For the week of March 21, 2004

From the 6th floor

Slowly, but surely, the snow is melting. That doesn't mean we don't occasionally get hit with a fresh batch, but there's a noticeable difference in the height of the snowbanks in just the last two weeks. A pleasant noticeable difference, I might add.
Temperatures this week are predicted near 50 degrees with some rain possible, so that's likely to help reduce the snowbanks, also.
We're headed into that ugly, messy pre-spring season. You know what I'm talking about if you've ever lived here; that time when the melting snow leads to potholes, mud puddles and just general messiness everywhere. So we've got that to look forward to, which is nice.

New president could be named Wednesday

The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 24. The brief session is scheduled to include a roll-call vote on the presidential search.

Northern Michigan University’s presidential search had narrowed to two finalists earlier this month. The two candidates, 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. had individual meetings with the board after visiting campus.

Click here for more on the two finalists.

A special edition of "What's New, NMU?" will be released Wednesday following the vote. That edition is likely to contain the name of the new president of Northern Michigan University. Don't forget to check your email Wednesday afternoon!

Hockey 'Cats beat State, fall to Michigan

The Northern Michigan University hockey team ended the 2003-04 season by playing Miami in the third place game at the CCHA Super Six in Detroit on Saturday afternoon (March 20).
NMU finished the season with a 21-16-4 overall record.

In CCHA action Thursday afternoon, the Wildcats knocked the Michigan State Spartans out of the tournament, 2-1. This is the second year in a row Walt Kyle's squad got by Rick Comley's skaters.
Friday's game saw the Wildcats facing the Michigan Wolverines. The game was close through two periods, but Michigan came out in the third period and exploded for four goals. The final score was NMU 1, Michigan 5.
In consolation play Saturday, the 'Cats fell to Miami 4-0.
In the championship game, Ohio State got by Michigan 4-2.

A supportive contingent of Wildcat fans were on hand for the weekend's games. The NMU Alumni Association sponsored a Wildcat Hospitality Room all three days and fans were able to mix and mingle and enjoy some free snacks.

Meanwhile, a record five CCHA teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Miami, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame have been selected by the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee to join newly-crowed CCHA Playoff champion Ohio State in the 2004 Men's Ice Hockey Championship. Games start this coming weekend with the Frozen Four scheduled for Boston, April 8-10.

Kowalski sets school record

When the puck hit the ice in the third place game Saturday, at Joe Louis Arena, Wildcat goaltender Craig Kowalski was in net.
Kowalski had missed the last four games with an injury.
He was back in net and
played the first 15 seconds of the game between the pipes and in the process set a new NMU career record for game played by a goaltender.
He did not face a shot.
It was his 132nd game for NMU.
He broke the record that was set by Bill Pye (1987-91).
“He (goaltender, Craig Kowalski) deserves to hold the record…I wanted him to think about it and wanted him to have it,” NMU coach Walt Kyle said.

Steve Mariucci to host Wildcats in the Lions Den

Steve Mariucci '77, head coach of the Detroit Lions, will host NMU Alumni and Friends at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility, Friday May 21.
Mark this date on your calendar. This is an event you don't want to miss!
This facility is not open to the public. This is an exclusive evening planned for NMU Alumni and Friends.
A silent auction and great prizes will also be included.

What you need to know:

When: Friday, May 21, 2004 in the evening
Where: Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility in Allen Park, MI
Who: This event is open to all NMU Alumni and Friends
What: A chance to meet the coach, tour the training facility, eat in the Lions cafeteria, check out the Lions broadcast studio.
Why: Because this is a great opportunity to check out the home of the Lions and meet NMU alumni in your area!

Ticket prices have not yet been set. Tickets will include a tour and food/beverages.
YOU MUST PURCHASE A TICKET IN ADVANCE! NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.

If you would like to get on a list to receive an email invitation, send me your contact information.

Visit the NMU Alumni Association home page for details as they become available.


A note from the Editor regarding Tourist Park

I have received countless inquiries into the status of Marquette's Tourist Park following last May's flood. Just about every NMU grad has memories of Tourist Park, whether it was softball games at the field, tenting in the campground, fishing in the river, hanging out at the beach or something that's not fit to print. The Tourist Park is touchstone for most alumni and many want to know what the plans are for restoring the area. While I do not have any exact answers to pass along, because this is a long process, I can inform you of what went on at a recent meeting with property owners and concerned residents.

