What's New, NMU for the week of Monday, July 5, 2010

What's New, NMU?

For the week of Monday, July 5, 2010

From the 6th floor

Probably could not have asked for better weather for Fourth of July celebrations; at least those celebrated on Sat. July 3. In Marquette, temperatures reached into the 90's with plenty of sunshine. That likely proved too warm for those marching band members stuck in wool uniforms, though. The rain set in on Monday, cooling things off. Forecasters call for showers through the early part of the week, with warmer weather moving back in for the upcoming weekend.

Alumni Legacy Scholarship awarded

Heidi Hill and NMU Alumni Association President Kris Day '94.

Heidi Hill, who just finished her junior at Northern Michigan University, has been awarded the NMU Alumni Legacy Scholarship. Heidi's mother, Carol Hill, graduated from Northern in 1980. The legacy scholarship is supported by revenues generated from the NMU Wildcat license plate. Hill, from Ishpeming, is studying Communications at Northern. Read more about the scholarship. Get your Wildcat plate today.

Horizons should hit mailboxes any day

The Summer issue of Horizons, the magazine for alumni and friends of Northern Michigan University, should be arriving in your mailbox shortly. The colorful issue celebrates Northern's jewel of a hometown: Marquette. Over the past year, the city of Marquette has received a number of awards and honors. Highlighting the list, its selection as a "Distinctive Destination" by the National Trust for Historical Preservation. It seems that Marquette and the Upper Peninsula continue to hold a special place in the hearts of many NMU alumni as demonstrated by your outpouring of support to help make Marquette the "fan favorite".

The summer issue features:

  • What makes NMU's hometown so special and why you and your family should consider visiting, learning, working or retiring here.
  • Take a trip around the city's favorite haunts and hear the reasons why people miss or embrace life on the shore of the big lake
  • Find out why young alumni are moving back to Marquette.
  • How much do you know about the Queen City of the North? Take our quiz and find out!

Horizons is a service of the NMU Alumni Association. More than 46,000 alumni and friends around the globe receive the magazine. Help support the magazine by joining the NMU Alumni Association today.


Jon Christensen '77 of Marquette was the winner of two Detroit Tiger tickets, courtesy of the NMU Alumni Association. The tickets are for the Sunday. Aug. 22 game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. The tickets are just one of many prizes given away to NMU Alumni Association members throughout the year. Not a member? Join today.

Alumni encouraged to enter International Photo Contest

The third annual International Photo Contest is under way. NMU faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to participate. The contest is sponsored by International Programs and the Provost's Office. Contest rules and official entry form are available here. All photos must be submitted by October 22 to be eligible for prizes.

Grad claims World Champion Barista Title

NMU alumnus Mike Phillips '02 was crowned the winner of the 2010 World Barista Championship (WBC), held June 23-25 in London, England. He also became the first U.S. barista to take home the top prize since the annual event began in 2000. Phillips earned the right to compete on the world stage by winning first at the national level. He accomplished the same feat in 2009 and finished third at the WBC. He was thrilled to move up to first place in the final standings this year.

“It was an extremely humbling experience,” said Phillips, who has worked more than four years for Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea in Chicago. “So many talented coffee professionals from all over the globe get involved in this. These people fought hard to be best in their countries. I considered it an honor to compete against them. It’s stressful because there’s a lot riding on the event—you’re not just competing as an individual, but you’re representing your company. Winning the title is great. It’s also a team win because it demonstrates the effort our staff puts in to making good coffee every day.”

The WBC is billed as “the preeminent international coffee competition.” Champions from more than 50 nations each prepare four espressos, four cappuccinos and four original signature drinks to exacting standards in a 15-minute performance set to music. WBC-certified judges from around the world evaluate each performance on the taste of beverages served, cleanliness, creativity, technical skill and overall presentation. The top 12 competitors from the first round move to a semifinal. Six advance to the finals, where one is crowned World Barista Champion.

Phillips said he developed an interest in specialty coffee in Marquette while studying digital cinema at NMU. “I spent a lot of time at Dead River [Coffee Shop] and learned a lot there that I started applying on my own. As I moved around in search of work, I continued to take it seriously on a home level, grinding my own beans and making different drinks. Eventually I decided to jump ship on the film thing and pursue full-time work as a barista.”

More than 1,000 spectators cheered on the WBC competitors. An Internet audience of nearly 30,000 also watched streaming video of the event (click here to see the announcement). The WBC was founded by the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe and the Specialty Coffee Association of America. Its goals are to promote excellence in coffee, advance the barista profession and engage a worldwide audience with an annual championship event that serves as the culmination of local and regional events around the globe. For more information, visit WBC.

Looking for a job?

The NMU Alumni Association offers a number of ways to network, including posting job opportunities when we become aware of them.

Northern Michigan University has the following vacancies:

Assistant Director-Academic and Career Advisement Center (Jacobetti Complex Office); grant ending 6/30/11
Department: Academic and Career Advisement Center (Jacobetti Complex)
Targeted Salary Range:  $28,300-$46,200
Submit application by July 16.

Senior Secretary II-NMU Foundation; 20 hours per week
Department: NMU Foundation
Hourly Salary: $9.72 probationary
Submit application by July 12.

You can read more about the positions on the NMU Human Resources website.

The Northern Network is a great source for employment assistance. The Northern Network is our exclusive online community for alumni and friends. But it's not just local. Hundreds of companies from around the globe post jobs daily

Heritage Center seeks U.P. families with Canadian roots

The Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center at NMU is seeking U.P. families with Canadian roots for an upcoming exhibition on the migration of Canadian families to the region.
The center would like to hear from U.P. residents of Anishinaabeg, English, French, German, Irish and other ethnic backgrounds whose families lived in Canada for at least one generation and migrated to the Upper Peninsula during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibition will include photographs, artifacts, stories, diaries, and other materials relevant to their migration and lives in the Upper Peninsula. It opens January 2011.
To contact the center about having your family included, call 906-227-1219 or email heritage@nmu.edu.

Thanks for stopping by...

...Alumni Association member Christine Lord Holiday '81, of Tullahoma, Tenn.
Christine is now entered to win the summer prize package from the NMU Alumni Association. All visitors to the 6th floor are automatically entered. Association members get an extra entry. Stop by and visit us in 603 Cohodas Hall.

Have something you would like to share?

Feedback should be directed to dhemmila@nmu.edu

What's New, NMU? is a service of the NMU Alumni Association.

Not a member? Join today.