For the week of April 11, 2005

From the 6th floor

As you can see from the 6th floor photo today, not much snow to be found. And that's a good thing. At least in the city of Marquette. A few scattered snowbanks remain, but for the most part, it's no longer white here, it's brown. The ice has moved out of the harbor, also. From everything I've read, sunshine and mild temperatures are in store for the remainder of the week. Could it really be spring?

Alumni Association to sponsor graduation rehearsal party

Close to 900 students will become NMU alumni during spring commencement Saturday, May 7.
As part of its continuing effort to maintain ties with young alumni, the NMU Alumni Association, in conjunction with the student group First Impressions, will sponsor a graduation rehearsal party.
It's called "Keep it Rockin', Class of 2005" and takes place immediately following commencement rehearsal Friday afternoon.
This first-time event will provide graduating seniors with the opportunity to mix and mingle with other graduates, find out about valuable alumni services offered by Northern Michigan University and the NMU Alumni Association. And, free pizza and pop will be available.

"We thought that the graduation party would be a great opportunity to make some final connections with administrators, faculty and staff, as well as a way to finalize resumes, complete financial aid exit interviews, return books, etc. We also see it as the beginning of a tradition of celebration. We're excited to see how it turns out. Hopefully, it will be the first of many."--Caroline "Lina" Blair, First Impressions.

"Keep it Rockin', Class of 2005"
Friday, May 6
Immediately following commencement rehearsal (3:30 p.m.)
Superior Dome

Free pizza and pop--Prizes--Booths
Questions can be directed to the NMU Alumni Association.

Gallery dedication and senior exhibit set for Friday

The Senior Art Exhibit at Northern Michigan University will open Friday, April 15 at the DeVos Art Museum and run until May 6. This show gives seniors in the art and design department the opportunity to showcase their work one more time before graduation.
Pieces from 52 student artists will be featured, representing various media including illustration, photography, digital cinema, graphic design, ceramics, metals, painting/papermaking, electronic imaging, product design, sculpture, environmental design and drawing/painting.

Prior to the exhibit's opening Friday evening, a special ceremony will be held to dedicate the DeVos Art Museum.

Leadership scholarships announced

Four incoming Northern Michigan University freshman will receive Leadership Scholarships worth $1,500 per year for four years. They were selected from 143 students in conjunction with the NMU Triple A – Academic Achievement Awards – scholarship process.
Recipients were chosen based on leadership involvement with their school and community, a campus interview, a written essay and an evaluation in small-group activities. They also had to obtain a minimum 3.0 grade point average in high school to be considered for the scholarship.
To remain eligible for the awards each year, the students must be enrolled full time, achieve and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and be involved in leadership development and student organizations during their years at NMU.
The Leadership Scholarship recipients are: Elizabeth Bartlett, Kalkaska; Jennifer Miller, Otisville; Raechel Percy, Boyne City; and Elizabeth Wantz, Mentor, Ohio.

The Leadership Scholarship Program seeks to improve extracurricular life at Northern Michigan University by attracting exceptional student leaders.

Is one of these students in your area? Want to pass along a note of congratulations, one Wildcat to another? Let us know, we'll put you in touch with them.

A couple Wildcat sports notes

The American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) announced its annual All-American teams. Tuomas Tarkki was named to the second team for the West.
Tarkki was the CCHA’s 2004-05 Player of the Year, Goaltender of the Year, a first team CCHA All-Conference selection and a Hobey Baker Finalist. He led the conference in overall goaltending for the just concluded season with a 2.07 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. Tarkki led the CCHA in conference games with a 1.81 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage. For the season, Tarkki was 20-8-5 and had three shutouts.

The Northern Michigan University women’s track and field team placed second at the Coldman Invitational that was held at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Saturday. The ‘Cats tallied 125 team points as UW-Oshkosh won the invitational with 196 points. A total of 14 teams competed at the event.

From the Email bag

"Hello, I am a graduate of NMU - 1997. I graduated with an Associates Degree - Architectural Technology through the IT Program.
I really enjoy receiving the weekly newsletter and Horizons to see what's happening back at NMU.
I have had many different jobs in the field of Architecture since I graduated. For the past couple of years I've been working for KGA Architecture in Las Vegas, NV. KGA is the Executive Architecture Firm that is responsible for the design of the Palms Casino here in Las Vegas made recognizable by MTV's Real World. The Palms Casino has decided to build two more towers which for the past couple
of years I've been part of the team responsible for producing the construction drawings. I am attaching a couple of photos showing me on top of the Palms Tower II which is under construction at this time. I was sure to wear my NMU shirt that day when I went on a walk-through of the progress of the project. I recently accepted a job offer as a CAD Designer/Technician at STS Consultants, Ltd. an engineering firm that has a regional office there in Marquette. I will be working at one of their satellite offices in Iron River, MI which is about 15 minutes away from my hometown of Crystal Falls, MI. Keep up the good work with the Alumni Association and I will be sure to visit NMU when I move back there in a few weeks!
Pedro Avena, Assoc. AIA '97

Las Vegas, NV

"Hi. I'd like to hear from some of the C Falls guys that were at NMU during the '70s and any Alpha Sigs. I'm alive and well, working on retiring from teaching 30 years and living in Auburn, Michigan."
Jerry Bichel '71
Auburn MI

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