For the week of July 4, 2005

From the 6th floor

I don't think we could have asked for a better holiday weekend as far as the weather went. It was gorgeous in Marquette, temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s and lots of sunshine to go around all weekend long. There are plenty of folks sporting sunburns as they head back to work this week. The only real hang up in the weather were gusty winds Sunday evening that postponed Marquette's fireworks a day, but otherwise, a beautiful weekend. As you can see by today's photo, a cool front has moved in and left us with cloudy skies and cooler temperatures. It's excepted to warm up again by the end of the week with highs near 90 predicted for the weekend.

NMU student speaks at Lansing rally for education

Rebecca Thompson speaks at the rally
on the Capitol lawn in Lansing.

NMU student Rebecca Thompson joined thousands of teachers, students, parents, school administrators and others to rally for school funding in Lansing on Tuesday, June 21 st. Thompson, last year’s ASNMU president for the NMU student body, is currently the Chair of the Association of Michigan Universities. AMU is an alliance of student governance bodies from each of Michigan’s 15 public universities. As chair of AMU, Thompson works on behalf of the public institutions and the 300,000 students that they collectively represent.
A record 11,000 people turned out at the Capitol to protest funding reductions in K-16 education. At the rally, Governor Jennifer Granholm, said providing a quality education for Michigan’s students—from kindergartners to collegians—is fundamentally linked to the state’s well-being.

But in Lansing, the higher education funding battle continues. Both the House and Senate formula funding proposals significantly hurt Northern. Dr. Les Wong has asked that all NMU alumni, especially those who are Michigan residents, write to the Michigan legislative leadership to ask that the state restore Northern’s funding rather than expect our NMU students and their families to bear the brunt of fixing a state funding issue created by the state over a 20 year period. You can learn more about the House and Senate formulas, and NMU’s concerns about the proposals at You will want to click on Legislative Leaders for legislator’s contact information. There is also a list of talking points that can assist you in drafting your letters and e-mails.

If you are one of the many NMU alumni who have already sent letters, e-mails or faxes to legislators or the Governor, THANK YOU. Dr. Wong has said they are having a noticeable impact as he continues to meet with the state’s policy makers.

Wildcat Club/Alumni Association Golf Outing draws large crowd

More than 100 golfers took to the course Thursday, June 23, for the annual Wildcat Club/Alumni Association Golf Outing. Held at the Marquette Golf and Country Club, the outing supports the activities of the Wildcat Club and Alumni Association. After 18 holes of golf the players took part in dinner and an auction.

Wildcat Club/Alumni Association Golf Outing Champions 2005:
John Vasseau, Paul Specker, Dean Ellis '83, Steve Specker '88, Tom Peters '55, '60.

Bridget Berube '04, assistant to the Athletic Director, takes an official team photo.
Shown in the photo, left to right: Jack LaSalle '71, Mike Thibault, Lloyd Bushong, Roy Stern '74 and Tom Hogan.
Joe Burdick '02, Lloyd Houle '93, Joe Havican '87, Ryan Brunes, Les Rolig.
Cristy Freese, Garn Lewis '86, Annie
Van Dyke '79, Vicky Cobb.

1975 Football National Champions hold 30th anniversary party

30 players from NMU's 1975 Division II national championship football team gathered at Marquette's Holiday Inn this past weekend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the title. Attendees relived the historic 1975 season which saw the Wildcats win their first ever national championship, beating Western Kentucky 16-14. Among those attending, former quarterback and current Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci '77, '83 and former Wildcat head coach Gil Krueger. Krueger took over as coach in 1974 and saw the team go 0-10 in his first season. It was the next year that he led the 'Cats to the title.
Ray Mariucci, Carol Krueger, Coach Gil Krueger, Steve Mariucci '77, '83. Jeff Reinbold and Stu Betts '76.
Brad Wind '79, Peggy Wind, Sue Herendon, Tim Hetzel. John Bush '81 and family.
Fred Smith '78, NMU Athletic Director Ken Godfrey, Randy Awrey '78, Steve Reed. NMU football coach Bobby Jurasin and Ron Fuson '77.
Coach Krueger and retired NMU Alumni Director Paul Suomi '62, '72. Former Wildcat coaches Buck Nystrom and Al Sandona '62.
Steve Mariucci and Tom Izzo '77 reminisce with the crowd. Tom, current coach of the Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team, has always been jokingly referred to as the unofficial mascot for the football team. In recognition of that, he wore Wildcat Willy's outfit after the reunion dinner.

