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Adam Prus of Northern Michigan University’s Psychological Science Department is the 2018 NMU Distinguished Faculty Award recipient. He is praised as an outstanding teacher, scholar and mentor.
Grand Rapids-based retailer Meijer has donated two reconditioned semi-trucks and trailers valued at about $100,000 to Northern Michigan University’s new CDL Truck Driving Program. Students who complete the intensive course should be ready to test for a Commercial Driver’s License and begin their careers in five weeks. The first session begins May 21 at NMU’s Jacobetti Complex.
Northern Michigan University will host its spring commencement at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in the Superior Dome. Of the 912 students eligible to graduate in May, 706 will participate in the ceremony. An additional 119 August graduates will also march, raising the total number of participants to 825. The ceremony can be viewed live on WNMU-TV 13 or online at nmu.edu/commencement.
Five Northern Michigan University students were selected for Lundin Honors Summer Research Fellowships. The students will each receive $5,000 to cover tuition costs and living expenses during Summer 2018. Each student research project will be conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
Northern Michigan University’s DeVos Art Museum is partnering with community organizations on two arts-related events that benefit people with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia. An arts therapy training session led by a nationally recognized expert will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the DeVos Art Museum. “Art in the Moment,” a pop-up show featuring the work of individuals living with a neurodegenerative conditions, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Marquette Regional History Center.
Two Michigan Army National Guard helicopters—a UH-60M Black Hawk and a CH-47F Chinook—made successful landings on NMU's campus Thursday and drew area residents eager to see them up close. The aircraft were on a static display for the public on the NMU recreational fields at the corner of Wright and Lincoln Streets before current military members and cadets in NMU’s Wildcat Battalion ROTC program participated in orientation flights. As in years past, the Michigan Army National Guard conducted the visit as an aviation officer orientation and recruiting event.
A six-course British Isles dinner paired with wines will be presented by the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center and the U.P. Chapter of the American Culinary Federation on Tuesday, May 15, at Northern Michigan University. A cocktail reception with a cash bar begins at 6 p.m. in the University Center Great Lakes Room. Dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m.
Media are welcome to cover an open house for the new NMU Kinesiology and Exercise Oncology Research Laboratory at 841 Washington Street. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 30. NMU's Health and Human Performance Department will lead tours of the facility and discuss research regarding exercise and cancer patients/survivors, multiple sclerosis, concussions, outdoor recreational therapy and athletic training. Visitors will also learn about some future collaborations with Advanced Orthopedics and UP Rehab related to Nordic and alpine skiing.
NMU's School of Nursing will host a graduation celebration for Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students who will be graduating this summer. This group is the first post-baccalaureate track to complete the program. The reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in the University Center Huron/Erie Rooms. Light appetizers and wine will be provided.
Three Northern Michigan University students have been awarded the Charles C. Spooner Student Research Grant for fall 2018. They will receive $500 to support their research or creative activities.
Northern Michigan University employees were honored for years-of-service milestones and retirement at the recent faculty and staff recognition luncheon. Distinguished Team and Excellence in Service Awards also were presented.
NMU alumnus Mylan Murphy (BA 2012, MS 2014) was featured in an "Akron Beacon Journal" article related to the innovative technology he's employing through his Akron-based digital media company, OriginTD. Murphy is reported to be one of few entrepreneurs in the area using a camera that allows the user to digitally scan an area, creating a virtual reality tour for online visitors. His entrepreneurial spirit began in middle school with a T-shirt design business. Read the full story here.
Northern Michigan University will host a black-light Zumba master class to benefit NMU’s Marquette Ending Hunger and Food Recovery Network organizations. It will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in Vandament Arena at the PEIF. A PEIF pass is required for members. Non-members of the PEIF should bring canned food items to donate in lieu of a pass. All attendees are encouraged to donate canned goods.
The Michigan Army National Guard will fly two helicopters, a UH-60M Black Hawk and a CH-47F Chinook, to Northern Michigan University on Thursday, April 26. The aircraft will be on a static display for the public from 1-3 p.m. on the NMU soccer fields at the corner of Wright and Lincoln Streets. Beginning at 3 p.m., current military members and cadets in NMU’s Wildcat Battalion ROTC program will participate in orientation flights on the aircraft. If recent heavy snowfall adversely impacts the condition of the soccer fields, the alternate site will be the east side of the Berry Events Center.
After placing eighth in the 200-meter sprint kayak at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, Kelly Allen was eager to elevate her performance. She possesses the upper-body strength required to paddle swiftly, but has no left leg function to push off the foot board and achieve maximum power on her stroke. The Kingsford native’s left femur, patella and fibula have been missing since birth and her hip is underdeveloped. NMU Professor Sarah Clarke challenged students in her advanced mechanical kinesiology course to work with Allen and her longtime prosthetist Lynn Vanwelsenaers to design a custom prosthetic device that would allow the athlete to harness energy from her left side. Allen was on campus April 16-17 for fittings and related assessments in and out of the PEIF pool.
Geoffrey Holstad, senior graphic designer at Patagonia Clothing, will visit Northern Michigan University's School of Art and Design April 25-26 to conduct a workshop and give a presentation. Holstad is a plein air graphic designer and citizen meteorologist based in Ojai, Calif. In addition to his role at Patagonia, he serves on the Environmental Media Grants Council and is the co-founder and director of Cabin-Time, a roaming creative residency to remote places.
Northern Michigan University alumna and poet Kathleen M. Heideman ('94 MA) has contributed text for an original choral cantata, “The Night Psalms.” The newly commissioned work by local composer Griffin Candey will premiere as part of the Marquette Choral Society concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in Reynolds Recital Hall.
Candidates for Northern Michigan University’s Master of Arts in English program will read their thesis projects on Sunday, April 29, at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. The event will be structured into two sessions from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m., respectively. This free event is hosted by the NMU Department of English.
Northern Michigan University’s Forest Roberts Theatre has rescheduled its modified performance of the musical Tarzan, which is geared toward children and adults who are on the autism spectrum or have sensory issues. Inclement weather forced the cancellation of the show last weekend, but it will now be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 22.
Northern Michigan University’s DeVos Art Museum is hosting an exhibition featuring the work of graduating seniors. The show will be on display through a closing reception scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 4.
NMU's Lydia M. Olson Library will again host therapy dogs from Superiorland Pet Partners to help students de-stress for final exams. Dogs will be available from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 26, and Tuesday, May 1. The library will also have some materials available for coloring, as well as some resource information to help students cope with the stress of exams.
The Northern Michigan University College of Business will host its 2018 spring celebration titled “Kevat Juhla” from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the University Center. The event will celebrate the achievements and contributions of faculty, staff, students and alumni throughout the past year.
The Northern Michigan University Music Department will present alto saxophonist Kayla Wiltzius in her senior recital at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in Reynolds Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
Northern Michigan University's Campus Cinema will present screenings of “Blade Runner 2049” and “Fifty Shades Freed” April 21-22 in Jamrich Hall 1100. Attendance is free for NMU students and $2 for the general public.
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NMU alumna Kristine Poole (BFA '92) is among the renowned artists serving as faculty for the seventh annual Plein Air Convention & Expo April 16-20 in Santa Fe, N.M. Her life-sized clay and bronze figurative work is represented by EVOKE Contemporary in Santa Fe. It has been shown in juried and invitational exhibits across the country and featured in a number of publications. Poole frequently collaborates on unique projects with her husband, Colin Poole, a painter and sculptor who is also on the faculty for the expo. To see Kristine's work, click here.
