What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.

From the 6th floor

A special treat from the 6th floor today, some great aerial photos from Tony Williams '06. Tony is an adjunct instructor in the biology department and a student taking AD 117 (Digital Photography). He is also a pilot and sent us these photos for "What's New, NMU?"


A view of the steel bridge on County Rd. 510.


Deer Lake in Marquette County.

While there was a bit of sunshine over the weekend, we're back to dreary gray skies, with only a few peeks of blue. Forecasters are calling for a chance of precipitation over the next several days but so far, just rain not the s- word.


Tailgate with the NMU Alumni Association at Saginaw Valley State

The NMU Alumni Association will sponsor a pre-game tailgate party at Saginaw Valley State University Saturday, Nov. 5. NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors member Pat Wilson '92 and his wife, Tricia, invite you to join them at Wickes Stadium in University Center, Michigan.
To purchase game tickets contact SVSU.

NMU vs. SVSU Tailgate Party
Saturday, Nov. 5
4 - 7 p.m.
Lot E
Wickes Stadium, SVSU

Hot dogs and chips provided.
Carry-ins permitted.

All Wildcat fans welcome.
You MUST RSVP.
Contact the NMU Alumni Association
alumni@nmu.edu
1-877-GRAD NMU

Make a Difference Day makes a big difference

(Members of Safari House, Spalding Hall, pose with former NMU professor Jim Godell on Make A Difference Day.)

More than 1,000 volunteers took part in the annual Make A Difference Day in Marquette County, Saturday, Oct. 22. Coordinated by the NMU Voluteer Center, Make A Difference Day brings together NMU students and community volunteers to rake leaves or perform other household chores for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities in the area.

Senator Carl Levin headlines Political Science Symposium

Michigan Senator Carl Levin (D) will be on the campus of Northern Michigan University, Wednesday, Oct. 26.  He will  discuss job legislation, deficit reduction and other issues legislators in Washington currently face. "Global Impact: Economy, Conflicts and Jobs" will be presented at 10:30 a.m. in Mead Auditorium, West Science Building. The symposium is open to the public. Levin has served in the Senate for over three decades. He was first elected in 1978. He chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee and Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

New alumni blog

College may seem like what happens after high school, but it's also what happens at the beginning of a career. Northern alumni share their stories in a monthly series of blogs.
Amanda Jayska graduated in '03 with a BS in public relations and '05 with a MA in political science. She is married to Joshua Cross '05. Amanda is our featured blogger for this month. Read Amanda's blog.
If you would like to share your story in an NMU alumni blog, send us an e-mail.

NMU Bookstore offering free shipping* for Holiday shoppers

The NMU Bookstore is offering a special holiday discount for alumni shoppers--up to $10 in free shipping for online orders places between now and December 10. Begin your online holiday shopping now. When checking out, make sure you enter coupon code holiday11 when placing your order. Questions can be directed to ejaakola@nmu.edu

Wildcat sports update

The No. 17 Northern Michigan hockey team remained unbeaten at home with a 3-3 tie Saturday, Oct. 15, with the No. 1 ranked University of Michigan. The two teams battled to stalemate in front of a sellout crowd of 4,260 at the Berry Events Center. NMU won the series-opener 5-3 Friday (Oct. 21). The ‘Cats hit the road this weekend (Oct. 28-29) to take on Western Michigan. The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m. in Kalamazoo.
The NMU volleyball team dropped its fifth straight match Sunday (Oct. 23), falling to No. 13 Ferris State 3-1. With the loss, the ‘Cats fall to 12-11 overall and 9-5 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). NMU remains in third place in the GLIAC North. NMU returns home for the remainder of the regular season. Friday the 'Cats face Lake Superior State at 7 p.m. at Vandament Arena.
A wild and back-and-fourth contest is the best way to describe the NMU soccer team’s thrilling 4-3 double overtime victory over Northwood Sunday (Oct. 23). With the win, the ‘Cats improve to 9-5-3 overall and 7-5-2 in the GLIAC. NMU hosts rival Michigan Tech at 4 p.m. Friday to close out the regular season.
NMU senior quarterback Carter Kopach rushed for three touchdowns and threw for one, but it wasn’t enough as the football Wildcats were defeated by the University of Indianapolis, 38-31, Saturday at Key Stadium. The 'Cats are 3-5 overall, 2-5 in the GLIAC. NMU returns to the Superior Dome at 1 p.m. Saturday against Tiffin University.
The NMU swimming and diving team competed against Minnesota-Moorhead and St. Cloud State last Friday and Saturday. The Wildcats defeated Moorhead both days, but were defeated by St. Cloud. NMU travels to Grand Valley State on Nov. 12 and Hillsdale on Nov. 13 to begin competition against GLIAC opponents.
The NMU women’s cross country team finished eighth last Saturday at the GLIAC Championship in Ashland, Ohio. NMU will be off for the next two weeks before traveling to the NCAA Regional in Big Rapids, Mich. on Nov. 5.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Holly Swenson '87 of East Troy, Wis., Colleen Meyerhoffer '93 of Sevierville, Tenn., and Kelly Rich Ashford '88 of Indian River.

The women were in town for a Maggie Mae reunion.

Don't forget, if you are in town visiting, make sure you stop by the Alumni office, 603 Cohodas Hall.

From the e-mail bag

"Hello!  I just wanted to thank the Alumni Association for the reception after the Wildcats vs. Badgers hockey game on Friday, October 7th.  It was great getting to talk to other alumni and reminisce about Marquette and NMU.  Plus, the overtime ending reminded me how much I grew to love hockey, a sport I never watched before attending NMU.  Thanks again!"
Nicole Stumpf '10
Madison, Wis.
nrstumpf@gmail.com

Anne Totero '10, Nicole Stumpf '10 and Jackie Bordack '10.
"Hello,
I wanted to briefly share with you two reasons that today was a GREAT DAY TO BE A WILDCAT!

1.) I taught a workshop this morning to seniors in high school about surviving college. I got to wear my new "Great Day" NMU t-shirt to work (love it!) and had the opportunity to tell students how awesome NMU and my experience there was. Even though Maryland is far away, they were interested in learning more and impressed with what I shared about the university. Now that I am a full-time teacher AND full-time graduate student, I was able to tell them with confidence that NMU prepared me completely for my future and was absolutely the best choice for me. :)

2.) Today's edition of  'What's new, NMU?' put a smile on my face with the great pictures of the Hayes Corn Maze, a favorite fall past time of mine. I wish I could be there to enjoy this year's theme and the beautiful UP weather.

Hope all is well at Northern. Thanks for reminding me of additional reasons to be happy/proud to be an alum! GO CATS!"

Ellie Luce, '08
Bel Air, Md.
eluce@alumni.nmu.edu

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