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NMU Program Earns Innovation Award

Nov. 15, 2018 —

Northern Michigan University’s bachelor of science degree in applied workplace leadership received the 2018 Innovation in Transfer Award today at the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO) annual conference in Frankenmuth. The online program enables individuals holding an associate of applied science degree from any community college to ladder to a bachelor’s degree that will qualify them for management positions.

Invent@NMU Launches Calumet Kiosk

Nov. 15, 2018 —

Invent@NMU launched a remote kiosk at Keweenaw Coffee Works in Calumet this week—its second in the Upper Peninsula. The kiosk allows inventors and entrepreneurs to learn about the services offered, submit an idea for a product or business and receive a response from the Invent@NMU team within three business days. Read a Mining Gazette story on the launch here. Invent@NMU placed its first remote kiosk in Gogebic County in October.

NMU Day of Giving Nov. 27

Nov. 15, 2018 —

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, Northern Michigan University will hold a Day of Giving to coincide with the global charitable event, Giving Tuesday. As happened last year, faculty, staff, friends and alumni will come together at this special time to give and pledge resources. This year the focus is on support for the Northern Fund, the Flexible Aid Fund, student scholarships and the NMU Food Pantry.

Alumnus Wins $50K for School

Nov. 15, 2018 —

NMU alumnus Matthew Barbercheck ('11 AAS, '14 BA), who teaches welding and woodworking at Republic-Michigamme Schools, has won $50,000 for his school. He was one of 15 second-place winners of the 2018 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. A representative of Harbor Freight Tools for Schools made a surprise presentation of a large rolling tool box and big check. Barbercheck can spend $15,000 of it at his discretion and the rest will go to the school's skilled trades program.

Truckey Receives State Award

Nov. 14, 2018 —

Dan Truckey, director of the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU, was awarded the Peninsulas Prize by the Michigan Museums Association at its annual meeting Oct. 29 in Dearborn. The statewide prize honors an individual or organization that has demonstrated the significance and impact of community engagement over the last year.

NMU's BEAR Center Partners with Schools

Nov. 14, 2018 —

Students who present behavioral difficulties in western Marquette County schools will gain greater access to applied behavior analysis services through a new collaboration with the Behavioral Education Assessment and Research (BEAR) Center at Northern Michigan University. NMU students will also gain practical experience before they graduate and become practitioners. The Western Marquette County Health Foundation (WMCHF) spearheaded the project.

Dietz Honored at Veterans Day Concert

Nov. 13, 2018 —

At the Northern Michigan University Veterans Day Concert on Nov. 11, distinguished student veteran Traci Dietz received a commemorative coin from President Fritz Erickson for her dedicated time and service.

“I am honored to have been recognized by [Rep.] Sara Cambensy and President Erickson,” she said. “I have worked hard to make the lives of my fellow veterans easier through my work-study position in the Veteran Services Office with Mike Rutledge and his service dog, Welles, who has helped countless students through rough times.”

NMU Launches Podcast Series

Nov. 12, 2018 —

NMU recently unveiled Something Curious, a new podcast series targeting current and prospective NMU students. The podcast aims to connect community through conversation, highlighting aspects of the university and the Marquette area. This series will address subjects that relate to NMU’s core values: community, opportunity, inclusion, rigor, environment, connections and innovation.

Pakistani Exchange Student Enjoying NMU

Nov. 9, 2018 —

The International Education Services Office at NMU is collaborating with World Learning to bring students from other nations to campus for cultural exchange and opportunities to learn at American institutions. Ahmad is one student attending NMU this fall through the Global UGRAD Pakistan Program (IREX), which enables youth leaders from underserved populations across Pakistan to have opportunities to study abroad. He was selected for the program by his alma mater back home.

Reflecting on WWI Impact on NMU

Nov. 8, 2018 —

Veterans Day on Nov. 11 coincides with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Under the leadership of President James Kaye, Northern State Normal School (now Northern Michigan University) participated in WWI regionally, nationally and abroad. War-time concerns were exacerbated by another significant threat a century ago: a Spanish flu pandemic that ultimately shut down Northern for three months in the fall 1918 semester.

