What's New NMU? February 28, 2014


February 28, 2014

Staying Wild
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Campus Captured

A snow covered Hogback Mountain seen from the 6th floor. Many NMU memories have been made atop this Marquette landmark. Share your stories in the Facebook comments at the bottom of the newsletter.

The cold snap continues as students head into the spring break here on campus. We hope that they are heading somewhere warm.

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Staying Wild: CAPS In-Depth

Communication and Performance Studies Offers Exciting Opportunities for Students Inside and Outside the Classroom

Les Miserables.  Public Eye News.  Public Relations Student Society of America.  Standing O.  Media Alliance of Communication Students. What do these programs have in common?  They’re all special learning opportunities that enhance the quality education received by Communication and Performance Studies (CAPS) Department students.  And not only are the students taking advantage of these opportunities to put skills they learn in the classroom to use, they’re winning awards and making a name for themselves while they do it.

In 2013, seven NMU students won awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.  Student teams won first and second places for their play-by-play and production of NMU hockey games.  This is the third time in the past five years that students in Professor Dwight Brady's Sports and Special Events class have won first place among all universities and colleges in Michigan. 

This past weekend’s NMU vs. Michigan Tech hockey game broadcast on TV6 was shot and produced by a nearly all-student crew.  In addition, students receive real-world, applicable broadcasting and production experience through the strong relationship between CAPS and Public TV 13. 

Recent productions at the Forest Roberts Theater of Les Miserables and Legally Blonde were sold out (in fact, performances were added for Les Mis).  The Theatre and Arts Program boasts a 90% job placement rate. 

The CAPS department continues to offer financial assistance for beyond-the-classroom experiences, from conferences to Broadway auditions that give students an edge when applying for jobs and internships.

Northern on the national stage

NMU students are making their mark on a national level as well.  If you caught any of the Sochi Olympics coverage this past month, you may have seen footage shot by NMU students.  The TDAmeritrade commercial profiling speed skater J.R. Celski, includes film of when Celski raced – and was injured – at the Berry Events Center.

The NMU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was ranked in the top ten at the National Conference for best attendance, with 17 students attending. This year’s national president of the 11,500 member organization is current NMU graduate student, Brian Price ’12. 

After attending his first PRSSA conference, Price was inspired to pursue a position on the national board of directors.  He received support and encouragement from faculty and additional instruction on PR fundamentals from Dr. Wally Neibauer, outside of the classroom.  It was at the national conference where Price made a connection leading to his first internship at Taylor Global, one of the nation’s top 15 public relations firms. 

As CAPS department head, Dr. Jim Cantrill notes, “We prepare people to handle a dynamic economy and prepare them for jobs.” 

The CAPS Department offers six baccalaureate degree programs: Communication Studies (formerly Speech Communication), Media Production and New Technology, Multimedia Journalism (formerly Electronic Journalism), Public Relations and Theatre and Entertainment Arts (formerly Theater).  A sixth major, Entertainment and Sports Promotion, is currently being retooled and will transition back into the fold of the public relations major. 

The new Multimedia Journalism major reflects the societal and technological changes that challenge journalists to write and produce content for today’s rapidly evolving print, broadcast and electronic media.

The new Theater and Entertainment Arts major broadens existing programming to increase student competitiveness in the ever- changing landscape of live performance arts.

Students and Faculty Working Together

One of the greatest strengths of CAPS is the opportunity for students and professors to work together.

Lee Young-Jong of Seoul, South Korea, 2012 student commencement speaker, cited the personal attention from faculty and staff as an advantage of coming to Northern.  Faculty in the CAPS Department is a valuable mix of veteran professors (Drs. Cantrill, Ganzert, Jerome, Brady, Russell) and new instructors, including Dr. Shuang Xie, and two former CAPS students, Dr. Jess Thompson ’01 and Dr. Tom Isaacson ’96.   Well-respected and perennial student favorites, Dr. Don Rybacki and Dr. Karyn Rybacki, along with Dr. Wally Neibauer, have retired.

What’s New?