Recently, those groups involved in the recovery and restoration plans met with the public.
The meeting featured presentations by the Upper Peninsula Power Company, which owns the Silver Lake, Hoist and McClure basins and dams, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality which is responsible for determining responsibility for the flood, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Last May, the Silver Lake Basin’s fuse plug, an emergency water release system installed the previous year, failed after several days of heavy rainfall, releasing 8 billion gallons of water from the Champion Township impoundment into the Dead River.
The resulting flood did $100 million in damage to businesses, roadways, bridges and private property all the way to the river mouth at Lake Superior in Marquette.
UPPCO environmental services director Ed Newman said the company is cooperating with the DNR and DEQ and wants to keep the public informed throughout the continuing environmental assessment period. Newman said UPPCO and the state are in the process of developing a “recovery” plan for the river, but that it will never be completely restored to its pre-flood state.

“There is no way we can restore that river exactly to its previous state, that’s impossible,”
Newman said. “If there was a pretty little spot you liked to go to, it’s likely that pretty little spot will never be restored.”

Todd Helms of Marquette practices his casting on the Dead River during a snowstorm. Officials with the Michigan DNR and DEQ, along with the Upper Peninsula Power Company said comprehensive restoration of the river will likely not take place until summer of 2005 or early 2006.

This photo, taken during the flooding, shows the area of destruction at the hydro dam. The Marquette Board of Light and Power will likely rebuild the dam and generating facility but it will be at least this summer before any construction work begins.
The dam created the basin, a popular site for swimming, boating and fishing.

If you would like to read more on the Dead River Flood and restoration issues, you can visit the City of Marquette's web page. Click on the link for the Dead River Update Newsletter.

 

Global Issues Week at NMU

Northern Michigan University will host its fourth annual Global Issues Week Monday, March 22 – Saturday, March 27 at the Don H. Bottum University Center in Marquette (unless otherwise noted). The week's events will include presentations, workshops, discussions and films dealing with various issues of global importance, culminating in Saturday's benefit concert.
Global Issues Week began 4 years ago by NMU's United Students and is still organized by US today.
You can check out the complete schedule here.

From the Email bag

"Deanna, Just wanted to say you can meet NMU alumni anywhere. I am currently working for Ambassador Bremer at the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad Iraq. I had the opportunity the other day to meet with alum Jerry Glanville. Working here is a great opportunity. Being a part of this critical time is amazing. Being here for the signing of the Transitional Constitution was groundbreaking, and quite incredible. It was really like Philadelphia, all the members of the Iraqi governing council coming up one by one after their name was called and signing.
The weather has been pretty nice daytime temps in the 80's. I can't say that I miss the snow and cold of MQT, but living here has its own adversities. We stay in an area less than 9 sq miles, I live in a trailer, and then there are the safety concerns. But in general things aren't too bad, except the cooking which is on par with the Cafe.
Best Regards"
Timothy Bennett '99
Baghdad, Iraq

"I have enjoyed my weekly visits back to Yooper country via the 6th floor for quite some time and we have gotten back to Marquette on a couple of occasions since leaving in 72 and rooting back down in the Detroit area with GM. I also do some fishing in the UP each fall. Marquette came up today around the water cooler as all the buzz was about Bob Seger being inducted to the Hall of fame last night. I like everyone else who grew up in the Detroit area in the 60's have their Seger stories (mine is I used to see him all the time because bass player Chris Campbell and I graduated together-Plymouth High School 66). I mentioned another all time favorite band of mine-the Excels who were just terrific back in the late 60's, early 70's. While they never made the "big time" they were just a great band and I hold many great memories of the many dances they appeared at over at The Armory, the Great Lakes Room and down at the Clifton. I can't find any info on them on the web or anywhere and was wondering if someone could give me a lead-I would sure love to get my hands on a record, tape or cd if there are any around or just how to contact any of the band members. Thanks for your assistance, keep up your great work with the newsletters, and GO CATS! I'll be at the "Joe" this weekend!
Jerry Norquist '71

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