The NCLL office will be closed from December 15—January 7
Any registration requests or event questions should be directed toward liaisons 


Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, January 8th. Happy holidays!


Deadline for NCLL merchandise sale has been extended to Dec 10th

to accommodate holiday gift purchases .


It may be accessed by anyone to order various items containing the NCLL Logo. The merchandise and store are maintained by a local vendor, Yoopershirts.

Thanks goes to NCLL director Ginger Bollero-Petry for her work on this project!



What is the NCLL?

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The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning (NCLL) is an organization that plans and offers informal educational programs and activities to enrich the daily lives of its members and others through mini-courses, regular programs, outdoor activities and social events.  More in About Us

When and how often are programs offered?

NCLL offers programs suggested by NCLL participants and community members who share their interest and desire to learn and stay active with others. More than twenty classes or events are offered each term in the day or evening - summer/fall, winter, and spring. If you have an interest, hobby, activity or experience you would like to share please contact the NCLL office, director or attend an NCLL Curriculum Committee Meeting! For more information on booklets and registration, see the Programs/Events page.


Who is eligible to join or attend programs?

Membership and programs are open to any adult interested in pursuing intellectual, recreational, and/or social activities. NCLL membership dues for the 2016-2017 year are $30 with a charge for most classes; $3 for members and $6 for non-members.   More information


What are NCLL interest groups?

Initiated and managed by NCLL members, interest groups function independently of NCLL. We encourage folks to get together around particular activities they enjoy.  Current on-going interest groups include Relaxed Bridge and Lunch Out Together. Learn more


NCLL Memberships Makes Great Gifts!

Are looking for a unique, and useful gift, yet one that is personal and will be enjoyed again and again?

For just $30 you can purchase a gift membership for friends and loved ones. NCLL offers 80-90 programs each year that cover the arts, history, culture, tours, field trips, science, nature, hiking, snowshoeing, potlucks, health issues and MORE. Send check and recipient name and contact information to the NCLL Office and an email greeting and registration information will be forwarded to the recipient. Hard copies of the Program Booklet with the registration form and calendar are also available upon request.

Give the gift of learning!



A Sampling of NCLL Programming

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October - Green Burial

The October 19th Mining Journal has a very good summary of NCLL's program "Green Burial: What is it and why should I be interested?".  'Green' burial - Eco-friendly option explored. 

August - Lessons on Immigration Prejudice

On August 17, 2018, Dr. Gabe Logan, the director of the Center for U.P. Studies and professor of History at NMU taught NCLL participants a few lessons on immigration prejudice. Through a presentation and examination of historical immigration cartoons, legal reviews questioning whether Finns were subject to the Anti-Chinese Immigration Act and articles written by Ben Franklin railing against Germans in Pennsylvania, Dr. Logan gave a perspective from the past.  Small groups of participants identified current anti-immigration rhetoric and made comparisons to history.  The Mining Journal wrote an extensive review of the class, "Immigration prejudice: Program focuses on issue, past and current" and is worth the read to see how prejudice is mostly recycled .... we just change the ethnic groups.  Have we made progress? 




March - A Visit with NMU International education services and students

Some fortunate NCLL members spent a fun and informative afternoon learning more about the NMU International Education Services Programs and five special international students. The four students and one alumnus we visited with were from Columbia (Ada), South Korea (Min), Saudi Arabia (Abdul), Jamaica (Reneika) and Venezuela (Manuel).  Their majors are biology, psychology, exercise science, bio-chemistry, and business. The program adviser Lila Isleib described some of specific programs within the department and her related work with the students. Without needing to leave her desk to travel, Lila finds working with the students is an international education itself due to the process and the interaction with the students.  It is apparent that they develop a special relationship with each other.

What were the shared observations and feelings?

Many of the experiences shared were humorous, and it would suffice to say   there is definitely an adjustment period. Many do not have a real sense of where they are going until they get here. For instance they might know they are going to the largest city in something called the U.P. and often assume it is a large populated area.  It can be culture shock when you arrive at the airport and try to contact an “uber” and then drive 20 miles before you see any lights, or a surprise when you come from a city of 10 million and find you are in a small town of 20,000.

They all agree the thing they miss the most, other than family, is the food from their home countries.  We have never heard of many of the fruits and vegetables grown in tropical climates or other countries; consequently, they are not in our grocery stores.  Some spices can be special ordered or found via the internet but it is best when they receive the special items sent in the family care packages.

Students who do not learn English in their home schools often learn by watching, listening or imitating English on TV shows or movies before they come to the U.S.  While their English may not be perfect, they sometimes feel others think they are less intelligent because of it. Hesitancy is not a matter of intelligence; they are just trying to find the right English words to express themselves.  Though this can be frustrating and hurtful, sometimes it creates additional motivation to study/try even harder.  

