May 2021

'Fireside with Fritz' May 12

May. 6, 2021 —
Northern Michigan University Alumni Relations is hosting Fireside with Fritz: A Conversation with President Erickson at 7 p.m. EST Wednesday, May 12. Alumni are invited to join President Erickson for a fireside chat as he shares campus updates, answers questions, and virtually connects with the Wildcat community.

NMU Board Presents Student Awards

May. 5, 2021 —
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees presented its annual Student Achievement Awards in advance of the May 1 commencement. Recipients were: Sarah Kendall of Faribault, Minn., Outstanding Graduating Senior; Elizabeth Mansfield of Boyne Falls, Mich., Outstanding Graduating Senior; Lauren Rotundo of Marquette, Outstanding Student of Any Class; Logan Hartz of Rochester, Ind., Outstanding Non-Traditional Student; and Andrea Fox of Euclid, Ohio, Outstanding Global Campus Student.

Alumnus Pens His Own Humorous Obit

May. 5, 2021 —
NMU alumnus Dr. Thomas Lee Flanigan (BS '99), who called himself “the Ginger God of Surgery and Shenanigans,” wrote his own obituary before his death at 48, demonstrating why he was renowned for his sense of humor and Facebook memes. Within his lighthearted approach to the typically somber review of one's life, he even gave NMU a shout-out. Flanigan's unique obituary has generated media coverage well beyond Ohio, where he lived and worked. He died on April 27.

NMU Hosts Superior Symposium for Grades 8-12

May. 3, 2021 —
Northern Michigan University will host the 14th Biennial Lake Superior Youth Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 14. Students in grades 8-12 are invited to attend the virtual event with a teacher from their school who is registered by the May 6 deadline. Activities will include watershed research, investigations, artistic expression, team/leadership building skills and recreational opportunities.