What's New NMU? January 11, 2013


January 11, 2013

Staying Wild
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Campus Information
Staying Connected

Campus Conditions

View from the 6th floor!

You don't have to look that close and you can spot green grass in areas of NMU's lawn throughout campus. Warm weather has affected many portions of the country, and it is definitely putting a damper on winter activities.


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Staying Wild: Keeping NMU in the Family


Ron Beacom ’82 wrote to us in response to an earlier story featuring Kathy Frazier and her legacy family.  Ron’s father, Robert, attended NMU and with sons William '12 and Charlie currently enrolled, NMU is now three generations strong.

Robert, a native of Pickford, Michigan attended NMU in the summers of 1948 and 1949, taking courses in education.  He started his teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in Stalwart, Michigan, a small town located about three and a half hours east of Marquette.  Later, Robert taught in Trout Lake and after being drafted in the Army, completed his degree at Michigan State University. His career included running his own milk distributorship and banking, retiring as President of Chemical Bank in Clare, Michigan in 1994.

Ron attended NMU, graduating in 1982 with a degree in Broadcasting.  His ties to the Upper Peninsula and a visit from an NMU Admissions Counselor helped Ron decide on NMU.  After graduation, he continued to live in Marquette, working at TV6, and met his wife, Lorraine Turner, a Marquette native.  After stints at television stations in Toledo and Rochester, they landed in Midland, Michigan, where he is the Manager of Midland Community Television and Library Communications for the City of Midland.

Sons William and Charlie were familiar with Marquette because of frequent visits to Ron’s mother-in-law, Margaret, while growing up.  “Both boys adhered to our tradition of getting into Lake Superior every summer, no matter how cold the water temperature,” says Ron. 

William graduated in 2012 with a degree in Entrepreneurship and is still living and working in Marquette.   Charlie is a sophomore majoring in biology and currently resides in Meyland Hall.  In considering NMU, Ron cites “the one-on-one campus visits they had with a professor in their field” as being key deciding factors for his sons.

The Alumni office received the photo below from Esther Olander ’43, showing three generations of NMU graduates. 

First row, left to right: Rachel McNamee Berglund ’05, Eino Olander ’48, Elizabeth Olander McNamee ’75, Esther Michelson Olander ’43, Mary Olander Kuczwara ’01, ’98, and Andrea Kuczwara ‘12

Back row, left to right: Greg Berglund ’03, David McNamee ’78, and Ray Kuczwara ‘83

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Does your family have a strong NMU tradition?  Let us know!  We want to hear your story.

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 out-of-state alumni dependents can receive tuition rates comparable to in-state.  You can read more about both programs here.

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Campus Information


NMU's MBA program is named among the top 35 in the world.

The Master of Business Administration program at Northern Michigan University, which was re-established only two years ago, was ranked 23rd out of the top 35 international MBA programs named Rising Stars by findyourmba.com. The 2012 ranking is based on noteworthy improvements, current data and plans for the future.


Learn more about NMU's ranking.

Upcoming Events

Thanks to all who made it out to the post-game gathering in St. Cloud.  Three Northern Michigan University hockey players were named Central Collegiate Hockey Association players of the week after the Wildcats non-conference sweep at No. 15 St. Cloud State over the weekend.  Watch highlights from Saturday’s game here: http://youtu.be/BSPTS8ZIBNY.

Lansing, Royal Oak, and Charlotte sign on to Wildcat Night Across the Country.

Wildcat Night Across the Country is an opportunity to meet and mingle with NMU alumni and friends in your community to watch NMU hockey LIVE on Fox Sports Detroit.  Check the list to see which party is nearest to you.  We’ve just added Lansing, Royal Oak, and Charlotte, North Carolina to the list.  No party nearby?  Hosting is easy!  Pick a location that will televise the game and let the Alumni Office do the rest.  We’ll get the word out to local alumni and send you an official NMU Party Pack, complete with raffle prizes and NMU gear.   

Saturday, February 16, 2013

NMU at Michigan State LIVE on Fox Sports Detroit

Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. EST


NMU is coming to Florida! 

Please save the date for our two upcoming alumni events in Florida, and watch future editions of "What’s New, NMU?"  for more details.  We hope you can join us.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tampa, Florida

Reception at The Rusty Pelican


Friday, March 15, 2013

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Lunch at the Timpano Italian Chophouse

Job Postings

Title: Steam Plant Operator/Controls Technician

Department: Plant Operations
Hourly Rate: $15.71 probationary rate; $17.46 training rate

Submit application by January 28, 2013


Title: Senior Clerk

Department: Admissions
Hourly Rate: $9.91 probationary; $10.64 working rate

Submit application by January 14, 2013


Title: Temporary Assistant Track and Field Coach

Department: Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports
Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Submit application by January 18, 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.


Paul Vogelheim shared the picture above of the five piece band, Paul's Vets. Paul's Vets was comprised of NMU students in 1947-48, all of whom were veterans. Included in the picture are, Paul Vogelheim (piano), Wayne Revord '49 (euphonium), Joe LaCount (trumper), Jack Emmons '48 (trombone), Forrest Johnson '50 (drums.)


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