Whoever you are, wherever you are from, however you identify. We welcome and celebrate you.

Below, you will find a diverse group of student ambassadors with various experiences both in and outside of the classroom. They all have unique stories of what led them to NMU and what makes them excited to be Wildcats. As you are exploring your college options, it may be helpful to hear from a current student living the experience. This is an invitation to reach out and introduce yourself and ask the questions that are on your mind! 


David Mendez Cruz

Social Work & Spanish


Hometown: Chicago, IL

Involvement: Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Latinx Student Union

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: My favorite NMU activity is the NMU v. Tech Hockey Series. My favorite Marquette Activity is the UP200 Dog Sled Race.

Student Ambassador Dana

Dana Rinkel

Biology w/ Zoology Concentration


Hometown: Royal Oak, MI

Involvement: Student Leader Fellowship Program (SLFP), NMU Scuba Club  and Superior Edge. 

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Going to the hockey games!

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Patrick Myers

Mobile and Web App Development


Hometown: Lake Linden, MI

Involvement: Resident Advisor, President of Marquette Ending Hunger, Board Member for NMU Spikeball, Orientation Leader.

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Watching the sunrise at the beach behind the Superior Dome.

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Darian Grear

Pre-Clinical Psychology & Applied Behavior Analysis


Hometown: Paw Paw, MI

Involvement: Welcome Crew and BEAR center

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Longboarding around campus and snowboarding at Marquette Mountain

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Gwendolyn Feamster

Political Science & Philosophy


Hometown: Linden, MI

Involvement: Phi Sigma Sigma, Resident Adviser, Vice President of ASNMU, Student Leader Fellowship Program

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: I love stargazing, rock climbing at the PEIF, and hanging out with my friends at the coffee shops in town.

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Thomas Chicka

Nursing w/ Music minor


Hometown: Superior, WI 

Involvement: Puckheads, NoMad, Student Nurses Association, Orchestra, Hall Government, Student Leader Fellowship Program

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Going to watch live music in town!

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Autumn Duer

Multimedia Journalism & Criminal Justice


Hometown: Marquette, MI 

Involvement: NMU Student Ambassadors

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: The UP200 and walking around Presque Isle Park!!

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Brooklyn Fitzpatrick

Secondary Education- Social Studies w/History minor


Hometown: Boyne City, MI 

Involvement: Delight Ministry, Future Educators Club, and Intramural Sports

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Getting to enjoy such a variety of outdoor activities year round for great exercise and scenic beauty.

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Makaylee Weedon

Social Media Design Management


Hometown: Paw Paw, MI 

Involvement: Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Hammocking and going to hockey games !

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Caroline Nosek

Outdoor Recreation Leadership Management


Hometown: Elburn, IL

Involvement: OORP-Organization for Outdoor Recreation Professionals, Intramural Sports 

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Hikes at Hogsback, Sugarloaf, and stargazing.

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Alexis Whitebread

Forensic Biochemistry


Hometown: Lexington, MI

Involvement: Phi Sigma Sigma & Superior Edge

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: My favorite NMU activity is going to all of the sporting events

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Chloe Patterson



Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI

Involvement: Hunt Hall Vice President, Toon Town House Vice President

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Hanging out with friends... skiing in the winter and swimming in the summer!

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Landon Strzelewicz

Criminal Justice & Psychology


Hometown: Caro, MI

Involvement: Wildcat Marching Band, Primetime Productions, South Superior Climbing Club, Criminal Justice Association, Cedar Hall Resident Advisor

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Playing the drum set at hockey games! 

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Garrett Swan



Hometown: Woodstock, IL

Involvement: TKE fraternity, Work at the Library 

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Hiking & being outdoors!

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Kaelyn Filbey

Biology w/Physiology concentration

Hometown: Macomb Twp, MI

Involvement: Co-president of NMU Puckheads

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Going to NMU hockey games and browsing in Snow Bound for books.

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Josh Yang

Neuroscience w/Behavioral & Cognition concentration


Hometown: Waterford, MI

Involvement: Neuroscience Club, CABIN Lab, intramural soccer

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Hiking! 

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Janessa Brown



Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI 

Involvement: National Society of Leadership & Success. Associated Students of NMU (ASNMU). Hall Government. Superior Edge.

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Hockey games and getting dinner with friends at the Wildcat Den.

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Brooke Holtz

Secondary Education- Social Studies w/History minor

Hometown: Hortonville, WI 

Involvement: Latinx Student Union, Future Educators of NMU, Alpha Gamma Delta sorority 

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Grabbing food from Third Street Bagel and driving to Presque Isle or Picnic Rocks with friends as a sort of impromptu "picnic".

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Samantha Wardisiani

Theatre Technology & Design


Hometown: Midlothian, IL

Involvement: Co-President of Alpha Psi Omega

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: I love hammocking in Marquette!

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Ellie Wagner

Marketing w/Multi-Media Production minor


Hometown: Grayling, MI 

Involvement: Intramural Sports, Hiking, skiing, hammocking.

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Skiing in Winter! Hiking and getting outside anytime it's possible! Marquette has so many hidden places and activities, you just have to find your way. :)

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Julia Fleury

Pre-Clinical Psychology


Hometown: Wauwatosa, WI

Involvement: Superior Edge, Student Leader Fellowship Program, Club Rowing.

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Hammocking at Little Presque Isle and walking around downtown.

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Luke Tschumperlin

Art & Design: Digital Cinema


Hometown: Beaver Dam, WI

Involvement: Honors Program, Freshman Fellows, President of Campus Cinema, Chi Alpha, Protect Life at NMU

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Photography at Wetmore Landing!

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Yasmine Phillips

Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences


Hometown: Calumet, MI 

Involvement: On-Campus Apartments CA, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, Student Leader Fellowship Program, NMU Powersports Club

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Trail riding, going to NMU hockey games, and watching the Northern Lights...

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Autumn Schwab

Secondary Education/Integrated Science


Hometown: Waterford, MI 

Involvement: Mu Beta Psi and work at Devos Art Museum & NMU catering. 

Favorite NMU or Marquette activity: Walking over to Lake Superior! 

Are you a current student and are interested in becoming a student ambassador for NMU? Take a look at our become an ambassador page and apply!


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