Northern was mentioned in a Fortune magazine article on Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO of Starbucks. The 1975 NMU graduate was named Fortune's 2011 Businessperson of the Year.

The NMU-MGH School of Respiratory Therapy received its certificate of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. This accreditation is good for five years and is an important milestone in the development of the school.

Renxin Yang (Sociology and Social Work) received a 2011 Publication Award for her poetry book, Floating Willow Flowers, from the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences. She was honored at the ACPSS annual international conference at Columbia University. Floating Willow Flowers is a collection of more than 130 poems from a sociologist's perspective on life, nature, society and the interactive relationships among the diverse elements in an era of globalization. The book consists of three parts: On family, friends and personal experience as a first-generation immigrant; On society, social environment and individuals and nature; and English poems on diverse topics.

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU was awarded a $13,659 Michigan Humanities Council grant for an upcoming exhibit titled “Scattered to the Winds: the Vanished Community of Cable’s Bay.” The exhibit will be based on an archaeological dig conducted by NMU students and faculty at two sites on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan. It will use collected artifacts, images and interpretive panels to tell the story of the former fishing village that was located on the island and include audio recordings and video footage. The exhibition will be on display at NMU from late April-August 2012 and will then be housed at the Beaver Island Historical Society beginning in the late spring of 2013. This was one of 14 projects funded through the council’s major grants program “Michigan People, Michigan Places; Our Stories, Our Lives.” The program emphasizes collaboration among cultural, educational and community-based organizations to provide public humanities projects. The NMU grant is under the direction of Dan Truckey (Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center).

The Magers-Meyland lobby renovation and the Hunt-Van Antwerp lobby renovation have both received LEED certification (certified). This brings the total of LEED certified projects on campus to five.

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