For the week of October 2, 2006

From the 6th floor

A little misleading perhaps, but I wanted to share the rainbow photo with you. It is not from today, however. It is from one day last week when we got hit with some rain showers. Readers seem to love the scenic photos we use, so we thought we'd share this one, too.

As you can see from the 6th floor photos below, the color change happened pretty quickly. There are already empty branches on some of the trees.
Meanwhile, we're in a bit of an October heat wave. Temperatures early in the week are predicted to be upwards of 75 degrees. What a nice treat! Forecasters call for a cool down later in the week, so we'll enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.

Homecoming review

If you weren't here for Homecoming 2006 this past weekend, you missed a fun time! Aside from a little rain Saturday afternoon, the campus was in full swing. We were pleased to see so many alumni and community members participating in the events. Below are some highlights of the weekend.

Russell Bogarin '56, of Ypsilanti, and Lou Myefski '55, of Marquette, show off their 50-year old lettermen sweaters at the Homecoming tailgate party.
The NMU Classes of 1955-56-57 held a 50th anniversary dinner during Homecoming activities.

The NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors float.
Shown left to right: Amy Kierzek '93, Annie Van Dyke '79, Bob Glascott '67, Jim Hundrieser '87, Fred Stonehouse '70, '77.

A few short rain showers didn't dampen the Homecoming tailgate party.

Willy poses with some young fans.

Interested in Willy's hat? It's a Stormy Kromer and available exclusively through the NMU Alumni Association. Details below.

Look for a Homecoming photo album next week.

If you have Homecoming 2006 photos, we'd love to share them.
Send them our way.

NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomes new members

The NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors held its annual meeting at Homecoming, Friday, Sept. 29. Among the business items on the agenda, the board welcomed five new board members. The new members are:

Front row, left to right: Doreen Avenall '96, Fenton, Mich.; Alice Hancock '88, Weston, Wis.; Alumni Association President Garn Lewis '86. Back row, left to right: Troy Huggett '92, Battle Creek, Mich.; Sandy MacLean '56, St. Louis, Mo.; Curt Tucker '82, Saginaw, Mich.
Three board members had terms that expired at the fall meeting. Shown with NMU Alumni Association President Garn Lewis '86 (left) are Amy Kierzek '93 and Joe Prinzi '70, '79. Also ending a term but not pictured, Jerry Woods '89.

In other business, the board moved forward with an exciting new benefit for Alumni Association members; Lenovo Thinkpads for NMU Alumni.
The agreement with Lenovo enables NMU alumni to purchase new laptops at greatly reduced rates. In addition, a small percentage of the profits from each laptop sold come back to the NMU Alumni Association.
Want more information? Visit the Lenovo NMU Alumni site.

Exclusive Wildcat Stormy Kromer now available

Everyone and their brother, including Willy, were wearing one during Homecoming;
the legendary Stormy Kromer.
(And don't even ask what it takes to get Willy to sit still long enough to size him for a Stormy Kromer.)

Now is your opportunity to have a genuine Original Stormy Kromer cap emblazoned with the NMU Wildcat logo. A percentage of every sale will be contributed to the NMU Alumni Association.

$34.95 plus $5.95 shipping
To order call 1-888-455-2255

Sizes 6 1/2 - 8
Visit Stormy Kromer for help determining your head size.



