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Alumna Educator Shares COVID-19 Impacts

Dec. 21, 2020 —
Being an educator for K-5 students in the midst of a pandemic comes with many challenges that require patience and the ability to adapt quickly. Northern Michigan University alumna Suzanna Schroeder (‘95 BS, ‘99 MA) is the library media specialist for Brown Deer Elementary School in Wisconsin. She has been coming up with new initiatives to keep her students informed and engaged.

NMU Complies with DHHS Extension

Dec. 18, 2020 —
Northern Michigan University will comply with today's Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' decision to extend its epidemic order through mid-January. The extension will not impact the previously planned start of winter semester classes on Tuesday, Jan. 19. It will delay the reopening of campus residence halls to Jan. 15, which will result in a slightly modified schedule for mass COVID-19 testing before the semester gets underway.

NMU Participates in 'Project Accelerate'

Dec. 16, 2020 —
Northern Michigan University's Heidi Blanck and Kathy Richards personify the success women can achieve in the construction, engineering, design and trades industries. Blanck is an associate professor in NMU's construction management program. Richards is associate vice president for Engineering and Planning/Facilities. Each gave a recent presentation encouraging other women to explore related career opportunities as part of the Build Initiative's “Project Accelerate” program.

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.

Rural Health Essay Winners Announced

Nov. 25, 2020 —
The Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health has announced the winners of its essay contest for Upper Peninsula high school seniors who will begin college in fall 2021 and plan to pursue a healthcare career. It partnered with the Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH) on the contest in celebration of National Rural Health Day, which was recognized on Nov. 19.

Wild Rice Documentary Airs on WNMU-TV

Nov. 24, 2020 —
The next film in the documentary series presented by the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University in partnership with WNMU-TV will celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Manoomin (Wild Rice): Ojibwe Spirit Food, which explores an important part of Anishinaabek culture in the U.P. and beyond, airs at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. It can also be streamed for 30 days after the broadcast on the WNMU website or Passport App.