What's New, NMU? for the week of Sept. 22, 2008

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Sept. 22, 2008

From the 6th floor

It's evident from the trees--fall has kicked in. While temperatures are dropping near freezing overnight in many areas, the mercury is still creeping up nicely during the day. Forecasters are predicting a nice week ahead, with plenty of sunshine. That should allow temperatures to reach the mid 70s. That bodes well for peak color hitting right around Homecoming, Oct. 3-4. Have you made your plans to visit Marquette for Homecoming? Check out all the activities here.

Speaking of Homecoming....

It's less than two weeks away. We have a jam-packed schedule of events that you won't want to miss.
This year we're particularly excited that each of the colleges on campus have scheduled alumni receptions for their graduates. It's all taking place at the Landmark Inn, Friday, Oct. 3.
Everybody is invited! That means you.
Visit with former classmates and professors at the Landmark Inn.

Check out the complete schedule here.

NMU alumni part of national audience for Wildcat football

Wildcat fans in Washington, D.C.

Wildcat fans across the country got together Thursday, Sept. 18 to watch the NMU football team in its national television debut. NMU faced Michigan Tech in the annual Miner's Cup game. This year, the rivalry took on an added excitement as the game was broadcast on the CBS College Sports Network and Fox Sports Detroit.

Fans across the Midwest, including those shown above at Doc's in Livonia, got together to watch the game.

Glascott's in Chicago drew a large crowd of football fans, also.

Along with the national television audience, a record-breaking crowd was on hand at the Superior Dome for the clash between the NMU Wildcats and MTU Huskies: 8,672 fans packed the Superior Dome for the game. NMU held a 14-13 lead after 30 minutes of play. But the Huskies came back in the second half to score 34 points for the 47-21 victory. The Miner's Cup heads back to Houghton. NMU falls to 1-2 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) while MTU improves to 3-1 and 2-1 respectively.

Fans watching on TV got a great look at Marquette and Northern Michigan University during the three-hour broadcast.
Did you watch the game? What did you think? Let us know.

School spirit was more than evident in the crowd at the Dome.
Photos from alumni parties in Chicago and Detroit.

Barracks Boys celebrate 56th anniversary

Rex Terwilliger '58 and Jerry Saundri '61.

The NMU Barracks Boys hosted their 56th anniversary reunion in Marquette, Sept. 18-19. The history of the Barracks Boys goes back to the early '50s. The first Grant-in-Aid (Athletic Scholarship) program at NMU began in the fall of 1952.

The program was established and personally directed by C.V. Money, then head coach for all varsity sports. Sixteen scholarships were awarded to student athletes that first year.
The Grant-in-Aid program provided part-time jobs and housing on campus in a barracks type building originally built for unmarried WWII veterans returning to complete their education. Each student athlete was required to pay one dollar per month rent and contribute to the cost of heating oil. Student athletes living in this facility were known as "The NMU Barracks Boys," and functioned as an unofficial athletic fraternity. The spartan and crowded living conditions fostered the development of a family-like relationship between Coach Money and his "Boys" and a lasting loyalty to the university. Many close personal friendships were formed which have lasted more than 50 years.

Beaumier Heritage Center holds grand opening

NMU President Les Wong, center, poses with some of the students responsible for the design of the displays.

The Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center held grand opening ceremonies Saturday, Sept. 20. The center is located in Suite 105, Cohodas Hall.
Two new exhibitions were unveiled at the grand opening. "This Northern Century: Student Life at NMU" features artifacts, audio/video clips and photographs related to student activities over the past 100 years.
"Vanishing Points--Photographs by Christine Flavin" combines traditional and digital techniques to capture surreal views of abandoned industrial landscapes of U.P. mining operations juxtaposed with photographs taken when the mines were booming.
The Rev. Lawrence Gauthier and George Truckey '60 check out the center on opening night.

The center was established in December 2006 with a $1 million endowed gift from its namesake, NMU alumnus Dr. John Beaumier '53, shown, left.
Heritage Center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Fall enrollment rebounds

Northern’s 10th-day enrollment report shows a total headcount of 9,123, an increase of 12 students over last fall’s preliminary figure. Paul Duby, vice president for institutional research, said NMU’s ability to rebound from last year’s first minor dip in a decade is a positive sign, particularly in a challenging enrollment climate.
“We had been anticipating a 0.5 percent to 1 percent drop in enrollment because of three factors: the continuing downward slope of Upper Peninsula high school demographics, which reduces the size of our regional recruiting pool; the dismal state of the economy; and the high cost of driving, which keeps some students closer to home,” Duby said. “To hold our own in this environment is doing well. The fact we’ve made a small gain is a testament to the effectiveness of our recruiting and the academic strength of the institution.”
Duby said one of the main reasons for the turnaround is new graduate student enrollment, which increased sharply from 96 to 148. Total graduate enrollment is up by 10 percent to about 785. There also was a slight boost in total new freshmen—from 1,880 to 1,898.
In a poor economy, Duby said vocational schools or technical colleges siphon off adults who lose their jobs and are seeking the fastest re-entry into the workforce. And students who enroll in community colleges often stay put longer to save money, which might help to explain a decrease in transfer students this fall. However, Duby said higher gas prices might turn out to be a blessing.
“Out-of-state enrollment is down about 2 percent, but that is more than made up for by an increase in resident students who are choosing to stay in state rather than cross borders to go to college. Our strength this year is in our Michigan students.”

