For the week of April 24, 2006

From the 6th floor

It's definitely starting to look a lot more like spring. Green grass is sprouting up and there have even been some reports of flowers making an appearance. We've been in a relatively mild pattern with plenty of sunshine. Forecasters call for another nice week with temperatures around 50 degrees. We might be looking at rain towards the end of the week, though.

Provost candidates to visit campus

Three candidates for NMU provost will visit campus this week.
They are (in order of their scheduled visits): William McKinney, dean of the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania; Martin Tadlock, dean of the College of Professional Studies and the School of Graduate Studies at Bemidji State University in Minnesota; and Julia Wallace, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
The candidates will participate in a forum with the campus community on the respective days they visit. The forum will consist of a 15-minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer period. All are scheduled from 4-5 p.m. in the University Center. The location will be the Peter White Lounge.
Dr. Fred Joyal, current Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, announced in December that he is stepping down from that position to take on other duties at the university.
Click here to read more about the candidates.

Leadership awards handed out

Student Activities and Leadership Programs handed out its annual awards at a special recognition banquet last week. More than 500 students were on hand for the evening's celebration, the most ever. Did you know there are now more than 280 student groups on campus? Not only that, but those student groups are doing some phenomenal work on campus and in the community. Here are some of the evening's biggest awards:

Organization of the Year

Tau Kappa Epsilon

Project of the Year

Phi Sigma Sigma
AIDS Mural

Program of the Year

Public Relations Student Society of America: Entertainment at USOEC Short Track Speedskating Trials

Residence Hall House of the Year

House of Wonders, Spalding Hall

This year's Leadership Recognition Banquet was made possible by a sponsorship gift from Cellular One of Dobson Communications.

And speaking of Student Activities...looking for alumni teams for Tug-of-War at Homecoming

The Student Activities Homecoming Committee has decided to move part of the annual Dead River Homecoming Games to the Tailgate Party at the Dome, prior to the Homecoming football game, Saturday, September 30. Not only that, but they are opening up the traditional Tug-of-War competition to alumni. Now is the time to put your team together.

Dead River Games “Tug of War” moved to Homecoming Tailgate Party!

Alumni teams needed.

Groups of 6-10 are needed. Get your friends together and compete. Are you TKEs and want to compete against today’s TKEs? Let us know, maybe we can arrange it.
This is a great way to get involved and have a fun time.
Get in touch with us.
or 1-877-GRAD NMU

Don't forget...Homecoming 2006, Sept. 29-30!

Alumnus featured on HGTV's "I Want That!"

"I Want That" on Home and Garden TV showcases the hottest techno-trends, futuristic fixtures and coolest must-have gizmos for the home. The most recent episode, airing in April, features the work of NMU art & design alumnus Andy Gregg '93. Andy designs hand-crafted furniture from recycled and reused bicycles. Andy resides in Marquette but HGTV caught up with him recently in Chicago during one of his materials acquisition trips.
Check out Andy's designs at

To catch"I Want That" on the air, visit the HGTV web site for a program guide.


From the E-mail bag

"A time for Northern Alumni to come together! Alumna Carie Kaniszewski LaFond '95 was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. She underwent surgery on April 13th at Detroit Medical Center. After 12 hours in surgery the doctor indicated that they got 98% of the tumor (not cancerous) and that Carie did well in surgery. Further procedures may be needed to remove the remaining tumor and stop future growth. Carie is in ICU and having a tough recovery. She should remain in the hospital until April 21st. Carie was a member of the 1991-1995 NMU women’s basketball team. Carie was selected as the graduation speaker in 1995, and received many educational honors in her Speech Communication Major. She received her Master’s degree in 1997 from Michigan State University in International Studies. Carie was a great friend to many NMU graduates, most all of whom she still stays in contact. Carie recently applied to become a member of the NMU Alumni Board. Husband Paul LaFond is a 1994 graduate and was a member and student coach of the NMU football team. Paul is currently a teacher in Belding, MI. Carie works with Amway Corporation (Alticor), after many years in International Marketing she is currently working with Artistry Beauty in Education and Programs. Carie and Paul have two beautiful children, Jackson age 4 and Lauren age 2.
Carie turns 33 on May 12. Her greatest fear going into surgery was not living to see her children grow up. They are loving and dedicated parents .Thoughts, prayers, cards are welcome. Her birthday is May 12th, we would love to have her receive many get well and birthday cards.
Carie LaFond
4622 White Pine Dr.
Lowell, MI 49331

Any questions you can contact Nancy Beukema '87 or Gregg Beukema '88.


"On March 31 2006, at 4:18 a.m., the newest Wildcat was welcomed into the world. John Richard Milewski III was 5 lbs. 12 oz. and 18 inches long. He is a true angel baby and a miracle from above. We are so blessed. John and I are currently trying to decide if we should set up a general college fund for him or if we should send the money directly to Northern :-) Greetings from Ionia!"
John '95 and Julie (Meinecke) Milewski '95
Ionia, MI

"Hi. All is going well in this area of the country. See you saw my friend Dana Verville when he visited the 6th floor a couple weeks back. He is a great friend along with standing in my wedding over 25 years ago. Stopped by to see you a while ago but it was on the weekend and you weren't around. Thanks for the news."
Ron Revello '95
Appleton, WI

"During a visit to the U.P. last June, I stopped in Marquette and rode through campus. I had not been back since I finished my Masters in 1964 and moved to Detroit. Although I didn't get lost, I also didn't find too many buildings that I recognized."
Bruce Sachs '61, '64
Livonia, MI

"Hi. There is a link to my latest commercial on my Web site, Also, I am going to be doing a play in New York on April 30th if there are any alumni in NYC they can get that info on my Web site, too."
Barbara Porter '93 (dba Porter Kelly)
Los Angeles, CA

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