News for NMU Employees


Eric Smith (Broadcast and A/V Services, left) received the 2014 Professional Pioneer Award from the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters. Smith’s 39-year career in broadcasting has spanned a variety of work, including television lighting, directing and serving as executive producer of several regional Emmy award-winning documentaries covering Lake Superior shipwrecks, alternative energy production and U.P. mining history. 

As general manager of WNMU-TV/FM, he manages NMU’s interactive television system that ties university instruction and faculty to K-12 schools throughout the state. Most recently, he has coordinated NMU’s conversion to digital broadcasting, worked with university departments in facilitating programs that train multimedia students and assisted the university with its deployment of wireless 4G broadband Internet used to support teaching and learning. Smith has been an active member of the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) and as vice president has played an integral role in focusing the organization on programs that keep public broadcasting relevant now and into the future.

The winning team in Sunday's NMU President's Golf Outing was composed of (from left) Tom Helgren, Gary Bilenky, Tom Meravi, Tim Schmeltzer and Nathan Mileski. They finished with a score of 60.  Two teams were one shot back at 61. Placing second through a tie-breaker were President Fritz Erickson, Jane Campbell, Austin Hummell, Alec Lindsay and Alan McEvoy. Third place went to Keith O'Brien, Kerry Francisco, Forrest Karr and Kyle Wittenbach. Fourteen teams of 63 golfers participated in the event at the NMU Golf Course. 

Staff members and student employees from Admissions, Financial Aid and the Dean of Students offices delivered school supplies to the one-day “Stuff the Bus” collection drive for low-income children in Marquette County.

A full-size school bus was parked outside the Holiday Inn on Monday, Aug. 25, to collect basic supplies for children who are on the free and reduced lunch programs at local elementary and middle schools. This was the fourth annual Stuff the Bus event, a partner program of the Holiday Inn and YMCA of Marquette County.