What's New, NMU? August, 8 2014


August 8, 2014

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A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the Wahtera Pavilion was held on July 18.  The pavilion was made possible through a bequest by NMU alumnus Waino Wahtera ’40 BS.

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Staying Wild: Valarie Andes '03 will see you at the movies!

While Marquette is noted for outdoor activities, restaurants, and beautiful scenery, with the opening of Thomas Theatre, there’s one more feather in the area’s cap.  Owned by Tom and Valarie Andes ’03, the 32,000 square foot theatre features 10 screens with digital projection and 3-D, along with a high-tech sound system.  During a recent “behind the scenes” tour, Advancement office staff learned that the customer experience is at the core of their business, and that the theatre is as beautiful as it is state-of-the-art.

Upon entering, patrons are greeted with a custom-designed carpet featuring an expansive, historical map of the Upper Peninsula.  In fact, Michigan history was the impetus for the theatre’s design.  Other architectural and interior details include copper and metallic surfaces; a nod to the area’s mining history, wood grain finish, reminiscent of the area’s timber industry, and signage influenced by the state’s automobile heritage.    

The expansive lobby was designed around the concession stand, where patrons can purchase their tickets and snacks all at one register.  Designed to eliminate lines, soda is self-serve and a special “on-demand” ice machine ensures supply never runs low.  Even the popcorn is given special attention, with butter layered throughout instead of poured on top.

In the individual theatres, stadium-style seats are large, high backed and comfortable and there are special VIP seating areas, placed where the screen and the sound are at their most ideal.  The Andes note that their theatre experience is particularly suitable for families, as evidenced by the inclusion of a bathroom specifically for families, as well as a large room that can be rented for birthday parties, hockey watch parties, meetings and more.  One of the theatres can also be rented for special occasions.

The theatre even boasts a drive-through option, where customers can purchase tickets and anything from concessions – even if all you want is the popcorn.

In reflecting on her time at Northern, Valarie says that while she knew she wanted to pursue a degree in business, it was her first marketing class taught by Professor Irvin Zaenglein that helped her find direction.   A marketing and human resources position at a Chicago law firm gave her insight on how a company operates, and much of that experience has helped her as a business owner. 

For Valarie, it’s been rewarding to own a business in the same town where she received her Bachelor’s degree.  “Marquette is such an amazing community and now my family will forever have ties to the area,” she says.  “It has changed a lot over the past 11 years, and seems to only be improving.  We are excited to be contributing to and be a part of this progressive community.” 

The theatre employs over 100 people, many of them NMU students. Marquette is the third location of Thomas Theatres, which also operates theatres in Escanaba and Quinnesec.

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New Graduate Program at NMU

Seven new (or improved) graduate degree programs are starting this fall. It’s a good time to expand your skills and advance your career, with a university you trust.

Applied Behavior Analysis

Learn to affect behavior change in a variety of populations, such as those with autism or learning challenges, or help improve lifestyles or work performance. On campus with a summer practicum.

Clinical Molecular Genetics

This is the future of science, and NMU has one of the only programs in the country. Online with a one-week lab experience at NMU.

Educational Administration

Prepares beginning principals and school leaders at the elementary, middle or secondary level. Online.

Higher Education in Student Affairs

For those interested in working in student services at colleges and universities. Online and real-time.

Master of Business Administration

Customize your MBA by selecting a behavioral or quantitative track and your choice of electives. On campus with evening courses.

Post Secondary Biology Education

Prepare for a career teaching biology in a college setting. On campus with a summer session.

Public Administration

Choose from new concentrations in state and local government, human resource administration, criminal justice administration and public management. Online.

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Upcoming Alumni Events

Bringing a little U.P. to the D!

Join the NMU Alumni Association on Wednesday, August 27 for the 8th Annual NMU Night at Comerica Park when the Detroit Tigers take on the New York Yankees as part of Derek Jeter’s final series in Detroit.  The pre-party starts at 5 p.m. at Bookies (2208 Cass Ave. Detroit).

As part of our “Bringing the U.P. to the D!” promotion, we’ll be drawing names from those who have purchased tickets that week, giving away prizes like candy from Donckers, a Phil’s 550 t-shirt, a gift certificate for Jean Kay’s Pasties shipped right to your door, and a Detroit Tigers hat from Casualties!   We’re doing a special drawing for those who have purchased their ticket already.

Tickets are $45 which includes the pre-party and game ticket.  Quantities are limited – call to order your tickets today!  1-877-GRAD-NMU.

Want to win a free ticket?  Check the NMU Alumni Association Facebook and Twitter (@nmualumniassoc) for Tiger Tuesdays, when a new NMU trivia question will be posted at 2 p.m.  Answer correctly and you could win!  The first trivia question will be posted next week.

Homecoming 2014

Come back to campus for a Homecoming weekend of events for the whole family! 

September 26-27

Start your weekend off with the annual Homecoming Parade on Third Street at 5:30 p.m., followed by the annual All Alumni Reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Landmark Hotel.  Join fellow alumni and NMU faculty and staff for free appetizers and a cash bar. NMU women’s volleyball takes on Hillsdale College at 7pm.

September 27th – Game Day Saturday

The NMU Alumni Association is once again sponsoring the XTERRA Lake Superior Shore Run.  Participants can choose from a trail half marathon, 5K or 1K youth run.  All trail runs begin at Little Presque Isle.  Visit www.lakesuperiorshorerun.com for information on how to register.

The 2014 Alumni Award winners will be honored at a brunch and awards ceremony.  Stay tuned for next month’s issue, when this year’s award winners will be revealed!

