What's New NMU? October 11, 2013

October 11, 2013

Staying Wild
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Staying Connected

Campus Captured

The leaves have started to fall and cover the ground around campus. There have been unusually warm temperatures over the past week. The long range forecast shows more seasonal temps moving in and even dipping down in to the low 30s in many regions of the Marquette area.

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Staying Wild: Women in Software Development

Getting more women involved in the world of software development is the goal of Girl Develop It (GDI). GDI is an international organization providing affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction. NMU graduate, Cara Jo Miller ’07 (BFA , Art and Design),  has been playing an integral role in helping GDI make this possible, not only in Michigan, but throughout the country. She was the founding instructor for the Detroit chapter of GDI and started Girl Develop It in Boulder, Colorado where she currently resides.

Born and raised in Traverse City Michigan, Cara Jo has always enjoyed the outdoors and exploring the world of art. While Cara Jo was looking into colleges, her high school art teacher encouraged her to consider NMU. The teacher even dropped off portfolio slides for Cara Jo’s art scholarship application. The NMU ‘lifestyle’ was an important factor in Cara Jo’s choice to come to Marquette. According to her, “Art and outdoors are my two favorite things, so the decision was easy.”

Cara Jo wanted to explore other parts of Michigan after graduation so she applied throughout the southern portion, from Grand Rapids to Detroit and everywhere in between. It wasn’t long before she landed a job with the Detroit Free Press as a web designer. In addition to her work with GDI in Detroit, Cara Jo founded Run this Race, led the Refresh Detroit group and organized WorldCamp Detroit.

Eventually, moving to the tech start up scene in Boulder, Cara Jo became the User Interface and Visual Designer for Simple Energy. According to the company’s web site, Simple Energy is “changing how millions of people save energy by revolutionizing how utilities engage their customers. We bring a deep understanding of the energy industry and leading behavioral science and game mechanics. We combine these insights with the powerful tools of the modern social web to engage customers and get our utility partners the results their regulators demand.”

Cara Jo makes it back to Michigan occasionally to help teach at the Detroit chapter of Girl Design It. She is passionate about her profession and hopes  her accomplishments and the efforts of organizations like Girl Develop It will continue to shine a light on the opportunities available for women in software development and design.

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Learn More

To read and learn more about the Detroit chapter of Girl Develop It, including ways you can help and even look for employment information, check out the link below:

The national organization of Girl Develop It includes chapters throughout the county. Check out the link below to get involved in a chapter near you:

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Campus Information



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

NMU Football at Grand Valley State

Saturday, October 19, 2013
7 p.m. Kick-off

NMU alumni are encouraged to attend the NMU Football vs. Grand Valley State game in Allendale on October 19, kickoff at 7 p.m. Stop by the tailgate hosted by the NMU Football Parents' Association & NMU Alumni Association Board Member Mark Vanderlist '72 before the game. You will be able to visit with other NMU alumni and friends and listen to the NMU Marching band – The Pride of the North, who will be making a special appearance.

The marching band will also be making a guest appearance at the Grand Rapids Christian vs. Lowell football game being held at Lowell High School, Red Arrow Stadium on October 18 at 7 p.m.

NMU Football at Saginaw Valley

Saturday, November 9, 2013
1 p.m. Kick-off

Wildcats Welcome!!

Visit with NMU Alumni Association Board of Directors member Pat Wilson '92 and his wife, Tricia, and enjoy a mug of hot chocolate with a treat before kickoff.  Look for the Green & Gold in Lot F outside Wickes Memorial Stadium. To find out more detail please contact Pat at patwilson@alumni.nmu.edu.

NMU v. Ferris State University Pregame

Saturday, November 16, 2013
Noon Kick-off

hosted by NMU Alumni Association Board Member Mark Vanderlist '72. More details coming soon.

Save the Date!

Washington, DC (location TBD)
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Phoenix, Arizona (location TBD)
Tuesday, March 12, 2014


Title: Sports Information Manager; significant amount of evening and weekend work September-April

Department:  Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports
Targeted salary range:  $29,600-$40,000

Submit application by October 21, 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.

Kyle J. Kmieciak '10
Returned Peace Corps volunteer
Jamaica 2011-2013

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:
Brad Hamel '99, '11, Assistant Director of Advancement Communications