NCLL Testimonial ...
"They [NCLL] offer such a wonderful variety of events, & at such a great variety of times, I can usually pick many events that I can attend out of every offering. I have never been disappointed, & the people are very welcoming."

Bruce Greenwood, NCLL member




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January 2019 Chili Kick-off

with NMU Pres. Erickson speaking


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.

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A Sampling of NCLL Programming

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February 2019

Did you miss Sonny Longtine's NCLL presentation, "U.P. People: Incredible Stories about Incredible People"? It was reported in a Mining Journal article "Local author shares tales of U.P. people who made their mark".  Sonny’s latest book covers 42 people from across the UP from the 1850’s to present time. Sonny said, “They are entrepreneurs and inventors, and have made a significant impact on the UP.” He also included some people who were just too interesting to ignore. 


December - NMU Medicinal Plant Chemistry Program

On December 13th, Dr. Mark Paulsen, Department Head of NMU Chemistry described the new chemistry program dedicated to entrepreneurial and research-based careers in medicinal plants. A tour of the labs was also conducted by Dr. Paulsen and Dr. Lee Roecker.  The Mining Journal article, "Chemistry Meets Biology" provides an excellent summary. 

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


More than Beginning Photography
Wednesdays,  February 27, March 27; April 24; May 22; June 26  
Cohodas Hall, Room 404A


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


March 2019


 #302:  Water: The Local Flavor and What You can do to Protect It 
Tuesday, March 5   2-4pm 
Peter White Public Library, Community Room 

#303:  Superior Handbells, a Secular Community Choir 
Friday, March 8   2-4pm
Community Room of Messiah Lutheran Church 

#304: Woodworking Rally IV
 Mondays, March 11—April 1  
Jacobetti Center, Room 137

#305: Lunch at the LIGHTS
Tuesday, March 12   12:15-2pm
NMU Lights Dining Hall

#306: Ending Huger Alliance in Marquette Feeds Children Need
Wednesday, March 13   3-4:30pm
PWPL Shiras Room

#307: See How Natural & Manmade Stone Countertops are Cut/ Finished with Lunch
Thursday, March 14  
Meet bus at West side of Econo parking lot

#309: More than Beginning Photography
Wednesdays, March 27; April 24; May 22; June 26   11am-1pm
Cohodas Hall, Room 404A



#301:  Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride & Dinner 

#308: Tour: One Marquette Place 

#318: Chocolay Bayou Bird Walk

#326: Figured & Exotic Woods Tour