What's New NMU? July 26, 2013

July 26, 2013

Staying Wild
Campus Information
Staying Connected

Campus Conditions

View from the 6th floor!

Ominous skies are rolling into the Marquette area today. However, we are sure that lack of blue in the sky will not dampen the spirits of the golfers in the Blueberry Classic today.

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: Lake People by Abi Maxwell '07

Looking for a good novel to add to your summer reading list?  Check out Lake People by Northern Michigan University alumna Abi Maxwell ’07.  A haunting, luminous debut novel set in a small New Hampshire town: the story of crisscrossing lives, within and without family, and of one woman, given up for adoption as a baby, searching for the truth about her life.

Abi received her Master of Arts degree in English/Writing from NMU in 2007 and later went on to earn a Masters in Fine Arts in Fiction from the University of Montana in 2009.  She grew up in a small town in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, which served as inspiration for her novel.

Lake People, her first published book, is based on the strong role of the natural world.  As Lake Superior is to Upper Peninsula residents, Abi wanted to “[remind] these characters that they are small, and that the world is more beautiful and mysterious than they could possibly understand.” 

Abi’s first trip to the U.P., a weekend camping trip with her brother, was what led her to attending NMU.  “We’d spent a couple nights in the bar in Grand Marais with [author] Jim Harrison, who we just loved. The beauty of the place, combined with the first experience I had with a real, true novelist—which made me know it was possible to be that—made me want to return.”

Although the novelist always knew she wanted to write (she composed her first short story at age 14), she attributes her start in becoming a serious writer to Marquette, a place where people are connected to and care about the land.  Many professors in the NMU English Department gave Abi faith that she wasn’t alone in the writing process.  Professors Katie Hanson and Paul Lehmberg believed fully in her life as a writer and had profound impacts upon her reading, writing and life. 

Currently living on an island off the coast of Maine called Isle au Haut with her husband and baby, Felix, Abi is at work on her next book, a novel about two sisters and old secrets and a big old barn. 

This issue’s Staying Wild column was written by Christin DeFord, a Sophomore Photography major, and student worker in the Advancement office this summer.

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Campus Information

Upcoming Events

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 or
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.


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:  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 July 29, 2013

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Staying Connected

Douglas Treado '70 of Edenton, NC and gradson Philipp Froehlich of Austria. This was Phillipp's first time in the United States.


Thank you to the Shouey family of Saginaw for stopping by the alumni office. They were checking out the campus of NMU and Marquette area for some possible future Wildcats.


The Delta Sigma Phi - Delta Upsilon fraternity held a two day reunion on June 28-29 2013 in Marquette. Ninety Five Brothers attended the various mixers, golfing, sight-seeing, dinner and dance events. There will be another reunion in Marquette in June 2015. Contact Bob LaCosse '69 (lacossebob@sbcglobal.net) for information.

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