For the week of February 14, 2005
From the 6th floor
|Fresh snow and slippery roads were Mother Nature's Valentine's Day treats for much of Upper Michigan this morning. An area of low pressure over the Midwest is sending a wintry mix our way. Much of the UP is in store for a couple inches of fresh snow today and tomorrow. On the positive side, fresh white snow makes for better pictures. Also, with this week designated WinterFest in the city of Marquette, it seems only so appropriate that we receive fresh snow.|
A message from NMU President Les Wong
Last week, Governor
Jennifer Granholm presented her State of the State address
and her 2006 executive budget was announced to the Legislature. These
actions amount to the first inning of a minimum nine-inning game known
as the legislative budget planning process. I anticipate this years
legislative season to be a very long one.
WinterFest and UP 200 highlight busy week ahead
Michigan Universitys annual WinterFest, held in conjunction with the
City of Marquettes winter celebration, will be held Feb. 13-19. SNOWDAZE:
Shake It Up! is this years theme and several activities
An airband competition is scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in 102 Jamrich Hall.
Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 7-9, the Berry Events Center will be the site of open skating and a pep rally. Attendees can skate with Wildcat Willy, NMU cheerleaders and hockey players. There will also be a dance team performance.
The NMU hockey Wildcats will face Michigan Tech at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Berry.
The start of the U.P. 200 sled dog race at 7 p.m. will be a highlight Friday, Feb. 18. It begins at 7 p.m. The race starts on Washington Street.
While we couldn't identify any alumni in this year's race, NMU grad Pete Curtice '86 took home the trophy in 2002.
The WinterFest warm-up party is scheduled from 7-11 p.m. Friday at Upfront & Company, with musical guests Jim and Ray. The days activities will conclude with WinterFest fireworks at 9 p.m. over Lower Harbor Park.
WinterFest concludes Saturday, Feb. 19, with a Winter Fun Run from 10 a.m. to noon and a charity snowshoeing race in the Lower Harbor Park.
A few follow-ups from Horizons
you are aware, the winter 2005 issues of Horizons brought you the
stories of several NMU alumni who are taking part in history through both
civilian and military jobs in Iraq. Since publication, we have received
updates on some of the featured alumni, and wanted to share them with you:
Ron Revello '95 (left) was stationed at Forward Operating Base Speicher
in Tikrit. In his primary role as the technical engineering supervisor and
lead CAD designer, he and his unit designed more than 175 projects ranging
from roads and buildings to fences, guard posts, and control posts.
After a year in Iraq, Ron returned stateside last week and once through outprocessing, expects to be home in Appleton today.
Welcome home, Ron.
Tim Bennett '99, Kristi Gruizinga '99 and Mike Filizetti '02, in Baghad.
the following actually came in for the Emailbag I thought it was more appropriate
"I would just like to comment on latest issue of Horizons magazine. The writing and photographs are equally impressive and capture the essence of what it was like living and working in Baghdad. NMU alumni over in Iraq should make everyone who went to Northern Michigan proud.
I never had the
pleasure of meeting John Truitt '85, or MAJ Phillips, but they
truly were on the front lines. One capturing news as it happened, and
the other helping to rebuild communities through his civil affairs battalion.
I did have the pleasure of working with Kristi Gruizinga '99 for
the Coalition Provisional Authority and the U.S. Embassy. Her efforts
were tireless, and she did bring legitimacy to all of the projects and
programs she was involved in. I am one of many that are overjoyed that
she has recovered from those waning days of her tour in Iraq. Attached
is a photo of Kristi, myself and another NMU alum Specialist Michael
Filizetti '02 taken while all three of us were still in Baghdad. As
mentioned in the Horizons article, Kristi is headed to the Hauge. I am
back in Washington, DC working in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.
Michael is still in Baghdad working for the Iraq Reconstruction Management
Office. Please continue your well wishes and prayers for him and all of
our troops serving overseas. Many Thanks
Wildcat Night Across the Country photos still coming in
Miller's Time Out
in Battle Creek
Buffalo Wild Wings
in Mt Pleasant
The Sports Page
in Idaho Falls
NMU's Tarrki moves into first place
goalie Tuomas Tarkki has moved into first place in the Hobey Baker fan pool.
He has 27,667 points as of this writing. Jordan Sigalet is second with 23,117.
Tarkki leads the CCHA in overall goals against average (1.88) and saves
percentage (.936) and is sixth and fourth nationally in those categories.
He has a 13-6-4 record. Other Cats on the list include Nathan Oystrick,
Pat Bateman and Darin Olver.
Preliminary voting runs through Sunday, March 6, during which time visitors to the site can vote once per day for first-, second- and third-place choices for the Hobey Baker Award (www.hobeybaker.com). The fans tally will be considered along with votes from each of the 58 Division I head coaches to determine the 10 finalist for this years award.
Some dates to keep in
mind as you make travel plans *
|April 15||DeVos Art Museum Dedication|
|April 16||Scholarship Donor Appreciation Luncheon|
|April 19||Reynolds Recital Hall Dedication|
|May 7||Spring Commencement|
|June 18||Rusielewicz Golf Outing (Holly, MI)|
|June 23||Wildcat Club/Alumni Association Golf Outing|
|July 2-4||International Food Festival|
|July 4-9||Negaunee Pioneer Days|
|July 30-31||Art on the Rocks
Outback Art Show
|August 10-15||Finn Grand Fest 2005|
|August 20||Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic|
|August 27-28||Welcome Weekend
|Sept. 16-17||NMU Homecoming 2005|
|Dec. 12-16||US Speedskating Short Track Championships|
|Dec. 17||Mid-year Commencement|
*All events are in Marquette, unless otherwise noted
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