For the week of April 18, 2005

From the 6th floor

A few sprinkles today but very mild temperatures. After a beautiful day yesterday, I had to look at the calendar to make sure it really was only April. Sunny skies and a southerly wind are expected to push today's high temperature near 75 degrees. What a nice treat. A long-awaited cold front is right behind today's nice weather, but no one has been complaining, just enjoying while they can.

DeVos Art Museum dedicated

NMU President Les Wong, Pamella
and Dan DeVos.
The DeVos Art Museum was formally dedicated during ceremonies Friday evening, April 15th. The museum, formerly known as the NMU Art Museum, was located in Lee Hall until January when the renovation of the Art and Design Building was completed. The new museum features two art galleries, one for rotating exhibits – including student and community exhibits – and the other for exhibits from NMU’s large permanent collection.
The museum’s renaming is in honor of a $1 million gift by the Dan and Pamella DeVos and the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundations, both of Grand Rapids, during This Decisive Season: The Campaign for Northern Michigan University.
Dan and Pamella DeVos were on hand for the dedication. Dan was a member of NMU’s Board of Trustees from 1995-2003 and served as chair from January 2001 until his term expired in December 2003.

“The NMU students, faculty, staff and alumni thank the DeVos family for its support,” said NMU President Les Wong. “The new museum, one of the best university art museums in the region, is an outstanding facility, one which the DeVos family members can be proud bears their name.”

The event also included the opening of the Senior Art Exhibit, which runs until May 6.

NMU Distinguished Alumnus to speak at commencement

T. Dennis George '60, a business attorney and Northern Michigan University alumnus, will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree at NMU's commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7.
Dennis has maintained strong ties with Northern over the years, serving in a number of capacities on boards and working with university departments.

"I have strong feelings for and about Northern's students and those who serve them. There is no other one thing I would rather be asked to do than give this commencement address.
My remarks will be about these 2005 graduates and personal from me to each of them. There is a bond between the special experience Northern's faculty and staff help to create for students and the choices they will later make. This assignment caused me to be quite introspective, and I found it to be a bit daunting as well. I hope this is a commencement address that some will remember and use."

Since 2003, Dennis has operated his own private law practice in Seattle, Wash. He specializes in business counseling, litigation, mediation and arbitration. He handles matters relating to responsibilities and liability of corporate directors and officers, and business negotiations and transactions.
He also deals with contracts and other issues related to biotechnology. Dennis previously worked in the biotech industry as senior vice president of corporate affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary for the Seattle-based Dendreon Corp.
After graduating from NMU with a bachelor's degree in 1960, Dennis spent three years as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps before completing his juris doctorate at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1966.
Dennis was previously honored by Northern with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996. He has served as an Executive in Residence for the College of Business and a member of the strategic planning committee for the NMU Foundation.
In his free time, George plays soccer for the Madison Park Rainstorm over-50s team. He was also active for many years at the youth soccer level in various administrative and coaching capacities.
NMU's commencement ceremony will begin at 10: 30 a.m. in the Superior Dome. It will be broadcast live on WNMU TV 13.

Three receive Distinguished Faculty Awards

Peter Goodrich (English), Peggy House (Mathematics and Computer Science) and Robert Kulisheck (Political Science) are recipients of the 2005 NMU Distinguished Faculty Awards. Each will receive $1,000 and be recognized at spring commencement.
The Distinguished Faculty Awards honor full-time faculty who have made significant contributions to NMU and their professional areas.
Peter Goodrich arrived at NMU in 1984. As an authority on the figure Merlin, the English professor has earned an international reputation for his many publications on Medieval and fantasy literature. He serves on the executive council for the Medieval Association of the Midwest and is the editor of its newsletter, Nuntia. Goodrich organized the group's annual meeting held last fall at NMU. His teaching interests also include technical communication, rhetorical theory, Irish literature, fantasy and myth, and modern fiction. He received a bachelor of the arts degree in English from Dartmouth College, and an Anglo-Irish Literature diploma from Trinity College. He holds a master of arts degree in English language and literature, as well as a doctorate in prose fiction, medieval literature and rhetoric and composition, from the University of Michigan.
Peggy House joined the mathematics faculty in 2003 and teaches courses that emphasize teaching methods, the history of the discipline, and elementary mathematical content. While a relative newcomer to the department, she has worked at Northern since 1993, when she was hired to direct the Seaborg Center. In that capacity, House served the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics and was the organization's first recipient of the Outstanding Contributions to Mathematics Education Award. She also worked actively on the Michigan Statewide Systemic Initiative and the Michigan Network of Mathematics and Science Centers. House has been a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and just received the NCTM Lifetime Achievement Award. House received a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and physics from Alverno College. She holds a master of science degree in secondary education mathematics and physics from Kansas State University, where she also acquired a doctorate in mathematics and physics for college training.
Bob Kulisheck joined the NMU faculty in 1969 and served 23 years as head of the department. He has developed and taught numerous courses in American government, public administration, comparative politics and international relations. Kulisheck led the effort to create a master of public administration program at NMU and has played a key role in the development of the new MPA concentrations in health care administration and criminal justice administration. He also assisted in the formation of a new NMU-MPA extension program in the Sault Ste. Marie area. He chairs the Washington Center Scholarship Committee and the Academic Service Learning Advisory Committee at NMU. In addition to his university service, Kulisheck has experience as an elected public official. He was a Marquette City commissioner, mayor pro tem and mayor from 1979-1985. He currently chairs the City of Marquette Municipal Fellows program. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Mankato State University and a master's and doctorate from the University of Iowa.

Planning for Homecoming 2005

"Old Hollywood Comes to Northern" has been chosen as the theme of Homecoming 2005, September 11-17.
Activities begin Sunday, September 11 with the Dead River games and culminate with the NMU vs. Wayne State football game Saturday, Sept. 17th in the Superior Dome.

Make your plans to attend now!

In addition to favorite Homecoming celebrations, the United State Olympic Education Center will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary with special events throughout the week.

Here's a tentative look at the Homecoming schedule.
Please keep in mind not all events have been scheduled yet.

Friday, Sept. 16
NMU Alumni Association Board of
Directors' Meeting
8:00 a.m.
Homecoming Parade 5:30 p.m.
NMU Sports Hall of Fame Induction 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17
NMU Alumni Association Awards Brunch 10:30 a.m.
Tailgate Party 3:00 p.m.
NMU vs. Wayne State 5:00 p.m.
Fifth Quarter Reception 7:30 p.m.


From the Email bag

"I enjoy reading the updates each week. I still have a connection as my daughter is currently attending NMU and I get up there more frequently now. Last week's email had a few grads from Crystal Falls and I, too, grew up in Crystal Falls."
Dennis Stromberg '75
Naperville, IL

"I just wanted to say thank you for the weekly updates. Those of us in the Detroit area always appreciate a little news from the north. My wife Kelly and I are looking forward to camping in Marquette County this summer and will be sure to drop by and say Hi. Keep up the good work. Thanks."
Michael '99 and Kelly '00 Bray
Madison Heights, MI

"Can you share this in your weekly update please: Anyone who wants to know about a new museum opening. The new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library is opening to the public. I just got my job there and this as an ABSOLUTELY amazing museum. If you want to know all about Abraham Lincoln you should come and visit. It is really cool. The museum is located in Springfield, IL."
Robert Rustman
Springfield, IL

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