What's New NMU? September 28, 2012

September 28, 2012

Staying Wild
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Staying Connected

Campus Conditions

View from the 6th floor!

At first glance all the emergency vehicles in front of the University Center may raise concern.  However, knowing it is the 31st annual U.P. EMS conference training first responders from all over Michigan brings comfort.

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Staying Wild: Legacy

How do you create a legacy? In this day and age, where the world seems to shift under our feet, it can be difficult to build a long-lasting bond between people, communities, and organizations. However, Kathy Frazier, NMU ’86, represents an extraordinary family legacy, spanning almost four generations, that demonstrates that even in these changing times, we can still create deep and lasting connections that have the power to transform our futures.

This legacy was started by Kathy’s grandmother, Elsie Treves Mayhew. She was a trailblazer, graduating from NMU in 1929 in a time when few women had the opportunity to attend college. After graduation, Elsie taught English, French, drama, and reading at the high school level, and instilled a love and appreciation of education in her students as well as her children. After retiring, Elsie would rent out a room in her house to NMU students, continuing to support young people as they strove to gain an education.

This legacy has been passed down through three generations of Elsie’s family—each generation is represented by multiple NMU graduates. Kathy herself was a commuter student, and juggling travel, work, school and family obligations was no easy task, not to mention trying to build a schedule that would allow her to graduate on time. Kathy was lucky, however, to have the support of many NMU services staff, from the registrar’s office to admissions, who helped her realize her dream. According to Kathy, it’s this kind of personal investment in each student, and the people willing to go out of their way to help one another, that makes NMU such a special place for her and her family. As her oldest son prepares to apply for college this fall, there may soon be a fourth generation of this extraordinary family at Northern!

Kathy currently works as a Senior Accountant in the Controller’s Office, and mentors NMU students through the Student Leader Fellowship Program (SLFP), giving back to the NMU community just as her grandmother Elsie did. As a further way of honoring Elsie’s commitment to education and NMU students, Kathy and her family established a scholarship in her name in 2001, to help continue building her legacy for years to come.

Kathy and her family demonstrate just how powerful a legacy can be, when it’s nurtured over the course of generations. In an ever-changing world, they represent what’s most important for us to preserve as an academic community; the bonds we share with the people around us.

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NMU is proud to offer two great benefits to legacy families that can reduce the cost of children and grandchildren attending college.  NMU offers an Alumni Legacy Scholarship to in-state alumni residents and for out-of-state alumni dependents can receive tuition rates comparable to in-state.  You can read more about both programs here.

Are you part of an NMU legacy?  Tell us your story at alumni@nmu.edu.  NMU Family Weekend will be held October 5-6 and offers a way for families to feel a part of their student’s experience.  The NMU Alumni Association and NMU Foundation are co-sponsors of the tailgate before the NMU vs. Michigan Tech game.  If you are an NMU grad and will be there with your child, stop by our table and see us!

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Campus Information


2012 Homecoming Photos


Alumni Awards and Donor-Funded Scholarship Brunch

Thank you to everyone who attended Homecoming 2012.  More than 300 alumni, scholarship donors and students who received scholarships attended the annual NMU Alumni Association Homecoming Awards and Donor-Funded Scholarship Brunch.  Attendees honored the two recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award: Dr. Bill Bowerman and Robert Wallenstein.  You can read more about these amazing alumni here, or watch the brunch online.  Remember, it’s not too late to nominate an NMU graduate you know for an alumni award.  All nominations received by December 31, 2012 will be considered for alumni awards in 2013.  Find award criteria and nomination materials on our website.



Game Day

In addition to traditional events, such as the Homecoming Parade on 3rd Street, the alumni receptions at the Landmark, and the 5th Quarter at the Holiday Inn, there were new events held as well.  The Upper Peninsula Folk Life Festival held a folk dance on Friday evening, and NMU Game Day, a community block party on 3rd Street, was held before the big game.  Featuring local food, music, student performances, children’s activities, Wildcat Willy and special game day commentary. Over 100 students, alumni and community members attended, despite the intermittent rain and wind.  A photo below shows Game Day attendees performing the cupid shuffle in the rain.



Planning for Homecoming 2013 has already started.  As NMU alumni, Homecoming is for you.  What events do you want to see next year?  Let us know your ideas and feedback at alumni@nmu.edu.

More pictures of the 2012 Homecoming festivities can be found on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/nmualumniassoc  


NMU Earns Military-Friendly Rank

Victory Media has once again named Northern Michigan University to its list of Military-Friendly Schools released by G.I. Jobs. The 2013 list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students, and ensure their success on campus. This marks Northern’s fourth straight appearance on the annual list. Full Story


Job Posting

Title: Grant Coordinator

Department: Graduate Education and Research
Targeted Salary Range:  $33,700-$40,800

Submit application by October 8, 2012


Upcoming Events:

NMU is coming to Dickinson County on Tuesday, October 2 and Delta County on Tuesday, October 9.  Alumni and friends are invited to join NMU President David Haynes and area alumni for socializing, cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.   Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul Lang and Athletic Director Forrest Karr will be in attendance as well.

Iron Mountain, Michigan

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Pine Grove Country Club


Escanaba, Michigan

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Hereford & Hops


How I became President of NMU with my NMU degree

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

6:30 p.m., Marquette/Nicolet Rooms, University Center

All alumni are invited to join with students to hear about President Haynes’ experience as NMU student, how he got into the field of higher education and public affairs, and how his career path has led him to become President of NMU.  This event is the kickoff to the Wildcats for Life “How I became____ with my NMU degree” series features NMU Graduate and NMU President David Haynes.


Support the NMU Men’s Hockey team as they go up against the University of Wisconsin.  A special pre-game tailgating event will be held outside the Resch Center before Saturday’s game.  Tickets are available for purchase at the Resch Center Box Office, www.ticketstaronline.com or at the NMU Ticket Office in the Superior Dome.  For more information please contact the NMU Ticket Office at 906-227-1032.

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Friday & Saturday, October 12-13

7:05 p.m. CST

Resch Center

Special Events:

Friday, October 12
Post-game reception outside the Resch Center.
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided; Beverages available for purchase.
Mingle with the NMU Hockey team
All Wildcats are welcome!
Saturday, October 13
Pre-game tailgating event will be held outside the Resch Center.
Cost: $15 per person, $10 for students.


Alumni Association Board Members Phil Zaleski ’02 and Carissa Waters ’04 are hosting an alumni gathering  on Saturday, October 20, 2012  starting at 8:30 p.m. at Glascott's Saloon, 2158 N. Halsted Street,  Chicago, IL.  To learn more or see who is attending, head to the Facebook event page or contact Phil (Phil.zaleski@gmail.com) or Carissa (Carissawaters9@gmail.com) for more information.

Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, October 20, 2012

8:30 p.m.

Glascott’s Saloon

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Staying Connected

Jerry '74 and Kathy Molitor of South Haven, Mich.



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Contributing Editors:
Marina Dupler '03, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Brad Hamel '99, '11, Assistant Director of Advancement Communications