For the week of October 16, 2006

From the 6th floor

It's a dreary and chilly start to the week. But at least the snow is gone. Yes, we have already had a dose of snow. Here in the city of Marquette, it was mostly rain mixed with snow, but the western U.P. and the Keweenaw got hit pretty good last week. Believe it or not, they have already hauled out the snowmobiles. My guess is they only got in a day or two of riding, but still, mid-October is too early, if you ask me.


WNMU-TV receives $1 million grant

Shown during a ceremonial check presentation at the recent NMU Board of Trustees meeting are (from left) Congressman Bart Stupak, NMU President Les Wong, Gene DeRossett of USDA Rural Development in Michigan, NMU Board Chair Karl Weber, and Eric Smith, NMU Broadcast and Audio/Visual Services.

WNMU-TV has received a $1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture rural development grant to help the station complete the first step toward its digital conversion.
Eric Smith, NMU Broadcast Services, said the master control project in progress is one of two upgrades required to make the full conversion to digital television. The other is a transmitter replacement project, for which grant opportunities are being explored. The combined technology improvements will enhance picture and sound quality and allow WNMU-TV to “multicast” – broadcast multiple program channels from the same spectrum in addition to regular PBS programming. Multicasting could be used to provide educational content for K-12 and university classes and to improve continuing education opportunities.
“It will cost about $1.4 million to complete the conversion,” Smith said. “That cost seemed overwhelming at times because of the lean budget years we’ve experienced recently, but this grant really opens the door for us. We appreciate the USDA’s willingness to invest in public broadcasting at NMU.”

Green Bay area alumni cheer on 'Cats

NMU coach Walt Kyle with Brett Nyman and Pete Jenkin.
Brett's parents are Delcene '89 and Rudy '90 Nyman of Appleton. Pete's parents are Jim '81, '84 and Debbie Jenkin '82 of Appleton.

As part of the Oct. 6-7 NMU vs. UW-Madison hockey series, possible future Wildcats, who are also children of NMU alumni, got the chance to skate with this year's team. The program was part of the on-ice festivities in conjunction with the games at the Resch Center.
The 'Cats dropped Friday's game (Oct. 6) 3-0, but skated to a 3-3 tie, Saturday (Oct. 7).
Alumni and fans from across the Fox Valley turned out to cheer on the 'Cats.

NMU alumnus Dave Mogush '84, his son, Carson, and Coach Kyle before the game. Dave and Walt were NMU teammates.

Haroon Syed '92, his wife, Jodie, and sons, cheer on the Wildcats.

Exclusive Wildcat Stormy Kromer now available

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Alumni encouraged to take part in live Web cast with author T.C. Boyle

The "One Book, One Community" program encourages the Marquette County and Northern Michigan University community to read the same book this fall and to come together to discuss it in a variety of settings.

Alumni nationwide are encouraged to participate by reading the book and joining the interactive Web cast with the author, Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7:00.

Click here to submit your questions for consideration to ask T.C. Boyle during the live interactive TV interview on November 1.

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University football Wildcats are 2-4 after Saturday's loss to Ashland. The Eagles jumped out to a 10-3 lead over the 'Cats at the half and then scored 14 points in the third quarter for the 24-17 win.
NMU travels to Houghton to take on the Huskies, Saturday (Oct. 21) in coach Bernie Anderson's first visit back to the Keweenaw since taking over the Wildcats.
The NMU hockey 'Cats split on the weekend with Michigan Tech in a home-and-home series. On Friday evening (Oct. 13), in Houghton, the Huskies skated by Northern 2-1, scoring the game-winner in the last three seconds. In Saturday's game (Oct. 14) at the Berry Events Center, the 'Cats got their first win of the season, beating Tech 1-0.
The 'Cats are now 1-2-1 on the season. They will participate in the Mutual of Omaha Stampede Tournament this weekend. NMU faces UMass-Lowell in the first game on Friday.
The NMU soccer team took a step closer to the NCAA II Regionals with a 2-0 win over Gannon on Sunday (Oct. 15). With the win the Wildcats are now 13-2-0 overall on the season and 5-2-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
The NMU volleyball team snapped its four-match skid with a three-game sweep over the Lake Superior State Lakers at the Vandament Arena. The Wildcats had dropped the previous three matches in five games, but on Saturday NMU won by scores of 30-26, 30-23 and 30-20. With the win, the ‘Cats improve to 14-8 overall and 6-8 in the GLIAC. NMU will be on the road against Grand Valley State and Ferris State this weekend.

Fall 2006 Horizons in the mail

Look for the new issue of Horizons in your mailbox any day now.

Among the features in this special Law & Order edition:

--Barry West '85, former CIO of FEMA, talks about Hurricane Katrina
--Customs inspector Scott Hegerich '69 shares stories from the border
-- NMU's Police Academy trains young officers

Thanks for stopping by...

