For the week of September 1, 2003

From the 6th floor


Thought I'd shake things up a little and give you a look out the 6th floor window from a different office.
In the distance behind the Superior Dome, you can see the Upper Harbor.

Is Labor Day weekend considered the official end of summer or the official start of fall? Or are the two the same thing? Or does it matter? Either way, we had a beautiful last weekend of summer, or first weekend of fall. As a matter of fact, I even got in some beach time Monday. Granted, it wasn't a hot summer day, but it was sunny and nice. And there were a number of sunburns around so it's still warm enough to get a little UV action. It was a little cool Saturday but Sunday and Monday warmed up nicely. I'm pretty sure I head the weatherman this morning say we're in for some changes, but I chose to ignore him.

NMU Alumni Association announces Homecoming Award Winners

Two Distinguished Alumni and one Outstanding Young Alumnus will be honored by the Alumni Association as part of Homecoming 2003 activities.
This year's honorees include:

Distinguished Alumni Award Winners:
Mark Lovell '77
Albert F. Milford III '66

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
David Gregory '92

Mark Lovell '77

Albert Milford III '66

David Gregory '92

Read more about this year's honorees.

The men will be honored at the Homecoming Breakfast and Alumni Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 27th.

NMU debuts Whitman Hall





Linne Gerhardt, left, director of NMU's Teacher Education and Student Services, and secretary Carol Colle, are among dozens of NMU employees working in the new Whitman Hall.

The former Whitman Elementary School in Marquette, which was purchased by NMU last year, has been completely renovated and opened for business last month.
Whitman Hall will house the School of Education, dean of Professional Studies, the charter school program, the Center for Native American Studies, Upper Peninsula Studies, International Affairs, and Modern Languages.

Presidential Search Committee wants your input

You are invited to give your input on the NMU presidential search via a seven-question on-line survey. The results of the survey will be reviewed by the Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) at its next meeting Sept. 15. To participate, go to

We received your input and now you can see the results

Were you one of the nearly 1,000 alumni that took our Alumni Association Web Survey earlier this summer? The results have been presented to the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors and now they are available for you to check out.

Alumni Survey Results

NMU Weblogs

Last semester Northern Michigan University provided a glimpse into the lives of three NMU students through the Weblogs project. This project featured three students and documented a portion of their college experience through Web-based student journals. From the various journal entries the NMU Web audience got a chance to learn about the lives of Liz, Mark and Andrea.
Liz, now a sophomore in the Outdoor Recreation Leadership Management program comes to NMU from Portage, Mich. Her semester journals documented some of her many adventures in Marquette and the surrounding area; as well as those inevitable struggles with finals. This past summer Liz has been working at the Wilderness Adventure Camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia. She recently sent in a journal packed with the type of experiences any Outdoor Recreation major would envy. Her summer entry (in three parts) is up on the Weblogs site with more journals outlining her return to campus sure to follow.

NMU Alumni Association to host theatre night in Chicago

Don't let this opportunity pass you by!
The NMU Alumni Association has secured a limited number of tickets for the award-winning production, The Producers, at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago, Thursday, November 20th.

This show is sure to sell out.

Tickets on sale now for this special NMU Alumni Association event in Chicago at the Ford Center for Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre.

$100 a ticket includes theatre ticket for the award-winning The Producers, private reception prior to the show and during intermission.

A limited number of tickets are available!

Sign up now.

For ticket information or to purchase yours today, contact the NMU Alumni Association by email or toll free, 1-877-GRAD NMU.

Homecoming is less than a month away!

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.


Don't wait for your birthday to show your Wildcat pride!

Support Northern Michigan University with the purchase of an NMU license plate!

And you don't have to wait until your birthday. Just visit the Secretary of State's office in your area or visit their web site. They can pro-rate your fee.

The original fee for an NMU license plate is $35, in addition to all other applicable fees. NMU will receive $25, and each time the plate is renewed, a $10 renewal fee will be collected and sent to NMU.

Purchasing the plate not only shows that you are "true to your school", but provides NMU with additional funds to help support the programs and services of the university.

From the Email bag

"Here is a great story I have to share with you! You won't believe this!
My son Chris is a freshman at NMU and lives in Spalding Hall. This past week he, his suite mates and about 7 other people from the house were in his room talking and getting to know each other.
Billy, Chris' suite mate commented that he came to Northern for the Greco-Roman wrestling program that is part of the USOEC program.
Chris said, "My Dad is at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs right now coaching the freestyle wrestling world team. Where are you from?"
Billy replied, "Florida."
Chris said, "I used to live in Florida. What town?"
"Brooksville," said Billy.
"I used to live in Brooksville!" said Chris.
Billy said, "My Dad is the assistant wrestling coach at a high school there."
"What high school?" said Chris.
"My Dad was the head wrestling coach at Hernando High School before we moved to Minnesota!" said Chris.
"Your Dad Doug Reese?" said Billy.
"YES!" said Chris.
"My Dad is Billy Combs," commented Billy.
"Oh my God!" said Chris. "Do you remember when we pulled the fire alarm in the wrestling room at a wrestling practice?"
"Yea, I do!" said Billy…...

These two kids who haven't seen each other in 13 years were best of friends when they were four and five years old back in Brooksville, Florida. We use to drag them to wrestling practices and competitions all over the state. In 1991 both of them were silver medalists in the Florida State Freestyle championships, Chris at 35 pounds, and Billy at 40 pounds. Unbelievable. I thought you would enjoy hearing about this act of fate."

Doug Reese '80

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