University Beat

University Beat is a student production which puts the spotlight on Northern Michigan University, covering  events and activites of students, staff, departments and organizations that are of interest to the university and the community at large.


Northern Michigan University's Audio/Visual Club is a group of students interested in recording not only their own projects but in helping others with theirs. Public Radio 90 intern Adam Marks spoke with Adam Rifenburgh, one of the founders of the club,

Contact Adam Rifenburgh at if you are interested in joining or working with the club

The student run radio station Radio X has been a presence on NMU's campus for several decades. With the natural tendency for turnover on a university campus, the success of Radio X has always been dependant on its students and the ability to pass the torch. Public Radio 90 intern Don Ede looks into what's behind the recent resurgence of the station.


Northern Michigan University's Forest Roberts Theater's performances of Disney's Tarzan will include a sensory friendly Sunday matinee. Public Radio 90 intern Brady Skewis spoke with Bill Digneit, Director of the Forest Roberts Theater, about the importance of such a performance and the response from the students involved to the community at large.

The special sensory friendly performance of Tarzan is Sunday, April 15 at 2pm.

Public Radio 90 intern Megan Strait spoke with the Interim Dean of the NMU College of Technology and Occupational Sciences , Robert Eslinger, about plans to update and modernize the DJ Jacobetti Center

Northern Michigan University is offering a new medicinal plant chemistry degree that is drawing nationwide attention for its inclusion of marijuana extract. Public Radio 90 intern Hunter Hayhoe spole with NMU Chemistry Professor Leslie Putman about the new program.

  NMU students from the Outdoor Rec. program's Project Design and Leisure Services class are working with Revolutions Bike Shop in Downtown Marquette to put on a bike repair workshop for adults this Sunday. Public Radio 90 intern Chris Jandro spoke with NMU student Ross Dammer and Lindsey Bean and Mark Hall from Revolutions to find out more about the project.

  NMU students from the Outdoor Rec. program's Project Design and Leisure Services class are coordinating an Earth Day event at the Moosewood Nature Center this Saturday.  Public Radio 90's Hannah Moran spoke with Jonathan Ferring, a student in the class.

  Jazz Violinist and Detroit native Regina Carter is this year's special guest at the NMU Jazz Festival. Public Radio 90's Hannah Moran had a chance to speak with her about her music and her concerts in Marquette.

  NMU Professor Dr. Mark Shevy has contributed two chapters to a recent Oxford Press publication, "The Psychology of Music in Multimedia." Shevy spoke with Public Radio 90's Hans Ahlstrom and intern Phillip Nichols about his work. The following feature was produced and voiced by intern Chris Jandro.

Public Radio 90 student intern Kris Thomas interviews Matt Smock,  NMU's Director of Instructional Technologies, about the new technologies available in the new Jamrich building on campus.