What's New NMU? June 21, 2012


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Campus Conditions

As you well know, this month (and any month!) it could be snowing on campus or it could be beach weather.  Check out the latest, and ever-changing weather conditions in Marquette here:

Keep an eye on our campus webcams to see in real-time what’s happening across NMU!

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Staying Wild

Great Alumni Events Heading your Way


Wausau Area Alumni Event Planned

Join fellow Wildcats on Saturday, July 21, 2012 when the Wisconsin Woodchucks play the Eau Claire Express at 6 pm at the Athletic Park in Wausau, Wisconsin.  There will be special NMU Alumni reserved seating and you’ll have the opportunity to score NMU memorabilia and Woodchuck giveaways!  Tickets are $6 each (children under 3 free if sitting on parent’s lap) and food and beverage will be available for purchase. 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.woodchucks.com or at the door.  Be sure to mention you want to sit in the section reserved for NMU Alumni.  Questions?  Contact Alumni Association Board Member Alice Hancock, ’88 at athancock@charter.net.



The 2012 Blueberry Classic on Friday, July 27 at the Northern Michigan University Golf Course will not be your ordinary golf outing!

Funds raised at this event benefit students who encounter unexpected financial challenges, but it's also about having fun in a non-competitive event. Any type of golfer is welcome; the Blueberry Classic features 18 traditional and not-so-traditional holes. Learn more about the format, the fun activities and the event menu.

The primary purpose of the Blueberry Classic is to raise funds for the NMU Student Flexible Aid Fund, a resource for students who experience unexpected financial challenges such as medical expenses, day care and car repairs - things not covered by traditional financial aid.

The event is a new addition to activities held as part of the annual downtown Marquette Blueberry Festival. It will also raise awareness of how the NMU Golf Course, donated to the university in 2009, benefits students on multiple levels.


The NMU Alumni Association is proud to be a sponsor of the 2012 Lake Superior Shore Run, taking place during the 2012 Homecoming festivities on September 22.  Registration is expected to draw over 400 participants. Events include a half-marathon, 5K race and a free 1k kids race, all along the beautiful shore line of Lake Superior.  Registration is now open and more information can be found at: http://www.superiorlandskiclub.com/events/lake-superior-shore-run/. Make sure you include this event as part of your 2012 NMU Homecoming experience and help support the Superior Land Ski Club's youth programs.



NMU Night at Comerica Park
Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees

Join us in the special reserved section for Wildcats at Comerica Park on August 8 to watch the Detroit Tigers take on the New York Yankees.  It’s our sixth annual NMU Night at Comerica Park!  NMU alumni and friends will gather at Bookies for a pregame reception featuring free food and a cash bar.  More details and ticket information can be found here.

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Welcome to New Alumni Staff

New to the Association is Marina Dupler ‘03 who was recently hired as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations. Marina is a native of Wallace, Michigan. She graduated from NMU with a degree in Speech Communication in 2003.  Before coming to the Alumni office, she was a Public Affairs Associate at Martin Schreiber & Associates, a government relations firm in Madison, Wisconsin.  “I’m excited to work with fellow Wildcats, the Alumni Association Board, the community and friends of Northern to foster and facilitate fun ways to connect with each other and with our future alumni: current NMU students” says Dupler.  Her husband, Nick VanCourt, B.S. ’04, is the brewer at the new Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette, Michigan. Marina can be reached at mdupler@nmu.edu for questions about alumni relations. Or contact the general line 1-877-GRAD-NMU and at alumni@nmu.edu.

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Campus Information


Model A Events held on Campus

The NMU campus was visited by hundreds of Model A antique cars.  Events were held on campus as part of the MAFCA national convention taking place throughout Marquette County.  Most convention event were not open to the public, but there will be a public showing tonight at the Superior Dome from 7 - 9 p.m.  Seeing them drive through campus was sure a portal back in time.


Summer Orientation

Incoming students shout “N – M – U” with orientation staff and Wildcat Willy at the Be Wild, Stay Wild student workshop during this year’s Summer Orientation. New students can participate in a series of workshops that focus on learning different aspects of student life at NMU. Those who attend this workshop were able to talk about the NMU traditions and school pride with orientation and Advancement staff and get a chance to display their wild side through cheers and singing of the fight song.

NMU Job Postings

Title: Buyer

Department: Purchasing
Targeted Salary Range:  $30,000-$39,600

Submit application by July 10, 2012

Title: Senior Secretary

Department: Physics
Hourly Salary: $9.10 probationary

Submit application by June 25, 2012


Title: IT Support Specialist; .75 FTE

Department: Art and Design
Targeted Prorated Salary:  $25,275

Submit application by July 5, 2012


Title: Operations Manager

Department: Dining Services
Targeted Salary Range:  $35,400-$42,900

Submit application by July 10, 2012

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Staying Connected

Thanks to all of you who have visited the Alumni office while on campus.  Whenever you’re in town, please drop by 603 Cohodas Hall to say hello!  (You don’t have to be visiting - for those of you who live in Marquette, we want to see you too!  Please stop in.)  If you can’t get to campus but you’re off exploring the world, be sure to send us a photo of you wearing your favorite Wildcat gear so we can share it with other alumni.

Chuck Westen '58 stopped by the Alumni office to donate some history of NMU.  The items included a NMU year book dated 1922 from his late mother Blanche Westen a 1921 graduate.

NMU Student Athletic Training Organization

The NMU Student Athletic Training Organization was a sponsor of the at Michigan Athletic Trainers Society (MATS) Annual Carrier Golf Outing, held at the Grand Haven Golf Club in Grand Haven Michigan on June 14, 2012.

First Place Team/Winners of the Outing:  Steve Smith '07, Julie Rochester '95, Mark Stoessner '88, Jim Winkler '98 '00

Second Place Team.  Avery and Oliver Rochester children of Julie '95 and Glen '04 Rochester.

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