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For the week of Monday, Sept. 27, 2010

From the 6th floor

That's right, it's not the 6th floor, it's a bit higher up than 603 Cohodas. It is the view from Hogback Mountain on Homecoming weekend. Thanks to Brett Conklin '06 for the photo. While the weather this past weekend wasn't the greatest, Sunday afternoon the sun came out and the fall colors looked pretty nice. We've settled into a fall pattern of cool days and chilly evenings. Fall color has not yet reached its peak. According to the Travel Michigan Fall Color Blog, Michigan's fall color display continues to advance across the Upper Peninsula, with peak conditions one to two weeks away. While there has been some increased color change over the last week, overall, color in the UP is still less than 50%. Check out the Fall Color blog here.

Homecoming highlights

NMU 2010 Scholarship Brunch and Alumni Awards
As part of Homecoming 2010 activities, more than 400 people attended the annual Homecoming Brunch. This event is designed to celebrate the accomplishments of students and graduates and to recognize the commitment donors have made to the mission of NMU.In the last fiscal year, the amount given in outright gifts and pledges to scholarships at NMU was the largest in the history of the university.

View the entire program here.

Hear directly from students how scholarships make a difference in their lives. Celebrate the accomplishments of this year's Homecoming Award Winners.


Diamond Allen, recipient of the Steelcase Inc. Urban Scholars Endowment, and Brian Cloyd, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Steelcase, Inc. Mr. Cloyd was recently appointed chair of the NMU Board of Trustees, beginning in January 2011.

Homecoming 2010 Alumni Association Award winners are shown with NMU President Les Wong (second from left).
Shown in photo from left to right: Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Dr. Stephen DesJardins '83, Dr. Wong, Distinguished Alumni Award recipient James "Brig" Sorber '86, Alumni Achievement Award recipient Clifford Luft '61, '67.

NMU Alumni Association Board holds annual meeting

The NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors held its annual meeting, Friday, Sept. 24. At the meeting, two new board members began their terms.

Shown in the photo above with NMU Alumni Association President Kris Day '94 (left) are incoming board members Pat Wilson '92, of Bay City, Mich., and Carissa Waters '04, of Lombard, Ill.
in addition, special recognition was given to out-going board members Rich Dabney '87, Janet Nellis Mendler '68, David Wirth '72, and Fred Stonehouse '70, '77, for their six years of service to the Alumni Association Board of Directors.


In addition, special recognition was given to four out-going board members for their six years of service to the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Shown in the photo, left to right, NMU Alumni Association President Kris Day '94, outgoing board members: Rich Dabney '87, Janet Nellis Mendler '68, David Wirth '72; and NMU Executive Director of Advancement Martha Haynes.
Not pictured, Fred Stonehouse '70, '77.

Other highlights included:

Dedication of the "Barracks Boys" historical marker outside the University Center. The "Barracks Boys" lived in World War II surplus housing units in a part of campus called "Vetville" that was constructed to accommodate a booming student population at the end of the war. The "Barracks Boys" were the first grant-in-aid program at Northern. Several recipients were on hand for the unveiling.
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Friday night receptions at the Landmark Inn including NMU faculty and staff, NMU College of Business, NMU Political Science and Public Administration Department, NMU College of Professional Studies and College of Arts and Sciences.
Congratulations to all our prize winners:
Lori Malnor, Jan Marana, Dave Powers, Brad Cory '62, Yvonne Dorais and Bill Hetrick '73.

The 1975 National Championship football team celebrated its 35th anniversary at Homecoming. Members of NMU's first national title team hosted reunion activities all weekend long. The team served as grand marshal for the Homecoming parade.

It may have been a little windy and chilly, but that didn't stop the tailgaters from enjoying a Saturday afternoon at the Superior Dome.

NMU Homecoming 2010 Photo Album

We've posted all the photos to our Facebook Fan page. Check it out and tag yourself!

Wildcat Homecoming sports update

Homecoming weekend was successful for all Wildcat teams as football, soccer and volleyball all gained victories over the weekend. The football Wildcats got by Ashland University, 23-19, to stay undefeated in the GLIAC. NMU soccer got by Saginaw Valley State and Northwood and remain unbeaten this year. And the NMU volleyball team continued its perfect season with wins against Northwood and Lake Superior State. The 12-0 Wildcats (8-0 GLIAC) are in first place in the conference and ranked 16th in the nation.

Wildcat tailgate planned at Grand Valley State University



Join Wildcat fans in Allendale, Mich., for Wildcat tailgating and football, Saturday, Oct. 9.
The NMU football team takes on Grand Valley State at Lubbers Stadium at 7 p.m. The NMU Alumni Association is hosting a pre-game tailgate in Lot C. The tailgate begins at 5 p.m. For game tickets, contact GVSU at 616-331-3200.

Wildcat Tailgate Party
Saturday, Oct. 9
5 - 7 p.m.

Grand Valley State University
Lubbers Stadium, Lot C
West Allendale, Mich.

Join NMU President Les Wong and his wife, Phyllis, Coach Bernie Anderson and the NMU Alumni Association for pre-game excitement.
Snacks provided. Carry-ins permitted in this lot--no glass bottles

Look for Wildcat fans under the tent with the Northern flags.

Tailgate hosted by the NMU Alumni Association.
Let us know if you plan on attending.

Gift supports NMU pediatric care simulation room

A new pediatric care simulation room at Northern Michigan University will enhance training for nursing students and mark another step toward the broader goal of establishing a regional Smart HospitalĀ®.
Cathi and John Drake contributed the bulk of funding for the room. It includes a diagnostic center, pediatric crash cart, bed and "new-generation" mannequin representing a 5-year-old child. The mannequin is linked wirelessly to a
mobile device and responds appropriately to medical interventions. It can talk, moan, breathe and even die to effectively mimic a living person. This high-tech environment enhances patient safety by allowing students to hone their skills and build confidence before they enter a clinical setting, reducing the risk of error.

The Drakes previously donated the Benda-Drake Critical Care Simulation Room to honor an NMU nursing student who performed lifesaving CPR and emergency first aid after Cathi collapsed in a Houghton restaurant.
"I know that first room has been used and is appreciated," said Cathi. "When I was at Marquette General recently, two or three people who work there and graduated from NMU commented that my last name was familiar and thanked me when they found out why. It makes us feel good to know it's making a difference."

Cathi and John Drake (second and third from left) pose with Keri Schuiling, director of NMU's nursing school, the Drake's daughters, Karen and Lisa, and NMU Development Officer David Bammert.

Read more about the gift here.

Board approves budget; Jamrich becomes priority

The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees approved an operating budget for the current fiscal year at its meeting Friday (Sept. 24). The budget is $105.7 million, up $2.2 million or 2.1 percent from the previous year.
The board also approved the fiscal year 2012 operating budget request, which public universities are required to submit annually as the first step in the higher education appropriations process. NMU is requesting a $2.7 million increase next year to cover current operations and absorb $680,000 in state-mandated contributions to both the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) and Indian tuition waivers.


Another state requirement is that universities submit annual capital outlay requests for priority projects. The board discussed those that are part of NMU's rolling five-year master plan. A $34 million proposal to modernize Jamrich Hall, the primary classroom facility on campus, has become the top priority.
The goal with Jamrich is to completely renovate the building and construct a 36,000-square-foot addition for faculty offices currently housed in Gries Hall. This would allow for the demolition of Gries, as indicated in the campus master plan, reducing the overall square footage on campus. An advisory committee of faculty, staff and student representatives has been formed to further develop the project.

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