Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--  The Michigan Strategic Fund Board has approved an award to Northern Michigan University to make high-speed broadband available throughout the Upper Peninsula. 

Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) issued the following statement upon learning of the award:

Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University students crushed a previous Guinness World Record by playing the largest-ever game of freeze tag at the Superior Dome Tuesday morning.

The effort was broadcast live by the Today show’s Al Roker as part of his five-day Rokerthon 3.

Roker and a Guinness World Record adjudicator presented Northern President Fritz Erickson with a certificate after 634 students played tag for 15 consecutive minutes.  The effort easily beat the previous record of 438.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is preparing for a world record try and a visit by NBC’s Al Roker.  

Tuesday morning Roker will broadcast live from the Superior Dome during the Today Show as NMU students try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest game of freeze tag.

The university is encouraging faculty, staff, and community members to don green and gold and fill the dome as spectators for the broadcast. Advance registration is requested at

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is participating in the worldwide Earth Hour movement this weekend by shutting off residence hall lights. 

The event encourages individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their lights for one hour to raise global awareness about environmental issues.

On Saturday NMU will shut off its residence hall lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The school is encouraging off-campus people to participate, as well.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A speaking tour is stopping at Northern Michigan University Monday to discuss the proposed Back Forty mine in Menominee County.  

Al Gedicks is executive secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council. He’ll join Guy Reiter—a member of the Menominee Conservation Committee—to talk about the planned 83-acre, open-pit sulfide mine.

Nathan Frischkorn is a member of NMU’s American Indian Science and Engineering Society.  He says the project would pose environmental problems.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Al Roker of NBC’s The Today Show is coming to Marquette next week.

As part of the third annual Rokerthon the weatherman will broadcast from the Superior Dom as NMU students try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest game of freeze tag.  The event will be broadcast live on the Today Show.

NMU President Fritz Erickson says Northern was one of only five schools selected for the event, beating out schools like Ohio State, the University of Wisconsin, and Virginia Tech. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University wants to make it into the record books for the largest-ever game of freeze tag. 

As part of NBC’s “Rokerthon,” the university will gather as many students as possible for the Guinness Book of World Records attempt at the Superior Dome March 28.  Today Show meteorologist Al Roker is expected to broadcast from campus during the event.

NMU is recruiting student participants, who must be willing to stay from 5 to 9 a.m. on the 28th.  The school is also seeking volunteers and spectators through advance registration. 

MARQUETTE, MI--    In one day Northern Michigan University’s head hockey coach found himself out of a job, then arrested on fraud charges. 

Friday afternoon NMU Director of Athletics Forrest Karr announced coach Walt Kyle’s contract would not be renewed after 15 seasons at the helm.  Officials will initiate a national search for his replacement. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is holding a town hall on redistricting and gerrymandering this weekend. 

Third Vice-Chair of the Marquette County Democratic Party Fran Darling says it will feature attorney and election law expert Mark Brewer, who will also discuss voter registration laws. 

Darling says while the NMU Democrats are hosting the public forum, it’s meant to be a non-partisan event.

“So I think he is approaching this topic as a public citizen, a lawyer, and an expert in the field,” she says.   

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University students are offering free tax help to those who need it. 

Members of Beta Alpha Psi—NMU’s accounting and finance professional organization—are staffing a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site on campus. VITA is a national program offering free basic income tax return preparation for those who make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers. 

The IRS-certified students will be available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday through April 17 in the University Center trading lab.