For the week of Sept. 11, 2006

From the 6th floor

Actually, it's from the 5th floor. The sunrise was gorgeous this morning, but no one on the 6th floor with an east side window was in the office yet, so I had to venture to the 5th floor where the early risers work.
You can definitely tell it's September in Upper Michigan; overnight temperatures are dipping as low as 35 degrees.
The leaves on the trees are beginning to change color. Next week we'll start back up with the signature photo of the trees out the 6th floor window so you can gauge the color change, but this morning's sunrise is too pretty to ignore.

Student group marks 9/11

Some 3,000 miniature United States flags decorate the academic mall today, on the fifth anniversary of 9/11.
NMU's College Republicans are sponsoring today's memorial.
“We just thought it was appropriate for the university to remember the event,” said Kyle Bonini, president of the group. “We have had positive feedback from the students and the university. We have had dozens of people who aren’t affiliated with the group contact us to see how they can help.”


The display also includes the names of all the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
On this day of remembrance, our thoughts go out to the family of Kip Taylor '85. Kip was killed in the Pentagon attack.

Homecoming is three weeks away!
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30.

A variety of new activities are planned and several groups are hosting reunions.

Check out the complete 2006 Homecoming schedule here.

United Conference to bring nationally recognized speakers to NMU campus

Angela Davis

Nationally recognized speakers will participate in the “Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity" (UNITED) Conference Sept. 17-19 in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. The public is invited to attend. There is no admission fee and advance registration is not required.
Keynote speakers on the program schedule include Angela Davis, a social activist formerly associated with the Black Panther Party in the '60s and ‘70s and currently a philosopher and professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz; Frank W. Hale Jr., scholar, author, consultant, civil rights crusader, and vice provost and professor emeritus at Ohio State University; Gerald Hill, a private consultant in tribal law, tribal government and Native language revitalization; Jim Hubbard, a photojournalist who created Shooting Back, an organization dedicated to empowering children at risk through photography; and Shirley Wiegand, an expert in anti-sodomy laws, former member of Anita Hill’s law team during the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, and professor at Marquette University Law School.
“The purpose of the UNITED Conference is to affirm diversity as an important value in the Upper Peninsula, celebrate diversity within our communities, and create a tangible culture of diversity broadly defined at NMU,” said Judith Puncochar, chair of the UNITED planning committee. “The people of the Marquette area are preparing for a future in an increasingly diverse and globalized society. Our prosperity and cultural enrichment are rooted in a spirit of innovation and cooperation with peoples from diverse cultural groups.

For a detailed program schedule and general conference information, go to
Some of the scheduled speakers will be available live via Webcast. The link will be available at the United Web site.

Historic conference set for March; committee looking for speaker ideas

For the first time in Northern Michigan University’s history, NMU will be the site of Michigan’s Equity in the Classroom Conference on March 25-27, 2007. Judy Puncochar, an assistant professor in NMU’s School of Education and chair of the event’s organizing committee, is seeking input from NMU alumni in education fields about session topics they would be interested in attending at the conference. She is also looking for suggestions for keynote speakers. Alumni with ideas about this conference should e-mail Dr. Puncochar at by Monday, Sept. 18.

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One of the things we discovered in our recent alumni survey is that many of you are not registered in our online Alumni Registry. If you don't have your e-mail address listed, people can't get in touch with you. The e-mail registry is one of the most used services on the Alumni Association Web site. But there aren't nearly enough people registered. We would really like to increase the number of alumni listed in the registry to help facilitate individuals connecting with former classmates and friends.

Check out the registry. If you are not listed, please add your name.
If you are listed with an inaccurate address, please let us know.

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Wildcat sports update

It was a strong weekend for Wildcat sports. The Marquette Mining Journal is calling it Bernie Ball--another last minute win by the NMU football team. The team edged by Hillsdale, in Hillsdale, 31-24. The 'Cats are 2-0 on the season. They have next weekend off and then are back in action on Sept. 23 at Saginaw Valley State.
The women's soccer team got a pair of weekend wins, moving to 6-1, overall.
Meanwhile, the NMU volleyball team won its 11th straight match. With the win the ‘Cats are a perfect 11-0 overall on the season and in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play (3-0). NMU’s men’s golf team finished fifth Sunday among five teams competing in the NMU Golf Invitational on the Greywalls course at the Marquette Golf Club.

From the E-mail bag

Hi. I enjoy getting the electronic version of "What's New, NMU?" It was fun to see the picture of Claudia Orr last week. She and I were classmates. Business Educators have a lot in common--see the attached picture of myself and my new puppy, Madeline."
Jolene Johnson Van Den Elzen '81, '85
Merril, Wis.

"Here is my granddaughter, Pamela Faye Gilbertson, age 6 months. She also enjoys her honorary grandma, Julie Szeremet-Laxton, NMU 1975--still my best friend after all these years."
Katie Hoff Gilbertson '74
Bloomington, Minn.

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