December 2023

Virtual Community Health Worker Training Offered

Dec. 21, 2023 —
The Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health, in partnership with Everyday Life Consulting, will offer a Community Health Worker (CHW) certification training program for Upper Peninsula residents in a virtual format starting Tuesday, Jan. 9. The training consists of 12 days of instruction on the nationally recognized CHW core competencies, plus Mental Health First Aid and Adverse Childhood Event training.

Governor Approves Northern Enterprise Center

Dec. 18, 2023 —
Northern Michigan University will receive $13.4 million in state funding toward construction of a $19.1 million Northern Enterprise Center to house the College of Business and serve as a catalyst for workforce, economic and community development across the Upper Peninsula and beyond. The university's top strategic facilities priority was included in the supplemental appropriations bill signed today by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

NMU Makes Landmark Investments in Sustainability Initiatives

Dec. 15, 2023 —
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees today voted to fully divest its endowment fund from the fossil fuel industry by 2028, while also increasing sustainability-related investments by up to 15%. The move aligns with NMU's core values and strategic priorities, which include a focus on building a culture of sustainability. It also expands on related initiatives such as implementing a carbon neutrality plan, creating a new assistant vice president for sustainability position, and enhancing trustee support for the EcoReps student organization. 

NMU Board Meets Dec. 14-15

Dec. 13, 2023 —
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting this Thursday and Friday in the Northern Center's Peninsula II room. Committee meetings will be held Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, followed by the formal/business session at 9:15 a.m. Friday. All will be livestreamed on YouTube as well at: For the full agenda and supporting materials, visit  

NMU's Estes is U.P. Culinarian of the Year

Dec. 12, 2023 —
Derek Estes, who assumed the role of executive chef with Northern Michigan University Dining in mid-October, was honored earlier this month as the Culinarian of the Year by the Upper Peninsula Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF). He previously served as operations manager for Northern Center catering events. The NMU alumnus also achieved Certified Executive Chef status from the ACF one year ago.

NMU Grad on Governor's LGBTQ+ Commission

Dec. 11, 2023 —
Al Gray of Marquette, who holds two degrees from Northern Michigan University, was recently appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to the first statewide LGBTQ+ commission. Gray earned a bachelor's in philosophy and sociology in 2018 and a Master of Social Work in 2023. They serve as an LLMSW at Suunta Integrative Health, program coordinator for Trace Holistic Inc., and volunteer co-facilitator with the Upper Peninsula's Stand with Trans Teen support group, according to a press release.