Alumni and Friends

The history faculty always enjoy hearing updates from the department’s alumni and having the opportunity to share what is going on in the department with our graduates.  If you have news to share, please send it to us.

If you happen to be in Marquette, we’d love to see you!


Two Thousand Strong

The NMU history department has over two thousand living alumni! Our alumni work to make the world better in so many ways we cannot begin to tell you about them all. Of course, our secondary education program is one of our most successful, so it is no surprise that many of our alumni are teaching social studies all across the Midwest and beyond. Many more have gone on to law school and become attorneys. But you may be surprised to learn than our alumni have also founded their own business, worked in law enforcement, and filled a wide variety of government posts. We also have a wine distributor, insurance agents, real estate agents, and marketing professionals among our alumni. Many of our graduates have gone into the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps on their way to varied careers. Indeed, our alumni prove there is no limit to what you can do with a history degree.


Alumni Snapshots

Graduate Degrees: Zach Bennett earned his Ph. D. from Rutgers University and Jonathan Korpi earned his M.A. degree from Central Michigan Univerisy. 

Winning Candidates! Four NMU history graduates will take office in 2019. Both Fred Stonehouse, the Mayor of Marquette, and Ed McBroom, recently elected to the Michigan Senate, are continuing their service in elective office while Bri Buentello and Gregory Markannen will be taking office for the first time.

History Department Alum and newly elected Representative Bri Buentello and family

Bri Buentello graduated with a degree in social studies secondary education. She has since moved to southern Colorado and has taught both AP history and special education. In 2018 she determined to run for the state house of representatives and won an incredibly close election. Representative Buentello remembers how the faculty at NMU guided her past “text-book” level history to a deeper understanding of the “whole story” of history.