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Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Stephanie Lay

Sep. 30, 2022 —
Stephanie Lay, who received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Northern Michigan in 2011, is this year's recipient of NMU's Outstanding Young Alumni Award. She provides crisis care to suicidal adolescents as a member of the behavior emergency response team at Children's Hospital Oakland in California. She also has a private therapy practice in nearby San Francisco, where she specializes in gender identity, depression, suicidal ideation and self-harm.

On the Record with NMU's New President

Sep. 29, 2022 —
Northern Michigan University's newly appointed President Brock Tessman said that his selection from among four finalists to lead the institution is exciting, but made even more meaningful because it followed a rigorous and transparent search process. The Michigan native addressed several topics during a virtual press conference after NMU trustees unanimously voted for him to become the 17th president, effective Feb. 1. He said serving as deputy commissioner of higher education for the Montana University System since 2018 will be an asset as he narrows his focus to a single entity.

NMU Board Selects Brock Tessman as Next President

Sep. 29, 2022 —
Brock Tessman, who grew up in Plymouth, Mich., will become the 17th president of Northern Michigan University, effective Feb. 1. He has served as deputy commissioner of higher education for the Montana University System since 2018, and has previous experience as a faculty member and campus leader. The NMU Board of Trustees unanimously approved his selection at a special meeting this morning.

NMU Board to Select President Thursday

Sep. 28, 2022 —
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, to discuss and select NMU's next president. The session will be held in the Scott L. Holman Executive Conference Room in the Northern Center and live-streamed via YouTube at Contact Derek Hall of NMU Marketing & Communications with questions at Bio information on the four finalists is available in advance at 

NMU Board Meets Thursday and Friday

Sep. 20, 2022 —
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees will hold a formal/business session at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the Holman Executive Conference Room in the Northern Center. The agenda and supporting materials are available at The meeting will also be livestreamed on YouTube at Committee meetings will precede the business portion late Thursday afternoon and earlier Friday morning.

NMU Trustee Profile: Jason Morgan

Sep. 16, 2022 —
As a past president of ASNMU, Northern's student government organization, Jason Morgan recalls feeling “somewhat terrified at the prospect of talking to people I thought were so important” when he had to present updates on student issues and activities at each NMU Board of Trustees meeting. Now that the 2011 political science alumnus is a trustee himself, it is the ASNMU report that he looks forward to hearing the most.

Olson Library Hosts Touring 'Americans and the Holocaust' Exhibit

Sep. 16, 2022 —
Northern Michigan University's Lydia M. Olson Library is one of 50 U.S. libraries selected from more than 250 applicants to host the “Americans and the Holocaust” traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The exhibition examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans' responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.

Campus Closeup: Jimmy Ludwig

Sep. 15, 2022 —
Jimmy Ludwig's 30-year acting career in New York City—from Broadway productions and performance art to film and television—taught him a valuable lesson: “Grit and a willingness to outwork everybody else” are far more important for sustained success than either talent, which is pervasive in such entertainment epicenters, or connections. He plans to share that sage advice with students in the new Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in acting program he is heading for Northern Michigan University Theatre and Dance.

Baltes is College of Business' Executive in Residence

Sep. 15, 2022 —
Northern Michigan University's College of Business will host NMU alumnus John Baltes as the 2022 Executive in Residence Sept. 27-29. He is the retired CEO of SVA, a multi-entity professional services company. Baltes will share insights from his 30 years of leadership and business strategy experience, as well as a strong data systems background, with the NMU and Marquette communities.

NMU Hosts Program on Farmer Stress

Sep. 2, 2022 —
“Mending the Stress Fence,” a presentation on managing the stressors faced by farmers and agricultural professionals, will be held at Northern Michigan University on Friday, Sept. 9. The presentation begins at 3 p.m. in the Northern Center Peninsula II room. It will be about 30 minutes in length with an open discussion at the end. 

Two Books Two Communities Events Feature Award-Winning Author Jean E. Pendziwol

Sep. 2, 2022 —
Pendziwol will give a presentation on October 11 at 7 pm at the Northern Center, on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette and on October 12 at 6 pm at Munising School Public Library. In conjunction with the lighthouse theme, there is also a special presentation by Dianna Stampfler on Death and Lighthouses on the Great Lakes on September 8 at 6 pm at Munising School Public Library. 

MFA Program Excels in Writing Contest

Sep. 1, 2022 —
Northern Michigan University graduate assistant Benjamin Fidler won first place in the most recent international 3-Day Novel Contest. Elijah Sparkman, an MFA graduate of NMU, also participated and advanced to the final selection. Instead of relaxing during Labor Day weekend 2021, both wrote tirelessly to create a novel or novella in 72 hours, competing against other writers worldwide. The judges take nearly a year to read hundreds of submissions and recently released the results.