For the week of May 21, 2007

From the 6th floor

Mild spring weather continues throughout Upper Michigan. It's still getting pretty chilly during the night hours, but on those days when the sun shines, we have temperatures in the mid 60s. A bit of a cold spell over the weekend, but forecasters predict more moderate temperatures for the upcoming week. As you can see by the photos this week, the trees and bushes are starting to green and blossom very nicely. There's still the chance for frost/freeze overnight- this is the U.P. after all-so most folks are bringing their hanging baskets inside at night.

Detroit alumni group plans next meeting

The Detroit area alumni group has scheduled its next meeting for
Tuesday, May 29.

The group is making plans for summer activities including Wildcat Night at a Tigers game and other events.
Anyone interested in being a part of the group is welcome to attend.

Detroit Area Alumni Meeting
Tuesday, May 29
6:30 p.m.
Royal Oak Public Library
Room CD
222 East Eleven Mile Road
Royal Oak, Mich.

Contact for the group is Sean Krabach '94.
Sean can be reach via the Northern Network or via email at

NMU undergraduates headed to Zambia

A group of students from NMU's biology department are doing field work in Africa during the months of May and June. Thirteen students are taking part in "B1495: Field Studies of Zambia." Led by NMU professors Dr. Alec Lindsay and Dr. Jackie Bird, the group will be doing short field studies in Zambia. The group will make a stop in London on the way, spending four days seeing Zambia/Africa-related British sites (Burton's tomb, Livingstone's artifacts at the Royal Geographic Society, the British Museum of Natural History, etc.)
You can follow the students' trip by visiting their weblog. Viewers of the weblog can add comments, too.

Thousands of alumni join the Northern Network

Have you lost touch with former classmates? Looking for alumni who live in your area? Do you have a job you'd like to post for NMU alumni?
The Northern Network is the place to do it.
Our new online community comes complete with a career center, a place for your personal Web page and endless ways to socialize. There's no charge for you to use it. It's safe, reliable and accessible only to NMU alumni. The password-protected network allows all NMU alumni and friends to log in, set up a personal profile and begin networking instantly!

Register today and join the thousands of NMU alumni already using the network.

"I'm excited that NMU has created a network like many other universities in our nation have done. Great work!"
Katrina Pahn '05

New grad wins grand prize at Graduation Pizza Party

Anne Truitt '07 of Gwinn walked away with the grand prize at the NMU Alumni Association's annual Graduation Pizza Party.

Are you a new graduate?
Have you signed up for your free year of membership?
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Visit our New Graduate Web page for the details on all these services and more.

NMU hockey schedule released

Northern Michigan University's 2007-08 hockey schedule features 19 home games and both Michigan and Michigan State visiting the Berry Events Center. The Wildcats will open the campaign with an exhibition game against the University of Toronto on Sunday, Oct. 7. Their first home weekend series will be against the University of Michigan on Oct. 19-20. Over the Christmas break, the 'Cats will skate in the Denver Cup along with Dartmouth, Sacred Heart and host Denver.
Check out the complete schedule.

From the E-mail bag

"Wow. What a great story about the Drake gift. In my line of work, I hear amazing stories from grateful patients that give back to the hospital that saved their lives, but I never expected to hear a story like this from my alma mater. Congratulations to Naomi, and kudos to the Drakes for giving back the way they did."
Meghan Marsden Parsche '98
Senior Philanthropy Officer
Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center
Milwaukee, Wis.

"Always enjoy reading your weekly news. I especially enjoyed the article on the new Benda-Drake room. Keep up the good work."
Fritz Wilson '58
Chassell, Mich.

Congratulations to NMU Alumni Association Board of Director Fred Stonehouse '70, '77.
Fred was selected as the Marine Historical Society of Detroit's "2007 Historian of the Year." The award recognizes persons who have actively contributed to the study of Great Lakes history.

Congratulations, Fred.
If you're like to congratulate Fred, he can be reached at

"Hi. I have all sorts of news to report.  I graduated this past Friday from the University of South Carolina with a Master of Library and Information Science degree.  Attached is a photo of me in my cap and gown.  I have accepted a position as the librarian at ITT Technical Institute in Charlotte, NC, which starts on June 4.  In the meantime, I am getting married.  On Saturday, May 19, I am marrying Keelan Lovvorn, and as a result, my name will be changing to Rae Marie Lovvorn, and I will also have a new email.  I am sure you have an alum database you like to keep updated, so I will update my mailing address as soon as I have a new one in Charlotte. Love the UP photos!"
Rae Kammerer '95 (soon to be Lovvorn!)

"I thought you might like to see this picture of one of our construction management graduates who also took some of our inaugural Alternative Energy courses. Jesse is working on a large wind farm with Mortensen, a major construction company that has been delving into the wind energy business. Makes me proud to be an educator."
Daryl Kobie
Assistant Professor, Technology and Applied Sciences



Look closely and you will see Jesse atop the windmill with the American flag.

"Hi. Wanted to update you on my book. It's available online at, Borders, etc. The book will be in stores July 1st. If you go to my Web site, it's been updated and there's an illustrations page to look at the renderings."
Joe Borri '84
Farmington, Mich.

"Hi. As a benefit for the NMU cross country ski team, and Sports Rack are selling the NMU Champions poster. As you know, the NMU women's cross country team made history by sweeping the podium at this year's NCAA Championship. The posters are being sold for $10 and $25 for an autographed copy. All proceeds go to benefit the NMU ski team. The posters are available at Sports Rack and on the Web at Thanks!"
Nell Gardner '05

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