The Northern Michigan University Center for Native American Studies will host a presentation on Running Medicine on Friday, April 20, followed by a run/walk on Saturday, April 21. Both events are free and open to the public.
The Northern Michigan University Music Department will host a concert featuring the University Choir and Arts Chorale at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, in St. Peter Cathedral. The event is free and open to the public.
Please note the April 17 registration deadline. The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host a presentation titled “All about Rowing in Marquette.” It will be held from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Connection Center’s Upper Level on 927 W. Fair in Marquette.
Northern Michigan University’s Gonzo Media student organization will host a screening of “Weekend” at 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in 165 Art and Design. “Weekend” tells the story of a married couple on a weekend trip to the countryside to visit the wife’s dying father. The couple intended on securing the inheritance, resorting to murder if necessary. The trip turns into a nightmare of accidents, terrorism and civil war.
Northern Michigan University's criminal justice department will present “Manufactured Memories: Victimization Ahead," which demonstrates how a therapist can create the memory of a crime in a client, resulting in wrongful convictions of an innocent person.
Media are welcome to cover the Women in Construction event from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the Northern Michigan University Jacobetti Complex. Please note that if any local schools and/or NMU are closed due to inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled to April 20.
The Northern Michigan University Music Department will host a concert by the NMU Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in Forest Roberts Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.
FRT Theatre and Dance and the NMU Music Department remind patrons that parking will be more limited this week and next, with performances of "Tarzan" at Forest Roberts Theatre overlapping with the NMU Jazz Festival and other concerts at Reynolds Recital Hall. Patrons are advised to arrive early or seek out alternative lots near Jamrich Hall, the Learning Resources Center or elsewhere on campus. Thank you.
A new exhibit titled “The Immigraiton Experience” will open at Northern Michigan University’s Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center on Saturday, April 14. An opening reception is scheduled for 1 p.m. Admission is free.
Northern Michigan University’s College of Business will host an Iron Mountain Career Panel Luncheon for NMU students from any major from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Brule Room of NMU’s University Center. Space for this event is limited. Register by Wednesday, April 18, at https://www.universe.com/ironmtncareers.
The NMU Department of Chemistry is hosting the fifth annual Student Research Symposium sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Section of the American Chemical Society on Saturday, April 14th. Elke Schoffers, chemistry professor at Western Michigan University, will deliver the keynote address, "Does science get lost in translation?"
Northern Michigan University’s Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department will host its fourth annual “Anderton’s Earth Week” celebration April 16-20. The event honors the memory of the late professor John Anderton. All of the following activities are free and open to the public.
Preparations are underway for the University Center renovation, which is set to begin in May. The book store has been relocated to the Peter White Lounge and West Hall and the North Wind Office to Gries Hall to accommodate the first phase of construction. The project will include a student-centered core on the first floor, with a relocated Center for Student Enrichment, smaller bookstore and new student activity zone with a pub-style atmosphere. The second floor will feature a 12,000 square-foot ballroom/conference space and reconfigured Great Lakes Rooms.
David Nyberg will begin his new role as director of corporate engagement at Northern Michigan University on Monday, April 16. He previously served as deputy legal counsel and tribal governments liaison to Gov. Rick Snyder, and director of the governor’s northern Michigan office based in Marquette. Nyberg will serve as NMU’s primary liaison to corporations and foundations. He will help to generate resources for academic programs, secure scholarship support, develop new grant opportunities and support NMU’s community engagement efforts.
NMU Alumnus Mark Pontti (BS '83) of Iron Mountain has been appointed director of Gov. Rick Snyder's Northern Michigan Office. He is a former public affairs manager for Verso Corporation and also was communications and community relations manager for International Paper and Champion International, all located in Quinnesec, Mich. Pontti succeeds Dave Nyberg, who left state government to pursue a new career opportunity at NMU (see related story here).
The Northern Michigan University Music Department will host a concert featuring the NMU Orchestra at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in Reynolds Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
An NMU public relations class completed an online survey of this year’s first-time freshmen and facilitated focus groups to identify the leading factors that convinced students to enroll at Northern. Based on the results and a review of research on Generation Z (born between 1995-2010), the PR research methods class proposed several marketing ideas to enhance recruiting and increase enrollment. Professor Jes Thompson presented the findings at Wednesday’s NMU Strategic Planning and Budgeting Advisory Committee meeting.
April is National Financial Literacy Month, designed to raise awareness about personal finance and the need to educate young people on related topics. Northern Michigan University’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE) will coordinate on-campus events and is available to assist K-12 schools in coordinating educational activities. National statistics ranging from student debt load and loan default rates to lack of budgeting, saving or investing for retirement demonstrate the need for increased financial literacy. Most young adults receive little or no such education before they enter the workforce.
Political scientist, professor and journalist Mark Lilla will present “Identity and Citizenship” at Northern Michigan University on Thursday, April 12. His talk begins at 7 p.m. in the University Center Michigan Room. The lecture is presented by the NMU Center for Academic and Intellectual Freedom in cooperation with the NMU College Democrats, College Republicans and Young Americans for Liberty.
Los Angeles-based pianist and vocalist Aimee Nolte will be the featured guest at the Northern Michigan University Jazz Festival. She will perform in the opening concert with the NMU Jazz Festival Faculty Combo and the Ishpeming High School Jazz Band on Thursday, April 12, and in the closing concert with the NMU Jazz Band and Combo on Friday, April 13. Both begin at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Recital Hall. Tickets for each are $6 for NMU students, $8 for other students and $12 for the public. They are available at NMU EZ Ticket outlets or at nmu.edu/tickets.
River Valley Bank donated $5,000 to again sponsor the Hope Starts Here Challenge, an annual challenge that raises funds and awareness for the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center (UMBTC) through competitive and leisurely events geared for all ages and skill levels. The UMBTC is a collaborative effort between Northern Michigan University, U.P. Health System-Marquette and the Superior Health Foundation. The Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center’s mission is to empower patients and families dealing with brain tumors through advocacy, research, education and treatment.
Northern Michigan University will co-sponsor "Yooper Day" at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton on Saturday, April 28. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team, will face the Peoria Chiefs at 1:05 p.m. The first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a newly designed Timber Rattlers U.P. T-shirt. An exclusive $20 box seat ticket deal that guarantees a tee is available through April 10. The promotion is a collaboration of NMU, Michigan Tech and the Yooper native-owned Keweenaw Pub in De Pere.
Heather Cook, president of the NMU chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America, was selected for the first PRSSA Member Spotlight. The new feature recognizes outstanding members who go above and beyond for their chapter, school and community. PRSSA wrote that "Cook has worked tirelessly over her time in the chapter to create national conference funding, support and motivate chapter members and much more."
The next Northern Michigan University Science on Tap event will feature NMU student scholars presenting their original research. It will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the upstairs community space at the Ore Dock Brewing Company.
Northern Michigan University's 23rd Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship will be held on Thursday, April 12. Featured scholarship can take the form of research in the sciences, social sciences or humanities, as well as visual and performance art.
Nelly Kupper, NMU professor in French and Russian, recently published “Gaze, Memory, and Gender in Narrative from Ancient to Modern.” The book uses a cross-disciplinary approach that intersects literary scholarship with neuroscience, specifically the processing of memory in men and women.
NMU alumna Aimee Kathryn Jorjani, who earned a bachelor's degree in political science and public relations in 1999, has been appointed by the Trump administration as chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. She will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring June 10, 2021. Originally from Milwaukee, Jorjani began her career in 1999 as a legislative aide to Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-1) after graduating from NMU. She later spent seven years with the Department of the Interior and held several positions, including special assistant for historic preservation. She received a master's in historic preservation in 2012 from Goucher College.
