For the week of September 11, 2005

From the 6th floor

There's only a hint of color on the trees outside the 6th floor window as we enter the second full week of September. Yes, there are plenty of trees around the area that are showing more color, but from the 6th floor, it's still looking pretty green. As far as temperatures around the area, I am happy to report the summer warmth is continuing into fall. Yesterday's high of 91 degrees was only one degree short of setting a new record for Marquette. While today is not expected to get that warm, we will approach 80. All of that bodes well for the upcoming Homecoming weekend.

Homecoming outlook according the WLUC-TV6 web site: Friday-partly sunny with a high near 70; Saturday, partly sunny with a high near 74.
Yes, Homecoming is early this year, but it's nice not to have to worry about it snowing on the Tailgate Party. Although, this is Upper Michigan so you're never really certain of anything as far as the weather goes.

State budget agreement does not include cuts to Northern

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Republican legislative leaders report they have tentatively agreed on the state's spending plan for the fiscal year that begins in less than a month. Universities statewide will not receive any cuts in funding and have $14 million in additional funding which will be allocated later this year. That's according to Greg Bird, spokesman for the Office of the State Budget. According to Bird, some universities will receive more funding than others, but those are details legislators still need to work out. Meanwhile, here at Northern where the university was facing deep cuts in both Senate and House proposals, it means a sigh of relief.

"It feels great," NMU president Les Wong told the Marquette Mining Journal. "It's wonderful to have Michigan lawmakers recognize higher education and the role that Northern plays in it."

Wong was thankful lawmakers recognized Northern's significant contribution to the economy of Marquette and the U.P.

However, the Republican-created formula, which rewarded universities based on enrollment, graduation rates in certain areas of study, and the amount of research being done, is still in place. It was the implementation of this formula that called for cuts to Northern and Wayne State University. Wong said legislators were willing to compromise.

"In our meetings with legislators, they said they want input from universities on how to improve the formula. Northern stands ready to take part in that discussion," Wong said.

Much work on the budget remains to be done.  Republicans and Granholm have agreed on overall spending figures, but they are leaving decisions about Medicaid, welfare and other programs to members of smaller budget committees.

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

Homecoming 2005 kicks off

Let the games begin!
Homecoming 2005 kicked off Sunday with the Dead River Games. Katie Morrison, a senior from Peotone, Illinois, who serves as chairperson of the student homecoming committee, said yesterday's record warmth contributed to great participation at the games. Katie also reports a record 28 young women will compete in the Homecoming queen contest that takes place Wednesday evening.


Join us for Homecoming 2005 on the campus of NMU!

Alumni Homecoming activities heat up Friday evening with the traditional Homecoming parade on Third Street at 5:30 p.m.

Seven new members will be inducted in the NMU Sports Hall of Fame Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday begins with the NMU Alumni Association Awards Brunch, where four NMU alumni will be honored for their accomplishments.

Tailgating gets under way outside the Superior Dome at 3 p.m.
The event features a live performance by alumni favorites Jim & Ray.
There will be games and activities for the children and Wildcat Willy will be on hand.

NMU Alumni Association members eat for free at the tailgate party. Others may purchase food for $5.

Questions about any of the above events can be directed to the NMU Alumni Association.

More alumni stories from hurricane zone

Students and community members gathered to develop a campus-wide relief effort plan. Individual committees were formed to begin relief efforts.

While the Northern community met to discuss a campus-wide hurricane relief effort, alumni from the devastated area are getting in touch with friends and family.

Dan Tannheimer '04 and his fiancee, Christine Wade '03 live in New Orleans. Dan wrote us to let us know he and Christine evacuated to Michigan shortly before the storm hit and are safe and staying with his parents. (Dan's dad, Dan Sr. is also an alum.)
Dan wrote:
"Even though we have lost everything and have to start all over again, we are feeling blessed and lucky that our lives were not jeopardized. Thanks again for your concern."

On the other end of the spectrum, a man who headed into the damaged area, Dr. Peter Zenti '68. Dr. Zenti is currently working at an evacuation center in Lafayette, LA. According to Peter's mother, Rosemary Zenti, he has a two-week commitment to assist with the medical needs in the area. He is working out of a trailer near the evacuation center which houses some 3,000 evacuees.