Wildcat Sports return to Northern Star Broadcasting and the internet

Northern Star Broadcasting and the Northern Michigan University Athletic Department have renewed their agreement to live broadcasts of NMU football, men’s and women’s basketball, hockey and selected volleyball matches for the 2005-06 season.  The events this coming year will be carried on The Bear, “Where the U.P. Rocks” (WIMK 93.1 FM and WUPK 94.1 FM).  This past year the events were carried on another Northern Star Broadcasting station, WNGE (99.5 FM).  Men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball will be on WUPK.  Football and hockey will be simulcast on both WIMK and WUPK.  Nothern Star Broadcasting General Manager Tammy Johnson '94 thought the experience of last year was great for Northern Star Broadcasting and looks forward to the coming year on The Bear. 
“Working with NMU Athletics this past year has been such a great experience for all of us here at Northern Star Broadcasting.  We were very pleased with our on-air performance and the listener response,” Johnson said.  “We had many requests from listeners to consider airing the sports on one of our more powerful stations, which we considered carefully and came to the conclusion that our listeners on The Bear, WIMK (93.1) and WUPK (94.1) are a great match for NMU Athletics and by moving the sports to this signal it will enable us to accommodate the many NMU sports fans outside the Marquette County area.  We are very excited about the upcoming sports year and welcome any comments from the fans and listeners.”
Games will be streamed on the internet, just like this past season, allowing ‘Cat fans around the country and world to listen to all the action.  A link is provided off the NMU Athletic Web page (

Thanks for stopping by.....

.......Treacy '88 and Joyce '86 Duerfeldt of Olympia, WA. The Duerfeldts were in town visiting family. Treacy is originally from Marquette and Joyce is from the Keweenaw.

.......Faye Amo '77, '83 of Marquette. This is one of my favorite visits of the year. Madame Amo was my high school french teacher and even though she lives in Marquette, I rarely see her. We have a great time catching up.

......Robert Rees '99 of St. Clair Shores. Robert stopped by the office to check out the benefits of joining the NMU Alumni Association. You can check out those benefits here.

Don't forget...if you're in the Marquette area, stop by and say hello. We're on the 6th floor of the Cohodas, room 603.

From the Email bag

"Hi Deanna. Thought I'd share with you how some of the "older" alumni are spending some free time. Hope you can use this.
Alumni participate in the 2005 Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour.
Among the approximately 2,800 vehicles leaving Milwaukee, WI, on June 5 for the 11th Annual Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour were three cars and five NMU alumni. This "rolling car show" included: Richard Froling '66 and John (Ken) Brownell '65 in Froling's 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo; Lee '72 and Janice Goodreau '70 Ekblad in their 1974 AMX; and Jerry '66 and Suzette Mattson in their modified '39 Plymouth.
After the third day and the overnight stop in Nashville, Froling and Brownell headed back to their homes in Green Bay while the other two cars continued on to the finish line in Kissimmee, FL. Those who made the entire run are called Long Haulers and were given metal Long Haul Drive signs at the June 11 closing ceremonies. Next year's tour will run from Kissimmee to Englishtown, NJ and will begin on June 4, 2006."
Jerry Mattson '66
Romeo, MI
John (Ken) Brownlee '65 and Richard Froling '66. Janice '70 and Lee '72 Ekblad
Suzette and Jerry '66 Mattson.

"Hi to all our family and friends,  These photos are really awesome.   I took them yesterday.  I had a small part in helping Mary Wright talk to Mr. Julio about the CRANE!!  What a nice gentleman.!   What a project!
Mary said this display will be up for maybe one week or one month depending......It is just awesome.  What a tribute to her and her wonderful dedication to this awesome calendar for Finn. Fest 2005 and the 2,005 chairs that are being painted around the UP and Canada. The calendar will show chairs or chair in each of the 15 counties of Upper Michigan .  The chairs in these photo's  from Quincy Mine represent the 3 trams or trolleys that went underground in this mine holding 30 men and boys in each tram.  A total of 90 went down for each trip.  This is a tribute for all miners at this particular time in our Country's History of Copper Mining in the Copper Country of Upper Michigan.  Quincy Mine is located in Hancock, Mich. at the top of the hill going towards Calumet.  Web site for information on Finn Fest is
August 8-14."
Barb Hanshaw '63, '71
L'anse, MI

"WOW! The Freshman Orientation pictures brought back great memories....such as opening session skit commenting "sure we have four seasons here--early winter, winter, late winter and the 4th of July"; specialized morning wake up calls, the dreaded staff hat and lots of beverage confiscation!"
Donna Perrino Burgess
Orientation Staff, Summer 1983
Manhattan, KS

"Hi Deanna. Thanks for including the article on Coach Shyiak in the last newsletter. I had the privilege of playing with him for four years at Northern. He was an integral part of our National Championship team and along with Coach Kyle has continued to grow the program to national credibility. Congratulations to Coach Shyiak! He is certainly deserving."
Kevin Scott '91
Mason, OH

A note from the Editor:
"NMU Alumni Association President Barry Axelrod '69 in a relaxing moment; poses at the helm of S/Y Cerulean after completing a USCG Auxiliary courtesy Vessel Safety Check near Chicago. Barry is a USCG volunteer vessel examiner and was invited by former classmate and friend, Robert Manning '74, who is serving as captain in this 55-foot sailing catamaran."

Barry Axelrod '69 Robert Manning '74

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