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Governor Appoints U.P. Resident to NMU Board

Apr. 17, 2019 —
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced her first appointment to the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees. Bridget Summers of Baraga will fill a vacancy created by the unexpected death of Travis Weber in February. Summers is vice president of the Baraga County Chamber of Commerce and director of the Village of L'Anse Downtown Development Association. She previously served as director of Settlements and Global Operation at Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.

Student Scholars Receive Awards

Apr. 15, 2019 —
An awards ceremony kicked off Northern Michigan University's 24th Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship on April 11. Undergraduate and graduate students were honored in various categories of poster presentations. There were also awards for an essay competition, projects using Lydia Olson Library and/or NMU Archives resources, and technology innovation. 

Whitinger Wins Best Poster at State Meeting

Apr. 15, 2019 —
Northern Michigan University biology graduate student and teaching assistant John Whitinger was recently awarded Best Poster at the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society-Wildlife Society meeting, held recently at the Treetops Resort in Gaylord. The win marks the first time that NMU has been recognized for a top research project at the meeting, according to NMU biology professor Brandon Gerig.

Anderton's Earth Week Begins at NMU

Apr. 15, 2019 —
Northern Michigan University is celebrating its fifth annual Anderton's Earth Week April 15-19. Several activities are planned to honor John Anderton, a former geography professor and department head who passed away unexpectedly in March 2014. Students from NMU's Gamma Theta Upsilon International Geographical Honor Society planned the events, all of which are free and open to the public. 

Izzo Receives Basketball Award

Apr. 15, 2019 —

Tom Izzo, a 1977 NMU grad, received the Metropolitan Award Sunday night for long and outstanding service to men's college basketball. The Michigan State University coach is one of only five in history to lead a team to the NCAA Final Four eight times or more. The Spartans won the NCAA championship in 2000. His longtime friend and fellow NMU alumnus Steve Mariucci presented the award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches to Izzo in Minneapolis, the site of this year's Final Four. Read a full story in their hometown Iron Mountain newspaper here.

Alumna Co-Authors Colon Cancer Screening Paper

Apr. 9, 2019 —
An annual at-home stool test could be an effective alternative to a colonoscopy for patients at average risk of colon cancer, according to a paper co-authored by NMU alumna Rachel Gruber (BS '12) and published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Because these FIT tests are easy, non-invasive and inexpensive, adopting their use could improve lagging CRC screening rates. Gruber is a research coordinator with the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis. She was the “linchpin” for the complicated project, synthesizing medical literature four times the length of War and Peace. Read a feature story on her role here.

NMU Center Named 'Oasis of Excellence'

Apr. 8, 2019 —
Northern Michigan University's Center for Academic and Intellectual Freedom is the newest "Oasis of Excellence" identified by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. An ACTA press release stated the center has been "extremely active in promoting civic dialogue and robust debate for students" through campus presentations. This includes the April 22 event featuring Greg Lukianoff, CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and co-author of The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.

NMU Jazz Fest Features Trumpeter Vizzutti

Apr. 5, 2019 —
The annual Northern Michigan University Jazz Festival will be held Wednesday, April 10-Friday, April 12. Thanks to a unique collaboration with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, this year's Jazz Festival will feature trumpeter Allen Vizzutti. He will participate in an educational clinic and perform with the NMU Jazz Band and Combo in the closing concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Kaufman Auditorium.

Student Scholarship Celebration April 11

Apr. 5, 2019 —
The 24th Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship at Northern Michigan University will be held from on Thursday, April 11, in Jamrich Hall. The event kicks off with an awards presentation at 9 a.m. in room 1320. Posters and art will be on display in the first-floor common areas of Jamrich Hall. Presentations are scheduled in Jamrich 1320 and 1311 from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The public is invited.

Nursing Student Aids Choking Victim

Apr. 3, 2019 —
First-year nursing student Tess Kostelec said she is leaning toward a career in an emergency room because the fast pace, high drama and need to think quickly appeal to her. She recently found herself in a situation that involved all of those elements when she saved a student from choking at Northern Lights Dining. Her capable response impressed a staff member and reassured Kostelec that she could indeed thrive professionally in an ER.