For the week of Oct. 23, 2006

From the 6th floor

Is it just me or does it seem like it's way too early in the season to already be talking about snow? While Marquette has gotten away with just some mild snow showers, residents in the western and northern Upper Peninsula have been dealing with heavier amounts. A snow advisory was posted for Marquette and Alger Counties early in the week. The middle of the week has cleared but forecasters call for low pressure to be right back in our area, bringing with it another chance of snow for Thursday and Friday. Is this a sign of a snowy winter ahead?

University forum of held

NMU President Les Wong held his first university forum of the fall semester, Monday, Oct. 23. Among the items discussed, Dr. Wong reported on his recent trip to China. Dr. Wong and a delegation from Northern were exploring a number of partnerships and educational opportunities for the university. NMU signed a "memorandum of understanding" with Beijing Sports University to facilitate faculty and student exchanges, and to explore other ideas.
Other topics included the five-year master plan capital outlay projects, factors related to the House formula and online learning. If you would like to listen to a recording of the forum, click here.

Alumni Constituent Societies

The NMU Alumni Association board has approved a new policy on alumni constituents societies (ACS). An alumni constituent society or club would consist of alumni and friends of Northern Michigan University who have common interests due to their academic affiliation, former student groups and/or employment; their cultural, geographical or professional interests; and their desire to meet on a regular basis.
The policy states that 20 dues-paying NMU Alumni Association members must sign a petition in order to form an alumni constituent society. The petition must then be submitted to the Alumni Association board and, if approved, would grant recognition of the ACS for a two-year period. Formal recognition of the group would be granted after the initial two years if the club continued to meet the ACS guidelines.
"These clubs would bring people who care about Northern together on a regular basis. They could be organized based on geographical locations, such as the NMU Alumni Society of Southeast Michigan, or on some other commonality such as the NMU Political Science Alumni Society," said David Gregory '92, chair of the board's alumni involvement committee.
The guidelines include such things as actively cultivating new members for the Alumni Association, supporting and helping to fulfill the mission of the NMU Alumni Association and NMU, and conducting at least one meeting or event each year for club members that show support for the university.
For complete ACS guidelines or an application, e-mail

Detroit area group getting organized.

Are you looking to get connected with alumni in the Detroit area? An Alumni Constituent Society is being organized as you read this. An organizational/social meeting will take place in late November.
If you are interested in being a participating, contact David Wirth '72 at or 313-539-8101.

Alumni Web cast set for Wednesday, Nov. 1

T.C. Boyle, author of The Tortilla Curtain, will present a reading from his book and participate in a live discussion with community members via interactive television (ITV) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Northern. The event is part of the “One Book, One Community” program.

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. Boyle’s The Tortilla Curtain examines the social and political aspects of illegal immigration.

Alumni nationwide are encouraged to participate in reading the book and the interactive Web cast with the author.
Streaming video of the event will be available online at so interested persons who cannot attend the event may watch at their convenience.

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

NMU Alumni Association to host "Wicked" event

You are invited to join NMU alumni and friends for "Wicked."
Saturday, January 27 in Chicago, Ill.

The NMU Alumni Association will host a pre-show reception with NMU President Les Wong at the Oriental Theatre on Randolph Street in downtown Chicago.

Time: 7:15 p.m. Alumni Association Reception
  8 p.m. "Wicked"

$110 Alumni Association members
$120 Non-members
All seats are in the lower balcony

Ticket price includes one play ticket and one reception ticket, which covers all food and beverages served prior to the show. A limited number of tickets are available. First come, first served.

To purchase tickets, contact the NMU Alumni Association at 906-227-2610 or toll-free at 1-877-GRAD NMU.

