For the week of March 1, 2004

From the 6th floor

If I said March came in like a lamb today, would that be too trite? And does it mean that it will go out like a lion? After a very mild weekend, where temperatures soared into the high 40s, we're looking at rain today. Not the typical March precipitation for Upper Michigan, that's for sure. The mild weather does create its share of problems; slippery sidewalks, messy parking lots, and just generally sloppy stuff. The rain will definitely have an impact on the amount of snow that's on the ground. The temperature is expected to drop this evening, with the rain becoming snow. Forecasters are calling for the rest of the week to be more seasonable.

Presidential candidates get a look at Northern

Four individuals selected as finalists in the search for a new president for Northern Michigan University visited campus last week. The four had the opportunity to meet with the search committee, tour campus and visit with faculty, staff and the public.
The four finalists are:
John Byrd, executive vice president, University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind.; Raymond Cross, president, Morrisville State College, Morrisville, N.Y.; John Fallon, president, State University of New York – Potsdam; and Leslie Wong, vice president for Academic Affairs, Valley City State University, Valley City, N.D.

Northern’s board stated prior to the start of the search that its goal was to announce the new president in the spring or early summer with the hope of having that person in place by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

If you had the chance to meet any of the candidates, please take a moment and share your thoughts via our online survey.

The next step in the process is for each of the candidates to visit with the NMU Board of Trustees. That will take place in the next two weeks.

Wildcat Night Across the Country

Whether or not you took part in one of our dozen parties this past weekend, you'll want to visit our photo album and see if you know anyone.

In case you have been living under a rock, or simply just not reading my weekly column, groups of alumni got together in several areas of the Midwest to watch Wildcat hockey on Fox Sports Saturday night. It was NMU vs. Bowling Green in Bowling Green.
While the Wildcats dropped Friday's game, they held on for a tie Saturday. The Wildcats currently sit in eighth spot in the CCHA.
NMU will conclude the regular season portion of the schedule this weekend when the ‘Cats host the Ferris State Bulldogs (March 5-6) as the puck will drop at 7:35 p.m. both nights.
The Wildcats must go on the road in the first round of the CCHA playoffs (March 12-13) for the first time since 1999. Until now, their trip to Notre Dame that year (and a three-game series victory over the Irish) marked the only time they’ve started on the road since rejoining the CCHA in 1997-98.

Carrie Koepp '99 and Rhonda Sprague '91, welcome Wildcat fans to the Appleton party.

For photos from Royal Oak, Appleton, Port Huron and Battle Creek, click here.






Former Wildcat hockey player lucky to be alive

Snowboarder rescued after week alone in Sierra Nevada wilderness

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) - A former Olympic hockey player who became lost in the Sierra Nevada wilderness survived for a week by living in a makeshift igloo and eating pine nuts and needles.

Searchers found Eric Lemarque, 34, sprawled in the snow, conscious but barely moving. He was unable to find his way back to Mammoth Mountain ski resort after going out of ski-run boundaries while snowboarding alone.

"It was amazing that he survived in that cold," rescuer Joe Rousek said. "We knew he was a hockey player, in good shape. But I don't think he'd have lasted another night."

Lemarque, who was rescued last Friday, remained hospitalized for dehydration, hypothermia and severe frostbite to his left foot.

He was snowboarding alone Feb. 6 when "he went off the track," said his mother, Susan Lemarque.

"When it got dark, he couldn't tell quite where he was," she said. "He continued on down the mountain, thinking he'd find his way out."

Lemarque, a hockey coach who played for the French national team in the 1994 Olympics, relied on pine nuts and needles for food and built a crude igloo as shelter.

His parents alerted authorities at the resort after they were unable to reach their son by phone.

Eric was a four-time letterwinner on the NMU Wildcats, 1986-90.

He is currently a private instructor and coach for the North Valley Tigers.
He is in the Sherman Oaks Hospital Grossman Burn Center.
His spirits are high but could certainly use the support of fellow Wildcats.
The hospital doesn't allow flowers in the rooms but they can still be sent and are put outside the door.
Eric can receive phone calls.
The address is:
Sherman Oaks Hospital
4929 Van Nuys Blvd.
C/O Grossman Burn Center
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Phone number is: 818-981-7111

If you want to read the USA Today story, it should be live for a couple more days.

Service matches students, alumni with Michigan employers

The Northern Michigan University JOBSearch Center has joined an effort to help students and alumni from the state's 15 universities find employment with Michigan companies. An online career resource center,, allows individuals to create a profile identifying their skills, experiences and interests. In turn, Michigan employers post job openings and use a software program to search for qualified candidates whose profiles match available positions. There is no cost for either service. The site features full-time, part-time, seasonal and non-profit opportunities, as well as internships, at more than 20,000 Michigan companies.

“This is another tool that our students and alumni can use in seeking employment,” said John Frick, director of the JOBSearch Center. “It is unique in that it is specifically designed to prevent Michigan university graduates from having to leave the state, which supports the governor's focus on job creation and economic development.”

NMU students and alumni can gain access to the service by clicking on the University-Talent link at the JOBSearch Web site,
An added benefit of the service is that every time a job seeker accepts an interview invitation from an employer in the online database, his or her university receives a financial donation from Talentology, the parent company of
“If donations do occur, they will be forwarded to the Development Fund in support of scholarships for NMU students,” Frick said. is supported by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and many local chambers of commerce.

NMU wins gold award in admissions advertising

Northern Michigan University received first place for total advertising campaign in the 19th annual Admissions Advertising Awards. NMU won gold in the category “total advertising campaigns” among schools with an enrollment of 5,000-9,999.
NMU's campaign advertisements were featured in recruitment magazines, in newspaper inserts and on the radio.
The award is from the HMR Publications Group, which publishes marketing news and information from across the United States in the fields of admissions and healthcare marketing. It is the corporate home for Healthcare Marketing Report, Admissions Marketing Report and Physician Referral & Telephone Triage.

Did you know.....

........NMU has 19,629 feet in campus phone lines?

Find that interesting? Look for more NMU Fascinating Facts every week.

From the Email bag

"Hi, Mike Busch Class of 1972. Your conversation on parking spaces sure brings back some vivid memories for me. On graduation day I walked on stage to receive my diploma and they presented me with an empty folder and a note that indicated I owed N. M. U. 275.00 for overdue tickets. At a alumni meeting in 1999 I was talking to then President Bailey about my situation and she said she would look into it. One month later I received a letter which informed me that my diploma was on file and when I paid the fines it would be forwarded
asap. So 27 years late the missing diploma was home and Northern's General Fund contained $275 dollars from a very happy alum."
Mike Busch '72
Roseville, MI

"I look forward every week to reading your column and seeing the excellent pictures of the campus. I attended NMU from 67-71 and still miss the beautiful scenery and snowy winters of the UP. The internet has been a blessing for keeping strong out ties to the university and all of the any activities so far away. I could never explain how much NMU has meant to me in my life. Keep up the good work!"
Sam Detmer '71
Indianapolis, IN

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