Northern Michigan University’s Gonzo Media student organization will screen “Wag the Dog” at 9 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in 165 Art and Design. The event is free for NMU students and $1 for the public.
Bill Rademacher, who played in the NFL before becoming head football coach at NMU, has died. He was 75. Rademacher coached the Wildcats from 1978-82, posting a record of 37-16. He was an assistant on staff prior to that, including the 1975 season, when Northern won the Division II national championship. Rademacher played wide receiver and defensive back at Menominee High School, NMU (1960-63) and professionally with the New York Jets and Boston Patriots. He was a member of the Super Bowl III-winning Jets. Rademacher was inducted into the NMU and U.P. Sports Hall of Fames. To see the "Detroit News" story announcing his death, click here.
Northern Michigan University alumnus Michael Brown (BS 2005) spoke on behalf of veterans during a recent Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee discussion, as the special guest of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. Brown is currently the coordinator of veterans services at Mongomery County Community College in Lafayette Hill, Pa.
Northern Michigan University ranks ninth among accredited U.S. colleges and universities with furniture design programs, according to The Art Career Project, a national online resource for art students and professionals.
The "Turn Down the Lights" campaign in several campus buildings held as part of Sustainability Week March 19-24 served as more than a reminder to reduce consumption. It also resulted in measurable energy savings. Kathy Richards, director of Facilities, said the five-day demonstration saved about $700, which would equate to $36,000 per year. Also, the 5,600 kilowatthours avoided during that period equates to the electricity needed to run NMU's Heating Plant for about three days.
Northern Michigan University’s Forest Roberts Theatre is concluding its 2017-18 season with “Tarzan,” the Disney musical. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13-Saturday, April 14, and Thursday, April 19-Saturday, April 21, with 1 p.m. matinee performances April 14 and 21.
Authors Randa Jarrar and Kwame Dawes will hold public readings as part of the NMU English Department's Visiting Writers Series. This free event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the University Center.
The Northern Michigan University Psychological Science Department will host a lecture titled “Investigating Sexual Violence in College-Aged Dating Couples: Does the Medium Affect the Message?” This free event will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, March 30, in 1322 Jamrich Hall.
NMU graduate student Jacob Hall, who is pursuing a master’s degree in English, had an essay titled “We Knocked Hard” published in “The Forge” literary magazine. The essay relays Hall’s adventures and occasional mischief with a beloved cousin, while exploring themes of growing up in poverty and without education. The magazine editor described it as beautifully structured around cars, “from the beginning, when you are taken in a car to your cousin’s house, to the end, when you are driving your mom and dying aunt to visit your cousin in jail.” To read the full essay and accompanying interview with Hall, click here.
Four Northern Michigan University theater and dance students attended the recent U.S. Institute for Theater Technology (USITT) Conference and Stage Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Students attended sessions and workshops led by some of the industry’s leading professionals and talked with exhibitors about the latest innovations and services.
Le Vent Du Nord, a progressive folk music group from Quebec, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in Kaufman Auditorium. The concert is part of Northern Michigan University's Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center Concert Series.
Northern Michigan University’s music department will host “Little Red Walking Hood,” an opera experience for elementary-aged children. The free performance will be held at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in Reynolds Recital Hall.
The Northern Michigan Constructors student organization volunteered to help the NMU Nordic ski team when it hosted the recent NCAA Regional Championships in Ishpeming, according to Coach Sten Fjeldheim. The students adapted the pavilion at Al Quaal Recreation Area to meet the needs of a larger competition.
The Northern Michigan University Music Department will host a free concert featuring the NMU Percussion Ensemble at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in Reynolds Recital Hall.
Leading concert saxophonist John Sampen will perform as part of the Northern Michigan University Music Department’s Guest Artist Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, in Reynolds Recital Hall. His concert will be preceded by another saxophone performance, as student Logan Galindo will present his senior recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8. Both events are free and will be held in NMU’s Reynolds Recital Hall.
Northern Michigan University student Britney Reese recently won the 2018 Martha Griffiths Award from the Marquette Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The Rock, Mich., native is a computer science major and mathematics minor. She received $250, a certificate and a recognition dinner.
Northern Michigan University and Michigan Tech squared off again last weekend—not on the ice, but at the U.P. Quiz Bowl Showdown. Each school fielded three teams for the tournament. NMU's A team brought its A game, earning champion honors and retaining the Superior Cup rivalry trophy with a 7-3 record.
Northern Michigan University will host a World Autism Awareness Day guest presentation on addressing the challenges faced by college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ways to help them succeed. Chaturi Edrisinha, Oakland University professor and director of research for OU's Center for Autism, will speak at 4 p.m. Monday, April 2, in Jamrich Hall room 1100. An informal reception with light refreshments will be held prior to the event at 3 p.m. in front of Jamrich Hall room 1100.
Please note the April 3 registration deadline. The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host a tour of Superior Extrusion’s plant, which is located at K.I. Sawyer near Gwinn, Mich. It will be held from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 10.
Northern Michigan University’s College of Business will hold “The Big Pitch,” the new culminating event for its annual New Business Venture Competition for students from any academic major. This "Shark Tank"-style activity will feature four student teams pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges. It begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Forest Roberts Theatre. Tickets for this free event are available at Universe.com/NMUBigPitch. A reception with free pizza will follow the event.
NMU alumnus Kevin Bredeson (BS '97) has joined Skender Construction in Chicago as chief technology officer. He is responsible for strategic oversight and direction of Skender’s technology footprint. He infuses operations-focused technologies, including virtual design and construction and building information modeling, with emerging technologies surch as virtual reality, augmented reality and drone imaging.
The Northern Michigan University Music Department will host a screening of the Royal Ballet production of “The Rite of Spring/“The Firebird” at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in Forest Roberts Theatre. The event is presented as part of the Siril Cinema Series.
The Northern Michigan University President’s Committee on Diversity will host a poetry reading from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Olson Library Atrium. This free event, titled “Poetry Without Borders," is part of the NMU Diversity Common Reader program.
Northern Michigan University alumnus Mark Pynnonen ('83 BS) has won two consecutive runner-up Project of the Year awards for signage and graphics work that his Signs Now Marquette franchise completed for Wildcat Athletics. The honored work includes large window graphics and backlit brushed-aluminum letters on the exterior of the Berry Events Center. Signs Now Marquette also completed a composite of signage and banners for various athletic facilities.
Northern Michigan University’s March 17 Wildcat Weekend open house for prospective students and their family members or guests was the largest in NMU history. Total attendance was 982, which included 430 students. Hosting such a large and important recruiting event requires significant involvement by faculty and staff members and student volunteers. More than 230 were on hand, contributing to the program’s success.
Northern Michigan University has received a $1 million commitment from an alumnus and his spouse to establish NMU’s first endowed professorship. The Mark R. and Eileen Lovell Professorship in the School of Health and Human Performance will focus on education, research and patient care related to concussions. Dr. Mark Lovell (BS ’77 Psychology) is internationally recognized for developing the ImPACT Test, the first and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. He also serves as a neuropsychological consultant for several sports organizations.
Diane J. Goodman, who has addressed social justice and diversity issues for more than 30 years, will visit Northern Michigan University March 28-29. Her visit will include a general presentation open to the public and sessions geared toward specific audiences. Topics covered will include social change, intersectionality, micro-aggressions and inclusion.
