For the week of January 15, 2007

From the 6th floor

It finally arrived; most of the Upper Peninsula now has snow on the ground. In the Marquette area the snow didn't fall until just last evening. As a matter of fact, today is a snow day for many Marquette County school districts including Gwinn, Ishpeming and N.I.C.E. In the city of Marquette, we only received a few inches. However, there is the promise of more to come. The National Weather Service has issued a lake effect snow warning for much of the northern U.P. That should make skiers, snowmobilers and dog sledders happy. The Noquemanon, one of the nation's largest cross country ski racesis Jan. 27 and the U.P. 200 Sled Dog race is Feb 16-18. So snow was needed for these upcoming events.

Campus buzzing with activity; enrollment at all-time high

While many area schools took the day off because of the weather, it's the first day of the Winter semester. And that means a lot of people moving around campus.
NMU recorded all-time highs for both total headcount and undergraduate enrollment during the fall semester. The final headcount was 9,689, up from 9,500 the previous year. The number of undergraduate students within that total was 8,880.
"This has been a long, slow climb since enrollment bottomed out at about 7,600 after the closure of KI Sawyer in 1995," said Paul Duby, associate vice president for institutional research. "Despite declining high school graduating classes in the Upper Peninsula, our enrollment has grown by almost 2,100 students."
Duby added that the increase of nearly 28 percent since the Air Force base closed has been accompanied by stronger academic credentials among incoming freshmen and, more importantly, an increase in student retention and graduation statistics.

Alumni Association reception draws large crowd

More than 125 NMU alumni and friends attended the Alumni Association reception, Friday, Jan. 12 in Ann Arbor. The group got together following NMU vs. Michigan hockey. NMU President Les Wong and head hockey coach Walt Kyle spoke to the crowd. It sure looked like everyone was having a great time.
Brett '72, NMU President Les Wong, former NMU Alumni Association President Rick Popp '88, '90, and former NMU Board of Trustees member Gil Ziegler '60. Greg Tignanelli '80, Bob Oles '75, Jeffrey Given '83 and coach Walt Kyle '81.
Dakota House alumni held a mini-reunion Friday evening in Ann Arbor.

Plan to attend our Chicago Area Alumni Reception

The NMU Alumni Association will host a Chicago Area Alumni Reception at Glasscott's Groggery in Lincoln Park on Friday, Jan. 26. The event is free (snacks will be provided, beverages available for purchase) and open to all alumni and friends in the Chicago area. NMU President Les Wong and the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors will be on hand for the evening's activities.
Chicago Area Alumni Reception
Friday, January 26
Glascott's Groggery
2158 N. Halsted
Chicago
6 - 8 p.m.

Questions? Contact us.

Wildcat sports update

Lindsey Weier is Northern's newest national champion.
Weier highlighted the NMU women's cross country ski team's results at the recently concluded U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships. As a team, the Wildcats captured the College Cup.
Weier won the 5K classic, on Wednesday, Jan. 3, with a time of 14:51.7. NMU captured the 2007 College Cup with 790 points. Weier, teammates Lindsay Williams and Morgan Smyth, were all named to the U.S. team for the U23 World Championships which will be held in Italy later this month.
NMU's hockey team split their weekend series with Michigan. At Yost Arena on Friday evening, the 'Cats fell 5-2, but rallied to take Saturday's game, 2-1. The Wildcats host Bowling Green State University Jan. 19-20.
The NMU men's basketball team lost to Grand Valley State, 63-52, Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Berry Events Center. The women cagers fell to Grand Valley by a score of 92-65.
Both teams will spend the next four games on the road. First up is a visit to Hillsdale on Thursday (Jan. 18.)

DeVos Art Museum presents Blast from the Past: Art of the 1960s

On view from January 15-March 1 with a reception Friday, Jan. 19, 7-9 p.m.
This exhibition is comprised of over 50 paintings and works on paper from the permanent collection of Michigan State University's Kresge Art Museum. Works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell among others. Blast from the Past features art from leading art movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Figurative Expressionism, Geometric Abstraction, Color Field painting Pop art, and Op art.

