For the week of November 6, 2006

From the 6th floor

After a very pleasant weekend, we're looking at continued mild weather across most of Upper Michigan for the early part of the week. A high temperature of 47 degrees was reported Sunday in Marquette. Forecasters predict we could reach 50 degrees Monday and Tuesday as warm southerly air continues to push in. The warm air brings with it a chance of some rain showers, though. A 50 degree temperature would be about 10 degrees above normal for our area.

The Superior Edge

Northern Michigan University has recently launched an innovative leadership program designed to help students make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. According to NMU President Les Wong, the Superior Edge program has the potential to put NMU on the national map while making Northern graduates highly sought-after job candidates.
" Never has a higher education institution taken the responsibility to incorporate key aspects of citizenship, diversity, leadership and real-life applications into a single, voluntary structured program that directly supports a student's program of study," Wong said.
"The program is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. Many campuses have bits and pieces, but the Superior Edge is unique in its scope and effect. Students choose to undertake this challenge, it is not a requirement. That is what is catching the attention of employers and graduate counselors who have heard about the program."
The Superior Edge's motto is "learning to live a life that matters." To complete an edge, students must do 100 hours of relevant and approved activities in the edge area and write a reflection paper. Completing all four edges makes the student a Superior Edge graduate. Each edge completed is noted on a student enrichment transcript that accompanies the student's academic transcript.
Northern had set a goal of having 500 Superior Edge participants by the start of the second semester, a goal which has surpassed 600 at this writing.

President reviews China trip

The NMU delegation met with representatives from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. Pictured (from left) are: an unidentified Chinese graduate student; Cindy Kleinschmidt, Renxin Yang, Dr. Thomas Schacht, Cynthia Prosen and Jeff Kleinschmidt of NMU; Philos Wong, vice-dean of English language education; Les Wong, Phyllis Wong, Z.Z. Lehmberg, Gavin Leach, an unidentified Chinese graduate student, and Ma "Mark " Jianping.
A Northern delegation’s recent trip to China and the opportunities explored for partnering with educational and corporate entities was the main focus of a recent university forum.
President Les Wong said there were palpable differences associated with China’s “red-hot, hyper economy” compared with his three previous visits to the country before joining NMU.
“The energy and sense of optimism and knowledge that they are at the center of the world’s economy was so obvious wherever we went,” he said. “The building going on in the cities, the investments they’re making in higher education and K-12, and their efforts to transform into a modern culture all made me speechless. New campuses are being constructed everywhere. Jilin University has an enrollment of about 8,000. That campus is in the midst of a two-year construction program with the goal of reaching 20,000 students by the end of those two years.”
Wong said one of the main reasons for the trip was a meeting with representatives of Lenovo, the corporation who makes the laptop computers issued to most NMU students.
“I wanted to put in front of that group two things: becoming a model campus for sales and product development worldwide; and possibly establishing a closer research, development and teaching relationship between NMU and Lenovo International. Every signal we received – from the corporate structure there to Lenovo USA – was ‘absolutely.’ I said our campus would be more than willing to test any products they develop. Those could include phones, laptops, desktops and servers.
“We also talked about a partnership based on the company’s connection with the Olympics and our connection with the USOEC. Could we leverage their coaches and athletes training on campus? Could our students be interns at the 2008 Olympics? We also looked at co-branding. They filmed a commercial here at NMU with the speedskaters. It was so successful that they’re planning to do more on campus in advance of the 2008 Summer Games. I’ve never seen a culture more obsessed with the Olympics than China.” 
Wong said NMU established a “memorandum of understanding” with Beijing Sports University to facilitate faculty and student exchanges and to explore additional opportunities. He said other Chinese higher education institutions agreed on an informal basis to continued interaction with NMU.
“I think it was very successful. In many ways, it was a positive first step. You don’t just go to China and expect to achieve something right off the bat. It’s a long process, but we’re positioned well to have future conversations with them in many different ways.”

T.C. Boyle announces new book topic and title during NMU Web cast

NMU's "One Book, One Community" program culminated with a live Web cast with author T.C. Boyle, Wednesday, Nov. 1. The program's goal is to bring the university community together with Marquette County to read the same book and discuss the book in a variety of settings. The book chosen for the inaugural effort was T.C. Boyle's "The Tortilla Curtain."
During the Web cast, the audience in Marquette was able to interact with Boyle and ask a variety of questions. During the interview, Boyle announced the title and topic of the project he has been working on the past several months. "Truth Against The World" is the title of Boyle's next novel and it will focus on legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Boyle told the audience he has completed one-third of the new novel and hopes to have it finished within a year.

The Web cast has been archived so you can listen to it now.

Family weekend draws large crowd

NMU families from around the Midwest visited Marquette for Family Weekend, Oct. 28-29. The annual event draws a large crowd and during this year's event, families were able to participate in a huge tailgate party prior to Wildcat hockey. Hundreds of green and gold fans packed Vandament Arena for the pre-game event. The NMU Alumni Association was on hand to make sure fans had their pom poms and tattoos.

