For the week of Sept. 4, 2006

From the 6th floor

Upper Michigan enjoyed a pretty nice unofficial final weekend of summer. Temperatures topped out near 75 with plenty of sunshine over the holiday. It sounds as if summer weather will continue for the next few days, as forecasters are predicting sunshine for much of the week. Thursday is predicted to be near 80 degrees.

NMU Alumni Association Homecoming Award Winners announced

The NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors will present four awards at the annual Alumni Association Homecoming Brunch on Saturday, Sept. 30. We're proud to announce this year's winners:
Alumni Service Award:
Thomas Ungrodt BS ‘76

Tom is President and CEO of Ideation, Inc. of Ann Arbor. Ideation has been in business more than 40 years. 500 businesses nationwide are part of the company’s catalog service. Tom has been actively involved with the university for many years, most recently taking on the role of president of the NMU Foundation Board of Trustees. Tom has provided significant service to the College of Business by serving on its Business Advisory Council since 1996. He also served as Executive-in-Residence in 2005. Tom is a lifetime member of the NMU Alumni Association.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award:
Kristen Lucas ’95 BS

Kristen just received her doctorate at Purdue. Her research throughout her M.A. and Ph.D. programs have kept her connected to the Upper Peninsula. She has developed a research program on the children of U.P. miners. She recently presented her dissertation project on the NMU campus. She has collaborated with a number of Northern faculty and staff and meets with undergraduate students whenever she is on campus. Not only has her work garnered her praise, but she has a true love of the U.P. and its heritage.

Alumni Civic Leadership Award:
Mr. Timothy Bennett ’74 BS

Tim is executive director of Bay Cliff Health Camp, a position he has held since 1991. In addition to running camp operations, Tim is responsible for the current capital campaign, which has a goal of $7.2 million for renovations and winterization of the facility. Tim has been a tireless advocate for children and adults with disabilities. Along with his work at Bay Cliff, he is engaged in the Marquette community through the Marquette Historical Society, Diocese of Marquette Review Board for the Protection of Young People and St. Michael Parish.

Distinguished Alumni Award:
Paul Goldman ’63 BA

Paul is Founder and CEO of Goldman Group in Southfield. The company sells professional medical and dental practices nationwide. Paul has received numerous state and national recognition in his profession. In addition, he is one of the strongest advocates Northern Michigan University has ever had. His public service and loyalty to NMU are remarkable. He has served on the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors, currently serves on the NMU Foundation Board of Trustees, and is assisting the NMU football program. He rarely misses an opportunity to return to campus for Homecoming.
The NMU Alumni Association Awards are presented annually at Homecoming. These awards recognize alumni who have received an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or educational specialist degree from NMU and who have been a positive influence on their professions, or on their communities through public service, or who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding achievements that place them above the norm. The awards are determined by the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Learn more about the NMU Alumni Association Awards and how you can nominate someone.

Homecoming is less than one month away!
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30.

A variety of new activities are planned and several groups are hosting reunions.

Check out the complete 2006 Homecoming schedule here.

A unique way to get involved as alumni

Live Webcast with
the author, Nov. 1.

Northern Michigan University and Marquette County have embarked on a unique program for fall. "One Book, One Community" encourages the entire community to read the same book and to come together to discuss it in a variety of settings. Although dozens of similar programs have been sponsored nationwide, this is one that brings together a county and a university.
One Book, One Community’s purpose is to share the joy of reading, the life of the mind and the free exchange of ideas through a common book. The countywide effort will focus on the reading and discussion of The Tortilla Curtain, the 2006 selection, along with complementary community events. It will culminate with an interactive TV talk by the author, T. C. Boyle, on November 1. The goal is to foster a sense of community by bringing Northern Michigan University and Marquette County readers together.

An invitation is extended to the entire University community, students, faculty, support staff, alumni and all Marquette County residents to participate in the One Book, One Community program.

How alumni can get involved no matter where they are:

Read "The Tortilla Curtain" by T.C. Boyle and then join us for a live Webcast with the author, November 1.

Do you belong to a book club? Put "The Tortilla Curtain" on your reading list.
This is a great way to get involved with the Northern community from the comfort of your own home.

If you are in Marquette County, a number of book discussions and activities will be taking place throughout the fall.
Visit One Book for complete details.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, get in touch with us.

