For the week of July 23, 2007

From the 6th floor

A picture perfect day in Marquette. We've been on the receiving end of a number of those types this month. Everyone says summer is the best time of the year in Upper Michigan. It's hard to argue with that when we're looking at such a gorgeous view out the 6th floor window.

Board of Trustees sets tuition

The NMU Board of Trustees approved a tuition and fees schedule for 2007-08. It raises resident and non-resident tuition by the same dollar amount – not the same percentage – to help Northern remain competitive with schools in surrounding states. Full-time undergraduate students will pay $284 more per semester. The annual cost will be $6,709 for residents and $10,645 for non-residents. These rates are contingent upon NMU receiving its $4.2 million delayed state appropriation payment in October and no further reductions in state funding.
“This plan is a fair balance with the same dollar increase for both groups," said Trustee Doug Roberts, who made the motion for approval. “I am sensitive to the issue Northern has of competing for students who are not from Michigan. The state has a right to want to keep people here, but doesn’t it also benefit the state to attract students from elsewhere who might ultimately choose to stay? I was one of those people.”
NMU President Les Wong said declining demographics in the Upper Peninsula have led the university to expand its recruiting efforts beyond Michigan’s border. Non-resident students comprise nearly 19 percent of Northern’s undergraduate population and that figure is growing.
Full story.

The Northern Network continues to grow

More than 4,000 NMU alumni and friends are busy networking in the Northern Network. This social and professional network, exclusively for NMU alumni and friends, continues to grow daily. If you haven't registered yet or haven't logged in recently, you're missing out on some great opportunities.
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Alumni summer reunion photos

NMU alumni nationwide take the opportunity over the summer to get together with friends, former classmates and teammates. We love that they send us photos when those events take place. Here are a few from June.

Delta Sigma Phi Delta Upsilon Reunion in Livonia.

"The women of Dionysus House in Magers Hall, 1972-75, met at Marilyn McCarter Messina's cottage in Lewiston, Michigan. Photos and college stories were shared as participants traveled from the U.P., Illinois, Indiana, California, Florida and many locations in the Lower Peninsula. This was a thirty-plus reunion and the first time the group has gotten together. The next gathering is planned for Marquette in 2009."

From left to right, back row:
Mimi Wirtanen, Mary Ellen Fediuk '76, Michelle Papineau Whitaker '76, Jan Ball, Joan Ball '74, Jean Ball '74, Colleen Kenny, Karen Spehar Wittkopp '73, Sharon Block Milan '77, Susan Augustine Reijula '76, Marilyn McCarter Messina '75.
Front row from left to right: Debra Hussong '75, Jean Haepers '75, Pam Ensign Geiger '77, Louann Hopkins Larsen '75, Bonnie Zick Morgan '77, Barbara Lash Mueller '75 and Kathy Bushy '82. 

Members of NMU's gymnastics team got together with former coach Lowell Meier in Marquette.

Front row: Nancy Howard Tan '91, Melissa Rosback Folsom '89, Lowell Meier, Michelle McCullough Goode '89, Brenda Beaudo Anderson '90.
Back row: Marie Phillips Sikkema '89, Peggy Borch Barber '89, Robin Mohre Gare '90, Cathy Heitert Kelly '89.

"Please note the photo of some of us older NMU alumni and friends at a recent golf outing in Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire, Michigan. Can people still recognize any of these old NMU reprobates? We all played Tom Izzo's '77 The Chief for our golf day, as far as the results one shot par! The green jacket was awarded to Mary Nemetz as the winner via handicap and the pink dress was awarded to Stan Selesky as the high gross. Needless to say, a great time was had by all!"

Left to right: John Nemetz, Mario Nardizzi '70, Glynn Gubbins, Brian Garner '75, Frank Maida, Stan Selesky, Kevin Miller.

Forest Roberts Theatre unveils new season

The Forest Roberts Theatre at Northern Michigan University has announced its 2007-2008 “Drop Everything” theatre season.  According to James A. Panowski, Director of the Forest Roberts Theatre, “Four great shows, along with our popular new version of ‘Ebenezer Scrooge,’  promise something for everybody."
The season opens October 3-6 with one of the great American comedies, “Harvey” by Mary Chase.  Truth is indeed stranger than fiction in the second offering of the season.  “Warrior” by British playwright Shirley Gee is based on the true story of Hannah Snell who, in 1750 disguised as a boy, went to sea in search of her errant husband.  "Warrior" runs November 14-17. The second half of the season opens with the musical version of the cult film, “The Full Monty,” February 20-23.  The season wraps April 16-19 with Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people,” in “The Importance of Being Earnest.” 
Season tickets are now available to the general public and will remain on sale through September 7 depending on availability.  To request a brochure, stop by the Forest Roberts Theatre weekdays between noon and 5 p.m., or call 227-2082.  Season tickets (reserved seats for all four shows) are $30 for the General Public and $18 for NMU students.  Season tickets are also available from EZ Tickets in the Superior Dome.

Kaye House on Garden Tour

NMU First Lady Phyllis Wong is shown in the Kaye House garden next to a sculpture by
Cynthia Wedig' 04.

