For the week of February 21, 2005

From the 6th floor

Temperatures have been a bit cooler the past few days and most areas are finding themselves with fresh snow. We are fortunate to have sunny skies in this photo, but colder air is expected to hang around along with a chance of snow every day this week. From what I am able to decipher from a web page someone sent me it looks as if our snow depth is currently about 24 inches, give or take.

Conditions this past weekend were ideal for the running of the UP 200 Sled Dog Race. In one of the closest finishes in race history, Montana musher Rick Larson edged McMillian's Tasha Stielstra by 26 seconds Sunday to claim the 2005 U.P. 200 Sled Dog Championship. Larson covered the approx. 260 miles with a trail time of 24:34:10.

Campus community gets first look at DeVos Museum

A reception celebrating the first exhibit in Northern Michigan University’s new DeVos Art Museum was held Tuesday, Feb. 15. Local band Combo Caliente provided live Latin music to complement the flavor of the exhibit, which is titled “Contemporary Painting of Latin America.”

The DeVos Art Museum, made possible with support from the DeVos Foundation, is attached to the art and design complex near Spooner Hall at the end of Seventh Street. It is comprised of two galleries. One is 2,500 square feet and will feature the work of national artists and students. The other is 2,000 square feet and will showcase the university's permanent collection, which ranges from Japanese art to early 20th century illustration.
“This new facility gives us the opportunity to expand art at NMU and showcase not only the department but what we can do as an art museum” said Wayne Francis, museum director.
“Contemporary Painting of Latin America” features young artists from countries including Cuba, Brazil and Argentina, and will run through April 10. The works come from Gary Nader Fine Arts of Coral Gables, Fla.

Formal dedication of the museum is scheduled for Friday, April 15th.



The last of the Wildcat Night party photos

Slugger's in Appleton

Pine Grove in
Iron Mountain

Final Score in Stevens Point


NMU vs. Tech sets new BEC attendance record; 'Cats earn home ice for playoffs

The Wildcats maintained possession of the Ramada Cup traveling trophy with a 3-3 tie on Thursday at home against Michigan Tech followed by a 5-3 road win over the Huskies of the WCHA on Saturday. The `Cats, who won the annual challenge with a 2-0-2 record, attracted a new Berry Events Center record crowd of 4,216 fans on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Northern Michigan University Wildcat hockey team has clinched home-ice for the first round of the 2005 Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs. In the first round, March 11-12-13, the top six teams from the regular season host teams seven through 12 in a best-of-three series. The third game, scheduled for March 13, will only be played if the series is not decided in the first two games. The ‘Cats are currently in third place in the CCHA with 30 points and still have four games remaining in league play.

Tickets for CCHA playoff hockey at the Berry Events Center, March 11-12-13 are on sale now at all NMU ticket locations.
Tickets for Sunday will be available at 12:00 p.m. Sunday, March 13.

Tickets to all games are reserved seats and cost $13 for the general public, $12 for season ticket holders and $8 for NMU students and anyone under the age of 18. Season ticket holders must call or go to the Superior Dome ticket office to get their reserved seats at the discounted price.

These games will not be televised locally.

Meanwhile, if the 'Cats get to Joe Louis you can watch as the CCHA Super Six will be on television in many areas

Unprecedented comprehensive coverage of multiple NCAA Division I collegiate hockey conference tournaments is planned for March 18-19 on FSN regional networks, DirectTV, Fox College Sports and additional affiliates.
Branded as College Hockey Breakaway Weekend, the coverage consists of live semifinal and championship game telecasts from the CCHA and WCHA tournaments, plus continuous in-game updates from other leagues' post-season events. The weekend's action determines which schools in various regions break away from the pack to earn bids into the NCAA tournament.
"We are very excited about this opportunity to work in concert with the WCHA to expand FSN's outstanding coverage of our championship tournaments to a national audience," said Tom Anastos, CCHA commissioner. "Fans throughout the country will be treated to relentless college hockey championship action."
The live games on College Hockey Breakaway Weekend originate from Detroit's Joe Louis Arena, site of the CCHA Super Six; and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, host facility of the WCHA Final Five.

NMU Women's club hockey gains national bid

For the third season in a row, the NMU Women's Club Hockey team has accepted a bid to play in the American Collegiate Hockey Association National Tournament. NMU is ranked 10th out of the 32 ACHA member schools and will travel to Buffalo, NY to compete in the 12 team tournament taking place March 10-13.

NMU alumnus flies Northern flag at Camp Liberty in Iraq

About a month ago, we received a note from Lt Col Joe Snow '83. Joe is a lifetime member of the NMU Alumni Association and currently serving in Iraq. He is commander of the 9th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron stationed at Camp Liberty, Baghdad. It seems the mess hall at Camp Liberty, Pegasus Sports Oasis, was quickly becoming a tribute to soldiers' alma maters, and NMU was nowhere to be found. Well, we certainly didn't want Joe to feel left out, especially when he mentioned the Michigan and MSU banners hanging in the mess hall. We quickly packed up an NMU flag and shipped it off to Iraq. Shortly thereafter, Joe sent us a thank you and included these photos of the NMU flag hanging proudly in the mess hall at Camp Liberty.


From the Email bag

"Hi Deanna. Thanks for the great welcome home in last week's newsletter! I am indeed home and am enjoying being with family and friends. Thanks to the NMU family for all the support and prayers throughout the past 14 months while I was in Iraq. Hope to see some of you soon as I plan to take a ride to the UP to check out NMU."
SGT. Ron Revello

Now home in Appleton, WI

"Your recent mentions of Winterfest in Marquette brought back memories of 1975, the year NMU made both National and International headlines when Pat Theut was elected Snow Queen. It all started out because we needed a new TV for the Tarawa House TV room in Payne Hall. Being the well educated students that we were, we figured that the best way to win the Snow Queen competition was to find the best man for the job! You see Pat was the goalie of the Tarawa House hockey team from Payne Hall and the perfect candidate. Pat Theut, Your Man for Snow Queen, won by a landslide and even wore his tiara with pride. We won fifty bucks, bought a new TV, and happily watched Star Trek for the rest of the semester."
Mark Clinton 76
Columbus, OH

"Thanks for the newsletter. Did you watch any of the Pro Bowl? Well, I hate to rub it in--but the weather in Hawaii is just unbelievable."
Tom Howko '85
Honolulu, HI

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