some way to use this photograph to promote the great experience of NMU, and to highlight our professional collaboration here at West Bloomfield."
Stephen Toy '93, '01

Shown in photo:
Gerald Smith '73, '75, teaches welding and drafting
Dewayne Jones '73, '75, athletic director
Charles Moore '71, assistant principal and assistant superintendent
Stephen Toy '93, '01, teaches English

"Hi. Here is a picture of two NMU grads that both work for Coors Brewing Company. We met at a conference in Vail, CO and both work as Key Account Executives. We had a great evening discussing NMU memories. Amazing that we both have similar experiences yet went to school in different decades. All good."

Pat Roche '80
West Des Moines, Iowa

Pat Roche 80', Christi Coors, Greg Ritz '00

"Hope all is well. Here's a picture from the NMU vs. WMU game at Kalamazoo on Jan. 28. I am with my good friend Marty Mora (Western alumnus '84). We went to the game together and had a great time. First row behind the Wildcat bench. I did all I could to cheer them on. You will also notice I am wearing the infamous "NMU Usher" coat. I did try and take some of the WMU fans and seat them in the wrong area! Anyway, just thought if you were posting more photos, this would be a good one. Keep up the good work."
Mark Heinrich
Rochester Hills, Mich.

Note from the Editor: Way back in 2003, I spotted Mark in his NMU Usher jacket at Joe Louis Arena for the CCHA playoffs. I teased him then about "appropriating" university property. He has shown up at games wearing it ever since. Look for him at Joe Louis in March if the 'Cats are playing.

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