For the week of October 25, 2004

From the 6th floor

No snowflakes in the forecast. That's a good thing. It's been pleasantly mild the past week. Fall color is still hanging around also, as you can see from today's 6th floor photo. While the color isn't as vibrant as it's been, now it's mostly golds and deep reds, it is still very pretty.
Everything always seems so much more beautiful when the sun is shining. The temperature is supposed to hang around in the 50s for much of this week.

Big weekend at the BEC at NMU sweeps Michigan State

The crowd at Saturday’s hockey game between Northern Michigan University and Michigan State set a new Berry Events Center record of 4,163.
The ‘Cats with the 4-1 win on Saturday swept a series against the Spartans for the first time since the 1982-83 season. Friday night's score was 3-2.

The old record was 4,052 set last January against Notre Dame (Jan. 24). It is only the third time that over 4,000 people have been at a hockey game at the Berry Events Center. The third 4,000 plus crowd was 4,039 against Lake Superior State on March 3, 2001. In all three games the ‘Cats won.

NMU vs. MSU basketball tickets available--pep rally planned

The Northern Michigan University men's basketball team will open the 2004-05 season with an exhibition game at Michigan State University on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the Breslin Center in East Lansing.
Approximately 150 game tickets ($13 each) will be available for distribution from the NMU Superior Dome Ticket Office.
Beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 26 Wildcat fans may be put on a ticket purchase list (first come, first serve).
Contact the NMU Ticket Office, Superior Dome (906) 227-1032, Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The NMU Alumni Association and NMU Athletic Department will host a pre-game reception from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Nov. 14 in the Breslin Center for all Wildcat fans attending the game.

Questions can be directed to the NMU Alumni Association.

Homecoming parade photos posted

Yes, it was cold and rainy. But it was Homecoming. It's supposed to be yucky out, right?

Plenty of people braved the elements and participated in the traditional Homecoming parade on Third St.
Here are some of the sights.
Homecoming 2004 parade.

Homecoming 2005 has been scheduled

September 16-17, 2005

Make your plans now!

Student discovers rare blood type

When NMU student Pete Pelletier started a practicum at the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho, to complete his associate degree as a clinical laboratory technician, he didn’t know the experience would greatly enhance his resume. While doing routine blood tests, Pelletier detected a rare antibody in a woman’s blood that potentially saved the patient’s life.
“It is a very complex problem to solve when encountered, and it is so hard to find compatible blood, the patient could die before it would be available,” said Wayne Price (Clinical Laboratory Sciences), Pelletier’s adviser.
Pelletier was testing an anemic woman’s blood to find a donor for her transfusion and obtained abnormal results.
“Really, we were thinking that I had done something incorrect in my testing, but I continued to do the work-up for more learning experience,” Pelletier said. “What I found next confirmed that my work-up was probably accurate and that we were dealing with a very rare Rh blood type.”
Since this occurrence was so rare, Pelletier sent the blood sample to the American Red Cross (ARC) and they forwarded it to the National Reference Lab and Rare Donor Center. The ARC listed the chance of finding a compatible unit of blood as less than 1 in 10,000, Pelletier said.
“For the patient and her family it is an extremely big deal if they need a transfusion of red cells or if she becomes pregnant,” Price said.
Pelletier’s persistence led him to do more research on the topic and write a paper. He was thrilled when given the opportunity to present his paper at the Wisconsin Association of Blood Banks Annual Education Seminar in Milwaukee, Wis.
“Having the opportunity to give my first paper presentation as an undergraduate student in front of such an audience was an unbelievable experience,” Pelletier said.
Pelletier said his discovery of the unusual Rh-factor was both exciting and nerve-racking, especially because many technicians who work in the field of transfusion medicine have never had the chance to see a similar case.
“Many of the people who I talked with at the Wisconsin Association of Blood Banks commented on how lucky I was to have such an experience and how they would love to come across something like it,” he said
Pelletier attributes his confidence in his studies to the amount of research he did in the field and to the education he has received at NMU.
“I have to give a great deal of credit to our CLS program here at NMU,” he said. “The program has given me the best clinical lab education that I feel I can get.”
Price is proud of his advisee and said he feels blessed to have an exceptional student like Pelletier in the program.
“Pete was willing, as a junior, to do something many professionals in the field would hesitate to do: delve deeper into the problem, understand the underlying principles and then face an audience of professionals in the field with his findings and explain it to them,” he said.
Pelletier hopes to attend medical school after he graduates from Northern.

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. Notre Dame hockey in Notre Dame, Indiana, Friday and Saturday night.

Are you listening? Let us know.

From the Email bag

NMU students Jacob Shea and Natalie Wierzbicki, with their dog, Chubbs, enjoy the view on Hogsback.

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