NMU Alumni Association - What's New NMU 10-1-07

For the week of Oct. 1, 2007


From the 6th floor

Fall Colors Fall colors are near or at peak in most areas of Upper Michigan. The temperature remains mild. Forecasters call for highs to reach 70 much of this week. That should make for a great weekend in Marquette as we celebrate Homecoming.


Homecoming under way

Homecoming 2007 kicked off Sunday, Sept. 30 with the annual Dead River Games at the Hot Pond. More than 400 students took part in the competition. Student activities take place all week, including the king and queen competition Wednesday evening.
Sack Race Group Photo


Big weekend ahead

BandHomecoming 2007
This Friday and Saturday
Oct. 5-6

This year's activities include get-togethers for the following groups:

  • Political Science and Public
  • Administration Alumni;
  • College of Business Alumni;
  • Marching Band Alumni.

Special guests include Dawson Bell '77
Detroit Free Press reporter.
"What's Going on in Lansing: A view into Michigan's Future"
3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5
Reynolds Recital Hall

A number of other informal reunions are planned, including TKE's and the 1987 football team.


Alumni Association debuts new Web site

We've got a new look and we'd like you to check it out!

Our new site is user friendly and has plenty of photos.

Check it out and let us know what you think. Your feedback is valuable to us.

Web Site


Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan women's soccer team split last weekend. The Wildcats defeated Gannon, 1-0, Friday, (Sept. 28) but fell to Mercyhurst, 1-0 Saturday, (Sept. 29). NMU is now 6-3-2 overall and 2-2-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The 'Cats host Cardinal Stritch on Sunday, Oct. 7.
The streak continues for the NMU volleyball team. On Sunday (Sept. 30), the Wildcats defeated the Timberwolves of Northwood University in three straight. Combined with Saturday's (Sept. 29) win over Saginaw Valley State, the 'Cats were perfect on the weekend. They improve to 13-7 overall and 7-1 in the GLIAC. NMU is at Hillsdale Friday (Oct. 5) and Wayne State Saturday (Oct. 6).

The NMU football Wildcats are still searching for their first win after losing at Ferris State, 31-13, last Saturday. NMU is at home this Saturday, for Homecoming. The 'Cats host Northwood at 4 p.m.

The NMU women's cross country team finished in 10th place at the Roy Griak Cross Country Invitational last Saturday. NMU will host the Wildcat Open on Friday, Oct. 12.


From the e-mail bag

"I attended the NMU vs. Ferris State game on Saturday, Sept. 29. It was great to see the Wildcats in action. The guys played very well. Here's a photo of me being a good sport with the FSU Bulldog."

Dr. Matthew Driscoll '94
Sheboygan, Wis.

Alumni and Bulldog

"I’ve attached pictures of a Northern alum I met while walking up to the top of Sugarloaf this morning.  Her name is Janet  Dawkins (‘72-‘76), and she lives in Florida where she runs her environmental consulting business with her boyfriend. She happened to be in the area because one of her friends is buying land to build a house in the UP.   As you can see from the picture, Janet is wearing an alumni sweatshirt.  Janet came to Northern in ‘72. We had a nice visit about the UP area, a place that she fell in love with when she was a student majoring in the sciences."
Phyllis Wong, NMU First Lady


"Hello to all in beautiful Mqt! Just noticed in our latest NMU update that Jack Hanna will be visiting Campus during the Homecoming activities. Our family has been lucky enough to meet Jack, his phenomenal staff and some of the most amazing animals, twice in recent years. Our younger daughter, Gabby, was a special guest of Jack and the Columbus Zoo last September at Jack Hanna Days in Ohio. As alumni of NMU, both my husband I would highly encourage everyone at NMU (and in the community at large) to take advantage of having one of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable animal experts right there on Campus. Not to mention, the animals he will introduce you to are soooo amazing and adorable. Have a terrific Homecoming NMU Wildcats, and know that there are proud alumni all around our country who wish you well and think of you often. Most Sincerely,"

The Gingras Family
Steve (Dec. 88), Tricia (Carlyon spring '88)
Katie and Gabby
Elk River, Minn.

Jack Hanna

"Hi NMU Alumni. I attended Northern Michigan University in "ancient of days"!!...1973-1975. (51 now)
Jazz Band director was Ron Caviani (now departed). I've become a "screamer" trumpeter and I'm in Albuquerque, NM and I also do shows in Las Vegas, Nevada. I'm in a film coming out. I worked with famous actors Dylan McDermott and Cayden Boyd as a trumpet tutor and then played the part for them, film also stars Val Kilmer, Denise Richards, Heather Graham (who I met on set). Day job is web applications developer for Thornburg Mortgage in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Info about the film and trumpet playing demo is at my site:
http://www.summersongmusic.net It all started at NMU!"

Steve Klenke
Albuquerque, N. M.


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