...Lisa and John '84 Martek of Cadillac, Mich.

Don't forget, visitors to the 6th floor are always welcome.

From the E-mail bag

"A great big thanks to you for putting out the e-newsletter.  Reading it always conjures up warm memories of my days spent at NMU; school cancellations with only a few inches of snow and the sun shining brightly (from looking you couldn't tell that the wind chill was 62 below zero!), the buzz of activity that living on campus gave you, the culture brought in to broaden our minds, the determination of hiking Hog's Back Mountain in the snow and the excitement and rush of watching the NMU Wildcats smash the number one team in the CCHA!  If only I lived closer to the Marquette area I could visit the reality of this lovely place more often and not just the memory in my mind. Sending warm smiles your way."
 Star Darpel '00
Covington, Ky.

Mark Pynnonen '83, owner of Signs Now in Marquette recently attended the Signs Now/Allegra Network International Convention, held September 17-20 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The keynote address was given by Bart Starr, former Green Bay Packer and Hall of Fame quarterback. Starr addressed the group on what it takes to be successful in today's global markets. "Bart Starr's address to the group was amazing! I've always been a fan and he did use some football stories to make his points, but I was so impressed with how up-to-date, articulate and intelligent his presentation was. I also got the opportunity to speak with him for a little while afterwards, which was quite an honor."
Mark Pynnonen '83
Marquette, Mich.

"My family and I attended the Saturday NMU hockey game in Green Bay.
Before the game we met friends (translated unfortunately as "WI fans") at Anduzzi's Sports Bar near the Resch Center. We did have an excellent time, even with the deflation of the last minute WI goal to tie the game. Better than seeing Friday's game! In the photo, are my sons Luc and Jack '06, my wife Ann, and myself '77. We now live on Washington Island, in WI, so our trip to the game did require a ferry ride, that was relatively rough. The next two photos show the spray over the bow of the ferry. Your rainbow over Presque Isle photo may be nicer, but made me think to send these, since one has a rainbow."
Jim Rose '77
Washington Island, Wis.

"Since moving back to Holland I didn't think I would meet many people who attended or currently attend NMU but I have met several people, especially when I'm wearing my NMU hockey or USOEC shirts around town.  Last Friday I was working at the local Ruby Tuesday and a couple came in and one of them was wearing a NMU sweatshirt. Unfortunately, I was busy and didn't get a chance to go over to say hi.  It is becoming apparent that the world is just a little smaller than I thought.  Even when I travel I discover people who went to NMU or know someone who did, like on my way home from the graduation weekend up there this past spring, I got stopped at a gas station in Lake City, because the guy at the pump next to me graduated from NMU, now lives in Grand Rapids and was excited to see a fellow alumni out and about.  I thought I would share some of my experiences down here in western lower Michigan."
Sara Smith '05
Holland, Mich.

"Just wondering if you could mention something about our magazine, God's Country U.P. Outdoor Magazine, celebrating it's one-year anniversary in November. The permanent staff is comprised of four NMU grads and two current students, as well as several contributing writers that are or were NMU students: Editor and Publisher Kristy Basolo '99, former editor in chief of The North Wind; Advertising and Graphic Designer Kathy Jeske Casteel '00; Photographer Duape Pape '98, former photo editor at The North Wind; Copy Editor Erin Elliott '02, former chairwoman, The North Wind Board of Directors; Advertising Sales Representative Jolene Kunde, current student and Advertising Sales Representative Megan Franti, current student.
The magazine, a monthly outdoors publication exclusively about the U.P., is based in Negaunee. Folks can check out for more information."
Kristy Basolo '99
Negaunee, Mich.

"Sorry it has taken me so long to write this, but it has been hard to find time to get on the computer. I just wanted to thank you and everyone at the alumni office for everything that you did for me during our Homecoming visit. We had a wonderful time. I was so glad to show off Northern and Marquette to my wife. She really understands now why I love it up there so much. I got to visit with some old friends, see the changes on campus, and enjoy the area. It truly felt like a vacation. It is funny, even though I have not been up there for four years, it felt like it was just yesterday. Even with all the changes in town and on campus, it felt like home. Thanks again for everything and please thank everyone else who helped make our trip as wonderful as it was. I hope I don't have to wait another four years to get back up there."
Jerry Lombardo '01
Midland, Mich.

"I am always happy to see 'What's New, NMU?' show up in my E-mail box. Now that I live in the south, I really appreciate the photos of beautiful Marquette and the great white north, particularly the stunning fall colors. I never thought I would miss snow, but I am a little nostalgic for the cold weather and the lovely leisure of a snow day."
Rae Kammerer '95, '98
Columbia, SC

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