For the week of April 30, 2007

From the 6th floor

Our flirtation with spring continues in Upper Michigan as pleasant temperatures made for some gorgeous days this past weekend. A number of people ventured to the beach and while I heard rumors people went into Lake Superior, I can't support those rumors with photos. The mild weather is expected to continue throughout the week. The commencement day forecast is for sunshine and temperatures near 70 degrees. Perfect weather for graduation parties or packing up the car and heading home for the summer.

Economic expert details Michigan's budget dilemma

Tom Clay of the the Citizens Research Council spoke to a packed house at NMU's Reynolds Recital Hall. Clay is emeritus director of state affairs for the Citizens Research Council, a leading non-partisan economic and government research think tank for the state of Michigan. He is an expert on Michigan's financial situation; a situation he says is beyond crisis.

Clay spoke close to an hour about Michigan's financial situation, what caused it and proposals that might fix the problems.

View Clay's presentation.

Commencement ceremony to be streamed

Northern will offer live streaming video of commencement via the Internet through the NMU Athletics partnership with B2 Networks, the company that provides Internet broadcasts of Wildcat sports events. The cost of the connection is $6 and you can sign up at either the commencement site ( or at the NMU Athletics page (, click on Watch the Game Live!)
B2 Networks was founded by Greg Bell. Greg attended Northern from 1975-78. He serves as chairman and CEO. Bell is one of the early pioneers and entrepreneurs in digital media and has been working in the field for over 25 years. He has worked with clients in the entertainment and sports community such as NFL, NBA, NHL, Oscar DeLaHoya and Barbra Streisand.
DVD recordings of the commencement proceedings are available through WNMU-TV. The cost is $19.95, including shipping. For more information, contact Bob Thomson at 906-227-1300, or 1-800-227-9668 or go to the on line order form.

Easier, faster searches on the Northern Network

Interested in locating former classmates you've lost touch with?
The Northern Network, the NMU Alumni Association's free online social and professional network, is now even easier to use.
Simply type a name in the search box and watch the results appear.
More than 2,500 alumni are already registered.
If you're not registered, you're missing out on some great opportunities to connect, find work or simply socialize with Wildcats.

Summer College

Registration for Summer College is under way. The majority of classes for the first session begin Monday, May 21 (there are courses with various starting dates.) The second summer session begins Monday, July 2. Summer may be a great time to take that class you've always wanted to take or begin a new program that will advance your career.
What plans do you have for your K-12 kids this summer? They can go to college, too, by attending NMU's Summer College for Kids. Northern has a plethora of youth camps, including art and design, sports and recreation, writing, and math, technology and science. To learn about all of the summer activities at NMU, go to

NMU Leadership Banquet awards show diversity of student programs

NMU recently held its annual leadership recognition banquet, which honors outstanding students and campus organizations.

The Organization for Outdoor Recreational Professionals
won organization of the year honors for sponsoring the Student Outdoor Educators Conferences, holding a camp-a-thon
to raise money for and raise awareness of the homeless
and participating in other community service projects.

Primetime Productions, which brings bands, comedians and other acts to campus, was named university-funded organization of the year.

The Student Social Work Organization received the
community service award for collaborating on a
$2,000 fundraising project for the homeless and
sponsoring special events at the
Jacobetti Home for Veterans.

Platform Personalities, which brings prominent guest speakers to campus, garnered program of the year for "Full House" actress Jodie Sweetin's (center) talk about addiction and recovery, as well as diversity program of the year for John Dau's presentation on his experiences as a Sudanese "lost boy" and the genocide in Darfu.

2007 Wildcat Golf Outing scheduled

The annual Wildcat Club Golf Outing will be held on Thursday, June 21 at the Marquette Country Club. Sign up your team now.
Cost (per person) for a day of golf is $90 for Wildcat Club members ($100 for non-members) and includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, lunch at the turn, refreshments on the course and a reception following golf.
To reserve your team's spot, email

From the Email bag

"Couldn't help but chuckle and reminisce a bit when I saw the photo and story covering Frosty Treats in the April 23 newsletter. You see, our first daughter is our little 'Yooper baby'. Kristan was born April 25, 1972 at St. Lukes Hospital. Guess where her first stop was on the way home from the hospital? You got it--the good old Dairy Queen going out by the 41 bypass! It was very close to Sandy's (which pre-dated Burger Chef, which was built across from Kaye Hall and next to Memorial Field.) I worked at the Chef during grad school and Kristan became a steady customer there, also--she loved the chocolate milkshakes. So what's up with our little 'Yooper baby'? This week she turned 35! She and her hubby are headed to Aruba on vacation but she assured me she will have an ice cream and think about Marquette!"
Jerry Nordquist '69, '72
Canton, Mich.

"Thanks for doing such a great job keeping us informed of the happenings around Northern. I was just telling my fiance about Frosty Treats this weekend and now he can't wait until we come up in June! He had the distinct misfortune of having gone to Tech. Oh well, at least he's marrying right! I also can't wait to see all of my NMU friends when I get married over Labor Day weekend. Here's a photo to make sure it's really true!"
Christine Carlyon '97
Rochester, Mich.

"January 24, 2007, at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE, I was able to donate one of my kidneys to my sister-in-law, Danuta Glazewska. Danuta is my wife’s twin sister and has been here in the United States since 1990. She came from Poland to attend our wedding. Unfortunately, after three months Danuta contracted hepatitis and Krystyna and I were told, “if she did not get a liver transplant in 24 hours she would die”. Miracle after miracle happened to her and the transplant center at UNMC found the liver but the kidneys failed to recover. A year of dialysis and Danuta received a kidney transplant. This past year found her transplanted kidney lasted only 15 years and she needed another transplant. By the grace of God, I found I was a perfect match. I feel fantastic but Danuta is still having some complications. Nothing compared to the ordeal she has been through over the last 17 years. I wish to recommend not only being an Organ Donor and having it on your drivers license but if you have a loved one or are even brave enough to step up and be a living donor, it is the greatest reward to experience. UNMC has given me a sweatshirt that I wear as often as I can that says, 'Got two – Give one I’m a living Kidney Donor'. I’ll always be a Wildcat but a part of me will always be a Husker."
Stephen V. Schultz '72
Jensen Beach, Fla.

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