President Fritz Erickson and Vice President Gavin Leach updated the campus community on the Strategic Resource Allocation project, upcoming facilities projects, the state budget and other topics at the March 21 university forum.
The Northern Michigan University Student Athlete Advisory Committee will host a Lip-Sync Battle to benefit the NMU Food Pantry at 8 p.m. Monday, March 26, in 1100 Jamrich Hall.
A presentation titled “Pasties, Beer, Revolution and God: Immigrant Miners and Their Communities on the Marquette Iron Range, 1900-1930” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in room 126 of the Learning Resources Center at Northern Michigan University. This “Evening at the Archives” event is hosted by the Central U.P. and NMU Archives as part of NMU’s Diversity Common Reader Program.
Northern Michigan University’s Beta Alpha Psi is offering free income tax return assistance to students and community members. The program is offered from 5-7 p.m. in the University Center Trading Lab every Tuesday and Thursday through April 12, with the exception of spring break week March 5-9.
The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host a “Behind the Scenes at St. Vinnie’s” tour and presentation. It will be held from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at St. Vincent de Paul, which is located at 2119 Presque Isle in Marquette.
The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host a “Northern Michigan University Broadband and Education for Everyone” presentation. It will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, April 3, in room 111B of NMU’s Learning Resources Center.
NMU alumnus David O’Connor (BS 1996) received the President’s Leadership Award from the Michigan Irish-American Chamber of Commerce (MIACC) at its annual gala on March 13 in Detroit. Dignitaries who attended included the mayor of County Cork, Ireland. O’Connor is founder, past president and board member of the MIACC. The chamber works to advance the business, culture, education and civic welfare of Michigan citizens of Irish descent. It is part of Irish Network USA.
NMU alumna Hannah Goodman (BS Psychology) is the new part-time chief assistant prosecutor in the Iron County Prosecutor’s Office. She has worked for the past several years at the Law Office of Steven J. Tinti, with locations in Crystal Falls and Norway. After graduating from NMU, Goodman continued her education at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing. She has been practicing law since 2011.
Northern Michigan University will host a gun control debate at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in 1100 Jamrich Hall. The debate will include two participants: former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rubin, who is now an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University; and John Lott Jr., Fox News columnist and president of the newly formed Crime Prevention Research Center.
Provost Kerri Schuiling updates the campus community on the status of leadership changes in three colleges: Arts and Sciences; Business; and Health Sciences and Professional Studies. She also addresses the SRA process, autism initiative project and procedures for both endowed professorships and inviting international scholars to campus.
Northern Michigan University education students Jennie Baker of Munising and Amy Burley of Marquette were among the "Teachers of Promise" who attended the Governor's Education and Talent Summit March 12-13 in Novi. The Network of Michigan Educators invited universities to select their top two pre-service teachers for the designation. The students were honored at a banquet and had an opportunity to network with education leaders from across the state at the conference.
The two winners of Northern Michigan University's inaugural Three-Minute Thesis competition will advance to the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools' regional competition April 6 in Grand Rapids. Tianli Kilpatrick, a master's degree candidate in English, earned first place and the People's Choice Award for her presentation, titled "The Immortal Jellyfish, and Other Things That Don't Know About Love." William Brown, a biology student, finished second with "Development of Rapid HIV Diagnostic Assay Using Isothermal Amplification Coupled with Peptide Nuclear Acid and Gold Nanoparticle Colorimetric Detection."
NMU College of Business Professor Trent Batchelor provided expert commentary for WalletHub’s recent comparison of tax rates in the 50 states and the District of Columbia against national medians. Batchelor teaches tax and advanced accounting at NMU. WalletHub ranked states according to their income, sales and excise, real estate and vehicle taxes, and by overall tax impact based on the cost-of-living index. Too see the comparison and read Batchelor’s commentary, click here.
Northern Michigan University will join the international Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) movement with its inaugural campus competition at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in Mead Auditorium in West Science. Five master's degree students will be judged on their ability to effectively explain their research in only three minutes in language appropriate to a general audience. They are limited to one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props. The NMU winner will advance to the Midwest regional championship April 6 in Grand Rapids.
Recent upgrades to Northern Michigan University’s audio recording studio are aligning with new demands in emerging areas of digital media production. Mark Shevy, professor of Communication and Performance Studies, said the project is being made possible “due to a perfect storm—in a good way.”
As a Northern student, Mike Picotte (BS 2001) spent much of his free time in the campus audio production labs, becoming proficient in their specialized software and equipment. Now he is realizing a major return on that investment. The Gwinn native is a senior sales engineer for Sweetwater, billed as “the world’s leading music technology and instrument retailer.” Picotte advises clients on gear purchases and designs recording studios and live venues. He also consults on complex sound systems for large tours by artists such as Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake. In addition to his day job, Picotte has earned a stellar reputation among high-profile artists for his side passions: serving as a front-of-house engineer for concerts; and mixing/mastering records.
Northern Michigan University will celebrate World Languages Week March 19-22. Lily Pearl Balloffet, history professor at Western Carolina University, will present "U.S. Policy, Global Migration and the American Dream: Past and Present" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in 1320 Jamrich Hall. She will also co-lead an Immigration and Community Workshop at the same time and location on Thursday, March 22. The Wildcat Den will offer cuisine from Spain, Germany and France for purchase Tuesday-Thursday, respectively. All of these activities are open to the public.
The TED Talks Club at Northern Michigan University will host a TEDx event featuring eight regional speakers who will share their ideas and research on a variety of topics. It is scheduled from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24. While NMU’s licensing agreement limits the number of tickets available for the event in the Jamrich Hall auditorium, campus and community members are welcome to view a livestream on their own, or obtain tickets for an overflow viewing in 1322 Jamrich Hall, which includes access to a reception with presenters in the University Center.
Northern Michigan University EcoReps, a student sustainability peer-to-peer educator program, is hosting Sustainability Week events on campus Monday, March 19-Saturday, March 24. NMU EcoReps aims to increase education and outreach in terms of social, economic and environmental sustainability through collaboration with other campus organizations.
NMU Art and Design Professor Steven Hughes is featured in a Q&A in American Illustration and American Photography's "DART: Design Arts Daily," an email report for and about the creative community. Published since 2005, DART reaches more than 20,000 readers. Hughes teaches illustration at NMU and operates his own studio, Primary Hughes. His work has been used by "The New York Times," American Greetings, Toronto Blue Jays Care Foundation and other entities. It has also been displayed in numerous U.S. gallery exhibitions. Read the full Q&A here.
Northern Michigan University's music department will present soprano Hayley Kukulis of Marquette in her senior recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Reynolds Recital Hall. There is no cost to attend the performance.
Northern Michigan University will host a family friendly WCHA Championship Wildcat Watch Party on Saturday, March 17. The event runs from 6-9:30 p.m. in the University Center Great Lakes Rooms. The first 500 people through the door will receive a free Wildcats rally towel—the same one being distributed at the NMU-Michigan Tech hockey game. Admission is free, with concession food and beverages available for purchase. Wildcat Willy will make a special appearance.
Brandeis University Professor Isaac Krauss will present two distinct lectures on designing carbohydrate HIV vaccines at Northern Michigan University. The lectures are free and open to the public.
Northern Michigan University English Professor Monica McFawn will interview Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Independence Day," at the 2018 Night for Notables event at the Library of Michigan this April. The Night for Notables recognizes 20 books with ties to Michigan at a special recognition program and enlists previous winners as speakers.