Greg Smith '77
Also part of the recover effort, Greg Smith '77. Greg is director of the USGS's National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, La. Greg spoke to the Marquette Mining Journal recently.

Smith is usually responsible for overseeing information pertaining to the management and restoration of the nation's wetlands and coastal areas.

But on Aug. 30, one day after Hurricane Katrina plowed into the Gulf Coast and flooded New Orleans, the Wetlands Center received requests for boats and personnel from several state agencies to assist in search and rescue missions.

"(Our scientists) are certainly adept at doing field work in harsh conditions," Smith said. "That made us an obvious choice."
Read the complete story here.

Wildcat sports update

The NMU women's cross country team opened up the 2005 schedule as hosts of the Wildcat Open at Al Quaal in Ishpeming. The 'Cats won the competition with 21 points.
The NMU women's soccer team improved to 3-3 on the season with a 1-0 win over St. Cloud on Sunday afternoon.
The NMU football team dropped a 40-37 double overtime game to Findlay Saturday. The 'Cats drop to 1-2 overall and in the GLIAC. They host Wayne State University in the Homecoming gameat 5 p.m. this Saturday.

NMU alumnus honors former prof with scholarship

Fred Nelson '73
Frederick Nelson, a Northern Michigan University alumnus and geography professor at the University of Delaware, has created an endowment in honor of his former NMU geography professor, Fillmore C.F. Earney.
The endowment will support geographical education and scholarship, particularly assisting student involvement in research and preparation for graduate study. The geography department can determine the specific use of the endowment every year, making it very flexible.
Nelson took his first geography course from Earney in 1970. “I took a course on the geography of the Soviet Union, team taught with one of the political science professors [Fred Barry],” said Nelson. “One of Dr. Earney’s specialties was the Soviet Union. I began to work in the USSR during the 1980s, but that class was where I first started learning about the geography of that area.”
Complete story.

From the Email bag

"In case you put out another "News" before Homecoming, I'd like to remind Alpha Xi's and Theta Chi's from 1978-1984 that we'll be meeting at 2:00 before the game on Saturday at the Superior Dome.  And nursing alumni from 1980-1984, we'll meet after the game at the Steer and Stein Restaurant for Fifth Quarter at 7:30. I hope everyone has others to drive up with and that gasoline prices aren't going to keep many people from going up.  I'm looking for riders from Detroit, if anyone needs a ride!"
Barb Cole, 1982
Livonia, MI

"We'll be there for Homecoming weekend!"
Lynn Gorny '05
Amy Christenson '04
Melissa Backus '03
AJ Colburn '03

Bonsalls meet with alums in NYC

Dave '73 and Sandy '73 Bonsall visited New York City this summer and caught up with alumni from the Student Leader Fellowship Program.
Shown in the photo, left to right:
Meg Hartley Schneider '02, a certified athletic trainer for Radio City Music Hall; Sandy Bonsall, Dave Bonsall, Director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs at NMU, Ryan Burri '00, Mount Sinai Medical Center radiation oncology resident; Damien Barrett '96, technology specialist for the Fashion Institute of Technology.

"My husband Bryan ('80) and I ('79) have a daughter who is an alumna of University of South Alabama '03, in Mobile.  We tried to convince her to go to NMU, but she couldn't imagine the horrible cold.  In all fairness, when we visited USA for the first time, we were reminded of NMU.  The huge trees on campus and the mix of old and new buildings made us think about the NMU campus in the late 70's.
 Mobile only received moderate damage, USA was a shelter for many of the evacuees.  It did not suffer much building damage, but the old trees were uprooted and toppled like Lincoln logs.  Thanks for all the help you are providing to all the victims of Hurricane Katrina.   Let's show them what Wildcats are made of."
Nyla Lawrence McCoy '79 
Davison, MI

"I have a BS in Home Economics from NMU. This past year I went to UNCC for a continuing education certificate in Medical Administration. I was just hired at a local doctor's office for the front office. It is a very exciting position, in customer service. I enjoy the pace and the job. This will not be the end of my medical education. Just an FYI, on a NMU graduate success story."
Melinda Ashton Semer '80
Cornelius, NC

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