The all-new Homecoming Community Tailgate will kick off at 4 p.m. on Saturday in front of the Dome.  Come tailgate and participate in lawn games, bounce-houses, dunk tank, music and fun for all ages.  A barbecue buffet and local craft beer will be available for purchase.  It all leads up to the 7 p.m. game when NMU faces Michigan Tech.

Advance tickets packages include food, game ticket and a t-shirt.  Adults $22, children $18.  To purchase, visit https://tickets.nmu.edu/Online/bundles.asp?menu_id=0D6D564E-D506-430D-A459-169A3ABA7E9C or call (906) 227-1032. 

Watch future What’s New issues for more Homecoming events!

More Alumni Events

Michigan Veterans Expos

Marquette, Michigan Grand Rapids, Michigan Detroit, Michigan
August 8-9, 2014 September 5-6, 2014 November 7-8, 2014

The Marquette Michigan Veterans Expo will take place this weekend, August 8-9 at the NMU Superior Dome. This free event is designed to provide veterans and their families with a one-stop shop for connecting with the benefits and services they have earned, plus employment and educational opportunities and other community programs of interest to them. Read more: http://bit.ly/1nRsK6m

Not in Marquette? Two more expos will be held in Michigan; September 5-6 at the DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids and November 7-8 at the Cobo Center in Detroit.

Dr. Frank Verley Memorial Events

Marquette, MI

Thursday, Aug 14 – Friday, Aug 15, 2014

An event is being held this summer to honor the memory of Dr. Frank Verley, a professor in the Biology Department for 38 years.  He passed away in the summer of 2013.

On Thursday, August 14th, the swing band ‘Nick Adams and the Arel Sea Divers’ will perform at the Landmark Inn.  This event is designed to give colleagues, friends, and former students a chance to reconnect and share memories of Dr. Frank Verley. There will be light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar from 5 – 8 p.m. Ticket price is $20. Donations will be accepted for the Dr. Frank Verley Scholarship with checks payable to the NMU Foundation.  For more information please go to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/303793836465023/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

NMU Fall Fest

Marquette, MI

Monday, August 25, 2014

With the start of the fall semester comes Fall Fest!  If you’ll be in the area, stop by the large NMU Alumni and Foundation tent outside of the University Center for a special treat!

NMU Wildcat Hockey vs UW Badgers

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Alumni Night - Friday, October 17

NMU faces UW-Madison on October 17-18.  The annual hockey series takes place at the Resch Center in Green Bay and Friday is alumni night.  Watch for details on a special post-game event! 

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).


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Alumni in the news

Award Winning Author & Local Book Signing

Author and alumnus Charles B. Smith ‘05 was selected as an Editor's Choice by the Historical Novel Society book review for his work 1914: A Novel. “1914 is an epic historical novel that takes place during the month leading up to and, subsequently, the first five months of the First World War. The book, follows nine main characters and a wider cast of characters around them, offering varied perspectives from men on differing sides of the conflict.” Smith’s book is available for sale on Amazon.com, both in paperback and for Kindle, follow link for details: http://amzn.to/1mO5DgA.

Smith will be at Snowbound Books on Third Street in Marquette on Thursday, August 7 for a book signing. Stop by and bring your copy of 1914 to have signed. Copies will also be available for purchase.

Alumna publishes Giving Motherhood a Voice

What does it take to gestate a book about mothering?  For Suzi Banks Baum ‘81, it took two teenagers, a fierce sense of longing, and three years of blogging while “tangled in kids, laundry, and work.”  On August 14, the Giving Motherhood a Voice book tour arrives in the Upper Peninsula with series of three talks in Escanaba, Marquette and Ishpeming. Highlighted with readings from An Anthology of Babes: Thirty-six Women Give Motherhood A Voice and music by Terri L. Bocklund, these free events will include a conversation with audience members celebrating the creativity of even the most uncelebrated acts of parenting.  Monica Devine ‘78 of Eagle River, Alaska will be among the featured readers.

Hosted by the Escanaba Public Library on August 14 at 6:30 PM, the Marquette Arts and Cultural Center at the Peter White Library on August 15 at 2:00 PM, and the Joy Center of Ishpeming on Saturday, August 16 at 6:30 PM, these events are open to all. For more details, contact Tiina Harris arts-culture@mqtcty.org or Suzi Banks Baum at Suzi@LaundryLineDivine.com.

Detroit Red Wings add Jim Hiller ’95 to Coaching Staff

The Detroit Red Wings announced that they have hired Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer as assistant coaches. Hiller joins the organization after 11 years in the Western Hockey League and British Columbia Hockey League, most recently as head coach of the WHL’s Tri-City Americans from 2009-14.


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6th Floor Visitors

Olof Stolen ’69 stopped by the 6th floor to say hello. Thank you Olof for taking the time to visit.

Barbara ‘94 and Richard ‘91 Cormier, along with Jocelyn (future Wildcat) and family stopped by.  The Cormier’s report that another NMU Alumni gathering in Huntsville, Alabama is in the works for 2015.  Thanks for visiting! 

Glen and Lillian "Wise" Bonetti ’83 dropped in to update us on what has been happening.

Rob ’76 and Shelley ‘76 Boden were visiting the U.P. from Ithaca, Michigan, celebrating a wedding anniversary.

Bryan Bentzen ‘90 and daughter Mae visited from Virginia.

Scott Hegerich ’69 visited from Vancouver, Washington.

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, anticipated ‘16 graduate, Advancement Office intern
Marina Dupler '03, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Vince Grout, Director of Advancement Communications
Brad Hamel '99, '14 MPA, Assistant Director of Advancement Communications