June 2021

Bruggink NMU Peter White Scholar

SLFP Thanks Campus Mentors, Seeks More

Jun. 9, 2021 —
The NMU Student Leader Fellowship Program expresses its appreciation to the following faculty and staff members who served as mentors for the program. For one academic year, they acted as a role model, adviser and friend to a Student Fellow by providing guidance and support to the students as they strive to become leaders of their communities through service. The SLFP also seeks new mentors from campus or the broader community. Contact slfp@nmu.edu.

Biology Students Research Bird Species

Jun. 8, 2021 —
Northern Michigan University biology students are doing field research in Chocolay Township to determine how blood-borne pathogens affect the nesting patterns of white-throated sparrows. The work involves catching the birds in a mist net, banding them and collecting blood samples to test for two widespread pathogens impacting birds: avian malaria and West Nile Virus.

Alumnus Guides Research on Pain and Addiction

Jun. 3, 2021 —
NMU psychology alumnus Todd Hillhouse ('09 BS, '11 MS) is already making his mark as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He joined the faculty last August and opened a new Pain and Addiction Neuropharmacology (PANE) lab in November. Hillhouse works with a half-dozen student researchers to develop novel treatments for pain management, addiction and associated depression.

Moilanen Raises Money for Beacon House

Jun. 3, 2021 —
NMU alumnus Dale Moilanen ('91 BS) recently ran a distance to match his age: a 60K, which equates to 37 miles. His goal was to raise $600 to support construction of a new facility named after another NMU grad: the Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House. Moilanen ended up raising 10 times that amount—nearly $6,000—when he asked friends to donate $60 each to the cause.