For the week of September 26, 2005

From the 6th floor

The photo on the left is today; the photo on the right is last year at this time. As you can tell, we currently have fairly typical fall color. According to The Weather Channel online, Upper Michigan is at near peak which means 30-50% of the trees have changed. In the Marquette area, that does not seem to be the case, but other locales report more significant color change. The temperature, meanwhile, remains pretty mild. We are definitely in a fall weather pattern because it is getting much cooler at night, but temperatures during the day remain in the low to mid 70s. A Canadian cold front is expected to blow across the U.P. during the middle of the week and temps are expected to be back near seasonal averages, low 70s, by Friday, with plenty of sunshine.

NMU enrollment increases

Northern Michigan University’s fall enrollment has increased 3.6 percent and credit-hour production is up 3.1 percent from a year ago, according to 10th-day figures released by the office of institutional research.
Northern’s preliminary headcount is 9,379, compared with 9,055 in 2004.

"Based on the 10th-day comparisons with last year, I do anticipate that we will at least reach the targeted goal of 9,607 for Fall 2005 by the end of the semester,” said Paul Duby, associate vice president for Institutional Research.
“This figure will surpass our previous high enrollment figure of 9,376 set in Fall 1980.”

Duby said the number of graduate students has increased 13.3 percent. He attributes it to the leadership of Cynthia Prosen, who was appointed as dean of the graduate studies earlier this year, as well as a more focused effort to market the programs.
The freshman class is larger than projected, and the academic credentials of baccalaureate first-time, full-time freshmen continue to increase incrementally.

“The sophomore class is up more than 6 percent,” Duby added. “I believe that’s due to increased retention from last year’s record-high freshman cohort. We typically retain 73 percent. I’m hoping that has gone up to the 75 percent range, but the retention figures haven’t come back yet.”Duby said Northern is holding its own in attracting Michigan students, despite intense competition.
"Northern also has a slightly more diverse student population this year, thanks mainly to a noticeable increase in Native American students.”

Duby said Northern's student population is 54 percent female.

Alumni travel with Mayo Clinic team to Louisiana

Carissa Waters '04, an RN with the Mayo Clinic.

Carissa Waters '04, an RN, is part of the Mayo Clinic's Minnesota Lifeline, a team of doctors and nurses dispatched to Louisiana to aid in hurricane relief.
Carissa is journaling during her experience and volunteered to share some of her thoughts with us.
Here is her first dispatch, sent last week.
(After her note, Hurricane Rita forced the evacuation of Carissa's team to Utica, Miss.)

"Hi! I just wanted to let you know that another NMU grad, Jill Schumann,RN- Nursing class of Dec'04, is also here with our team (our team is named Minnesota Lifeline- not sure if I already mentioned that, made up of U of M medical and nursing personal, Mayo Clinic medical, nursing and support services, and nursing faculty from College of St. Catherine). Jill and I are both RNs at The Mayo Clinic.
A quick update- we have vaccinated over 1000 evacuees and counting for Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Measles, Mumps and Rubella. These diseases are highly contagious and thrive in areas where people live in close proximity, such as the shelters. Our teams have also set up medical clinics in rural areas where the evacuees had not seen any medical professionals since the storm. The teams of MDs, RNs, pharmacists and Clinical Assistants are refilling prescriptions, performing medical examinations and providing mental health aid to the residents of the shelters. It is both rewarding and heartbreaking to be a part of the relief effort for this area. The stories are devastating, yet the people are more and more hopeful each day of returning to a normal life and finding a place to call home again.
I guess that's all for now... I'll write more when I can.

Carissa Waters, RN

Here's a look at Carissa's sleeping quarters at Tent City in Lafayette, LA.

The Mayo Clinic web site has detailed reports and photos from Minnesota Lifeline. To check out where Carissa and Jill are living, click here.


Campus-wide relief efforts continue, alumni encouraged to join in

At the Hurricane Katrina relief meeting in early September, members of the NMU community gathered to organize relief and fundraising efforts for the survivors of Katrina. Four groups were formed to focus on specific aspects of the relief effort. With the help of the NMU Foundation, an account has been created to assist with collection of funds and to assure that all money raised will be used to benefit the survivors of this event. More information on this and other efforts coordinated by NMU will be posted as it becomes available.

If you would like to take part in any of these efforts as a member of the NMU family, we encourage you to do so.
For complete details on the four focus areas, visit the NMU Katrina web page.

A group of NMU students has started a fundraising organization for the Hurricane Katrina victims, NMU$50K. The goal of the organization is to raise $50,000 from the campus community. The idea is that with approximately 10,000 students, faculty and staff on campus, if everyone gives at least $5, NMU will raise $50,000. Donation canisters are located throughout campus. Checks can be made out to the NMU Foundation Hurricane Fund and sent to Box 36 in the University Center, Northern Michigan University, 1401 Presque Isle, Marquette, MI, 49855.
You may donate online, also. Please specify NMU Hurricane Relief.

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University football team played its second game of the season away from the Superior Dome on Saturday.  The ‘Cats were at Gannon and, like the first trip two weeks ago, needed a little extra time to determine a winner.  NMU lost to the Golden Knights 26-23 in overtime.  NMU falls to 2-3 overall and in the GLIAC.  GU snapped its three-game skid and now stands 2-3 overall and in conference action.
It took Qi Wang two matches before he picked up his first home win.  The NMU women’s volleyball team took care of the Cardinals of Saginaw Valley on Saturday at Vandament Arena.  It took the ‘Cats a little over an hour to win in three straight (30-18, 30-16 and 30-19).   With the win, NMU goes a game above .500 with an overall record of 7-6 and 4-1 in GLIAC play.
The Wildcat women’s soccer team used four goals in the second half to break open a close game against Upper Iowa, 5-1, on Saturday at the NMU Soccer Field.  With the win, the ‘Cats are now 4-3 for the season.

Looking ahead

Upcoming alumni events and activities.

Sept. 9-Oct. 16
DeVos Art Museum
From the Inside Out
Painted steel sculpture by New Mexico artist Ed Haddaway. His work is fun and whimsical, yet with a bit of a dark side.

Sunday Oct. 9
Dedication of the Bowden Organ in the Reynolds Recital Hall

3:00 p.m.
Open to all
Organ dedication and concert by Organist R. Jelani Eddington
Reynolds Recital Hall
NMU vs. MSU hockey
Nov. 4-5
Lansing, MI
Alumni post-game reception
Friday, November 4
Tripper's Restaurant on Frandor in East Lansing
NMU vs. MSU at 7:35
Reception to follow
(For game ticket availability, contact the NMU Ticket Office at 906-227-1032.)

Badger Showdown
December 30-31
Madison, WI
Wildcat Hospitality Room

NMU, Wisconsin, Wayne State, Western
At the Kohl Center

Thanks for stopping by......

.......Kay Battice '97 of Hart, MI. Kay stopped in on Monday, Sept. 19th. She was in town for Homecoming and decided to take an extra day before heading back down state.

From the Email bag

"This picture is from Michigan State's College of Human Medicine Class of
2005 U.P. campus convocation.
From left to right are former NMU pre-med students, Joel Dank('01)with new baby James (Class of 2027?), Emily Godec ('01), Kristi King ('01), and Sharon Stoll ('02). Joel and Emily have begun family practice residency here in Marquette, and Kristi has begun family practice residency in Duluth.
Sharon will graduate in 2006. Thanks for the electronic newsletter."
Sharon Stoll '02
Marquette, MI

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