What's New NMU? January 17, 2014

January 17, 2014

Staying Wild
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Campus Captured

Pictured above is the tunnel from West Science to Jamrich. Students are appreciative of the system of covered walkways, especially this year, as we have seen record lows and plenty of snow.

There is a special weather statement this weekend, bringing lake effect snow, and single digits dipping well in to the negatives for next week. 2014 is looking to continue as one of the coldest on record.

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Staying Wild: The Anne and David Nerenz Research Fund

Charlotte Cialek '13 (Biochemistry) stands outside the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center (UMBTC) at NMU.

Last month, Dr. Anne Nerenz ’74 and Dr. David Nerenz ’74 established an endowed fund to support students doing research at the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center at Northern Michigan University.

Research at the Center is helping bring new hope to those with a life-threatening condition as NMU students, faculty and partners continue to make critical contributions to the advancement of medical science and cancer therapy.

The Anne and David Nerenz Research Fund will ensure that there are resources available to continue this important work while providing opportunities for NMU students to participate in “hands-on” research and acquire knowledge and experience at a level that will give them a competitive advantage as they pursue their careers.

Anne graduated from NMU with degrees in English and French.  She is a currently professor in the Department of World Languages at Eastern Michigan University where she directs the K-12 Foreign Language Teacher Certification program. David graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He is currently director of the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research at Henry Ford Health System as well as director of outcomes research at the Neuroscience Institute and vice-chair for Research in the Department of Neurosurgery at Henry Ford Hospital.

The Nerenz’s gift represents another step toward achieving our goal of raising $25 million for The Campaign for the Students of Northern Michigan University. As we head into the last leg of the Campaign, alumni continue to supply a strong foundation of giving, accounting for nearly three-fifths of total contributions.

Thank you!

Remember:  every gift brings the Campaign and our students closer to success. With your continued support, we know we can do it!

Here’s how you can help www.nmu.edu/thecampaign.

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Alumni Legacy Annual Scholarship

Driving around with your Michigan Wildcat license plate does more then show your Wildcat spirit. Choosing to display your alma matter on your vehicle helps fund a special scholarship through the NMU Alumni Association. This year the Alumni Legacy Annual Scholarship is able to award 15 $1,000 scholarships to deserving junior, senior and graduates degree students. You can find out how to get your Wildcat plate by visiting you local Michigan Secretary of State or online. If you are a Michigan resident, attended NMU and have a student taking classes you may be eligible to receive one of these scholarships. Find out more details here.

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Upcoming Alumni Events


NMU is headed to Detroit!

Join NMU President David Haynes and the Alumni Association Board of Directors for socializing, cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. 

Friday, February 7, 2014
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Firebird Tavern
419 Monroe St.
Detroit, MI

Please RSVP by January 31, 2014
To alumni@nmu.edu or 1-877-GRAD-NMU

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.
    Use the hashtags #GoCats #WNAC for a chance to win prizes.


  • 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!

Phoenix, Arizona (location TBD)
Wednesday, 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.

January 17, 2014

NMU Hockey vs. Alaska Fairbanks
7:07 p.m.

January 18, 2014

NMU Women's Basketball vs. Ferris
11:00 a.m.

NMU Men's Basketball vs. Ferris
1:00 p.m.

NMU Hockey vs. Alas. Fairbanks
7:07 p.m.


January 16, 2014  
NMU Men's Basketball 41
Grand Valley st. 64
NMU Women's Basketball 81
Grand Valley St. 66
January 11, 2014  
NMU Men's Basketball 82
@ Lake Erie 89
NMU Women's Basketball 55
@ Lake Erie 53



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: Program Manager; term ending 8/31/14

Department:  School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Targeted Annual Salary: $40,000 (to be prorated for time period worked)

Submit application by January 20, 2014

Title: Staff Nurse; .83 FTE; full-time during academic year; time off arranged with supervisor

Department:  Health Center
Targeted Hourly Range: $18.20-$22.75

Submit application by January 27, 2014

Title: Assistant Football Coach

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

Submit application by January 29, 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

Jane Stieber '06 is making a difference in Seattle as she furthers her education at the University of Washington. Jane is pursuing a degree in pediatric dentistry. Read how she is impacting her community here.

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

Pete Christopherson '80 of Sheboygan Wis. stopped 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
Vince Grout, Director of Advancement Communications