For the week of March 15, 2004

From the 6th floor

Enough already. That's how I feel about winter. Typically, the months and months of snow don't get to me, but this year, for some reason, they really have. I am so ready for spring. This past weekend did not help matters, as we were on the receiving end of another foot of fresh snow.

According to a story in the Marquette Mining Journal, over 32 inches of snow has fallen in the 15 days of March. Snow depth is currently 36 inches. This compares to a much lower 21 inches on the same day last March, 40 inches in 2002, 36 inches in 2001 and only 6 inches in 2000.
Currently, snow depth is at 30 inches at Fortune Lake near Crystal Falls, 13 inches near Ontonagon, 21 inches at Norway, 28 inches at Mohawk, 34 inches near the Two-Hearted River in Luce County and 23 inches in Michigamme.
Last winter, 32 inches of snow fell in March; 83 inches in 2002; 40 inches in 2001 and 27 inches in 2000.

Our total for the year is just under 200 inches at 199.6 inches. And do I need to mention it's still snowing? Record winter snowfall in Negaunee Township was during the winter of 2001-02 when 319.8 inches of snow fell.


As snow continued to fall, NMU snow plows clear the sidewalks around campus.

Northern Michigan University student Rebecca Thompson scrapes off her windshield before going to work.

Presidential search narrowed

Northern Michigan University’s presidential search has narrowed to two finalists according to Sam Benedict, member of the NMU Board of Trustees and chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.
The finalists being considered by the board are John Byrd, executive vice president, University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind., and Leslie Wong, vice president for Academic Affairs, Valley City State University, Valley City, N.D.
Raymond Cross, president, Morrisville State College, Morrisville, N.Y., and John Fallon, president, State University of New York – Potsdam, announced March 11 that they are withdrawing from the search.
“Dr. Byrd and Dr. Wong are both very strong candidates,” said Benedict. “The trustees will continue with final background checks and due diligence.”
All four candidates visited the NMU campus during the week of Feb. 23-28. Comments from constituents of the NMU campus and general community were provided to the board via an online survey.
Benedict said the board will complete its remaining search process tasks and tentatively plans to meet near the end of the month or in early April.
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.
“I see no reason at this time that we will not be able to accomplish that goal or have the new president in place even earlier,” Benedict said.
The successful candidate will be replacing Judi Bailey, who left NMU last spring to become president at Western Michigan University. Mike Roy has been serving as interim president.

John Byrd, Executive Vice President, University of Evansville

Since 2001, Byrd’s duties at the University of Evansville have been to provide direct oversight to strategic planning, fiscal affairs and administration, enrollment management, student life, financial aid, the bookstore and food services. Evansville is a private United Methodist-related institution with 170 faculty serving 2,100 students. At UE from 1978-95, Byrd held the positions of vice president for academic services and planning and for planning and strategic services; director of planning and institutional research; assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and assistant professor of health education. From 1995-2001, Byrd was the vice president for student affairs and a professor of education at the University of Southern Indiana. He has also taught health education at several universities and colleges during his career. He received his doctorate in health education in 1977 from Southern Illinois and his master’s in health education in 1972 and his bachelor’s in physical education in 1971 from the University of Missouri.

Leslie Wong, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Valley City State University

At Valley City State University – a notebook computer university – Dr. Wong has been responsible since 1999 for oversight of six academic divisions as well as several offices, the technology center, library, and the mentoring and undergraduate research programs. He also oversees technological curriculum initiatives and corporate, regional and international partnerships. VCSU has 1,000 students and 155 faculty and staff members. Wong was the provost and academic vice president (1996-99) at the University of Southern Colorado and interim president of that school from January-June 1997. He was an academic dean (1990-96) at The Evergreen State College and taught psychology there (1988-96) and at Pierce College (1974-88). Wong earned a doctorate in educational psychology in 1986 from Washington State University, a master’s in experimental psychology in 1974 from Eastern Washington University, and a bachelor’s in psychology in 1972 from Gonzaga University.

We're going to the Joe

It's going to be NMU vs. MSU at the CCHA Super Six Championship quarterfinal game, Thursday March 18 at Joe Louis Arena. The Wildcats made the long haul to Alaska-Fairbanks this past weekend and swept the Nanooks in two games. From Alaska, they move on to Detroit and Joe Louis Arena for the CCHA Championships.

Thursday, March 18
CCHA Super Six Championships
4:05 p.m.
Joe Louis Arena

Tickets on sale now!

The NMU Alumni Association will host a Wildcat Hospitality Room between periods and immediately following the game.
Follow the signs to the party!

Quarterfinal games will not be shown on TV. Semi-final action can be seen Friday and Saturday nights on Fox Sports Detroit.
If the Wildcats win Thursday, they play Friday. Teams are re-seeded after the games Thursday so a Friday game time has not yet been determined.
Look for the Wildcat Hospitality Room as long as the 'Cats are playing.

Questions? Drop us an email.

Want to dress up and go dancing?