Five to be inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

Five new members will be inducted in the NMU Sports Hall of Fame in conjunction with Homecoming Weekend 2006, Sept. 29-30.
The induction dinner and ceremony will take place Friday, Sept. 29 in the Great Lakes Rooms of the Don H. Bottum University Center.
Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m.and the induction program at 8:15 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children. Reservations are required.
Tickets can be purchased at the Superior Dome Ticket Office.
For additional information, contact the NMU Athletic Office at 227-2105.
This year's inductees are:

Zach Fowler '82

Gwen Jackson '83

Denise Porath '80

Bret Williams '84

Jerry Wright

Wildcat sports update

New NMU head football coach Bernie Anderson started his Wildcat career off in an exciting manner; his first game at the helm of the Wildcat fortunes was a thrilling 27-20 overtime win versus Indianapolis (0-1, 0-1 GLIAC). It was the season-opening game for both squads.NMU will travel to Hillsdale next week (Sept. 9)  to take on the Chargers.
In other weekend action, the NMU women's soccer team got by Finlay, 1-0; women's volleyball went 4-0 on the weekend and the cross country team took first place at the MTU Open.
Check out the new look at NMU Sports.

NMU hockey season opener in Green Bay

The NMU hockey Wildcats will open the season against defending national champion Wisconsin at the
Resch Center in Green Bay, Oct. 6-7.
A variety of exciting events are planned for alumni and fans.

If you haven't purchased your tickets, do so soon.
These games will likely sell out.
(Click here for ticket information.)

Schedule of Events:
Friday, October 6
NMU vs. UW Badgers
7 p.m. Central
Green Bay Resch Center

Post-game reception
sponsored by NMU's Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports, Blue Line Club and Wildcat Club
Oneida Room at the Resch Center
Snacks provided, beverages available for purchase.

Saturday, October 7
Pre-game Tailgate Party
sponsored by NMU's Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports, Blue Line Club and Wildcat Club
Oneida Room at the Resch Center
$5 per person for Blue Line Club, Wildcat Club and Alumni Association members; $10 non-members.

Meet the coaches, Wildcat Willy, Cheerleaders and the NMU Band.
All Wildcat fans are invited to both event.

NMU vs. Wisconsin Badgers
7 p.m. Central
Green Bay Resch Center

Thanks for stopping by...

Eric Luttinen '83
Ishpeming, Mich.
Claudia Orr '79, '81
and Brixey of Marquette.

From the E-mail bag

A note from the Editor: Our congratulations to NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors member Fred Stonehouse '70, '77. Fred was recently selected as the recipient of the 2006 Association for Great Lakes Maritime History Award for Historic Interpretation. It is given annually to the individual who has made a major contribution to the interpretation of Great Lakes maritime history, in furtherance of the goals of the Association. Fred will receive his award Sept. 23 in Alpena. Congratulations, Fred!

"NMU made the Las Vegas Sun this past week. On Friday, in an article on Rancho High School's football team, the article indicated that the head coach, Gary Maki--born in the U.P.--had contacts at Northern Michigan and was working to have a 250 lb. fullback (with a 3.75 GPA) Omari Stephens gain admission to NMU and play on the football team."
Mike Asumma '63
Henderson, Nevada

"Hi. Just wanted to write in about a recent addition to the Wildcat family. My wife and I just had our first daughter, Anya Marie Raley, born July 27. She was born at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. One of the nurses throughout our stay noticed my NMU keychain and we got to talking. She is also a graduate of NMU and that made the birth just that more special. Unfortunately, I can't remember her name, but I thought it was a great story. Even though we are living and working in metro Detroit we still think about NMU and Marquette on a regular basis. I look forward to taking my daughter to homecomings in Marquette and hockey games at the Joe. Raising her to be a Wildcat fan will be easy, as my nickname in college was NMUMAN. Continued success to NMU and all of its alumni!"
Nicholas Raley '05 and Kelly Raley
Royal Oak, Mich.

"Hey, just wanted to pass along a note and picture of the newest future NMU alum. Madeline Danielle was born August 5th at 7:35 a.m. to Michael '99 and Kelly '00 Carson Bray. She was 7 lbs, 7 oz. and has a healthy cry! Keep the E-mails coming!"
Michael Bray '99
Madison Heights, Mich.

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