For the week of October 20, 2003

From the 6th floor

What I really wish I could do today is provide you with a scratch and sniff photo. Do you remember what fall smells like in Upper Michigan? I don't even know how to describe it, but you know what I mean. That's what I wish I could send you today. While the colors are fading and leaves scatter the ground, the best part of fall is all around us...the smell. Stop what you are doing for a moment and close your eyes and try and remember what a walk in the woods smells like. Now figure out a way I can bottle it.

While it smells great outside, it's kind of blah as far as the weather goes, although it's supposed to be unusually warm today. The leaves seemed to have hit the ground very quickly this year.

Wildcat sports update

Volleyball 'Cats remain unbeaten
The ‘Cats extended their winning ways with a convincing three-game win over Ashland on Sunday afternoon at the Vandament Arena. NMU won the first game 30-16 before being challenged in the second game, but still won 30-28, as the ‘Cats wrapped up the match with a 30-17 win in the third game. NMU is now 17-0 overall on the season and 12-0 in the GLIAC.

Hockey 'Cats split with Tech
What a difference a venue and a day makes. Flash back to Friday night at the Berry Events Center, when the ‘Cats pulled Craig Kowalski and scored a goal with the extra attacker and then won the game in overtime. Saturday night in Houghton the Huskies of Michigan Tech staged their own version of a miracle on ice. With the ‘Cats up 6-3 the Huskies scored three goals within a two minute span to tie the game and send it to OT. Colin Murphy scored the game-winning goal at 2:58 of the overtime period to give the Huskies the 7-6 win. The ‘Cats dropped their first game of the season and are now 3-1. MTU is now 1-1 on the season. NMU jumps back into CCHA play next week when they take their first conference road trip of the season to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on the University of Michigan on Friday night (Oct. 24) and Sunday afternoon (Oct. 26).

Football 2-5
The road woes continued for the ‘Cats on Saturday afternoon at Ashland. NMU down by seven at the half as the ‘Cats could not get anything going in the second half as the Eagles won by a score of 31-10. The ‘Cats are now 2-5 overall and 2-4 in the GLIAC with the loss. The ‘Cats return to the friendly confines of the Superior Dome to face Wayne State next Saturday night which will be the first of two straight home games (Oct. 25 at 7:00 p.m.).

The Northern Michigan University women’s cross country team ran a meet that was close to home. The course that they ran on Friday afternoon was set up on campus at NMU. The ‘Cats easily won the Wildcat Open with 26 points as Michigan Tech was second with 47 points. NMU had five of the top 10 runners on Friday. The ‘Cats will race again on October 25 at the GLIAC Cross Country Championship at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.

The NMU women’s soccer dropped their second game on their Ohio swing to The University of Findlay on Sunday by a score of 4-1. With the loss the ‘Cats are 8-6-1 overall and 0-4-0 in the GLIAC. The ‘Cats face Saginaw Valley next Sunday (Oct. 26) at 1:00 p.m. for the final home game for the 2003 season.

Executive order likely

With dismal revenues and a bulging deficit of $900 million just two weeks into the state’s new fiscal year, all indications from Lansing point to another executive order that would reduce funding to Michigan’s public universities for the current fiscal year.

“I do not have any concrete information on the level of reduction, but one report said higher education may be looking at cuts anywhere from 5-10 percent,” said President Mike Roy. “To put that in perspective, a 5 percent decrease in NMU’s appropriation would be $2.3 million. A 10 percent reduction would equate to $4.7 million.

“I can honestly say that if an executive order of this size is issued – on top of all the reductions made in the past year and a half – it would be the worst budget situation I’ve witnessed in nearly 26 years at NMU. The '80s were tough, but this would be even more challenging.” Full Story

How alumni can help from Kyle James Ortiz, ASNMU President

"Hi. I write to you today regarding possible additional budget cuts to higher education. We can attempt to prevent drastic measures like academic cuts and tuition hikes by getting vocal and writing letter to state leaders via the web site. The state of Michigan has nearly a $1 billion shortfall in the state budget. That means they will have to make cuts and those cuts could be made in the form of executive orders as soon as early November. Considering the university made drastic cuts last year, if we see similar cuts from the state it could translate into a substantial tuition increase.
We need to bond together to limit how much of those state budgetary cuts come out of higher education. ASNMU has created a forum to make your voice heard. You can write to your legislators letting them know of the value of higher education via the ASNMU-created web site.
All 15 publicly-funded Michigan universities are participating in this project. If we accomplish our goal of 2000 letters, it could have great implications in limiting the effects cuts will have on higher education."

"ASNMU and students across the state would greatly appreciate the support of alumni in the form of letters written to the web site. With your help, we can keep the cost of a college education affordable in the state of Michigan."
Kyle James Ortiz
ASNMU President

The goal is to send more than 2,000 letters to local and state legislators from college students, their parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends during the week of Oct. 20-24. It's easy to do through H.E.L.P.'s web site which will automatically send your letter to the appropriate officials based on your zip code. The campaign is Oct. 20-24.

Exciting schedule on tap at BEC for World Cup

The second International Skating Union World Cup of the 2003-04 season will be in town Oct. 24-26 at Northern Michigan University’s Berry Events Center.
In addition to the favorites and the host team, these countries are tentatively scheduled to appear: Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Israel, Lithuania, Mongolia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland and Ukraine.
The teams will compete at the first World Cup in Calgary a week before the Marquette event and will arrive in town Monday, Oct. 20.
Practices, which will be open to the public, will begin Tuesday and run through Thursday of that week.

For a complete schedule, click here.

Don't miss the action in Ann Arbor this weekend

The NMU Hockey Wildcats take on the University of Michigan in CCHA action this weekend, Friday, Oct. 24th and Sunday, Oct. 26. Wildcat fans are getting together after the game Friday night at Damons in Ann Arbor. Even if you can't get tickets to the game, stop by Damons and meet Coach Kyle and NMU President Mike Roy.

Only a few tickets left for "The Producers"

If you've been waiting til the last minute to purchase your tickets for "The Producers", Thursday, November 20th in Chicago, well, you better act fast or you're going to miss the boat. Only a few tickets remain.
"The Producers" has been one of the hottest tickets in town and we have them!
Join NMU President Mike Roy and Chicago area alumni for an NMU Night at the Theatre.
Thursday, November 20th

Ford Center for Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre
$100 a ticket includes theatre ticket for the award-winning The Producers, private reception prior to the show and during intermission.
A limited number of tickets are available!
Sign up now.

For ticket information or to purchase yours today, contact the NMU Alumni Association by email or toll free, 1-877-GRAD NMU.

More and more alumni are driving with pride

A quick check of parking lots at the grocery store or Kohls or the Berry Events Center shows more and more Wildcat fans are showing their Wildcat pride. NMU license plates are showing up everywhere.

And we want that to continue!

You can support Northern Michigan University with the purchase of an NMU license plate!

And you don't have to wait until your birthday. Just visit the Secretary of State's office in your area or visit their web site. They can pro-rate your fee.

The original fee for an NMU license plate is $35, in addition to all other applicable fees. NMU will receive $25, and each time the plate is renewed, a $10 renewal fee will be collected and sent to NMU.

Purchasing the plate not only shows that you are "true to your school", but provides NMU with additional funds to help support the programs and services of the university.

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