Sep. 20, 2019 —
Northern Michigan University's Board of Trustees approved a 2019-20 general fund base budget that continues strategic investments in four areas: innovative academic programs; faculty, staff and students, including a nearly $940,000 increase in financial aid; campus modernization and facilities maintenance; and intercollegiate athletics and student activities.
A renaming ceremony for Kathleen Shingler Weston Hall, formerly the New Science Facility, was held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. During the ceremony, NMU also named the building's main lounge space as the David J. Lucas Atrium in honor of the late physics department head and pre-med/pre-professional programs coordinator.
A Northern Michigan University student who discovered cycling five years ago recently won the 2019 Crusher, a 225-mile race over rugged and hilly U.P. terrain. Mark Kransz, a mechanical engineering and technology major from Lansing, will also be competing in another challenging endurance event this Saturday: the Marji Gesick Bike 200.
NMU alumna Tara Laase-McKinney ('10 BS) will compete in this weekend's Marji Gesick 100, a grueling bike challenge that covers 100+ miles of relentless, rocky U.P. terrain and involves 12,000 feet of climbing. She gained insights on how to optimize her training and performance from students in an NMU advanced mechanical kinesiology class.