Catching Up

NMU Awards First Doctorate Degrees

Theresa Durley receiving her degree

NMU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program (and first doctorate degree) was represented for the first time at May’s commencement ceremony. Theresa Durley ‘91, '00 of Marquette (pictured, also an NMU nursing faculty member), Myrth Condon of Munising and Lacey Crabb ‘'04, '08 of Escanaba completed the post-master’s track of the degree, which is three years in length. The post-baccalaureate track requires an additional year, so the first cohort of 16 students from that track will graduate in summer 2018.

Northern’s DNP courses are delivered on a part-time basis, using a hybrid of on-campus and online teaching/learning methods. Clinical practicum hours may be completed in the student’s local community with an approved preceptor. Learn more at

Planning for Distinction

NMU has launched a campus-wide assessment project where all NMU academic programs and support services will be evaluated based on specified criteria to determine investment priorities. 

“Our challenge is adequately allocating our limited university resources … so that these great ideas can become reality.”

NMU President Fritz Erickson

A consultant from Campus Strategies LLC was on campus in February to launch the program and provide training on an adaptation of the Dickeson Model, a data-driven approach to reallocating resources to achieve strategic balance. The model is designed to empower faculty and staff most impacted by the outcomes to analyze the data and make recommendations. Two task forces of approximately 25 members each will play an active role in making recommendations of which academic programs and university services warrant enhanced, stable or reduced resources and which could potentially be phased out.

After considering the Strategic Resource Allocation task forces’ recommendations—which are expected to be completed in the fall semester—and providing opportunities for feedback, President Erickson will consult with his executive team and make the final decisions.

“In 2016, NMU began the first phases of strategic planning. Our challenge is adequately allocating our limited university resources— especially those of people, time and money—so that these great ideas can become reality,” said Erickson. “To do this, we must fully understand how and to what level programs and services contribute to our success so we can make additional investments in those that are, or have the potential, to perform exceptionally well.” Learn more at

School of Art and Design Partners with Romanian School

Art and Design Students

"Representatives of UAD can make direct contact with the trends and directions of contemporary art today, yet leave a personal touch of creativity and authenticity that is Transylvanian or Romanian.”

NMU ceramics professor Brian Kakas

The School of Art and Design has established a bilateral partnership with the University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca in Romania. The agreement includes student and faculty exchanges. Other objectives include collaborations with art institutions worldwide and enhanced international visibility for NMU.

“The University of Art and Design is one of the most dynamic institutions of its kind in Romania,” said Brian Kakas, an NMU ceramics professor who organized the program. “UAD offers exceptional opportunities for artistic expression and creation, both by providing exhibition spaces of its own and through internal and international partnerships with museums, academies, universities and art institutions." Ceramics major Meagan Douglas was selected as the first student to study abroad at UAD. In the fall, NMU will welcome visiting students and faculty from Romania.

NMU Breaks World Record on National TV

In case you missed it, NBC’s Today Show broadcast live from NMU on March 28. Northern was selected as one of five universities to be featured in “Rokerthon,” a week where weatherman Al Roker helped students break world records and put the spotlight on their campuses. NMU students set a new Guinness World Record for the largest game of freeze tag, with 634 student participants (who had to show up at 4 a.m.!).

In addition to the live broadcast from the Superior Dome, NMU received additional media exposure through footage of Roker touring various campus locations and interacting with students, faculty and staff, including playing cowbell with NMU’s symphonic band performing “You Can Call Me Al.”

Al Roker amongst a sea of NMU Students

Watch the highlights at NMU.EDU/ROKERTHON

’Cats Pride!

NMU Adventure Team students Ryan Watling, Dylan Gonda, and Olivia Walcott

Professor David Wood has been recognized as one of three recipients of the Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year award, which recognizes the outstanding contributions and dedication exhibited by the faculty from Michigan’s 15 public universities. Wood is an English professor and director of NMU’s Honors Program.

Education professor Sandra Imdieke is chair of the 2018 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award selection committee, given to authors and illustrators of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.

Student Christopher Abbott won third place in the 2017 Cyber Security Challenge at the Association of Information Technology National Collegiate Conference.

The Sundance Institute’s Native Program, which sup- ports indigenous filmmakers, selected NMU student Kayla Bell as one of its Full Circle Fellows. As part of the yearlong fellowship, she takes part in workshops and training at the Sundance Film Festival, an intern- ship in New Mexico and film studio tours and indus- try networking in Los Angeles.

Three NMU students circumnavigated Lake Superior by bike this summer to gain an understanding of the impact that the lake has on its surrounding commu- nities while creating a platform of education about ways to keep it pristine. Follow the results of their Great Lakes Great Stories journey on Facebook. 

U.P. Ghost Towns in Michigan History

The May/June issue of Michigan History magazine includes a feature related to a recent Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center exhibition. The article is titled “Ghost Towns of the Upper Peninsula: A Photographic Journey.” It was co-authored by Dan Truckey ‘90 BS, Beaumier Center director, who did the fieldwork of taking photos and collecting historic images, and student assistant Elizabeth Fust, who did most of the research and writing. Pictured at left is the Dollarville ghost town. Check out the exhibit website at

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Wildcat Among Top New Sports Logos

NMU Sports Logo

NMU’s Wildcat ranks as the 32nd best sports logo from among more than 250 unveiled in 2016, according to the annual Creamer Awards. A judging panel led by Chris Creamer, founder of, determines the best and worst designs from eligible entries representing amateur and professional sports teams.

Image of graduates with text "Congratulations to NMU'S fall and winter semester graduates. Welcome to the alumni family."