What's New, NMU? for Monday, August 25, 2008

What's New, NMU?

For the week of August 25, 2008

From the academic mall

A beautiful day greeted students Monday, Aug. 25, as the Fall '08 semester opened. Held on the academic mall, Fall Fest drew thousands of students. The annual event provides students the opportunity to check out student organizations, campus offices and local businesses. The NMU Alumni Association and NMU Foundation were on hand to greet students.

The prize wheel at the Alumni Association/Foundation table was a huge hit. Students lined up to try their luck.

And of course, the Stilts Guy was back again this year.

Sell-out crowd on NMU Alumni Association Boat Cruise

NMU Alumni Association members took to the lake Thursday, Aug. 25, for the inaugural Member Appreciation Boat Cruise. The Keweenaw Star, which spends its summer on the waters in the Keweenaw, made the trip to Marquette for the annual Seafood Festival in the lower harbor. The special members-only cruise drew a sell-out crowd of 150 alumni. Members were treated to a lovely evening on Lake Superior.  Alumni Association board member and maritime historian, Fred Stonehouse '70, '77, provided a narrated tour as the boat made its venture north. Complimentary snacks and beverages were provided. Many of the alumni on the cruise commented that it was the first time they had seen Marquette from the lake side and it gave a whole new perspective to the shoreline.

Alumni Association members board the Keweenaw Star for an evening on the lake.

An interesting perspective of the Superior Dome.

Nancy Bell '61 and Karen Rhodes '73 were just two of the 150 alumni on board.

See if you know anyone by visiting our Boat Cruise Photo Album.

Check out our Boat Cruise Photo Album here.

NMU Night at Comerica Park

More than 170 NMU alumni turned out for NMU Night at Comerica Park, Monday, Aug. 25. This second annual event included a pre-game reception in downtown Detroit. Unfortunately, the Tigers lost to the Cleveland Indians, 4-3.
Check back next week for our NMU Night at Comerica photo album.

Convocation stresses 'one Q and three Rs'

In his fall convocation address, NMU President Les Wong said it will take “one Q and three Rs”—quality, recruitment, retention and revenue production—for Northern to “stay on top of its game” and weather Michigan’s struggling economy.
“I remain guarded and very concerned about the ability of the State of Michigan to deliver our appropriation as promised,” Wong said. “A 1 percent increase is moving in the right direction, but it does not cover escalating operational costs or provide any kind of tuition relief. The budget model approved by the NMU Board of Trustees for this year included $1.8 million in cuts and reallocations needed to balance the budget. Our current appropriation is equivalent in dollars to 1998, but we’re serving one-third more students now. We’re concerned about access and affordability and we remain vigilant about preserving program quality while costs continue to rise.”
Wong said enrollment has rebounded from last year’s first minor decline after a decade of growth. There is a projected 2.5 percent increase in first-time, full-time baccalaureate freshmen this fall. Third-semester retention is up, but Wong encouraged each NMU employee to find a small way to contribute to the retention effort.

The full text of the convocation is available here.

NMU students blogging while at national conventions

Northern is well-represented at the Democratic National Convention and the upcoming Republican Convention. Several students have secured internships – six with major news outlets covering the events and two with the Democratic National Committee. Four others with NMU ties will serve as convention delegates.
The Political Science and Communication and Performance Studies (CAPS) departments will use videoconferencing technology to extend the educational value of the internships to students enrolled in a joint “politics and the press” course. Interns will deliver live reports from Denver and Minneapolis, interacting with their peers on campus. They will also document their experiences on text blogs. Links to the blogs and video streams (live on Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 and available on demand afterward) are available on the Political Science Web page.
“These internships represent an unbelievable opportunity for some of our best students to witness historic conventions and to network with some of the biggest names in the fields of politics and the media,” said Steven Nelson (Political Science), who teaches politics and the press with Charles Ganzert (CAPS). “We are really excited about this new program, which would not exist without the hard work of [Board of Trustees Chair] Mary Lukens, Tom Baldini '65 and David Haynes (Political Science).”
At the Democratic National Convention, two political science majors – Anke Hildebrandt and Lauren Mattioli—will intern with NBC News and Bloomberg News, respectively. Katie Cox, a media production and news technologies major, will work for TIME Magazine and Time.com. Students who will gain experience with the Democratic National Committee are Danielle Stein, a public administration major, and Chelsea Smit, a political science and pre-law major.
The following political science majors will have internships at the Republican National Convention: Neil Passinault, NBC News; Keith Voorheis, TIME Magazine and Time.com; and Darren Widder, Bloomberg News.

NMU/MTU rivalry gets national audience; alumni planning parties

When the NMU football team hosts Michigan Tech, it's always a big deal. But on Thursday, Sept. 18, it will be even bigger than usual. The game will be broadcast on national and regional television.
Originally scheduled to be televised by CBS College Sports Network, Fox Sports Network Detroit has also picked up broadcast rights for the game. The game will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. from the Superior Dome on the NMU campus.

Alumni in Detroit and Chicago are planning get-togethers to watch the 'Cats.

Detroit Area Party
Doc's Sports Retreat
19265 Victor Parkway

Contact David Wirth '72
Chicago Area Party
2158 N. Halsted
Chicago-Lincoln Park

Contact Jodie Filpus '00

Want to get a group together to watch the game?

Find a place to watch and we'll let people know.

The broadcasts will also be syndicated through regional sports networks and made available via broadband at www.ncaa.com.

Fans in the Marquette area should get their tickets for their seats in the Dome and help NMU "pack the place." Tickets are available at www.nmu.edu/tickets or by calling 906-227-1032. Wear your green and gold to the game!

Questions? Get in touch with us.

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Thanks for stopping by...

...Alumni Association members LaVonne and Jim '91 Thorburn, sons Colin and Colton, of Livonia, Mich.

...Les Ruohomaki '57, '68, '81 of Gladstone, Mich., the newest member of the NMU Alumni Association. Thanks for joining, Les!

...and Association members Fred '69, '75, '76 and Patricia Fitch of Almont, Mich. Our apologies to Fred and Patricia; their photo didn't turn out. Guess they'll need to come back and visit again soon.

From the e-mail bag

"We officially tied the knot on June 21, 2008 at St. Peter Cathedral in beautiful Marquette, Mich., and hosted our wedding reception where else but NMU? Not only did we find a great education at Northern, but we found each other!  Aside from ourselves, you will find a few other NMU Alumni in our wedding party (see attached photo-Valerie Koskinimi, Cheryl Jurek, Nathan Leach, Jeremy Pach & Brian Dietsch).  Our day was perfect, and we can't thank the staff at NMU enough for their help in making it so special.  GO CATS!
Travis Neville '01' & Elizabeth (Koski) Neville '03'
Kendallville, Indiana

"At 12:01 a.m. on 08/08/08, we welcomed Henry Bryce Graunke into our family. He was born 8 lbs, 12 oz."
Jason '97 and Amy '97 Graunke

Naperville, Ill.

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