Connor Loftus is from Plainville, Michigan. He is earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, a Wildlife concentration and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems.
When asked why he choose to attend NMU Connor said, “I chose NMU for a few reasons: I wanted a school that had a strong veteran community and services on campus. I wanted a school that was a smaller community like NMU, and I wanted a school located near outdoor recreation opportunities. NMU fit all of that!” Connor said that NMU has provided him with a strong sense of community.
Connor’s involvement on campus included being a member of ASNMU for three years (2 1/2 of those years as vice president), a member of the Student Veteran Association, and a member of Gamma Theta Upsilon (the international honor society in geography chapter at NMU). Connor received the NMU Student Veteran of the Year Award in 2017 and the Board of Trustees Student Achievement Award – Outstanding Non-Traditional Student in 2019. Connor stated that his proudest achievement on campus was helping create and open the NMU Food Pantry.
Connor stated, “My favorite memory at NMU is the strong sense of community. Several faculty and staff members have invested a lot of time in helping me succeed. Without their support, I would have never been able to accomplish all that I have during my time here. My daughter (5 years old) has been a key part of my time here at NMU. She has been my key motivator. She accompanied me to countless classes and meetings and in a lot of ways, is an honorary part of the NMU community.”
After graduation, Connor will be working for the U.S. Forest Service at the Hiawatha National Forest for his third season. In early July, he plans to move to Lansing, MI and look for a position in natural resource management.