NMU Student Competes in Canadian Nationals Yo-Yo

Jun. 11, 2018 —

NMU engineering design junior Jordan Walker-Jenkins recently competed in Canada's largest yo-yo competition to see how he stacks up against the best "return-top specialists." A resident of Brimley, Walker-Jenkins has retained his Canadian citizenship, which made him eligible to compete in the country's national championship. While he did not advance to the finals, a video of his preliminary round is impressive and supports his contention in a sootoday.com feature that “Modern yo-yo-ing isn’t just like, do walk the dog and then maybe rock the baby on stage. It’s a lot more intricate.

Grad Guest Edits Literary Journal

Jun. 8, 2018 —

Recent MFA graduate Amy Smith will guest edit an upcoming edition of "Stirring" literary journal, which revolves around a theme: Hot Mess. The poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction Smith selects for publication will celebrate "fantastical failures that we can’t look away from, moments when steering into the skid is the best decision.

Grad's Volunteer Chaplain Group Honored

Jun. 7, 2018 —
Ken McNaughton ('92 BA), volunteer chaplain for the Spokane Valley Fire Department, played an instrumental role in founding the Inland Northwest Fire Chaplains. The nonprofit group provides care to first responders, firefighters and grieving families. It has responded to medical emergencies, fires, car accidents and last year's Freeman High School shooting. In May, the INFC was presented with the 2017 EMS Special Services Award by the Spokane County Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Care Council.

Alumnus Named Grand Rapids Library Director

Jun. 6, 2018 —

John McNaughton (BA 1999) was recently affirmed as director of the Grand Rapids Public Library. He has 17 years' experience, most recently as director of the Romeo District Library in southeast Michigan, where he helped to create a Teen Services department, re-design the lobby to improve customer services and developed a new strategic plan. McNaughton previously served as director of the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library. He earned an English degree from NMU and his master's in library and information science from Wayne State.