What's New NMU? December 6, 2013

December 6, 2013

Staying Wild
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Wednesday evening NMU presented the Lighting Up the Holidays annual event. The evening included a welcome from President Haynes, carols sung by Girl Scouts Troop 5055, dancers from New Attitudes and lighting up the tree.

President David Haynes and wife, Martha, with Santa. President Haynes consulted Mr. Claus on the naughty and nice list of all NMU students.

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You can visit www.nmu.edu/bookstore to get all your NMU gear online.

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Staying Wild: 38 Years Later, Then and Now

(Pictured right is Dave Penning '78 form his NMU Student ID. Pictured Left is Dr. Eisenberg, circa the early 70's)

Recently, Dave Penning  ’78 reached out to the Alumni office in search of his former Algebra 100 professor.  Although Dave nearly failed his class in 1975, he stated that Dr. Ted Eisenberg left a lasting, and extremely positive impact on him.

It’s a story Dave has shared countless times.  As a self-proclaimed “mathematically challenged” freshman, Dave was lost, frustrated, and was missing his algebra classes regularly.  At the urging of his mother, with a failing grade most certain, he met with Dr. Eisenberg to ask for help.

Dr. Eisenberg responded with a deal.  Dave needed to attend all remaining classes, complete all remaining assignments, and would meet with (and pay for) a tutor of Dr. Eisenberg’s choosing.  Dave did so, and in return, he received a passing grade.

Now, Dave accedits his Bachelor of Science degree and much of his subsequent career success to the “deal” his professor made.  Often, he’s shared the story with his children reinforcing the fact that “contrary to what they wish to believe, teachers and professors do care.”

Dr. Ted Eisenberg was located, living in Israel, and was thrilled to receive Dave’s email thanking him for his concern all those years ago.  Dr. Eisenberg replied that he remembers teaching at NMU fondly.  “It is a great school—not just for giving quality education, but for the congenial and learning atmosphere on campus.”

Dr. Eisenberg retired just a few years ago, after 30 years on staff at Ben-Gurion University.  Sadly, he recently lost his beloved wife Polly, but he finds comfort in his three daughters who live nearby and watch closely after him.

Dave Penning is living in Philadelphia and enjoying a successful career as a State Farm Agent.  He boasts of having five children and a wife who are, much to his surprise, all mathematically advanced.

And while much has changed over the last 38 years, Dr. Eisenberg’s sentiments on teaching have not.  “I believe that everyone can learn anything, absolutely anything if they wish.  All one needs is a little help to guide them.”

(Pictures above are recent photos of Dave Penning '78 & Dr. Eisenberg )

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Alumni Connections

The NMU Alumni Association takes pride in the ways that NMU alumni can connect.  Some of the easiest ways to find fellow grads is to search one of the social networks associated with the Alumni Association. These include Facebook, LinkedIn and the Northern Network. Still unable to locate your long-lost classmate through these channels? Send a note to alumni@nmu.edu with as many details as you can of who you are looking for along with your contact information. If we are able to locate them, we will send a message on your behalf. Once the connection is made it will be up to them to reach out to you. Ready, set, connect!

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Upcoming Alumni Events

Wildcat Night Across the Country!

This year’s Wildcat Night Across the Country will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7 p.m. EST when the NMU Wildcats face the Michigan Tech Huskies.  The game will be streamed LIVE in high definition, via America One Sports from NMU’s Berry Events Center and available across the country and around the world wherever there is Internet.  Wildcat Night Across the Country is a great time to gather with alumni and friends in your area to cheer on the Wildcats.  Consider hosting a watch-party in your town!  The NMU Alumni Association will coordinate Internet access to the game, invite area alumni and send you a party pack filled with NMU spirit gear.  All you need to do is choose a location with solid wired or wireless internet service!  When the two teams met earlier this year, the series was split with both the Wildcats and the Huskies earning a win.  If you’re interested in learning more about hosting a party and the equipment and internet service needed for a successful event, contact the NMU Alumni Association.  Watch the re-match LIVE! It promises to be a great night of Wildcat Hockey.  Remember, all Wildcat hockey games can be streamed via America One Sports

Save the Date!

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

NMU Athletic Highlight

Complete highlights of recent events and upcoming matches can be found at www.nmuwildcats.com. Below are scores from last week along with this weekend's games.

December 6, 2013

NMU Hockey at Minn. St. Mankato
8:37 p.m.

December 7, 2013

NMU Hockey at Minn. St. Mankato
8:07 p.m.

Last weeks outcomes.  
November 30 Final
NMU Hockey 1
Ferris St. 1
November 29  
NMU Hockey 1
Ferris St. 4
November 24  
NMU Men's Basketball 68
Lewis 78
NMU Women's Basketball 75
Lewis 66



Full-time Faculty Recruitment

Northern Michigan University is currently recruiting for full-time faculty to begin teaching August 2014.  For information regarding our open faculty positions, please visit https://employme.nmu.edu.

Title: Senior Secretary; 12 months, 25 hours per week; schedule to be arranged with supervisor

Department:  Modern Languages and Literature and the Honors Program
Hourly Rate: $10.01 probationary; $10.74 working rate

Submit application by December 12, 2013

Title: Equipment/Stockroom Manager; .50 FTE; schedule to be arranged with supervisor

Department:  Physics
Targeted Minimum Prorated Salary: $18,240

Submit application by December 19, 2013

Title: Steam Plant Operator/Cont Tch

Department: Plant Operations
Targeted salary range: $17.46 per hour

Submit application by December 20, 2013

Title: Food Service Worker I

Department:  Dining Services
Hourly rate: $11.12

Submit application by January 3, 2014

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Staying Connected


A great group of NMU alumni and friends gathered for the NMU Football game at Ferris St. on November 16. The pregame event was hosted by NMU Alumni Association Board Member Mark Vanderlist '72. Unfortunately, NMU lost the season closer to FSU, 22-35. The Wildcats finished 11th place in the GLIAC out of 15 teams.

Thank you to Leonard Thomas '12 of St Ignace for stopping by the 6th floor to say hello.

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
Kerry Lucas '98, Advancement Senior Clerk