Around NMU

NMU Hosts Conviction Expungement Clinic

May. 9, 2023 —
Northern Michigan University will serve as a host site for a free criminal conviction expungement eligibility clinic offered through the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. The event is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 19, in 1318 Jamrich Hall. Not all criminal convictions are eligible for expungement under Michigan law, but individuals seeking to have theirs considered must pre-register by 5 p.m. Friday, May 12. 

Student Earns Lifesaving Award

May. 5, 2023 —
Northern Michigan University student Esther Byington received a belated lifesaving medal earlier this semester for her role in rescuing two women in distress after riding a personal watercraft in rough waters during high winds. The incident happened last summer, as Byington was working her second season with the Muskegon County Marine Services Crew.

Campus Closeup: Tom Isaacson

May. 5, 2023 —
While he was an undergraduate student at Northern Michigan University, Tom Isaacson (‘96 BS) began to consider the idea of becoming a professor. After initially working for five years in the public relations field, including with the Chicago White Sox, he earned a master's and doctorate. Isaacson “hit a home run” by joining the Northern faculty in 2012, making his dream a reality. He is an associate professor of public relations in NMU's College of Business. 

NMU Commencement Activities

May. 3, 2023 —
Northern Michigan University's spring commencement will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6, in the Superior Dome. For more details and the speakers/honorary degree recipients, visit Media wishing to cover the event can obtain credentials from Derek Hall at There are 1,012 undergrad and graduate students eligible to graduate in May, and the 879 who will participate in the ceremony include both May and August 2023 grads.

NMU Board Meets Friday

May. 3, 2023 —
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Friday, May 5. The open formal/business meeting and two committee meetings will be wrapped into one extended session from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. View the full agenda and supporting materials at The meeting will also be live-streamed on YouTube at