Wildcat Ian Torchia won a national title in the men's 20-kilometer freestyle at the NCAA Skiing National Championships in Steamboat Springs. He drew bib No. 1 before the race and finished No. 1 with a time of 54 minutes, 21 seconds. The junior from Rochester, Minn., is the seventh NCAA Champion in Wildcat Nordic skiing history. Now a four-time All-American, Torchia earned his second first-team honor of the week in the victory to add to his two All-America awards earned in 2016.
The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU received the Peter White Award from the Marquette Regional History Center. The award honors foundations, companies, organizations and institutions for exceptional effort in the enhancement, restoration, conservation or interpretation of the area's history. The campus community is invited to a cake and coffee reception celebrating the honor from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the Beaumier Center in Gries Hall.
The 25th annual “Learn to Walk Together” traditional pow wow will be held on Saturday, March 24, at the Marquette National Guard Armory on Lincoln Street. Admission is free. Doors open at 11 a.m., with grand entries at noon and 6 p.m.
Northern Michigan University took second place in the 15th annual Gift of Life Michigan Campus Challenge. Fourteen schools engaged in a friendly competition to register students as organ, tissue and eye donors. During the five-week challenge, about 1,400 individuals signed up across the state. NMU placed second in both number of students registered, with 206, and percentage of the student body registered, with 2.91.
The Marquette County Health Department (MCHD) and the Northern Vegans organization tied as winners of the best display at NMU's Wildcat Wellness Health Fair. Exhibits are judged on clarity of health-promoting message; attractiveness of display; interaction with participants; usefulness of take-home materials and encouragement of positive health change. The award honors the memory of Robin Rahoi, former NMU registered dietician.
An exhibition titled “Industrial Revolution” by NMU alumna Kathleen Conover (’83 MFA) opened March 2 at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tenn. She said the series of paintings represents her interpretation of the impact of evolving worldwide technological and manufacturing industries on the United States. "Inspiration and visual references abound from my iron mining home on Lake Superior in northern Michigan, through the farming heartland to the desert Southwest, and from coast to coast,” she said. Conover is the latest talented female artist featured by Customs House Museum during Women’s History Month. The exhibit runs through May 2.
Northern Michigan University’s Gonzo Media student organization will screen “The Exterminating Angel” at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in room 165 of the Art and Design Building.
NMU alumna Sara Ferguson (BS 2008) has been hired by Great North Bank as financial controller for its banks, according to a press release. She is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 10 years' experience at top-ranked firm KPMG in Minneapolis and at Anderson, Tackman & Company PLC in Iron Mountain. Ferguson's management roles have included auditing, consulting and taxation. She holds a degree in accounting and corporate finance from NMU.Great North Bank was established in 1891. It is a family-owned, independent community bank serving Wisconsin, upper Michigan and beyond.
NMU alumnus Tim Haag is the new president of State Collection Service Inc., a full-service accounts receivable management solutions provider. He will be the third generation to lead the organization when he assumes his new role on April 2. His Swedish immigrant grandfather founded State Collection Service. Haag holds a business management degree from NMU. He has been with the company since 2009, starting as a sales executive before quickly becoming director of client services. He was promoted to vice president of support services in 2015. To see the full press release on his appointment, click here.
Northern Michigan University will host a free presentation by Daniel Mahoney, political science professor at College of the Holy Cross, titled “Lessons Learned: Recovering the Light of the Soul After the Totalitarian Scourge.” He will speak about reason, faith and political and religious freedom. The speech will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in 1311 Jamrich Hall. It includes a discussion period after the lecture.
The Northern Michigan University music department will host a concert featuring the Axiom Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, in Reynolds Recital Hall. The event is part of the Siril Endowment for Musical Arts.
Northern Michigan University will present a feature-length documentary on the late Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong as part of its Diversity Common Reader Program. Wong overcame poverty and racism to become a renowned painter who exhibited with Picasso and Matisse, a Hollywood sketch artist and a "Disney Legend" for his groundbreaking work on the classic animated film, "Bambi." He died at age 106 in 2016. "Tyrus" will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in room 165 of the Art and Design Building.
Northern Michigan University’s Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center will celebrate St. Urho's Day by presenting “Finnish Music 101” as part of its concert series. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. It commemorates the centennial of Finland by featuring two to three songs from each decade since 1917.
Northern Michigan University’s music department will present “The Far North Brass” as part of its Chamber Music Series. The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, at Reynolds Recital Hall.
The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning and Northern Michigan University's Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center will host a bus tour of the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base. It will be held from 12:30-4 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in conjunction with the Beaumier Center’s “Cold War and the U.P.” exhibit.
NMU alumnus Paul Orlich was appointed Mishicot (Wis.) school district superintendent and high school principal, effective March 1, according to a press release. He previously served as high school principal and director of instruction for the district. Orlich also has experience as an assistant principal, dean of students, special education teacher and mental health social worker. He is completing his Ph.D. in educational administration at Marian University in Fond du Lac.
Sarah Clarke, a Northern Michigan University health and human performance professor who was born and raised in Cork, Ireland, will present “Irish Sport & Culture: Punching above its weight.” Her talk is scheduled at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in 1320 Jamrich Hall. It is presented by NMU’s International Education Services Office.
The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host a presentation on Northern Michigan University education and program services for international students. The event will be held from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in room 136 of NMU’s Whitman Hall.
The next university forum will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in 1100 Jamrich Hall. President Fritz Erickson and the NMU vice presidents will update the campus community on a variety of issues, including the current legislative season, the develpment of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget, the timelines for summer campus construction projects, the strategic resource allocation project progress and more. A question-and-answer session will follow the forum.
NMU alumna Korinne Griffith (‘16 BS) has crossed paths twice with playwright Kate Danley, both as a student and professional. They first met during NMU’s developmental workshop reading of Danley’s “Building Madness,” the 2016-17 Panowski Playwriting Award winner at NMU. Griffith graduated before the NMU production, which served as the play’s U.S. premiere. Little did Griffith know that as she approached her first post-graduation directing job, she would reconnect with Danley to produce “Building Madness” at a high school in Woodstock, Ill.
The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University is seeking public nominations for the 2018 Upper Peninsula Folklife Award. The award recognizes those who make a difference in the creation and/or preservation of Upper Peninsula folk arts, including music, dance, storytelling, crafts and food. Persons or organizations can be nominated. The nomination deadline is Friday, March 30. A committee will review nominations and make the final selections.
Two former NMU Nordic skiers placed first and third in their respective races Feb. 24 at the American Birkebeiner, a 50k point-to-point course from Cable to Hayward, Wis. Caitlin (Compton) Gregg (BFA 2004) claimed her record-setting fifth title in the elite women's skate race. The former Olympian and NMU Sports Hall of Famer competes for the Central Cross Country (CXC) Team, Loppet Nordic Racing and Team Gregg. Kyle Bratrud, also a CXC Team member and a 2015 NMU graduate, placed third in the Birkie elite men's skate race. Read a feature story on Gregg's accomplishment and the race results here.
Public Radio 90, WNMU-FM, will hold a "Jitterbug Jive" swing dance fundraiser on Friday, March 9, at the Ore Dock Brewing Company. Camilla Mingay will teach a pre-show swing clinic at 6:30 p.m. Dancing to music by Queen City Hot Club runs from 7-9 p.m. Admission is $5. All proceeds will benefit Public Radio 90.
The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host a tour of Beth Millner Jewelry from 12:45-2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. Millner creates hand-made, nature-inspired jewelry. She graduated from NMU with a BFA in metals in 2008 and launched her business in the corner of her kitchen before opening a downtown storefront in 2012.
