What's New, NMU? September 12, 2014


September 12, 2014

Staying Wild
Alumni Award Winners
Campus Information
Staying Connected

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Some of the leaves are already beginning to change. It won't be long until the rich colors of fall are flooding NMU's campus.

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Staying Wild: Homecoming Week Around the Corner

Homecoming Events

Northern Michigan University’s campus is buzzing with excitement as Homecoming 2014 rapidly approaches. The faint aroma of spray paint and saw dust fills the air as rusty, old trailers are erected into brilliant representations of the Wildcat spirit. Potential kings and queens campaign for the crown and the cracking of pads echoes through the vacant Superior Dome, waiting to be drowned out by the screams and cheers of the Wildcat faithful, shirtless, body-painted students and alumni filled with ‘Cat pride as the team gears up to face the Huskies.

The coming together of old friends and gathering of so many generations of NMU alumni is what makes homecoming such a special time. NMU invites all of its alumni to join the festivities, including watching the Wildcats topple the Huskies, Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 25-27.

Thursday, Sept. 25

The events kick-off at 7 p.m. on Thursday with the public unveiling and dedication of the newly constructed Jamrich Hall. Remarks from President Emeritus John X. Jamrich, for whom the building is named, and NMU president Fritz Erickson will accompany the ribbon cutting ceremony. Desserts and refreshments will be provided along with public tours from 8 – 9 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

Alumni traveling into town or unable to make the new Jamrich Hall dedication are encouraged to drop into the new building for Starbucks coffee from 2 – 4 p.m. NMU’s Campus Visit Staff will be giving tours every 15 minutes which include a comprehensive view of the state-of-the-art active learning classrooms.

The annual Homecoming Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Come watch as the marching band, decorated cars and dazzling floats make their way down Marquette’s Third Street.

After the parade, hop on over to Front Street where the NMU Alumni Association hosts the annual All Alumni Reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Harbor Room in the Landmark Inn hotel. NMU President Fritz Erickson and football coach Chris Ostrowsky headline the reception that is sure to pump up the Wildcat fans. All alumni, friends and family are encouraged to attend. Enjoy catching up with old friends and meeting new ones over complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.

NMU Women’s Volleyball gets set to take on Hillsdale Friday evening at 7 p.m. in the Vandament Arena.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Saturday morning begins with the 20th annual Xterra Lake Superior Shore Run. This half-marathon, 5k and youth 1k trail race serves as the Superiorland Youth Ski Club’s biggest fundraiser. Race are held at Little Presque Isle with staggered starts beginning at 9:30 a.m. Click here for more information or to register.

The 2014 Alumni Association Award winners will be honored at a by-invitation ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

At 3:30 p.m. the women’s volleyball team takes to the court versus Findlay for the second match in as many days.

Later, the game day activities heat up with the all new Homecoming Community Tailgate beginning at 4 p.m. at the Superior Dome. The Alumni Association is teaming up with NMU Athletics, the student Special Events Committee and other sponsors to produce a classic tailgate atmosphere outside the doors of the Superior Dome. The whole family is invited to the party which includes lawn games, bounce houses, a dunk tank, student performances and music. Local craft beer tents and a barbecue buffet will be available for purchase at this free event. Special ticket packages, which include a game ticket, food and a special “Beat Tech” shirt are available through the NMU Ticket Office at 906-227-1032. The weekend draws to a close in climactic fashion when the Wildcats face the Huskies on the gridiron at 7 p.m. in the Superior Dome. The game is sure to be electric as these two bitter rivals clash for the Miner’s Cup, bragging rights and an important GLIAC win.


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Alumni Award Winners

It is with great honor that the Alumni Association announces the 2014 alumni award winners. These alumni have achieved outstanding accomplishments in their field, made significant contributions to society and demonstrated leadership and civic qualities.

Distinguished Alumni Award:  Bruce Remington '75 
A true trailblazer in his field, Bruce has been a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory since 1988. He is a world leader in the study of high energy density experimental science applied to astrophysics, planetary science and applied physics, using high-energy, high-power lasers. Bruce was awarded the prestigious Edward Teller Medal by the American Nuclear Society for, “pioneering scientific work in the fields of inertial confinement fusion, laboratory astrophysics and high pressure material science and leadership in development of an international effort in HED laboratory astrophysics.” He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and is a co-recipient of the APS Excellence in Plasma Physics Award.

