For the week of December 5, 2005
From the 6th floor
|Cold and snow; I suppose I better get used to it. Don't let today's sunshine fool you, it is pretty chilly outside. A cold front has settled over Upper Michigan and that means temperatures dipping below zero in the overnight hours. It also means it hasn't been getting that warm during the day, either. Today's forecasted high is only 15 degrees. Low pressure is expected to blast southward from Ontario into the northern UP this evening. With its passage, heavy lake effect snows are predicted-- especially in Marquette, Alger, and Gogebic counties. Over a half of a foot snow accumulations are possible in those target areas. Dry air finally settles in for tomorrow, slowly tapering off what is left of the snow showers. Reports say we'll be back to more average temperatures by the end of the week.
NMU sets record enrollmentNorthern's current enrollment of 9,422 is the highest ever, surpassing the previous mark of 9,370 in 1980. That's according to Associate Vice President for Institutional Research Paul Duby. Duby released the figures at a university forum on Nov. 30. Duby said projections for fall 2006 puts the student body at 9,853. The university's previous high was in 1980, when the college had 9,376 students. Additionally, Northern's retention rate, or percentage of students who return to Northern for a second year, has steadily increased since 1993. NMU is exploring new academic initiatives to increase enrollment. These include a master of arts degree in teaching; programs in wildland fire certification and loss prevention; graduate certificates in criminal justice, training and development, and psychology; options to expand surgical technology programs; a United States Olympic Committee coaching certificate which is already in place; an ESL program; and an entrepreneurship minor for non-business majors.
NMU students "adopt" Louisiana school
Like many people across the country, special education majors at Northern were motivated to take action in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. They had discussed traditional fundraising measures as an academic service learning project for their ED 400 class, but decided a long-term commitment would fill the palpable void anticipated after the initial flurry of support to the region had tapered off.
Ebenezer Scrooge on stage
|The First Nighters Club is proud to present Ebenezer. This Christmas tradition from the NMU Theatre Department takes to the stage Dec. 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. and December 10 and 11 at 1 p.m.
For information and reservations, contact the box office at 227-2082.
Cost is $8 for the general public.
And speaking of Christmas.....
|Do you have some Wildcat fans on your shopping list? Check out the NMU Bookstore online.
You can find gifts for the whole family.
Interested in working for Northern?
|The NMU Admissions office has an opening for a regional admissions counselor. You can learn more about the position and other employment opportunities at NMU by visiting the NMU Human Resources Web site.|
NMU skiers named to World Cup team
Four skiers with ties to the Northern cross country ski team have been named to the U.S. Ski Team which will compete at five cross country World Cup races in December in Canada as part of the lead-up to the Olympics in February.
Wildcat sports update
|The NMU women’s swimming and diving team set seven pool records at the Dragon-Cobber Invitational at Minnesota State University Moorhead last weekend. The Wildcats placed second at the invitational with 865 points as the host school won with 1,138. The team is off to Cocoa Beach, Fla. for a training trip after Christmas. NMU will host Lewis on Jan. 21 for its first meet of the second semester.
In its conference opener at the Berry Events Center, the NMU men's basketball team defeated the University of Findlay in a 73-61 decision. The win snapped a five-game skid against the Oilers. NMU won its third straight game and now is 3-3 on the season and 1-0 in the GLIAC. The basketball 'Cats hit the road for the next six games. First up is another GLIAC contest at Saginaw Valley State on Thursday, Dec. 8.
On the women's side, the Oilers defeated the Lady Wildcats on the court, 72-65, in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opener for both squads. The ‘Cats are 1-3 and 0-1 respectively. The ‘Cats will face Saginaw Valley at University Center, Mich. on Thursday, Dec. 8.
The NMU hockey team had last weekend off. They face Ferris State in Big Rapids, Dec. 9-10.
San Diego party added to Wildcat Night Across the Country
The NMU Alumni Association has a variety of events planned in the upcoming months where you can hook up with fellow alumni.
Saturday, Jan. 28
Saturday, Feb. 11
Thanks for stopping by....
.....Andy Forbing '03. Andy was on the rowing team while at Northern and was in town for a rowing banquet. He is currently coachign the rowing team at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor.
Don't forget, if you're in town visiting, please stop by and say hello. We're on the 6th floor of the Cohodas Administration Center.
From the E-mail bag
"I remember the storms like the one Cliff Weyhing was writing about in last week's newsletter, in late 1981, and I can picture in my mind the Black Rocks on Presque Isle. What I was wondering is if people still dive from the rocks or if the level of Lake Superior has changed. Diving from the cliffs was a favorite activity for me until the water got too cold to stand and we broke out the cross country skis and enjoyed Presque Isle that way. Thanks for the weekly reminders of my college years. I really enjoyed my time at NMU. Keep up the great work!"
Caren (Loper) Thorp '81
Note from the Editor: Yes, indeed, students still dive from the Black Rocks. Perhaps next summer when the warm weather is back, I'll venture out there with the camera and get some photos.
"Loved the beautiful pictures of the first winter snowfall! Brought back lots of memories. I had forgotten just how beautiful Marquette could be in the winter. Thanks for sharing, and keep posting the photos.
Patricia Mason '77
East Tawas, MI
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