What's New NMU? Setember 27, 2013

September 27, 2013

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Finishing touches are being done at the Waino Wahtera Pavilion. The pavilion is being constructed on the old site of Carey Hall and was made possible by a generous bequest from NMU alumnus Waino Wahtera '40.

What a great week we have been having and more sunny fall days are ahead. Color on the trees is starting to become vibrant and the peak color change is close upon us. Within the next week or two make NMU your destination to enjoy all the fall season has to offer.

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Staying Wild: 2013 NMU Homecoming Recap


2013 NMU Homecoming was a huge success. This year there were special events along with the traditional. Over 75 graduates from '62, '63, and '64 came back to campus to celebrate the 50th reunion. The group had an action packed weekend starting Friday night with a mixer at the Landmark Inn. Here the group gathered for a class photo and reminisced about their time at NMU. The group wrapped up the weekend at a post game, 5th quarter party at the Holiday Inn.

The Community Game Day Block Party held its second annual event. This year's weather was one notch better than last year's inaugural party. Despite the mist and cooler temperatures, 3rd street was packed full of students, alumni and community members. Gatherers enjoyed entertainment from the student stepping competition winners, line dancing and music. With okay weather vendors were able to setup the inflatable games and pony rides.

Check out the above photo gallery of pictures throughout Homecoming weekend. We would like to see your pictures of your time back at NMU. You can submit them directly to us at alumni@nmu.edu or share them on our Facebook page.

Its never too early to plan for next year, stay tuned for next years 2014 NMU Homecoming date announcement. As soon as the date is set we will get it out to all alumni and friends.

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The Campaign Goal Revealed

With the marching band providing a festive musical backdrop and students holding flip cards with eight figures preceded by a dollar sign, NMU officials revealed the $25 million fundraising goal for its “Campaign for the Students of Northern Michigan University.” The goal was announced at a gala Saturday night in Reynolds Recital Hall. Full Story

The Buck Nystrom Football Scholarship

“Hands on the Line for Coach Buck”

The Buck Nystrom Football Scholarship is being created in honor of the legendary NMU Wildcat football coach. The scholarship will recognize the positive impact Coach Buck’s nearly 40-year coaching career has had on the lives of hundreds of NMU football players and coaches, as well as Wildcat fans and Marquette community residents. Coach Buck, a Marquette native, was a part of 5 teams to win National Championships at the NCAA Division I or II level, as either a player or coach, which includes NMU’s 1975 title team.  As a player, he earned All-Big Ten, All-America and Academic All-America honors, in addition to being a team captain, MVP and a two-time Rose Bowl player, including once the game’s most valuable player.  He was drafted in 1956 by the NFL Washington Redskins.  He earned his bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University and his first of two master’s degree at Northern Michigan University. Coach Buck started his career at the high school level, but made his mark on the sidelines of the college game, where he stood alongside some of the all-time great football mentors.  Off the field, Coach Buck has also been very involved with the Special Olympics, March of Dimes and various other charitable organizations. For the man who was the very epitome of perseverance, this scholarship has been created to honor him, a man with a heart of a true Wildcat.

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NMU is headed to the San Francisco area!

Join President and Martha Haynes for a special wine tasting event hosted by Tony DeVenuta ‘71 at the Bullfrog Creek Vineyard.

Friday, October 18, 2013
6 p.m. (PST)

Cost: $20 per person, payable at the event (includes wine sampling, hors d’oeuvres, a bottle of white or red wine and a Bullfrog Creek Vineyard souvenir white wine glass.)

Bullfrog Creek Vineyard
35 Hansen Court
Moraga, CA  94556

Driving directions can be found by visiting:  www.bullfrogcreekvineyard.com

Please RSVP to alumni@nmu.edu or 1-877-GRAD-NMU

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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.

Marina Dupler '03, assistant director of alumni relations stopped by to introduce Ruby to the Advancement staff and Wildcat Willy. Ruby was born on September 7. We would like to give Marina, husband Nick and Ruby our best wishes.

Nate Lehman '07 of Carmel Indiana.

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