September 2018

VandenAvond Receives Leadership Award

Sep. 28, 2018 —
Steve VandenAvond, Northern Michigan University vice president for Extended Learning and Community Engagement, received the UPCEA Central Region’s John L. Christopher Outstanding Leadership Award. UPCEA is the Association for Professional, Continuing and Online Education. VandenAvond was honored Sept. 27 at the regional conference in St. Louis.

Grad Joins Flat Rock PD

Sep. 28, 2018 —
NMU alumna Morgan Sundberg recently joined the Flat Rock Police Department in Wayne County as a patrol officer. According to a story in the Monroe News, she has worked in law enforcement since 2014. Sundberg earned a criminal justice degree and completed the NMU Regional Police Academy. She started her law enforcement career with the Huron-Clinton Metroparks Police Department and also worked as a deputy with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department.

NMU Honors Alumni Award Winners

Sep. 27, 2018 —

Five Northern Michigan University alumni were honored during Homecoming festivities Sept. 21-22 for significant achievements in their fields, substantial contributions to society and demonstrated exceptional leadership and civic qualities. The recipients and their awards were: Keith Nelsen (’86 BS) of Minneapolis, Minn., and Scott Schloegel (’90 BS) of Springfield, Va., Distinguished Alumni; Beth Millner (’08 BFA) of Marquette, Outstanding Young Alumni; Michele Butler (’76 BS, ’78 MAE) of Marquette, Alumni Community Service; and Skye Patrick of Downey, Calif., Alumni Achievement.

Woodworkers Inspired at Anderson Ranch

Sep. 26, 2018 —

NMU Senior Tim Kruger has long been interested in woodworking, particularly furniture design. But “an epiphany” during a woodturning class led by Professor Jason Schneider convinced him to hone in on his true passion: teaching. Kruger was inspired to apply for a summer workshop at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colo., and received a scholarship to attend. Schneider also returned to “the Ranch,” where he had worked for a decade before joining NMU’s faculty, to teach two summer workshops.

Alumna Settling In as New Superintendent

Sep. 26, 2018 —

Heidi Kattula ('98 MA), the new superintendent of East Grand Rapids Public Schools, is featured in a School News Network article. She has 26 years of experience in public education. She also serves as the treasurer of International Baccalaureate Schools of Michigan, which focus on educating from a global perspective. East Grand Rapids is exploring the designation and Kattula was a principal in Bloomfield Hills when it became the first IB district in the state.

NMU Presents 'Sweeney Todd'

Sep. 26, 2018 —

Northern Michigan University’s Forest Roberts Theatre will present the dark and haunting musical Sweeney Todd in time for the Halloween season. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 -Saturday, Oct. 27 and Tuesday, Oct. 30-Saturday, Nov. 3. An additional 1 p.m. matinee is scheduled Nov. 3.

Viano String Quartet to Perform at NMU

Sep. 25, 2018 —
The Viano String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in Reynolds Recital Hall as part of Northern Michigan University's Siril Concert Series. Admission is free. The ensemble's name was created to describe the four string instruments, each beginning with the letter "v," that play both melody and harmony to create a unified instrument called the "Viano."