What's New, NMU? for the week of Sept. 21, 2009

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, Sept. 21, 2009

From the top of Sugarloaf

A Homecoming treat for those of you who won't be able to join us in Marquette this week for Homecoming 2009; a virtual hike up Sugarloaf Mountain. Mother Nature has been treating us to a beautiful September in Upper Michigan - possibly to make up for the cool summer.  The past several weekends have been gorgeous. Sunday afternoon was perfect for a hike up Sugarloaf. Alas, it was not a very original idea as there were lots of others who had the same idea. The view from the top was excellent as blue skies were prevalent.

View our Sugarloaf Mountain pictures in the Alumni Association Photo Album.

Homecoming activities off and running

Homecoming 2009 officially got underway Sunday, Sept. 20, with the Dead River Games. A record number of students participated in the activities. The large turnout was likely assisted by beautiful weather as temperatures hit the mid 70s.

Student activities continue throughout the week.

Alumni activities kick off Wednesday (Sept. 23) with the NMU Faculty and Staff Homecoming Reception.

HOMECOMING 2009, Sept. 25-26

Make plans to join us.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Traditional Homecoming parade on Third Street
  • College receptions Friday night
  • Classes of '58-'59-'60 Reunion
  • Jim & Ray at the Landmark
  • Tailgating
  • NMU vs. Ferris State
  • Fifth Quarter Reception

Click here for a complete Homecoming schedule.

Wildcat sports update

The Northern Michigan University football Wildcats are 2-1 heading into Homecoming weekend. They beat Michigan Tech, 48-16, Saturday (Sept. 19) in Houghton. The win brought the Miner's Cup back to Marquette for the first time since 2007. The Wildcats take on Ferris State University in the Homecoming matchup, Saturday (Sept. 26) at 4 p.m. at the Superior Dome.
The NMU volleyball team lost a pair at home over the weekend against Grand Valley State and Ferris State. The Wildcats fall to 6-7 overall on the season and 2-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic conference (GLIAC) play. NMU has two matches during Homecoming; Friday (Sept. 25) at 7 p.m. against Findlay and Saturday (Sept. 26) at 2 p.m. against Hillsdale.
The NMU women's soccer team used a goal by Dana Stephens with less than a minute left in regulation to defeat Ferris State Sunday (Sept. 20). NMU splits its weekend road swing as it lost at Grand Valley State Friday (Sept. 18). The Wildcats are 4-3-0 overall and 2-1-0 in GLIAC play. The 'Cats return home this week for two contests. Saginaw Valley State visits Friday (Sept. 25 at 2 p.m.) and Northwood will face the 'Cats Sunday (Sept. 27 at noon.)
The NMU women's cross country team ran to a ninth-place finish at the Midwest Collegiate Cross Country Championships held at UW-Parkside Saturday (Sept. 19). The 'Cats are back at it next Saturday (Sept. 26) at the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota.
Heading into Monday's action, the NMU men's golf team sits in a two-way tie for 22nd place after the first day of the Great Lakes Regional Invitational in South Haven, Mich.

A note from the Editor: We think you might enjoy checking out "Cat Chat TV".
It's NMU's weekly sports show put on by students. The show airs Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on WNMU Channel 20 in Marquette.

It's available online here.


"Freedom Writers" highlight UNITED conference

Students involved in the original “Freedom Writers” diary project that served as the basis for a Hollywood movie by the same name will give a presentation as part of the UNITED Conference at NMU. The conference runs Sunday, Sept. 27 through Thursday, Oct. 1. All events, with the exception of the Junoon concert, are free.

Teacher Erin Gruwell gave some “unteachable” inner-city kids at a Los Angeles school their own voice by having them journal their experiences, emotions, challenges and triumphs. They also discovered how writing helped Anne Frank cope with her situation hiding from the Nazis. The students called themselves the Freedom Writers after learning about the Freedom Riders who fought against segregation during the Civil Rights Movement. When they began writing these entries as a simple English assignment, they had no idea that they would one day be collected and published in a book, The Freedom Writers Diary. The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center.

You can find a complete schedule of events here.

Job Fair and Career Expo set

The 42nd annual Fall Job Fair and Career Expo will take place on the campus of Northern Michigan University Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 1 - 4 p.m. in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. The fair is an opportunity for employers to share information with NMU students (not necessarily just soon-to-be-graduates) about a wide range of career possibilities. Employers are also welcome to recruit for full-time or part-time positions, internships and summer staff.
Please visit www.nmu.edu/careers for a list of participating employers.

Contact NMU Career Services at 906-227-2800 if you have questions.

Thanks for stopping by...

Alumni Association member Stan Nerhaugen II, '73, '77, and his wife, Ruth of Red Wing, Minn.

Visit the NMU Alumni Association in 603 Cohodas Hall.

From the e-mail bag

"I’m in Northern California and work at Sierra College as the Evening Coordinator. After 30 years, I’ll be retiring in December 09. I was born and raised in the UP (Ironwood) and still remember my days at NMU. My Aunt Gerry (McGee/Brock) lived in Marquette and served as secretary to President Jamrich in the 70’s. Aunt Gerry’s son Mike and I were students together at NMU. Aunt Gerry lived on Pine Street, only blocks away from the campus. We used to try and “rattle” my dear Aunt as we “dropped by” the President’s Office in our 60’s hippie attire. She wouldn’t even raise an eyebrow at our hippie clothes and hair. She would breezily call out to us from that staid inner sanctum “Hi, kids ~~ how about some lunch?” and off we’d go to the Student Union. My Aunt is now 91 years of age and living with her daughter Kathy in Madison. Aunt Gerry liked the story you ran on the Jamrichs, now retired in Florida. I mailed her that copy of the newsletter.
Keep up the great work and the Monday email delivery and HELLO to everyone from Northern California. I miss the UP!"
Go Wildcats!!
Sandra Anderson '73
Rocklin, Calif.

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