For the week of October 17, 2005

From the 6th floor

We have finally gotten to that point where people are saying "Aren't the colors just gorgeous?" I think it took a little longer than usual this year, but I'm not complaining. As you can see from today's photo, there are still trees holding their green, but for the most part, we're seeing peak color. It isn't showing up as well in photos, though, because we've had rain and cloudy skies the past several days. We need blue skies and sunshine to make the colors look vibrant.

Here's a look at the road leading into
the Tourist Park.

A note from President Wong

It's hard to believe we're almost halfway through the semester already. What a fabulous fall we have had. One thing that helped us get off to a great start this year was the announcement that Northern would not receive the significant funding reductions proposed by the House and Senate. I thank all of you who actively supported the university with letters, e-mails, and phone calls to legislators and their staff members. That strong NMU/U.P. voice was critical to turning the tide!  Now, I have one more favor to ask regarding this year’s legislative funding effort. Please take a few minutes over the next week to write, e-mail, or phone the U.P. legislative delegation and the Michigan legislative leaders to say, “Thank you for supporting Northern Michigan University.” Even the legislators who did not stand in support of equal funding to NMU in the beginning came around in the end, saying they did not want to hurt our university and its students, but want to fix the funding gap dilemma. Northern plans to work diligently and proactively with legislators about NMU’s funding and Michigan higher education funding. That means we’ll be demonstrating how the proposed funding formula will harm a school such as NMU while also providing formula alternatives that would help support NMU as the state’s dominant rural comprehensive master’s I university. We’ll be talking about what it means to be the state’s dominant rural comprehensive master’s I university a lot more in the future, but since Michigan’s funding legislation was signed recently, let’s take a few weeks to celebrate winning this year’s battle and thanking the legislators who took NMU off the chopping block.

Contact information for Michigan legislators.

Family weekend coming up

Those visiting Marquette for Family Weekend will be treated to beautiful fall colors. Family Weekend takes place Friday, Oct. 21 to Sunday, Oct. 23.  It is a time for parents to visit NMU and be included in their child’s college experience.
Several events will be held on campus that the whole family can attend.  A hockey game between NMU and Michigan Tech will be held at 7:35 p.m. on Friday, and the Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Both of these events will be held at the Berry Events Center.  Tickets may be purchased at any EZ ticket outlet, by phone at 227-1032 or online at
On Sunday, the Culinary Students of NMU will present an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Jacobetti Center, featuring pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, bacon and juice.  Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.  A full schedule of events and additional information is available at

WIldcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University volleyball team is coming off a rough weekend road trip, having been swept by Ashland and The University of Findlay. NMU is now 10-9 overall and 7-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).  Saturday, Oct. 22, the ‘Cats host the Lakers of Lake Superior State.
The soccer team lost a 2-1 double-overtime decision to Saginaw Valley State, Sunday.  The game was the final outdoor home game of the season.  The ‘Cats will face Finlandia in the Superior Dome on Saturday, Nov. 5 for the home finale.
The NMU hockey team came away with a split on the weekend, skating past St. Cloud State 3-0 Friday, but losing Saturday in overtime, 3-2. This week the ‘Cats face another WCHA opponent with a home-and-home series against Michigan Tech.  The action will get underway on Friday night, Oct. 21, at the Berry Events Center.  On Saturday, Oct. 22, the action moves to Houghton.
Down by a 41-7 count after 30 minutes of play the football squad could not recover enough and dropped a 62-42 decision on Saturday at Ferris State University.  NMU scored 35 points in the second half of play which included 28 in the fourth quarter.  Buddy Rivera set new NMU records with 34 completions and 473 yards passing on the day.  The ‘Cats are now 2-5 overall and in the GLIAC. 

Don't forget the Wildcat Tailgate Party, Oct. 29

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

Schuiling writes gynecology text

Kerri Durnell Schuiling, Associate Dean of Nursing Education, recently co-authored her first book, titled Women’s Gynecologic Health. It is based on the most up-to-date research and provides comprehensive coverage of women’s gynecologic health care, addressing health promotion, maintenance and treatment.
Schuiling wrote the 744-page textbook with Frances Likis, women’s health course coordinator at the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing.
“I have many years of clinical experience as an advanced practice nurse, and for a number of years I was the academic director of a graduate program for advanced practice nurses,” Schuiling said. “During this time I taught a women’s health course. As a teacher, I was frustrated by the inability to find a gynecology book suitable for my course. Many of the books available were written from a biomedical perspective and did not, in my opinion, provide sufficient information about the normalcy of women’s reproductive physiology.   

“Some of the texts took a cookbook approach to addressing women’s health, and others contained information that pathologized normal physiologic processes that women undergo as they age. The goal my co-author and I had was to produce a book that emphasizes the importance of respecting normalcy of female physiology and that provides medical content appropriate for assessment, diagnosis and treatment of pathology.”

The target audience for Schuiling’s book includes students, practicing clinicians, advanced practice nurses, physicians and others who provide health care to women. She said the University of Michigan, University of Utah, and University of Kentucky have already adopted the book in their advanced practice nursing curricula.

When asked about the writing process, Schuiling replied, “It’s right up there with giving birth; one of the most difficult and most rewarding things I’ve ever done.”

Women’s Gynecologic Health, from Jones and Bartlett Publishers, is available in Olson Library and at various bookstores.

From the E-mail bag

"Hi Deanna. I have just returned from a two week mission with the Red Cross Hurricane Disaster Team in Mississippi and Louisiana. As part of a social work team we provided mental health support to the evacuees and Red Cross workers. The coastal devastation was hard to believe but even more difficult were the situations the evacuees found themselves in; homeless, hungry and without the means to escape or seek relief. Five weeks after the storm, the Red Cross shelters were 160 miles north of the coast and beginning to move south as the power, water and dependable meanas of transportation became available. They are just now near the coastal areas, as those areas receive restoration of power and sanitary services. We helped many people relocate and find jobs and provided encouragement to the relief workers finding the total grief to be too much to bear. Thanks to NMU for your part in these relief efforts."
Jeff Drake '71
Cheboygan, MI

"I'm a 1987 NMU graduate (English/Broadcasting Major). I was very pleased to see that the Board of Trustees elected to continue financial support for both WNMU-TV and WNMU-FM. The educational opportunities these broadcasting facilities provided me during my years at Northern were invaluable. I started as an intern and later had paid positions with both stations. The practical and professional skills I learned were an enormous help when I went on to get my masters in Cinema Studies at New York University. The full-time staff at WNMU-TV and WNMU-FM have always had a great attitude about mentoring broadcasting students and are a great asset to the campus. Whenever I return to the U.P., I make sure to tune in!"
Patricia Leonardi '87
Madison, WI

Note from the Editor: This month's issue of has a feature article written by former NMU skier Pete Vordenberg.
In the article, Pete talks about his experiences while a student at Northern. We thought you might enjoy reading it.

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