Northern Michigan University’s Campus Cinema will present a screening of “Wonder” at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 10, and at 6 and 9 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in 1100 Jamrich Hall. Attendance is free for NMU students and $1 for the public.
The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University will host two film showings during the month of March. The showings are held in conjunction with the Beaumier Center’s “Cold War in the U.P.” exhibition. Both screenings will begin at 7 p.m. and a discussion with center director Daniel Truckey will follow each film.
Northern Michigan University's Career Services will host a Winter Semester Job Fair from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the University Center.
Northern Michigan University’s Gonzo Media student organization will screen “Buzzard” at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in room 165 of the Art and Design Building. “Buzzard” is about a slacker office employee who makes extra money by stealing refund checks from his employer.
The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host a presentation titled “Strokes – Brain Trauma.” It will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in room 101B of the Northern Michigan University Superior Dome.
The NMU Police Department on Wednesday offered its first "Winter Driving Experience" to NMU students in a parking lot with snow-covered ice behind the Superior Dome. Students were able to drive an older, out-of-service patrol vehicle through a cone-filled course. An officer riding shotgun gave tips on how to avoid or effectively confront the most common causes of winter accidents. Another session is scheduled from 3-6 p.m. today (Feb. 22). The hands-on experience complements educational programs that the department presents in the residence halls on winter driving and vehicle maintenance.
NMU has postponed the presentation on academic freedom by Cary Nelson, former national president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Weather-related flight delays have prevented Nelson from getting to campus on time. His talk was originally to be held at 7 p.m. tonight in Reynolds Recital Hall. Details on the rescheduled date will be announced later.
The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host intermediate photography classes. Classes will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, March 28, April 25, May 23 and June 27, in room 414A of Northern Michigan University’s Cohodas Hall.
Northern Michigan University alumna Karen Saari’s (‘96 BS) play, "In a Clearing," will have its world premiere this summer under the direction of NMU alumnus Andrew Gall (‘95 BS), interim managing artistic director of Magnetic Theatre Company in Asheville, N.C. Another play by Saari, "Bad in Bed," is set in Marquette and features characters who are NMU alumni. A developmental production of "Bad in Bed" is taking place through Saturday, Feb. 24, at Acadiana Repertory Theatre in Lafayette, La.
NMU alumna Carly Guggemos was recently a featured columnist for the “Lansing State Journal.” Her column addressed the benefits that running with one’s partner offers, both in supporting a training regimen and strengthening the personal relationship. Guggemos received her master’s degree in exercise science from NMU and is co-owner of Organic Coaching. She is a full-time triathlon and running coach and competitive triathlete. Read her column here.
NMU Biology Assistant Professor Diana Lafferty has been involved in an international research collaboration that set out to discover whether adaptive evolution can rescue animals that change coat colors with the seasons in the face of a changing climate and decreasing snow cover. A related article she co-authored was recently published in “Science” magazine.
Invent@NMU and Innovate Marquette SmartZone held a “relaunch” open house Friday to celebrate the recent collaboration between the two organizations. Representatives highlighted their expanded entrepreneurial support services and new online client outreach capability to be powered by NMU’s broadband Educational Access Network (EAN). The event featured a screening of the new promotional video, a look at the student-designed logo, a demonstration of the new remote client-access kiosk and client/student success stories.
Northern Michigan University English Professor Marek Haltof recently published a book titled "Screening Auschwitz: Wanda Jakubowska’s 'The Last Stage' and the Politics of Commemoration." The book examines the first narrative film to portray the infamous Nazi German concentration and extermination camp. "The Last Stage" was released in 1948 and directed by Jakubowska, an Auschwitz survivor.
Northern Michigan University’s Beta Alpha Psi will offer free income tax return assistance to students and community members. The program is offered from 5-7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through April 12, with the exception of spring break week March 5-9, in the University Center Trading Lab.
The Beaumier Center at Northern Michigan University will offer a showing of "Three Days of the Condor" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Seminar Room of the Beaumier Center in Gries Hall. The showing is held in conjunction with the Beaumier Center's Cold War in the U.P. exhibition. A discussion with Daniel Truckey will follow the film.
Media are welcome to cover a "Winter Driving Experience" offered for the first time to NMU students by NMU Public Safety. The free course will be held from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 21-22, in parking lot #56 behind the Superior Dome. Students will be able to drive an older patrol vehicle and experience/correct the most common causes of winter driving accidents. While students are navigating the course, they will be given tips to avoid hazards and safely operate a vehicle during the demands of winter driving. NMU Public Safety contacts on site will be Ken Love and Jon Kovar. The "Winter Driving Experience" complements related educational programs provided in the residence halls by Public Safety.
The Rotary Club of Marquette is seeking host families to participate in the Youth Exchange program for the 2018-19 school year. The purpose of the Rotary Youth Exchange program is to provide secondary school students with the opportunity to travel abroad, live with host families and experience life in a different country, school and social environment.
Northern Michigan University faculty and staff are encouraged to attend a free professional photo shoot on Tuesday, Feb. 27, for updated headshots that will provide a cohesive look for departmental websites and recruiting/marketing materials. University photographer Josh LeClair and his staff will conduct the sessions.
A presentation titled “Understanding Self-Injury and Self-Destructive Behaviors in Clinical Populations: Treatment Conceptualization and Considerations” will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in room 1322 of Jamrich Hall at Northern Michigan University. This presentation is part of the NMU Psychological Science Colloquium Series.
Nursing Professor Nancy Maas was honored by the NMU Board of Trustees today for her quick response in lending qualified help to 34-year-old alumna Anna Dravland, who had collapsed on a Marquette street after suffering a debilitating stroke.
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees today approved housing and dining rates for the 2018-19 academic year. The cost of a standard double-occupancy room in the traditional residence halls and the “gold constant meal pass” dining option will be $5,203 per semester, an increase of $164 to cover inflationary cost adjustments and maintenance needs. Double-occupancy rooms in The Woods complex with the same meal plan will be $5,595 per semester, an increase of $163.
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has formed an ad hoc committee to review university policies to ensure that they reflect current best practices. The first priority will be NMU’s sexual misconduct policy, which was updated in 2016 and amended in 2017.
Northern Michigan University’s Forest Roberts Theatre will present a modified performance of the musical Tarzan geared toward children and adults who are on the autism spectrum or have sensory issues. The goal is to preserve the entertainment value of the show so families can enjoy it together while also creating a supportive environment. Free admission is made possible through private donor support. FRT has partnered with the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) in New York City to produce this “Theater for All” performance, scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15.
When NMU alumnus Ernest Rospierski (BS 2005) heard the fire alarm at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., he assumed it was a previously discussed “code red” drill. As students filed out of his classroom, he heard gunfire. A bullet grazed his cheek, but Rospierski managed to push his students toward the stairway so they could escape. He hid in a bathroom, where his thoughts turned to his wife and fellow NMU graduate Andrea Kowalski-Rospierski (BA 2005), who also teaches at the school and was in another building across campus. Read the full Miami Herald story here.
Northern Michigan University’s dance minor presents its annual Dance Concert Thursday, Feb. 22-Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m., with a 1 p.m. matinee performance Saturday, at Forest Roberts Theatre. This concert is choreographed and performed by NMU students, faculty and guest performers.
NMU faculty and staff are invited to a forum to brainstorm ideas for increasing international cooperation. The divisions of Academic Affairs and Extended Learning & Community Engagement are hosting the event from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the West Science's Mead Auditorium. They will solicit input from attendees to help identify new initiatives to expand international cooperation, increase the foreign student population and create new opportunities for shared programs and exchanges.
