For the week of September 15, 2003

From the 6th floor

Not a lot of leaf color change to report on this week. Depending on where you are, there are some areas that have been dry with heat and are coloring faster than others, but overall, it's been pretty slow developing. But that's ok, because we want prime color for Homecoming, September 26-27. You can tell we're well into September, simply by the feel of things outside. Lows at night have been dipping into the mid 40s. Daytime highs have still been in the 60s & 70s.

The countdown continues


It's all taking place September 26 and 27 on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

The NMU Book Store will have special Homecoming hours, Saturday, Sept. 27th, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Stop by and get all your green and gold attire before the game!

For a complete look at the Homecoming schedule, click here.

Deadline is approaching for Dickinson County 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.

Special Faculty/Staff Reception to kick off Homecoming 2003

All NMU Faculty and Staff are invited to join the NMU Alumni Association and NMU Development Fund for a special reception, Wednesday, Sept. 24th, to help kick off Homecoming activities.
This informal reception is a great opportunity to enjoy some complimentary hors d'oeuvres and visit with fellow employees. There is no cost to attend.

Be a part of Homecoming 2003!
Wednesday, Sept. 24th

5:00-6:30 p.m.
Peter White Lounge
University Center

Tenth day count shows student numbers increase

Enrollment numbers are up for all undergraduate classes, according to the annual tenth day count conducted by Paul Duby, associate vice president of institutional research.
The count is up 345 students compared to last year. Student head count was at 9,009 students on Sept. 5th. This compares to 8664 students on the tenth day of classes in the Fall 2002 semester.

Class Fall 2002 Fall 2003 change
Freshman 2,802 2,924 4.4%
Sophomore 1,571 1,595 1.5%
Junior 1,585 1,621 2.3%
Senior 2,028 2,233 10.1%
Undergrads 7,986 8,373 4.8%
Graduate 678 636 -6.2%
Total Enrollment 8,664 9,009 4.0%

This year the enrollment numbers are right on target with where the university needs to be to reach its goal, according to Duby.
In order to reach the enrollment goal set in 1998 of 10,329 students for the Fall 2005 semester, the university will have to gain an enrollment of over 1,100 students in two years.

Dr. Ruth to appear at NMU

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the psychosexual therapist who has doled out relationship advice for more than 20 years, will make a presentation at Northern Michigan University. The event has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. Admission is free for NMU students and $2 for non-students.
Westheimer helped pioneer the field of media psychology with her radio program, Sexually Speaking. It began in 1980 as a 15-minute, taped show that aired on a New York City station. It expanded to a live, one-hour segment that included call-in questions from listeners and soon became part of a communications network to distribute Dr. Ruth’s expertise via television, books, newspapers, games, home video and computer software.
Born in Germany, Westheimer was sent at age 10 to a school in Switzerland that became an orphanage for most of the German Jewish students who escaped the Holocaust. She went to Israel at 16 and fought for that country’s independence as a member of the Jewish freedom fighters, or Haganah. Westheimer later studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and taught kindergarten before emigrating to the United States.
She earned her master’s in sociology from the New School of Social Research and a doctorate of education from Columbia University Teacher’s College. A job at Planned Parenthood motivated her to further her education in human sexuality by studying under Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center.
Westheimer has taught at a number of higher education institutions, most recently as an adjunct professor at New York University and an associate fellow of Calhoun College at Yale University. In addition to her own private practice, she speaks at universities across the country and has twice been named “College Lecturer of the Year.”

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. To participate, go to

"The Producers" tickets are selling rapidly...get yours now!

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.

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