What's New NMU? October 12, 2012

Staying Wild
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Staying Connected

Campus Conditions

View from the 6th floor!

Overcast skies with wet and cool air: fall is now in full swing!  For some the commute in to NMU's campus today was an adventure.  There are reports of over 3" of snow in the highlands west of Marquette.

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Staying Wild: The "Roads Scholars" Program is Off and Running

NMU President, David Haynes, a contingent of faculty and senior staff hit the roads of the U.P. this past week. If you live in Iron Mountain of Escanaba, you may have seen the NMU bus motoring around town. The program supports the university's initiatives to "Rethink. Renew. Reconnect."

As part of these initiatives, President Haynes and members of the university community are actively engaging in the creation and fostering of partnerships with businesses, communities and other educational institutions to provide support, service and economic enhancement to the Upper Peninsula.

"As an institution, we're really interested in reaching out and spending time in U.P. communities.  What are the existing partners and where can we do better?  What are the needs of the local communities and where Northern might play a role?  We are also actively engaged in recruitment efforts and it's important to share the Northern success stories so our neighbors understand the value of the Northern education," said NMU President David Haynes.

While in Delta and Dickinson Counties, NMU officials spent time with area heath-care agencies, economic development and business leaders and toured a number of manufacturing facilities.  Future visits are planned across the U.P.

President Haynes spoke to alumni and friends in both the Iron Mountain and Escanaba areas. 

You can see photos of both day's activities on Northern Michigan University's Facebook page: Escanaba, Iron Mountain


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President David Haynes '72 speaks to students on how his NMU Degree help him become the university's first alumni president.  This event was sponsored by Wildcats for Life, a student group that has a mission to bring alumni and students together and promote NMU pride.  Haynes emphasized the importance of staying in touch with NMU and attributed this to his success.

Say “Yes” to Supporting NMU!

Alumni have started receiving phone calls on behalf of NMU asking for their support. As graduates you understand your education was one of the biggest investments you have made. Your support – above and beyond tuition –strengthens and enhances programs and resources that help students of today and tomorrow excel inside and outside the classroom and make informed decisions about life and learning.

Yes! Every Gift Matters. Gifts of all sizes truly change the lives of NMU students, professors, and researchers. Alumni giving fulfills critical needs in the classroom and in student life and go to work immediately – having a direct effect on the life and people of NMU – this week, this month, this year!

So, when the call comes, please join the over 4,000 alumni, parents and friends who help each year sustain and create critical academic and professional advantages for NMU students.  You can give on the phone or online.


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Campus Information



Upcoming Events:


Support the NMU Men’s Hockey team as they go up against the University of Wisconsin.  Tickets are available for purchase at the Resch Center Box Office, www.ticketstaronline.com.

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Friday & Saturday, October 12-13
7:05 p.m. CST
Resch Center

Special Events:
Notice: venue change for tailgate and reception events, both will be held in Shopko Hall next to the Resch Center.

Friday, October 12
Post-game reception inside Shopko Hall next to 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 inside Shopko Hall, next to 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

Two great tailgate events are planned to cheer on the NMU football team when they are on the road.  Both tailgate events will be held in conjunction with the Wildcat Football Parents Association.

Detroit, Michigan
Saturday, October 20
NMU vs. Wayne State Tailgate
12 p.m. kickoff

Midland, Michigan
Saturday, October 27
NMU vs. Northwood Tailgate
12 p.m. kickoff

Make a Difference Day – October 27, 2012

Northern Michigan University is once again taking part in Make A Difference Day, a national event celebrating neighbors helping neighbors.  During this annual event, over 1,000 volunteers rake leaves or perform other household chores for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities in local communities.

NMU Alumni are welcome to take part!  Wildcats for Life, the student organization that plans programs and events that foster a relationship between NMU students and alumni, is assembling a team and there are several spots still available. If free breakfast, t-shirts, and volunteering alongside NMU students sound appealing, send us an e-mail.  Remember, this is a day celebrated nationally, so even outside the Marquette area, you can make a difference!

Speed Networking Event

Would you like to help students practice their networking skills?  Are you available to attend the Wildcats for Life Speed Networking campus event the evening of Wednesday, November 7.  If so, let us know.

This speed networking event is an opportunity for NMU students to network with alumni and hear more about individual career paths, words of wisdom and advice, as well as practice their networking skills.  The Alumni office is assisting Wildcats for Life in identifying alumni who would like to come back to campus and be a part of this event.  We’re hoping to have alumni volunteers secured by November 1.

Wildcat Night Across the Country – 2013

We’re happy to announce the date of the next Wildcat Night Across the Country!  On Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. EST, the Wildcats will take on Michigan State University.  This is a great opportunity to gather with Wildcat alumni and friends in your community, as well as welcome Wildcat alumni new to your area, and watch the game LIVE on Fox.  If you’d like to host a party, it’s easy to do! 

  • Find a local bar or restaurant that gets Fox Sports and will televise the game for you.
  • Let us know so we can help spread the word to NMU alumni in your area and send you a Wildcat Party Pack.
  • Look forward to having a great time!

As parties are planned, we’ll be sure to update the Event’s page on the website.

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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.

John Selden '60 and his wife Ruth Ann were proud to carry NMU colors while hiking around England this September.  John is pictured here next to the 2nd century Hadrian's wall.

NMU's Family Weekend was a huge success.  Pictured above is the grand prize winner at the tailgate before the football game.
Shelby Kinkade, Samantha Srncik (winner), Tracy and Michael Srncik (Samantha's parents)


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