October 2021

Alumnus Chairs USApple Board

Oct. 20, 2021 —
Chris Alpers, a 2006 NMU graduate, is the new chair of the USApple Association board of directors for the 2021-22 term. The third-generation grower serves as operations manager of RedPath Orchards and Alpers Farms, where he grows apples, as well as sweet and tart cherries. He is also a partner in Alpers Tree Sales in Lake Leelanau, Mich.

Campus Closeup: Mlado Ivanovic

Oct. 18, 2021 —
Mlado Ivanovic's dramatic experience as a 13-year-old refugee during the Bosnian war heavily influenced his career path and involvement in humanitarian projects. The Northern Michigan University philosophy professor has researched the moral, political and environmental factors related to forceful displacement. He has applied his discipline practically by engaging in summer projects at international refugee camps—most recently helping to develop a sustainable agriculture program in Malawi in southeastern Africa. And he has NMU students design service projects that tackle local issues.

Alumna Seeks to Diversify Outdoor Recreation

Oct. 13, 2021 —
Northern Michigan University alumna Alice Lyn Jasper is committed to diversifying outdoor recreation and environmental advocacy by identifying barriers and opportunities for people of color to develop positive relationships with nature. The Grand Rapids resident produced a related documentary titled "Color Out Here" for WGVU Public Media's "Shaping Narratives" program. She screened it at the Fresh Coast Film Festival in Marquette Oct. 16 and17.

NMU Choral Invitational Oct. 18

Oct. 13, 2021 —
Northern Michigan University's Department of Music will present its NMU Choral Invitational Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, in Reynolds Recital Hall. The performance will feature choir students from Wausaukee middle and high school and Ishpeming and Calumet high schools. Those students will have spent the day visiting NMU's campus and rehearsing with Director of Choirs Erin Colwitz. 

Northern Now Features Alumni Entrepreneur Panel

Oct. 11, 2021 —
NMU Alumni Relations will continue Northern Now, its monthly digital event series for alumni and friends, at 7 p.m. EST Wednesday, Oct. 13, with a panel of alumni entrepreneurs in partnership with Invent@NMU. Panelists include Joe Thiel ‘03, CEO at Innovate Marquette SmartZone and executive director of Invent@NMU; Ian Altobello ‘19, founder of The Boreal Collective; and Britta Carlson ‘12, CEO and founder of Med Pros Share.