Press Box


  • April 28, 2017
    Grad Profiled for Notable Nursing Career

    NMU graduate Velma Blackwell (LPN) became the first African-American to work as a nurse at Northside Hospital Cherokee in Canton, Ga, according to an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. That was in 1969, when other black employees—even those with RN credentials—could only work as aides and the cafeteria was segregated. Despite the difficult start, Blackwell—now 71—found her place at Northside. She met U.S. Rep. John Lewis and worked with him to secure a family leave act. She encouraged other African-American women to pursue nursing degrees. And rather than retire, Blackwell will move with her hospital “family” into a new facility May 6. To read the full article, click here.

  • April 28, 2017
    NMU's Welke Receives Master Mechanic Award

    Mark Welke, Northern Michigan University assistant professor of Technology and Occupational Sciences, has been awarded the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. Tim Sokol of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made the official presentation this afternoon at the Jacobetti Complex. 

  • April 28, 2017
    Hope Starts Here Challenge May 13

    The River Valley Bank Hope Starts Here Challenge will be held on Saturday, May 13. The annual challenge raises funds and awareness for the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center through competitive and leisurely events geared for all ages and skill levels.

  • April 27, 2017
    Cruz Selected for National Fellows Program

    Jessica Cruz, NMU’s chief diversity and Inclusion officer, is one of two candidates selected to participate in the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education’s (NADOHE) Chief Diversity Officer Fellows Program, cohort 4, for the 2017-18 academic year. The program for new and early career chief diversity officers provides fellows with mentoring by a senior-level officers and guided professional development experiences.

  • April 27, 2017
    NMU Selects Commencement Student Speaker, Soloist

    Entrepreneurship major Jeulani Gahiji of Chicago is Northern Michigan University’s May 2017 student commencement speaker. Her speech will address learning, self-care and persistence. Richard Frankowski of Mundelein, Ill., will be the student soloist at the ceremony. He will lead the singing of the university’s alma mater, “Hail Northern,” and the national anthem.

  • April 26, 2017
    Beaumier Exhibit Inspires 'Michigan History' Magazine Feature

    The May/June issue of Michigan History magazine includes a feature related to a recent Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center exhibition. The article is titled “Ghost Towns of the Upper Peninsula: A Photographic Journey.” It was co-authored by Dan Truckey, Beaumier Center director, who did the fieldwork of taking photos and collecting historic images, and student assistant Elizabeth Fust, who did most of the research and writing. See the story here. An exhibit website is available online here.

  • April 26, 2017
    Ferrarini Article Addresses North, South Korea Economic Disparity

    Tawni Ferrarini, Sam M. Cohodas Professor of Economics at NMU, co-authored an article published by the Foreign Policy Research Institute titled "Why Do Some Nations Prosper? The Case of North and South Korea." Both started out as poor nations after WWII. South Korea has benefitted from a democratic government and market economy to achieve the same wealth as Western European nations, on average. North Korea remains at the bottom of the world’s development ladder, with its citizens “doomed to a life of poverty, uncertain personal security and isolation from most of the world.” Ferrarini and co-author Lucien Ellington of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga suggest that institutions matter, especially those that facilitate economic growth for any nations. Read the article here.

  • April 25, 2017
    NMU Grad Promoted to Prison Warden

    NMU criminal justice graduate Sherman Campbell (1992) recently became warden at Gus Harrison Correctional Facility, a multi-security men's prison. He has been serving with the Department of Corrections for 22 years. Campbell told the Daily Telegram in Adrian that Gus Harrison is a busy facility with many important facets, including a large population of prisoners with mental health issues. He wants the facility to be a team environment that emphasizes training and positivity. Read the story here.

  • April 25, 2017
    NCLL Offers North Country Trail Hike

    The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host a hike on the North Country National Scenic Trail from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9. Lorana Jinkerson, president of the local NCT Hikers chapter, will lead the 3.5-mile walk. 

  • April 24, 2017
    NMU Seaborg Center Offers Isle Royale Summer Expedition

    Registration closes May 1 for a summer Family Camp Expedition on Isle Royale, Lake Superior’s largest island, presented by Northern Michigan University’s Seaborg Center. The program runs Sunday, June 25-Friday, June 30. Participants will camp at Fork Wilkins State Park before traveling to Isle Royale for hiking, kayaking and exploration. Evening programs will feature island history, ecology and creative activities.