What's New NMU? June 28, 2013

June 28, 2013

Staying Wild
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Staying Connected

Campus Conditions

View from the 6th floor!

Despite the chance of rain, summer has settled into the area. With temperatures in the mid 80’s and plenty of sun we are looking forward to the upcoming holiday week. Please share your summer fun photos in NMU gear with alumni@nmu.edu. Have a happy and safe 4th of July.

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: Chef Josh

For Josh Schaeding ’01, becoming a chef has been a goal since the third grade.  Combining that aspiration with a desire to live in the Upper Peninsula, and the Saginaw/Shields, the Michigan native chose to attend Northern Michigan University to pursue a degree in Food Service Management.  Next up?  Opening a restaurant by the age of 32.  The Maple Grille, located in Hemlock, Michigan, was founded in 2011, one year shy of his 32nd birthday. 

The “farm to table” restaurant uses only the highest quality local and seasonal ingredients, most of which are grown or raised on-site or purchased from local farms.  Rabbits and poultry are raised next to vegetable and apple trees.  Beef and pork are hand-selected.  The coffee served is procured from a family located a few miles away from the restaurant, who owns a 32-acre coffee farm in Central America. 

Josh grew up eating family-raised pork and beef and homegrown vegetables.  This appreciation for local food, along with his background hobby of making maple syrup, served as the inspiration for The Maple Grille. 

Only fresh ingredients are used and cooked over wood; no gas, microwave or freezers are used in the preparation.  One of Josh’s favorite dishes includes dry-aged beef, aged 20-40 days.  The menu changes daily, based on the ingredients on-hand, and posted on The Maple Grille Facebook page.  Recent dishes have included wood-fired pizza, liver and onions, pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, asparagus, fried potatoes, strawberry shortcake, crème brulee and more.  In addition to indoor dining, patrons can dine alfresco where there is seating around the grill.

The ambition that has driven Josh this far shows no sign of slowing down.  He has begun the paperwork to start a microbrewery, and 2013 marks the first year the restaurant will be open year-round.  As business increases, Josh hopes to add two more wood-fired ovens and another grill.  Additionally, he hopes to fill a need for locally-sourced meat and partner with retail outlets. 

At the end of what are sure to be long days, Josh is thankful for the support he’s received from the community and his patrons, and also being able to work with family.  “None of this would have been possible without my parents.  They never gave up on me and kept on pushing me to do my best.  My Aunt Holly works every day and doesn't want to be paid, and my wife works a full time job and comes right to the grill after work to help out.”  To top it all off, the two have a six-month old son, who, in Josh’s words has “made this even that much more exciting.”

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Learn More

The Maple Grille LLC

13105 Gratiot Road

Hemlock, MI  48626



The Maple Grille Facebook

Hospitality Management at NMU degree information.

NMU Alumni Association Benefit Highlight

The benefits of registering with the NMU Alumni Association can be useful while visiting 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 complete you will be provided links and information detailing all the great discounts and deals.

Auto Rental/Hotel Discounts - Get great discounts for cars rented at Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz and National. Along with discounts from Choice Hotels Int. List of codes.

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Campus Information

Upcoming Events

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

June 27-29, 2013

Marquette, Mich.

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


NMU 1962 - 1978 Delta Sigma Phi Reunion

June 28-29, 2013

Marquette, Mich.

Contact Bob LaCosse at lacossebob@sbcglobal.net for information.

Blueberry Classic Golf Outing

July 26, 2013

Marquette, Mich.

Funds raised at this event benefit students who encounter unexpected financial challenges, but it's also about having fun in a non-competitive event. Any type of golfer is welcome; the Blueberry Classic features 18 traditional and not-so-traditional holes. To get an idea, check out last year's information on the format, the fun activities and the event menu. The 2013 event promises to be similar with a few new twists!

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)


50th Reunion, Classes of '62, '63 and '64

During Homecoming, September 20-21, 2013

Events planned Friday and Saturday.

Marquette, Mich.

The 50th Reunion Committee and the NMU Alumni Association invite you to attend.

50th Reunion Committee Members:

Mimi (Kell) Andary ‘64
Bradley Cory ‘62
Barb (Matonich) Charles ‘63
Janie Wilson Scott ‘63
Maryann (Martin) Basso ‘63
Nancy (Wiseman) Seminoff ‘63
Connie (Pontti) Moffatt ‘63
Errol Moffatt ‘63
Ann (Carilli) Neiswander ‘64

Block of rooms reserved at the Holiday Inn of Marquette.

Watch your mailbox for more information and e-mail reunion ideas and suggestions to alumni@nmu.edu.


1967-1973 Eta Chi Chapter of ALPHA KAPPA PSI Reunion

September 20-22, 2013

Marquette, Mich.

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

NMU Men's Swimming & Diving Reunion

September 20-22, 2013

Marquette, Mich.

Contact Dave Bradshaw '76 daveintermix@yahoo.com for information.


Job Posting

Title:  Temporary Literary Festival Director; .50 FTE; two year appointment; hours vary depending upon festival planning needs.

Department:  English

Targeted Salary Range:  $19.23-$24.04

Submit application by July 15, 2013

Title:  Instructional Technologist; variable shift/days; evening and weekend work required

Department:  Academic Information Services/Instructional Design Technology

Targeted Salary Range:  $43,100-$52,200

Submit application by June 28, 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.

Duane ’86 and Wendy Shields stopped by the Alumni office to say hello.  The two were camping throughout the Upper Peninsula, stopping at Van Riper State Park in Champion along with the Porcupine Mountains.  Aside from the mosquitos, the couple reports the trip has been great!


Kathleen Dodge '78 and Garrick Matheson '76: thank you for stopping by the Alumni Office and letting us know how you are doing.

Congratulations to Piotr Niewiarowski '05 on being selected as Craftsman Tool's Craftsman of the Month! Watch the Mechanical Engineering Technology major at work, living his dream building motorcycles: 

Piotr, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major, states, “Without the education and hands on training from Northern Michigan University Mechanical Engineering Technology program, I would have never been able to weld or fabricate. I owe it to NMU for that knowledge.”  Piotr is also featured on the front page of the Craftsman website as Craftsman of the Month.

NMU Faculty and staff along with a group of NMU alumni volunteers participated in a picnic for WMCAT (Western Michigan Center for Arts + Technology). The alumni volunteers shared their stories of success with the youth of Grand Rapids area. NMU faculty and staff were also on hand to let the students of WMCAT know how they could benefit from a Northern degree.

NMU Volunteers included:
Sarah Abel '05, Marketing Manager at Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Angela Thompson '97, Quality Auditor and Trainer for Premiums at Priority Health
Christie Nutkins '96, Psychologist with Grand Rapids Public Schools and Behavior Health Partners
Nicole Meloche '94, President and Marketing, Branding and Social Media Strategist, Organik Consulting
David Gregory '92, Attorney and Lobbyist, Kelley Cawthorne
Mark Doornbos '80, Law enforcement officer with the Wyoming Police Department, with over 31 years’ experience
Mark Wretschko ’75, '77, a 35-year career in finance and sales with American Seating
son Tom Wretschko ’13
Eric Miller ‘08, current student Liz Miller
Mark Vanderlist '72, Lifelong educator

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 Upper Michigan, you help make these events possible. You can still make a difference and gifts of any size do matter. Please visitwww.nmu.edu/givetodayand 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

**Editors note: The next "What's New, NMU?" will be sent out June 28.