What's New, NMU? June 27, 2014


June 27, 2014

Staying Wild
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A last look at the bridge between West Science and old Jamrich.  Photo credit Bryant Varney.

Jamrich demolition, with new Jamrich in the background. Photo Credit, Adelle Whitefoot, Mining Journal

The Jamrich Hall demolition is officially underway and can be observed through the NMU webcam found at www.nmu.edu/webcam. We are sad to see the old Jamrich go, but are excited for new opportunities that await campus! Construction on the new Jamrich is on schedule to open for the fall semester. Check out the progress at www.nmu.edu/newjamrich.

The Wildcat Den is undergoing its first remodel this summer since 1993. Come the end of June, the Den will sport new flooring, redesigned food and drink stations, all while incorporating upcycled pieces into the layout.

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Staying Wild: Kevin Corkin ‘13


You could say Kevin Corkin’s scouting career began in the first grade, when his title was “Tiger Cub.”  After a brief hiatus in the third grade, he was wooed back to the organization after hearing how fun summer camp was from classmates.  He went on to eventually earn a rank that only five percent of boy scouts achieve:  Eagle Scout.   

“Scouting is a great program for kids and not only teaches them about the outdoors, but more importantly teaches them about character development, leadership skills, citizenship, and physical fitness,” said Kevin.

His love of scouting and experience working at a summer camp since the age of 14 led him to consider scouting as a career.  Kevin chose NMU because of the Outdoor Recreation, Leadership & Management program, and also because of his love of the outdoors and winter sports.  At Northern he became immersed in service activities both on and off-campus, including Alpha Phi Omega, the co-ed scouting service fraternity, the Organization for Outdoor Recreation Professionals, area scouting groups and the local 4-H Club. 

In reflecting on his time at NMU, he had this to say about now-retired Professor Cheryl Teeters: “She made learning fun and brought everything back to how it will help in the real world.”  

His graduation in 2013 made the Corkins’ a Legacy Family, as he joined parents Mary ‘82 and George ’85 and other relatives as Northern alumni.

Now, as Camp Hiawatha director and the district executive for the Boy Scouts of America’s North Field Team, Kevin works directly with all unit leaders and community members in the northern part of the Upper Peninsula, training and recruiting leaders, assisting with program improvement, fundraising through the Friends of Scouting Campaign, and helping with the Cardboard Classic at Marquette Mountain and Cub Klondike in Sault Ste. Marie.  The district is part of the Bay-Lakes Council, which encompasses 27,000 boys in 35 counties in Northeast Wisconsin and the U.P., making it one of the largest scouting councils in the Midwest. 

In talking about his passion for service, Kevin says it’s vital to every community.  “There are many people who wouldn’t be where they are today without the services that volunteers provide.”  Considering he has devoted much of his life to helping others, there are likely many who could say the same about Kevin.
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Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is always looking for new volunteers to help with one day programs, teaching Merit Badges, or monthly/weekly Scout leader positions. To find out more about your local unit go to www.beascout.org.

For information on the Friends of Scouting Campaign contact Kevin at kevin.corkin@scouting.org.

Were you a Boy Scout?  Get reconnected to the organization through the Scouting Alumni Association.

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Campus Information


Upcoming Alumni Events

Dakota House Reunion 2014!

Marquette, Mich.
July 10 - 14, 2014

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


NMU WRFC Northstar Rugby 20 Year Reunion

Marquette, Mich.

August 29-August 31

Reunion events are planned for Labor Day weekend, with a kick off Friday, August 29 at the Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette, a friendly match on Saturday morning, and social to follow. Search Facebook for "Northstars are 20! 1994-2014" for more details or contact Kerry Slife '01 at  kslife@searchpath.com or (440) 376-1089.

NMU "Moosemen" Men's Rugby 35 Year Reunion

Marquette, Mich.

