For the week of February 9, 2004

From the 6th floor

I decided to shoot the 6th floor photo a bit differently today so you could get a little perspective on the construction that's taking place, even though it's pretty distant in the photo. Weather-wise, things around here have been par for the course; a little chilly and it snows often. I put some snowbank photos a little further down in today's column.

What I'd like to draw your attention to in this photo is the front of Hedgcock, which is the yellow in the distance of the left side of the photo. The new Student Service Center is on schedule and expected to open in August. Renovations to Hedgcock are transforming the former gymnasium into a one-stop shop for student services. The SSC will also be home to the Reynolds Concert Hall, an auditorium designed for performances.

On the right side of the photo, you can see the tops of the cranes that are currently working on the new DeVos Art Museum and Art & Design addition. Those projects are scheduled to be finished next fall.


While it's somewhat difficult to see from this photo, an elevated, covered walkway will connect the Student Services Center with Thomas Fine Arts. The new Devos Art Museum has its steel structures in place.

Yes, we have snow and lots of it

A typical sidewalk with snowbanks.

Change in leadership for the NMU Alumni Association

At its winter meeting, Feb. 7th in Novi, the NMU Alumni Association accepted the resignation of former Alumni Association President Rick Popp '88, '90, and nominated Barry Axelrod as President.

Axelrod is a 1969 graduate of Northern Michigan University. He is Vice President of Dwinn-Shaffer & Company, Mortgage Bankers in Chicago, Il.

Popp, who had served as president since 2002, submitted his resignation due to professional commitments with Ford Motor Company that required his relocation to Mexico City.

"I am honored to be taking on the presidency of the NMU Alumni Association. NMU played an important role in my life and now it's my turn to return the favor. I look to all NMU alumni, my fellow board members and the campus community for assistance, guidance and support to continue the important work of the Alumni Association. Please feel free to email me any questions, ideas or suggestions you may have as we continue the Wildcat tradition of success."

Barry Axelrod '69
NMU Alumni Association President

NMU Interim President Mike Roy congratulates Barry Axelrod '69, NMU Alumni Association President.

Traverse City jumps on the bandwagon

Alumni in the Traverse City area are the latest to jump onboard with their Wildcat Night Across the Country party. Shooters on Front Street in Traverse City will host green and gold fans on Saturday, February 28th, to watch Wildcat hockey on the big screen.

The Wildcats takes on Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Saturday, Feb. 28th at 7:05 eastern.
The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and alumni around the country are getting together to watch the game and cheer on the 'Cats.

If you are here: The party is here: Time
(All times local)
Port Huron Quay Street Brewing Company, 330 Quay Street 6:30 Patti Samar '85
Battle Creek Miller's Time Out, 13260 W. Helmer Rd 6:30 Troy Huggett 92

Glascott's Saloon, 2158 N. Halsted

5:30 Jennifer Giangrasse '03
Appleton/Fox Valley Buffalo Wild Wings, 421 N. Casaloma 5:30 Amy Kierzek '93
Royal Oak The Press Box, 326 W. Fourth St 6:30 Brandon Craig '01
Escanaba Tailgater's Sports Bar, Ludington St. 6:30 Mike Falcon '98
Iron Mountain Pine Grove Country Club 6:30 Mark Pontti '83
Traverse City Shooters on Front Street 6:30 Steve Sickle '96
Your party here!  

It's not too late to put your party together. You need to get in touch with us ASAP and we'll help.

Don't forget Wayne State this weekend

Tickets are still available for this weekend's hockey series at Wayne State University.
Friday, Feb. 13th, the NMU Alumni Association is hosting a post-game reception right at Compuware Arena.
It's free and open to any and all Wildcat fans.
It's taking place immediately following the Friday night game at Ginolopis', the restaurant in the arena.

Grab your green and gold pom poms and meet us in Plymouth for Wildcat hockey action!

Dates to keep in mind

Thursday, June 24--NMU Wildcat Club/Alumni Association Golf Outing--Marquette Golf & Country Club

Friday-Saturday, October 15-16, NMU Homecoming 2004 and Sports Hall of Fame

Take the time to read this story

If you want to read a truly uplifting story about the great folks that attend Northern Michigan University, take the time to click through the following links. I can guarantee you will enjoy the read.

It's about an accident, a fraternity and friends taking care of each other.
It starts on campus in the late 70s and continues today.

Go to the Mining Journal online:
On the left hand side, click on Archive
Click on February in the News column
Scroll down to:
Frat brothers gave accident victim hope
Help from his friends (02-03)
Don Kromer moved into a fraternity house in January 1979 with a lot of help from his friends.
Click on the link and read a great story.

From the Email bag

"Hello. Quick story about the birth of my daughter that might be of interest. My wife and I,(Suzanne Nyquist 97') maiden name Everson, moved to Gaylord, MI from Wisconsin in September. Suzanne was 8 months pregnant so of course we planned to deliver the baby in Gaylord. Her due date came and went so we check into the hospital 10/9/03 to have the birth induce. It was also our 4th wedding anniversary. All of my family including my father (could not attend/alumni of Northern), mother, sister and brother-in-law, brother and sister-in-law are alumni from Northern were there. Suzanne's family, mother and father, also alumni were also attending. Her brother John Everson is currently a student at Northern (cheerleading squad/Wildcat Willy) but could not be there as he is serving in Baghdad with the 652 Engineering. After Haley Ann Nyquist was born 10/11/03 after 36 hours of labor, the nurse took her and brought her to the nursery. We talked for a bit and it turns out the nurse, also a Northern alumni, was in school the same time my brother, wife and I attended Northern and new each other! Small world.
All totaled, we had 10 Northern alumni, two future alumni and brand new baby girl that is also a future alumni. Of course, she has the "My first Northern shirt."
Anyway, I thought this might make a funny "small world after all" story."

Dave and Suzanne Nyquist Class of 1997

Haley Ann Nyquist '25?

"Hello, I just finished reading What's New NMU. I love the pictures and webcams because they remind me what cold really is. I'm sitting in my office here in Naples, Florida where it's 82 degrees and not a cloud in sight. I just snapped some sunny photos to warm ya'll up. Keep warm!!

Nicole M.(Partica)Nagel
Class of '00

Note from the editor: "While I appreciate Nicole thinking of us and sending some of her sunshine, I am having a hard time being truly thankful when I see the difference between our office windows. I was probably better off not knowing this is the view someone has from their office."

Did you know......

.......NMU has 6,525 parking spaces?

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