The in-classroom CAPS student experience is about to get even better, too.  This fall, the iMac Lab will debut in the Thomas Fine Arts building.  With help from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Michael Broadway, Provost Paul Lang and the Vice President of Finance, Gavin Leach, the new interactive classroom will have 17 iMac stations, including editing stations and flat screen televisions.  Movable desks and chairs will facilitate group work.  This new technology is a nod to the skills that the current job market demands.  Additionally, the Black Box Theater has new seats and there’s a new costume shop to support productions. 

How can alumni help?

“Get in touch with us,” says Dr. Cantrill.  “Tell us what you’re doing now and whether you might be willing to talk with students.”

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Learn More

Communication and Performance Studies homepage: http://www.nmu.edu/caps/

Learn more about what it means to be a Communications and Performance Studies student at NMU. Watch videos that feature students who are majoring in communication studiesmultimedia journalism, media production and new technologypublic relations, or theater and entertainment arts

Read about the send-off party for Dr. Don Rybacki, Dr. Karyn Rybacki and Dr. Wally Neibauer


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Campus Information


Upcoming Alumni Events

Join NMU Alumni to watch Coyotes Hockey!

Special ticket prices and seating available for NMU Alumni and friends.

Jobing.com Arena
Phoenix, Ariz.

Sunday, March 2, 2014
6 p.m.

Download order form to purchase tickets

Question? Contact Mike Kann '07
Phone: 623-772-3361or Fax 623-872-2162

Join us for Wildcat Hockey at Alabama-Huntsville

NMU Alumni in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi are invited to join together to watch Wildcat hockey take on Alabama Huntsville.

Saturday, March 8, 2014
Puck Drops 7 p.m. CST

Von Braun Arena
700 Monroe Street
Huntsville, Alabama 35801

Meet at
Von Braun Center Pub
6 p.m. CST

Food & Drink available for purchase

Game Ticket Information:
For game tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com,
choose sections 217 or 218,
or call (800) 745-3000
and indicate “Northern Michigan Wildcats Men’s Hockey.”

Hotel Information:

Embassy Suites
800 Monroe St SW
Huntsville, AL 35801

Barb Cormier ‘94 at

NMU is headed to the Phoenix Area

Join NMU President David Haynes and area alumni for socializing, cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Blanco at the Biltmore
2502 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Please RSVP to alumni@nmu.edu or 1-877-GRAD-NMU by Wednesday, March 5.

Dakota House Reunion 2014!

July 10 - 14, 2014

Questions contact Dave Bonsall at dbonsall@nmu.edu or by phone at 906-250-0245.

25th Reunion - Attention Classes of 1988, 1989 and 1990

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.

February 28, 2014

NMU Hockey @ Bowling Green
7:07 p.m.

March 1, 2014

NMU Hockey @ Bowling Green

7:07 p.m.


February 22, 2014  
NMU Men's Basketball 67
@ Northwood 68
NMU Women's Basketball 56
@ Northwood 46
NMU Hockey 2
vs. Michigan Tech 3
February 21, 2014  
NMU Hockey 4
@ Michigan Tech 7


to apply please visit https://employme.nmu.edu

Title: Director-Residence Life

Department:  Housing & Residence Life
Targeted Salary Range:  $66,800-$76,800

Submit application March 18, 2014

Title: Resident Directors; 9.75 month live-in positions

Department:  Housing & Residence Life
Approximate minimum prorated salary range:  $23,959 (excludes room and board)

Submit application March 6, 2014

Title: Associate Director-Continuing Education and Workforce Development

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

Submit application March 10, 2014

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.

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Staying Connected

Wildcat Night Across the Country 2014 was an overwhelming success. NMU alumni and friends gathered Saturday, February 22 to watch NMU Hockey take on Michigan Tech. We would like to thank all the party hosts for their continued support of NMU and the NMU Alumni Association. Take a moment to view some of the party pictures in the slideshow below.

William Jorns '62, '64 of Marquette stopped by to pick up his Alumni Association card and give an update. It was nice to see you William.

Thank you to everyone who 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