Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Department of Agriculture is hosting a series of events this week in northern Michigan

James Turner, the USDA's Michigan director for rural development, will be joined by Business Program Administrator John Padalino during stops Wednesday and Thursday.  They'll discuss efforts at the agency to assist rural businesses.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The process of demolishing a building on the campus of Northern Michigan University has begun. 

Carey Hall will be razed over the next six weeks.  Site preparation started Monday, and workers will perform some exterior work this week to detach the building from Lee Hall.  They’ll move to interior demolition in weeks two and three, then start tearing down Carey Hall in the fourth and fifth weeks. 

All work is scheduled to be done by August 3. 



LANSING, MI--   Two Upper Peninsula colleges and one university will benefit from a bill signed by Governor Snyder Monday that will invest in infrastructure projects.  The measure commits $304 million to fund 18 projects across Michigan. 

Bay de Noc Community College will get $750,000 to remodel the nursing lab/lecture hall.  Gogebic Community College is also getting $750,000 for building renovations.  And $25 million is slated for Northern Michigan University to replace Jamrich Hall.

Courtesy University of Alaska

MARQUETTE, MI– Northern Michigan University has named a new athletic director.

Forrest Karr is the current AD at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He was one of three people considered for the post out of more than 100 candidates. Karr officially begins his new job on Monday, June 11.

While in Fairbanks Karr helped the university add a women’s swimming program, establish a hall of fame, and develop an academic minor in sports management. He also chaired the state Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Alaska in 2009.


MARQUETTE, MI (WNMU) – Northern Michigan University officials have named an interim provost to replace Susan Koch.

Paul Lang is the dean of the College of Professional Studies. Lang started at NMU in 1997 as a professor of criminal justice, and was appointed director of the School of Technology and Applied Sciences before becoming dean.

NMU President Les Wong says a committee will be formed this summer to search for a permanent replacement for Koch, who is leaving to become chancellor at the University of Illinois-Springfield.