What's New, NMU?

For the week of March 24, 2008

From the 6th floor

So it's not really from the 6th floor. It's from much higher than the 6th floor. Tony Williams '06 shot this from his plane on March 21 and we thought it would be fun to share.

Can you figure out where it is and what you're looking at?
The answer can be found below in the e-mail bag.

Wildcat fans cheer on the 'Cats

NMU First Lady Phyllis Wong and Wildcat fans at Joe Louis Arena.

The NMU hockey Wildcats finished the 2007-08 season with a 2-1 victory over Notre Dame in the consolation game of the CCHA Championships, Saturday, March 22. In semifinal action Friday night, the 'Cats fell to Michigan 6-4. The 'Cats end the season 20-20-4.

"I am so proud of this team," said NMU coach Walt Kyle. "We started 0-7. It was tough. We had a lot of people jumping off the boat. We lost eight seniors and 16 regulars over the last two years. This was the year we were going to grow. This was going to be a tough year. These guys found a way, and not through us but through themselves, to--I've used the word resilient all year--find a way to become a team."

Hundreds of Wildcat fans turned out at Joe Louis Arena over the weekend to support the 'Cats. The NMU Alumni Association, Athletic Department, Student Services and Office of the President sponsored a Wildcat Hospitality Room. Check out the photos and see if you recognize anyone.

Marie and Pat '98 Leahy, Mike Leahy, Meghan and Jarrod '99 Erpelding.

Coach John Kyle, Rob Skinner, Jim '06 and Shawna '96 Anderson, NMU President Les Wong.

Bill Roden and Karly Genovese

Jim '81, '84 and Deb '82 Jenkin with their daughter, Ann.

Mike Nelson, NMU Foundation, and Frank Nelson '78.

Dena '04 and Erich '06 Merrill.

Emergency text-alert service available

In the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, many universities-- including Northern--now offer instant text-message alerts to complement their existing emergency notification procedures.
"There is talk of making this type of service a requirement for all universities," said Jeff Mincheff, assistant director of Public Safety and Police Services. " "A driving force behind this is the Clery Act and its emphasis on timely notification. It's estimated 95 percent or more of the campus population has cell phones with text messaging capability, so it's an easy way to contact a majority of the people you're trying to reach in an urgent situation."
The service is free, aside from any applicable text messaging fee associated with the cell phone carrier, but it isn't automatic. Individuals have to opt in by registering at NMU Alerts. After logging in with their NMU user ID and password, they proceed to a sign-up screen to enter their cell phone number and carrier. It is possible to add or delete multiple cell phone numbers during each login. Students who want their parents to receive the same timely alerts, or employees who want spouses or significant others notified, would have to enter the additional cell phone information when they sign up.
The service is available only to registered students and faculty/staff.

Lang appointed dean of College of Professional Studies

Paul Lang is the new dean of the College of Professional Studies. He had served as interim dean since July 2007 and has been at Northern since 1997. His permanent appointment was announced by Provost Susan Koch and followed a national search.
"Dr. Lang has an outstanding reputation as an academic leader who supports excellence in both teaching and scholarship," Koch said. "He brings a successful record of collaboration with faculty and staff and a strong history of involvement with regional development activities. I am confident that, with Dr. Lang's leadership, the College of Professional Studies will continue to advance in its contributions to the university and to the region."

'Road Map to 2015' discussion begins

NMU President Les Wong will launch a campus-wide discussion of the university's future priorities when he rolls out a new strategic plan. He will unveil his "Road Map to 2015 and Beyond" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in Jamrich Hall room 102. NMU faculty, staff, students and alumni and friends are encouraged to attend the session and help prioritize Northern's activities for the next seven to 10 years. The road map represents a compilation of information Wong has collected from many campus discussions on a wide range of topics since he arrived at NMU in 2004.

Tickets on sale now for NMU Night at Comerica Park

The NMU Alumni Association has finalized plans for its Second Annual NMU Night at Comerica Park in Detroit. This year's game will be held on Monday, August 25.  The Detroit Tigers take on the Cleveland Indians at 7 p.m.

Tickets sold out last year so be sure to sign up early.

A pre-game reception will take place at Proof, 2001 Woodward Ave.

NMU Night at Comerica Park
Ticket options:

$14 Upper Reserved
$24 Upper Box Infield

Free commemorative T-shirt to the first 200 members.

Click here for Ticket Order Form.

Tickets are limited.

Questions?

From the e-mail bag

"Hello. I thought you'd be interested to see that Outdoor Life Magazine has named Marquette, Mich. one of the top ten places to live for outdoorsmen. This feature appears in the April issue of Outdoor Life and is already up on our Web site. Here's the link:
http://www.outdoorlife.com/article_gallery.jsp?ID=1000019027&page=9
Doug Leipprandt '84
Arlington Heights, Ill.
mailto:doug.leipprandt@bonniercorp.com

"I will be a guest on the Paranormal Divas Radio Show on the APSR Network on April 7, 2008, 9-10 p.m. EST. The APSR is a part of the Alabama ParaSpiritual Research Radio Network that brings Paranormal Talk Radio shows from around the world. I will be discussing my writing and why I chose to write about ghosts and military history."
Kelly Roberts Steed '89
Marion, Ohio
mailto:thesteedzone@verizon.net


"Thought you might like to include this photo in your next newsletter. It was taken on Friday, March 21 by my husband, Tony Williams. He earned his Master's degree from Northern in August 2006. He is a private pilot and was flying around Marquette taking aerial pictures for fun. For his day job he is a biology teacher in Manistique."
Lesley Putman
Dept. of Chemistry, NMU
mailto:lputman@nmu.edu

Note from the Editor: Tony's photo  shows the academic mall area of campus. 

1. Learning Resources Center

2. New Science Building

3. West Science

4. Jamrich Hall

5. Hedgcock Student Services Center

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