For the week of October 24, 2005

From the 6th floor

Thanks to colleague Kathy Frazier for drawing my attention to the awesome view outside the 6th floor Monday morning. For about ten minutes, the sky was as dark as you can imagine and presented a great contrast to the bright colors of the leaves still on the trees. We have had nothing but clouds and rain the past several days. The forecast calls for more of the same with a chance of flurries thrown in for good measure. It's been dipping into the low 30s in the early morning hours.

Wildcat Tailgate Party in Allendale Saturday

The NMU Alumni Association is hosting a Wildcat Tailgate Party for all Northern alumni and friends attending the NMU vs. Grand Valley State University football game, Saturday, Oct. 29.

The tailgate party takes place 4-7 p.m. in Lubbers Stadium, Lot C.

Join NMU Alumni Association Board Members David Gregory '92 and Joe Prinzi '70, '77 and get ready for the big game.

Food from Famous Dave's B-B-Q, chips and sodas will be provided.

The party is free of charge but you need to purchase tickets to see the game.

Look for Wildcat fans under the tent with the Northern flags.
To purchase game tickets, contact GVSU at 616-331-8800.
Tickets can also be purchased at participating Meijer stores in Michigan.
Questions can be directed to the NMU Alumni Association.
(Toll Free at 877-GRAD-NMU or

Alumni Award nomination deadline creeping up

Nominations for the NMU Alumni Association Awards are due by Dec. 31. These awards are given out at Homecoming, scheduled in 2006 for Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30.
These awards recognize alumni who have received an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or educational specialist degree from NMU, and who have been a positive influence on their professions, their communities through public service, or who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding achievements that place them above the norm.

NMU President Les Wong and 2005 Outstanding Young Alumnus Jeff Vande Zande '93.

Garn Lewis '86, NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors Vice President, chairs the Awards Selection Committee.

"Many NMU graduates have noteworthy personal and professional accomplishments, service to the public welfare, or service to the University. Many are leaders in their professions and in their communities. These individuals bring honor to themselves and to their alma mater and the Alumni Awards provide an excellent way to recognize NMU Alumni for their contributions."

Do you know someone who should be nominated? Please consider nominating a worthy alum for one of these prestigious awards.

Get in touch with us, we can help you through the process.

Read more about the award criteria and how you can nominate someone.

Forest Roberts Theatre renovated

Recent improvements to Forest Roberts Theatre might not be visible to audiences, but those who spend most of their time backstage are celebrating the opportunity to work with updated equipment in a safer environment.


Technical Coordinator Kimberly Hegmegee said a major component of the project was a new rigging and fire curtain system (the rigging is pictured at left with a hoist in the foreground).


“They tore out the old rigging and replaced the whole thing, from floor to grid, with a new counterweight system,” she added. “If we would have done Beauty and the Beast with what’s in place now, we could have done the lifts – like the beast transformation – without hiring a professional company.

"And if there’s a fire on the stage or in the vicinity, heat-activated links in the system will melt once they reach a certain temperature, causing the fire curtain to drop and smoke hatches to open. We can also drop the curtain manually if we want a solid separation between the stage and audience.”

Full story.

Wildcat sports update

Northern Michigan University hosted the 2005 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Cross Country Championship last Saturday, Oct. 22. The NMU women finished in second place with Grand Valley winning the event. Northern will be back in action at the NCAA II Regional Championships at Ferris State University on Nov. 5.
The NMU volleyball team dropped its Saturday match to Lake Superior State University. The 'Cats fall to 11-10 overall and 8-5 in the GLIAC. They host Grand Valley State at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29 and Ferris State at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.
The NMU soccer team split its trip to Erie, Pa this past weekend. The 'Cats lost to Mercyhurts on Friday, but defeated Gannon on Sunday. NMU is now 8-7-0 overall and 3-4-0 in the GLIAC.
The football Wildcats came up short against Saginaw Valley State in the Superior Dome Saturday, falling to Saginaw, 31-20. NMU is 2-6 overall and in the GLIAC. The 'Cats take on Grand Valley State in Allendale, Saturday, Oct. 29.
The NMU hockey 'Cats swept Michigan Tech in a home-and-home series Friday and Saturday. Friday night at the Berry Events Center a new record crowd of 4,260 saw NMU defeat the Huskies 5-1. In Houghton on Saturday, the 'Cats skated past Tech, 2-1. NMU improves to 3-1-0 on the season. This weekend the 'Cats go home-and-home again with their other U.P. rival, the Lake Superior State University Lakers. The series will begin CCHA play for NMU. Friday's game is in Marquette before shifting to Sault Ste. Marie Saturday.

NMU vs. MSU hockey to feature Alumni Reception

Wildcat fans attending the NMU vs. MSU hockey game Friday, November 4, are encouraged to attend the post-game reception at Tripper's on Frandor. The NMU Alumni Association is hosting the event. NMU head coach Walt Kyle will join fans after the game. Snacks and beverages will be available.
This is a service of the NMU Alumni Association. Consider joining today!
NMU Alumni Association Reception
Friday, Nov 4
Tripper's Restaurant
Frandor Road

Immediately following NMU vs. MSU hockey

"Mythbusters" to visit NMU

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, the hosts of the Discovery Channel’s hit show MythBusters will come to Northern Michigan University at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in Vandament Arena.
MythBusters aims at putting urban legends and popular misconceptions to the test. Each episode investigates three myths, such as whether six packs of Pop Rocks and six cans of soda really make your stomach explode, and whether it is possible to get stuck on an airplane toilet.
            This event is sponsored by Promotional Services and the student activity fee.  Tickets are $1 for NMU students with ID and $5 for the general public, and are available at all EZ ticket outlets.  They can also be purchased by calling 227-1032 or visiting     

From the E-mail bag

I recently received a phone call from a student at Northern asking if I would like to make a donation to the annual “NMU Foundation” fund drive.  Having just recently returned from NMU (Homecoming 05) I had the opportunity to visit several locations on campus.  The visit brought me to the studios of WUPX or as I remember, WBKX.  I was impressed to see the old Tapestry which hung over the fire place and much of the old vinyl 33s on the shelves that I had spent years spinning. Peering through the widow of Lee Hall, I was able to see the old control room that I and several other radio jocks spent days building. It definitely was a trip in time, returning to a place I hold dearly in my educational / professional growth. I grabbed my check book and immediately wrote a check marked for WUPX. Now is the time that we, who have graduated from NMU, and have made a successful life, think of the University, the students, and our legacy, at NMU.
John S. Ashley 77
Orlando, Florida

"I love the pix you send out with the newsletter. I show them to my colleagues and students I work with who have no idea what it is like living in the U.P. and they are amazed. Thanks! The pix make my day brighter."
Bev Solomon '74
Rochester, MI

"Thanks for the color pictures of the U.P. They look quite a bit different than the back sides of the plywood as we await Wilma's arrival. The boards already have the names of Charlie, Francis, Jeanie on them. Now we get to add Wilma. Have a great fall in the U.P."
Doc "R.E" Landeck '66
Auburndale, FL

"Thanks to Jeff Drake for sharing his Red Cross experience in last week's newsletter. We are getting our youth together to make a spring break mission trip. Here is another way you can work with the Red Cross that is often time unknown to people. Did you know that every time you hear someone say (in response to hearing someone they know has cancer) "I wish there was something I could do to help?" There is...and it is vitally important--donate your platelets. There are far too few platelet donors and people with cancer are counting on them to help them in their healing."
Bob Cook '67
Browns Summit, NC

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