Keeping Track

Four sections, the first being [A] Rick Popp receiving the Sacred Heart School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, [B] a portrait of Sherman Campbell, [C] a smiling picture of Gisela Pinheiro, and [D] a headshot of Bill Digneit.

Nancy Lee Carlson '74 BS is auctioning off a pouch of moon dust collected by Neil Armstrong during the 1969 moon landing! With some of the auction proceeds, she plans to establish a scholarship for speech pathology students at NMU. Her initial $995 investment is expected to fetch 2-4 million dollars.

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A astronaut's footprint on the moon


Richard P. Smith ’72 BS has been awarded with the Dave Richey Outdoor Communicator of the Year Award by the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association.  Richard is a is a full-time outdoor writer and photographer. Dr. Steven Morris ’76 BS retired from his optometry practice on April 7, 2017,  after serving the eye care needs of the Upper Peninsula for 36 years. Wendy Warren ’78 retired in 2012 from her position as a legal assistant. Since 2010, she has been appointed in Shiawassee, Genesee and Lapeer counties as a guardian and conservator for disabled adults and as a conservator for minor children.

Dr. Steven Morris ’76 BS retired from his optometry practice on April 7, 2017, after serving the eye care needs of the Upper Peninsula for 36 years.

Wendy Warren ’78 retired in 2012 from her position as a legal assistant. Since 2010, she has been appointed in Shiawassee, Genesee and Lapeer counties as a guardian and conservator for disabled adults and as a conservator for minor children.


Sue Meier ’87 BS has received an Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.  Sue teaches kindergarten at South Elementary School in Ithaca.

[A] Rick Popp ’88 BS, ’90 MPA was recently honored with Sacred Heart School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.  Rick attended the school for grades 1-5 in L’Anse.  (photo courtesy of Victoria LaFave)

Paul Hudson ’89 AS is celebrating 15 years at Performa Inc. Paul is a senior BIM specialist/job captain.

Richard Clark ’89 BS is the executive director of housing, residential life and card services at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  He is featured in a Q&A in Las Vegas Business Press for his efforts to develop the HOPE Scholars program, giving unaccompanied homeless youth an opportunity for higher education.


Marty Achatz ’91 BA, ’93 MA, ’03 MFA was awarded the distinction of U.P. Poet Laureate.  Marty is an Ishpeming native and a contingent professor of writing and film at NMU.

[B] Sherman Campbell ’92 BS recently became warden at Gus Harrison Correctional Facility, a multi-security men’s prison. He has been serving with the Department of Corrections for 22 years.

Carrie Hane ’93 BA is the founder of Tanzen, a consultancy agency that teaches businesses how to manage their content and create sustainable web development processes.

Jennifer Rancourt ’98 MPA has been named vice president of communications and compliance at Promerica Health.

Jennifer (Varvil) Nelson ‘99 BS has been appointed COO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  The Marquette native and attorney has worked with the MEDC for more than a decade, most recently as executive vice president and chief business development officer.


Scott Beaulier ’00 BS is in his first year as dean of the College of Business at North Dakota State University. He contributes a monthly column to Emerging Prairie, and e-magazine for entrepreneurs.

Reid Taylor (Mortier) ’01 BS has written and starred in his own film, Glimpse.  The film tells the story of LAPD homicide detective John Gillis coping with his wife’s death.  The film was released in March on Amazon.

[C] Gisela Pinheiro ’01 BS is the new vice president of BASF’s Materials and Functional Solutions for South America in Sao Paolo, Brazil.  She has been involved in the chemical industry since 2004, previously serving in several capacities with the Dow Chemical Company in Michigan and Brazil.

Leigh Ann (Dalton) Roehm ’02 BS has been named Michigan’s Middle School Science Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Science Teacher Association. She teaches in Saline.

Marilyn King ’02 MSN has been promoted to dean of the School of Health and Human Services at Sault College in Ontario.  She has been employed at the school for 16 years as a registered nurse.  For the last 10 years, she served as chair of the college’s health programs.

Erin Celello’s ’02 MA, ’04 MFA second novel, Learning to Stay, has become the first commissioned play presented by Forward Theater in Madison. The novel is about a soldier returning from Iraq with a traumatic brain injury and his wife who struggles to understand this man she no longer knows. Erin resides in Middleton, Wis.

Damia Toyras ’02 BS ’14 MAE has been named the Michigan Reading Association Teacher of the Year.  She teaches at Superior Hills Elementary in Marquette.

Josh Vissering ’03 BS has been promoted to vice president of finance by Honor Credit Union.  He lives in Negaunee.

Magan MacArthur ’07 BS has recently been promoted to vice president-mortgage loan officer at mBank in Manistique.  Magan has been with mBank since 2009.

Trevor Zamborsky ’07 BS has joined Secrest Wardle’s Troy office as an associate.  He is a member of the firm’s motor vehicle litigation practice group.  He focuses on first- and third-party automobile negligence claims.

Eric Kucharczyk ’07 AB has been promoted to business banking officer at Range Bank.   Eric, his wife and daughter reside in Negaunee.

