Northern Michigan University Athletics Head Athletic Trainer and alumnus Jason Laxo is one of nine NMU 2022 Excellence in Service Award recipients for his perseverance and dedication to helping the Wildcat sports teams remain healthy, safe and on the field of competition during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Excellence in Service: Brad Hamel, Executive Director of Global Campus Operations, Extended Learning/Community Engagement
Northern Michigan University Executive Director of Global Campus Operations Brad Hamel is one of nine recipients of NMU's 2022 Excellence in Service awards. Hamel has taken all the skills he has acquired and all of his institutional knowledge from previous positions and applied them to help grow Northern's online offerings from a decentralized smattering of courses and programs into a highly organized and fast-growing Global Campus.
Excellence in Service: Kim Hegmegee, Occupational/Environmental Health Specialist, Safety Department
Northern Michigan University Occupational and Environmental Health Specialist Kim Hegmegee is one of nine recipients of NMU's 2022 Excellence in Service awards. She has demonstrated her hard work by developing and managing the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) research, procurement and distribution.
Northern Michigan University Health Center Pharmacy Technician Kristin Demboski is one of nine recipients of NMU's 2022 Excellence in Service awards. In order to help keep campus open and students on campus during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Demboski reached outside of her job description and acquired a certificate to immunize.
Northern Michigan University Executive Secretary Luanne Thurston is one of nine recipients of NMU's 2022 Excellence in Service awards. She was a member of the School of Nursing (SON) administrative team during the last academic year and helped to design a "virtual resource room" and created a PDF with easy-to-navigate links for the site visitors.
Northern Michigan University executive secretary Claudia Mankee is one of nine recipients of NMU's 2022 Excellence in Service awards. Her contributions have positively impacted the university through her 28 years of employment. She started in Admissions and progressed to International Affairs, the NMU Bookstore, and the Financial Aid Office, before returning full circle to her current position in Admissions.
Northern Michigan University preventive maintenance technician Chele Sproull is one of nine recipients of NMU's 2022 Excellence in Service awards. Sproull has been employed at the University since 2012, and has been with the Facilities Department as a preventive maintenance technician (PMT) since 2019.
Apr. 26, 2022 —
Northern Michigan University mechanic Daryl Johnson is one of nine recipients of NMU's 2022 Excellence in Service awards. Johnson's most notable accomplishment was the completion of one of the department's largest vehicle rehabilitation projects.
Apr. 26, 2022 —
The Northern Michigan University Foundation today announced its plans to host community forums regarding efforts to facilitate redevelopment of the former hospital site adjacent to the NMU campus. Two forums will be held at The Northern Center on May 3: the first from 2-3:30 p.m and the second from 5:30-7 p.m. Participants will receive a brief project update and take part in polling activities and dialogue with other community members. Refreshments will be served.
Jenna Chappell, a Northern Michigan University senior from Onondaga, Mich., who will graduate cum laude on April 30 with a double major in criminal justice and anthropology, is the recipient of the 2022 Martha Griffiths Award from the American Association of University Women of Marquette (AAUW-Marquette).
Northern Michigan University seniors graduating from the School of Art & Design have artwork displayed at the DeVos Art Museum through Friday, April 29. The exhibition features students concentrating in ceramics, computer art, digital cinema, drawing/painting, graphic design, human-centered design, illustration, metalsmithing/sculpture as well as photography and woodworking.
Northern Michigan University's Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center presents a "UP3D" display of 60 large three-dimensional stereograph images from the collection of Jack Deo of Marquette. Admission is free and 3D glasses will be provided. All of the images were taken in the late 19th century in communities and locations across the Upper Peninsula by some of the region's best-known photographers.
Northern Michigan University alumna Shayla Manitowabi-Huebner, who ran her first Boston Marathon on Monday as a member of the Native Women Running group, was featured in media coverage around the event of efforts to increase representation of Indigenous women in the running community by encouraging and featuring their involvement. The 2019 NMU sports science graduate “crushed” the race, as one article stated, with a finish time of 3:25:25 after only two months of serious training.
As the winner of Northern Michigan University's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) graduate student competition, exercise science master's candidate Caro Els represented NMU at the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools 3MT competition. She advanced to the last round as one of eight finalists out of 43 participants, some of whom were doctoral students and from larger research institutions.
John W. Berry Jr., a 1971 Northern Michigan University accounting and finance graduate who has supported his alma mater through student scholarships and athletic capital projects, will receive an honorary Doctor of Business degree at NMU's April 30 commencement. He will be recognized for his roles as a highly regarded business leader and philanthropist. Berry is a past recipient of Northern's highest alumni honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Northern Michigan University has started a comprehensive review of its mental health services. Former NMU Trustee Jim Haveman is leading the effort. He holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in social work, and previously served as director of the Michigan Department of Community Health. Haveman was also executive director of the Department of Mental Health, the Kent County Community Mental Health Program, and Project Rehab, a substance abuse program that was located in Grand Rapids.