Northern Michigan University’s Forest Roberts Theatre and Dance announced its 2018-19 lineup of plays, dance events and other activities during its recent Halfway Party. More details will be announced closer to each event, but an overview of the schedule follows:
The first collaboration between Northern Michigan University’s dance minor and Arts Chorale will use artistic expression to address topical health and social issues such as suicide, homophobia and bullying. As one component of the NMU Dance Concert, 25 student vocalists under the guidance of Director of Choirs Erin Colwitz will perform alongside 14 dancers led by Dance Minor Program Director Jill Grundstrom.
Cary Nelson, former national president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and author of No University Is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom, will speak at Northern Michigan University. His talk is titled “Academic Freedom in Times of Crisis: The Future of Collective Bargaining, Free Speech on Campus, and Prospects for Peace in the Middle East.” The event is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in Reynolds Recital Hall. It includes a question-and-answer period after the lecture, followed by a reception. Light refreshments will be served.
Kevin Avery, stand-up comedian and writer on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, will perform at Northern Michigan University. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, in Jamrich 1100. Admission is free for NMU students and $1 for the general public.
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees will hold a formal/business session as part of its previously scheduled retreat. The session runs from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in 602 Cohodas Hall. The agenda and supporting materials can be found at nmu.edu/boardbook.
Invent@NMU and Innovate Marquette SmartZone are hosting a celebration of their collaboration on Thursday, Feb. 15, at the new Ampersand Coworking Space located in the UP Masonic Center. The gathering will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by their monthly Business on Tap series at 6:30 p.m. featuring speakers Peter Pless, professor of human-centered design from Northern Michigan University, and Jason Schneider, executive director of the Marquette Chamber of Commerce.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) signed into law by President Donald Trump is the most sweeping tax reform the United States has seen in three decades and has a significant impact on payroll tax withholding, according to NMU Human Resources. Most of the changes took effect Jan. 1, 2018, and remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2025. Human Resources provided these notable changes of TCJA, most of which are temporary for 2018-2025:
Northern Michigan University will host its 18th annual Summer Employment Fair from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the University Center. The fair is an opportunity for companies and organizations to discuss summer jobs, internships and part-time jobs with NMU students and alumni.
A presentation titled “Black Pride, Billy Clubs and Broken Promises: Northern Michigan University Student Protests” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in room 126 of NMU’s Learning Resources Center. The Central Upper Peninsula and NMU Archives is hosting this event in conjunction with Black History Month.
Under the governor’s plan, Northern Michigan University would receive a 1.8 percent increase: $47,137,400 for operations and $867,000 in performance funding.
Northern Michigan University alumnus Scott Beaulier ('00 BS), dean of the College of Business at North Dakota State University, will present “Headwinds in Higher Education: What’s Happening to Tuition Prices, University Finances and Why it Matters” as part of the Your Wealth lecture series. The presentation begins at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in West Science's Mead Auditorium. It is open to the public.
The Wildcat Wellness Health Fair will take place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. The event is hosted by the Northern Michigan University Health Promotion Society and the School of Health and Human Performance.
Northern Michigan University’s Gonzo Media student organization will screen San Soleil at 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in 165 Art & Design. San Soleil is an experimental documentary released in 1983 by French director Chris Marker. The documentary uses footage recorded in various countries around the world and ties each segment together with music and voice-over narration of a seasoned world traveler.
Wildcat women’s golfer Avery Rochester put her CPR and AED training to effective use recently, when she rendered aid to a community member who collapsed during a Zumba class. Now she’s advocating for more student-athletes to become certified in the lifesaving techniques.
Former NMU Nordic skier Eli Brown will march with the Team USA delegation during the Feb. 9 opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. But he won’t be competing as an athlete as he once dreamed. He is a ski tech for the U.S. cross-country ski team. Brown’s role is to monitor snow conditions and test different types of wax to make sure the team has the fastest skis possible. Choosing the right wax can help racers shave valuable seconds off their times. Read a feature story on Brown here.
Several athletes and coaches participating in the Winter Olympic Games have ties to NMU. They include an alumna on the U.S. cross-country ski team, a former NMU Olympic Training Site speedskater competing in his fifth Olympics, a former Wildcat hockey player representing Sweden, a former NMU football player competing in snowboardcross, an alumnus coaching an alpine ski racer representing Malaysia, and two former speedskaters serving in assistant coach and team leader roles. The Winter Games are being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Northern Michigan University’s music department will present its University Choir and Arts Chorale Alumni Concert, with participation from Forest Roberts Theatre and Dance. The free performance begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, in Forest Roberts Theatre.
Gov. Rick Snyder has accepted Northern Michigan University’s invitation to speak at commencement on Saturday, May 5. He was nominated because of his support of key NMU initiatives, including the Educational Access Network, Invent@NMU and career and technical education.
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees recently elected new leadership for calendar year 2018. Robert Mahaney of Marquette will serve as chair of the board and Steve Mitchell of West Bloomfield is vice chair. Trustees also approved standing committees, with James Haveman of Grand Haven appointed chair of the Finance Committee and Tami Seavoy of Marquette serving as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.
A grand opening was held Thursday for the Northern Michigan University Food Pantry, an ASNMU-led initiative to assist the campus community. The pantry is located in 101B Gries Hall. It accepts donations of non-perishable food items, along with personal care, hygiene and paper products.
Northern Michigan University’s DeVos Art Museum will host a discussion that coincides with the “Aperture” exhibit. This free event will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the DeVos Art Museum. Refreshments will be provided after the event in the museum lobby.
Northern Michigan University will again host a hospitality tent for the general public near the starting gate of the UP 200 sled dog race on Friday, Feb. 16. The heated tent will be open from 6-9 p.m. next to the old City Hall building on Washington Street. Admission is free. This family-friendly event will include hot chocolate and cookies, while supplies last.
Results of the NMU Employee Satisfaction Survey conducted late in the fall semester show a convincing majority of faculty and staff members have positive perceptions of their jobs and are satisfied with the support of their immediate supervisors. Most questions were replicated from the last survey in 2013 for comparative purposes, but a few were added to gauge opinions on the recently completed strategic planning process, recognition and the performance evaluation process.
The next presentation in the Your Health lecture series at Northern Michigan University is titled “Road Map to Better Health: An Introduction to Integrative Medicine." This free event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Reynolds Recital Hall. The lecture will feature two speakers: Dr. Jessica Haloskie, physician at UP Health System-Marquette and Dr. Lisa Long, physician at UP Health System-Marquette and assistant professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
Northern Michigan University’s Forest Roberts Theatre is presenting its third annual Fringe Festival Feb. 8-10 and 15-17 in the Panowski Black Box Theatre. Three different theatrical pieces performed, produced and directed by students in the theater and entertainment arts program will be performed each evening. The Fringe Festival will feature The Valentine Fairy, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare and Antigone.
Northern Michigan University is among 13 Michigan colleges and universities participating in the 15th annual Gift of Life Michigan Campus Challenge, an organ and tissue donor drive competition. Students, professors, alumni and community members can register to become a donor by visiting GiftOfLifeMichigan.org/CampusChallenge and selecting NMU as the favorite school. NMU was in fourth place in the real-time statewide results as of Jan. 31. The competition runs through Feb. 20.
The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host its “A Trip to Mexico” ethnic dinner from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at NMU’s Chez Nous restaurant in the Jacobetti Complex.
