For the week of November 1, 2004

From the 6th floor

Definitely fewer leaves on the trees. Definitely. But all things considered, still fairly mild in Upper Michigan. And believe it or not, youngsters didn't have to wear snowsuits over their Halloween costumes last night. It's been hanging around in the low 40s most days lately, with the rest of the week calling for more of the same. It's not until next week that the four letter word makes an appearance in the forecast. But I'll worry about that tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day.

NMU vs. MSU Pep Rally tickets on sale

NMU vs. MSU Basketball
Sunday, November 14
Breslin Arena in East Lansing.

Game tickets on sale now!
You must contact the NMU Ticket Office at 906-227-1032 to purchase your seats.

The NMU Alumni Association and Athletic Department will sponsor a pre-game Pep Rally featuring head coaches Tom Izzo '77 and Dean Ellis '83.
Admission to the Pep Rally is free and open to all Wildcat fans, but you must have a game ticket to enter the building.

NMU vs. MSU basketball
Pre-Game Pep Rally
Sunday, November 14
Breslin Arena
2:00 p.m

Questions? Contact the NMU Alumni Association.

Minneapolis Area Alumni Reception

Alumni in the Minneapolis area are invited to get together Wednesday, December 22nd in conjunction with Wildcat Hockey.

Wildcat Alumni Reception in Minneapolis
Wednesday, Dec. 22
Approx. 7:30 p.m.
(Following NMU vs. Harvard)
Ritter Arena, adjacent to Mariucci Arena
Minneapolis, MN

Meet Coach Kyle, NMU President Les Wong and his wife, Phyllis, and Wildcat fans from around the area.

Hockey Tournament information:

Dodge Holiday Classic
Mariucci Arena
Dec. 22-23

Wednesday, Dec. 22:
NMU vs. Harvard
5:00 p.m.

Univ. Minnesota vs. Merrimack
8:00 p.m.

Tournament tickets available exclusively through Gopher Sports

Questions? Contact the NMU Alumni Association.

Deadline approaching for NMU Alumni Association Awards

NMU 2004 Outstanding Young Alumnus Troy Huggett '92 and Teresa Hofman Lawrence '90. Teresa nominated Troy for the award because of his professional accomplishments and commitment to community service.

The NMU Alumni Association requests your assistance.

Each year at Homecoming, the NMU Alumni Association honors those alumni who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding achievements and who have been a positive influence on their professions or on their communities through public service.

Past recipients have included:
Howard Schultz '75
Dr. Anne M. Andrews '87
Dr. Marc Raslich '91
Jack Mauro '65
Tom Peters '55, '60
Dr. John Beaumier '53

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."

The deadline for nominations for NMU Alumni Association Awards is December 31st.

Do you know someone who should be nominated? Please take the time to nominate 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.

WWII resistance fighter one of several NMU Holocaust Awareness activities

Brenda Senders, a Ukrainian Jew who was a resistance fighter in WWII, will give a presentation as part of the Holocaust Awareness Project. She will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the Whitman Hall commons area. The public is invited to attend this free event.

As a young girl, she escaped from a ghetto and helped fight Nazis with weapons and ammunition her group seized from German conveys it attacked.
She will talk about her experiences and try to educate the public on the importance of making sure an event like the Holocaust does not happen again.

The NMU Holocaust Awareness Project is sponsored by the Omicron Mu chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society.
“The project is designed to promote awareness and prevent genocide,” said Jessica Heikkila, an international studies senior from Marquette.
Other events include a display in Olson Library of relevant works submitted by students, which will be showcased through November; a film, “The Grey Zone,” portraying life at the Auschwitz concentration camp, at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15; and a forum on confronting modern genocide, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 1. The film and forum will be in the Whitman Hall commons area.

Just what you asked for...

You probably would be very surprised to hear how many times someone has asked for the NMU Fight Song or the Alma Mater. We now have them available for you to download.

NMU Fight Song (wma format)
NMU Fight Song (mp3 format)

Hail Northern (wma format)
Hail Northern (mp3 format)

And what would be the fun in having the music if you can't sing along?

NMU Fight Song

Wildcats of Northern
We're behind you in this game
We're the Wildcats of Northern
Do your best to win acclaim
You are the pride and joy
Of every person young and old
So do your best
For Northern's glory
Fight for the green and gold

NMU Alma Mater

Hail Northern, we thy sons and daughters
Now bring thee tribute long deserved
Thou beacon light 'mid natures grandeur
Through passing decades well-preserved
Oh, may we labor with untiring zeal
That when these golden days have flown
We may with honor face the future
And match thy courage with our own

And ten bucks says you're singing right now, even if it's not aloud.

Keep an eye on the mailbox

  Northern Michigan University recently converted to a new campus-wide database to help us serve you better.

Coming to a mailbox near you, a postcard with your name and address on it. Please review this information carefully and let us know if changes need to be made.

The postcard will give you details on how to update your information.
If you notice any problems, such as not receiving your regular NMU mail or duplicate mailings, please let us know by calling 1-877-GRAD-NMU (toll-free) or e-mailing us at

Thanks for stopping by....

Chuck '87 and Donna '88 Tomasi and their daughters, Liisa and Julie.
The Tomasis live in Appleton and were in town visiting relatives.

From the Email bag

"What a great issue. The pics made me feel like I was back "home." Beautiful fall colors, 'Cats kicking butt on the ice and the panoramic view from Hogsback was like deja vu. Keep them coming, Deanna--you're the best! An old 'Cat down in Motown."
Jerry Norquist '71
Canton, MI

"I just received "What's New, NMU?" It looks great and I hope this is something that you plan to continue. It's a great way to stay informed with NMU and the U.P. Thanks for the trip back to Northern."
John Ashley '77
Orlando, FL

"Deanna, thanks for the recent email. Great stuff! All the best."
Sam Beauchamp
Jacksonville, FL

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

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