What's New, NMU for the week of Oct. 22, 2007


From the 6th floor

6thfloor After a very pleasant weekend with temperatures in the '60s, forecasters call for much cooler air moving in to Upper Michigan. While the temperature drop will be noticeable, the weather will be much more seasonable over the next week. Precipitation is expected early in the week and there's a chance that snow flurries may be mixed in with the rain in the higher eleviations Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning.


Road to China goes through Marquette

The United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette is hosting China versus USOEC on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

The China vs.USOEC competition marks the first time China has sent three teams to the United States to compete in the same facility at the same time. The event will provide spectators a chance to see national and world medalists who are in contention for positions on their respective Olympic teams compete. Chinese and USOEC athletes will face off in boxing, men's Greco-Roman wrestling and women's freestyle wrestling, while USOEC weightlifters will participate in an intra-squad competition.
China vs. USOEC starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Berry Events Center. The competition format will be filled with fast-paced, non-stop action. Athletes will compete in a boxing ring, on two wrestling mats and on a lifting platform simultaneously. There will also be musical and Chinese cultural entertainment provided by area high school bands and Michigan Tech University Chinese dragon dancers.
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Family Weekend and Band Day bring large crowds to campus, football game

It was a busy weekend on campus as Parent and Family Weekend and Band Day brought more than 6,700 fans to the Superior Dome for Wildcat football. The NMU Foundation and Center for Student Enrichment hosted a Family Weekend Tailgate Party Saturday. Parents and families from around the country were treated to lunch with appearances by the NMU Marching Band, NMU President Les Wong and Wildcat Willy. willy


Alumni Association hosting post-game reception in Lansing Friday

The NMU Alumni Association and Casa Calabria Restaurant of Marquette will host a post-game alumni reception in Lansing this Friday, Oct. 26. The NMU hockey Wildcats take on the Spartans of Michigan State Friday-Saturday (Oct. 26-27).
Game tickets may still be available. Check with the MSU Ticket Office.
Lansing Area Alumni Reception
Friday, Oct. 26
Post-game (Approx. 9:30)
354 Frandor Ave.

The reception is free of charge, beverages will be available for puchase.
Join NMU President Les Wong and head hockey coach Walt Kyle after the game.


Alumni Association One Book reception

The NMU Alumni Association and One Book, One Community present a book discussion led by NMU professor and novelist John Smolens.
Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.
Federated Women's Clubhouse in Marquette
NMU alumni and the public are invited to enjoy desserts, coffee and conversation about Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, this year's One Book, One Community selection. Reservations appreciated; not required.
906-227-2610 or alumni@nmu.edu
Click here for more information regarding the One Book project.


Expert speaks on retail theft

retail Retail theft exceeds over $40 billion annually in the U.S. and stores are using various techniques, many of them high-tech, to reduce and end these staggering losses. During a visit to Northern Michigan University, Mr. Ned Ludlow, vice president-loss prevention at Williams-Sonoma, Inc., a $4 billion household products national chain store based in San Francisco, Calif. discussed the nature of retail theft and the challenges that businesses face in instituting controls without alienating genuine customers. In addition to guest lecturing in several classes, Mr. Ludlow delivered a talk titled “Emerging Trends and New Technology in Loss Prevention in the Retail Industry” to the campus community as part of the College of Business Seminar Series. The program was sponsored, in part, by the Lake Superior Community Partnership.


Wildcat sports update

The Miner's Cup is back in Marquette after a Wildcat win on the gridiron Saturday. The Northern Michigan University football team defeated Michigan Tech, 34-27. With the win, the 'Cats are 2-5 on the season and in the Great Lakes Intercollegite Atheletic Conference (GLIAC). Quarterback Buddy Rivera had a career day as he set two NMU career records. He set a new career mark in total offense and touchdown passes. Rivera currently has 7,038 yards of total offense and 47 touchdown passes. The old records were 6,807 yards of total offense which was held by Tom Bertoldi. Matt Heard and Bertoldi shared the career record for touchdown passes with 45. Rivera ended the day with 229 yards passing on 12-21-0 with three touchdowns and 26 yards rushing on 10 carries. The home finale for the 2007 season will be Saturday (Oct. 27) at 1 p.m. against Mercyhurst College.
The NMU women's soccer team faced the number one team in the NCAA on Sunday (Oct. 21) at the NMU Soccer Field. Grand Valley State University showed why they are the top team in the country as they defeated the WIldcats 3-0. NMU drops to 10-4-2 overall and 3-3-2 in the GLIAC. The team plays its regular season finale on Sunday (Oct. 28) in the Superior Dome against Finlandia at noon.
The NMU volleyball team handed Grand Valley State University its first conference loss Sunday at Vandament Arena. The lady 'Cats needed all five games to do it, though. With the win, NMU is 16-10 overall and 10-4 in the GLIAC. NMU will hit the road for its next three matches. First up is Saginaw Valley State on Oct. 26, then it's Northwood on Oct. 27 and Michigan Tech on Oct. 31.
The NMU hockey Wildcats dropped two games to the University of Michigan at the Berry Events Center, Oct. 19-20. NMU is on the road this weekend (Oct. 26-27) as they face Michigan State in East Lansing.
The NMU women's cross country team finished in fifth place at the 2007 GLIAC Cross Country Championships. The runners will have some time off before competing at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championships on Nov. 3.


Thanks for stopping by...

thompson Angela'97 and Andrew '98 Thompson of Cedar Springs, Mich.


From the E-mail bag

"Hi! We would like to share our marriage in warm, sunny Jamaica! Blake Aho '03 and Shannon Meloche '03 were married on September 17th, 2007 at Sandals, Negril, Jamaica. Wish we were still there after the weather we have had lately! Brrr....We are now living in Howell. Enjoy!"
Shannon '03 & Blake '03 Aho
Howell, Mich.

"The Summer 2007 Northern 'Horizons' article entitled "Strike up the Band" by Kristi Evans featured several members of my family including my father, John DeVoe ('46); my brother, Bill DeVoe ('81); and my daughter, Ann Alexander-Golden ('01). They all attended this year's Homecoming, participating in the Alumni Marching Band festivities. The last time the three of them marched together was Ann's second year at NMU in the fall of 1997 . I have attached 2 photos to this email. The first one was taken at Homecoming Ann's first year (1996). The second photo was taken right after this year's half-time show. They've aged a bit (my dad was the oldest band alumnus to participate in this year's band at 86 years old!), but the three of them had a fabulous time (happy but tired)! "
Marti Alexander

"Greetings to all my fellow NMU alumni! Anyway, for the past year and a half, I've been learning that it's not just about the money. I've completed one year of volunteer service to Meals on Wheels and am two short weeks away from completing my first year of service to the West Michigan SPCA. Volunteering has given me a sense of purpose, a sense of giving back to my community, and it's made me feel alive. If you get the chance to volunteer, do it! You won't be disappointed! Also, Shirtless Bob will be making his return to the Berry Events Center in December. As for the two pictures I've attached: One is me with Kip, one of the lovely cats I work with at the SPCA, and the other is me posing with the Stanley Cup.Have a great one."
Bob Cowles '06
Muskegon, Mich.

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