News Bureau


  • August 14, 2018
    Alumnus Named to Conexus Indiana Board

    Gary Bertoline ('74 BS) has been appointed to the Conexus Indiana board of directors, which guides efforts to promote and grow the state's advanced manufacturing and logistics economy through innovative collaborations. He is dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and distinguished professor of Computer Graphics Technology and Computer & Information Technology at Purdue University. 

  • August 13, 2018
    Alumnus Named Ashland City Administrator

    Brant Kucera (2000 MPA) has been named the new city administrator for Ashland, Wis. He is scheduled to assume those duties on Monday, Aug. 27. Kucera previously served as city manager for the Oregon municipalities of Sisters and Cannon Beach, and for Gladstone, Mich. from 2005-08, according to his LinkedIn profile.

  • August 6, 2018
    NMU a Top 10 Michigan University

    Northern Michigan University is among the top 10 four-year colleges in Michigan, according to a new ranking by The online hub for higher education information analyzed the state’s public universities and independent colleges for metrics representing quality, flexibility and affordability. NMU holds the 10th spot in the ranking. View the results here.

  • August 3, 2018
    NCLL Offers Canyon Falls Hike

    The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host an excursion to Canyon Falls and gorge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28. The registration deadline is Thursday, Aug. 23.

  • August 2, 2018
    May's Book Noted by 'The New Yorker'

    NMU English Professor Rachel May's An American Quilt appeared at the top of a recent "Briefly Noted" column in the books section of The New Yorker. The description reads: "In this far-reaching history, the discovery of an unfinished antebellum quilt becomes an investigation of the fragile scraps of documents used to make its backing. The fragments lead May to a white couple in South Carolina, who incorporated fabric left over from their slaves’ “gowns” into the quilt, as well as to some of the 13-plus people whom the family owned. May acknowledges the naïveté of her early research—'I was surprised and suddenly disgusted by the quilt that I’d fallen in love with,' she writes—but the book evolves into a meticulous and insightful account of slavery’s role in early mercantile America."

  • August 2, 2018
    Alumna Recounts Value of NMU Experience

    NMU alumna Tiffany Kleiman (’15 BS) will embark this fall on a doctoral program in criminal justice with a concentration in behavioral science at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She recently recounted the value of her undergraduate experience and thanked faculty and staff who made “an imprint” on her life in an email to President Fritz Erickson and Provost Kerri Schuiling.

  • August 1, 2018
    Former Wildcat Accepts New Coaching Position

    Mark Simon ('86), former Wildcat basketball player and NMU Sports Hall of Fame member, has been hired as girls basketball coach at St. Thomas Aquinas (formerly Catholic Central) in Marinette, Wis. Simon played for Stephenson High School, including the 1981 Class C state championship team. He returned there to coach the girls team to a 20-3 record in 2014, according to the Escanaba Daily Press.

  • July 31, 2018
    Alumnus Combines Culinary and Graphic Art

    Drake Nagel ('12 BFA) puts his graphic design skills honed at NMU to work on behalf of his two culinary ventures: Happy's Taco Shop in Petoskey; and a food truck business that extends to Traverse City. In a Petoskey News-Review artist profile, Nagel said cooking is his first love, but he also recognizes the importance of establishing a brand through a logo and other visual elements. So he has combined both talents, creating a number of menu boards for the food trucks and designs for available merchandise offered through the company. Nagel began on this path while attending NMU, where he started doing freelance graphic design work for bands and the restaurant where he worked. Read his full profile here

  • July 30, 2018
    Schwenke Joins NRRI

    NMU alumna Stacy Schwenke ('07 MAE) has joined the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth. She fills a new position dedicated to strategic management of the organization's grants and contracts, which comprise about 55 percent of NRRI's research funding. NRRI's mission is to "deliver research solutions to balance our economy, resources and environment for resilient communities." Schwenke's previous research administration work experience included positions with University of Wisconsin System campuses and the Marine Biological Laboratory. She holds a master's degree in education administration from NMU.

  • July 26, 2018
    Former OTS Weightlifter Helps Revive Infant

    Ronnie Tucker, a former weightlifter at NMU's Olympic Training Site, helped to save the life of an unresponsive newborn outside the Michigan State Police Jackson Post. He has been a state trooper for eight months. Tucker was first on the scene to assist a couple in an SUV parked outside whose baby emerged feet first and wasn't breathing. With CPR equipment from his vehicle and the training he underwent in the police academy, he kept the newborn's airway open and tried rubbing her chest for stimulation, eventually finding success. Tucker had an emotional reunion with the family July 24. Read the full story here.