What's New, NMU? April 11, 2014


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The walk up to the new Jamrich Hall covered with newly fallen snow.

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Staying Wild: Doing Local History

After a very successful career acting as a CEO of several history museums, Dr. Robert Archibald ’70 BS, ’72 BA has returned to NMU to do what he loves best -- share with others his passion for local history.

Originally from Ishpeming, Dr. Archibald said his career path hadn’t always been so clear.  He enrolled at NMU as his second school of choice, after a short stay at Carleton College, and cited homesickness as the cause.  Glad to be back at home, he recalled enjoying his experience at NMU stating that the campus was full of passionate professors, familiar faces, and great interactions.

As an undergraduate, Dr. Archibald was double majoring in economics and history when he met and was befriended by his professor, just five years his senior, Dr. Russell Magnaghi.  Today, Dr. Archibald credits Dr. Magnaghi to spurring him on toward his master’s in history, and then his PhD.

Over the next forty years, Dr. Archibald’s career was marked with a series of successes.  He published three books and numerous articles.   He received three honorary doctorates, numerous professional and civic awards, and was commencement speaker at NMU in 2004.

During all of this time, however, he continued to maintain both a seasonal home in the Upper Peninsula, and his lifetime friendship with Dr. Russell Magnaghi.  And now that Dr. Archibald has fulfilled his desire to return to the area full-time, he is enjoying the outdoors, furniture building, and is looking forward to the summer class he will be teaching, Doing Local History.

“It should be popular,” Dr. Archibald said in regard to the six week session that is open to the community, “people are interested in history now, more than ever.”  He explained that the restoration of old buildings, the safeguarding of landmarks, and popularity of internet sites like ancestry.com are signs that people have a strong desire to connect with the past. 

“On a personal level, people want to connect with real physical places of the past” he said, and that will be exactly the experience Doing Local History will provide.  Dr. Archibald will lead students on a series of field trips that could include places like the Barnes-Hecker Memorial, the Lower Harbor Ore Docks, and Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum.  He will explain how a mining town is born, how people construct memories, and how automobiles changed our landscape.

“It will be a fun class,” he said.

Dr. Magnaghi and Dr. Archibald

Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum, Ishpeming Mich.

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Upcoming Alumni Events

You are cordially invited to attend…

Advances in Brain Tumor Research and Treatment in Upper Michigan

Bay College’s Joseph Herman Center
2001 North Lincoln Road, Escanaba, Michigan

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Hors D’ Oeuvres and Refreshment at 5:30pm
Program starting at 6:00pm


  • Richard Rovin, MD neurosurgeon and Medical Director of the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center at Marquette General Hospital
  • Robert Winn, PhD Associate Dean of Applied Sciences biology at Northern Michigan University

An overview of nationally recognized research being conducted at NMU examines the genetics of primary brain tumors in an effort to identify the mechanisms of cellular pathology and novel treatment strategies.

Astonishing video of the newest minimally invasive approaches to the inner reaches of the brain using BrainPath will be shown. Dr. Rovin was the first neurosurgeon in the nation to use this technology at Marquette General Hospital.

The event is free to the public but is limited to 150 people.
Contact the Community Foundation For Delta County
At 906-786-6654 or info@cffdc.org to register

Sponsored by
The Community Foundation For Delta County
Marquette General Health System
Northern Michigan University 

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. 

Join us in the special reserved section for NMU Night at Comerica Park, August 27, to watch the Detroit Tigers take on the New York Yankees.

  • Pre-game reception for all NMU fans at 5 p.m. – Bookies, 2208 Cass Avenue, Detroit
    • Appetizers provided, cash bar available
  • Special welcome to NMU alumni and friends on Tigers scoreboard at Comerica Park
  • Wear your NMU logos and colors to show your spirit

  More details and ticket information can be found here.


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

Title: Senior Associate Vice President for Administration

Department:  Finance and Administration
Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Submit application May 1, 2014

Title:  Director of Human Resources

Department:  Human Resources
Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Submit application May 2, 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

Allan Copenhaver '12 of Marquette stopped by to say hello. Thank you Allan.

2014 Alumni Soccer Team. "We rely on our alumni every year to help and support our current players. It's always great to see them and they still play an exceptional game of soccer. Some of the best games I've watched in my ten years at Northern are the alumni vs current team matches. They all move the ball so well." said Matt Granstrand, Soccer Head Coach. The tournament is an annual event, please contact Coach Granstrand for information regarding next years alumni game.

Alumni in the News

Robert Gorsuch '67 of Fitchburg Wis. celebrates 50 years in community banking.  Gorsuch started his career banking while Marquette durring the mid 70's and now resides in Wisconsin still active in the community. You can read more about his history here.

The Steve Klenke Jazz Sextet recently released Tangerine, a CD consisting of smooth jazz.  Steve attended NMU from 1973-75.  To listen to songs from the cd, and for information on how to purchase, please visit www.steveklenke.com.

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, Senior Clerk