What's New, NMU? March 14, 2014


March 14, 2014

Staying Wild
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Lee Hall and art of the sculpture walk seen through the pines.

With the temperatures now above freezing during the day and lows more seasonal, the Upper Peninsula is moving into maple syrup season. March is now officially Maple Syrup Month in Michigan. Read Governor Rick Snyder's proclamation here.

Wildcat Poll

Read more about furthering your education at NMU by visiting www.nmu.edu/admissions or www.nmu.edu/graduatestudies.

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Staying Wild: Fly Fishing with Team USA in Patagonia, Chile


Dave Brackett ’72 recently competed on Team USA in Patagonia, Chile at the FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship.  His newly formed team placed well, taking fourth, just behind Italy, Czechoslovakia, and Chile.

The teams fished for two days on rivers and lakes, for six hours each day.  Fishing in Chile was unique, Dave explained, “browns and rainbows do very well in some of the cleanest water in the world…with waterfalls along the hillsides, and condors flying overhead.”

Fishing for rainbow trout, brown trout and salmon, Team USA caught a total of 111 fish.  Their point total for the two days was 76,060.   In order to count, the fish caught in the competition had to be 20 centimeters long.  Each legal fish earned 100 points.  The team earned 20 additional points per centimeter.  Team USA’s highest scoring fish brought in a total of 520 points.

Remarkably, Dave credits the beginning of his very successful fly fishing career to his time at NMU.  A Southfield, Michigan native, he recalls choosing NMU because he was an avid outdoorsman whose father had raised him with an appreciation for fishing.   His father, a spin fisherman, turned him onto the sport while fishing with him for smallmouth bass at the family cabin in Oscoda.

During Dave’s first summer at NMU, in 1968, a friend asked him to try fly fishing for the first time.  Dave readily accepted and tagged along with his friend as he drove out to a family-friend’s cabin nestled on a private lake to pick up some flies.   That morning, Dave met the owner of the cabin and the lake, --John Voelker.  “I had no idea who he was,” Dave said, “however, maybe that was a sign of things to come….we caught fish on flies that day.”

By the end of the summer, Dave was hooked, giving away his spin gear so he would be forced to learn fly fishing.  And it was a decision that would pay off nicely.   Forty five years later, Dave is still just as passionate about fly fishing. 

In addition to fishing, Dave’s flies have been featured in over five books, he has taught tying and casting classes, and he is often invited to take part demonstrating his fly tying techniques in regional fishing shows.  Still, Dave says that being asked to join Team USA is by far the highlight of his fly fishing career.


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Expanding Online Programs

NMU is currently expanding its online degree portfolio. The newest master's program to be completely online is the Master's of Public Administration (MPA). This program is designed to for both in-service and pre-service students. The MPA degree is housed in the School of Education, Leadership and Public Service. This interdisciplinary approach to graduate education enables MPA students to benefit from the numerous areas of expertise and diverse perspectives represented throughout the university. You can find out more by attending the March 18 event in Lansing or by visiting the MPA program online at www.nmu.edu/MPA.

Northern Michigan University’s College of Business will host the inaugural Celebration of Entrepreneurship and Business Conference on April 10, 2014, in the Don H. Bottum University Center. The conference includes 21 sessions, including topics such as internet marketing, business start-up considerations, risk management, entrepreneurial success, and a panel presentation on Women in Business.

8:00 a.m. Registration | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Conference | Don H. Bottum University Center
Cost: $30 For individuals, $15 for students
Attendees must register in advance.

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Campus Information


Upcoming Alumni Events


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.

March 14, 2014

#4 NMU Women's Basketball vs. #5 Quincy
@ O'Reilly Family Event Center (Springfield, Mo.)
9:30 p.m.
NCAA Division II Midwest Regional

NMU Hockey @ Minn. St. Mankato
8:07 p.m.
WCHA Playoff Quarterfinals

March 15, 2014

NMU Hockey @ Minn. St. Mankato
8:07 p.m.
WCHA Playoff Quarterfinals

March 16, 2014

NMU Hockey @ Minn. St. Mankato
8:07 p.m.
WCHA Playoff Quarterfinals


February 9, 2014  
2014 GLIAC Tournament Final  
NMU Women's Basketball 53
vs. Malone 49
February 8, 2014  
NMU Women's Basketball 59
vs. Michigan Tech 54
NMU Hockey 5
@ Ala.-Huntsville 2
February 7, 2014  
NMU Hockey 4
@ Ala.-Huntsville 1


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

Title: Senior Clerk

Department:  Housing & Residence Life
Hourly Rate: $10.01 probationary

Submit application March 17, 2014

Title:  Security Police Officer; variable shift/days; 12 hour shifts

Department:  Public Safety and Police Services
Hourly Rate:  $9.87 probationary

Submit application March 17, 2014

Title: Director-Residence Life

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

Submit application March 18, 2014

Title:  Operation Manager-Food and Nutrition

Department:  Dining Services
Targeted Salary Range: $40,080-$50,100

Submit application April 4, 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

NMU Hockey vs. Alabama-Huntsville Alumni Gathering

Over 50 NMU Alumni and friends gathered to cheer on the Wildcat Hockey team this past weekend. NMU took on Alabama-Huntsville to sweep the two game series. With the wins NMU secured a spot in the WCHA playoff quarterfinals.

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Traci Kolc '86 and Pedro "Pete" Avena '99, employees of the Death Valley National Park, pose with a NMU flag. Traci and Pete were unaware of their NMU connection until they worked on a project together at the park.

Karl Salscheider '74, '78 recently retired from Bemidji State University after 32 1/2 years of teaching. He also coached for 13 seasons, to become the winningest coach (147 victories) in Bemidji State University's men's basketball history. Karl attended NMU on a four year basketball scholarship, lettering three years and played under Glenn Brown. Congratulations Karl on your retirement.

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
Kerry Lucas '98, Advancement Senior Clerk