What's New, NMU? for the week of Monday, Oct. 3, 2011

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, Oct. 3, 2011

From the 6th floor

Peak fall color is reportedly a week to 10 days away in Upper Michigan. That's according to the Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association. The group monitors color and updates its web site throughout the week. You can visit the site here. Only limited color change can be seen in today's photo from the 6th floor. Visitors to Marquette for Homecoming 2011 this past weekend had a variety of weather to contend with. While Friday was cool and rainy, Saturday's weather shaped up quite nicely for tailgating; 55 degrees and sunshine. But those who arrived early, Thursday featured a rare near-hurricane force wind. Much of Marquette lost power for lengthy periods of time. You can read about the damage in the Marquette Mining Journal.

Homecoming highlights

NMU 2011 Scholarship Brunch and Alumni Awards

As part of Homecoming 2011 activities, more than 300 people attended the annual Homecoming Brunch. This event is designed to celebrate the accomplishments of students and graduates and to recognize the commitment donors have made to the mission of NMU.

Watch the brunch program here.

Hear directly from a student about how her scholarship made a difference in her life. Celebrate the accomplishments of this year's Homecoming award winners.

Homecoming 2011 Alumni Association award winners are shown with NMU President Les Wong (third from left). They include: Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Brian Majewski '76, Alumni Achievement Award recipient Beverly Solomon '74, Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipients Kyle Ortiz '04 and Stacy Welling '00, '02, and Alumni Service Award recipient Garn Lewis '86.

NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors

Jim Jenkin '81, '84 began a two-year term as president of the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors, Friday, Sept. 30, at the board's annual meeting. Jenkin succeeds Kris Day '94, who completed her term as president. The NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors is a voluntary advisory board that evaluates the effectiveness of programs and services for alumni and Northern Michigan University and advises alumni staff on new programming.

Along with Day, two other board members completed their terms: April Lindala '97, '03, '06, and Robert Glascott '67 (shown below with Jenkin).

The board welcomed four new members who begin the first of two, three year terms:
Susan Bilkey '82 of Atlanta, Ga.; Christine Marshall '79 of Mequon, Wis.; Mark Vanderlist '72 of Big Rapids; Philip Zaleski '02 of Rolling Meadows, Ill.

Front row (left to right): Mark Vanderlist, Jim Jenkin and Phil Zaleski.
Back row: Christine Marshall and Susan Bilkey.

Winners from the Landmark Inn receptions

Plenty of prizes were awarded Friday evening at the All College Receptions at the Landmark Inn. Congratulations to the following:
Christy Hammond '09 of Topeka, Kans., and Rose Dittrich Myllyla '55 of Escanaba, Mich. Christy and Rose won custom NMU gift bags. Connie Rhoades '05 of Marquette and Gary Hughes '76 of East Lansing, both won NMU duffel bags. The winner of the NMU faculty/staff prize, one night at the Landmark Inn, was Terry Lorens.

Wildcat Homecoming sports update

The NMU football team lost its second game in a row Saturday (Oct. 1) against No. 9 Wayne State, 30-28. The 'Cats outscored the Warriors 14-3 in the second half and recovered an onside kick with under a minute to go, but couldn't get a first down to extend the game. NMU is now 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). NMU hosts Grand Valley State at 1 p.m. Saturday (Oct.8) at the Superior Dome.
The NMU soccer team was unbeaten at home. The Wildcats defeated Lake Erie college Friday (Sept. 30) and tied Ashland Sunday (Oct. 2). NMU is 3-0-1 at home this season. The 'Cats stand at 6-2-3 overall and 4-2-2 in the GLIAC. NMU travels to Ohio next weekend (Oct. 7-9) for a pair of matches against GLIAC foes, facing Findlay Friday and Tiffin Sunday.
The NMU volleyball team continues to dominate its opponents as the Wildcats have won five straight matches including victories over Finlandia and Michigan Tech last weekend. NMU is 8-5 overall and 6-2 in the GLIAC. NMU returns to Vandament Arena  vs. No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth, who is undefeated, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 4).
The swimming and diving team got the 2011-12 season started with its annual Green and Gold meet at the PEIF pool Saturday (Oct. 1).

Alumni Reception in Madison Friday (Oct. 7)

Madison Area Alumni Reception
Friday, Oct. 7
(Game at 7 p.m.)
Alumni Reception at 9:30 CST

Join NMU Alumni Association President-Elect Jim Jenkin '81, '84 and coach Walt Kyle '81 immediately following the game at the
Nitty Gritty Restaurant and Bar
(one block north of the Kohl Center)
223 N. Frances Street
Madison, Wis.

Snacks provided; beverages available for purchase.

Let us know if you'll be able to join us.
1-877-GRAD NMU or alumni@nmu.edu

Game tickets: 1-800-462-2343.

Family Weekend

NMU's annual Family Weekend takes place Friday-Sunday (Oct. 7-9.) A wide variety of events are planned including the traditional Family Weekend Tailgate Party, Saturday at Vandament Arena. The Tailgate Party features the NMU Marching Band, prize drawings, comments from NMU President Les Wong and picnic fare. Tickets must be purchased in advance. A complete Family Weekend schedule can be found here.

Benson to speak on campus

Dr. Jocelyn Benson, associate law professor at Wayne State University, will speak at Northern Michigan University at 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3 in Mead Auditorium as part of the NMU Political Science and Public Administration Department's fall symposium. Benson was the Democratic Party's nominee for Michigan Secretary of State in 2010. A national expert on election law, Benson will present "Behind Closed Doors: Secret Money and Secret Influence." The symposium is free and open to the public.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Don '71 and DeLetta Campbell of Yankton, S.D.
...Alumni Association member Cathryn Battice '97 of Hart.

If you happen to be in Marquette visiting, please stop by the Alumni Association on the 6th floor of Cohodas Hall.

From the e-mail bag

Note from the Editor:
By now, probably everyone has heard the news that Money magazine named Marquette one of its "Best Places To Retire." It has garnered a lot of press for the city.
If you missed the article, click here.

"Greetings! As a recent NMU alumnus, I just thought I'd share with you this article about two NMU alumni recently published in the Clarkston News. Enjoy!"
Derek Bush '11

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