For the week of October 27, 2003

From the 6th floor

Pretty seasonal weather to report this week. Averages for the last week of October are pretty much between 45 and 32 and that's what we'll see most of this week. Scattered flurries made the drive to work a little slick Monday and Tuesday. Remember that first snow of the year when everyone forgets how to drive on slippery roads? That was the case early this week as a number of accidents were reported. Meanwhile, we just kind of drift through cooler temperatures and cloudy skies.

Roy will not seek NMU presidency

Mike Roy, interim president of Northern Michigan University, has announced that he will not seek a permanent appointment to the position. Roy told NMU faculty and staff attending a university forum Wednesday afternoon that he has no intention of adding his name to the pool of prospective candidates.

“My primary reasons for not seeking the presidential position are related to time,” he said. “On a personal level, being president requires one to devote their days and nights to the university and your family tends to take second place. On a professional level, Northern is facing a major financial challenge because of falling state revenues and the likelihood of additional reductions in our state appropriation. I believe my attention needs to be focused on addressing this challenge rather than pursing the position of president.”

Ann Arbor area alumni cheer on 'Cats

As is often the case when we visit the downstate area, Wildcat fans came out in full force to cheer on the Wildcats. The hockey 'Cats took on the University of Michigan, Friday and Sunday, October 24 and 26th. Unfortunately, the Wildcats ended their win streak at Yost Arena. Going into Friday's game, the 'Cats were the only team to have a winning record at Yost Arena. Now the ‘Cats are with the rest of the CCHA as they now have a losing record at 8-9-0, after losing both games to the home team.

A loss Friday night did not stop the Wildcat fans from getting together at Damon's in Ann Arbor after the game. On hand: Walt Kyle and the entire NMU hockey coaching staff; NMU Interim President Mike Roy; NMU Alumni Association President Rick Popp '88, '90; and Wildcat fans from just about every era.

NMU Interim President Mike Roy, Rob Marquardt '78, Dick Walton '78, Dave Bonsall '73, Sandy Bonsall '73 and Jen Zanotti '97.
Doreen ''96, '99 and Bruce '98 Avenall, Kris Day '94, Damon Scott, Dee Harrington '96, Kelly Finnegan '96.
Steve '79 and Leigh '80 Guzowski and their sons.

The world was here

Area residents were treated to international speedskating competition this past weekend. The International Skating Union 2003 World Cup was held on the campus of Northern Michigan University. Among the skaters competing, the USA's Apolo Ohno. Ohno even had two of his fan clubs follow him to Marquette. During the three day competition, three new world records were set and thousands of area residents got a rare opportunity to witness world class speedskating action.

Your Wildcat sports update

As you read above, the NMU hockey 'Cats got swept by the University of Michigan over the weekend, 2-0 on Friday and 5-2 on Sunday. The 'Cats are back in action in an exhibition game against the USNTDP U-18 Team on Friday (Oct. 31) at 7:35 p.m. NMU is now 3-3-0 overall and 2-2-0 in the CCHA.

The NMU volleyball team is fast approaching the 28-0 record to start the season that was set by the 1993 squad. The 2003 edition is now 19-0 on the season and 14-0 in the GLIAC with a three game win over Saginaw Valley on Sunday (31-29, 30-18, 30-17). The ‘Cats are in action twice this week with a match against Michigan Tech on Wednesday (Oct. 29) and will play Lake Superior on Saturday (Nov. 1).

Playing in the Superior Dome is supposed to be a magical experience for the NMU football Wildcats, but on Saturday night after a little over three hours of football the Wayne State Warriors had the magic as Greg Gunderson kicked a 30-yard field goal to give the Motown boys a come from behind 45-42 win over the ‘Cats. NMU drops to 2-6 overall and 2-5 in the conference. NMU has their second game in a row in the Dome next week against Michigan Tech.

It was Senior Day at the NMU soccer game on Sunday against Saginaw Valley. Rachel Vilders scored the first two goals of the game to help the ‘Cats cruise to a 4-0 win over the Cardinals. With the win NMU is now 9-6-1 overall and pick up their first GLIAC win on the season (1-4-0). NMU also snapped a four-game losing skid. The ‘Cats will travel to Erie, Pa. next weekend to face Gannon and Mercyhurst.

The Jon Wilson Era began this past weekend at the North Dakota Fall Open Swim Meet. The Aqua-‘Cats finished in third place with 128.50 points. The Aqua-‘Cats will be in action again the weekend of November 7-8 at St. Cloud State.




House receives inaugural MCTM Award

Peggy House, a professor in the mathematics and computer science department at Northern Michigan University, has been selected as the first recipient of the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Outstanding Contributions to Mathematics Education Award.
The award was initiated to honor a mathematics educator in Michigan who has made significant contributions to the field for a number of years. House was honored at the 54 th annual MCTM conference in Lansing Oct. 16.
House was the director of the Seaborg Center at NMU from 1993-2003. She is currently the series editor for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Navigation books. Navigations will produce 34 books and accompanying CDs to assist teachers in putting the Council's principles and standards into practice in the classroom.
She has also contributed to numerous math books, journal articles, research and evaluation reports, and has made more than 230 mathematics presentations domestically and abroad.

Thanks for stopping by

A special Thank You to Captain Pete Sinclair '99 who stopped by to say hello and renew his membership in the NMU Alumni Association. Pete is just back from serving in Iraq. He is stationed at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. In addition to visiting the Alumni office, Pete also took time out to speak to students in an international affairs course and visit with ROTC cadets. Pete served as aide de camp to the top allied military intelligence officer.
"Saddam Hussein put no money back into the economy. When you look at his palace complexes and then see how the people live, it's unbelievable."

Sinclair also criticized the media, especially the major broadcast television networks, for focusing on the negative aspects of the Iraqi operation while ignoring the positive things that are happening.
"Bad news sells," said Sinclair, who worked for Brig. Gen. Barbara Fast, the top allied intelligence officer during the war. "They're not going to tell you about the good things we're doing over there."

From the Email bag

"Just thought I would pass on a cute picture from one of our
International Studies alums. Her name is Jennifer Fix '01. Any guesses
where she is at?"
John Weting
Director of International Affairs








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