Media are welcome to cover the grand opening of the NMU Food Pantry on Thursday, Feb. 1. President Fritz Erickson and Connor Loftus, chair of the Food Insecurity Committee and vice president of the student government organization (ASNMU), will deliver comments about making this helpful resource a reality. The event begins at 4 p.m. at the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center in Gries Hall, which is near the pantry location.
Shelly Edgerton, director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), will present “Michigan Medical Marihuana 101” at Northern Michigan University. Her talk is scheduled at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in 2904 West Science. It is open to the public.
Northern Michigan University is launching educational modules in conjunction with the Jan. 27 opening of Alexis Rockman’s The Great Lakes Cycle exhibit at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM). The materials are distinctive in the way they expand upon the themes illustrated in Rockman’s paintings by exploring the scientific and artistic elements.
Northern Michigan University has announced the results of its Presidential Scholars Competition. NMU annually invites academically talented high school seniors to compete for the Harden Scholarship, which covers full tuition, room and board; and the Presidential Scholarship, which covers full tuition. Both are awarded over eight consecutive semesters.
The Northern Michigan University music department will present a screening of the Royal Opera House production of The Barber of Seville. The film will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at Forest Roberts Theatre.
The Northern Michigan University Seaborg Center is offering winter College for Kids programs from 9 a.m. to noon on two Saturdays: Feb. 3 and March 24. Students in kindergarten through 6th grade will participate in creative hands-on activities in 2702 West Science. The cost for each session is $8. Pre-registration is required and can be accessed online at http://www.nmu.edu/seaborg/student-programs or by calling 227-2002.
Coder Dojo 906, a community-based programming club for young people sponsored by the Northern Michigan University Seaborg Center, is offering coding classes from 4-6 p.m. on the following Tuesdays during the winter semester: Jan. 30, Feb. 13, March 13, March 27 and April 10. The sessions will take place in 2702 West Science.
In her latest Campus Connect update, NMU Provost Kerri Schuiling addresses a staff change in her office, the international visiting scholars procedure, national searches for Arts and Sciences dean and accreditation coordinator, endowed professorships, exploration of a faculty club, a new department head and the SRA process.
Northern Michigan University's Department of Political Science and Public Administration is sponsoring a "Great Decisions Global Discussions" lecture series with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. The weekly series addressing critical foreign policy issues runs each Monday Jan. 29-March 26, with the exception of spring break.
Northern Michigan University’s College of Business has extended its accreditation through AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have achieved AASCB accreditation. NMU initially gained the distinction in 2002.
The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host a presentation titled “Non-Prescription Drugs: Use and Abuse” from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in room 101B of the Superior Dome.
A report summarizing the zero-waste challenge held during an NMU Wildcats hockey game last month indicates that the NMU Sustainability Advisory Council was able to divert 90 percent of all waste materials from going to the landfill.
Artist Julian Gaines (BA 2015), who majored in painting and drawing at NMU, was approached to transform the blue denim Air Jordan 4 Retro and a reversible denim trucker jacket to mark the launch of the Jordan X Levi’s® collaboration. By using his creative talents to customize clothing, he has carved out an impressive professional niche. Many cultural luminaries have commissioned his work and he has several other collaborations to his credit. In a feature story on the Air Jordan website, Gaines explains his creative approach to the project and why denim is a favored canvas. Read it here.
Northern Michigan University’s Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center will host a free presentation titled “Growing up in Communism." Two NMU faculty members who were raised in that system in different countries will share their experiences and perspectives. The talk begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in the seminar room of the Beaumier Center in Gries Hall. It is being held in conjunction with the "Cold War and the U.P." exhibition, which will be open for viewing that evening.
Northern Michigan University's DeVos Art Museum will present "Aperture: Photographs" from Jan. 22–April 1. The exhibition follows the evolution of the Aperture Foundation through a display of photographs from its print and fundraising programs made over a 50-year period. In the process, it charts the evolution of photography itself.
Bill Digneit, NMU director of theater, is featured in a Live Design International (LDI) website article for two sessions he will present at the University Resident Theatre Association's winter meetings Jan. 26 in Chicago. Digneit serves as production director for the annual professional training program at the LDI trade show.
Housing and Residence Life held an open house offering a sneak peak of the Lodge, "NMU's family room," which opened for the winter semester. Though located in The Woods complex, the gathering space is open to all students, faculty and staff.
Erica Huss, who recently became the first female warden in the 128-year history of Marquette Branch Prison, is an NMU alumna. The Wakefield native graduated in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in behavioral psychology/criminal justice. She has spent 23 years with the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Northern Michigan University will host a public presentation on human trafficking as part of a week-long awareness initiative in the Upper Peninsula. The recently re-established U.P. Human Trafficking Task Force (UPHTTF) has teamed with the Department of Justice, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, several U.P. law enforcement agencies and local experts to deliver presentations across the region. The NMU event will be held from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in the University Center Marquette/Nicolet Rooms. It is sponsored by the School of Nursing and President’s Office.
The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University will continue its Cold War film series with a showing of Nine Days in One Year at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30. The film is being screened in conjunction with the Beaumier Center's "Cold War in the U.P." exhibition. A discussion with Beaumier Center Director Daniel Truckey will follow.
Northern Michigan University’s Gonzo Media student organization will screen the film Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure at 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in 165 Art and Design.
NMU alumnus Todd Maki has been appointed the new president & CEO of First Bank, Upper Michigan, effective March 1. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from NMU. Maki has been with the organization for 20 years and is a lead commercial lender. According to a press release from parent company First Bancshares, First Bank recently merged with Northern Michigan Bank & Trust. It has 10 locations, including two in Gladstone, where Maki resides.
NMU's Diversity Common Reader Program is a semester-long initiative focused on exposing a new cultural or ethnic idea at a campus-wide level. The program's 2018 book selection is Luis Alberto Urrea’s Nobody’s Son: Notes from an American Life. In this American Book Award winner, Urrea tells his story of growing up in San Diego as the son of a Mexican father and Anglo mother from Staten Island. The memoir describes Urrea’s childhood as a mix of opposites, a clash of cultures and languages.
Northern Michigan University students will receive free access to all of the bike, ski and snowshoe trails that comprise the Noquemanon Trail Network. They can also check out snowbikes, snowshoes and cross-country skis for use on the NTN at no charge. To celebrate the new partnership between Northern and the NTN, equipment demos will be available during the inaugural Snowfest kickoff to the winter semester on Thursday, Jan. 18, on the NMU academic mall.
Northern Michigan University will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Monday, Jan. 15. The event kicks off with a march for equality. Participants will assemble at noon in the lobby of NMU’s Magers and Meyland Halls. A lunch and Poetry without Borders event will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the University Center’s Peter White Lounge. Service projects begin at 2 p.m.
Northern Michigan University’s home base of Marquette is the 2nd safest college town in Michigan and the 19th safest in America, according to ranking released by The SafeWise Report.
The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host a presentation titled “Our Wild Watershed” from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library.
Illustration historian Jaleen Grove will present “Bodycount: A Graphic Reckoning in the Illustration Morgue” at Northern Michigan University. Her talk is scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, in room 165 of the Art and Design Building. It is free and open to the public.
The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host a tour of the "Cold War in the U.P." exhibit from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center.
The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host a “Keweenaw Copper” presentation from 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.
The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host its “Woodworker Rally III” event from 8 a.m. to noon Mondays between Jan. 22-Feb. 26 in room 137 of NMU’s Jacobetti Center.