Press Box


  • July 24, 2017
    NMU Represented at NY Summer Theater Festival

    Northern Michigan University professor David Pierce and student Jill Vermeulen of Marquette are gaining valuable experience this summer working behind the scenes at the Adirondack Theatre Festival in Glens Falls, N.Y. They were part of the best-selling show in ATF history, Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat. This musical depiction of the misunderstood genius and his battle with mentor-turned-rival Thomas Edison is described as “Hamilton meets Tesla.” Given the subject matter, it is no surprise that the production required electrifying technical elements. Pierce was immersed in that aspect through his role of technical director and production manager.

  • July 20, 2017
    Alumna's Moon Dust Bag Auctioned for $1.8 Million

    A bag containing moon dust collected by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, and purchased for $995 by NMU alumna Nancy Lee Carlson ('74 BS), was sold at a Sotheby's space-themed auction today for $1.8 million. The buyer's identity and intended location for the bag were not released. Carlson is a Chicago-area attorney. She had to wage a legal battle to be declared the rightful owner of the bag before putting it up for auction. Carlson had said she plans to donate some proceeds to various charities and establish a scholarship for speech pathology students at NMU. Read the Chicago Tribune story here.

  • July 12, 2017
    Magnaghi Completes Book on U.P. History

    California native Russell Magnaghi first visited the Upper Peninsula in the midst of a formidable snowstorm in January 1968. Despite the harsh initiation, he accepted a faculty position in Northern Michigan University’s history department and immediately began investigating the region’s s cultural, economic and ethnic heritage. Magnaghi has completed the daunting task of condensing nearly 50 years of meticulous research and oral interviews into a newly released book titled Upper Peninsula of Michigan: A History. This definitive, general-interest account of the area’s past is the first attempt to tackle the topic in more than a century.

  • July 11, 2017
    College Incident Inspires Grad's Career Choice

    NMU alumnus Parker Bambenek (BA ‘12) is the youngest charter captain working on Lake Superior out of Duluth, according to a feature in the Duluth News Tribune. If it weren’t for a “twist of fate” suffered during his senior year of college, the biochemistry grad may not have established his Superior Pursuits charter fishing service so soon. The 27-year-old Bambenek is also pursuing a nursing degree in the hope of becoming a nurse anesthetist. Read the feature here.

  • July 10, 2017
    NMU Grad Promotes Ohio Tourist Destination

    NMU alumna Elizabeth Connor (BS 2008) has been appointed to the newly created position of Great Miami Riverway coordinator. Her focus is on marketing and placemaking to promote the area, which connects the bike trails and Ohio's Great Miami River with riverfront communities, as a single tourist destination. Connor also seeks diverse funding opportunities and additional partners. She previously owned EWC Media LLC. See the full story on her new role in the Troy Daily News here.

  • July 6, 2017
    Abel Joins Integrated Communications Firm

    Grand Rapids-based 834 Design & Marketing has hired NMU alumna Sarah Abel (BS 2005) as managing director, according to the Grand Rapids Business Journal. She will assist the firm with business development, team management, account support and operations. Abel will drive the firm's strategy, positioning and client retention, while also providing account support to clients. She previously served as the development communications manager at Rockford Construction. Read the GRBJ story here.

  • July 5, 2017
    NMU Grad Discusses Homeland Security Cyber Security

    NMU alumnus Barry West (’85 BS) is senior adviser and senior accountable official for risk management at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He was recently interviewed by Federal News Radio about his role in seeing that the Trump administration’s executive order on cyber security is carried out. West said the DHS is working toward greater collaboration among its 22 components, which leads to better situational awareness and more effective cyber monitoring. Listen to the interview here.

  • June 30, 2017
    NCLL Program Explores Parks, Kayak Launch

    The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will offer an informational tour of Lambros and LaBonte Parks, along with the accessible kayak launch. Jon Swenson, assistant director of the Marquette Parks and Recreation Department, will lead the program from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 12 (rain date July 13).

  • June 29, 2017
    Cigarettes' Impacts on Environment, Body Addressed

    The impacts of tobacco litter on the environment and of cigarettes on the human body will be addressed at a UP4Health Challenge Event titled “Nine Lives of a Cigarette Butt.” This free event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, in the second-floor atrium of Lydia Olson Library at Northern Michigan University.