August 29-August 31

For those in town, a gathering will be held on Thursday, August 28 at the Doghouse Pub.  Kickoff is Friday, August 29 at the Ore Dock Brewing Company with a friendly match on Saturday at 1pm, and social to follow. A possible golf outing may be scheduled for Sunday. Search Facebook for "NMU Moosemen Rugby Old Boys Weekend 2014." For more details or contact Nate DeDamos ‘03 at ndedamos@yahoo.com.

2014 Blueberry Classic Golf Outing

Marquette, Mich.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The fourth annual Blueberry Classic takes place at the Northern Michigan University Golf Course and will not be your ordinary golf outing!  Funds raised at this event benefit students who encounter unexpected financial challenges, but it's also about having fun in a non-competitive event.

Visit http://www.nmu.edu/blueberryclassic/node/1 to learn more and register.


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. Interested in attending but don’t want to make the drive?  Checker Tours has organized a bus and hotel package for the event.  For details, click here or contact Greg Casperson at 906-226-7772 x5.

Homecoming 2014

Marquette, Mich.

Friday, September 26 – Saturday, September 27

Come back to campus for Homecoming 2014!  Plans are already and events include the parade, annual all-alumni reception, a tailgate and community BBQ before the NMU vs. Michigan Tech football game and more!  More details will be included in the next issue of What’s New.

NMU Wildcat Hockey vs UW Badgers

Green Bay, Wis.

Alumni Night - Friday, October 17

The annual series between NMU and UW-Madison takes place October 17 and October 18 at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Friday’s game will feature a postgame party.  More details to come.   
To purchase game tickets, visit www.nmu.edu/tickets or call (906) 227-1032.  Mention you are an NMU alumni and receive a special ticket rate of $15/ticket (limit of 2).


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

Title:  Senior Library Attendant; 11 month position; variable shift/days; evening and weekend work required

Department:  Academic Information Services/Library
Hourly Rate:  $10.01 probationary; $10.74 working rate

Submit application July 7, 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

Lawrence Majestic '84 stopped by the 6th floor to say hello. Lawrence, now retired, was the city planner for the city of Sterling Heights, Mich.

Pepsi Jacobs ‘96 dropped in to update us on what has been happening. Thank you Pepsi for taking the time to visit

Shelly Ruspakka ’04 visited the Alumni office to say hello. Shelly and her family are in Marquette for the summer before they move back to Idaho.

NMU Board of Trustees Chair, Rick Popp ’88, ’90 sent us this photo from Krakow, Poland with the message “Always proud to be a Wildcat!”

Alumni in the News

Best Wine in California

Alumnus Anthony “Tony” De Venuta ’71 BA was one of the top contestants at the 2014 California State Fair. The California State Fair is known for being the largest wine competition in the state. Tony won multiple awards, including Best of Show: White for his 2012 Symphony. All four of the wines he submitted won a title, along with his label. You can learn more about the Bullfrog Creek Vineyard & Winery here: http://www.bullfrogcreekvineyard.com/

Michigan Teaching Fellows

On June 11, Governor Rick Snyder introduced the 2014 class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship. Among them are two Northern Michigan University alumni: Jessica Forsman ’14 BS (Biology/Physiology) and Daniel Houvener ’13 BS (Biology).  Michigan is one of five states now participating in the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships. The competitive program recruits accomplished career changers and outstanding recent college graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (the STEM fields) to teach these subjects in high-need Michigan schools.

Read more about the program: http://woodrow.org/news/2014_ww-wkkf-michigan-teachingfellows/

Tiger Baseball

NMU alumnus and Marquette native, Adam Hamari ’05 BA, was the umpire for the June 8th Detroit Tigers game.

Detroit Tigers' Eugenio Suarez hits an RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Detroit, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Standing behind the plate are home plate umpire Adam Hamari and catcher A.J. Pierzynski. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) http://bit.ly/1s0MEEd

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:
Rachel Busch, Advancement Office Intern
Marina Dupler '03, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Brad Hamel '99, '14 MPA, Assistant Director of Advancement Communications