For the week of Sept. 6, 2004

From the 6th floor

A 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 70s.
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:

Distinguished 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.
While doing his undergraduate work at Northern, Steve became active in politics, working as research director for Philip Ruppe, who went on to win election to Congress in 1966. He also was involved in campus life, serving as President of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, President of the Inter-fraternity Council, President of the Senior Class Cabinet and Treasurer of the Student Government Association.
Upon graduation, Steve taught high school in Gladstone, returning to politics in 1978. He worked for U.S. Senator Bob Griffin, the House Republican staff and Phil Ruppe's US Senate campaign. He formed Mitchell Research & Communications in 1985, after working on the national staff of Reagan-Bush '84.
His company has worked in more than 40 states for corporate, media, governmental, education and association clients since 1985. Political clients have included Governor Kay Orr of Nebraska, Congressmen Joe Knollenberg (R.-MI), Nick Smith (R.-MI), and Cass Ballenger (R.-N.C.), former Michigan Lt. Governor Dick Posthumus and a number of Michigan state senators and state representatives.
Steve has served as on-air analyst and pollster for WJBK-TV in Detroit (1989-96), KSDK-TV in St. Louis (1988), and KCAL-TV (1990) and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles (1994). His company has been pollster for the Detroit News and WDIV-TV in Detroit since 1996.
Mr. Mitchell is an accredited public relations professional (APR) by the Public Relations Association of America. Only about 10% of all public relations professionals earn this accreditation.
Steve's wife, Suzan, is President and CFO of Mitchell Research. The couple lives in West Bloomfield.

Outstanding 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 since 1995.
His credentials are numerous. In addition to his BS from Northern, he received a master's in Physical Education from Emporia State, Kansas, in 2002. He has a teaching certificate, is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician and received an ACE (American Council on Exercise) Master Practical Training degree. Troy has written and published two books and produced an exercise video.
His contributions to the community are extensive and his volunteer hours often outweigh his paid time. Troy joined the Michigan State Special Olympics Medical Staff in 1995. He worked as volunteer fitness director for Burnham Brook Senior Center for seven years. He has contributed weekly fitness columns to the Battle Creek Shopper News for the past nine years and written monthly fitness columns for the Southwest Michigan Senior Times for the past five years.
Troy has maintained strong ties with Northern, hosting several alumni events in the Battle Creek area, in addition to attending events across the state. For the past four years, Troy has been host of the annual Wildcat Night Across the Country party in his hometown. This annual gathering brings Wildcat fans from southwestern Michigan together to watch Wildcat hockey on TV, cheer on the 'cats and reminisce about their days on campus. Troy is a Lifetime Member of the NMU Alumni Association.

Alumni Service Award Winner:

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.
Bobby has performed in over 500 stage productions and is known throughout the region as a performer, director and children's theatre artist. He has produced a variety of youth theatre projects in the UP, including working with performing artists in the schools and workshops for K-12 teachers.
While Bobby has dedicated his life to the arts, he is just as dedicated to his alma mater; Northern Michigan University. Bobby is involved in many aspects of the theatre program at Northern. He donates his time and resources to assist with student theatre productions, has directed the annual Forest Roberts Theatre presentation of Scrooge five times, and has volunteered as an actor for eight student-directed projects.
In addition to his contributions on the stage, Bobby has been a strong leader behind the scenes with the the theatre booster club, The First Nighters. He served seven years on the advisory board; three years as president and four as secretary. He has been responsible for producing the club newsletter and has worked tirelessly in the past, organizing the club's Cabaret Night and Silent Auction.
In 2003, the Marquette Arts and Culture Committee presented Bobby with the Outstanding Performing Artist Award. This award is given to a working performance artist who has consistently made an impact in youth artistic discipline.
Bobby is a member of the American Theatre Wing and a lifetime member of the NMU Alumni Association and UNLV Alumni Association.

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 Review’s “Best Midwestern Colleges” for 2005. The distinction comes on the heels of last week’s 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 wouldn’t 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 school’s 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.
Don't let that happen again this year.

If you plan on attending, send us your contact information so we can let others know.

Homecoming 2004, Oct. 15-16.

View the complete schedule of events.

Check out those who have registered.

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

Lunch with Coach Sams kicks off Wednesday

Every 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 12-1 p.m.
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 Jacobetti Center.
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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