Alumni

Alumna is 'Fighting Fire with Science'

May. 9, 2019 —
NMU alumna Raven Mitchell ('18 BS) is featured in a magazine cover story that highlights individuals who have “devoted their lives to better understanding the physical world so the rest of us might learn how to protect it.” In conjunction with her master's thesis project, Mitchell is working with NMU alumnus Frederick “Fritz” Nelson ('73 BS) to monitor the changing thickness of permafrost in Arctic regions. Permafrost thaw can releas

Izzo Receives Basketball Award

Apr. 15, 2019 —
Tom Izzo, a 1977 NMU grad, received the Metropolitan Award Sunday night for long and outstanding service to men's college basketball. The Michigan State University coach is one of only five in history to lead a team to the NCAA Final Four eight times or more. The Spartans won the NCAA championship in 2000. His longtime friend and fellow NMU alumnus Steve Mariucci presented the award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches to Izzo in Minneapolis, the site of this year's Final Four. Read a full story in their hometown Iron Mountain newspaper here.

Alumnus Promoted to Computer Crimes Unit

Mar. 14, 2019 —
Former Cadillac trooper and NMU alumnus Jeffrey Crofoot ('89 BS) now leads the Traverse City Computer Crimes Unit and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. According to MI News 26 in Cadillac, he was promoted to the new position and rank of detective sergeant by the Michigan State Police. Crofoot will supervise troopers as they process electronic evidence related to criminal cases and manage web-based criminal investigations. The Saginaw native served in the Navy before obtaining his bachelor's degree from NMU.

Alumnus 'Unsung Hero' of School Shooting

Feb. 14, 2019 —

NMU alumnus Ernest Rospierski (BS 2005) was “an unsung hero" during last year's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, which left 17 dead, according to the chair of a commission investigating the incident. The 37-year-old social studies teacher was grazed by two bullets, then pressed himself against the stairwell door to deny the gunman's attempts to open it while he sent students fleeing toward the nearest exit. To read a South Florida Sun Sentinel feature story on Rospierski that reflects on the incident one year later, click here.

NMU Saddened by Death of Trustee

Feb. 14, 2019 —

Northern Michigan University administrators say they are deeply saddened by the news that a recent NMU Board of Trustees appointee has died. Travis Weber of Detroit was appointed in October by former Gov. Rick Snyder to an eight-year term beginning Jan. 1. He had completed his orientation to the board and was scheduled to participate in his first meeting as a trustee this week.

Chief Strategist Discusses State Policy Issues

Feb. 8, 2019 —
Mark Burton, Northern Michigan University alumnus and chief strategist for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, will discuss the rural, suburban and urban dynamics of several policy issues addressed in the State of the State during a presentation at NMU. The event begins at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Mead Auditorium in the West Science Building and will be followed by a reception in the atrium. The public is invited.

Marquette Inspires Alumna's Romance Novel

Feb. 8, 2019 —

NMU alumna Elizabeth Mowers’ first published book, A Promise Remembered, will be released March 1. The novel details the story of a man who returns to his hometown in Michigan for a brief visit. He runs into his old high school sweetheart and is reminded of everyone and everything he left behind years ago. When selecting a beautiful, romantic setting for her novel, she was inspired by Marquette and the Lake Superior shoreline.

Alumnus Reflects n AD Tenure at Vanderbilt

Feb. 1, 2019 —
NMU alumnus David Williams II (’69 BS, ‘70 MA) stepped down as Vanderbilt’s vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs Jan. 31. He will maintain the law professor role he has held since 2000 and plants to establish a new Sports, Law and Society program. Williams' distinguished 27-year career in higher education administration also included serving as vice president for student and urban/community affairs and law professor at The Ohio State University. He is a past NMU Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Read a recent Vanderbilt Hustler interview reflecting on Williams’ tenure as athletic director here, or a previous feature story announcing his intent to step down from his administrative role here.