For the week of Sept. 17, 2007

From the 6th floor

Upper Michigan has fallen into the typical fall weather pattern of nice days with temperatures cooling off significantly in the early morning hours. Color change has begun but has a ways to go before we hit peak. Hopefully, that will coincide with Homecoming weekend, Oct. 5-6. The forecast calls for a bit of a warm-up this week, with temperatures in the 70s. But the warmer weather also brings with it an increase in the chance of precipitation.
You can catch glimpses of green and gold on the football practice field and in the lower harbor when the women's crew team is practicing. It is definitely fall on campus.

NMU announces 10th-day enrollment

Northern's 10th day enrollment report shows slight increases in the number of first-time, full-time freshmen and in the academic credentials of new freshmen enrolled in baccalaureate programs.“We’re excited that the new freshmen numbers are up because recruiting new students has become increasingly competitive,” said Paul Duby, associate vice president for institutional research. “National news indicates that students and their parents are becoming much more determined consumers. They’re filling out more applications, getting admitted to multiple schools and attending multiple orientations before making a final selection.”
An unexpected dip at the sophomore level has contributed to a decrease in total student headcount after nine straight years of growth. The preliminary enrollment figure of 9,111 is 2.6 percent lower than the 9,353 recorded in 2006.

“We’re concerned about the sophomores who chose not to return to NMU and we will be targeting our research to figure out why,” said Duby. “We have 195 fewer students from the Upper Peninsula this fall. The bulk of that comes from declines in Marquette and Houghton counties.
“Normally, academic performance is the reason most freshmen don’t come back, but that’s not the case this year. We have to determine why students who were academically eligible did not stay enrolled. This is a retention issue, not a recruitment issue.”
Of the new baccalaureate freshmen (1,368 total), almost one-third were recruited from outside Michigan: 169 from Illinois, 135 from Wisconsin and 48 from Minnesota.
Other preliminary data show that 78 percent of all NMU students are enrolled in baccalaureate programs, 54 percent are female and 7.4 percent represent ethnic minorities.
According to Duby, the most popular undergraduate academic programs among incoming students, based on enrollment, are: nursing, 557 majors; art and design, 545; criminal justice, 341; and elementary education, 333.

Incoming Alumni Association president featured speaker on campus

Saab vice president Joseph Evans '81, '83, spoke to students and the campus community Monday, Sept. 17. Evans is vice president of defense programs for Saab International in Washington, D.C.
His presentation, "Sweden and the U.S Defense Industry: The Case of Saab" was part of the College of Business's Seminar Series.
Previous to this appointment, Evans spent over 20 years with the General Dynamics Corporation in the areas of engineering design and development, procurement, finance, contract, international sales and marketing, program management, strategic planning and corporate development. He has extensive international business experience working with industry and government officials throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Evans is the featured speaker at the Marquette County Economic Club Monday evening.

He also begins a two-year term as president of the Alumni Association at the upcoming annual meeting Oct. 5.

Homecoming rapidly approaching

If you haven't made your plans to be in Marquette for Homecoming, Oct. 5-6, you better do so soon. Available hotel rooms are quickly disappearing.

Homecoming 2007
Oct. 5-6

This year's activities include get-togethers for the following groups:
Political Science and Public Administration Alumni;
College of Business Alumni;
Marching Band Alumni.

A number of other informal reunions are planned, including TKE's and the 1987 football team.

A complete schedule of Homecoming activities can be found here.


Tickets on sale for Jack Hanna

Northern Michigan University and Platform Personalities are pleased to present Jack Hanna, in conjunction with NMU Homecoming activities.
This great family-oriented event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4.

Animal expert Jack Hanna will provide a fun, entertaining, educational and inspirational program about the earth's wildlife by introducing the audience to a number of different wild animals. Hanna is one of the most visible and respected ambassadors between the human and animal worlds. He is the director emeritus at the Columbus Zoo and the host of Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures.
Tickets are now on sale.
$1 for NMU students/$3 for 18 and under/$5 for the general public.
Tickets are available from the NMU EZ Ticket outlets.


