Alumnus Named CEO at VAST

Mar. 14, 2022 —
Kelly Reed, a 2007 Northern Michigan University business management graduate and former Wildcat quarterback, is the new CEO at VAST in Marquette. He has been with the insurance and risk management firm for 15 years, most recently as a risk adviser for health care providers throughout the United States.

Alumnus' Pandemic-Inspired Play Opens in Detroit

Mar. 9, 2022 —
After serving as a writer for NBC sitcoms, Northern Michigan University theater alumnus William Missouri Downs realized his “heart was always on the stage,” so he left Hollywood for a cabin in Colorado to focus on his passion for playwriting. Downs' latest play, a pandemic-inspired comedy titled “Asking Strangers the Meaning of Life,” is being performed at the Detroit Repertory Theatre through April 3.

'U.P. Treasure' Aho's Voice and Legacy Continue

Feb. 24, 2022 —
NMU alumnus Elmer Aho of Gwinn, who passed away Feb. 20 at age 90, was a familiar fixture on local radio as the host of American Country Gold. For three decades on Saturday nights, the Marquette Music Hall of Fame inductee shared classic country tunes, told home-spun stories and played listener requests. Aho's legacy and voice will linger through a special tribute program being planned on 103 WFXD, along with continuing broadcasts of his archived shows.

Skill + Sisu = Gold Medal

Feb. 15, 2022 —
Former NMU student and Wildcat football player Nick Baumgartner became the oldest snowboarder to win an Olympic medal and the oldest U.S. gold medalist at the Winter Games since 1948. The 40-year old Iron River native partnered with Lindsey Jacobellis to win the mixed-team snowboard cross in the event's Olympic debut in Beijing. He demonstrated resilience and determination in making his first appearance on the podium in four Olympics. 

Social Determinants of Health Explored

Feb. 4, 2022 —
Northern Michigan University Alumni Relations is partnering with the NMU Center for Rural Health for its next Northern Now digital series event. A panel of experts will discuss the social determinants of health, which are the conditions and environments that affect a wide range of health, functioning and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Elise Bur, director of the NMU Center for Rural Health, will moderate the conversation at 7 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 9. 

NMU Hockey Endowment Will Heighten Program

Jan. 18, 2022 —
Marquette couple Bob Cowell and Kathleen Olivier have established a multi-year, $1 million endowment for Northern Michigan University's hockey program. The longtime Wildcat fans said they hope their gift serves as a “catalyst” for generating additional private support critical to helping NMU compete with larger Division I programs in recruiting top talent and achieving sustained success.