For the week of October 18, 2004

From the 6th floor

Now we're just waiting for the snow, I'm afraid. We're past peak colors and it's getting pretty darn chilly. Those who made the trip back to Marquette for Homecoming were treated to some beautiful color. But they were also treated to cold rain and wind. Hopefully, the warm hospitality on campus and around town made up for the cold weather. The forecast calls for a bit of a warm up later this week, but only into the high 50s. But I guess that's respectable.
Rumor has it the Farmers Almanac is predicting a long, snowy winter. I can't bring myself to look.

Homecoming 2004 highlights

Official installation of our new president

Dr. Leslie E. Wong was officially installed as the 13th president of Northern Michigan University on Saturday, October 16th during Homecoming 2004.
The Presidential Investiture ceremony included the world premier of “The Wind” by composer Jackson Berkey. It was commissioned especially for the installation of NMU President Les Wong.
The text of Dr. Wong's investiture speech can be found here.
"Everybody Counts – Everybody Matters"

NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors meet

The NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors held their annual meeting, Friday, October 14th on the campus of Northern Michigan University.
Among the items on the agenda, special recognition of three board members who are ending their service on the board after two three-year terms.
They include:
Michele Butler '76, '78, Mary Knauss '53, '70 and Jon Shaffer '90. Each of the three were honored for six years of service to the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors.
They are pictured at left with NMU Alumni Association President Barry Axelrod '69.

Five new board members began their terms at the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting.
They include:
Juliet Hoffman '94, Rich Dabney '87, Fred Stonehouse '70, '77, David Wirth '72 and Kay Helberg '59.
Also joining the board but not pictured, Janet Nellis Mendler '68.

Alumni Association honors three

The NMU Alumni Association honored three alumni during Homecoming 2004. Shown in the photo at left:
Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Steven Mitchell '67;
Outstanding Young Alumni Award Winner Troy Huggett '92;
NMU President Les Wong;
Alumni Service Award Winner Bobby Glenn Brown '87

Sports Hall of Fame inducts six

Six new members were inducted into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame at ceremonies held Friday evening. They included:
Barbara Maszlewski '74, '78
Stacy Metro '94
Jennifer (Kleemann) Urick '94
Mark Simon '86
Al Sandona, accepting on behalf of Mark Maddox
Dr. Thomas Knauss '54

Football players reunite

Mike Feldhusen '65, Dominic Sarvello '64 and Paul Goldman '63. Bill Lusa '60 and Richard Coombs '66.
Mickey Valesano '62 and Al Hauptman '62.  

Homecoming King and Queen

Amanda Shellnut from Munising, sponsored by Spalding Hall and Wendell Jackson of Chicago, sponsored by the Black Student Union.

Look for lots more photos next week!

Alumnus appointed Vice Chair of Board of Trustees

Larry Inman '76, of Williamsburg MI, has been selected vice chair of the NMU Board of Trustees.
Inman has been a member of the board since December of 2002.
He is a vice president with Huntington National Bank in Traverse City.

Karl Weber of Marquette will serve as chair of the board.

Listen to the Wildcats

No matter where you are you can listen to the Wildcats live on the Wildcat Sports Network. This week's broadcast features NMU vs. Michigan State hockey live from the Berry Events Center Friday and Saturday night.

Are you listening? Let us know.

Look out Willard!

Sarah Bottrell will turn 100 years old on October 22, 2004.
Sarah was an advisor to the Alpha Xi Delta sorority at NMU for many years.
She resides in Marquette.

Thanks for stopping by....

Teresa Hofman Lawrence '90 and Mark Lawrence of Waterford, MI. Teresa was in town to attend the NMU Alumni Association Awards Brunch during which her good friend Troy Huggett '92 was honored with an Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Keith '84 and Elizabeth '85 Belonga of Williamstown, MI. Unfortunately, I was busy with Homecoming details out of the office and I missed Keith and his family.

Andrea Gommans '94, '97, Holger Wagner '97 and their daughter, Zoë, from Washington, D.C.

From the Email bag

"Our family had the wonderful opportunity of spending the past weekend in Marquette for NMU's homecoming. My father in law was a former football player for the "Cats" from 1946-48. The activities of events were fantastic.
We would like to send out this three generation picture from our wonderful weekend.
They are Art Allen 53', Megan Allen, sophomore, Gary Allen 76'
Thanks for the memories."
The Allen Family

"Hi Deanna,
I just wanted to drop a note to say how thankful I am that I'm an Alumni Association member. I was camping in South Dakota this past week and the weather turned for the worse on my last evening of the trip. I was able to get a great discount at a hotel because of my Alumni Association membership and I was definitely glad I was able to stay indoors that night!"

Carissa Waters '04
St. Charles, IL

Hi Deanna,
I just wanted to thank you as well for your weekly emails. Your photos and comments on Marquette and NMU bring back fond memories and help make these places not so distant. From half way around the world it is something to look forward to each week."
Karl Theisen '87
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

"Your pictures are spectacular. Thanks so much for sharing them."
Stephanie Taylor '90
Huntersville, NC

As always, feedback/suggestions/questions can be directed to yours truly.

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