What's New, NMU?

For the week of Dec. 1, 2008

From the 6th floor

It's a blustery start to December with cool temperatures. Snow showers are expected throughout the week in Upper Michigan. That's good news for skiers, both downhill and cross country. Marquette Mountain (formerly Cliffs Ridge) is already open for business and several cross country trails are groomed. I think it's probably safe to say we'll have a white Christmas, even if it is only December 1.

University holiday season kicks off Wednesday

The annual Lighting Up the Holidays event for the campus community is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3. All events are free. Highlights of the evening's activities include horse-drawn sleigh rides and a visit from Santa. Activities get under way at 4:30 p.m.  The NMU Bookstore is open until 8 p.m. that night with their special holiday sale.

Wildcat Night parties in the works

Wildcat Night Across the Country takes place Friday, Feb. 13.
NMU Hockey Wildcats vs. Notre Dame
8 p.m. Eastern Time

Grand Rapids, Mich., and Wausau, Wis. are on board.
Are you planning your party?

It's very easy to do:

1.  Find a local establishment that gets the CBS College Sports Network
2.  Get in touch with us.

A Wildcat Night party in
Asheville, NC.

This year's parties include:

Grand Rapids, Mich. Score Restaurant & Sports Bar
5301 Northland Dr. NE
Weston/Wausau Wis. Buffalo Wings & Rings
4402 Schofield
Weston

Other parties are in the works and we'll let you know as soon the details are nailed down.
Get your location added to the list today!
Questions?

Alumni events that should be on your calendar

Madison Area Alumni Reception
Friday, Jan. 2
Following NMU vs. UW hockey

Nitty Gritty
223 N. Francis
Madison, Wis.

Immediately following the game. (Game time is 8 p.m.)
All NMU alumni and friends are invited.
Snacks provided, beverage available.

For game tickets, contact 1-800-462-2343

Chicago Area Alumni Reception
Saturday, Jan. 24
5:30 p.m.

Details available soon.
Want to make sure you get an invitation?
Email us.

Washington D.C. Area Alumni Reception
Tuesday, Feb. 10

Details available soon.
Want to make sure you get an invitation?
Email us.

Life After NMU--Alumni Blog

Attending NMU is just the beginning of a great adventure. Each month, NMU alumni write about their experience at Northern and their current careers.
This month's blogger is Kendall Sutliff '08.
"On top of the experiences and the career, the most exciting part about graduating from NMU is the fact that it doesn't matter where I go, I run into someone who knows about Northern."

Read Kendall's blog and check out the Archives.

"Library of the Future" study under way

This may be the way you remember the library, but what will it look like in the future? That was the discussion that began with NMU President Les Wong's Fall 2007 convocation address. Wong said the university must confront the challenge while awaiting funds required for the long-planned renovation of the Learning Resources Center. He called it one of the most complicated issues of his presidency.
“When we can [renovate], what should we do?” Wong asked in his convocation address. “What should our new library look like and have in it? How can we build it so it remains a highly functional facility 20 years later? With our talent, our IT infrastructure and notebook computers, we must begin to think and talk about this. The tradition and power of reading won’t change, but the nature, scope and challenge of managing information in meaningful ways will—it’s doing so already.”
Over the past year, a select group of university officials has been studying the issue. They have been preparing to solicit feedback from the campus community and reviewing similar studies at other universities.
While the effort progresses, the library continues to make improvements in services and resources. One example is ARTstor, a recently acquired database containing nearly one million images in art, architecture, humanities and social sciences.
Read more about the library effort here.

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University women's basketball team is off to a 3-0 start on the season. The 'Cats doubled up on Finlandia, 106-51, Monday (Nov. 24). The team is in action Monday (Dec. 1) at home versus St. Norbert.
The NMU men's basketball team remains perfect at 4-0 after defeating Finlandia, Monday (Nov. 24). The team is on the road for its next three games, starting with a Dec. 4 match at Northwood.
The NMU hockey team continues to struggle, dropping the series to Ferris State last weekend (Nov. 28-29). NMU drops to 3-10-1. The 'Cats are back in action Dec. 5-6 when they travel to Sault Ste. Marie to take on the Lake Superior State Lakers.
The NMU women's swimming and diving team picked up five wins against Hillsdale, but it was not enough as the Wildcats suffered a 169-118 setback to the Chargers. The 'Cats are in action next at the Eastern Michigan University Invitational Dec. 5-6.

Give Your Opinion About NMU

Northern Michigan University will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit on March 25-27, 2009 by a team from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. NMU has been accredited since 1916. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation. Alumni are invited to submit comments regarding the university on substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing and signed; comments cannot be treated as confidential. The comments should be sent to:

Public Comment on Northern Michigan University
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL  60602

All comments must be received by Feb. 25, 2009.  We thank you for your input.

From the e-mail bag

"In response to the email from Mike Vialpando ’76 in the “What New at NMU”, November 24,2008.  He wrote: 'Am I just getting old, or did the fight song words change? What I remember is: 'Hail Men of Northern, we're behind you in this game. Hail Men of Northern, you will fight to win acclaim, for you are the pride and joy of every person young and old, so give your best for Northern's glory, fight for the olive and gold.'

It seems to me I remember that in the 80’s or 90’s Northern changed their school colors from Olive and Gold to Green and Gold so the fight song must have changed too. 
The old lyrics that I have from when I was an undergrad are:

Hail Men of Northern,
We're all behind you in this game.
Hail Men of Northern,
You will fight to win acclaim.
You are the pride and joy
Of every person young and old
So do your best for Northern's glory,
Fight for the Olive and Gold.
FIGHT ON!!!
FIGHT ON!!
(da da da da da da da da da dut dut)
FIGHT ON!!
FIGHT ON!!
(da da da da da da da da da dut dut)

(Repeat verse)

I think the original lyrics were written by Luther West for whom the Science Building was named.

Also there seems to be a change from “Men of Northern” to “Wildcats of Northern”.  When I was an undergrad the only woman’s athletic teams were for Field Hockey and Skiing.  It appears that the change from “Men” to “Wildcats” was made when there were more women athletic teams were added.
The music seems to be the same.  I think the new lyrics to the fight song are:

Wildcats of Northern,
Wildcats of Northern,
We'll do our best to win acclaim.
You are the pride and joy
Of every person young and old
So do your best for Northern's glory,
Fight for the Green and Gold
FIGHT ON!!!
FIGHT ON!!
(da da da da da da da da da dut dut)
FIGHT ON!!
FIGHT ON!!
(da da da da da da da da da dut dut)

(Repeat verse)

Heck a lot of things have changed.  When I was a freshman in 1964, freshman had to wear beanies during Homecoming week.  Women could not wear pants to class and they had a curfew.  After a major protest they were allowed to wear pants to class in about 1965."
Jerry Bills -  BS ’68 and MA ‘77
Hartland, Wis.
glbills@sbcglobal.net

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