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University football Wildcats had a tough time in Houghton, last Saturday (Oct. 21), against Michigan Tech. MTU won the game and kept the Miner's Cup with a 42-14 win. NMU is 2-5 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). NMU makes its final road trip and longest of the season to Erie, Pa. to meet Mercyhurst College Saturday (Oct. 28).
The NMU hockey team made its first appearance at the Mutual of Omaha Stampede Tournament a memorable one as the Wildcats defeated the host school, Nebraska-Omaha, in the championship game 5-2. NMU will open up Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play this weekend vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The NMU volleyball team capped off its final road trip of the 2006 regular season by defeating Ferris State in four games. NMU is 14-10 overall and 6-10 in the GLIAC. NMU will close out the regular season against Northwood Saturday and Saginaw Valley State on Sunday, (Oct. 29).
It seems every time the NMU soccer team plays a game it adds to its records. The Wildcats defeated non-conference foe Minnesota-Duluth 1-0 last Sunday (Oct. 22). NMU is now 14-2-0. NMU will face another non-conference foe in UW-Oshkosh on the road Friday night (Oct. 27) and then will play its regular season finale against Northwood at home on Sunday (Oct. 29).
The NMU cross country team placed third at the GLIAC Cross Country Championships held at Findlay, last Saturday. NMU will be back in action Nov. 4 at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championships in Kenosha, Wis.
The NMU swimming and diving team opened up the 2006-07 campaign at home with a double-dual against Minnesota State University-Moorhead and St. Cloud State last weekend. Friday Moorhead defeated NMU 136-107 while SCSU downed the Wildcats 165-71. SCSU defeated MSUM 169-73. Moorhead defeated NMU 167-76. SCSU beat NMU 171.50-66.50. SCSU also defeated Moorhead 168-75.

Radio X renovations complete

Renovations recently completed at Radio X, the student-run radio station on campus, are giving students the opportunity to work with cutting-edge equipment. In addition to upgrading electronic equipment with new high-quality CD decks, the station underwent aesthetic upgrades with new carpeting, shelving and countertops.
"Our new studio allows us to focus more on the music we play and our on-air presence," said station manager Todd Ward. "With a cleaner atmosphere and a streamlines interface, Radio X has taken a clear step forward in both technology and the way we serve the NMU student body and Marquette community."
This is the first time in 30 years the station has seen major changes.
"The new setup is much more professional and contributes to our goal of education for people interested in a career in broadcasting," said music director Sierra Cheatham.
"Ease of access around the station has been a major boon to our efficacy," added promotions director Anne Bradley.
The renovation project was funded through the Radio X budget which is paid for through the Student Activity Fee.

Thanks for stopping by...

Amanda Jayska '03, '05 of Miami, Florida and Elvira Rajala '06 of Marquette.

Susan Neiger Roubal '78 of Marquette.
Susan recently moved back to the area and has begun exhibiting her pastel paintings in the area.
At left is a piece of her work titled, "Coral Stucco, II".
You can check out Susan's work on display at the New York Deli during the month of November.

From the E-mail bag

My wife is a graduate and we both love the NMU newsletters. If we knew what we know now, we would have moved home to Marquette in 2002. We both miss the weather and the class of people."
The Pharrs
Sheridan, Mich.

"I just wanted to write and encourage all of Michigan and their Detroit Tigers on their way to winning the World Series. The picture is me wearing my 1968 Tigers cap. Here in Boston, it's acceptable after my new team has failed to continue in the post-season. I can safely guarantee a World Series win because every time the Tigers have played a world series on my lifetime, they've won it...because I've been out of town! And as I'm moving back to Marquette in August of 2007, I can't really expect them to wait for me to be in-state to win it all. Thanks again for your fine work with us alumni. GO TIGERS!"
Michael A. Greer '76
Arlington, Mass.
"My 1968 Tigers cap, dry cleaned in 1984, in storage until this year. My Red Sox cap is in the closet."

"Just a little musical history; the harmonic player in the middle of this picture is Al Jacquez. I first saw Al play with his band Savage Grace at the old Kay Hall auditorium sometime in 1970 or so. His current band, including Mark Tomorsky (left), Mark Gougeon (right) and Bill Gordon (not shown) made a visit to Ontonagon's Theatre for the performing arts in June of 2005. WOAS-FM co-sponsored their visit and we hope to get them back to the UP on the heels of their new CD 'Somewhere Between Detroit and Chicago'. This was Al's first musical visit to the UP since his Savage Grace days. His bandmates are no slouches either, having played at various time with Mitch Ryder, Frigid Pink, The Turtles and a host of others. More information is available at"
Ken Raisanen '75, '80
WOAS-FM Manager
Ontonagon, Mich.

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