What's New NMU? April 5, 2013

April 5, 2013

Staying Wild
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Campus Information
Staying Connected

Campus Conditions

View from the 6th floor!

With the sun shining and small puddles forming one would think spring is near. Yet, there happens to be a special weather statement for a major portion of the Upper Peninsula. Some areas have the possibility of seeing 8" of wet heavy snow.


The Alumni Relations office has a new view from the 6th floor. We have moved down the hall to 607 Cohodas Hall, take a right out of the elevator. Make sure to stop by and say hello.

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Staying Wild: The Misfit Yoopers


The average temperatures in Marquette this week were a balmy 20 degrees, but plans for summer and fall reunions are heating up.  The Alumni Association loves hearing about and assisting graduates who are making plans to return to campus, such as the reunions listed in this issue of What’s New.  But, we know that alumni from across the globe stay connected year-round in many ways. 

For Lauren Markowski ’09, Andrea Montgomery ’11, Stephanie Madziar ’06, Erin Menhennick ’07, Laura Amenson ’07, Kimi Robaczewski ’09 and Chelsea Greenleaf ’09, their annual gathering is competing in the Pond Hockey Championship sponsored by USA Hockey and Labatt Blue in Eagle River, Wisconsin.  The ladies, all NMU Women’s Club Hockey alumni, took first in their division this year.

The NMU Women's Club Hockey team was established in 2000, and while each of the ladies were members, they didn’t all play at the same time.  Lauren is the only one who played with each member at one time or another while at NMU.  The others credit her with forming the team and being the glue that keeps them together. 

For the “Misfit Yoopers” team, the only time they play together is for the Pond Hockey Championship.  They keep their skill set up individually throughout the year.  Stephanie plays for the Evanston Tigers.  Erin and Laura, both Marquette residents, occasionally play on the Northern Lights, the women’s team in town.  Kimi, Lauren, Andrea and Chelsea either coach teams or play individually in the Chicago area. 

They stay in touch through e-mail, texts and Facebook.  But once they hit the ice, it’s as if they’ve been playing together for years.  “We are all very good at communicating on the ice during the games, having stemmed from a great hockey program,” says Laura.  For the pond hockey tournament, “we all choose to skate the ice before touching the puck, then someone will grab a puck and we pass it around without a lot of talking but communicating with eye contact.” 

Their annual weekend get-together isn’t all about hockey – there’s lots of time spent laughing and reminiscing about memorable times, including “mini-pitcher nights with the team at Remie’s” says Kimi, “amazing Marquette summers” says Erin, and “beating Wisconsin at their place to make it into Nationals,” says Chelsea. 

 “We plan on keeping this tradition up as long as we can.  We love hockey, we love the opportunity to have a reunion, and we love to keep our Wildcat Women’s Hockey Spirit alive!” says Stephanie.

When asked by the team she coaches if she recommends playing hockey in college, Lauren, answers simply: “I went to college 400 miles from home and did not know a person but when I got to campus I had 18 best friends who are still like family to me.”

Whether it’s an annual camping trip, a ski weekend, through Facebook, or a long phone call, we love to hear how the bonds formed at NMU, or because of NMU, are staying strong long after graduation.  How do you stay in touch with friends you met in college?  Tell us, or better yet, send us a photo!


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The President's "Road Scholars" again took to the road again and visited the Menominee/Marinette area. The day started off with a meet and greet including area officials to talk about the connections between NMU and how more partnerships could be fostered. The bulk of the day was filled with tours and conversation with local businesses on how NMU can fill any needs in areas including graduate job placement, student, internships and service and economic enhancements.

Visits included Marinette Marine, Lloyd-Flanders, Aurora Health Clinic, Bay Area Medical Center, UW-Marinette and many Menominee downtown businesses. The day concluded with an Alumni Reception where local alumni and friends were able to talk with NMU administrators and staff about what was new on campus and reconnect with the Menominee/Marinette area.


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Campus Information


Upcoming Events


NMU is heading to San Francisco

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

6 - 8 p.m.

The Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

San Francisco, Calif.


RSVP required by calling 877-GRAD-NMU

NMU Wildcat Football Golf Clasic

The annual NMU Wildcat Football Golf Classic will be held on Friday, June 21, 2013 at the NMU Golf Course.  This 18-hole, scramble format event is held each year to raise money to support the NMU football program.  This year, the Wildcat Football Golf Classic will help raise money to purchase critical safety gear (e.g., helmets, shoulder pads, knee braces, etc.) to help protect the players as they represent NMU on the field.

More information about the golf outing, including how to register your team, can be found at www.nmu.edu/golfclassic.  You may also email John B. Frick (NMU ’82 & ’87) at jfrick@nmu.edu if you have any questions.

Student Activities Office / Student Activities & Leadership Programs / Center for Student Enrichment

June 27-29

Activities Include:

Informal gathering at Vango's
Campus Tour
Sugarloaf Hike
Rummaging with Rachel
Tee time at the NMU Golf Course
Evening Picnic at Lower Harbor
Marquette Harbor Boat Cruise
Evening Reception Celebration
Night Life and much more

Reunion Website: http://www.nmu.edu/organizations/node/134

Reunion Facebook Group (Open): https://www.facebook.com/groups/104618099682958/

Reunion Registration: http://www.nmu.edu/organizations/sites/DrupalOrganizations/files/UserFiles/CSE_Reunion_Form.pdf


Save the Date!

June 28-29, 2013

NMU 1962 - 1978 Delta Sigma Phi Reunion

Marquette, Michigan

Contact Bob LaCosse at lacossebob@sbcglobal.net for information and watch future What’s New issues for details.

September 20-22, 2013

1967-1973 Eta Chi Chapter of ALPHA KAPPA PSI Reunion

Marquette, Michigan

Contact Joseph Prinzi at jprinzi@chartermi.net or 616-842-2863 for information.

Job Posting


Title: Head Men’s Basketball Coach

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

Submit application by April 8, 2013

Title: Director of Institutional Accreditation and Assessment

Department: Institutional Research
Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Submit application by April 26, 2013

Title: Sales Manager-Simply Superior Catering and Events

Department: Dining Services
Targeted Salary Range:  $37,900-$50,000

Submit application by April 19, 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 607 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.

The latest issue of Northern Horizons is now available online and can be found at: http://www.nmu.edu/mc/horizons

If you do not receive Horizons and would like to, please update your contact information here. You will also have the opportunity to include "Keeping Track Information" for inclusion in Horizons.


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Thank you

A special thank you to our loyal alumni supporters who gave generously this fiscal year to the Alumni Association! We have raised over $12,500. Your gifts support alumni programming and activities, including these alumni events. From Florida to California to the Upper Michigan, you help make these events possible. You can still make a difference and gifts of any size do matter. Please visit www.nmu.edu/give and designate your gift to the Alumni Association.

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