What's New NMU? December 20, 2013

December 20, 2013

Staying Wild
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Campus Captured

Pictured above is the west entrance of C.B. Hedgcock.

There will definitely be a white Christmas this holiday season in Marquette, with a chance of snow every day in the forecast from now into the New Year. Along with the snow, temperatures will be fluctuating from the mid 20’s to 0 degrees closing out possibly the coldest December on record in Marquette according to the National Weather Service.

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Give today at www.nmu.edu/give
or contact the NMU Foundation at 906-227-2627. www.nmu.edu/foundation

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Staying Wild: November NMU Memory Contest Winner

Pictured above is Shannon (Truse) Duffy '01 with her friends Erin (Ulness) Lenzer '02, Kelly Post '02 and Janele (Grundy) Shrum '03

Exactly twenty-three years after the Edmund Fitzgerald sank, on November 10, 1998, four NMU college students drove to Presque Isle Park to watch a storm coming in on Lake Superior.  Alum Shannon Duffy '01, who was a sophomore at the time, explained that this was her favorite memory of her time at NMU (pictured above). 

Shannon recalls that remarkably, on this anniversary, the storm reproduced the same type of weather as the day the ship went under. “The storm was so powerful that the breakwall wasn’t even visible.” 

Although Shannon had always been fascinated by the beauty of the water and the ore docks, she said that on this day, while watching the churning lake, she acquired a new appreciation and respect for the powerful forces of nature.  And this love and admiration of nature --she still carries with her today.

A Chicago native, Shannon remembers that it was her first visit to NMU’s campus when she immediately fell in love with Upper Michigan and specifically, Marquette.  Now, twelve years since graduation, those same feelings remain, “I still consider Marquette to be my second home, always.”

Today, when Shannon is not busy teaching at a Montessori school, near her home in Illinois, she and her husband Jim enjoy visiting Marquette whenever possible.  The only difference is that now, she delights in Lake Superior’s calmer side, --taking in the beauty of the waters from her kayak.

Shannon (Truse) Duffy '01 
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On November 25, 2013, Northern Michigan University’s chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) held their 2nd Annual Hometown Taste-off. PRSSA invited students and community members to blindly taste test pizza from around the area. All business names were removed from the pizzas before being served, and were categorized only by a letter. Guests were given two raffle tickets to vote for their favorite pizzas. With help from the Culinary Students of Northern Michigan University, attendees also received free veggie pizza, fruit pizza and fresh cannoli prepared earlier in the day. Contestants included Domino’s, Aubree’s, Main Street Pizza, Pizza Hut, Toarmina’s/Butchie Boys and Jet’s Pizza. First place was awarded to Aubree’s followed by Toarmina’s/Butchie Boys for second and Main Street pizza for third. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Student Flexible Aid Fund. The fund helps students who are close to graduating with unexpected expenses that interfere with continuing their education. When asked why PRSSA chose this fund, chapter President, Jordan Paquet states, “We chose the Student Flexible Aid Fund because it offers us the chance to help our fellow students. In past years we focused on key community members that were making a difference in the Marquette area, but we knew the Student Flexible Aid Fund would take a new approach to that idea by lending a helping hand to those sitting next to us in classes, or students we pass by day-to-day."

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Honor Roll

The NMU Foundation announces The Campaign for the Students of Northern Michigan University Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes donors at the $10,000 and above. Thank you to all who are supporting NMU students and programs at every levels. View the honor roll here.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Wildcat Night Across the Country!

Wildcat Night Across the Country will be held Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7 p.m. EST, when Wildcat Hockey will take on Michigan Tech.  This year the game will be broadcast LIVE from NMU’s Berry Events Center and available for viewing via America One Sports.  Check our watch-party list here.  Don’t see your city listed?  Consider hosting a party or participate in any of the ways listed below.


  • Choose a venue with Internet access
  • Review the options for viewing the game here.
  • Let us know so we can help spread the word to NMU alumni in your area and send you a Wildcat Party Pack.
  • Questions?  Contact the Alumni Association at alumni@nmu.edu or 1-877-GRAD-NMU


  • Listen to the game on 100.3 The Point, over the air or streamed online here


  • Join the excitement online through special social media events on both Facebook and Twitter. Make sure you like and follow the Alumni Association to see the details unfold.


  • Meet us at NMU's Berry Events Center for a pre-game party and then cheer on the 'Cats. Watch for detail in upcoming issues What's New NMU?

Save the Date!

Detroit Alumni Reception (location TBD)
Friday, February 7, 2014

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

25th Reunion

A 25th Reunion Committee is being formed to celebrate the anniversary of those who graduated from NMU in 1988, 1989 and 1990 during Homecoming 2014.  Please contact the NMU Alumni office if you are interested in being on the reunion planning committee.

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.

Last weeks outcomes.  
December 16 Final
NMU Men's Basketball 64
@ Hillsdale 88
NMU Women's Basketball 73
@ Hillsdale 67
December 14  
NMU Hockey 1
@ North Dakota 3
NMU Men's Basketball 69
@ Findlay 78
NMU Women's Basketball 71
@ Findlay 66
December 13  
NMU Hockey 1
@ North Dakota 4



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: Food Service Worker I

Department:  Dining Services
Hourly rate: $11.12

Submit application by January 3, 2014

Title: Head Men’s Golf Coach

Department:  Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports
Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Submit application January 10, 2014

Title: Associate Director-Continuing Education and Workforce Development

Department:  Continuing Education and Workforce Development
Targeted Salary Range:  $48,800-$56,000

Submit application February 5, 2014

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Staying Connected

Alumni In the News

James More ’92 is in Seattle, Washington and working on his next book, “Home of the Mountain Goats.”  An article in Minooka-Channahon Life features James and his published memoir, Raise the Flag, and how writing gets him through difficult times.  If interested in purchasing his book, visit his website.  You can also follow James on Facebook.

Heidi Hill ‘11 is working in Washington, D.C. as an intern with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  A recent article in The Mining Journal outlines Heidi’s experience, including assisting an event featuring Carol Burnett.


Send us your NMU alumni news!  We’d love to feature it in future editions of What’s New.

Congratulations Graduates!

Marina Dupler '03, Assistant Director of Alumni Operations stands with Kenneth Bates '13, Biochemisty, of Wakefield at commencement rehearsal this past Friday. Kenneth was the lucky winner of an iPad Mini giveaway sponsored by the NMU Alumni Association.

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
Shelby Guilbault, Student Assistant
Brad Hamel '99, '11, Assistant Director of Advancement Communications
Kerry Lucas '98, Advancement Senior Clerk