Bay College

ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   A library in Escanaba is offering artificial sun during a dark period of the year.

Bay College Library has installed therapy lamps for visitors. The Daily Press says the two lamps emit light that can help with depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Library director Oscar DeLong says they can be effective if used 20 to 30 minutes a day. He says the lamps, which cost a total of $450, were set up in time for students who were studying for final exams in December.

ESCANABA, MI--   Bay College is seeking nominations for its Distinguished Alumni of the Year award. 

It was established in 1999 by the Alumni Association to honor a graduate who has made contributions to their career, community, and the college. Criteria also include education, leadership, honors and awards, and distinction in the nominee’s career field.

Nomination forms are due February 15. To submit a candidate go to 

ESCANABA, MI--   Bay College is holding its second Free the Textbooks OER Rally later this month. 

The event aims to highlight the schools Open Educational Resources degree initiative. OER are alternatives to publisher-provided books, software, and other course materials, which can be very expensive for students. OER reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing. Most OER are free in digital form and low-cost in print form.

UPDATE:  Police say the victim in the crash is Gladys Cousineau, 88, of Escanaba. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


ESCANABA, MI--    The Escanaba Public Safety Department is investigating a fatal car accident on Danforth Road near Bay College.

ESCANABA, MI--Bay College in Escanaba plans to create three new degree programs using Open Educational Resources.  

Joseph Mold is Director of Online Learning and Instructional Design at Bay.  He says OERs are non-copyrighted learning materials—from a whole textbook to a chapter, or an entire course to a video—that have a Creative Commons license, which means students can access them for free online or buy a hard copy for how much it cost to print it.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Governor Rick Snyder spent time in the Escanaba area Thursday on his tour of the Upper Peninsula this week. 

Snyder stopped at Bay College to learn about the school’s skilled trades programs. He also went to the Upper Peninsula State Fair to honor Navy vet and U.P. Veteran of the Year Tom DeCarlo. The day included remarks at the fair’s Governor’s Luncheon, then a tour of the Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad rail car and manufacturing facility. 

ESCANABA, MI--   Bay College’s M-TEC Center is offering a workshop for residents who are interested in implementing alternative energy strategies in their homes.  

The Alternative Energy Workshop will feature a presentation by Steve Waller, who has lived in an off-grid solar- and wind-powered home in Marquette County since 2000.  A panel of area alternative power users will discuss different energy forms, and attendees will be able to tour four Bark River installations. 

ESCANABA, MI--   Lower enrollment, higher healthcare costs, and a projected budget deficit are forcing officials to reorganize at Bay College. 

ESCANABA, MI--  Students at Bay College will be able to play sports next year.

The Escanaba school is adding an athletic program, starting with men’s and women’s cross country in fall of 2017 and expanding to men’s and women’s basketball in winter.  Athletes will compete with other two-year colleges and smaller four-year colleges and universities in Michigan and Northern Wisconsin as part of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is establishing a cooperative program of premedical education that will offer admission to Bay College students.

The Early Assurance Program extends the opportunity for admission to Bay College students who transfer as undergraduate premedical students to three universities in the Upper Peninsula.

  Those universities are Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University or Northern Michigan University.