The 14th annual President's Ball is being held Saturday, March 20th. This event is sponsored by First Impressions and brings the campus community and students together for a dinner dance at the UC. The event is open to the public and NMU alumni are encouraged to attend. It would be a great opportunity to catch up with some former professors in a social environment. Tickets are $15 a person and include dinner and entertainment. This year dance to the music of Bongo Fury.
President's Ball
Sail Away to Pirate Bay
Saturday, March 20
Great Lakes Room, UC
6:00 p.m.- Midnight

For tickets, contact the NMU Alumni Association at 227-2610 or NMU Alumni Association

Groups planning reunions

A couple campus groups are planning reunions for the upcoming year and they want to be sure they don't miss anyone with their mailings.

Halverson Hall 1984-86

If you lived in Halverson Hall during those years, a reunion is being planned for Homecoming Weekend, October 15-16, 2004.

Get in touch with Colleen Meyerhoffer '92.

Women's Rugby Reunion

April 10th on campus.

Get in touch with Kerry Slife

Mortar Board

Not exactly a reunion, but they are trying to get in touch with alumni for a database they want to put together and an alumni newsletter.

Were you in Mortar Board?

Get in touch with

March signals start of job fair season

The NMU JOBSearch Center has scheduled four employment/career fairs this semester for NMU students and alumni. They include a new ITV Nursing Job Fair that will use distance education technology and facilities to make the initial contact between NMU nursing students and prospective employers as convenient and cost-efficient as possible.

“Participating in the distance nursing job fair will benefit both the healthcare organizations and students by saving them money on travel costs,” said John Frick ( JOBSearch Center ). “This is NMU’s way of addressing the critical need for nurses in Michigan . We are hoping to make this an annual event in order to help our nursing students secure the positions, externships and other opportunities they desire. We hope to expand this fair to include at least 10 organizations next year.”

The ITV Nursing Job Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 5, in the Bresnan Classroom in New Science (room 2810). Sessions featuring individual health care organizations will be scheduled on the hour so that students can attend one or all, based on their geographical areas of interest.

Three hospitals confirmed to take part in this inaugural effort, followed by their tentative times, are: Oakwood Healthcare Systems in Detroit, 9 a.m. ; Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., 10 a.m.; and the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, 11 a.m. Additional employers will be scheduled at a later date. Each participating hospital will provide a brief overview of career possibilities followed by a question-and-answer period with instructions on how to finalize an application.

Dates and details of the remaining events this semester are as follows:

Summer Employment Job Fair: 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center . It is an opportunity for local and regional companies and organizations to recruit part-time help and volunteers for the summer. As of today, 22 employers are registered to participate.

Upper Great Lakes Collegiate Job Fair: 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, in the Great Lakes Rooms. Seven colleges and universities from across the Upper Peninsula sponsor the fair and students from these schools will travel to NMU to discuss employment possibilities with attending employers. Forty-six employers have registered to date; as many as six will remain on campus for two additional days to interview candidates for positions.

Teacher Job Fair will be held from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Great Lakes Rooms. The Teacher Job Fair provides an opportunity for NMU education graduates and alumni to discuss employment possibilities with schools and educational organizations.

Summer College registration taking place


Wildcat Night Across the Country in Iron Mountain

This group got together to watch Wildcat Hockey Saturday, February 28th at Pine Grove Country Club in Iron Mountain.
Recognize anyone?

Three generations of Iron Mountain Superintendents:
Denny Chartier '80, Ed Kukuk '48, Dick Allen '60.
Rudy Winkler and Beth Waitrovich
Janette Ward and Pete Frecchio '82. Al '71 and Catherine '74 Pirkola

Mark Your Calendars

Wildcat Golf Classic Monday, June 14
Boyne Highlands Resort
Wildcat Club/Alumni Association Golf Outing Thursday, June 24
Marquette Country Club
NMU Football Kickoff Classic Saturday, July 31
Red Fox Run
NMU Homecoming Oct. 15-16

From the Email bag

"Just wanted to let you know that I had 18" of snow on the ground last week. This email is coming from Charlotte, N.C. It was snowing like it does in the Yoop. Big fluffy flakes that kept coming and coming and continued to comedown. (I will not quote my explicit statement when I saw it "dumping" on me.) I guess I did not move far enough south to avoid the snow completely. The great news is that it melted in three days when the temperature got up to 70 degrees. I could not believe that I had to shovel snow again. The first time in 16 years.
Thanks again for your 6th floor scenes,
Anita Dionne Gray '66

Lucky you with all that snow up there. From Friday on the temperatures down here in the Detroit area soared and we lost all of our snow. Unfortunately it just about destroyed the ski areas down here as well. From my perspective as a Ski Instructor at Pine Knob in Clarkston, that's a bad thing. I ski 5-6 days a week and that was a pretty devastating end to our season here. Hopefully we can recover and open at least a few more days. If not, it's off to Utah's Snowbird Resort next week anyway, I really miss skiing at Marquette Mt.(Cliffs Ridge from my days up there). I'm hoping to get up there next year for a chance to ski it again.
Don't hate the snow, Play in it.
Jim Jacques
Clarkston, MI '77

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