For the week of Sept. 3, 2007
From the 6th floor
some much-needed rain has fallen. A storm system moved across Upper
Michigan Monday evening and brought with it heavy rains, thunder and
lightning. The entire Upper Peninsula has been experiencing either
extreme or severe drought conditions, according to the National Weather
Service. In the local woodlands, leaves have already shriveled to brown
and fallen from the trees in some places where drought is particularly
pronounced. As you can see from our 6th floor photo today, some color
change is evident. While forecasters predict sunshine mid-week, a cold
front will bring with it another chance of showers for the upcoming
NMU Alumni Association Homecoming Award Winners announced
|The NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors will present four awards at the annual Alumni Association Homecoming Brunch on Saturday, Oct. 6. We're proud to announce this year's winners are:|
|Alumni Service Award:
Mel Vaara '55
Mel is retired assistant superintendent of Clarkston Community Schools in Clarkston, Mich. Mel has been actively involved with the university for many years. Throughout his career, Mel remained committed to Northern Michigan University. As one of the first Northern alumni hired in the Clarkston district, Mel made it a priority to recruit future teachers from NMU. His commitment to Northern is well known among the Clarkston community. He never hesitates to take the opportunity to introduce potential students to the Northern experience, speaking to many groups of young people. Mel is an active member of the Detroit area alumni club and is a regular at alumni events and Homecoming. He served seven years on the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors and is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association.
A mother of five, Marquette native Nicole Meloche is a highly successful entrepreneur and community activist. Through merging and purchasing local companies, she created one of the strongest Internet development companies in the San Clemente, Calif., area. She grew the business to several million in annual sales and sold that business in 2000. Presently, she is the president of a successful real estate company that focuses primarily on investment opportunities for clients, growing the company to $50 million in sales since 2004.In 2006, she was honored by California’s first lady Maria Shriver for her volunteer work in the pioneering program Samantha's Pride.
|Alumni Achievement Award:
Peggy Sue Barber '89
Peggy Sue Barber is a professor of Health and Wellness at Delta College and the lifelong wellness discipline coordinator. She is in her second year as Michigan’s National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) state director. Peggy is an International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB) fitness professional and holds Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certifications. She is the 2002 Amateur Team Universe national fitness champion.
|The NMU Alumni Association Awards are presented annually at Homecoming. These awards recognize alumni who have received an associate's, bachelor's, master's or educational special degree from NMU, and who have been a positive influence on their professions, or on their communities through public service, or who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding achievements that place them above the norm. The awards are determined by the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Learn more about the NMU Alumni Association Awards and how you can nominate someone.|
Homecoming is one month away.
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 5-6.
A variety of new activities are planned and several groups are hosting reunions.
Check out the complete 2007 Homecoming schedule here.
A unique way to get involved as alumni
Michigan University and Marquette County have teamed up for the second
year in a row on a unique program for fall. "One Book, One Community"
encourages the entire community to read the same book and to come
together to discuss it in a variety of settings. Although dozens of
similar programs have been sponsored nationwide, this is one that
brings together a county and a university.
Join us for a special NMU Alumni Association Book Club Reception in November.
If you are interested in learning more about this program, get in touch with us.
Seven to be inducted into Sports Hall of Fame
Seven new members will be inducted into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame in conjunction with Homecoming Weekend 2007, Oct. 5-6.
The induction dinner and ceremony will take place Friday, Oct. 5 in the Great Lakes Rooms of the Don H. Bottum University Center. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. and the induction program at 8:15 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children. Reservations are required.
Contact the NMU Ticket Office at 907-227-1032 or EZ Tickets.
Tom Bertoldi '83
Bill Pye '95
Jim Hiller '95
Kendall Shorkey '77
Anne Goodman James
Jun Liu '98
Dennis Porter '70
Injury Evaluation and Care Clinic now available to alumni
Alumni of Northern Michigan University are now able to take advantage of NMU's Injury Evaluation and Care Clinic. The primary purpose of the clinic is to provide the university community with a health care option that specializes in the evaluation and primary treatment of sport and physical activity related injuries. They offer injury evaluation, on site and home rehabilitation programs, referrals, taping and bracing (limited) and primary injury treatment. The clinic is free to students, faculty and staff. Alumni can utilize the service for $10.
Fall Job Fairs
The NMU JOBSearch Center has scheduled two of its popular events for the first week of October.
Construction and Technology Job Fair
Wildcat sports updateThe Northern Michigan University football team opened up its 2007 season with a loss on the road at the University of Indianapolis. The 'Cats dropped the match 24-22 to the Greyhounds. NMU will host Hillsdale Sept. 8 for its home opener.
Thanks for stopping by...
|...Kim DeMark Slade '98 and Daniel, of Colorado.|
From the Email bag
"Dan Duncan, Vice President of fraternity
operations, gave me your address and thought you might be able to
help me locate someone or at least gain some information. I am looking
for a man who is a mystery to a small town at the NE gate of
Yellowstone Park. In the mid 1960's to mid 1970's he was a regular
summer visitor and was known only as "Wildcat". My family converged
there each summer at my Grandmother's cabin. She died last year. On a
recent trip I learned that there is little anyone knew about him and
only one person alive who could give me any information. I only know:
his real name was Al Wall. He was a cook or house Pop at a fraternity
in Michigan. I am supposing it was Northern and that is where he got
the nickname Wildcat. He had scars on his neck and face from a
burn. It looked pretty severe. He maybe took troubled youth up to the
town, Cooke, Montana, each summer. I don't even know where to begin my
search since I have such a small amount of useful information. I just
remember him from childhood and would like to at least know something
more about him. I hope you can help me or give me some direction to go
"Hi. I had a real nice visit with Mike Nelson
of the Advancement Office, last month. He was here in California and
stopped by the house. It was nice to have a personal update of the
activities at NMU. Thanks, Mike for bringing me up to date. As for
'Horizons' and 'What's New, NMU' they're great. Keep up the good work."
Hank Jason '71
Valencia, Ca. 91355
"Hi. My name is Julie Brouillette and my father, Stan
Albeck, coached the Wildcats in basketball from 1957-68. I was born at
Marquette General Hospital in January, 1962. After many years away, I
traveled back to the UP for a visit one summer about ten years ago. Now
my husband and I come go back every year. Our two daughters are very
familiar with Marquette and Three Lakes. We even flew up for a long
weekend this past February to show the girls what real snow looks like.
We stopped at The Yoopers Tourist Trap last year and I bought a 'I
Yoosta be a Yooper' bumper sticker which I proudly put on my car.
People stop me and ask either, 'What is a yooper?' or 'Where in the UP
are you from?' I am more surprised at the latter question as I live
outside Nashville, Tenn., and I'm not sure many Tennesseans even know
that there is a U.P. Hi to Bob and Anne Pecotte, Fritz and Marvyl
Wilson (my godfather) and all our other 'family members' in Wildcat
"Hi. Your weekly updates are a great way to stay in touch with what's happening at our Alma Mater. Keep it up!"
Rosemary Sandefer '75
East Lansing, Mich.
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