What's New NMU? May 17, 2013

May 17, 2013

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Campus Conditions

View from the 6th floor!

Blue skies and warmer temperatures have settled in the area, starting to green the grass and bud trees. A mixture of sun and rain are forecasted in the next week.

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: Giving


NMU Foundation staff members have been working closely with alumni and other friends of the university to increase access to an NMU education, sustain affordability, attract the best and brightest students and faculty, grow research and career-building opportunities and develop innovative learning environments.

In the months ahead, we will shine the What’s New, NMU? spotlight on Wildcats who  are helping NMU achieve these goals through generous giving.

Eileen and Dr. Mark R. Lovell ’77

The Lovells have established the Robert and Roberta Lovell Athletic Scholarship in honor of Dr. Lovell’s parents. This $25,000 endowment will provide scholarship support to qualifying students participating in varsity athletics.

Dr. Mark Lovell is a distinguished leader in the field of neuropsychology and the study of sports concussion. He was granted the honorary degree of Doctor of Science at NMU's Spring Commencement Exercises in 2011 where he delivered the keynote speech. Dr. Lovell is a lifetime member of the Northern Michigan University Alumni Association and received the NMU Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. He began his education at Northern Michigan University in 1973 and earned his BS in Psychology in 1977

In addition, Dr. Lovell is chairman and CEO of ImPACT Applications Inc. ImPACT offers the first, most-widely used, and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. This year, ImPACT made a gift of $50,000 to fund currently enrolled master’s degree level students in research opportunities within the School of Health and Human Performance.

For the past six years, the NMU Foundation has been conducting the “quiet phase” of a campaign for the students of Northern Michigan University. The dollar goal and progress of the campaign will be revealed during Homecoming weekend in September, 2013.

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Clinical Science / UMBTC Collaboration -

Pioneer Surgical’s engineers designed and fabricated a slide holder for the new confocal microscope utilized by the CLS Molecular Laboratory and the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center (UMBTC).  The slide holder that came with the $250K instrument would not accommodate the chamber that the UMBTC/CLS research team needed to use and consequently was hindering their ability to perform research involving stem cell migration.   A slide holder with the specifications needed wasn’t commercially available, nationally or internationally.  Four titanium slide holders for the confocal scope were delivered to the UMBTC team by Pioneer.  One of the design engineers who worked on the design and fabrication was Matt Gephart, a 2002 NMU graduate of the College of Technology and Applied Science.

Dr. Lawrence '03, '05 (biology) demonstrates how the slide holder functions with the confocal microscope to the Pioneer Surgical team.


Slide holder developed by Pioneer Surgical.


L to R: Dr. Winn (NMU professor), Fred Taccolini (Pioneer), Matt Gephart '02 (Pioneer), Jeff Trudeau (Pioneer), and Ryan Passino '12 (NMU grad student).

NMU Alumni Association Benefit Highlight

The benefits of registering with the NMU Alumni Association can be useful while visiting on campus, at home or wherever you may roam. Each week we will highlight one of the discounts and deals that the Alumni Association offers to NMU alumni. Discounts and deals are free to NMU alumni. All that is required is registering online at http://www.nmu.edu/alumniassociation/update. Once registration is compete you will be provided links and information detailing all the great discounts and deals.

Office Depot

NMU's office supply vendor, Office Depot, offers the same discounts received by the university to its alumni membership. Online purchases only. Alumni must register with Office Depot by emailing abby.liberty@officedepot.com or by calling 888-263-3423. Mention account #45146475 when registering.

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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.

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 or have ideas for the weekend 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.

We invite you to participate in

One Book, One Community’s

2013 read

Spellbinding, haunting, The Age of Miracles is a beautiful novel of catastrophe and survival, growth and change, the story of Julia and her family as they struggle to live in an extraordinary time. On an ordinary Saturday, Julia awakes to discover that something has happened to the rotation of the earth. The days and nights are growing longer and longer, gravity is affected, the birds, the tides, human behavior and cosmic rhythms are thrown into disarray. In a world of danger and loss, Julia faces surprising developments in herself, and her personal world—divisions widening between her parents, strange behavior by Hannah and other friends, the vulnerability of first love, a sense of isolation, and a rebellious new strength. With crystalline prose and the indelible magic of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker gives us a breathtaking story of people finding ways to go on, in an ever-evolving world.

One Book, One Community’s purpose is to share the joy of reading, the life of the mind and the free exchange of ideas through a common book. The county-wide effort will focus on the reading and discussion of the 2013 selection, Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.

So, if you are you looking for a good book to read this summer, or a book to add to your fall syllabus….put Age of Miracles on the top of your list!

Visit the author on this website.  http://www.theageofmiraclesbook.com/

Horizons summer issue needs your help.

We are looking for your worst summer job stories while you were a student at NMU. We know these experiences made you who you are today and shaped your memories of your NMU past. Please send us your story (with pictures) to alumni@nmu.edu and look for it in the next issue of Horizons.

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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.

Jim Wilson '76, Scottsdale, AZ

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.

What will your legacy be?

Sign up for the FREE NMU Foundation planned giving eNewsletter. Each week it features news from Washington, Savvy Living, Gift Stories, Finance News and other timely articles that will help you learn more about creating your legacy, from tax-advantaged estate planning to wills and bequests.


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/giveand designate your gift to the Alumni Association.

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