NCLL Offers Wine Program

Nov. 8, 2018 —

The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will present “A Proper Wine for the Occasion” from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Zephyr. The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 30. 

Participants will learn to identify wine characteristics and determine individual taste preferences. The information will cover the history, origin and common characteristics of wine. The program includes four wine samples and assorted crackers to cleanse the palate.

NCLL Addresses Traveling Solo with Grandkids

Nov. 8, 2018 —

The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will present “Traveling Solo with Grandchildren” from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. The registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 26. Traveling grandmas will present tips and tricks on setting expectations, planning and flexibility while describing their own experiences and trips to Washington D.C., Quebec and Maritime Canada with school-age children.

The cost is $3 for NCLL members and $6 for non-members. To register, call 227-2979. For more information, contact event liaison Darlene Arseneau at 486-9861.

Alumnus Joins UPHS-Marquette

Nov. 8, 2018 —

NMU alumnus and podiatrist Dr. Brad Benson ('10) has returned to his hometown to join UP Health System-Marquette. He said his training has provided him with a diverse background in all foot and ankle problems, but one of his passions is limb salvage, especially in the diabetic cohort. Benson went to medical school at Kent State University and served as a podiatric medicine and surgery resident at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. After completing his residency, Benson decided to move back to Marquette.

NMU Screens 'Trudell'

Nov. 8, 2018 —

Northern Michigan University’s Native American Student Association will screen the documentary Trudell at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the Whitman Hall commons. The event is free and open to the public.

The documentary traces American Indian activist and poet John Trudell's life, from his childhood in Omaha, Neb., through his role as a leader of the American Indian Movement and his rebirth as a musician and spoken word poet.

November is Native American Heritage Month. For more information, visit

NCLL Hosts Lambeau Field Trip

Nov. 7, 2018 —

Please note the Nov. 16 registration deadline. 

The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will offer a guided, behind-the-scenes ‘Legendary Tour’ of Lambeau Field and the Packers Hall of Fame, along with a visit to the Botanical "Garden of Lights" on Friday, Dec. 14. The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 16. The bus tour will leave Marquette at 7:30 a.m. and return at about midnight.

NMU Students Attend PRSSA Conference

Nov. 7, 2018 —

Eleven Northern Michigan University students attended the annual Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) National Conference marking the 50th anniversary of the organization. The group traveled to Austin, Texas, and attended several workshops and sessions with internationally renowned speakers. Presenters included Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, and Jonathan Mildenhall, former vice president of marketing at the Coca-Cola Corporation and chief marketing officer for Airbnb who now owns his own firm, Twenty First Century Brand.

NCLL Offers Digital Photography Classes

Nov. 7, 2018 —

Please note the Nov. 20 registration deadline.

The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will present “More than Beginning Photography” classes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: Nov. 28, Jan. 23 and Feb. 27. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 20.  Participants are welcome to attend one or all courses.

This course continues the use of digital camera photographic techniques and composition. Classroom assignments, in-class critiques and hands-on activities will be included.

Anti-Semitism, Resurgent Fascism Discussed

Nov. 5, 2018 —

Canadian political theorist Ronald Beiner will present “Dangerous Minds in Dangerous Times” at Northern Michigan University. His talk is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Ontario Room of the University Center. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided. Beiner will explore themes from his latest book, Dangerous Minds: Nietzsche, Heidegger, and the Return of the Far Right.

First Nations Food Taster Friday

Nov. 5, 2018 —

Northern Michigan University’s Native American Student Association is hosting the First Nations Food Taster. The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Jacobetti Complex commons.

The First Nations Food Taster provides guests with an array of Native American foods. Recipes from the Decolonizing Diet Project will be featured, offering traditional Native American foods. Some contemporary Native American dishes will also be available. This year’s menu may include bison stew with cranberries, turkey roast, pecan whitefish, venison and squash bisque.