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  • January 19, 2018
    NMU Grad Customizes Name-Brand Denim Icons

    Artist Julian Gaines (BA 2015), who majored in painting and drawing at NMU, was approached to transform the blue denim Air Jordan 4 Retro and a reversible denim trucker jacket to mark the launch of the Jordan X Levi’s® collaboration. By using his creative talents to customize clothing, he has carved out an impressive professional niche. Many cultural luminaries have commissioned his work and he has several other collaborations to his credit. In a feature story on the Air Jordan website, Gaines explains his creative approach to the project and why denim is a favored canvas. Read it here.

  • January 19, 2018
    Two NMU Profs Discuss 'Growing Up in Communism'

    Northern Michigan University’s Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center will host a free presentation titled “Growing up in Communism." Two NMU faculty members who were raised in that system in different countries will share their experiences and perspectives. The talk begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in the seminar room of the Beaumier Center in Gries Hall. It is being held in conjunction with the "Cold War and the U.P." exhibition, which will be open for viewing that evening.

  • January 18, 2018
    Digneit to Present at URTA in Chicago

    Bill Digneit, NMU director of theater, is featured in a Live Design International (LDI) website article for two sessions he will present at the University Resident Theatre Association's winter meetings Jan. 26 in Chicago. Digneit serves as production director for the annual professional training program at the LDI trade show. 

  • January 18, 2018
    Lodge Opens

    Housing and Residence Life held an open house offering a sneak peak of the Lodge, "NMU's family room," which opened for the winter semester. Though located in The Woods complex, the gathering space is open to all students, faculty and staff.

  • January 18, 2018
    New Warden is NMU Alumna

    Erica Huss, who recently became the first female warden in the 128-year history of Marquette Branch Prison, is an NMU alumna. The Wakefield native graduated in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in behavioral psychology/criminal justice. She has spent 23 years with the Michigan Department of Corrections.

  • January 18, 2018
    NMU Hosts Human Trafficking Presentation

    Northern Michigan University will host a public presentation on human trafficking as part of a week-long awareness initiative in the Upper Peninsula. The recently re-established U.P. Human Trafficking Task Force (UPHTTF) has teamed with the Department of Justice, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, several U.P. law enforcement agencies and local experts to deliver presentations across the region. The NMU event will be held from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in the University Center Marquette/Nicolet Rooms. It is sponsored by the School of Nursing and President’s Office.

  • January 18, 2018
    Cold War Film Series Continues

    The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University will continue its Cold War film series with a showing of Nine Days in One Year at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30. The film is being screened in conjunction with the Beaumier Center's "Cold War in the U.P." exhibition. A discussion with Beaumier Center Director Daniel Truckey will follow.

  • January 16, 2018
    Maki Leads First Bank Upper Michigan

    NMU alumnus Todd Maki has been appointed the new president & CEO of First Bank, Upper Michigan, effective March 1. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from NMU. Maki has been with the organization for 20 years and is a lead commercial lender. According to a press release from parent company First Bancshares, First Bank recently merged with Northern Michigan Bank & Trust. It has 10 locations, including two in Gladstone, where Maki resides.

  • January 15, 2018
    Diversity Common Reader Pick Announced

    NMU's Diversity Common Reader Program is a semester-long initiative focused on exposing a new cultural or ethnic idea at a campus-wide level. The program's 2018 book selection is Luis Alberto Urrea’s Nobody’s Son: Notes from an American Life. In this American Book Award winner, Urrea tells his story of growing up in San Diego as the son of a Mexican father and Anglo mother from Staten Island. The memoir describes Urrea’s childhood as a mix of opposites, a clash of cultures and languages.