For the week of Sept. 6, 2004
From the 6th floor
cool start to the day, this first week of September. While temperatures
are not expected to reach higher than the low 60s today, we are coming off
a pretty decent weekend. Rain and wind moved through the area Monday afternoon,
but other than that, it was quite pleasant with sunshine and temps in the
I am including the first of the usual "color watch" photos today (see right, the tight shot of the trees out my window.)
I am including this not because I think change is imminent, but because I looked back at last year's column and this was when we started. I think we have a couple weeks before there's any noticeable change. Wait, let me take that back....I HOPE we have a couple weeks before there's any noticeable change. Yes, there are some trees in town that have started their annual change to fall colors, but I am refusing to acknowledge them. They're just the exception, right?
NMU Alumni Association Award Winners announced
The NMU Alumni Association will honor three alumni at its annual Alumni Awards Brunch, Saturday, Oct. 16th. This year's award winners include:
Alumni Award Winner:
Steven Mitchell '67
Steve Mitchell '67
is CEO of Mitchell Research & Communications, Inc., a national public
relations, marketing research, political polling and consulting company
based in East Lansing and West Bloomfield, Michigan. His career spans
more than 25 years and reaches across more than 40 states.
Young Alumni Award Winner:
Troy Huggett '92
Troy has 18 years
experience in the fitness industry and specializes in weight loss, sports
skill enhancement, medical fitness training and senior fitness conditioning.
He graduated from Northern with a bachelor's in Physical Education in
1992 and immediately began his own business, Troy Huggett's Fitness Pros,
a personal fitness training/massage-bodywork business in the U.P. He subsequently
relocated to his native Battle Creek. In addition to managing Fitness
Pros, Troy has taught fitness programs at the high school and collegiate
levels, and has been an adjunct instructor at Kellogg Community College
Alumni Service Award
Bobby Glenn Brown '87
Bobby Glenn Brown
holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University and
served as a Graduate Artistic Intern at NMU for the Forest Roberts Theatre
for two years before receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University
of Nevada, Las Vegas in Musical Theatre Performance.
The NMU Alumni Association
Awards are presented annually at Homecoming. These awards recognize alumni who
have received an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or educational specialist
degree from NMU and who have been a positive influence on their professions,
or on their communities through public service, or who have distinguished themselves
through their outstanding achievements that place them above the norm. The awards
are determined by the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Learn more about the NMU Alumni Association Awards and how you can nominate someone.
NMU earns another top midwest ranking
Northern Michigan University
is one of The Princeton Reviews Best Midwestern Colleges for
2005. The distinction comes on the heels of last weeks announcement that
NMU ranks 13th in the top tier of Midwest public universities by U.S. News
& World Report magazine.
The Princeton Review named 170 institutions public and private from 13 states to the Best Midwestern Colleges list. Each had to meet standards for academic excellence within its region. The publication also sent representatives to each campus to distribute and collect a 70-question student survey about campus life.
In its summary of survey responses from NMU, The Princeton Review wrote, Whatever the source, everyone agrees, There is a definite sense of unity at NMU. With little exception, students characterize their classmates as friendly, down to earth and easy to get along with. Last year we had almost 300 inches of snow. You wouldnt believe how people stick together through a winter like that, explains one student, describing the close-knit atmosphere on the Northern campus.
The survey questions are divided into the following sections: about yourself; your schools academics; administration; students; and life at your school.
The Princeton Review developed a line of five regional Best College guides last year to join its flagship publication, The Best 357 Colleges.
Homecoming Registry now online
Want to know who will
be in Marquette for Homecoming 2004, October 15-16?
We've started a special registry of alumni who plan on attending and we want to hear from you!
It seems as if every
year, folks end up missing friends who are in town for Homecoming because
they don't know who else is around or how to get a hold of them.
If you plan on attending, send us your contact information so we can let others know.
Homecoming 2004, Oct.
Iron Mountain area alumni planning Homecoming bus trip
Alumni in Dickinson County
are putting together a bus trip to attend Homecoming, Oct. 16 in Marquette.
Seats are available now!
What more information? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunch with Coach Sams kicks off Wednesday
Wednesday before a home football game during the 2004 football season, Coach
Doug Sams hosts a luncheon in Dining Room A of the University Center from
The first luncheon is this Wednesday (Sept. 8).
The remainder of the luncheons will be on the following Wednesdays: Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27.
Selected players and assistant coaches will also be in attendance.
The NMU Wildcats are 0-2 on the season.
Their home opener is Saturday, Sept. 11, against the University of Findlay.
NMU Police Academy holds informational meetings
Individuals who may be interested
in attending the next Northern Michigan University Regional Police Academy are
invited to attend one of two informational meetings. They will be held at 5
p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 and 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in room 132 of the NMU
The sessions will address Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards requirements to enter the next academy, which will begin May 9, 2005. Other topics will include an overview of the academy and NMU requirements to attend.
For more information, contact Mike Bath at 906-227-1408.
Thanks for stopping by....
Steve Nemeckay '90 of St. Clair Shores. Steve organized a rugby reunion that took place in Marquette over the weekend but squeezed a visit to the 6th floor in between golf and socializing. Hopefully the rugby guys took some photos they can pass along.
If you're in the Marquette area for a visit, please stop by and say hello. We're on the 6th floor of Cohodas, room 603.
As always, feedback/suggestions/questions can be directed to yours truly.
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