For the week of April 25, 2005
From the 6th floor
last week when I mentioned we were headed toward record-high temperatures
and how I was probably jinxing us? Well, that did the trick. After setting
records both Monday and Tuesday of last week (Tuesday hit 81 degrees), what
do you suppose happened? Yes, snow flurries. On Friday. From 80 degrees
on Tuesday to 35 and snow on Friday. Isn't that the Upper Michigan you know
It's pretty tough to see in the photo, but here's a look at our snow flurries last Friday.
We are back to sunshine today, but it's still cool. The recent warm weather has allowed for the grass to green up, as is evident on the UC lawn.
Reynolds Recital Hall dedicated
NMU President Les Wong, Phyllis Reynolds and Dr. Donald Grant, head of the NMU Music Department, cut the ribbon on the new Reynolds Recital Hall.
dedication of the Reynolds Recital Hall took place Tuesday, April 19 on
the campus of Northern Michigan University.
The recital hall, which opened in February, was part of the Hedgcock and east campus renovation. It has been named in honor of the Phyllis Reynolds family of Marquette, long-time supporters of NMU. Reynolds was one of the top contributors during This Decisive Season: The Campaign for Northern Michigan University, NMU's first-ever comprehensive fundraising effort from 1996-2003 that realized $36.6 million in private giving to the university.
NMU alumna Valerie Errante '80, a soprano soloist, was a special guest of the gala concert to dedicate the hall. Errante received her master's degree in music. She is currently an associate professor of voice at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The concert also included performances by the University Choir, NMU Jazz Band, University Orchestra and NMU Symphonic Band.
Semester wrapping up
I'm not sure where the time
went, but there are only two weeks of the academic school year left. Final exam
week is Monday through Saturday, May 2-7. The commencement ceremony begins at
10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 7. Although the final numbers are not official yet,
we will have one of the largest-ever graduating classes and possibly the largest
number of graduates to march at commencement in NMU history. Commencement rehearsal
begins at 2:15, Friday, May 6. Following the rehearsal, First Impressions, an
NMU student organization, and the NMU Alumni Association will hold an informal
graduation party called, "Keep it Rockin', Class of 2005," which will
provide seniors with the opportunity to mix and mingle with their classmates,
find out about alumni services, and munch on pizza and pop.
As mentioned in last week's issue, T. Dennis George '60, a business attorney in Seattle, will be commencement speaker. Dennis will also receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree at the ceremony. 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.
End of the year brings student honors
|If you are looking for a reason to be proud of your alma mater, you need look no further than the annual Leadership Recognition Banquet which took place this past Thursday evening. The banquet recognizes the efforts of student organizations and individual students. These groups put in thousands of hours on campus activities and community service.|
Organization of the Year (University or Activity Fee Funded):
Organization of the Year:
Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
Other high marks
Earlier this month, Northern
held its annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Works, which featured
15 poster displays and 42 presentations by undergraduate and graduate students.
It was a day of one great example after another of the high caliber scholarship
that takes place at NMU. Senior Eileen Porter of Marquette won the Best
of Show award for her poster presentation, Comparative Analysis
of the Effect of Manure on Growth Patterns of Common Garden Bean Seedlings (Phaseolus
Also, NMU held its annual Honors Banquet that recognizes
highest academic achieving students. Philosophy professor Jim Greene was the
keynote speaker, while the student speakers were Traci Byykkonen and Stephen
Grandchamp, both seniors from Ishpeming. The event honored freshmen and transfer
students who received a grade point average of 3.90 or higher and sophomores,
juniors, and seniors who had a GPA of 3.75 or higher as well as outstanding
graduating seniors from each department and graduate program.
Renovated hall taking shape
NMU's latest construction project is progressing. Crews are converting Magers
Hall from faculty offices back to student housing. The estimated $6.1 million
renovation was put on the "fast track", with completion expected
within three months of the project's start date. The self-imposed schedule
with Magers will serve as a trial for future residence hall renovation projects
in the hope that on-campus housing will not be impacted during the academic
One of the most noticeable changes to the structure is a roofline that is pitched rather than flat, as the current dorm roofs are.
|As you can see from these two photos, trusses for a pitched roofline totally change the look of the building.|
|In case you have forgotten, this is what most dorm roofs look like: flat. West Hall can be seen in the distance behind the UC.||A sketch of renovated Magers Hall.|
From the Email bag
picture was taken at Mid-American Greek Council Association conference last
February. Both Kris and I are Phi Sigma Sigma's from the Theta Alpha Chapter
at NMU. Kris Day graduated in 1994 while I graduated in 2002. I love the newsletter!
Thanks so much. It's a great day to be a Wildcat."
Kim Monteaux '02
"Even at an advanced
age, I still appreciate the walks down memory lane each week. Northern certainly
provided a great foundation for a career and social life. As a school administrator,
nearing the end of this career in a year or so, I sincerely appreciate the weekly
email from the institution that made it all happen. Long live Northern!"
Rob Witte '66
to Dr. Kulisheck for receiving the distinguished faculty award. I had the opportunity
to work with Dr. Kulisheck as a Washington Center Inter in 2002. He is a remarkable
man who has contributed to NMU and the city of Marquette greatly. Dr. Kulisheck
has been an advocate for students and has genuine interest and passion for Northern.
He is the type of person many students strive to be like."
Erin Spencer '03
"For the Email bag....It
was great meeting you, Deanna, and thank you for the parking pass (and fixed
ticket). What I was most amazed about on my week long vacation in March, were
the students and how theyre so in tune with the outside world and their
surroundings. A good sign our future is in safe hands! At my workshop, I was
overwhelmed with questions about how to be a good band director, what to expect,
how to encourage the kids, etc. All were attentive to my many stories about
the old days in late 60s, early 70s, how NMU was back
then, how Marquette has changed and also stayed the same! It was also great
to see that theres plenty of activity going on daily/nightly for students
to be involved in... though I didnt attend the great porn debate. I did
attend the U.S. Army Field Band performance at Gravaeret (sp?) and was happy
to see such a big turn-out from a large cross-section of the community! And
they were hot! As I have land up near Big Bay, on 510, I was also pleased to
see such great interest in the sulfide mining thing. Shows the environment is
being looked after just fine! The students treated me with respect and interest
all over campus, as I walked through all the recently renovated areas, and the
new Reynolds Recital Hall is marvelous! As I often recommend east coasters to
look into NMU as a viable option for school, Im glad to see such bright
and shiny kids getting a good education and a good time... the best part of
my time up there. See you all in 2 yrs, 3 mos and 5 days, (but whos counting...ha).
Cheers and thanks!"
Mike Greer 76
"Good morning Deanna.
I just wanted to send my greetings along to "What's New, NMU?" I love
reading the letters from my fellow alumni every week. It's fun to see where
we all ended up. I am a 1975 graduate from the IT department (one of Doc Wahtera's
old gang.) I, for one, grew weary of the cold and snow of the midwest and moved
several years ago to sunny, warm and dry San Diego. I admit I miss the spring
and fall of Marquette, but the snow is another story. But my true love for NMU
must be contagious since our youngest daughter, who is a true surfer girl, is
an NMU student. Who would have guessed?"
Paul Howard '75
San Diego, CA
"Thanks for emailing
me the weekly newsletter. I am a Michigander in heart, but live in Florida.
It's nice to hear from fellow grads from your NMU newsletter. Anyone who wants
help or in need of fellow grad to talk about times at NMU, please email me!
Looking forward to next year's hockey season!"
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