What's New NMU? July 26, 2012

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Campus Conditions

The view from the 6th floor!

Much needed rain swept through the UP this week and has brought with it relatively cooler temperatures.  The cooler nights have made great sleeping weather.

Carey Demo Under Way

The Carey Hall demolition seems to be right on schedule, all that remains is cleanup. The project is expected to wrap up the first week of August.Project schedule | Carey Hall History

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Staying Wild

Robyn Stille, Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

Robyn Stille ’00, ’09 is the new Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving.  While new to the position, she is not new to the Advancement Office having previously served as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, Assistant Director of Annual Giving and most recently, Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship.  Robyn has been with NMU for over 23 years and brings a wealth of experience from other campus departments.

“I enjoy hearing alumni share their Northern story and learning about the great things they do after graduation.  I am excited to step into this new role that blends two areas in which I have always enjoyed working.”

Robyn lives in Ishpeming with her husband, Cory, and daughters Emma, Raija, and Mollie


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Wildcat License Plate Program

Purchasing these plates not only shows that you are "true to your school," but provides NMU with additional funds to help support programs and services. The initial fee for the university license plate is $35, in addition to all other applicable fees. Northern will receive $25. Each time the plate is renewed, a $10 renewal fee will be collected and sent to the university. Detailed program information can be found here.

Make sure to checkout all the programs, services and benefits available to you from the NMU Alumni Association.

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Campus Information


President and Mrs. Jamrich were hosted by President and Mrs. Haynes to a lunch on campus today.  Although retired from NMU for nearly 40 years, they continue to impact NMU students and programs through the John X. and June A. Jamrich Endowed Music Scholarship and the John X. and June A. Jamrich Endowment for the Arts.  It was great to see the former president back on campus.

NMU Reactivates LPN Program

The six prerequisite courses totaling 15 credits will be offered this upcoming academic yearnine credits in the fall semester and six in the winter. From among the students who complete the prerequisites with the required C grade or higher, a cohort of 40 students will be selected for admission into the fall 2013 LPN courses. Students will complete the LPN courses in three semesters with 10 credits in fall 2013, 12 credits in winter 2014 and 12 credits in summer 2014. Read more here.

Job Opportunities

Title: Junior Programmer

Department: Information Technology-Information Services
Targeted Salary Range:  $34,000-$41,200

Submit application by August 2, 2012

Title: Head Coach-Track and Field

Department: Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports
Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Submit application by August 10, 2012

Tickets Still Available

Sixth annual NMU Night at Comerica Park

Join fellow Wildcats and friends of NMU for an exclusively packaged night of Detroit Tigers baseball, including: 


  • Pre-game reception for NMU fans. 
  • Group rate tickets.
  • Seating in a section reserved for NMU alumni and friends.
  • Special welcome on the Tigers scoreboard.


Tickets are limited, so don't miss this opportunity! Click here for more information.

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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.


Jeanne Velin Short ’72 and Rob Short offer greetings to NMU Alumni from the coast of Maine!  They’ve celebrated their 5th anniversary as owners/innkeepers of Victorian by the Sea Bed & Breakfast (www.victorianbythesea.com), a historic 113 year old home with an ocean view a few miles north of Camden, Maine.  After retiring from a career in fundraising, Jeanne moved from Oklahoma to Maine with husband, Robert, to enjoy the beauty and outdoor activities of coastal Maine. They love to host NMU alumni and invite Wildcats to vacation in Maine which Jeanne says is surprisingly similar to the UP!  Call or email if you would like information about the many things to do in Maine: inn@victorianbythesea.com

Dr. Michael Jurmu '91 Receives UW System Teaching Award

Dr. Jurmu is proud to say his first degree is from NMU.  NMU is just as proud of him and the fact he was honored with this award.  The award recognizes extraordinary teaching within the University of Wisconsin System within Alliant Energy's services area. The full details of his award can be read here.


How cool to see the article in the last Horizons about the Marquette Choral Society, with whom I sang during my years at Northern.  It was also cool to see my 18 year old face in the 1974 picture with Douglas Amman and current pictures of my choir friends, Sandy Balmer and Carole Bard.  I enjoy singing now with the Flint Festival Chorus and make Christmas appearances on Channel 13 in the choir as part of the Holiday Pops program, originating from Flint.

Wendy Warren '78

Wisconsin Woodchucks

NMU alumni gathered at a Wisconsin Woodchucks baseball game in Wausau on Saturday, July 21. Everyone had alot of fun. Thank you to Alumni Board of Director Alice Hancock '88 for putting this event together.

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