Distinguished Alumni Award: Fred Stonehouse ’70, ’77
An advocate for a greater understanding of American maritime history, Fred has expanded his career to include achievements as an educator, award winning author and active community member. He is recognized as a prominent Great Lakes maritime historian and national expert on U.S. Life-Saving Service and early Coast Guard. As an author of over 30 books on maritime history his expertise is often called upon by national and regional organizations, including the National Geographic Society and the History Channel. A devoted Marquette community member Fred is a founder of the Marquette Maritime Museum and has served as an advisor or board member to Marquette’s City Council, the Harbor Advisory Committee, DeVos Art Museum, Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, Iron Ore Heritage Trail Committee and the NMU Alumni Association.

Alumni Achievement Award:  Jeannie Thoren '68
Frustrated by her lack of progress, Jeannie set out to improve her own skiing by retrofitting equipment to accommodate a woman's center of gravity. Her idea gave birth to the “Thoren Theory,” which recognizes that modifying women’s equipment can radically produce better skiers. Her theory revolutionized the thinking of the entire ski industry. Today, Jeannie and her husband Tom own and operate the Jeannie Thoren Women's Ski Center in Vail, Colorado. Her achievements in advancing the field have garnered attention in countless magazines and articles, even being named to Ski Magazine’s most influential skiers of the century.

Alumni Service Award:  Curt Tucker '82, '08
An alumnus of NMU’s Industrial Technology program, Curt has found success serving as an innovator in today’s auto racing industry. He is the president and founder of TeamTech Motorsports Safety, Inc. His commitment to developing quality safety equipment has helped significantly decrease the injury rate in auto racing today. Curt continues to support NMU, donating equipment to the SAE Baja Team, connecting team members with mentors in the racing industry and aiding in securing sponsors to fund the Baja team’s ground-up creation of an off-road racing vehicle. Curt also served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and currently serves as a member on the NMU Engineering Technology Department’s Industrial Advisory Board.

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Campus Information


Upcoming Alumni Events

Clash at the Resch Center

NMU Wildcat hockey opens their season versus the University of Wisconsin Badgers on neutral ice at Green Bay’s Resch Center at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18. Friday’s game will be alumni night.

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 per ticket (limit 2 per person).

Construction Management and Technology Career Fair
The fair takes place from 1 – 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 in the Commons Area of the Jacobetti Center. It’s designed for construction management, engineering technology, electrical and industrial maintenance, and HVAC/climate control majors in one-, two- and four-year programs. The fair provides an opportunity for students and employers to discuss employment possibilities in a variety of service and technical areas. For more information click here

Fall Job Fair
Career Services invites alumni, students and employers to the Fall Job Fair taking place from 1 – 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. Click to view the list of employers.


Title:  Assistant XC Running, Track and Field Coach

Department:  Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports
Salary: $24,250

Submit application September 17, 2014

Title:  Vice President-Extended Learning

Department:  Office of the President
Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Submit application October 2, 2014

Interested in working for Northern Michigan University? Click to view current employment opportunities.

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Staying Connected

Alumni in the news

Brad Anderson ‘07 painted a 30-foot high mural in Ishpeming’s downtown center. Commissioned by St. Onge Insurance the mural reflects on the area’s family ties to the rich mining history of the region by depicting three miners, Melvin Anderson and Paddy and Scott Gauthier, at the forefront of a mining tunnel. Anderson said this about the mural, "It's the history. Other people's grandparents, their grandpa and their dad, worked in the mine, and it's a mining community. Those guys - it takes a special guy to go down in the mine.” Click for the Mining Journal’s full story.

Huntspur and Along the Tracks, a new novel published by Jane Lee Kopecky ‘66, conveys the true stories of the rise and fall of Upper Peninsula timber towns told by the people who lived them. The tales express stories of murder, theft, infidelity, tragedy and love in an era when advanced law enforcement and modern medicine was nonexistent. Click to view or purchase Huntspur and Along the Tracks.






The Dakota House men from the mid 70’s met for their biannual reunion in July.

The Moosemen and Northstars, NMU’s men and women’s rugby clubs both had reason to celebrate over Labor Day Weekend. Current and former members gathered to commemorate their 35-year and 20 year reunions.

6th Floor Visitors

Amanda Cross ‘03, Josh Cross ‘05 and future wildcat Maddie were in town for the rugby reunion. Thanks for coming in and congratulations on your new bundle of joy!

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
Brandon Frisk '13, Graduate Assistant Advancement Communications