For the week of March 19, 2007

From the 6th floor

Much of Marquette County woke up to a few inches of heavy, wet snow Monday morning. The snow ended by midday, but cooler temperatures will prevail and brisk winds will set in as a low pressure system moves over the Upper Peninsula. Forecasters say the cold will be temporary as milder temperatures are predicted for mid-to-late week. Highs Thursday could be near 50 degrees. There is a chance of precipitation most every day, though.

President Wong gives house testimony

NMU President Les Wong gave his annual testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education on March 6. University presidents are invited to present yearly updates as an early step in the legislative budget process. The testimony typically responds to questions submitted by the subcommittee in advance. It covers programs and partnerships, economic impacts and future directions.

Students prepare for CLEA in Mexico

Twenty-one NMU students will have a fully immersive experience in Spanish conversation and Mexican culture when they spend a month in Chihuahua this semester through a partnership with URN, Mexico's “Regional University of the North.”
The students are earning 16 Spanish credits this semester – 12 on campus and four in Chihuahua.
"What better place to take the Spanish conversation course than in the heart of Mexico, where you’re surrounded by people who speak it fluently and regularly?" said Professor Tim Compton, Modern Languages and Literatures, who will accompany the group for the first week. "My alma mater offered something like this, but it was only a week-long program. This is modeled after that, but we expanded it. We had to plan ahead in order to facilitate students leaving campus for an extended period during the academic year.”

Amy Orf, Modern Languages and Literatures, is directing the program in Chihuahua. The NMU delegation will stay in a hotel owned by the Mexican university. Compton said the rector of the school worked out an arrangement with a liaison to the country’s indigenous groups. The Tarahumara Indians, who inhabit the Copper Canyon of northern Mexico, will gather with the students to share food and give a performance.
The NMU group plans to establish ties to elementary schools in the area, making presentations about the United States and possibly having one-on-one meetings with students. They will also take in scenic highlights including Copper Canyon and some majestic waterfalls and tour various cultural and historical museums.
The group is scheduled to depart April 2 and return May 2.

More than 1,200 alumni registered in online community

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Anchorage, Alaska

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Upper Great Lakes Collegiate Job Fair

The NMU JOBSearch Center will host its annual Upper Great Lakes Collegiate Job Fair from 1 - 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. Companies, organizations, and agencies representing business, industry, government and the non-profit sector will be on hand to discuss career opportunities and internships with NMU students, soon-to-be graduates and alumni. For an up-to-date list of the companies that have registered to attend, please visit and click on the link for the Upper Great Lakes Collegiate Job Fair.

Wildcats make history

Three members of the women’s cross country team made history at the recent NCAA Championships becoming the first group of women skiers from one school to sweep two events at the national meet.
The photo shows Lindsay Williams atop the podium after the 5K freestyle race. She's joined by teammates Morgan Smyth and Lindsey Weier, who finished second and third, respectively. In the 15K classic race on March 9, Weier crossed the line first, followed by Williams and Smyth.

"This is unbelievable,” said coach Sten Fjeldheim. “These women have trained so hard and so well. They are just so professional about it. They balance their academics and athletics so well. As a coach, this is just something that you dream about and it is something that may never happen in a coach's lifetime. I have them to thank for it."

Summer sports camps announced

The schedule for NMU summer sports camps has been released. NMU offers a variety of camps throughout the summer. These camps provide intensive, hands-on training from NMU's talented coaching staff.
The offerings include:
boys basketball, girls basketball, cross country, enduro summer youth fitness program, football, hockey 3-on-3 development program, hockey summer school, soccer, swimming and volleyball.

Visit the Summer Sports Camp Web site for complete details. For questions or to register, contact the NMU athletics department at 906-227-2519.

Also coming up this summer, plenty of opportunities on campus to keep children busy, including the Seaborg Center and Art & Design programs. As soon as the other schedules are complete, we'll let you know.

From the Email bag

"I read 'What's New, NMU?' each week. During my deployment to Iraq, I have met up with several NMU grads, two others currently on the same Forward Operating Base. It's interesting how an institution can bring back memories, friendship and small town comforts to world-wide places. In this picture is Officer Shirley Clark '94 and myself at Ali Al Salem, Kuwait. It was good to see an old friend just before my unit came to Iraq. She is deployed currently at Ali Al Salem Air Base where she was keeping track each week on the NMU hockey Wildcats in the 'Stars and Stripes'. I look forward to each week, the updates and pictures."

James P. Kolky '01
1LT, 2-16 IN "Rangers"
4th IBCT, 1st ID
FOB Rustamiyah, Iraq

"Hi. Ann Dougherty '78 and Maureen Tippen '78, met for the third year in San Pedro de Mecoris, Dominican Republic to be a part of a medical mission. Ann is a nurse practitioner at the University of Miami and Maureen is a clinical professor of nursing at the University of Michigan-Flint. It is an NMU dream come true for former roommates/classmates to be able to connect and work together!"

Maureen Tippen '78
Clarkston, MI

"I thought you would appreciate this. I had to attend a Project Management training course for my employer (National Instruments) here in Austin, TX. We had to do a quick bio in the beginning of class and I stated that I'm from the U.P. and graduated from NMU. It turns out my trainer, Andy Kaufman, is an NMU grad as well. Talk about a small world. He did a wonderful job instructing the class and really represented NMU well. Great job on the newsletter!"

Nick Sharkey '02
Austin, TX

"On Feb. 24-25, my wife Ann, sons Jack and Luc, and I, were in Marquette. We took in NMU's last home hockey game (we won!) on Saturday and skied on Sunday. We must thank the people at the ticket counter in the Berry Center for their help. We left home on Saturday morning, and after we were underway, we realized we forgot our tickets at home. We live on Washington Island, so we were on a ferry, that was breaking ice. No matter how nice we talked to the boat crew, I am sure they would not take us back and wait for us to go find our tickets! So figured we would be buying a new set of tickets. But we decided to check at the ticket counter to see if they could help us when we got to Marquette. We did take up quite a bit of their time, but they were successful in finding our ticket info, and printing a new set. So we did not have to pay twice to see the game. Had a great time skiing on Sunday, in a lot of new snow. Attached is a photo of my son Jack ('06) skiing. We returned home Monday morning after driving through a blizzard. Since I teach, my younger son Luc (9th grade) and I were happy that we had a snow day, so no school when we got home. Just a lot of digging. Pass along our thanks to the Berry staff. And just to be fair, I better also attach a photo of my younger son, as he goes off a rail on his snowboard."

James Rose '77
Washington Island, Wis.


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