What's New, NMU? November 30, 1012


November 30, 2012

Staying Wild
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Staying Connected

Campus Conditions

View from the 6th floor!

The first real wintery picture from the 6th floor for the season. Temperatures still haven't settled down here as we have seen days in the 50's next to days well below freezing.


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Staying Wild: New Alumni Association Board Members


L to R: Keith Hutcheson '79, Amanda Cross '03, '05, Jim Jenkin '81, '84 (Board President), Angela Thompson '97, Bruce Avenall '98

Four new board members joined the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors Annual Meeting during Homecoming in September.  Responsibilities of the Board are to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services for alumni and NMU and advise alumni staff on new programming. Please join us in welcoming the new board members!  You can read more about them below:

When faced with the choice of staying at NMU or moving to Wisconsin with her family after the closure of K.I. Sawyer, Angela Thompson ’97 decided to stay at NMU because of the class sizes, the professors, and friends she had already come to love in her short time at NMU.  As a freshman in Dr. Brunswick’s Introduction to Marketing course, she was challenged to think about her career in a new way.  “Here is a professor who hands out his resume with the Syllabus; perhaps I wasn’t ready for his class.  After failing my first assignment I was out to prove him wrong.” Through her involvement in activities, such as Campus Cinema and launching the first ever NMU Paintball Club, Angela met her now husband, Andrew “Skinny” ’98.  They, along with their daughter Alexandra in Cedar Springs, Michigan.  She works as Quality Auditor and Trainer for Premiums at Priority Health in Grand Rapids. 

Growing up in Detroit, Michigan Keith Hutcheson ’79 came to NMU to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice.  Already a U.S. Air Force policeman at the K.I. Sawyer Air force Base, Keith went on to pilot aircraft for the USAF for the next 20+ years.  Keith saw combat in Kuwait and Panama, worked on Capitol Hill as an Air Force Legislative Liaison and spent two years with the Marine Corps as an exchange officer.  Now Vice President for Campus and Corporate Affairs at the Michigan Colleges Foundation, Keith calls Novi, Michigan home.  Keith is married to Marietta, and has a daughter, Lowell.  “I truly enjoy the memories of walking to class in driving snow storms and all the great professors," said Keith.  “Serving now on the NMU Alumni Board of Directors is truly an honor.”

A native of Clarkston, Michigan, Bruce Avenall ’98 works as a Process Support Engineer in Brighton, Michigan.  He cites the distance from home as being a positive factor when considering NMU.  During his time at Northern, Bruce credits Phillip Deopke, his first advisor, as being his mentor and a major influence in his life.  He is married to Doreen ’96, ‘99 and they have two sons, Bryce and Ben.  His favorite NMU memory?  “Meeting my wife for the first time.” 

Amanda Cross ’03, ’05 hails from Wayne, Michigan and decided on NMU because it was far away from home and she loved the year-round outdoor activities.  The small class sizes meant lots of hands-on learning experience and personal connections with NMU professors.  Amanda cites Wally Niebauer in particular as being greatly influential.  “He always challenged me to think outside the box and become a better overall person. “  Amanda’s favorite NMU memory would be the long hours spent at WUPX, where she met many friends.  Amanda works as a Budget Officer for the Federal Government and lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband Josh ‘05 and their furry children Bently, Dempsey and Chi-Chi.


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Learn More



Read more about current board members at www.nmu.edu/alumni

Would you or someone you know like to be a member of the Alumni Association Board?  Simply fill out an application here.

Nominate Alumni Awards

Each year, the NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors recognizes and honors alumni who have been influential and demonstrated exceptional achievement in their professions, the community or both. As Wildcats you have made tracks throughout the world and your journey began right here at Northern.  Please take a moment to review the award criteria and nominate an alumnus for one of the five awards.  Nominees are asked to contribute supplemental information and nominations are good for three years.  Nominations received by December 31 will be eligible for consideration during the next selection cycle.  Alumni Awards are presented to honorees during Homecoming at the annual Alumni Awards and Scholarship Brunch.

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Campus Information


The latest issue of Horizons is out!  If you didn’t receive your issue, please take a moment to update your contact information.  You can also check out the issue online.

The issue is making quite a buzz! Here’s a sampling of reader feedback: One of the best Horizon ever written. Great job. tons of memories.”  -Shelagh.  “Loved reading about the history of NMU and the residence halls.  Funny to see how things were back in the day.” – Jason.  I enjoyed the articles concerning the 60’s and 70’s as well as the Alpha Sigma Phi blurb (pledge class fall of 69).  They brought back many fond memories of friends and places from a really fantastic time of my life.”  -Rick.

Join the conversation on Facebook or e-mail and tell us your favorite part of this Horizons, what you wish we would’ve included and what memory the photos and stories evoked.

Craving more NMU history?  Check out The Northern Tradition blog, a creation of Lucy Hough ’12 and current graduate student.  Posts celebrate Northern Michigan University’s past and present.

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 4, 2013

NMU at St. Cloud State

Puck drops at 8:37 p.m.

NMU Alumni and friends are invited to a post-game reception at Old Chicago, adjacent to Fairfield Inn & Suites and the Quality Inn, at 4040 2nd Street South in St. Cloud, Minnesota.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Wildcat Night Across the Country - 2013

NMU at Michigan State LIVE on Fox Sports Detroit

7:30 p.m. EST

The watch party list is growing!  Washington, D.C.; Naperville, Illinois; Mandeville, Louisiana, Yuma, Arizona; North Pole, Alaska; Nahma, Michigan; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Battle Creek, Michigan; Phoenix, Arizona; and Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Check the official party webpage for information on how you can host your party in your community!

Job Postings

Title: Director of Institutional Accreditation and Assessment

Department: Institutional Research
Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Submit application by January 14, 2013

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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.


Dr. Sook Wilkinson, NMU Trustee, continued on to Japan after visiting Korea with President Haynes and Dr. Paul Lang and was able to connect with more NMU alumni and friends in the Shiga Province in Japan, Marquette's sister state. Dr. Wilkinson shared these photos of her visits.

Ben McCracken '99 is the Resident Director of Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Japan.

Dr. Wilkinson vistited with Kumi Inaba '92 and Akiko Nishibori of Shiga, Japan.


Heather (Albrecht) '96 and Bruce '95 Vida shared their wedding day with family and friends all while spreading NMU spirit making toasts through the night with wine glasses decorated with green and gold NMU Wildcat logos. Congratulations.


Tim Bennett '99 recently met President Bill Clinton while attending a benefit for the Clinton Foundation in Los Angles. Tim stated "It was quite a thrill to have time to speak with the former president ..."


Thank you again to Tony Williams '06 for sharing this aerial photo of the fall colors while over the shores of Lake Superior in the Picnic Rocks area of Marquette.

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