For the week of August 25, 2003

From the 6th floor

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, it is not true. The photo out the window today simply cannot capture the spirit on campus. It can capture the weather, a gorgeous sunny day, but it can't capture the atmosphere; the chaos the excitement and the electricity of the first day of classes. (Not to mention the battle for parking spaces.) As I sit here looking out, I have seen 12 cars use the sidewalk as access to the parking lots, I have seen more than a dozen cars parked illegally on the grass, and I have seen numerous cars going in the "out" drive and vice versa. Like I said, chaos is a good turn. But it's a good chaos, don't get me wrong. It's just a little hectic. I'm sure things will smooth out by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, we have continued to enjoy beautiful weather the past week: a couple more beach days; some rain late in the evening and some gorgeous sunrises.

Fall Fest and a look at the first day of Fall Semester 03

Fall Fest brings together 60 area businesses and 50 student organizations on the lawn of the University Center. The hot dog guy reported brisk business.
With the sun out in full force, students were copping a squat wherever they could.

Laptops, laptops, everywhere

Northern Michigan University's vision for education in the 21st century is a learning environment that embraces technology to enhance student access, promote the development of independent learners and encourage greater student-faculty communication and collaboration. To help achieve this vision, the university has implemented a laptop program that ensures students and faculty have a standard set of tools (hardware and software) that meet a majority of their computing and telecommunications needs, promotes communication and enables quality support. NMU is the first public university in Michigan--but one of many nationwide--to pursue the idea of a "laptop" campus.

Over 7,000 students, faculty, and staff are ongoing participants in NMU's Teaching, Learning, and Communication (TLC) notebook initiative. This past weekend was laptop distribution at the Superior dome.

Peter Hankey or Orono, Minn., and Davis Johnson of Eden Prairie, Minn., participate in a freshman laptop seminar at the Superior Dome after picking up their IBM Thinkpads.







And yes...laptops are everywhere

U.P.'s only Starbucks open on campus

The new Starbucks at Northern officially began operating August 19. An opening celebration, complete with prize giveaways, is planned Thursday, Aug. 28. Starbucks is located in the new commons area of the Learning Resources Center . It will offer the same selection of coffees, espresso drinks and other beverages available at most locations nationwide, in addition to local baked goods.

Northern’s store is the first Starbucks outlet in the Upper Peninsula . The company’s chairman and chief global strategist, Howard Schultz, is an NMU alumnus and honorary degree recipient.

The NMU Starbucks will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Semester kicks off with All Student Rally

More than 2,000 students attended the All Student Rally Sunday evening at the Berry Events Center. The rally is cosponsored by the NMU Alumni Association and ASNMU, the student governing body. The rally included free pizza, pop and prizes. In addition, a school spirit competition was held for the Most Spirited Residence Hall and Most Spirited Student.








Special thanks to NMU Alumni Association members Greg Rathje '95, Mary Knauss '53, Art Pickering '78 and Stephanie Scheiner '02 for judging the Most Spirited Hall competition.









Maybe you shouldn't say "free" to a college student!


Roy delivers convocation address

In his first fall convocation address, NMU Interim President Mike Roy challenged faculty and staff to “raise the bar on excellence.” He said university budget reductions in response to the state’s fiscal crisis need not and should not stop NMU from advancing toward its goal of becoming the public university of choice in the Midwest. Roy encouraged employees at every level to step back and review what they do and how they do it, ask tough questions, and explore new technology options that will increase efficiency and effectiveness.

“We simply cannot afford to be passive,” Roy said. “The competition for potential students has never been more intense. The competition for funding – both state and private – has become more heated than it’s been in decades. Last winter’s preparation for this year’s budget required a lot of campus energy … To continue to raise the bar on excellence across the university, we will need even more energy, more innovation and creativity, more cooperation and more commitment.” Full Story

Professors Receive Teaching Honors

Carol Hicks (Engineering Technology) and Mary Wallace (Nursing) are recipients of the 2003 Excellence in Teaching Awards. Each was presented with a plaque and a $1,000 check at fall convocation. The awards are sponsored by the Teaching Learning Advisory Committee and the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Full story.

Huge Block Party to highlight Homecoming

Jim & Ray are lined up.
Honey Tongue is lined up.
The sumo wrestlers are lined up.
The inflatable boxing gloves are lined up.
The grills are lined up.
The sky divers are lined up.

Are you?
Have you made your plans to be a part of NMU Homecoming 2003?

NMU's Homecoming Block Party will take place Saturday, September 27th outside the Superior Dome before the Homecoming Football game, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Make plans to be a part!

Get a group together and tailgate.
Visit the Homecoming page.

Attention Dickinson Area Alumni!!!!!

Reserve your seat NOW for the NMU Homecoming Bus Trip.

NMU Alumni in the Dickinson/Iron area are putting together a bus trip to NMU for Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Sept. 27.
The bus will make two pick-ups, one in Kingsford and one in Sagola.
Your ticket includes bus transportation to and from Marquette, game ticket and a chance at prizes on the bus ride.
Plus, if you are a member of the NMU Alumni Association or Wildcat Club you can eat for free at the Tailgate Party at the Dome.
Tickets are $20/per person.

Want to RSVP or have questions? Contact Mark Pontti or Joanne Berutti.


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