Kaye House, the NMU president’s residence on Center Street, will be featured for the first time on the garden tour sponsored by the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee (MBRC).
The 14th annual event is scheduled from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, July 26.
”I’m interested in gardens and nature, and both Les and I are avid outdoors people,” said Phyllis Wong, who also is a member of the MBRC. “When we first arrived here and saw the grounds, it seemed like they were part of the wild. We have tried to preserve the park-like, serene atmosphere by highlighting the native plants and complementing them a little bit with assorted perennials and annuals for color and variety.”
In her three years in Marquette, Wong has worked with landscaping artist Phil Pezzuto of NMU Plant Operations to enhance the Kaye House surroundings. They have added plant beds and a woodchip-lined walkway. They expanded the vegetable garden and surrounded it with a floral border.
Because this year’s garden tour incorporates music and art, metal sculptures by NMU art and design professor Dale Wedig and his wife, Cynthhia '04, recently were added to the outdoor display.
Click here for details on the tour.

Alumni share Shamrock memories

The Shamrock Bar in Marquette closed on Saturday, June 23. The bar has been a long-time favorite of students and the community, alike. After writing about the closure in our previous newsletter, we received a number of notes from former patrons around the country.
You can visit this old haunt when it becomes Elizabeth's Chop House this fall.

"It was at the Shamrock that my wife and I decided over a couple glasses of beer and a plate of french fries, which is all we could afford on a Sunday night when the dorms didn't serve food, to get married. We graduated in June of 1966 from NMU and were married August 13 of that year. Two children and 2 grandchildren later, with two more grandchildren arriving before the end of 2007, we will be celebrating our 41st wedding anniversary."

"After attending Michigan Tech my freshman year and then dropping out for two years, I decided to go back to school but at Northern Michigan College. When I went to register they said they did not get my application materials.  I was able to register but found that I was not in a dorm and essentially homeless. I ended up at the Theta Omicron Rho fraternity which needed to take in boarders partly because they were on probation due to use of alcohol in the house. Many of us boarders joined the fraternity and many of us were over 21 but since we could not consume beverages in the house we ended up adopting the Shamrock as our social club. We spent many nights there and were somewhat miffed when it would get invaded by the rest of the campus on St. Patty's Day. It would be filled to overflowing as would also describe the schooners of green beer. Over the following days you would see many of these same schooners in the windows of the dorm rooms. When I attended the 100th anniversary of NMU, I learned that the old frat house had been torn down and replaced by a more modern structure. I was devastated as were a number of the other attendees judging by the comments made at a fraternity reunion at the time. So the Shamrock, like the Tip Top, and the old frat house have succumbed to time and progress but live on in Golden memories in us Golden agers."
Gary Labreche '61
Gladstone, Mich.
"Memories of the Shamrock? Yes, I have thousands of memories of walking in after work...but very few of walking out."
Dave Mattson '72
Cape Coral, Fla.
"The Shamrock is certainly the last of the 'old downtown bars' and I'm sure it will be missed by students as far back at the '70s. Although 'The Store', the 'Traffic Jam' and 'Joe's' (Or What?) were the more popular, packed downtown watering holes, the Shamrock was always the place to go for a quiet drink. Those of us from that era will remember that the Shamrock was just the left half of the present building and very small. It was also a favorite hangout of the local Jantzen House resident known as Snowflake. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!"
Dan Kalinowski '75
Cumming, Ga.

"I will miss the Shamrock not being around anymore. Back in my college years and a few after that, I worked for Bresnan Communications that was located just around the corner. My ritual was to go the the Shamrock every Thursday and Friday night after work and close it down. I remember the days with Joe at the door and Dale and Nancy behind the bar. I sure miss those good times. :-( "
Diana Knoell Kustowski '91
Beavercreek, Ohio

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Jules Chopp '71 and his wife, from Lowell, Ind.
Randi '04 and Ryan '03 Brown of Suffolk, Va.
Richard Nice '98 of Mundelein, Ill.

From the Email bag

"Yesterday I was visiting with my former first grade teacher, Catherine Been Hansen from Skanee, Mich. She is 96! She received degrees from Northern in 1931 and 1943. I am enclosing a few photos that I took of Catherine with the very first recipient of her scholarship. The young lady is going to Northern this fall for a Nursing degree. She is just delightful, kind, and has her feet on the ground. Her name is Kristin Nicklas, age 18, of Baraga. Catherine had her read three of her favorite poems out of the blue book and then she taught us how to read poetry. It was just amazing to have my first grade teacher still teaching."
Barb Hanshaw '63, '71
L'anse, Mich.

"I can't make it to the 6th floor, but I will be coming from Finland to the States with a Finnish chamber choir I direct. We will be at FinnFest USA 2007 in Ashtabula, Ohio from July 24-29. If anybody happens to live close or is passing through, it would be great to see some NMU alumni there!"
Margaret Sell Vainio '76
Mahlu, Finland

"Wanted to share with our Alumni and Friends that our second addition to the Zivnoska crew arrived a little early.  Peyton Michael Louis Zivnoska arrived May 25th (he was due June 12th).  A healthy 7lbs 9 ounces, and 19.25 inches long.  Easton (our other son), 15 months old, is learning to share Mom & Dad, and to take care of his new brother. We are all doing great."
Patience (Doherty) Zivnoska '02 and Mike Zivnoska '02
Monroe, Mich.

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