For the week of October 10, 2005

From the 6th floor

We've been on the receiving end of seasonal temperatures in Upper Michigan. That means the daytime highs are between 45-50 degrees with a drop near the 40- degree mark overnight. As for fall color, outside the 6th floor window it still looks a little short of peak, but many areas in the U.P. are reporting fall color near 100%. The Weather Channel Web site has all of Upper Michigan at peak color with much of lower Michigan nearing peak.

WNMU receives continued funding

Northern Michigan University will continue to provide base-budget support of $200,000 to WNMU-TV, enabling the station to remain on the air. The university’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the measure.
It had previously voted to provide $50,000 in continued base-budget funding to Public Radio 90, but withheld a decision on Public TV13 for several months to obtain more information on the station’s contribution to academics, as well as costs and benefits associated with the advent of digital transmission.
“What really sold me is the academic tie-in to student programs that we heard about at our last meeting, and the desire to explore new initiatives along that same line,” said Chair Karl Weber.
Eric Smith, director of broadcasting and AV services at NMU, said the end of uncertainty about the station’s future signals a new beginning.
“The board has investigated this in depth and come to the conclusion that public broadcasting at NMU has a value that warrants keeping it,” Smith added. “Now we need to move ahead and work with the public and students to develop models that will take advantage of the transition to digital.”
Television stations will be required to complete the digital conversion within about three years. Smith said technology upgrades needed to facilitate the shift at WNMU-TV will total about $2.2 million. He told the board that matching federal funds would likely cover 60 percent, and Northern would have to come up with the remaining 40 percent. More details on the process, along with potential funding options, will be discussed at the December board meeting.   
Public TV13 and Public Radio 90 at one time received a combined $1.1 million in university funding. Both were slated for elimination by July 2005 as part of NMU cost-saving recommendations developed in response to decreased state funding for higher education. The board reconsidered their status, in part because both stations demonstrated that they could significantly increase fundraising on a sustained level and reduce operating costs.

Board reelects officers

Karl Weber
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has elected officers.
The leadership of the board will remain the same, as current Chair Karl Weber of Marquette and Vice Chair Larry Inman of Williamsburg were both re-elected.
“I’m honored by the confidence and support that the board has shown, and I look forward to serving as chair again in 2006,” Weber said.
Weber was appointed to the NMU Board of Trustees in May 2001. He is the managing partner of the northern Michigan office of Plunkett & Cooney, a full-service law firm with offices throughout Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Inman '76 was appointed to the board in December 2002. He is a vice president with Huntington National Bank in Traverse City.

Larry Inman '76

Nobel physicist coming to NMU

William Phillips, co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics, will give a presentation at NMU titled “Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe.” It is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in Jamrich Hall room 103.
The multimedia presentation will be suitable for a general audience of children and adults, with live demonstrations and down-to-earth explanations. The public is invited to attend free of charge.           
Phillips is employed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md. He and others received the Nobel Prize for their contributions to laser cooling and the trapping of atoms.
His presentation at NMU is part of the World Year of Physics 2005 celebration, commemorating the 100th anniversary of several of Albert Einstein’s famous discoveries. It will partially focus on the concept of time and how atomic clocks can be made more accurate by cooling the atoms that they utilize. This event is sponsored by the NMU Physics Department.

Wildcat sports update

In exhibition play this past weekend, the Northern Michigan University hockey team got a pair of wins. In Friday night's action, the 'Cats skated past the U. S. National Team Development Program U-18 team, 4-3. On Saturday, they beat York University 9-2. The 'Cats host St. Cloud State in non-conference action Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15.
The NMU football team dropped to 2-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after losing on the road to Ashland, 27-10. The team is back on the road Saturday, Oct. 15, as it visits Ferris State.
Also at Ashland,Ohio, the NMU soccer team was defeated by the Eagles, 3-2. With the loss, the team is 7-5 overall and 2-2 in the GLIAC. The 'Cats play on Sunday, Oct. 16, at home.
In volleyball action, the NMU women defeated Hillsdale in three straight matches. The 'Cats stand at 10-7 overall on the season and 7-2 in the GLIAC. The squad is on the road this week with matches against Ashland and Findlay.

Concert dedicates Bowden organ

Retired presidential secretary Jeannette Bowden and NMU President Les Wong pose in front of the digital organ.

