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For the week of Oct. 13, 2008

From the 6th floor

We were treated to two days in a row of colorful rainbows over campus during Homecoming week so we thought we'd share the photo with you. The vivid colors helped soften the blow of a full Homecoming week of rainy days. Fortunately, it cleared up in time for the parade and tailgate party. We're in a typical fall pattern, cool days with chilly nights. Color change is probably a bit past its peak, but there are still plenty of leaves on the trees.

Homecoming '08 highlights

Alumni from around the country were in Marquette for Homecoming 2008 festivities, Oct. 3-4.
A wide variety of events took place over the weekend. We've put some of our photos together for you to check out. If you have Homecoming photos you'd like to send us, we'll use them in next week's newsletter.

Alumni Association Board of Directors meets

The NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors held its annual meeting on Friday, Oct. 3. Among the business items was welcoming new board members Jeremy Pickens '01, of Marquette, and Linda Rippel '83, of Independence, Mo.

Also, Annie Van Dyke '79, finished her board term. She was honored for her contributions. Van Dyke, second from left, is shown with Joe Evans '81, '83, Alumni Association Board of Directors president, NMU President Les Wong and Martha Haynes, executive director of Advancement.

Four NMU alumni were honored for their achievements at the Alumni Awards Brunch as part of Homecoming 2008 activities. The recipients are shown with NMU President Les Wong (left to right): Larry Inman '76, distinguished alumnus; Duane Vandenbusche '59, distinguished alumnus; Heather Albrecht '96, outstanding young alumna; Wong; and Mike Ross '76, alumni achievement.

Homecoming activities available to you on your desktop now:

Sonderegger Symposium: A day of U.P. history presentations.
Archived presentations available via streaming video here.

Great Lakes Symposium: Politics and Policy.
Archived presentation available via streaming video here.

Check out photos from the weekend here.

Make your plans now for Homecoming 2009, Sept. 25-26.

Upcoming Alumni events

Lansing Area Alumni Reception

Friday Oct. 24
SITE to be determined
Lansing, Mich.

Immediately following NMU vs. MSU hockey

Alumni Association One Book, One Community Discussion/Reception

Wednesday Oct. 29
7 p.m.
L'Attitude Bistro
Corner of Washington and Lakeshore, Marquette

Join us for a moderated discussion of The Shadow of the Wind, Marquette County's 2008 One Book choice.

NMU awarded EBS license by the FCC

Northern Michigan University has been granted an Educational Broadband Service (EBS) license by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The announcement came in a ceremony in the new digital technology core of the Learning Resources Center. EBS is a type of wireless spectrum that supports high-speed Internet access using “WiMAX” technology.
The license will allow NMU to better serve the university’s growing commuter and off-campus populations with broadband access to critical course related materials currently available to on-campus students, expand the collaborative efforts between area K-12 schools and NMU students fulfilling course requirements related to student teaching activities, and continue the development of new wireless services that are critical to the NMU’s Teaching, Learning and Communication (TLC) technology initiative.
Wong said, “Northern’s TLC technology program began with a bold decision to provide each student with a notebook computer. Building on that concept, our new EBS license takes Northern’s technology to a new plateau by expanding our wireless network in a way that will make handheld and notebook devices truly portable. WiMAX wireless technology is a global standard for cutting-edge technology that will help provide our students and faculty fast, reliable access to the future’s multi-media content and communication demands. It means much greater wireless penetration throughout the central portion of the Upper Peninsula.
“Although other schools and universities in the United States have access to EBS spectrum, to our knowledge NMU is among the few to use it to provide a WiMAX-based broadband network solely for education purposes. Reliable broadband Internet connections are not uniformly available in Marquette County, and NMU intends to use this new wireless broadband authorization to bridge the Internet service gap many students face.”
Also part of the announcement was a check presentation by Gene DeRossett, state director of U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development of Michigan. The USDA’s Rural Development Program awarded WNMU Public TV a $633,231 federal digital television grant earlier in the fall to assist with the final steps in the digital conversion from analog television, which must be completed by February 2009.

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University football Wildcats fell to Wayne State Sat. (Oct. 11). With the loss, the 'Cats are 1-5 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.The team is at Hillsdale, Oct. 18.
The NMU hockey team opened the season by hosting the Superior Cup at the Berry Events Center Friday and Saturday (Oct. 10-11). Friday, the 'Cats skated past Michigan Tech, 5-2, but dropped a Saturday game to Minnesota-Duluth, 5-0. The University of Michigan visits the Berry Events Center in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play Oct. 17-18.
The NMU soccer team dropped its third game in a row Sunday (Oct. 12) at Ferris State. NMU will play its final two home regular-season games for 2008 this weekend. The 'Cats face Saginaw Valley on Friday (Oct. 17) and Northwood on Sunday (Oct. 19).
The NMU volleyball team won its fifth match in a row Saturday (Oct. 11) with a three-set win over Wayne State. NMU has won its past three matches in three straight sets. The Wildcats improve to 13-7 overall and 8-3 in the GLIAC. The 'Cats are at the GLVC-GLIAC Crossover Tournament in Indianapolis, Ind. Oct. 17-18.


United Conference presentations now available online

Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity (UNITED) Conference took place on the campus of NMU, Sept. 21-23. The conference explored and celebrated differences and similarities, globally and locally. Many of the presentations and performances were taped via MediaSite Live and are now available for viewing.

Check out the wide variety of presentations here.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Karen Becvar '71 of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Alumni Association member Patricia Lynes '72 of Saginaw, Mich., and Irene Schlagman '71 of East Meadow, N.Y.


...Alumni Association member Kay Battice '97 of Hart, Mich.

Don't forget, if you're visiting Marquette, stop by and say hello. We're in 603 of Cohodas Hall.

From the e-mail bag

"Four years ago I deployed to Baghdad, Iraq and found college and professional team banners on the walls of the Camp Liberty dining facility. The NMU Alumni Association was gracious enough to send me an NMU banner and I had it placed on the wall of the dining facility.  Fast forward four years...I am again deployed to Iraq and was wondering if time had taken its toll on the NMU banner and if it was stored away in some dark room or worse yet, the trash bin.  When I first walked in the dining facility I looked everywhere and could not find it.  I was extremely disappointed and assumed the worst.  So, I finished eating and made my way out the door.  However, for some reason I looked up and to my surprise, there it was...gracing the wall above the doorway.  The NMU banner that I had hung on the wall four years prior.  What a relief.  It is still there, but I think the staff is playing games with me and moving it around to keep me guessing.  Like me, I hope every NMU grad who sees the banner looks at it with pride and is reminded of the U.P. and fond memories of their Wildcat days."
Lt. Col. Joe Snow '83
joseph.snow@iraq.centcom.mil

"Several NMU alumni from the Walker L. Cisler, College of Business held an informal reunion with former instructor Hal Dorf and his wife, Arlene, on September 29th, 2008 in Green Bay, WI.  The impromptu gathering was well received by the former students of Hal Dorf.  A great many stories of the past were revisited and personal updates were shared among old friends.  The group took the opportunity to recognize Hal Dorf for his positive impact and inspiration.  Many agreed  that Hal’s influence can be felt today in our business and personal lives."
Ken Liimatta '92
liimattak@schneider.com


Those pictured from left to right:

Ken Liimatta '92, Jim Wickstrom '92, Arlene Dorf, Hal Dorf '63, Stephanie Ramseth Smith '92, Jeannie Jafolla '91, Mark Bonetti '91, and Haroon Syed '92. Not pictured Jodi Davis Golisek '94, '95. 


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