Are you in a position to recruit for your company?

Two major events sponsored by Career Services are fast approaching. If you are in a position to recruit for your company, let us know. Many alumni represent their businesses at job fairs on the campus of Northern Michigan University. There are two upcoming fairs that your company might be interested in.

Construction Management and Technology Job Fair
Thursday, Oct. 2
1 - 3 p.m.
Concourse Area, Jacobetti Complex
Employers representing construction management, the building trades and technology will be on-hand to speak with currently enrolled students about internships and to soon-to-be graduates about full-time employment opportunities.

Fall Job Fair and Career Expo
Wednesday, Oct. 8
1 - 4 p.m.
Great Lakes Room, University Center
Employers representing business, social services, manufacturing, government service, law enforcement and many other fields will be available to speak with currently enrolled students about internships and soon-to-be graduates about full-time employment opportunities.

In addition to these events, many of the companies will be holding information sessions and campus interviews during their time in Marquette. To find out more, visit the Career Services homepage.

Wildcat sports update

The NMU football team is 1-2 overall after the loss in the Miner's Cup, Thurs. Sept. 18. The team is on the road at Ferris State Saturday, Sept. 27.
The NMU soccer team dropped a pair of matches at home over the weekend. They held the top-ranked team in NCAA II, Grand Valley State, in check for the majority of the match on Friday (Sept. 19) at the NMU soccer field. GVSU scored its lone goal of the game at 59:44 to take the contest 1-0. On Sunday, the 'Cats dropped a 1-0 match against Ferris State University. With the losses, the Wildcats drop to 4-5 overall on the season and 0-3 in the GLIAC. Of the first nine games on the schedule NMU has played eight at home. The 'Cats are now 3-5 at home. Four of the next six games are on the road for the 'Cats; at Saginaw Valley State (Sept. 26) and Northwood (Sept. 28).
The women's volleyball team also fell to GVSU over the weekend. With the loss, NMU drops to 8-6 overall and 3-2 in the GLIAC. NMU is on the road for its next two matches, at Hillsdale (Sept. 26) and Findlay (Sept. 27).
The women's cross country team competed at the UW-Parkside Midwest Collegiate Open on Saturday. The Wildcats finished in seventh place in the team competition with 194 points. NMU will compete next at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn. Saturday (Sept. 27).

USOEC to host major speedskating events

The United States Olympic Education Center and Northern Michigan University announce that the Berry Events Center will be the site of two world short track speedskating events in 2009, featuring some of the most talented skaters in the world.
The U.S. Olympic Trials for short-track speedskating will be Sept. 8-12 and will determine the team that competes in Vancouver, B.C. at the Winter Olympic Games in February.
A World Cup will be held on the NMU campus on Nov. 9-16 and is expected to draw participants from about 30 countries as the world’s elite speedskaters prepare for the Vancouver Games.
NMU and the USOEC played host to both the 2006 Olympic Trials and a 2003 World Cup.
“We’re very excited to be hosting these speedskating events for the second time,” said USOEC director Jeff Kleinschmidt. It’s great for the community to hold such wonderful events. One of the reasons that allows us to host the events is the support that the community gives us.”

Anatomy of a Murder celebration includes online exhibit

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of noted Upper Peninsula author and NMU Distinguished Alumnus John D. Voelker's Anatomy of a Murder (written under his pseudonum, Robert Traver). As part of the celebration, a series of events are occurring in the area and downstate. You can find out more about upcoming events at the NMU-hosted celebration Web site, www.nmu.edu/anatomy50.
As part of the community celebration, the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives has created an online exhibit that highlights how Voelker used the experience and court transcripts of the original 1952 People vs. Peterson murder trial as the basis for the book and subsequent movie. The exhibit features digital representations of the original documents found in the John D. Voelker papers housed in the archives. The exhibit also includes an oral history interview of Max Muelle, the last known surviving member of the 1952 trial.

Voelker Online exhibit.

Thanks for stopping by...

...NMU Alumni Association lifetime members John '71 and Diana '71 Fair, of Sturgis, Mich.

...brand new NMU Alumni Association lifetime members Angela '06 and Tim '04 Tanis. They signed up when they visited the 6th floor. Thanks for your support, Angela and Tim.

If you are in Marquette visiting, please make time to stop by the 6th floor and say hello. We'd love to meet you.

From the e-mail bag

"Just wanted to share that yet another future Wildcat was born. Simon Benjamin Chapman was born on July 18, weighing in at 10 lbs, 2 oz. We are thrilled with his mellow personality and good looks! His dad is Ben Chapman '98 and his mom is Chris (Helein) Chapman '97."
Ben Chapman '98
Appleton, Wis.

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