For the week of April 12, 2004

From the 6th floor

Yes, it snowed on Easter. Is it just me or does anyone else find it ironic that would be the day USA Today finally got around to releasing the names of the Most Livable Communities? Ok, sarcasm aside, it is a pretty nice deal. And the USA Today article does indeed touch on weather. After all, how could you write about Marquette and not mention weather? But Easter egg hunts in parkas? Does that seem right?

USA Today: American's Most Livable Communities

Win a cabin in Marquette County---One of the Most Livable Communities in America

Are you one of the many alumni who dream about returning to Marquette County? If you had a cabin in the woods, wouldn't that be the perfect excuse?
Well, here's how you can win one!

The Lake Superior Community Partnership, of which Northern Michigan University is a member, is currently selling tickets for a raffle that will feature 10 acres of Marquette County land complete with a cabin as the prize. Ticket sales will continue until the drawing of the winner at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 1, 2004 at the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum.

Tickets are only $5 and easy to order!

For complete details and how to purchase tickets, visit the Lake Superior Community Partnership.

New president to attend university forum

Les Wong will return to campus for the first time since being named the 13th president of NMU.
He will be introduced at the next university forum, scheduled from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the Whitman Commons Area.
Topics to be covered at the event include an update on the legislative process and its potential budget implications.

Distinguished Alumnus to be Commencement Speaker

Robert Archibald '70, '72, president and CEO of the Missouri Historical Society, will be the keynote speaker at Northern Michigan University ’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 1. He will also receive an honorary doctor of history degree.

The Missouri Historical Society operates the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park, Mo., and the Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center. Under Archibald, the organization has renovated and expanded its museum facility, and has transformed from a traditional historical organization into a national model recognized for regularly facilitating community discussions of significant issues. The museum was awarded the first-ever National Award for Museum Service in October 1994.

Since July 2002, Archibald has served as president of the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. He oversees the National Heritage Signature Events and the Ad Council public awareness campaign designed to promote the themes of the Lewis and Clark expedition – cultural understanding, natural resource stewardship, courage and exploration. “Lewis and Clark: the National Bicentennial Exhibition” premiered in St. Louis in January and is traveling over a two-year period to Philadelphia, Denver and Portland, Ore., before a final showing at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Archibald is a consultant to museums and historical associations. He writes and speaks on historical topics and on issues regarding the humanities, memory, environmental responsibilities, community values and museum practices. His most recent book is titled, A Place to Remember: Using History to Build Community.

Distinguished faculty announced

Gary Brunswick '81, '84 Donald Dreisbach Teresa Hunt '85
Gary Brunswick (Business), Donald Dreisbach (Philosophy) and Teresa Hunt (English) are recipients of the 2004 Distinguished Faculty Awards. Each will receive $1,000 and be recognized at spring commencement. The Distinguished Faculty Awards honor full-time faculty – including department heads – who have made significant contributions to NMU and their professional areas. More on the award winners.

Ticket sales begin

Tickets went on sale this morning for the Wildcat Open House at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility, Friday, May 21st.

Steve Mariucci '77, '83, head coach of the Detroit Lions, will welcome Wildcats on Friday, May 21st from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
This facility is NOT open to the general public so this is a rare opportunity to see inside the home of the Detroit Lions.

The event is open to all Wildcat alumni and friends.

There are a limited number of tickets available so order early!

Ticket Prices

Ticket price includes all food and beverage:
$100 for NMU Alumni Association members *
$125 for non members *
$ 50 for ages 13-18
$ 25 for ages 12 and under
* A portion of your ticket is tax-deductible.
Proceeds from the event support the NMU Alumni Association and its programs and services. For a look at the many ways the Alumni Association connects alumni to friends and to Northern, read more about us!

Tour the facility
Walk the turf
Visit the broadcast studio
Watch an update from campus in the Lions' auditorium
Hors d' oeuvres buffet in the Lions' cafeteria

Auction items
OR call us toll free: 1-877-GRAD NMU and order tickets over the phone.

Athletes of the Year announced

The Northern Michigan University Athletic Department in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee have named the Athletes of the Year for the 2003-04 season. Craig Kowalski and Kathie Cole were selected from their athletic performances during the year.

Kowalski, a goaltender on the hockey team, was 17-14-4 for the 2003-04 campaign with a 2.71 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. During the season he set career records for games played by a goaltender (132), shutouts (12), ties (12), minutes played by a goaltender (7619:38) and saves (3,434).

Cole, a diver on the swimming and diving team, placed in the top seven in two events at the NCAA II Swimming and Diving National Championships which earned her NCAA II All-America status. She was seventh on the three-meter board and fifth on the one-meter at nationals. Cole won the three-meter event at the GLIAC Swimming and Diving Championships in late February and was second on the one-meter.

Center responds to aging Upper Peninsula population

NMU recently established a Center for Gerontological Studies to benefit the Upper Peninsula’s rural aging population through education, research and collaboration with regional service providers.

Patricia Cianciolo (Sociology and Social Work) is director of the center. She said a campus committee spent a couple of years exploring ways that Northern might distinguish itself in the area of gerontology.

“Given the rural location in which we are located and the fact that the average age of the population is increasing, we wanted to do something in response to the unique aspects of that demographic,” Cianciolo said.
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