For the week of Oct. 4, 2004

From the 6th floor

Ok. It's definitely fall. I could have used a pair of gloves this morning, it was that chilly. But it is October, so I guess that's not totally out of the question. Temperatures have still been pretty nice during the day and we've had plenty of sunshine. But it's the time of year when you can feel (and smell) fall the minute you step outside.
As far as color change goes, while the leaves are changing, it's not anything too dramatic, yet. Noticable color change here and there, but certainly not at peak.

In an article dated Oct. 1, The Saginaw News reported that Upper Michigan was at 60% color. I'm not so sure I agree with that. But here's today photo so you be the judge.
Forecasters are predicting the upcoming weekend, Oct.8-10, might be the best time to catch fall's splendor in the U.P.
I'm predicting Homecoming weekend, Oct. 15-16.

Excitement building for Homecoming 2004

Next week, Oct. 11-16, is NMU's Homecoming celebration. If you haven't already made your plans to attend, it's not too late.
Activities take place all week long.
Some highlights include:

  • Traditional NMU Homecoming Parade
  • NMU Football Reunion
  • Investiture of NMU President Les Wong
  • NMU Block Party
  • NMU vs. Ferris State

A complete Homecoming schedule can be found here.

Scholarly presentations featured during Homecoming

Northern will feature a scholarly presentation each day of Homecoming week. The public is invited to all the presentations.
Monday, October 11  
1:00-4:00 p.m. Student Symposium
"Presentations on Regional History and Beyond"

Charcoal Room, UC
Tuesday, October 12  
7:00-8:00 p.m. Lecture:
"The Social History of NMU, 1899 to present."
Dr. Russell Magnaghi
Huron Room, UC
Wednesday, October 13  
1:00-4:00 p.m. Sonderegger Symposium IV:
"Upper Peninsula Themes"
Dr. John b. Anderton
Huron Room, UC
Thursday, October 14  
12:00 p.m.-1:00

Steve Mitchell '67
"Leadership and the 2004 Election for President"
(See details below.)

Special Streaming Video Presentation:

What do voters think? Steve Mitchell '67 knows and he's going to share it in a webcast

The NMU Alumni Association is making available one of the scholarly presentations to family, alumni and friends via new streaming media technology.
Political expert Steve Mitchell '67 will present "Leadership and the 2004 Election for President" at noon in the Mead Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 14, both to a live audience and those participating via the Internet.
Mitchell will take questions live during the webcast via email.

Mitchell is chairman of Mitchell Research & Communications, Inc. He provides political expertise, polling and on-air analysis to a host of television stations throughout the country, and is a regular political analyst for NBC affiliate WDIV-TV 4 in Detroit. He is also the pollster for The Detroit News.
You can check to see if your browser can accommodate the new technology by going to Media Site Live where you can test it a previous presentation.

On Saturday, Steve will receive NMU's Distinguished Alumni Award.

The new face of leadership at Northern Michigan University

The fall issue of Horizons, the magazine for Alumni and Friends of Northern Michigan University, should be in your mailbox any day now.

Gracing the cover, Dr. Les Wong, the new president of Northern.
Read about Dr. Wong and his wife, Phyllis, their decision to come to Northern, and their excitement in taking on the leadership of Northern.
Also included in the new issue: updates on higher education funding in the state of Michigan and what it means for Northern; ethics education and NMU football history.

If you don't receive Horizons in the next two weeks, please let us know so we can get one to you.

Share your passion for NMU with prospective students

Do you feel like Northern is a gem of a school that every high school graduation senior should know more about? If you are willing to share your enthusiasm for your alma mater with prospective students, you can assist the NMU Admissions Office with recruitment right in your own town.
As an Alumni Admissions Volunteer, you provide the encouragement and personal attention that can make the difference in a
student choosing Northern over another school. It's a great way to give back to NMU!

NMU Assistant Director of Admissions, Joanne Rule, is in search of alumni to assist with new student recruitment. Possible activities can include referring a student to NMU, attending a college fair, becoming an email pen pal to a prospective student and much more.
Visit our Alumni Admissions page for additional opportunities and to get involved.
Help young adults discover that NMU is a great place to grow, learn and prepare for the future.
Click here to help college-bound students discover NMU.

Wildcat Hockey on Fox Sports

The Central Collegiate Hockey Association, has announced the release of its FSN Detroit and College Sports Television (CSTV) schedules for the 2004-05 season that feature all 12 conference teams in at least one broadcast.
The Wildcats will make at least one appearance on Fox Sports, Friday, January 28 when the 'Cats take on Michigan at Yost Arena.

Mark this date on your calendars and host a Wildcat Night Across the Country party in your area.
Email us if you are interested in hosting an event.

More details to follow in the months ahead.

Ernie Harwell to lead walk before NMU football game

Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell will lead walkers through Marquette on Oct. 9 before the NMU-Ashland football game.
The walk is part of the series of Walking Works fitness walks sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network.
The Marquette walk begins at the Berry Events Center at 11:00 a.m., Saturday October 9.
The Marquette walk is free and open to the public but walkers must register for the event.
Registration for the walk includes a discount on NMU football tickets.
For more information, visit Blue Cross.

Thanks for stopping by....

Bill Bowerman '91....of Central, South Carolina.
Dr. Bowerman was on campus to present a lecture to current biology students.
Bill, a 1992 NMU Alumni Association Outstanding Young Alumni Award winner, is Assistant Professor Wildlife/Avian Toxicology, Dept. of Environmental Toxicology, Clemson University.

If you're in the Marquette area for a visit, please stop by and say hello. We're on the 6th floor of Cohodas, room 603.

As always, feedback/suggestions/questions can be directed to yours truly.

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