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University football Wildcats snapped a 6-game losing streak Saturday (Nov. 4). The 'Cats dropped Gannon University 48-21 at the Superior Dome. NMU is now 3-6 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). NMU will play its season finale against the top-ranked team in the NCAA II, the Grand Valley Lakers, on Nov. 11 in the Superior Dome. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.
The NMU hockey team traveled to Oxford, Ohio this past weekend to take on the Miami Redhawks. The 'Cats split the series, losing Friday's match-up 5-1, and winning Saturday's 4-2. NMU improves to 5-4-1 overall and 2-2-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The 'Cats will host Alaska Nov. 10-11 at the Berry Events Center.
The NMU cross country team finished in 6th place at the NCAA Regionals. Kelly Ahern was the first 'Cat across the finish line and finished in 15th place overall. The meet ended NMU's season as only the top three teams move on to the NCAA II national championship.
Also ending its season was the NMU volleyball team. The spikers lost to Hillsdale College in the first round of the GLIAC Tournament. NMU ends the 2006 campaign with an overall record of 16-11.
The NMU soccer team received disappointing news when it found out it did not get a bid to the NCAA Division II national championship tournament. The 'Cats end their season at 16-2 overall and 6-2 in GLIAC play.  This season brought numerous firsts for the 'Cats as they beat several opponents for the first time and set numerous individual and team records, including most wins (16); most goals scored (48); best-ever GLIAC record (6-2); and longest winning streak (7-twice).
In exhibition play, the NMU men's basketball team lost 74-63 to Divison I Michigan State University, Sunday (Nov. 5) in East Lansing. The 'Cats open their season Nov. 17 at UW-Green Bay.

Detroit Area alumni club to hold organizational meeting

Interested in helping get a Detroit area alumni club established? NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors member David Wirth '72 will be hosting an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. ,Tuesday, Nov. 28. The meeting will take place at Ginopolis on the Ice Restaurant at Compuware Arena. All alumni and friends are encouraged to attend.
Detroit Area Alumni Club
Organizational Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 28
7 p.m.
Ginopolis On The Ice Restaurant
Compuware Sports Arena
14900 Beck Road
Plymouth Township

Please RSVP to David Wirth '72

Upcoming Alumni events

Ann Arbor Area Alumni Reception Friday, January 12
Following NMU vs. Michigan hockey
3150 Boardwalk
Ann Arbor, Mich
Chicago Area Alumni Reception Friday, January 26
Glascott's Groggery
2158 N. Halsted

Saturday, January 27 in Chicago

The NMU Alumni Association will host a pre-show reception with NMU President Les Wong at the Oriental Theatre on Randolph Street in downtown Chicago.

Time: 7:15 p.m. Alumni Association Reception
8 p.m. "Wicked"

$110 Alumni Association members
$120 Non-members
All seats are in the lower balcony

Ticket price includes one play ticket and one reception ticket, which covers all food and beverages served prior to the show. A limited number of tickets are available. First come, first served.

To purchase tickets, contact the NMU Alumni Association at 906-227-2610 or toll-free at 1-877-GRAD NMU.

Native American Heritage Month activities taking place

Several events will be held at Northern in November in honor of Native American Heritage Month. The program lineup is being coordinated by the Native American Student Association, with support from several campus departments. Among the programs featured are a number of Native American films, traditional dance demonstrations, art displays and Anishinaabe storytelling. For more information visit the NMU calendar or call 227-1397.

Don't forget to place your holiday orders

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From the E-mail bag

Jean (second from right) has been battling cancer since 1994. She has been undergoing extensive treatments on and off for the past twelve years. She has recently been referred to the Karmanos Cancer Institute for more aggressive treatment. The goal of the Bowling Benefit is to help her out with some of the out-of-pocket expenses so that she may continue treatments.

Bowling Benefit for Jean (McAteer) Falvo '81
Sunday, Nov. 12
1-4 p.m.
Mayflower Lanes, 26600 Plymouth Road
Redford, Mich
(Limited space, please RSVP to 734-765-7666 or )

"Hello ' What's New NMU'.  The email I forwarded you is regarding a fundraiser in the Livonia-Redford area, scheduled for November 12th from 1-4 p.m.  I am attempting to reach out to as many as possible who know Jean McAteer '81.  Jean is a very faithful NMU alumna.  I can honestly say that Jean (and friends) have returned to NMU Homecomings more than 98% of the time .  Since 1979 or 1980, I would be guessing but, out of the past 26 years, she has returned 20-24.  That in itself is commendable by anyone's standards.  Jean's daughter is in her 1st semester at NMU.  Jean has many, many friends from her years at NMU and I am certain that they would all like to know about, contribute to and/or attend the Fundraiser on the 12th of November.  I know 'What's New NMU' reaches out across the country and I personally reaching out to any source possible to get the word out.  In advance, I will thank you all for your extra efforts.  We are making many phone calls but see the need to work through NMU for any assistance available.  Thank you very much!!!!"
J. Jeff Watson '80
Holt, Mich

Have any idea who these young ladies are? An NMU faculty member dropped off the photo in hopes we could identify.
Let us know.

"I read with interest Ken Raisanen's piece last week on Al Jacquez. He didn't mention the name of Al's band. Also, I remember (fuzzily) seeing Savage Grace in the fieldhouse around 1970 and I think Bob Seger and his band played there, too. Can anyone out there verify or am I dreaming?"
Julie Chamberlain '72
LaCrosse, Wis.

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