Wildcat sports update

The NMU football Wildcats are 2-2 after a Homecoming loss to Ferris State University, Saturday, Sept. 30. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-0 lead over the 'Cats and never looked back in a 42-24, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) victory at the Superior Dome.
NMU travels to Midland, Mich. to take on the Northwood Timberwolves on Saturday (Oct. 7).
Northern's soccer team got by Ashland, 1-0, for the first time in school history. With the win NMU is now 10-2-0 overall and 3-2-0 in the GLIAC. The 10 wins tied an NMU record for most wins in a season. NMU will host Lewis on Friday, Oct. 6.
The NMU volleyball team took the first game of the match against Hillsdale last Saturday before the Chargers came back to take the next three and the match. Hillsdale is ranked 10th in this week’s CSTV/AVCA poll. The ‘Cats are 13-5 overall and 5-5 in GLIAC play. The Chargers are 18-0 and 9-0, respectively. NMU will be at home this week for two matches. The ‘Cats will host Ashland on Saturday and Findlay on Sunday (Oct. 8).
The Northern hockey team tangled with the University of Toronto in an exhibition game at the Berry Events Center last Saturday night. The Wildcats won the tune-up 5-2. The ‘Cats will drop the puck for real this weekend (Oct. 6-7) in Green Bay, Wis., against the defending NCAA I national champions, the University of Wisconsin Badgers.
Four women and three men short track speedskaters from the United States Olympic Education Center placed in the top six of their respective gender classification to qualify for the World Cup Team at America Cup I in Milwaukee, Wis. last week. The team, led by USOEC head coach Jimmy Jang, will compete at World Cup I Oct. 20-22 in Changchun, China.

Tickets still available for Wildcat hockey in Green Bay

NMU Hockey Wildcats
versus 2006 NCAA Champion
Wisconsin Badgers
October 6 and 7
Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis.
Both games begin at 7 p.m. Central/8 p.m. ET

All Wildcat fans are invited to attend Friday's post-game reception and Saturday's pre-game tailgate party sponsored by NMU Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports, the Blue Line Club and the Wildcat Club.

Game tickets are available at the Resch Center.

Meet Northern's new Admissions counselors...get involved in your area

One of the most effective ways alumni can have a positive influence on their alma mater is by assisting with student recruitment. Alumni play a valuable role in the university's mission when they refer students to Northern. The NMU Admissions office has staff members assigned to a number of areas throughout the Midwest.
Check out the new faces in your area:
Nichole Zarkowski
Based in Grand Rapids, Nichole will represent NMU in Southwest Michigan and Indiana.
Nichole is a 2006 graduate of Northern, originally from Texas.
While a student at Northern, Nichole was involved with the campus visit program, orientation staff and served as an resident adviser.
You can reach Nichole at
Marcia Lovett
Marcia is based in Chicago and responsible for the territories of Chicago and Southeast Wisconsin.
Most recently, Marcia was the program manager for the P.E.O.P.L.E. program at UW-Madison, a pre-college enrichment program.
Marcia's email is
Latonya Garth
Covering Southeast Michigan and Ohio, Latonya is based in metro Detroit.

She comes to Northern from Michigan State University where she was an admissions counselor.
Latonya can be reached at
Alumni can see all the admissions counselors or volunteer to assist and refer students by visiting our Alumni Recruitment page.

Forest Roberts Theatre season opens

The Forest Roberts Theatre goes Hollywood for the opening production of their "Blockbuster" Season when it presents the Midwest premiere of the rollicking comedy Epic Proportions. Set during the Great Depression, on the movie location of a Hollywood extravaganza (a la Ben Hur), the fast-paced action included gladiator fights, the Ten Plagues and romance mixed with a slew of sight gags and one-liners. Performances are 7:30 p.m. October 4-7 with a 1 p.m. matinee on the 7th.
Tickets can be purchased by stopping by the FRT box office. Telephone reservations can be made by calling 907-227-2082. Ticket prices are $10 for the general public and $7 for NMU students.

Arun Gandhi, Mike Henry to visit campus

Gandhi.  Few names in world history evoke such powerful images of integrity, courage, social harmony, and—perhaps most of all—hope.  Arun Gandhi carries within himself the same guiding principles as his grandfather, the legendary peace fighter and spiritual leader, Mohandas K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi. Arun Gandhi, advocate for nonviolence and understanding, was born in apartheid-era South Africa.  At the age of 12, he was sent by his parents to stay with his grandfather during a turbulent period in India’s struggle from independence.  Viewing firsthand the effect of his grandfather’s national campaign for liberation through non-violent means, he was sent on a course for life.
His talk is titled, “Lesson from Grandfather in Peace and Social Justice.”

