Press Box


  • September 21, 2018
    NMU Board Invests in Strategic Plan

    The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees today approved a 2018-19 general fund operating budget of nearly $113.8 million. The budget is $3.7 million, or 3.4 percent, higher than last year. The university is advancing its strategic plan with investments in student scholarships, new academic programs, a student success center and athletics. The increase also covers contractual obligations and inflationary cost increases related to utilities, supplies and other expenses.

  • September 21, 2018
    New Wildcat Statue Unveiled

    Northern’s new bronze wildcat statue, a much-anticipated addition to the campus landscape, was unveiled and dedicated Sept. 21. It is installed on top of a boulder surrounded by a hardscape patio, creating an impressive gateway to the academic mall and a likely photo location for students and visitors. The statue was made possible through a gift from the estate of former NMU Board of Trustees chair and longtime NMU supporter Gil Ziegler (’60 BS).

  • September 21, 2018
    Speaker Addresses Cannabis and Anxiety

    Northern Michigan University alumnus Robert Torrence ('15 MS) will return to campus to give a presentation titled "Residual and acute effects of cannabis on emotional processing in anxiety disorders." His talk is scheduled from 4-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in Jamrich 1100. It is open to the public. 

  • September 20, 2018
    NMU Dedicates Garden Named for Former Provost

    Northern held a dedication ceremony for the new Paul L. Lang Jr. Garden on Sept. 14. Mona Lang of Marquette honored her late husband, who served as NMU’s provost, by contributing the lead gift to establish and maintain a perennial flower garden on the academic mall. She and their daughter, MacKenzie, attended the dedication.

  • September 20, 2018
    Western Expedition Benefits Zoology Museum

    Two undergraduate students accompanied Northern Michigan University Biology Associate Professor Kurt Galbreath on a month-long expedition in the Rocky Mountains this past summer to expand and diversify the collection of small mammal specimens in the Northern Museum of Zoology. Their work will also help support current and future research projects.

  • September 20, 2018
    NMU Reports Increases in New Students, Undergrads

    Northern Michigan University’s new student enrollment has increased 9.9 percent this fall, thanks to a second consecutive year of growth in first-time freshmen and a significant boost in transfer students. New freshmen numbers are up by 107, or 7.1 percent. Transfers have increased by 81, or nearly 20 percent, according to the university’s 10th day enrollment report. NMU's total undergraduate population also increased for the first time in eight years. It is up by 71 students, or 1 percent, over last fall.

  • September 19, 2018
    Teachable Moment: Alumna Rescues Student at Black Rocks

    “Reach or throw; don’t go.” NMU alumna and former Wildcat swimmer Shawn Robinson-Sobczak (’98 BS) routinely recites that phrase when she leads swim lessons or serves as a lifeguard instructor. When someone is in distress and it’s not possible to extend a hand to pull the swimmer to safety or throw something that floats, bystanders should not risk their own lives by entering the water. But Robinson-Sobczak has also been a certified lifeguard for 34 years. So when an NMU student took too long to surface after jumping off Black Rocks and a friend struggled to assist him, her rescue instinct took over and she leaped in to help.

  • September 19, 2018
    NMU Holds Community-Wide Ice Cream Social

    Northern Michigan University held a community-wide ice cream social as part of Homecoming week on Sept. 18. There was a good turnout of students, faculty, staff and Marquette-area residents, despite the drop in temperature from previous days. Fritz and Jan Erickson assisted Dining Services staff in serving up waffle cones and bowls with scoops of vanilla or mint Mackinac Island fudge. The event also featured Double Trouble DJs music, large lawn games and bounce houses. See the remaining schedule of Homecoming activities for alumni and community members here.

  • September 18, 2018
    'Lost Boy of Sudan' Speaks at NMU

    John Dau will present “God Grew Tired of Us: The Lost Boys of Sudan” at Northern Michigan University. He was one of 27,000 boys in the war-torn country forced to flee their villages when the northern government began attacking the south. His talk is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the University Center Great Lakes Rooms. Admission is free for NMU students and $2 for the general public.  

  • September 14, 2018
    NMU Prof Analyzes K9 Attack for TV Report

    An Atlanta TV station featured NMU Criminal Justice Professor Charlie Mesloh in an investigative report on a K9 attack in Roswell. The dog refused to let go of a teen suspect despite more than 20 commands from his handler. Mesloh, a former police officer and K9 handler, analyzed the dashcam video of the incident frame by frame and says the dog should have been removed from service for remedial training. See the full report here