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NMU's Room and Board Rates Hold Steady

'Fireside with Fritz' May 12

May. 6, 2021 —
Northern Michigan University Alumni Relations is hosting Fireside with Fritz: A Conversation with President Erickson at 7 p.m. EST Wednesday, May 12. Alumni are invited to join President Erickson for a fireside chat as he shares campus updates, answers questions, and virtually connects with the Wildcat community.

NMU Board Presents Student Awards

May. 5, 2021 —
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees presented its annual Student Achievement Awards in advance of the May 1 commencement. Recipients were: Sarah Kendall of Faribault, Minn., Outstanding Graduating Senior; Elizabeth Mansfield of Boyne Falls, Mich., Outstanding Graduating Senior; Lauren Rotundo of Marquette, Outstanding Student of Any Class; Logan Hartz of Rochester, Ind., Outstanding Non-Traditional Student; and Andrea Fox of Euclid, Ohio, Outstanding Global Campus Student.

Alumnus Pens His Own Humorous Obit

May. 5, 2021 —
NMU alumnus Dr. Thomas Lee Flanigan (BS '99), who called himself “the Ginger God of Surgery and Shenanigans,” wrote his own obituary before his death at 48, demonstrating why he was renowned for his sense of humor and Facebook memes. Within his lighthearted approach to the typically somber review of one's life, he even gave NMU a shout-out. Flanigan's unique obituary has generated media coverage well beyond Ohio, where he lived and worked. He died on April 27.

NMU Hosts Superior Symposium for Grades 8-12

May. 3, 2021 —
Northern Michigan University will host the 14th Biennial Lake Superior Youth Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 14. Students in grades 8-12 are invited to attend the virtual event with a teacher from their school who is registered by the May 6 deadline. Activities will include watershed research, investigations, artistic expression, team/leadership building skills and recreational opportunities. 

Richmond Earns Distinguished Faculty Award

Apr. 30, 2021 —
Northern Michigan University English Professor Kia Jane Richmond is the first recipient of the newly endowed Stephen Young & Tricia Kinley Distinguished Faculty Award, NMU's top honor for significant professional contributions to teaching, scholarship and service. Richmond will be recognized during the May 1 virtual commencement. She was previously the student-selected faculty speaker for December 2020 graduates.

NMU 'Ally' Enhances Inclusivity

Apr. 30, 2021 —
To increase inclusivity, Northern Michigan University introduced a new tool for its existing EduCat learning management system this past semester. More than 600 courses used Ally software to automatically check for accessibility issues and generate alternative formats for common course content, and students downloaded more than 5,000 related materials. Ally increases usability for all students, particularly those with learning disabilities such as visual impairments and dyslexia. It also gives faculty feedback and training on how to improve accessibility.

NMU Celebrates First MSAT Grads

Apr. 29, 2021 —
Northern Michigan University's School of Health and Human Performance will celebrate the first graduates of its new Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program on Saturday. Four students have completed the requirements of the inaugural “3+2” program. They will earn both a bachelor's degree in sports science and an MSAT—176 credits in all—and be among all graduates honored during NMU's virtual commencement.

Hite an Outstanding MSW Grad

Apr. 28, 2021 —
Katreena Hite, a Gwinn native and current Ishpeming resident, has been named one of three Northern Michigan University Social Work Department 2020-21 outstanding graduating graduate students. She will earn a Master of Social Work degree May 1. Her concentration is in public policy and administration.