For the week of Sept. 22, 2003

From the 6th floor

I told myself I was not going to let today's dreary weather get to me. It started raining last night and is supposed to rain every day for a week. But I have chosen to ignore the forecast. After all, there isn't anything I can do about it, right? I mean, yes, I would love for the forecast to be sunshine and 70s all week and weekend. But that's totally out of my control and I'll just drive myself nuts if I sit around and worry about it. So I have decided that I will pay no attention to the pouring rain outside and just continue about my business of making sure Homecoming 2003 is all ready to go.

Seriously, though, while the forecast does call for rain every day, this is the UP, right? And they never get the forecast correct. And just because there are little clouds with rain showers on the map doesn't mean it's going to pour every day, right? I am an optimist. (Actually, I'm really not, but I am going to be for this week.) And besides, why should we let a little rain dictate our school spirit? We shouldn't! We should be Wildcat fans no matter what the weather. So what if we get a little wet in the parade or tailgating? We're Wildcats!

NMU campaign closes with $36.6 million in giving

Northern's first-ever comprehensive fundraising effort, This Decisive Season: The Campaign for Northern Michigan University, ended on June 30. Last week the NMU Development Fund publicly announced the campaign's total as $36.6 million, nearly $7 million over the $30 million goal.
"Northern's first campaign was a resounding success and it was so because of tremendous support from NMU alumni and friends," said John Beaumier '53, national chair of the campaign and a member of the Development Fund Board. "This is an outstanding accomplishment for a university of our size in a first campaign."
This Decisive Season began on June 1, 1996, with a $2 million gift from the John Berry Family. Berry, a 1971 NMU graduate and a national business leader, designated his gift to go toward the construction of a new ice arena, which was completed in 1999 and dedicated that year as the Berry Events Center.
The four priorities for This Decisive Season were helping student access and success, enhancing Northern's learning environment, investing in the people of NMU and developing partnerships.
Student scholarships received the largest number of gifts during the campaign, according to Martha Van Der Kamp, executive director of alumni and development. More than 100 new scholarships were endowed during the campaign.
Alumni and friends were particularly generous when it came to investing in Northern students," Van Der Kamp said. "So many times donors said they wanted to give back to students in the same way they had been helped when they attended college."

Homecoming Week off and running

It started yesterday with the Dead River Games and it runs all week!
Homecoming 2003!

I hope this weekend's activities are on your agenda.

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!

Homecoming Schedule
Friday, Sept. 26
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting

5:30 p.m. Homecoming Parade Third St.

6:30 p.m. NMU Sports Hall of Fame and Induction Dinner and Program

Saturday, Sept. 27
9:00 a.m. Alumni Awards Ceremony and Breakfast

10:00 a.m. Wellness Run/Walk 2003
(Email us for registration forms)

Just Added!!!
4:00 p.m. Tours of Hedgcock renovations

(Interested in checking out the construction? Meet in the Hedgcock parking lot.)

5:00 p.m. Block Party at the Superior Dome
Old-fashioned tailgating with live bands and lots to do!

7:00 p.m. Kickoff
NMU vs. University of Indianapolis

9:00-Midnight. Fifth Quarter Reception at Marquette Holiday Inn.

An update on Wildcat sports

The NMU football 'Cats are coming off a big win at Ferris State as they head into practice for Homecoming. The ‘Cats found ways to stay in the game and come away with a 26-14 win over Ferris State last Saturday. With the win, the first for the ‘Cats on the season, the team is now 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC. Ferris falls to 1-2 and 0-2 in the conference.

Brandon Genwright was named the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week for his play Saturday night at Ferris State. The senior linebacker, from Saginaw, Mich., led the ‘Cats defensive charge in the 26-14 win with 15 total tackles (nine solo), two tackles for loss (-3 yards) and an interception return for 46 yards.

For the game the ‘Cats had six interceptions which tied a school record and set a new GLIAC record for interceptions in a game.

The volleyball ‘Cats just keep rolling along as they won their eighth straight match on Sunday over Saginaw Valley in three straight games (30-11, 31-29, 30-17). The last time the ‘Cats had eight wins in a row to start the season was in 1993, when they won the NCAA II National Championship, and finished the season with a 38-1 overall record. NMU is now 8-0 and 3-0 in the GLIAC. Saginaw Valley drops to 1-11 and 0-4 in the conference.

The NMU women’s cross country team won the Midwest Cross Country Championships at UW-Parkside on Saturday. The ‘Cats tallied 45 points as fellow GLIAC member, Wayne State was second with 82 points.

All five of the NMU runners who scored were in the top 12 for the race.

After having a match Friday canceled due to Hurricane Isabel, the Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team made a big splash Sunday on the road.
The Wildcats of coach Carl Gregor buried West Virginia Tech, 12-0, in a dual meet in Montgomery, West Va.
No statistics are available for the contest, but it is known the 12 goals by Northern shattered a team record.
The old NMU mark was eight goals in a contest against Bemidji (Minn.) State on Aug. 25, 2001.

Get your ticket before they're gone......

The NMU Alumni Association has been fortunate enough to secure tickets for the sure-to-be sold out performance of The Producers in Chicago, Thursday, November 20th.

These tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are now on sale!

Ticket price includes 1 play ticket & 1 reception ticket.
Reception to take place in the Broadway in Chicago Suite.
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, desserts and beverages will be served in the suite before the show and during intermission.
This is a rare opportunity to take in some great entertainment and meet NMU alumni in the Chicago area.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 20th
Location: Ford Theatre for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre
Times: 6:45 p.m. Reception

7:30 p.m. Play "The Producers"
Seat Location: All seats are in the lower balcony

Cost: $100 for NMU Alumni Association members/ $110 for non-members

There is a limit of 50 people for this event.

Please contact the NMU Alumni Association at 1-877-GRAD NMU if you are interested in attending this event!

Drive with pride

Support Northern Michigan University with the purchase of an NMU license plate!

And you don't have to wait until your birthday. Just visit the Secretary of State's office in your area or visit their web site. They can pro-rate your fee.

The original fee for an NMU license plate is $35, in addition to all other applicable fees. NMU will receive $25, and each time the plate is renewed, a $10 renewal fee will be collected and sent to NMU.

Purchasing the plate not only shows that you are "true to your school", but provides NMU with additional funds to help support the programs and services of the university.

Upcoming Events

Friday, Oct. 24th--Ann Arbor

Join Wildcat fans at Damons after the NMU vs. Michigan hockey game.

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 24-26

World Cup Speedskating at the Berry Events Center.

Thursday, November20th--Chicago

Special NMU Theatre Night. See "The Producers" at the Oriental Theatre.

$100 per person includes theatre ticket and open reception prior to the show and during intermission.

Contact us for details on any of the events.

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