What's New, NMU for the week of Oct. 12, 2009

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, Oct. 12, 2009

From the 6th floor

The noticeable color change isn't the only dramatic difference in the weather in Upper Michigan. The first reports of snow came in over the past weekend. While it was mostly light flurries that rapidly melted when they reached the ground in Marquette, some areas in the Western U.P. saw light accumulation. The 10-day forecast shows a chance of snow or snow mixed with rain just about every day. That means temperatures have cooled off considerably. Lows at night are dropping into the lower 20s.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2009 is taking place Oct. 16-18 on the campus of Northern Michigan University. Families of current students are encouraged to make the trip to Marquette for a visit. Three days of activities are planned. A U.P. fish fry takes place Friday evening (Oct. 16) in the Marketplace, complete with entertainment by Jim & Ray. The annual Family Weekend Tailgate Party takes place Saturday at 11 a.m. in Vandament Arena. Co-sponsored by the NMU Foundation and the Student Enrichment Center, this Family Weekend tradition features picnic fare, door prizes, an appearance by the Wildcat Marching Band, and comments from President Les Wong.  Tickets for the Tailgate Party are $7, and free for children 12 and under and NMU students who are participating in Family Weekend. Tickets for the Tailgate Party must be purchased in advance and are available NOW through the NMU Ticket Office.
For a complete look at the Family Weekend schedule, click here.

Wildcat Make A Difference Day set for Oct. 24

Wildcats nationwide are invited to participate in Wildcat Make A Difference Day. Make a Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others--a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. NMU alumni throughout Michigan have projects lined up.
You can participate in these locations:

Mt. Pleasant Alumni are going to Make A Difference at
Woodland Hospice
2597 S. Meridian Rd., Mt. Pleasant
Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m.

Join Wildcat alumni and help winterize the yard and gardens.
Come prepared to do yard work. Bring shovels, rakes and gloves.
RSVP to Annie Van Dyke '79

Redford Township Alumni are going to Make A Difference at
The Wait House
26704 W. Five Mile Rd., Redford
Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m.

Join Wildcat alumni and help restore Redford Township’s oldest home.
Come prepared to paint or do yard work.
RSVP to David Wirth '72

Saginaw-Midland Area Alumni are going to Make A Difference
Canned Food Drive
Saturday, Oct. 24, 4- 6 p.m.

Join Wildcat alumni and help fill the pantries in your local area.
(All food collected will be given to pantries in your area.)
Drop off locations: Saginaw- Willows Day Salon, 5820 Gratiot
Midland—711 Ashmun Plaza
RSVP to Garn Lewis '86

Marquette Area Alumni are encouraged to sign up to help the more than 1,000 NMU students that take part in this national day of service.
RSVP to the NMU Alumni Association , 227-2610.

All participants get a Wildcat Make A Difference Day t-shirt.


Make your plans to visit Peru with the NMU Alumni Association

The NMU Alumni Association inivtes you to join us on an exciting journey to Peru. Our travel program features an overnight stay at Machu Picchu and a visit to beautiful Lake Titicaca. Combine the convenience and value of group travel with opportunities for independent experiences, and you'll have an idea of how this journey allows you to do the things you like and discover treasures that few independent visitors get to encounter.

Program highlights include exploring the beautiful capital city of Lima, viewing Peru's largest collection of pre-Columbian artifacts with an expert guide and meeting archaeologists who discovered the Inca mummies.

This program offers unique, value-added features that promise you an outstanding educational experience in a very special environment. All alumni and friends of Northern Michigan University are invited to take part in this exclusive educational and travel experience.

Download the brochure here.

Questions? Get in touch with us.

NMU and MSU announce program for pre-med students

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Northern Michigan University entered into an agreement today that provides a link between premedical students at NMU and MSU’s medical school.

Officials from both universities finalized the Early Assurance Program for admission, which will help both disadvantaged students and underserved areas of medicine.

The Early Assurance Program provides an enhanced opportunity for admission to medical school to qualified premedical students who wish to practice in the underserved areas. Preference for admission will be given to students who are the first generation to attend college, students who graduated from a low-income high school, those eligible for Pell grants or those who express interest in a high need medical specialty.

“NMU is delighted to be a partner in this innovative, multi-university relationship, matching the interests of rural areas that traditionally have difficulties recruiting physicians with bright, motivated young professionals,” said Cynthia Prosen, associate provost at NMU. “The NMU institutional mission statement challenges our students to ‘… become productive citizens in the regional and global community’ and this partnership will foster the ability of these young people to develop their skills to enable them to serve as caring physicians in underserved communities.”

Read more about the program here.

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University football team cracked the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Top 25 Poll this week landing at No. 23 spot. NMU garnered 76 points. NMU won its fifth game in a row last Saturday (Oct. 10) to improve to 5-1 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) after a 45-20 victory against Wayne State at the Superior Dome. The team is home Sat. (Oct. 17) when the Chargers of Hillsdale College pay a visit. Game time is 1 p.m.
For Wildcat fans across the country, the game is available live on the B2 Network. NMU broadcasting students have been shooting the games and the stream is available for a fee.
The B2 link is available here

Other sports are also available, including NMU hockey, which got under way this past weekend. The Wildcat ice squad dropped its Friday (Oct. 9) game to Michigan Tech, 5-3, in the opener of the Superior Cup. On Sunday, the 'Cats defeated Minnesota Duluth 3-1. The 'Cats will have back-to-back series at home beginning Oct. 23-24 when the Beavers of Bemidji State visit the Berry Events Center. The following week (Oct. 30-31) NMU opens up conference play by hosting the Miami RedHawks.

It might have been a cold day at the NMU soccer field Sunday (Oct. 11), but the team was hot. Kara Music and Jessica Baker combined for the shutout and five different Wildcats scored in the 8-0 win over the visiting Ferris State Bulldogs. With the win, the 'Cats are 6-6-1 overall and 4-4-1 in the GLIAC. NMU is back on the road for its next two games. They are at Saginaw Valley State Oct. 16 and Northwood Oct. 18.

The NMU volleyball team ran its record to 12-7 overall and 8-3 in the GLIAC by picking up its sixth win in a row Saturday (Oct. 10) at Northwood. This weekend (Oct. 16-17) the 'Cats are at the GLVC-GLIAC Crossover Tournament in Lansing, Mich.

Three members of the Northern Michigan University men’s golf team are currently competing at Wayne State University/Motor City Invitational.

From the e-mail bag

"Hey guys! Just wanted to let you know I am scheduled to appear on NBC's 'The Office' in episode 10 of this season. The episode is entitled 'The Shareholder's Meeting.' It's a small but fun part in which I get into an argument with Dwight (Rainn Wilson). It's a quick little scene but a big step for me in my television career, so I'm pretty excited!"
Barb Porter '93
Los Angeles, Calif.

Hi. Here's a picture of myself, Curt Tucker '82, '08, Paul Goldman '63 and Korina Tucker cheering on the Wildcat football team just moments before their big win on Sat., Oct. 3 at Saginaw Valley State University."
Curt Tucker '82, '08
Saginaw, Mich.

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