NMU’s GEAR UP program has been renewed for three years through a grant from the federal King Chavez Parks Initiative College Day Program. GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. It is coordinated by the NMU Multicultural Education and Resource Center and administered on the federal level by the U.S. Department of Education. Its goal is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. This is done by promoting academic excellence through a variety of locally designed and innovative early intervention services. NMU’s GEAR UP program will offer a summer camp for students June 22-28.
NMU nordic skiing coach Sten Fjeldheim (Athletics) has been named the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association National Coach of the Year. Fjeldheim led the Wildcats to a seventh place finish at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish for a Central Collegiate Ski Association team in history. CCSA member schools don't compete in alpine events and the Wildcats earned the second-most points in Nordic action at the NCAA Championships, just 11 points behind overall NCAA Champion Denver.
"I am very proud and happy to receive the National Coach of the Year award," said Fjeldheim. "Of course it would not have been possible without a the group of dedicated athletes, my assistant, Haakon Baanerud, and the support of Northern Michigan University