What's New NMU? May 3, 2013

May 3, 2013

Staying Wild
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Staying Connected

Campus Conditions

View from the 6th floor!

Overcast skies and a chance of precipitation, both rain and snow, are the forecast for NMU and surrounding area over the next few days. Recent flooding has shut down roads and affected many area residents with the expected spring warm up.

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:

Alumni Artists contribute as part of John Hubbard: Looking Back Exhibition

Professor John Hubbard has been teaching in the Art and Design Department at NMU for over forty years.  Known throughout the region as a prolific oil painter, capturing the natural light and rugged outdoors of the upper Midwest, he is an accomplished printmaker and papermaker who specializes in lithography and intaglio.  “Looking Back,” an exhibition running through July 7, 2013 at the DeVos Art Museum on NMU’s campus, celebrates Hubbard’s career through a retrospective of paintings, drawings and more. 

Professor Hubbard’s impact on the Art and Design program is profound, having taught and mentored hundreds of students over the four decades he has been at NMU.  As a testament to his influence, the exhibit includes artwork made by NMU alumni who took his courses.

Thanks to the alumni who contributed pieces as part of the exhibit: Edward M. Andrejewski, Jon Anthony ’09, Marianne Arroyo ’95, Josh Billings, Tony Bielaczyc, ’85, Erin Kay Bostelmann ’10, Alexandra Brelin, Rob Campbell ’11, Brett Eberhardt ’02, Phyllis Fredendall ’90, Darlene Fredrikson ’74, Levi Haske ’03, Elizabeth Holster, ’92, Michael Kowbuz, Emily Lanctot ’08, Kristen Luttinen ’04, Kara Matheson ’01, Laura Maze ’96, Mike McKinney, Christopher Moore ’11, Brady Nelson ’11, Jon Ollila ’97, Michael Nieson Piechosinski ’74 ’77, Julie Clark-Risak ’81 ’83, Mark Rizzardi ’79, Andrew Serocki ’78, William Swanberg ’75, John R. Schmidt ’79, Dylan Weiler ’09.

John Hubbard will lead a tour of the exhibit on Thursday, June 13 at 7 pm EST.  Please visit The DeVos  Art Museum website for more information.  This exhibition is made possible with the support of the John X. and June A. Jamrich Endowment.


Brady Nelson
Portrait of John
Oil on Canvas

Jacqueline Carroll
Animal Planet

Mitchell Steinmetz
Human Centered Design

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Former NMU President Vandament Dies

William Vandament, the 10th president of Northern Michigan University who served from 1991-1997, died Saturday, April 20, at his home in Signal Hill, Calif.. He was 81. More memories and history of Vandament can be read here.

If you have a favorite memory of Vandament from your time at NMU please let us know. Your memories can be emailed to alumni@nmu.edu.

Former NMU Athletic Director Ken Godfrey '87 Passes Away

Ken Godfrey '87, Northern Michigan University’s Athletic Director from 2003 to 2011, passed away Wednesday, April 17 following a long battle with cancer and suffering from a graft-versus-hosts disease from his bone marrow transplant. He was 64. More can be read about Godfrey's time at NMU here.


NMU Alumni Association Board of Director Keith Hutcheson '79 Passes Away

Keith Hutcheson '79 passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013 after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer.  Keith served as a NMU Alumni Board Director since 2012. While serving on the board Keith had a great impact. Although his time served on the board was short, his enthusiasm and dedication to NMU will be missed. 

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Campus Information

Upcoming Events

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.

Join fellow Wildcats and friends of NMU
for an exclusively packaged night of
Detroit Tigers baseball, including:

>Pre-game reception for NMU fans
>Group rate tickets
>Seating in a section reserved for
NMU alumni and friends
>Welcome on the Tigers scoreboard

5 p.m. Pre-Game Reception
Bookies, 2208 Cass Avenue
3rd floor patio

7:05 p.m. Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals

Print out an order form here,
use your credit card to order by phone
877-GRAD-NMU or
stop by the Alumni
Office (607 Cohodas Hall)

September 20-21, 2013

Save the Date for the 50th Reunion

Marquette, Michigan

A 50th Reunion will be held for those who graduated in 1962, 1963 and 1964.  If you are interested in serving on the 50th Reunion Planning Committee, please let us know at alumni@nmu.edu.  

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: Senior Clerk; Part-time

Department:  NMU Foundation
Hourly Salary Rate: $9.91 probationary; $10.64 working rate

Submit application by May 8, 2013

Title: Manager-Risk and Insurance

Department:  Risk and Insurance
Targeted Salary Range:  $49,600-$62,000

Submit application by May 10, 2013

Title: Assistant Business Manager

Department:  NMU Foundation
Minimum Starting Salary:  $27,200

Submit application by May 17, 2013

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Staying Connected

Stay up to date on the latest campus initiatives by visiting the Office of the President website and by following NMU President David Haynes on Twitter!  Simply search for his twitter handle, @davidshaynes, to get daily updates from the President himself.  Craving more campus connections?  Follow NMU @NorthernMichU and the NMU Alumni Association @nmualumniassoc.


Kitty Hendrick '77 and her granddaughter stopped by the Alumni Office to ask about some of the NMU Alumni Associations programs and services.

San Francisco area alumni gathered for a casual reception and were able to talk with NMU staff about what is happening back at NMU. Below are pictures of NMU alumni enjoying catching up with new and old friends.

Robert Stefanski '84, Martin DeVenuta '71

Stephanie Smith '10, Garn Lewis '86, Elizabeth Johnson '83, Mari Bushey '84

Alvin Jackson '79, Anthony DeVenuta '71, Bill Hackel '84, Shirley Timberman '85

Martin DeVenuta '71, Geraldine Sambel, Arnold Sambel '66

Alvin Jackson '79, Robert Stefanski '84

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.

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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. 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