January 2023

MacDonald is a Certified Executive Chef

TOP's Wage Increase Timeline Accelerated

Jan. 26, 2023 —
Northern Michigan University and its Technical, Office and Professional (TOP) union, UAW Local 1950, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Jan. 24 that will accelerate the previously negotiated wage increase timeline by more than three years. The MOU increases the minimum hourly rate from $12.75 to $15.10, effective immediately. About 70% of members will receive some boost in hourly pay.

Alumnus is a Noquemanon 'Founder'

Jan. 25, 2023 —
When NMU alumnus Charlie Shahbazian registers for this weekend's Noquemanon Ski Marathon, the bib he picks up will include the word “Founder” below the number. This indicates that he has participated in every Noque—in person or virtually—since the event was established 25 years ago. Skate skiing is not his only passion. Shahbazian also competes in orienteering events around the world. His interest in both activities began as a student at Northern.

Mann Directing Pixar's 'Inside Out 2'

Jan. 20, 2023 —
Northern Michigan University 1998 alumnus Kelsey Mann is directing "Inside Out 2," the sequel to the Academy Award-winning best animated feature. The movie is slated for release in June 2024. It will follow the original human, Riley, as a teenager encountering new emotions. The returning voices of Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black will introduce familiar characters Joy, Sadness and Anger.