For the week of August 7, 2006

From the 6th floor

We went through a bit of a cool period, but forecasters say the thermometer will be headed back up by the middle of this week. Plenty of opportunities to hit the beach during the past two weeks. Here's a look at the McCarty's Cove area on a recent sunny day.

Last chance to win an IPod Nano

Response to the Alumni Association survey has been excellent! More than 1,500 alumni have visited the survey.

But time is limited. You must complete the survey by Friday, Aug 11 to be included in the drawing.
You may only register once.

The objective?

You get to tell us how the Alumni Association is doing as your gateway to the NMU community, and we’ll introduce you to an exciting new concept – an online community for all NMU alumni. It’s quick, painless and will be extremely beneficial in helping us evaluate how we can make your NMU alumni experience better.

What’s in it for you?
For just 10 minutes of your time, you could win a new IPod Nano.
More importantly, you can help us build a more connected NMU Alumni community that you can be a part of.

Click here to access the survey!

Alumnus family gift helps start new program

A gift valued at about $125,000 from Ironwood Plastics and the Stephens family, company owners, will help Northern Michigan University begin a plastic injection technology program.

Scott Stephens, vice president-administration and a 1991 NMU graduate, announced the partnership program with NMU, which will consist of student scholarships, a plastics injection machine, raw materials to operate the machine, and an instructor who will teach some courses in conjunction with NMU professors.

The certificate program will consist of courses totaling 31 credits.  Most students will be able to complete the program in two semesters. Required courses will include: manufacturing processes, alignment and power transmission, industrial measurement and fabrication, industrial practices (I and II), geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, machinery handbook, technical drafting (CAD), and plastic injection molding, as well as some general university courses.  Students in the program will also receive periodic on-site training at the Ironwood Plastics facility.

“This program will provide graduates with the knowledge and technical skills needed for entry-level employment in the plastic injection industry as a machine operator, maintenance technician or mold technician,” said NMU Professor Tom Meravi.  “There are good jobs out there in this field, including at Ironwood Plastics.”

Stephens said he was interested in the partnership with Northern because the university has an excellent reputation of designing high-quality academic programs for students of all types.

“I think many of us in the Upper Peninsula business community are interested in keeping our young people here after they graduate from high school.  To do that they need good jobs and the training to be successful at those jobs,” said Stephens.  “I have always had great confidence in NMU, and I’m pleased that we can jointly make this program happen.  I think it’s an outstanding example of business-industry and education working together to help address economic and employment issues in our region.”

For more information on the program or scholarship applications, contact the NMU School of Technology and Applied Sciences at 906-227-2190 or

Work for NMU

The NMU Admissions office has a full-time admissions vacancy in the Chicago area. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

NMU Human Resources Web page.

Forest Roberts Theatre Season announced

The 2006-07 "Blockbuster" season at Forest Roberts Theatre will feature big-name shows Hello Dolly and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, a screwball comedy, a drama about Edgar Allan Poe, and a new musical version of Scrooge.

Epic Proportions, a farce by Friends co-creator David Crane and Larry Coen, opens the season Oct. 4-7. Set in the 1930s, it tells the story of two brothers who go to the Arizona desert to be extras in the D.W. De Witt huge Biblical epic, Exeunt Omnes. Along the way there are gladiator battles, the Ten Plagues and a cast of thousands (portrayed by four other actors).


Rebecca Gorman from Denver penned the 2006 Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award winner, Tell-Tale, which runs Nov. 15-18. The drama deals with the passion, madness and genius of Edgar Allan Poe. Tell-Tale is, in essence, Poe’s last confession. It takes place in the Baltimore hospital where he lay in delirium for four days before his death. He is forced to look at his life, his mistakes and his outrageous behaviors. In the end, Poe must try to find peace.


A new musical adaptation of the annual production of Scrooge will serve as a prelude to the holiday season Dec. 7-10.

Hello, Dolly! takes the stage for two weekends, Feb. 21-24 and Feb. 27 to March 2. The musical about the antics of professional meddler and matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi won 10 Tony Awards.


Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof wraps up the season April 18-21. Brought to life on the Broadway stage by Barbara Bel Geddes, Burl Ives and Ben Gazzara, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof enjoyed success on the big screen as well, with stars Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman.


Season tickets are available at the Forest Roberts Theatre box office or the Superior Dome. They cover admission to the four featured shows and entitle holders to a special discount for Scrooge.

Thanks for stopping by...

Linda (Hyser) Bonzo '77 and her daughter, Becca, from Portage, Mich. Julie Chamberlain '72, LaCrosse, Wis. Thanks to Julie for joining the NMU Alumni Association during her visit.
Tom Johnson '80, from Fergus Falls, Minn.
Thanks to Tom for his continuing support of the NMU Alumni Association through his long-standing membership.
Danielle Lawrence '05, Madison, Wis.
Don't forget, if you are in town visiting this summer, stop by and say hello. We're located on the 6th floor of the Cohodas building.

From the E-mail bag

"Hello, Deanna. A Marquette family with NMU alumni spanning multiple decades, we all got together in the old hometown this summer for a family reunion and the wedding of our two newest Northern grads, Blythe Betts and Aaron Raikko, both class of '06. We had a glorious time. The wedding was a multi-hanky affair straight out of a fairy tale. The family gatherings were joyous. The weather was perfect (no snow), Lake Superior was actually warm enough for swimming, and there were pasties, smoked fish and Togos galore. Life is good, eh?"
Bob Glantz '79
Berkeley, Calif.


Bob Glantz '79; Patty (Glantz) Neva '65; Blythe Betts Raikko '06; Aaron Raikko '06; Gretchen (Glantz) Betts '70, '76; and Blaine Betts '70, '76.

"Hi! My fiance Travis and I, along with a group of our friends from NMU recently returned from a twelve day RV tour of Alaska.  Road rules NMU style kicked off in Anchorage and made its way to Whittier, Valdez, Fairbanks, Cheena Hot Springs, Denali, and Talkeetna. Here is a photo of us taken on a rafting trip."
Best Wishes,
Elizabeth Koski '03

Back Row Left to Right: Greg Green '01 '03, Susie Aston '01, and Lori Moore '01.
Front Row Left to Right: Elizabeth Koski '03, Travis Neville '01, Cheryl Jurek, and Nathan Leach '01, '04.

Alumni in NYC get together with Dave Bonsall '74, director of the Student Enrichment Center (formerly Student Activities and Leadership Programs.)

Damien Barrett '96, Katie Travis, Sandy Bonsall '73, '82, Meg (Hartley) Schneider '02, Geoff Schneider, Ryan Burri '00, Kim Prohaska '03, Layla Khoury-Hanold '04, and Dave Bonsall at White Horse Tavern in New York City.

"Hi. How are things in Marquette? We will be having a Rugby Reunion over Labor Day again this year in Marquette. Tentative plans are for golf on Friday and Old Boys vs. current team on Saturday afternoon. People can contact me via email or by phone, 586-243-6000. Thanks."
Steve Nemeckay '90
St. Clair Shores, Mich.

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