Arun Gandhi
Tuesday, October 17
7:30 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, University Center
Free to NMU students with an NMU ID
$2 for general public

Mike Henry is a comedic writer, supervising producer and regular voice actor on Family Guy.  At the podium, Henry takes audiences behind the scenes of America’s cult hit, Family Guy, with never before seen clips and hilarious outtakes from the show.  He talks about his personal road to success by “cutting his own path” and never giving up on the unconventional dream of pursuing a career in comedic writing.  With humorous Family Guy video clips and anecdotes about the making of the show, Henry’s presentation is entertaining, inspiring, and truly funny.
Mike Henry
Saturday, October 21
7:30 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, University Center
Free to NMU students with an NMU ID.
$2 for general public

The visits are sponsored by Platform Personalities and the Student Activity Fee.

Thanks for stopping by...

The George Lott Memorial Lost Weekend Reunion.
Media alumni from across the country were on campus for Homecoming. They used Homecoming as an opportunity to celebrate the life of former instructor George Lott and renew acquaintances with former classmates.
A special Thank You to Mark Clinton '76 and John Dobel '76 for all their hard work organizing the event.
A great time was had by all.
Andrew Kuhn '06 of Bridgman, Mich. Andrew dropped by to sign up for his free year of membership. The NMU Alumni Association offers all new graduates a free year of membership, with the following four years at a reduced rate.

...Dan Blood '91 and Rodney Watt '91 of Chicago, Ill.

...Stephen '81 and Zaida Lakotish of Warren, Mich.

Don't forget, if you're in the neighborhood, we're located on the 6th floor of the Cohodas Administration Building.
We'd love to see you!

From the E-mail bag
"We recently had an alumna, Amber Ambrosius '05, come back for our home crew regatta on Teal Lake at which we named a boat for her! Amber was captain of the NMU rowing/crew (club sport) team 2002-2005. She graduated in May 2005 and is now working as an RN in Eugene, Ore."
Cassie Webb
NMU Crew secretary
Coaches Daryl and Ginny Davis with Amber.

Amber christening the boat named in her honor.

"Deanna, No matter how long we stay in AK, I am not sure if we will ever 'get used' to scenes like these. Here are the pics I took, from my bedroom window yesterday morning. The male and female moose were in our neighbors back yard. You can actually see our fence (the dark wood). They were there for a while.
The female moose started making some sounds and the male replied. Then the female wanted to get out and the male didn't let her. He was chasing her around the back yard, they broke the step on the patio and flowers were flying. All the sudden they ran into each other and the male hit the female right in the head - poor girl :) After that, she got away, ran through the bushes and into a busy street, while the male was chasing her.
Pretty wild! Hope all is well."
Lúcia '99 and Dave '93 Shyiak
Anchorage, Alaska

My daughter, Heather (currently a student at NMU), came home this past weekend and told us all about the moose on campus. I had never seen one in my 4 years up there so I felt a little envious that there had been a moose on campus. However, on my walk through the woods on Sunday morning, I heard a thunderous thrashing in the brush, and there he was; a huge bull moose! What a thrill! I was hyperventilating when I got on my cell phone to tell my daughter that I was standing there staring at a moose but also too startled to remember I had a way to take a picture! It is a rarity here in Bayfield too. Living in the north woods is always an adventure, isn't it?"
Kathy (Olson) Radtke '82
Bayfield, Wis.

"I was in Flagstaff, Arizona a couple weekends ago and while at the Beaver Street Brewery I spotted someone walk by with a NMU sweatshirt on. It was Eric Spore 05’ from What’s New NMU? July 24, 2006 edition.  I introduced myself and we chatted for a bit…It’s always great to meet fellow alumni!"
Kelly Belfry '94
Scottsdale, Ariz.

"I love seeing all the photos from the past! Just a heads up to the Alumni Association; I changed jobs. I left Xcel Energy after almost 20 years for non-profit world. Please contact me via my new e-mail. Any alumni in the Twin Cities Area please feel free to contact me. I am looking for any of my friends who attended NMU from Fall 1971 to Spring of 1977. Deanie Bright Johnson are you out there??"
Denise M. Williams Harris
St. Paul, Minn.

"I read your newsletter faithfully. I really appreciate the photos and the short story information pieces you provide. Thank YOU!!!"
Dr. Roger LaBonte '61, '64
Dimondale, Mich.

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