Black History Month Alumni Panel Feb. 22

Feb. 14, 2023 —
Four Northern Michigan University alumni will participate in a Black History Month panel discussion, sharing insights into how their NMU education prepared them for their careers, obstacles they have overcome, and ways they are impacting the communities in which they live. This "Northern Now" digital event is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 22. It is free, but pre-registration is required.

Right-Brain Dominant? Young Designs Beer Labels

Feb. 2, 2023 —
In the burgeoning craft beer industry, packaging is increasingly important. Colorful and eye-catching label designs help to differentiate brands and flavors, and attract the attention of consumers faced with a plethora of choices on store shelves. Northern Michigan University alumnus Jim Young is the in-house designer for Traverse City's Right Brain Brewery. Many of his artistic creations begin as simple pencil-and-paper sketches—a nod to his bachelor's degree in illustration from Northern.

Alumnus is a Noquemanon 'Founder'

Jan. 25, 2023 —
When NMU alumnus Charlie Shahbazian registers for this weekend's Noquemanon Ski Marathon, the bib he picks up will include the word “Founder” below the number. This indicates that he has participated in every Noque—in person or virtually—since the event was established 25 years ago. Skate skiing is not his only passion. Shahbazian also competes in orienteering events around the world. His interest in both activities began as a student at Northern.

Mann Directing Pixar's 'Inside Out 2'

Jan. 20, 2023 —
Northern Michigan University 1998 alumnus Kelsey Mann is directing "Inside Out 2," the sequel to the Academy Award-winning best animated feature. The movie is slated for release in June 2024. It will follow the original human, Riley, as a teenager encountering new emotions. The returning voices of Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black will introduce familiar characters Joy, Sadness and Anger.

Alumni Screen 'Iron Town' Documentary

Jan. 16, 2023 —
Two Northern Michigan University alumni collaborated on a 20-minute independent documentary titled The Iron Town, which delves into Negaunee's mining history, current issues, and the key role that outdoor recreation is playing in guiding the city's future. Both will discuss the making of the film, with a screening to follow, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum. The project premiered at the 2022 Fresh Coast Film Festival. 

Alumnus' Fan Films Star Differently Abled Actors

Jan. 13, 2023 —
NMU theater alumnus and Marquette native Orion Couling has been profiled by for directing short fan films inspired by “Lord of the Rings” and “Star Wars” that portray differently abled people as heroic protagonists. He recently walked the red carpet alongside four actors with Down syndrome to celebrate the world premiere of his second project, “Gemseeker.” His first film, “No Easy Target,” was about a colony that welcomes people of all abilities and proves their worth to a violent and dismissive First Order commander.