[D] Bill Digneit ’08 BS has been named the new director of theater at NMU’s Forest Roberts Theatre.  He will start his new role this summer.

Kevin McDowell ’07 BS has joined the neuropsychology team at the Brain & Spine Center at UP Health System - Marquette.  He joins UPHS after most recently working as a clinical psychologist at the University of South Florida.

Three sections, [E] Charles “Chas” Betts with a sheen of sweat, wearing wrestling attire, [F] Alyson (Comparin) DeLandsheer, and [G] Corey Welch


[E] Charles “Chas” Betts ’10 BFA has signed to WWE where he works for their SmackDown brand under the ring name Chad Gable.  Chas was a 2012 USOEC Greco-Roman wrestling Olympian.

Eric Colbrook ‘12 BS joined the team at Upper Hand Brewery in Escanaba as an assistant brewer.

Brandon Frisk ‘13 BS also joined Upper Hand Brewery as the marketing manager. Upper Hand Brewery is located in Escanaba and is owned by Bell's Brewery.

William Getts ’12 BS has accepted a new position as a studio technician at ABC-Denver Channel 7 News.

Mylan Murphy ’12 BS, ’13 CER, ’14 CER, ’16 MS owns his own digital media company called OriginTD, based out of Akron, Ohio. He works with a wide variety of clients to promote their products and services.

Austin Fogt ‘12 BS, Hanna Derby ‘16 AAS and friend Gordon Mortensen are adventuring in the Mongol Rally 2017. Starting July 16, they will be racing, unsupported, in a “farcically small vehicle” across Europe and Asia, to the finish line in Ulan Ude, Russia, and raise a bit of money for charity along the way. Keep up on their travels at

Richard Tutor ’13 BS recently graduated from Hamburger University, the Fred L. Turner Training Center, earning the highest academic honor, the Fred Turner Award.  The award is given to the individual who scores the highest in all courses.  Richard is the general manager at the McDonald’s in Harvey.

Jim Debrock ’14 BFA is senior designer at Nike Global in Beaverton, Ore.

[F] Alyson (Comparin) DeLandsheer ’14 BS is the new coordinator of university relations at Finlandia University.

Taylor Blewett ’14 BS has been promoted to the position of senior tax accountant at Makela, Toutant, Hill and Nardi PC, in Marquette.

Chris Salgot ‘15 BS is project manager with He lives in Auburn Hills.

Molly Rinckey ‘15 BS is marketing manager for Cabela's retail store in Grandville.

[G] Corey Welch ’16 MPA is the new mission advancement director at the Monroe Family YMCA in Monroe.

Abigail Beekman ’16 BS has a new job as a development assistant for the Washington National Opera, which is housed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Gwendolyn Hoenke ’17 MAE has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award from the U.S. Department of State to teach English in Peru.

Alyson Matkovich ‘17 BFA joined the Bennet Media Group in Marquette as a graphic designer.

Jared Jacques ‘17 BS joined Target in Minneapolis as executive team leader in their loss prevention sector. 

[H] an affectionate photo of Andrea Selmser ’11 BS and Aaron Hallfrisch ’12 BS


[H] Andrea Selmser ’11 BS and Aaron Hallfrisch ’12 BS were wed on June 25, 2016 in Negaunee.

Breanna Jo St. Onge ’12 BS and Nicholas Benson ’12 BS exchanged vows on August 13, 2016 in Marquette.

Abby Garceau ’14 BSN and Joshua Paquet were married in Negaunee on July 1, 2016.

Lindy Quayle ’11 AAS and Jeff Martin ’08 VOC were married on October 8, 2016 in Ishpeming.

Alea Juntti ’14 AAS and Brad Isaacson were married in Negaunee on July 9, 2016.

Lisa Singer ’13 BS and Kyle Senn ’12 BA exchanged vows on July 9, 2016 in Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

Kaylin Massie ’14 BS and Derrick Maynard ’09 AAS were wed on July 30, 2016 in Negaunee.

Kayla Apple ’16 BS and Trever Kruzel ’14 BS were married on July 9, 2016 in Negaunee.

[I] A baby photo of Levi John LeClair


[I] Josh LeClair ‘09 BFA and Katie (Lougheed) LeClair welcomed a son, Levi John, on April 5, 2017.

Marina Dupler ’03 BS and Nicholas Van Court ’04 BS welcomed a son, Maxime, to their family.

Julie (Braun) Cook ’06 BFA and Dave Cook ’06 BS welcomed a son, Denver Owen, on January 15, 2017.

Sarah (Cummiskey) Humpula ’09 BS and Galen Humpula ’12 AAS welcomed a son, Gryffin, on May 1, 2017.



June Short ’42 CER, ’61 BS, ’66 MA, December 22, 2016, Trenary.

Clarence Thomas ’48 BS, ’61 MA, January 19, 2017, Negaunee.

Doris Brey ’50 BS, January 31, 2017, Marquette.

