For the week of January 26, 2004

From the 6th floor





Quit snowing already! Holy huge snowbanks, Batman! I am not exaggerating when I say it started snowing a month ago and hasn't stopped since. I wish there was a decent web site that listed snowfall for each day, but I have been unable to find one. All I know for sure is: we've gotten dumped on and every day brings with it a new Winter Advisory or Snow Advisory.

The plethora of snow made for a great weekend of winter activities as more than 1,000 skiers competed in the Subaru Noquemanon Ski Marathon in Marquette. In addition, the United States Ski Hall of Fame in Ishpeming held induction ceremonies over the weekend and those honored included: Tommy Moe, gold and silver medalist at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway; AJ Kitt, the first American male alpine skier to compete in four Olympics; Diann Roffe, winner of the giant slalom silver medal in the 1992 Olympics and the Super G gold medal in the 1994 Olympic.

My apologies.....

I know it probably doesn't mean much now, but if you were one of the thousands in my address book that was on the receiving end of a virus today, I truly apologize. I am usually very careful with any attachments that I receive, but this one fooled me because it came from my own office. And without even thinking, I tried to open it; thereby opening my address book to the virus. If you didn't receive it, consider yourself fortunate. Because many others were not. I have since taken care of the problem.

Sams to hold coaching clinic

NMU head football coach Doug Sams will host his 3rd Annual Northern Michigan Football Coaches Clinic on Friday, April 16, 2004.
This clinic is open to any interested coaches or athletic staff members. It can also qualify as a PE credit, Advanced Football Coaching Theory PE 496.
It is taking place on Friday, April 16th in conjunction with the NMU Spring Football Game and Junior Recruiting Day.
Friday, April 16
9:00 am-5:00 p.m.
NMU Superior Dome
Marquette, MI
Registration is $25 per coach prior to 4/12/2004
After 4/12, $35.

For more information or to request a brochure, contact the NMU Football office at

Schultz '75 makes Fortune and takes NMU with him

An NMU football career that went bust helped Howard Schultz '75 figure out what he wanted to do with his life.
It isn't often a school can boast being in the pages of Fortune magazine, but thanks to Howard Schults, NMU is doing just that.
Schultz, and his company, Starbucks, are the cover story of the January 26, 2004, Fortune magazine. And how can Schultz tell his life story without mentioning NMU? He can't. And that's why you'll find Northern Michigan University mentioned in Fortune.
Granted, the article calls NMU "one of the coldest campuses in America", which I'm not sure is all that great for recruitment, but don't they say that no publicity is bad publicity?

Wildcat reception planned for Wayne State game

Alumni in the Detroit area will be getting together following the NMU/Wayne State hockey game on Friday, February 13th. The game is scheduled for 7:05 at Compuware Arena in Plymouth. The party will take place immediately following the game at Ginopolis' Restaurant in the arena.

The reception is free and open to all Wildcat fans.

For game ticket information, contact Wayne State at 1-866-WSU-TIKS.

Questions? Email us.

Jumping on board for hockey











This group watched Wildcat Hockey in Long Beach, CA

They're jumping on the bandwagon throughtout the Midwest. So far we have these locations signed up for hockey parties:
Port Huron
Royal Oak
Battle Creek

Don't see your city listed? That means YOU need to start planning.

The NMU Hockey Wildcats will be on Fox Sports Saturday, February 28th. That means anyone with cable in Michigan, Wisconsin and Northern Ohio can watch the game.

It also means anyone who can find a sports bar with a satellite dish can pick up the game.

So what are you waiting for?

Get in touch with us and we'll tell you what you need to do.


If you are here: Meet Wildcats here:
Chicago Glascott's Saloon, 2158 N. Halsted
Appleton Buffalo Wild Wings, 421 N. Casaloma
Port Huron Quay Street Brewing Company, 330 Quay Street
Battle Creek Miller's Time Out, 13260 W. Helmer Rd
Royal Oak The Press Box, 326 W. Fourth St

Keep visiting for details.

From the Email bag

"Fond memories of the Seney Stretch, I bet all of us Alumni have at least one of those. Coming home for a break during the winter of '81 my roommate and I were riding with one of our suitemates. We were in a hurry because we heard a rumor they might close the Seney Stretch because of bad weather, well we were trying to hurry we could only go about 35 to 40 because the visibility was so poor. Everytime a semi turck would go by we would just strain to see anything. With the driver concentrating and the passanger looking out the window to be sure we did not get to far from the white line, and then to far into the center of the highway, I just laid down in the back seat and went to sleep. They did not let me sleep long, we did just make it and they did close the stetch soon after we got through."
Caren (Loper) Thorp '81
Vassar, MI

"In your most recent issue of “What’s New NMU?”, I noticed your clip about the Seney Stretch. I, too, have fond memories of driving that on my way back to school after a Christmas break back home in Monroe.
I, and my roommate from Bay City, were following each other up to Marquette when all of a sudden, my car broke down in Germfask. We had to get a tow truck from Munising who arrived just around the time that it started to snow. By the time we got the car on the flatbed, we had found out that all of M-28 west of Munising had been shut down due to a blizzard & would have to stop and spend the night in Munising. After securing my car, my roommate and I in his car and the tow truck driver following behind us, drove no more than 15 MPH along the entire Seney Stretch. We quickly found out WHY they had to close down the roads: it wasn’t just a blizzard…it was a complete whiteout. The only thing that was keeping us on the road were the taillights of cars in front of us! That night was the longest it had ever taken me to travel such a short distance of road. I think it took somewhere between 2-3 hours to get to Munising from Seney.
Just one of the fond, snowy memories I have of the U.P. I miss it every day and look forward to getting a chance to visit it again someday."
Bruce A. Herr, Jr.'99, RN, BSN

Newport, MI

"Okay, you asked for strange stories... My friend Gina Grubb and I were leaving Marquette for home downstate for the weekend and decided to leave at night, this was in the late 80's. When we got to the Seney stretch a semi passed us and kicked up a lot of snow. So, much in fact we pulled off the road because we couldn't see. When it cleared, we could not see the semi. It was as if it had disappeared. As you can imagine, this freaked us both out, and I'm sure the early morning hour and lack of sleep helped. We still talk about the disappearing semi on the Seney stretch today.
Thanks for the newsletters. I really enjoy them!"
Rebecca (Rogers) Burns '89
Plainwell, MI

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