News for NMU Employees


NMU won a silver Loyal E. Horton Dining Award for its Hunters’ Feast event. The competition is sponsored annually by the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS). NMU placed second among medium schools in the “Residential Dining-Special Event” category. Entries were judged on criteria including menu and meal, theme development and/or execution and marketing. The Hunters’ Feast was held last November in the Wildcat Den. It featured a variety of game dishes, such as porchetta-style boar roasts, carved antelope roasts, elk burger with smoked tomato and venison chili. Side dishes including Michigan maple syrup-glazed carrots and a marinated mushroom salad also were offered.

NMU presented the first annual "Robin Rahoi Award" for the best display at the campus Health Fair to the Marquette Food Coop. The award is determined by a panel of judges at the event based on criteria such as clarity of health promoting message, attractiveness of display, interaction with participants, usefulness of take-home materials and encouragement of positive health change. It honors the memory of Rahoi, who was a registered dietician for NMU Dining Services. Pictured are (from left) Lauren Michie and Neal Curran from the Coop; Gail Petersen, Rahoi’s mom; Alex Kerlin from NMU's Health Promotion Society and Lenny Shible (Health Promotion Office).

Tawni Ferrarini (Economics) served as a judge and writer for 14th National Economics Challenge, held May 18 in New York City. The event is sponsored by the Council for Economic Education. Ferrarini helped to judge the critical thinking round. The challenge ended with her and others going to the New York Stock Exchange for the closing bell.

NMU senior Cheyenne Stewart earned All-American status with an eighth-place finish in the triple jump at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Stewart broke the NMU school record with a mark of 41-7 in the event improving on her qualifying mark by over a foot. Stewart was also an All-American in the triple jump during indoor season.

The Student Leader Fellowship Program (SLFP) would like to acknowledge the following faculty and staff members who served as mentors during the 2013-14 academic year. Each acted as a role model, adviser and friend to a student fellow by providing guidance and support to the students as they strive to become leaders of their communities through service. The SLFP is recruiting mentors for the fall. If interested, call ext. 1771 or email

Katie Berger-Racine (Education, Leadership and Public Service)

Dave Bonsall, NMU Retiree

Julane Cappo (Human Resources)

Kristi Evans (Identity, Brand and Marketing)

Kathy Frazier (Controller’s Office)

Kari Garcia (Admissions)

Keith Greising (AIS-Library)

Rachel Harris (Center for Student Enrichment)

Heather Isaacson (Clinical Sciences)

Jessica Jones (NMU Foundation)

Janet Koski (Equal Opportunity)

James Livingston, NMU Retiree

Marguerite Moore (Health and Human Performance)

Cindy Paavola (Assistant to the President)

Larry Pagel (Business)

Dawn Peterson (Academic and Career Advisement Center)

Kathy Richards (Engineering and Planning)