As of February, 8, 2019 all new press releases are being posted exclusively on Northern Today. This database is being kept for archival purposes only.
- February 8, 2019NMU Hosts UP 200 Warming Tent
Northern Michigan University will host a heated hospitality tent for the general public near the starting gate of the UP 200 sled dog race on Friday, Feb. 16. The tent will be open from 6-8:30 p.m. next to the old City Hall on Washington Street. Admission is free. This family-friendly event will include hot chocolate courtesy of Simply Superior and snacks provided by Econo Foods.
- February 8, 2019'History Hounds' Program Feb. 13 at Beaumier
The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center will host a Historical Society of Michigan presentation titled "Murder and Mayhem II: True Crime in Michigan History." This free History Hounds Lecture Series event, offered via teleconference from Lansing, features author Tobin Buhk. It will explore cases including the 1916 poisoning of the Peck family of Grand Rapids, murderer Helmuth Schmidt and Mary McKnight, the "Strychnine Saint." The presentation begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the center in Gries Hall at NMU.
- February 8, 2019Exhibit Explores Technology at NMU
The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University will open a new exhibition titled “From Chalk to Light Boards: Technology at NMU.” The exhibition will feature dozens of artifacts, not only from the Beaumier Center’s collection, but from offices and storage facilities as well. A free opening reception with food and refreshments will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in the center’s Gries Hall gallery.
- February 8, 2019Marquette Inspires Alumna's Romance Novel
NMU alumna Elizabeth Mowers’ first published book, A Promise Remembered, will be released March 1. The novel details the story of a man who returns to his hometown in Michigan for a brief visit. He runs into his old high school sweetheart and is reminded of everyone and everything he left behind years ago. When selecting a beautiful, romantic setting for her novel, she was inspired by Marquette and the Lake Superior shoreline.
- February 8, 2019Faculty Assurance Argument Authors Needed
NMU is seeking two faculty members to research and author the university’s assurance argument as the next step in maintaining its accreditation. They will interview key leadership across campus, develop narratives and assemble evidence based around different criteria and core components. The application deadline is Feb. 22. Release time is available to compensate for the estimated 20 service hours per week from Summer 2019 through May 2020. NMU is transitioning from the Higher Learning Commission’s AQIP Pathway, which is being phased out because of low participation, to the HLC’s Open Pathway.
- February 8, 2019Grant Will Help U.P. Math Teachers
Northern Michigan University has been awarded a nearly $300,000 MiSTEM Advisory Council grant that will incorporate the Add+Vantage Math Recovery program for Upper Peninsula elementary schools and provide related training for teachers.
- February 8, 2019NMU Hosts Higher Ed Demographics Expert
Enrollment at two-year colleges and four-year regional institutions in Midwestern states is projected to decline more than 15 percent by 2029, according to Nathan Grawe, author of Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education. Positive enrollment trends are expected to continue for the next few years into the early part of the next decade. But in an effort to better prepare the university for the impending drop in the later part of the decade, NMU has invited Grawe to campus for small-group discussions and a faculty/staff forum on Wednesday, March 20.
- February 8, 2019NMU Grad Helps to Shape Governor's Vision
As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to deliver her first State of the State address, Northern Michigan University alumnus Mark A. Burton (’99 BS) is helping to formulate the vision for her administration and assembling the teams that will work toward achieving it. The Champion native was appointed the governor’s chief strategist in January. Burton appropriately describes his professional journey as rock climbing rather than ascending the rungs of a ladder. He has firmly grasped opportunities in front of him and nimbly shifted among different footholds in the political and advocacy landscapes.
- February 8, 2019Chief Strategist to Discuss State Policy Issues
Mark Burton, Northern Michigan University alumnus and chief strategist for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, will discuss the rural, suburban and urban dynamics of several policy issues addressed in the State of the State during a presentation at NMU. The event begins at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Mead Auditorium in the West Science Building and will be followed by a reception in the atrium. The public is invited.
- February 1, 2019Alumnus Reflects on AD Tenure at Vanderbilt
NMU alumnus David Williams II (’69 BS, ‘70 MA) stepped down as Vanderbilt’s vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs Jan. 31. He will maintain the law professor role he has held since 2000 and plants to establish a new Sports, Law and Society program. Williams' distinguished 27-year career in higher education administration also included serving as vice president for student and urban/community affairs and law professor at The Ohio State University. He is a past NMU Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Read a recent Vanderbilt Hustler interview reflecting on Williams’ tenure as athletic director here, or a previous feature story announcing his intent to step down from his administrative role here.