For the week of February 2, 2004

From the 6th floor

It is a virtual heatwave here today. I think we have climbed all the way to 27 degrees. That, my friends, is tropical. After a couple weeks of sub-zero temperatures and bitter windchills, 27 degrees feels like Florida. (OK. That might be a stretch...but I think you get the picture.) I'm not sure if we set any records in the last ten days, but I know it got downright chilly. We're talking plug your cars in and don't make the pets sleep outside chilly. (And just for the record, the all-time low for January is minus 32 degrees set back in 1997.)

Forecasters are calling for cooler, more normal temperatures the rest of the week so we had better enjoy our respite while we can.

Don't forget, our live webcam featuring the academic mall is available 24/7

If you attended Northern any time in the last 40 years, I bet this is a familiar face:

Is this the professor you recall?

Camerius breaks faculty longevity record

While training for a management position with the Dayton Co. in 1963, Jim Camerius (Business) took a brief reprieve from retailing to visit his former professors at Northern. Little did he know that the trip to his alma mater would evolve into a career-altering experience. Camerius arrived on campus expecting nothing more than to reminisce and catch up with those who played defining roles in his undergraduate education. He left with an offer to join their ranks by filling a teaching vacancy in the business department.

Now in his 41st year of service to Northern, Camerius recently set a new record for longevity among faculty members. He surpassed the 40-year mark held by the late chemistry professor Lucian Hunt (1927-1967).

“The time has flown by, really,” Camerius said.

Full story.

Want to drop Dr. Camerius a note? You can reach him at

Or perhaps this guy looks more familiar?

State of the State

On Jan. 20, Governor Jennifer Granholm gave her State of the State address. She did not concentrate on discussing the state’s current or future economic situation, but instead focused on her goals for the upcoming year. She did speak about Michigan being able to develop the kind of 21st century workforce that draws business, technology and industry to the state. Obviously that will not happen without a strong K-12 and university system. The Governor will outline her executive budget, which will include her proposal for next year’s funding for higher education, to the legislature on Feb. 12.

NMU Wireless Installed at Public Library

Wireless access is now available at Peter White Public Library for NMU patrons using their university-issued notebook computers.

The collaborative effort was a win-win proposition for both parties. By installing a wireless antenna at the downtown library, Northern could extend the reach of its network and related services to an off-campus location with a high concentration of students and staff.

For Peter White Public Library, the joint venture offered a dual benefit of improving customer service and reducing demand on its own network. Full Story

Sams to hold coaching clinic

NMU head football coach Doug Sams will host his 3rd Annual Northern Michigan Football Coaches Clinic on Friday, April 16, 2004.
This clinic is open to any interested coaches or athletic staff members. It can also qualify as a PE credit, Advanced Football Coaching Theory PE 496.
It is taking place on Friday, April 16th in conjunction with the NMU Spring Football Game and Junior Recruiting Day.
Friday, April 16
9:00 am-5:00 p.m.
NMU Superior Dome
Marquette, MI
Registration is $25 per coach prior to 4/12/2004
After 4/12, $35.

For more information or to request a brochure, contact the NMU Football office at

Wildcat reception planned for Wayne State game

Alumni in the Detroit area will be getting together following the NMU/Wayne State hockey game on Friday, February 13th. The game is scheduled for 7:05 at Compuware Arena in Plymouth. The party will take place immediately following the game at Ginopolis' Restaurant in the arena.

The reception is free and open to all Wildcat fans.

For game ticket information, contact Wayne State at 1-866-WSU-TIKS.

Questions? Email us.

Escanaba and Iron Mountain on board with hockey parties

February 28th is slowly closing in on us and alumni groups around the country continue to jump on the NMU Wildcat bandwagon.
On Saturday, Feb. 28th, the NMU hockey team takes on Bowling Green University. This game will be broadcast LIVE from Bowling Green University on Fox Sports Net.
This is your only chance to see the 'Cats on the big screen this season.

NMU vs. Bowling Green University
Saturday, February 28th
7:05 Eastern
Fox Sports Net

Alumni are getting together in the following locations:

If you are here: Meet Wildcats here:
Chicago Glascott's Saloon, 2158 N. Halsted
Appleton Buffalo Wild Wings, 421 N. Casaloma
Port Huron Quay Street Brewing Company, 330 Quay Street
Battle Creek Miller's Time Out, 13260 W. Helmer Rd
Royal Oak The Press Box, 326 W. Fourth St
Escanaba Tailgater's Sports Bar on Ludington
Iron Mountain Pine Grove Country Club

If you live in one of the above locations, plan on meeting Wildcat fans and watching the game. You'll get more details by email soon, or keep visiting our site.

Don't see your city listed? That means YOU need to start planning.

The NMU Hockey Wildcats will be on Fox Sports Saturday, February 28th. That means anyone with cable in Michigan, Wisconsin and Northern Ohio can watch the game.

It also means anyone who can find a sports bar with a satellite dish can pick up the game.

So what are you waiting for?

Get in touch with us and we'll tell you what you need to do.

Did you know......

.......NMU has 3.2 million square feet of building space.

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