Former Wildcat Accepts New Coaching Position

Aug. 1, 2018 —
Mark Simon ('86), former Wildcat basketball player and NMU Sports Hall of Fame member, has been hired as girls basketball coach at St. Thomas Aquinas (formerly Catholic Central) in Marinette, Wis. Simon played for Stephenson High School, including the 1981 Class C state championship team. He returned there to coach the girls team to a 20-3 record in 2014, according to the Escanaba Daily Press.

Alumnus Combines Culinary and Graphic Art

Jul. 31, 2018 —

Drake Nagel ('12 BFA) puts his graphic design skills honed at NMU to work on behalf of his two culinary ventures: Happy's Taco Shop in Petoskey; and a food truck business that extends to Traverse City. In a Petoskey News-Review artist profile, Nagel said cooking is his first love, but he also recognizes the importance of establishing a brand through a logo and other visual elements. So he has combined both talents, creating a number of menu boards for the food trucks and designs for available merchandise offered through the company.

Schwenke Joins NRRI

Jul. 30, 2018 —

NMU alumna Stacy Schwenke ('07 MAE) has joined the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth. She fills a new position dedicated to strategic management of the organization's grants and contracts, which comprise about 55 percent of NRRI's research funding. NRRI's mission is to "deliver research solutions to balance our economy, resources and environment for resilient communities." Schwenke's previous research administration work experience included positions with University of Wisconsin System campuses and the Marine Biological Laboratory.

Former OTS Weightlifter Helps Revive Infant

Jul. 26, 2018 —

Ronnie Tucker, a former weightlifter at NMU's Olympic Training Site, helped to save the life of an unresponsive newborn outside the Michigan State Police Jackson Post. He has been a state trooper for eight months. Tucker was first on the scene to assist a couple in an SUV parked outside whose baby emerged feet first and wasn't breathing. With CPR equipment from his vehicle and the training he underwent in the police academy, he kept the newborn's airway open and tried rubbing her chest for stimulation, eventually finding success. Tucker had an emotional reunion with the family July 24.