For the week of May 2, 2005

From the 6th floor

Do you remember what the weather was like on the day you graduated? Do you tell people how it snowed on your May? If the academic calendar hadn't changed within the last couple years, the Class of 2005 would have been saying just that. It snowed this past weekend, which in the past would have been commencement weekend. Last year, the university adjusted the academic calendar and the spring semester runs further into May. Therefore, commencement takes place this Saturday. That being said, there is no guarantee of a snowless graduation day. Look at what it was doing outside yesterday. Snow, sleet, rain and a temperature of 33 degrees. Hopefully it will at least warm up enough later this week that any precipitation is rain and not snow.
On Monday, we had a bit of snow, but mostly frost colored the lawns and rooftops. Today is sunny, snowless and we have climbing temperatures.

Week highlighted by finals, commencement and moving out

NMU could set a new record Saturday for the number of graduating students participating in the spring commencement ceremony. About 800 students are expected to walk across the stage the Superior Dome. The ceremony takes place at 10:30 a.m. and the public is invited to attend.
Meanwhile, students across campus are cramming for exams and packing up their dorm rooms.

Tara Baker, a senior from Lakemoor, Ill., has been selected as the student speaker for Saturday’s commencement ceremony.
Baker is an electronic journalism major and speech communications minor with a 3.89 grade point average on a 4.00 scale. She hopes to have a career in television sportscasting.
At NMU, she has been involved with the following organizations: Public Relations Student Society of America; Media Alliance of Communication Students; Student Advisory Athletic Council; Golden Key International Honor Society; and Public Eye News, the student-operated television news program.
Baker was also a four-year letter winner on the Wildcat varsity soccer team.
“I hope my message will remind the graduates that they take a piece of Northern Michigan University with them, no matter where they go, and they leave a little bit of themselves at NMU,” said Baker.

T. Dennis George '60, a business attorney in Seattle, will be the featured commencement speaker. Dennis will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree at the ceremony.
NMU Alumni Association President Barry Axelrod will also speak at commencement, welcoming the new graduates.

NMU collaborates on brain tumor program

Northern Michigan University will play a role in a new comprehensive Brain Tumor Program being established by The Upper Michigan Cancer Center and the Upper Michigan Neuroscience Center at Marquette General Hospital.
The NMU biology department will collaborate with MGH on a research program that will examine the genetics of primary brain tumors in an effort to identify the mechanisms that cause a cell to become cancerous. Improved understanding of altered genetic pathways may lead to new treatment approaches.
NMU biology professor Robert Winn will lead the research effort. He said his students are honored to work closely with MGH on the new initiative.
“We’re excited to partner with MGH in this way,” Winn said. “Using our research strengths, with resources available at MGH, will benefit both institutions. I strongly believe it will result in a better understanding of brain tumors and ultimately better care for patients.”
Full story.

Take part in these Alumni events!

Annual Wildcat Club/Alumni Association Golf Outing
Thursday, June 23
Marquette Country Club

Join in the fun at the 2005 Golf Outing.
This event is an important fundraiser and one that promises to be a great time to renew friendships and make new connections with Wildcat alumni.

Organize your team and invite friends to participate.

Registration 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lunch from the grill will be available.
Driving range will be open.

Shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $100
Includes 18 holes of golf, dinner, prizes, goodie bag and refreshments on the course.

Advertise your business to Wildcats!
Hole sponsorships are available.

Get in touch with us for details!

Green Bay Golf Outing for Wildcat Hockey
Monday, June 6
Thornberry Creek Country Club (west of Green Bay)

Cost: $115.00 per person includes golf with a cart, lunch, beverages on the course and steak
dinner after the outing at Brett Favre's Steakhouse
Golf only: $75 Dinner only $50
Hole, beverage cart and other sponsorships are available. Raffle prizes appreciated.

Contacts: Maggie Mahoney 920-499-6874
Mike Welsing 920-592- 0243


Sixth Annual Golfing for a Goal
Monday, July 11
Western Golf & Country Club
Redford, Mich.

Cost: $200 per person includes golf, lunch, full dinner and gift pack.
Charter sponsorships and hole sponsorships available.

Contact: Mike Harris 734-422-9422

Wildcat pride seen all over Michigan

Do you keep your eye out for Wildcat license plates? More than 1600 cars are driving around the state of Michigan showing their Wildcat pride. It's a great conversation starter: "Are you a Northern grad?"
The plates are available year round through the Michigan Secretary of State office.
A portion of the revenue goes directly into scholarships at Northern Michigan University.
For alumni residing in other states, a front plate is also available.
Find out more!

From the Email bag

"Hi Deanna. I am so excited to read about the Mager's Hall renovation back to student housing. I lived in Magers all 4 years of my NMU career. I was in Dionysus for two years and then an R.A. in Aphrodite for two years. The "all women" atmosphere was just what I needed. We had a powerhouse broomball team...I was known as "The Tank". I have so many wonderful memories of NMU and Magers Hall is such a big part of them. Thanks for the alumni updates."
Pammy (Ensign) Geiger '77
Muskegon, MI

"Love the newsletter and especially the pictures. I was at NMU in the late 60s and I remember Magers as it used to be. It's fun seeing the past and the present all in one. Keep up the good work."
Nicki (Arnstein) Wilken '70
Niles, MI

"Hi Deanna. I imagine all are aware, while you were getting your snow flurries last week, the folks from Saginaw to Detroit were getting 6-10 inches. Secondly, thank you for "What's New, NMU?" It's good to hear and see some of the changes that are taking place at Northern as well as hearing from some of the alumni. Hi to all the Phi Kappa Tau alums and former swimmers from the '69-73 era."
Randy Ford '73
Saginaw, MI

Note from the editor: "Hi Randy. How about a walk down memory lane? Quite the good-looking group in 1971."

Phi Kappa Tau from the 1971 Peninsulan.



"Deanna, don't think you had lousy weather just because you're in the U.P. We had snow down here in Detroit, too!!! 80 degrees one day, 30 two days later! Michigan."
Barb Cole '82
Livonia, MI

"Good afternoon Deanna.
All is going well for me now that I'm back in the roll of things back at Kruger International. The year in Iraq took a lot out of me but the letters from fellow NMU grads and from you helped the year go by just a bit quicker. After this week, this will be my first full month back to work here at KI. They welcomed me with open arms and all is going well. This weekend I am going on a short/long trip to Anchorage, Alaska. It's just for a four-day weekend but I'm looking forward to it, no matter how short it is. Thanks again for all the support and prayers you are sending to the US soldiers. May God continue to bless you and NMU!"
Ron Revello '95
Appleton, WI

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