Hall Dedication, Open House Dec. 1
will dedicate Whitman Hall during an open house from 4-6
p.m. Monday, Dec. 1. The dedication
ceremony at 4:30 p.m.
will feature drumming by the Center for Native American Studies,
brief remarks and the unveiling of a plaque. Visitors will also
be invited to tour the facility.
first opened its doors in 1954
to accommodate kindergarten through 6 th grade. NMU purchased the
building in 2001, after it had been closed by Marquette Area Public
Schools due to shrinking enrollment. Interior and exterior work
was required to convert the 39,000 square-foot building to faculty
offices and classrooms, and to provide a 285-space parking lot to
serve the facility.
Hall houses the School
of Education ,
the dean of the College
of Professional Studies ,
the charter school program, the Center for Native American Studies,
the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies, the International Affairs
Office, and the Modern Languages and Literatures Department.
namesake, Willard A. Whitman (1884-1955), served 34 years as superintendent
of Marquette Public Schools. He played a major role in expanding
the district through additional buildings and extensive programming.
He is also credited with creating the student health protection
program, introducing art, drama and music into the classroom, and
developing the adult education programs. Whitman taught classes
at Northern for several summers.