From the E-mail bag

"I couldn’t resist sending a few pictures from Colorado.  I live in Parker, Colorado (near Denver) where we had 39 inches of snow in just a few days.  Since many of you may not have had a white Christmas, please don’t hesitate to come and take what you’d like – we have plenty. When it snows like this, I am reminded of the good old days at NMU - and the creative things we managed to find to occupy our time.   To those who have vivid memories of Normandy House in Payne Hall on snow days… “Cheers”. I hope you had a wonderful holiday."
Curt Niepoth '78
Parker, Colorado
curt.niepoth@fpanet.org


"The recent death of former President, Gerald R. Ford brings back fond memories of his visit to the NMU campus during my college years.  1976 was the first presidential election that I could vote in, and proudly cast a vote for Ford by absentee ballot while at Northern.  Just a few years later, after losing that election, he came to NMU as one of the campus guest speakers. (I'm guessing that it was 1978 or 79, right?) In addition to speaking to a full lecture hall, President Ford hosted a smaller group of about 100 campus leaders at a luncheon.  As Editor of NMU's yearbook, The Peninsulan, I was privileged to be one of the guests at that luncheon ... after submitting my social security number for secret service clearance, of course.  At the luncheon, I remember that President Ford addressed the group and circulated among some of the tables to say hello to each of us. As a young, new voter, I'm not sure I realized! what a unique opportunity that was, to have the opportunity to have a close-up interaction with a recent President as part of my college experience.  (The closest I've come to meeting another President since is when then Vice President Dan Quayle spoke to thousands at an American Medical Association meeting that I was working at.)  Thanks, NMU for that opportunity.  Does anyone else remember his visit? I'd also love to hear from any of my former Alpha Kappa Psi or American Marketing Association Members from 1976-80, or fellow Magers Hall/Anna Perenna roommates. I have unfortunately lost touch with all of my NMU friends.  I am grateful that I have my '78 and '79 yearbooks as a reminder of some great times - especially since I don't believe the yearbook budget survived much after that."
Lori (Rohrbacher-Merckx) Randall '80
Lansing, Mich
randall358@comcast.net

Note from the Editor: "We continue to receive e-mails regarding music on campus in the '70s. The memory floodgates certainly opened with this topic."

"Hi All. Just want to know how lots of people can be talking about music in this time period at NMU and not mention The Walrus. Am I the only one who remembers them? I think not: Don Kuhli (who I had a crush on for years) Mike McKelvey, Bill Eaton, Randy Tessier; have I forgotten anyone in the band? If someone out there remembers, set me straight. Alive and well in Perkasie, PA. Who has a picture of The Walrus to post?"
Linda (Nascenzi) McCaffrey '74
Perkasie, PA
nascenzi@verizon.net

"Let us not forget BB King. 50 cents to hear BB King and the couple next to me in the Hedgcock balcony left during the second warm-up number because they couldn't tell which one was BB; forget that Lucielle was hanging on his amp awaiting his arrival on stage. I was heading for the door right of the stage when BB came off after the show--he was shaking hands down the line so I put mine out and mumbled something about it being 'great'--all I remember is his hand felt as big as a ham and he smiled and said 'thanks a lot'. It was a great show!"
Ken Raisanen '75, '80
Manager, WOAS-FM
Ontonagon, Mich.
ken@oasd.k12.mi.us

"All the talk of the groups that played on campus and in town in the late '60s and early '70s brings back great memories! I am sure I recall going to see, on more than one occasion, Ike and Tina Turner in the lounge of the Holiday Inn."
Stu Boland '71
Calgary, Alberta
stuboland@telus.net

"I enjoyed all the 'memories' from the 70's era.  When I saw a reference to the Phi Zappa Krappa crew, it made me wonder if that was a reference to the on-campus fraternity called Phi Zappa Krappa (or were they speaking of the actual Zappa stage crew?).  Is it possible that Phi Zappa Krappa survived into the 70's, and beyond?  I ask because I was one of the "founding fathers" of Phi Zappa Krappa as a registered student organization on campus....I still have a silk-screen that was used to fabricate our Phi Zappa Krappa t-shirts--with the design still on it--packed away in a trunk!  The organization was officialized around 1970 or '71 as I recall.  Those were the days!"
Linda (Parr) Matos '72
Houston, TX and/or Várzea do Poço, Brazil

jjjlmp@yahoo.com

"There was a great night at NMU in the early '60s when Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels were on stage with the Platters and one other act I can't remember. It was a great night. Thanks for the emails. I read them weekly and have fond memories. Hope to visit soon."
Bob Cook '67
Browns Summit, NC
rcookjr@triad.rr.com

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