Arvo Heino ’52 BS, December 12, 2016, Chatham.

Frederick “Burt” Toy ’52 BS, March 26, 2017, Ishpeming.

Bob Chase ’53 BS, November 24, 2016, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Genevieve Usimaki ’53 BS, October 25, 2015, Sault Ste. Marie.

Dr. Thomas Cook ’56 BS, March 18, 2017, Big Rapids.

Marjorie Carlson ’57 BS, January 20, 2017, Marquette.

George Truckey ’60 BS, ’64 MA, November 26, 2016, Marquette.

Judith Richards ’61 BS, October 11, 2016, West Bloomfield.

Sharon Cowman ’62 BS, December 11, 2016, Clovis, N.M.

Michael Strebel ’62 BS, ’66 MA, January 4, 2017, Englewood, Fla.

Marlene Brunngraeber ’64 MA, December 22, 2016, Marquette.

Patricia Bullock ’67 BS, April 17, 2017, Lake Placid, Fla.

Elizabeth Shirtz ’68 BS, January 20, 2017, Marquette.

John Pelkola ’68 BS, February 23, 2017, Trout Creek.

Paul Terres ’68 BS, ’70 MAE, April 18, 2017, Gwinn.

Elsie Maki ’70 BS, February 18, 2017, Marquette.

James Scherzer ’70 BS, June 24, 2016, Kingston.

Rosalie Meldrum ’71 BS, April 30, 2017, Grand Marais.

Gerald Drazkowski ’72 BS, February 21, 2017, Marquette.

Barbara Herman ’72 AT, March 10, 2017, Negaunee.

Norbert Dillinger ’73 BS, January 27, 2017, Cape Coral, Fla.

Evelyn Corgan ’73 MAE, March 30, 2017, Florence, Wis.

Alan Lars Laukka ’73, March 16, 2017, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Mary Garlick ’73 BS, ’79 MAE, April 15, 2017, Negaunee.

Irene Gager ’79 BS, November 24, 2016, Marquette.

Edith Graneggen ’80 MAE, December 25, 2016, Ann Arbor.

Roger Peters ’85 BS, December 14, 2016, Gwinn.

Christina Depkon ’86 BS, March 22, 2017, Park Ridge, Ill.

Patricia Wooldridge ’89 BS, March 25, 2017, Lowell, Ark.

Amy Rosemergy ‘93 BS, February 26, 2017, Marquette.

Vicki Gibson ’01 BS, January 21, 2017, Landis, N.C.

Wendy Juhl ’02 BA, April 2, 2017, Carsonville. 

Thomas Moran ’11 BFA, August 4, 2016, Chicago, Ill.

Tyler Dolan ’15 BSN, January 22, 2017, Marquette.

Christopher Collins ’15 BSN, May 12. 2016, Escanaba.


Norma St. Arnauld, former NMU secretary, May 3, 2017, Marquette.

John Bird, former employee in NMU Information Services, February 3, 2017, Marquette.

Herbert Burdick, Jr., retired maintenance employee, April 29, 2017, Marquette.

Anthony Herbert, student, January 17, 2017, Marquette.

Alice Helwig, former NMU secretary, February 23, 2017, Marquette.

M. Evelyn Leclaire, former NMU bookkeeper, December 22, 2017, Marquette.

Mark Miller, NMU electrician, April 28, 2017, Marquette.

Margaret Morgan, former employee of the Registrar’s Office, December 4, 2017, Denver, Colo.

Matthew Osterman, student,  January 20, 2017, Marquette.

Maureen Paris, former employee of both the Alumni and News Bureau offices, November 23, 2016, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Dr. Mary Powers, former professor and department head, School of Nursing, December 5, 2016, Marquette.

Dr. Kenneth Schellhase, retired history professor, May 2, 2017.

Dr. Frederick Stenkamp, emeritus professor of history, December 23, 2016, Skandia.

Ceremony honoring Dr. John Beaumier
Photo of Dr. John Beaumier

Dr. John Beaumier passed away in Duluth, Minn., on May 23, 2017. A native of Escanaba, Beaumier was a 1953 biology graduate of Northern and former Wildcat football player. He attended medical school at Marquette University (where he met his wife, Mary Jane, who passed away in April of last year). After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1957-62 he went on to enjoy a long career as an orthopedic surgeon,  serving as director of the Mayo Clinic’s world-renowned Orthopedic Evaluation Unit. He was an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of North Dakota Medical School and Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine.

John often spoke about the importance his NMU education played in providing the foundation for his distinguished career. He and Mary Jane were both great friends of the university and active supporters of Wildcat Athletics. John was the recipient of NMU’s 1988 Distinguished Alumni Award and Inducted into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. He was a member of the NMU Foundation Board from 1999 to 2009 and in 2009 was named a Trustee Emeritus.

John was the national chair of NMU’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, during which he and Mary Jane made a leadership gift to establish the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center. Recently, John gave another generous gift to build the Beaumier Alumni Welcome & U.P. Heritage Center on campus, which officially opened in April 2016.