A concert to dedicate the Bowden Organ was held Sunday in the Reynolds Recital Hall. The recital was in honor of Jeannette Bowden, who worked as a secretary in the NMU president’s office for many years and continues to support the university after retirement.

“The new digital organ is a nice addition that will complement the diverse music program at Northern,” said Martha Van Der Kamp, Executive Director of the NMU Foundation. “It will also add to the enjoyment for music lovers in the region who will have an opportunity to listen to a world-class instrument. We are grateful for this most recent expression of Mrs. Bowden’s generosity.”

Bowden has also donated an estate gift to assist with the digital technology transition for WNMU TV-FM, and endowed the Harry A. Rajala Scholarship in Education.

Originally from Bessemer, she attended what is now Gogebic Community College for two years until she transferred to Northern State Teachers College (now NMU) in 1934. She was an honors graduate, receiving her bachelor’s degree in French with minors in English and mathematics in 1936. One month before commencement, she was asked to take over the duties as secretary to the president until a permanent replacement could be found. Shortly after, she accepted the position permanently, even though she had intended to become a teacher. Bowden remained in that position from 1936 to 1980, serving under five presidents. Upon her retirement, she was honored with emeritus status by the NMU Board of Control. She remains one of NMU’s longest-serving staff members in a full-time capacity.

Homecoming 2006 set

Homecoming 2006 has been scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 29-30.
Mark the date on your calendar and reserve your hotel room now!

NMU alumni in west Michigan are planning tailgate party for NMU vs. GVSU game

Saturday, October 29, 2005
4 - 7 p.m.
Lubbers Stadium, Lot C – West Allendale, Mich.

Cheer on the Cats.
Meet old friends and make some new ones!
Party hosted by David Gregory ‘92
and Joe ‘70, ‘79 and Nancy ‘70 Prinzi 

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided.
Carry-ins permitted in this lot – no glass bottles.

Look for Wildcat fans under the tent with the Northern flags.
To purchase game tickets, contact GVSU at 616-331-8800.
Questions can be directed to the NMU Alumni Association.
(Toll Free at 877-GRAD-NMU or

Asheville, N. C. first group to sign up for Wildcat Night Across the Country

This group watched Wildcat hockey at Glascott's in Chicago last year.
The hockey Wildcats will make an appearance on Fox Sports Detroit on Saturday, Jan. 28 as part of Fox Sports' "Hockey Day in Michigan" double-header. Northern and Western Michigan hook up at 4:30 p.m. in Kalamazoo, followed by Michigan and Michigan State in their annual regular-season tilt at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Wildcat fans in Asheville, North Carolina already have their party in the works!
More details as they become available. Interested in the N.C. party?
Contact Lilly Bonetti '84.

Now is the time to start planning your Wildcat get-together. Last year, parties took place in 14 different locations across the country. We'd like to see even more this year. It's very easy to do. E-mail us and we'll tell you how.

Thanks for stopping by.....

.......Webb Coates '72 of Marysville, MI.

.......Alan Parker '78 of Kalamazoo, MI.

Don't forget...if you are in the area visiting, stop by the 6th floor and say hello!

From the E-mail bag

"Hi Deanna! Barbara Porter '93 aka Porter Kelly here. Just wanted to let you know I have another commercial running. This one is for Arby's and I play a Greek girl whose mom keeps correcting her pronounciation of "gyro". I am also in a play, so if there are any alumni out here in L.A. who want to come see it, they can find the info at Hope you are well."
Barbara Porter
Los Angeles, CA

Note from the Editor: The following is an update from Dan Tannheimer ' 04. Dan and Christine Wade '03 were living in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina.

"Thank you for the concern.  I have had a chance to check out my house in New Orleans and it wasn't very pretty.  We had two cats that luckily survived but made a mess of the place in doing so.  We were also looted but fortunately only food and some small items were taken.  New Orleans is nothing like I remember it and entering the city was an extremely emotional event.  The good news is that we are fine, our animals survived, and Christine has found employment in Matawan, MI.  She will be teaching there for the rest of the school year.  We also found a small place in Paw Paw, MI. and have basically started over our lives there.  I am still looking for employment but FEMA was able to give us some money to start over.  I am happy to hear about the funds that NMU has been raising for Katrina victims and greatly appreciate the concern for my fiancee and me."
Dan Tannheimer '04

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