Press Box


  • May 22, 2017
    NMU Student Helps Orphanages in Congo

    NMU student Billy McCoy will make a return trip to the Republic of the Congo in July, ideally with $4,000 he's trying to raise to build a security fence around a planned orphanage. According to an Iron Mountain Daily News story, McCoy first encountered the country's "orphan crisis" when he was on a surfing and camping trip through Africa in 2010. The sight of children in torn clothes wandering the streets and begging for money motivated the Florence, Wis. native to take action. He returned with medicine for one orphanage in 2016 and will go back for six weeks in July with funding for a fence around another facility yet to be built. Read the full story here.

  • May 22, 2017
    Recent NMU Grad Joins Teach for America

    Jamie Alberta of Grand Rapids, who recently graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in graphic communications, will become a Teach For America corps member. Teach For America is a selective non-profit that enlists and develops promising future leaders to impact social inequity from the head of a classroom and work in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Alberta will be an early childhood education teacher in Memphis, Tenn.

  • May 16, 2017
    U.P. Folklife Award Recipients Announced

    The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center has announced the 2017 recipients of the Upper Peninsula Folklife Award. Three individuals who have done much to preserve and promote the folk traditions of the region will be honored. The awardees are television personality and cultural Finnish-American icon Carl Pellonpaa and folk dance instructors/advocates Bill and Marge Sklar.  The awards will be presented at the Beaumier Center’s benefit, “A Middle Eastern Dinner,” on May 30.  For more information and to register for the event, go to

  • May 12, 2017
    NMU Cat Packs Wins Award

    The Northern Michigan University organization, Cat Packs, recently won the Innovations in Community Impact Award from Michigan Campus Compact. The award recognizes innovative approaches to problem solving with measured community impact, as led by a campus body and one or more community partners.

  • May 9, 2017
    NMU President Issues Statement on Kivela

    Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson issued the following statement in response to the death of Rep. John Kivela: "Northern Michigan University lost a good friend in the death of Michigan State Representative John Kivela. John was a friend to so many in the community and an ardent supporter of opportunities for students in the U.P. He worked tirelessly on behalf of the community and our students and he should be recognized for that effort. I extend my sympathies to his wife, Sandy, and the Kivela family. He will be greatly missed."

  • May 8, 2017
    Lt. Gov. Calley Participates in BEAR Center Dedication

    Lt. Gov. Brian Calley participated in Friday’s dedication of NMU’s Behavior Education Assessment and Research (BEAR) Center. The facility provides free behavior analytic assessment and therapeutic services for children with autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities and other behavioral concerns. Calley, whose daughter has been diagnosed with ASD, championed autism insurance reform in 2012 and signed legislation to officially license applied behavioral analysts in Michigan early this year.

  • May 8, 2017
    NMU offers SANE Training

    The NMU School of Nursing is collaborating with other local entities to offer a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training May 15-19 on campus. There are only two SANE-qualified professionals in the Upper Peninsula, so the goal is to increase that number to increase the likelihood of cases being prosecuted. There will also be a public presentation focusing on the role of SANE in human trafficking at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, in Mead Auditorium.

  • May 6, 2017
    NMU Board Presents Student Awards

    The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees presented its annual student achievement awards, which recognize significant contributions to the quality of life at NMU through involvement in extracurricular activities or through work in a university department. Recipients were: Gwendolyn Hoenke of Marquette, Outstanding Female Graduating Senior; Zachary Dykema of Holland, Outstanding Male Graduating Senior; Melanie Flaherty of Pinckney, Outstanding Student of Any Class; and Marlina Martinez, originally of Los Angeles, who now resides in Ishpeming, Outstanding Non-Traditional Student.