There is sometimes a struggle with cultural differences.  Some cultures are more demonstrative using hugs and touch to express themselves more fully.  So some students are often hesitant to interact with others because they are not sure what is normal or acceptable in a certain situation. This can sometimes make it difficult to make friends and interact with others. While it is easier and more comfortable for them to “stick together,” they inherently know that the result is better if they interact with others.

It becomes apparent these students are determined, courageous, and have a sense of adventure and want the opportunities and education that studying and living in the U.S. brings to them. Education in many European countries is free or minimal with regard to expense. For students to come to the U.S. they must pass special exams, and their families sacrifice a great deal to help them get here and pay for their education and living expenses.  Before they come to the U.S. they must prove/file special paperwork indicating they have the financial capability to be here and attend college. These five special people feel their time here has contributed to something larger in their lives. Their long term goals are to finish their studies, get their degrees and they are open to whatever the future might bring.  All agreed that wherever they end up the people they have met, the experiences they have had and the time spent at NMU and in Marquette will always be a part of who they are and their future.

How can the Marquette community get more involved with international students?  Read More




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On going through the term


#209: More than Beginning Photography
Wednesdays, January 23; February 27   11am-1pm
Cohodas Hall, Room 404A

(Liaison: Phyllis James, 225-1004  hoosieryooper80@gmail.com)

220: Woodworker Rally
Mondays during most of NMU academic semesters
NMU Jacobetti Center, Room 137


January 2019


#215: Curriculum Committee Spring 2019 Programs/Events
Thursdays, January 3 & 10; Tuesday, January 15   10am-noon
Cohodas Hall, Room 404A
(Liaison: Caroline Jordan, 228-9953  asheanna4@yahoo.com)

#216: Winter Kickoff and Chili with NMU President Fritz Erickson
Tuesday, January 8   noon-2pm
Methodist Church, 111 E Ridge St, MQT
(Liaison: Phyllis James, 225-1004  hoosieryooper80@gmail.com)

#218: 8,000 Days of Retirement
Tuesday, January 15   2-4pm
Hope Connection Center, 927 W Fair Ave, MQT
(Liaison: Caroline Jordan, 228-9953  asheanna4@yahoo.com)

#219: Differences Among ‘Those Cold Beers’
Thursday, January 17   4-6pm
Iron Bay Restaurant & Drinkery, Tap Room, 105 E Washington St, MQT
(Liaison: Carole Bard, 228-9367  upbard@gmail.com)

#220: Woodworking Rally III
Mondays, January 21-February 25   8am-noon
Jacobetti Center, Room 137
(Liaison: Jan Hruska, 225-1871  janiwannie@aol.com)

#221: Tournament Ski Jumping—Training in Action
Monday, January 21   12:30-3:30pm
Suicide Hill Ski Bowl, Business Route 28, Ishpeming
(Meet at 12:30pm at NE side of Econo parking lot for carpooling)
(Liaison: Paula McCormick, 228-5489  puree_cat@hotmail.com)

#222: Flying High! Sky Jumping Tournament
Tuesday, January 22   5-10pm
Suicide Hill Ski Bowl, Business Route 28, Ishpeming
(Meet at 5pm at NE side of Econo parking lot for carpooling)
(Liaison: Paula McCormick, 228-5489  puree_cat@hotmail.com)

#210: Traveling Solo with Grandchildren
Thursday, January 24   1-3pm
Shiras Room, Peter White Public Library
(Rescheduled date & location)
(Liaison: Darlene Arseneau, 486-9861  jdp7955@gmail.com)

#223: Game Night in the Afternoon
Friday, January 25   1-3pm
Methodist Church, 111 E Ridge St, MQT
(Liaison: Phyllis James, 225-1004  hoosieryooper80@gmail.com)

#224: Winter Snowshoe at the Vielmetti-Peters Reserve
Tuesday, January 29   1-3:30pm
Meet at 1pm at NW Lowe’s parking lot for carpooling
(Liaison: Caroline Jordan, 228-9953  asheanna4@yahoo.com)

#228: Mystery Dinner
Wednesday, February 13   5:30-9pm
Chez Nous in the Jacobetti Center
(checks are to be made out to NMU and mailed to Carolyn McDonald at 505 E Arch St, MQT, to obtain your reservation—not to office)
(Liaison: Carolyn McDonald, 250-0294  carolynmcdmqt@gmail.com)




#217: “When Teddy Came to Town”

#225: NMU Kinesiology, Exercise, and Oncology Research Program

#226: UP People: Incredible Stories About Incredible People 2

#227: What’s a Scottish Origin Sport Combining Bowling and Shuffleboard, Originating in the 16th Century?