What's New NMU? August 16, 2012

Staying Wild
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The view from the 6th floor!

It must be the sending out of What's New NMU? that brings in the precipitation.  We have not had any rain since the last WNN two weeks ago.  The trees are starting to lose their green, and the feel of fall is growing with each and every day.

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Staying Wild: Eric Marcotte'03

Eric Marcotte ’03 gives new meaning to the phrase “finding balance.”  The chiropractor, who operates his own practice specializing in treating endurance athletes, also finds time to be one himself.  Marcotte is a member of the Elbowz Racing Team, a very successful cycling team of elite athletes that travels across the country and around the world to compete in road races.  The Ishpeming native got his start right here at NMU.   

Marcotte came to Northern like many of us do: a bit lost in terms of what he wanted to study and unsure of the future.  That all changed after enrolling in a physiology course taught by Dr. Winn professor of biology.  “His enthusiasm and passion for teaching was not lost on me. I was immediately interested in not only learning more, but how to apply that knowledge through performance and recovery,” says Marcotte.

He spent his later years at Northern focusing on chemistry courses and received the "Alchemist Award" for being the top Organic Chemistry student.  Upon graduating in 2003 with a B.S. in Sports Science, Marcotte enrolled at University of Michigan for Pharmacy school and worked in a small pharmacy in Houghton, Michigan.  It was there that Marcotte realized he wanted to help coach, guide, and have a hands-on approach to those who wanted to be helped. Chiropractic was his calling.

He moved to Minneapolis and enrolled in Northwestern Health Sciences University.  Marcotte says the first year was very intense, but his undergraduate experience while at Northern prepared him well. 

Now located in Scottsdale, Ariz, Marcotte treats triathletes, cyclists and runners who are looking to stave off injury, speed recovery and perform at their optimum.  Marcotte travels up to three weekends a month to race, but finds his profession is a good match for his racing lifestyle.

“Being able to compete at the level I do lends credibility to the recommendations and lifestyle I promote,” says Marcotte.  “I've been fortunate to be able to balance running my practice as well as compete at the level that I do with Elbowz Racing.”

Races range from 1 ½ - 5 hours long on courses that are hilly or flat.  Marcotte averages speeds up to 30 miles per hour during shorter races and between 23-27 miles per hour on longer races. 

“It is completely a team sport,” says Marcotte.  “It is like a chess match and you play certain moves during the race. Often times you may find yourself working with other teams to better your chances at winning.” 

It’s been a good year for Marcotte and the Elbowz team.  In July he won the Sprinters Jersey at the 2012 Cascade Cycling Classic, the longest consecutively run elite stage race in the country taking place in Bend, Oregon.

You can read more and follow along with the Elbowz Racing Team here: http://elbowzracing.com/

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More information on Sports Science at NMU here.

More Information on Pre-Pharmacy programing at NMU here.

More Information on Pre-Med programing at NMU here.

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The Northern Tradition

The Northern Tradition (http://northerntradition.wordpress.com) is a new public outreach project for the programs and collections of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives and the Beaumier Heritage Center.  Created and managed by Lucy Hough, an NMU graduate student in English, the Blog will feature weekly postings from the Archives and the Beaumier Heritage Center, as well as posts about various aspects of NMU’s history. The Archives’ posts will be written and edited by student assistants Savannah Mallo, Public Outreach and Publicity Specialist, and Olivia Ernst, Senior Student Assistant (a.k.a “Number One”). The Archives’ and Beaumier Heritage Center’s posts will focus on the resources available to the public, projects performed by the staff, and spotlights on visiting researchers. Postings will be published at 10 a.m. (EDT) each Tuesday and announced on the Archives’ Facebook and Twitter pages.

Save the date!  September 6, 2012

The Wildcat Football Parent Association (WFPA) will host a Home Opener pre-game tailgate and potluck dinner behind the Superior Dome (off of Lot #57) from 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and again during halftime.   A gas grille will be available for those who would like to bring burgers, brats and hotdogs.

At 5:30 p.m. there will be a dedication ceremony for the WFPA tent.  The Donors Banner will be unveiled and all those who assisted with the “Raise The Tent Campaign” will be recognized.

The WFPA will be accepting recyclable bottles and cans as donations.  All donations support team meals and other miscellaneous expenses by players and coaches at both home and away games.  Please contact Bob Belmonte with any questions: rcbelmonte@comcast.net, or (616) 890-1370

Summer Send Off

The NMU Advancement and Admissions staff hosted an event in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. to send off and welcome incoming freshmen and their families.  This event was the first of its kind for NMU and was attended by over 50 new NMU students and family members.  We look forward to seeing the students here on campus in just a few weeks.

The Sixth Annual NMU Night at Comerica Park

This annual event was held August 8 in Detroit, Mich. with the largest attendance of alumni and friends. Over 125 alumni and friends cheered on the Detroit Tigers against the Yankees.  Despite the Tigers loss that night everyone had fun.


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Staying Connected



The Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (TKE) held a summer reunion in July and all had a great time.  Pictured are members of the group as they gathered at the pavilion on Presque Isle.

Ryan Brown '03 of Moscow stopped by the Alumni Office to let us know of his recent move.  Ryan and his wife, Randi '04, are pictured above at Saint Basil's Cathedral. The Cathedral marks the geometric center of Moscow.

Diane '74 and Gene Wallace of North Carolina stopped by the Alumni Office with "Wanderer the Gnome" to visit "Norman the Gnome".  Diane and Gene travel the country in their RV while Diane blogs about the adventures.  The blog can be found at: www.squidoo.com/nmu

Patti Tourville took Norman the Gnome on her recent travels to both New York and Minneapolis.

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