For the week of June 19, 2006

From the 6th floor

Upper Michigan has had its share of warm weather over the past two weeks, with several days of beach weather. Although the local newscast showed some individuals adventurous enough to be in Lake Superior, when we took our cameras to the beach, we couldn't find anyone willing to take the plunge. Lake temperatures are estimated to be around 40 degrees at the shoreline. That's still pretty chilly.

Happening this week...

Don't forget, the Golden Wildcat Club Golf Outing takes place this Thursday, June 22, at the Marquette Golf and Country Club. There is still time to register. Click here for a registration form. Scroll down to Wildcat Outing.

Also this week, the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors meets in Marquette and the Student Leader Fellowship Program hosts its 15th anniversary reunion weekend.

Legislative update

We’ve headed into the final stretch of the legislative season and there is reason to hope that a higher education bill may be signed before the fall, although this time line is quite tentative.  Right now, all three funding proposals – those from the Governor (1.8% increase to NMU), Senate (1.8%) and House (0.3 percent with amendments that total 2.3%) – are being discussed in Conference Committee where the legislators will work to iron out the differences. There is some talk in Lansing that the goal of the committee is to have a bill ready to bring to Gov. Granholm by June 30.  It would be great for Michigan’s universities if a bill could be finalized by July 1 when universities begin their new fiscal year (the state’s fiscal year begins Oct. 1).

Spring/Summer Horizons headed your way

Looking for some excellent summer reading?

Not only do you have the latest issue of Horizons to look forward to, you'll also find a great summer reading recommendation list from NMU faculty, staff and students in the new issue.

The Spring/Summer issue is headed to your mailbox.

Some highlights include:

  • Excerpts from novels, short stories and poems written by faculty, alumni and students
  • A look ahead to the fall sports season and some special Wildcat events
  • The ever-popular Keeping Track section

Horizons is partially funded by the dues-paying members of the NMU Alumni Association. If you are not a member, consider joining today!

Alumni in the news

Dr. Malcolm McNeil (’69 BS, ’71 MA) was awarded the Honors of the Council by the Council on Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD).  It is the highest honor given by CAPCSD.  Dr. McNeil teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. … Dr. Pak-Wing “Steve” Chum (’74 MA) will be inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame Monday (June 19).  Dr. Chum, a leading scientist in plastics and chemicals for Dow Chemical Co., is the inventor of XLA, the fiber used in non-wrinkle clothing... Tom Izzo (’77 BS), Michigan State men’s basketball coach, made a second trip to Kuwait in May to participate in Operation Hardwood II, a basketball tournament for military personnel. Coach Izzo said his trips to Kuwait have been life-changing experiences. … Speaking of Tom, Gerri Daniels ’83 BA, Northern’s director of admissions, sent a note about attending the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling annual conference where the two keynote speakers were both NMU alumni – Tom Izzo and Lloyd Carr (‘68 BS, ‘70 MA), University of Michigan football coach. Both of these men consider a college education a high priority for young people, so it's not surprising to learn they were addressing the state’s college admissions counselors. … On June 22, watch for NMU alumna Theresa Larson (’88 BS, ’90 MA) who will be a contestant on the television game show “Jeopardy.” Theresa said her success in answering some of the show’s questions “is a direct result of the education I received at Northern.”

New activities added to Homecoming

Homecoming 2006 is scheduled for Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30, and promises to be bigger and better than ever with a variety of new events added to the schedule.

This year's theme is "Around the World" but we want you to be thinking "Around the World...and back again to Northern." Make this the year you visit Marquette for Homecoming.

Some of this year's special events include:
--50-Year Reunion for the Classes of 1955-56-57
--Reunion of the undefeated 1956 Wildcat football team
--Informal alumni reception Friday evening

In addition, the traditional activities will be taking place:
--Homecoming parade on Third Street
--NMU Sports Hall of Fame Induction
--NMU Alumni Association Awards Brunch
--Tailgate party at the Superior Dome
--NMU vs. Ferris State
--Fifth-Quarter Alumni & Friends reception at the Holiday Inn

Thanks for stopping by...

...Rhonda Sprague '91 of Stevens Point, Wis.

Patrick Fetherston '73 of Cassopolis, Mich. and his niece, Jaelin Arndt.

If you're visiting Marquette, make sure you stop by and say hello. We're located on the 6th floor of Cohodas.

From the E-mail bag

Responses to last week's rock wall mystery. (If you didn't read the original story, it's available here.)

"Hi Deanna, I went to John D. Pierce in the 40's and Northern in the 50's and lived on Kay Ave. If I remember right, there was a stairway down from the old Northern science building (were Olson library was built) and a walk way to Presque Isle and Waldo. As you came down the stairway on the right side was a place to sit and a retaining wall, we would sit on and talk after riding our bikes down the steps. I believe the wall  was done or inlayed by the science students. But I do not know for sure.There also was a retaining at the end of Waldo street. I am not sure which wall you are talking about.
There were things like the Hart and walk ways that could have been done through the WPA in the 1930's. Check old year books. I hope this helps."

Chuck Westen '58, '66
Alton, NH

"Deanna, that wall is very interesting and fascinating.  I hope someone knows something about its origin.  Thank you for sharing the photos of THE WALL.
No black flies in Texas."
Anita Dionne Gray '66
Frisco, TX

"I remember something said about the “wall” in ’67 when I started... though it wasn’t visible as far as I knew... but behind the Olson Library, if I remember, was heavily wooded enough for lovers to sneak back there for a “smooch”, ha... Could the wall have been a memorial or even a guidepost for a path up the hill?  Maybe even part of a bench for resting and reading... would it have been visible from back windows of Library?  Can’t wait to take a peek at it this summer...   Cheers, and keep up the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys adventure!  (Harry Potter would know... ha).  
Mike Greer  ‘76

Arlington, MA

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