For the week of Sept. 27, 2004

From the 6th floor

What a great couple of weeks we've had! So far for 2004, September will go in the record books as the warmest month of the year. Yes, it's true. September: the warmest month of the year. On at least three occasions that I know of, we set new record high temperatures. After such a lousy summer, we certainly deserve it. It has cooled off a bit today, more like fall, but forecasters call for a bit of a warm-up again tomorrow.

Record fall enrollment possible

Northern’s 10th-day enrollment figures show all-time highs for new freshmen and suggest NMU might break the final fall enrollment record set in 1980. Based on course registrations two weeks into the semester, Northern’s enrollment was 9,221 – an increase of 97 over last year’s figure of 9,124. Credit hours also increased by 1.8 percent.

Paul Duby, vice president for institutional research, said he is projecting a final fall count of 9,425. This would break the previous record of 9,376 set in 1980.

Duby said the most positive gains this year relate to incoming freshmen. They set all-time records in applications, admissions and orientation attendance. Preliminary figures also show all-time highs in total freshmen and first-time, full-time students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs.

“The large number of new baccalaureate freshmen and their higher academic credentials really bode well for retention and future graduation rates,” Duby said. “It will have a positive impact on long-term enrollment because those students are going to be here for four to five years.”

Duby said the freshman statistics are particularly impressive, given declining high school graduation rates in Northern’s primary market area.

“It is a testament to the university’s growing reputation and the hard work of the marketing and admissions staffs,” he added.

Distinguished Alumnus and political expert to discuss Election can participate no matter where you are

Political expert Steve Mitchell '67 and the NMU Alumni Association are teaming up to bring you Northern's newest technology.

Mitchell is chairman of Mitchell Research & Communications, Inc., based in East Lansing and West Bloomfield, Michigan. His political consulting, public relations counseling and marketing research career spans more than 25 years and reaches across more than 40 states.
Mitchell will be on campus during Homecoming to receive an Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award.

As part of the week's activities, Mitchell will offer a special political presentation on Thursday, October 14 at noon.
Mitchell provides political expertise, polling and on-air analysis to a host of television stations throughout the country and is a regular political analyst for NBC affiliate WDIV-TV 4 in Detriot. He is also the pollster for the Detroit News.

Mitchell's presentation will be available live through Northern Michigan University's new Media Site Live.
You can take part from wherever you are.

Join us at lunch (12:00 eastern) Thursday, October 14 for a Wildcat take on today's political climate.

(Check out this new technology at Media Site Live right now. You can view a current presentation and make sure Media Site works on your computer. Then join us on Thursday, October 14th at noon. If you have problems watching the video or have questions, get in touch with us.

Alumni signing up for Homecoming

Have you checked out our list of alumni who plan on attending Homecoming 2004, Oct. 15-16?

We get new names daily, so visit the registry often and see who's coming back.

Are you planning on being here? Let us know so we can let others know.

Click here for a complete Homecoming schedule.

Former Wildcat on new CBC show

Bill MacGillivray, who lettered with the NMU hockey Wildcats, 1991-95, is hoping to get a chance at "Making the Cut" in a new docu-drama reality show on CBC (Canadian Broadcast Company.)
MacGillivray may have already accomplished the hardest part, as he was one of 68 players selected after more than 4,200 showed up to compete for a slot on the roster.
"Making the Cut" is a reality show where the ultimate prize is an NHL try-out. Six will be awarded.
Check out CBC Sports for the schedule and more on Bill.

From the Email bag

"Hi Deanna. My fiancé, Randy Stark, and I were in Marquette last weekend for a wedding and we stopped by campus. We couldn't believe how much it has grown in the short time that we have left! The campus looks amazing! We stopped into Hedgcock, since we have read about the changes in your "What's New" updates. We were very impressed. We had a great time on our visit to campus!"
Jen Mohill '01
Royal Oak, MI

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