Wildcat sports update

The tables were turned on the Northern Michigan University women's soccer team Sunday, Sept. 16. NMU was shutout by Winona State by a count of 2-0. Entering the game, NMU had recorded five shutouts in its first six games. The Wildcats fall to 4-2-1 on the season. The two next games are at home: first up is Northwood on Friday (Sept. 21) and then Saginaw Valley State on Sunday (Sept. 23).
The NMU women's volleyball team is 7-7 overall and 1-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic conference after getting by Ferris State University Sunday, Sept. 16. The 'Cats play their next three contests at home, beginning with a Wednesday (Sept. 19) match against Michigan Tech.
The NMU men's golf team shot a two-day total of 624 to take 11th place at the Bulldog Men's Invitational. Grand Valley State won the event with a 574. The 'Cats participate in the Grand Valley State University Invitational, Monday, Sept. 17.
The NMU women's cross country team finished in sixth place at the Midwest Collegiate Cross Country Invitational on Saturday (Sept. 15) at UW-Parkside. NMU will run again at the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota on Saturday (Sept. 29).
The NMU football team had the weekend off and will get back to action hosting Saginaw Valley State Saturday (Sept. 22) at 7 p.m.

Since last year, Northern Michigan University and B2 Networks have worked together to provide Wildcat fans with live game action over the Internet via broadband broadcasting.  The broadcasts feature video from the team’s videographer and audio from the team’s official play-by-play broadcaster.
The cost is $6 per game. B2 will provide this service for Wildcat men’s and women’s basketball, football, hockey and volleyball home games and some selected away contests.   
B2 Networks has announced the B2 Collegiate Season Pass, which provides fans the opportunity to watch games of NMU teams through several different packages, a large savings off the individual game purchase price.
The All-Sports pass gives subscribers access to every game played by NMU teams shown live on B2 Networks for $99.95. The Single Sport pass gives subscribers access to every game of an NMU sport on the B2 Networks. An NMU football season pass is available for $30, basketball is $79.95 and hockey $50.
Visit the NMU or B2 Web sites at  or to select and purchase your B2 Collegiate Pass.

Thanks for stopping by...

...former NMU staff member and alumnus Tom Skoog '59, '70, '81 of Sun City, Ariz.
Elizabeth (Eklund) LeHeup '60 of Las Vegas, Nev.

From the Email bag

"NMU Phi Kappa Tau alumni reunited on Mullet Lake in Indian River on August 2nd of 2007.  This excursion consisted of brothers from the 60's, 70's & 80's.  Hosted by Pat and Marcia Monette at their home on beautiful Mullet Lake. 
Left to Right: sitting: Dan Blakemore '78, Raimo Mikkola 65', (keeling) Dave Stowers '73, John Kukulka '75, Pat Monette '65, Ty Schloemer '67
(standing) Greg Olson '72, Jim Donnelly '71, Bill Clancy '72, Pat Millard '71, Steve Vanderhoff '72, Ken Hamlin '71
Bill Medick, (hidden from view) Rob Stowers '76, Hand Lickman '65, Mike Collins '74, Tom Gilbert '77, Bill Grundstrom '65, Scott Anderson '82
Fun was had by all, and we need to do it again!!!! "
John Kukulka '75
Indian River, Mich.

"Dawn (Thibeault) Bousamra '97 and Chad Bousamra '97, along with their son, William, age two, are proud to announce the arrival of the newest future Wildcat, Thomas Anthony. Thomas was born on August 24 at 9:52 a.m. weighing 7 lbs even and measuring 20 inches!"
Dawn Bousamra '97
Traverse City, Mich.

"Just read jabrouillette’s comment from Sept. 3 and found it sad but true about the lack of Yooper knowledge in this country. A co-worker of mine was making a felt map of the US for a day care center. As we sat labeling the states I helped her identify them by shape. When we got to Michigan, I asked her, where is the other part? She looked at me quizzically. I said, ‘You know, the other peninsula, the upper peninsula?” Rather admonishingly, I asked her, “Where do you think I have taken all those beautiful fall pictures year after year?”  That not having any better effect, I used the old hand as a mitten trick and used my other hand to represent the U.P.  Not only did she not have any idea what I was referring to, but I’m not sure she had ever even heard that Michigan is made up of 2 peninsulas. I finally got out my Michigan from space photo and showed her the real thing. We finally figured out that she attached the U.P. to Wisconsin and had no idea there was a border in there somewhere.  Thank goodness she got an education before giving the map to the day care center. By the way, we are here in Illinois, not Timbuktu."
Donna Vandermark '75
Bradley, Ill.

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