December 2020

Erickson Addresses Winter Semester Plans

Dec. 8, 2020 —
Northern Michigan University's “Plan A” for the upcoming winter semester is to provide as much in-person learning as possible, along with on-campus living for students, according to a Monday email from President Fritz Erickson. He also outlined Northern's “Plan B” in the event the university is forced to go to fully remote instruction because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alumnus Publishes Short Story Collection

Dec. 7, 2020 —
NMU Alumnus Jeff Vande Zande's ('93 BS) has published his latest collection of short stories. The Neighborhood Division travels down the shady lanes of the American neighborhood. From kids egging windows to lost joggers and insomniacs to basement prisoners and Orwellian gated communities, the stories grow ever more surreal, holding a darkened mirror up to that which we are—and may become.

NMU Scientists Publish U.P. Bear Research

Dec. 3, 2020 —
In recent decades, researchers have found that most mammals' guts are surprisingly complex environments—home to a variety of microbial ecosystems that can profoundly affect an animal's well-being. A Northern Michigan University alumna and her faculty mentor are among scientists who have now learned that the American black bear appears to be an exception. Its simple gut hosts a microbial population that varies little across the intestinal tract.

NMU Chef Shares Holiday Leftover Tips

Dec. 1, 2020 —
The Northern Michigan University Alumni Association will present a free virtual program titled "Elevate Your Holiday Leftovers" as part of its Northern Now monthly digital series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9. NMU Executive Chef Alden Griffus, CCC '10, will show viewers how to make her favorite leftover recipes, share stories from her childhood and professional experience, and answer questions live.