Bob and Meredith Kulisheck retired from Northern Michigan University in 2008, after serving more than 30 years as professors in the Departments of Political Science/Public Administration and Mathematics/Computer Science. The Kulishecks recently established a number of full-tuition scholarships for juniors and seniors in both of their former departments.
They have also made contributions to other important Northern programs, including the Student Leader Fellowship Program, Northern Climate Network, Construction Management Program, WNMU-FM and WNMU-TV.
“Northern was an excellent place to work,” said Meredith, while Bob added, “We have come to a point in our lives where we now have the opportunity to fund scholarships for a few students, and also provide some assistance to other especially innovative programs.”
“The Kulishecks leave an indelible legacy on NMU history, especially for students,” said NMU Interim President Kerri Schuiling. “I can say this definitively because I was fortunate enough to have one of them, Bob, as a teacher during my time as an NMU student. He quickly became one of my favorites because although he set the bar high, he worked with each student to help us reach the bar; he wanted each of us to succeed.
"Friends of mine who had Meredith as a professor shared similar sentiments about her teaching skills and care and concern for students. We are indeed thankful for their wonderful generosity and ongoing support.”
Since retiring, Bob and Meredith have remained involved with and contributed to several community organizations. Meredith is an active member of the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women. She also volunteers at the Marquette Regional History Center.
Bob chairs the Marquette County Board of Health, serves as vice president of the Janzen House, is one of the founders Trillium Hospice House, and is a member of Propylon Nonprofit Housing Corporation Board of Directors and the Marquette County Climate Adaptation Task Force.
For more information on opportunities to support NMU students and programs, visit nmu.edu/foundation.