What's New NMU? August 31, 2012

August 31, 2012

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View from the 6th floor!

It is nice to see more activity on campus as students find their way to classes and faculty and staff settle in for the exciting year ahead.


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Staying Wild: Back on Campus


2012 Fall Fest

This week marked the start of classes and the students could not have been greeted back to campus with any better conditions.  Fall Fest 2012 was held on Monday in the academic mall next to the heart of campus.  The weather was in the upper 70's and brought out hundreds of new and returning students.  Attendees had the chance to check out booths from local businesses and previewed some of the 300 student organizations that make life on campus so fulfilling.  Pictured below are students and staff, along with their families, visiting the NMU Alumni Association booth.  Along with learning about how the NMU Alumni Association can help during and after life at NMU, they had a chance to win a NMU Be Wild, Stay Wild water bottle.



NMU Homecoming 2012

September 21 and 22 marks an exciting time for NMU alumni and students as the NMU Homecoming of 2012 quickly approaches.  Along with the traditional parade on Third Street and the all alumni reception at the Landmark Inn on Friday, NMU is excited to bring a new fun filled game day program to kick off the NMU vs Ashland football game on Saturday.  Join NMU and the Marquette community for a special game day block party and fun for the whole family!  Featuring food from Togo’s, Stucko’s, Border Grill and the Casa Calabria, face-painting and arcade games for children, a photo and video booth, performances by the student stepping competition winners, the NMU Dance Team, the NMU Marching Band, Wildcat Willy and more!

A complete list of Homecoming events can be found online here.  We hope to see you for Homecoming 2012.

To download game day poster, click image above.

Congratulations to our 2012 NMU Alumni Award Winners!

The NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce Robert Wallenstein and Dr. William Bowerman as recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.

First presented in 1964, the NMU Alumni Association Awards celebrate excellence: Northern alumni who have distinguished themselves through achievements, both personal and professional, which not only set them apart in their field and social circles, but define them as true leaders. They will be honored during the NMU Alumni Association Homecoming Awards and Donor-Funded Scholarship Brunch on September 22. 

To nominate alumni you know for an award, or to read about past winners, please visit http://www.nmu.edu/alumniassociation/node/6.

Robert Wallenstein ’53, Distinguished Alumni Award

As one of the longest active play-by-play sports announcers in radio history, Bob Chase, as he is known professionally, joined WOWO in 1953 and is best known as the voice of the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Komets hockey team.  He began his radio career here at NMU, calling Wildcat hockey games.  Bob’s commitment to public service is demonstrated by his support for the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, serving as a mentor to students pursuing a broadcasting career, and championing lesser known sports activities, including youth club hockey, minor soccer leagues and club volleyball organizations.  A local tournament for sled hockey, where handicapped athletes play hockey using specially designed sleds, bears his name.  The Upper Peninsula Hall of Fame inductee and International Hockey League “Broadcaster of the Year” will continue to announce Komets games in 2012, his 60th consecutive season.

Dr. William Bowerman, ’91, Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Bowerman currently serves as Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Toxicology and Chair of the Department of Environmental Science and Toxicology at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Munising native served as a member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northern States Bald Eagle Recovery Team and has been studying the correlation between Bald Eagle ecology and environmental pollutants in the Great Lakes region since 1984.He has trained over 300 wildlife professionals and currently leads SEA EAGLE, a consortium of scientists and other experts monitoring environmental pollution by studying indigenous eagle species in 19 countries from 4 continents. Dr. Bowerman was appointed co-chair of the International Joint Commission's Great Lakes Science Advisory Board. The IJC is widely regarded as a leading authority on international water quality issues and is responsible for implementing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between Canada and the U.S.  Dr. Bowerman has published extensively and is a member of numerous organizations dedicated to ecological and ornithological research and preservation.

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NMU Alumni Association membership card now available online.

The NMU Alumni Association is pleased to announce that alumni and supporters are now able to access and print their membership letter including a cut out membership card online.  With the decision to extend membership to all Wildcats, it is important that alumni and supporters be able to access the great courtesies that are included in being an Alumni Association member.  To print your membership letter and card you will need to update or confirm your contact information on our "Update Your Alumni Record" page found here.  Included in the letter are links to exclusive discounts and deals only available to NMU alumni.

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Fall 2012 Convocation

President David Haynes delivered his first convocation for the start of the 2012 school year.  His message to faculty and staff was to rethink, renew and reconnect, “We need to rethink how things are done in order to increase recruitment, retention and revenue and deliver the best possible student experience and the highest levels of academic excellence,” he said. “We must renew commitments to each other, students and their families and the community to position NMU graduates to be exemplary global citizens and outstanding leaders. And we must reconnect with alumni, friends and benefactors to help them understand how they help to move NMU’s mission forward for everyone’s benefit.”  Alumni can view his entire address at Convocation.

NMU Cheerleader Reunion

The first annual Cheerleading Alumni Reunion will be held during Homecoming 2012.  All former NMU cheerleaders are invited to take part.  Among the activities planned will be a social at The Vierling on Saturday, September 22, 2012. 

If you have questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Cheerleading Coach Lucy Anthony at lucy.j.anthony@gmail.com or by phone (906) 250-5152.

Job Postings

Title: Security Police Officer

Department: Public Safety and Police Services
Starting Hourly Rate: $9.87

Submit application by August 28, 2012

Title: Preventive Maintenance Technician

Department: Plant Operations
Starting Hourly Rate: $15.71

Submit application by September 10, 2012

Title: Buyer

Department: Purchasing
Targeted Salary Range:  $30,000-$35,000

Submit application by September 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.

NMU Professor John Smolens will be reading from his latest book, Quarantine, at Wellesley Books in Wellesley, Massachusetts on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 7 p.m.   

Professor Smolens teaches a variety of writing fiction workshops at the graduate and undergraduate level in NMU’s English Department.  He has also taught Good Books, Composition, and writing workshops devoted to Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, and Travel Writing.

He has published five novels (Cold, The Invisible World, Fire Point, Angel’s Head, and Winter by Degrees), and one collection of short stories (My One and Only Bomb Shelter).  Cold was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and the Detroit Free Press selected Fire Point as the best book by a Michigan author in 2004.  His short stories and essays have appeared in various magazines and newspapers, including:  the Virginia Quarterly, the William and Mary Review, the Massachusetts Review, Yankee, Redbook, the Los Angeles Times,and the Boston Globe.  His work has been translated into Dutch, Greek, Italian, and Turkish, and has been published the United Kingdom by Hodder & Stoughton, London.

He holds degrees from Boston College, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Iowa.  In 2006 he was the recipient of a Distinguished Faculty Award from Northern Michigan University.  You can visit his dedicated website at www.johnsmolens.com.

Contact Wellesley Books for additional information about the September 14 event:

Wellesley Books 82 Central Street  Wellesley, MA 02481, Phone: 781-431-1160, E-mail: events@wellesleybooks.com.

Paul Amigone '71 of Trenary, MI stopped by to say hello.


The Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity held their summer reunion at Mullet Lake in Indian River, Michigan on the weekend of August 4th.  Thank you to John Kukulka for sending in the group pictures above.


Pat Schutte '87 sent in this photo he shot for the Northwind back in the mid-1980's.  According to his recollection the term "Buckball" was referring to NMU football coach Herb Grenke's offensive coordinator at the time.



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