All News Releases

'U.P. Treasure' Aho's Voice and Legacy Continue

Feb. 24, 2022 —
NMU alumnus Elmer Aho of Gwinn, who passed away Feb. 20 at age 90, was a familiar fixture on local radio as the host of American Country Gold. For three decades on Saturday nights, the Marquette Music Hall of Fame inductee shared classic country tunes, told home-spun stories and played listener requests. Aho's legacy and voice will linger through a special tribute program being planned on 103 WFXD, along with continuing broadcasts of his archived shows.

Feedback Invited on Interim Strategic Plan

Feb. 22, 2022 —
As Northern Michigan University transitions to new leadership, an interim strategic plan is being developed that identifies five focus areas and related goals and strategies, along with the faculty and administrative chairs who will lead focus area teams. NMU faculty, staff and students will have an opportunity to provide feedback on plan draft elements at engagement sessions scheduled at various times March 14-18. 

Remembering Former President Jamrich

Feb. 22, 2022 —
Former Northern Michigan University President John X. Jamrich passed away Sunday, Feb. 20, in Savannah, Ga., at the age of 101. He served as NMU's eighth president from 1968 until his retirement in 1983. His 15-year tenure—the third-longest of any Northern president—was marked by tremendous growth in enrollment, academic programs and community outreach.

NMU Choral Concert Rescheduled

Feb. 21, 2022 —
Due to many factors (weather, staffing, and the passing of a family member), NMU Director of Choirs Erin Colwitz has announced that the choral ensembles concert originally scheduled for Feb. 22 will be rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in Reynolds Recital Hall. Here is a revised release reflecting the change:

NMU Hosts UNITED Conference

Feb. 17, 2022 —
Northern Michigan University will host the Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity (UNITED) Conference Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8-9. UNITED is a conference focused on personal stories and experiences of diversity, as well as opportunities for self-growth and practical workshops to promote diversity on campus. 

MARESA, NMU Address Child Care Shortage

Feb. 17, 2022 —
Efforts to improve child care availability and affordability in the region received a major boost this week when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the MI Tri-Share Child Care pilot program would expand to seven new facilitator hubs across the state, including the Marquette-Alger Educational Regional Service Agency. It was MARESA's partnership with Northern Michigan University—the first local employer to sign up for the program—that helped to secure $300,000 from the state for the hub's pilot year.

Skill + Sisu = Gold Medal

Feb. 15, 2022 —
Former NMU student and Wildcat football player Nick Baumgartner became the oldest snowboarder to win an Olympic medal and the oldest U.S. gold medalist at the Winter Games since 1948. The 40-year old Iron River native partnered with Lindsey Jacobellis to win the mixed-team snowboard cross in the event's Olympic debut in Beijing. He demonstrated resilience and determination in making his first appearance on the podium in four Olympics. 

NMU to Power UP200 as Gold Sled Sponsor

Feb. 15, 2022 —
The UP200 Sled Dog Race, an Iditarod qualifier that starts and finishes in Marquette, will officially be “powered by” Northern Michigan University, beginning in 2023. NMU will become a Gold Sled Sponsor with naming rights for the event, building on a longstanding relationship with the U.P. Sled Dog Association. The official name for the 2023 race will be “UP200 – Powered by NMU.”

Rinsland Presents NPS Webinar

Feb. 14, 2022 —
NMU biology graduate student Hilary Rinsland will participate in a Science Behind the Scenery Webinar Series cohosted by Rocky Mountain National Park and Rocky Mountain Conservancy at 1 p.m. EST Tuesday, Feb. 15. She will present  “Pika surveys to test climate-based predictions of population loss” with Chris Ray from the University of Colorado-Boulder. The series is free and open to the public.