July 2024

State Funding Expands NMU Cold Case Seminar

Jul. 12, 2024 —
Northern Michigan University's Criminal Justice Department will double the number of students working directly with the Michigan State Police (MSP) to analyze U.P. homicide or missing persons cold cases in the hope of generating new leads. The recently approved state budget includes a $200,000 funding boost for the collaboration, which launched in fall 2022. NMU's cold case seminar was previously limited to eight students from various academic disciplines. There will now be two sections offered each semester to tackle two separate cases, with more dedicated space to accommodate the growth.

Wildcats Play Major Roles in Big 3 Concert with Headliner Chase Matthew

Jul. 11, 2024 —
“We all just did something pretty epic in a tiny town.” NMU 2001 alumnus Mike Picotte texted that message to NMU faculty members Dan Zini and Mark Shevy after the conclusion of The Big 3 concert Saturday night in Gwinn. Picotte was referring to the fact that they had successfully produced a high-quality, large-scale concert that would usually require a much larger team and the support of a bigger city's infrastructure. They did it with a crew of six—all with NMU connections—in a town with a population under 1,500.

North Coast Dance Festival July 24-26

Jul. 8, 2024 —
The third annual North Coast Dance Festival will be held July 24-26 at Northern Michigan University. It will feature a free master class and two performances by professionals from across the country, along with NMU's CO/LAB Dance Company. Ballet dancers Mate Szentes, Julia Feldman and Ava Chatterson will return to the event. Giordano Dance Chicago, “America's original jazz dance company,” will make its first appearance at the festival, performing a new work, Gershwin in B, by Emmy-winning choreographer Al Blackstone.

NMU Studies Feasibility of Dental Hygiene Program

Jul. 8, 2024 —
Northern Michigan University will study the feasibility of developing and sustaining a dental hygiene education program in Marquette to meet workforce needs of regional offices and enhance oral health services for Upper Peninsula residents. The closest existing program in the state is about 350 miles south in Big Rapids. NMU successfully applied for a $71,500 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation to conduct the study. All U.P. dental societies joined in signing a letter of support. 

NMU Announces Alumni Award Recipients

Jul. 3, 2024 —
Northern Michigan University Alumni Relations has announced six recipients of the 2024 Alumni Awards: Ann (Wheeler) Cashin, OD ('69 BA) of Port Washington, Wis. and Patrick Cashin, OD ('66 BA, '69 MAE) of Port Washington, Wis., Distinguished Alumni; Jim Thorburn ('91 BS) of Livonia, Mich., Alumni Achievement; Ryan McAllister, Ph.D. ('10 BS) of Roselle, N.J. and Megan Persons ('12 BS) of Grand Rapids, Mich., Outstanding Young Alumni; and Jim Mansfield ('61 BS, '64 MAE) of Spokane, Wash., Alumni Service – Community.

NMU Launches Northern Shores Storywork Writing Project Site

Jul. 2, 2024 —
Northern Michigan University has launched the Northern Shores Storywork Writing Project Site, an initiative that aims to support teachers in developing their own writing skills and teaching practices, ultimately enhancing student achievement in writing across the Upper Great Lakes region. It is part of the prestigious National Writing Project (NWP) network.