Alumni

'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.

Alumna Brings Finnish Asahi to NMU

Mar. 31, 2021 —
Northern Michigan University alumna Margaret Vainio ('76 BA) recalls a life-changing trip to Finland with the NMU Arts Chorale when she was a student. As the group was preparing to leave, she asked the bus driver to drop her off at the train station because she felt inspired to stay there longer. A year later, she moved to Finland permanently and eventually was exposed to Asahi, a Finnish exercise program. Now she has started a second career as an Asahi instructor and will soon bring it to NMU.

Grad is CVA at National Historic Site

Mar. 29, 2021 —
Tarra Nieman, a 2020 NMU outdoor recreation leadership and management graduate, is the 2021 Community Volunteer Ambassador at Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in Colorado. CVAs spend a year in national park units across the country building relationships with communities and increasing the number of volunteers who serve at the parks.