Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has approved the final terms of an investment award agreement to expand its Educational Access Network across the U.P.

The Michigan Strategic Fund is investing $6.5 million in the project, while NMU will contribute $3.2 million in matching funds. As it recovers costs through subscriptions, Northern will return 35 percent of net proceeds to the Strategic Fund to repay the investment.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The NMU College of Business is inviting university and high school students to take 

part in its 11th annual New Business Venture Competition. Individuals or teams of up to five can compete for a $5,000 cash prize and another $5,000 in business support. The best high school idea will win $500.

Participants must first submit an electronic “intent to compete” form and business proposal by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 27. A committee will choose finalists, who will submit a detailed business plan by Friday, March 2.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Three NMU student organizations are hosting public activities to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The events aim to recognize 525 years of indigenous resistance against colonization. They’ll be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday between West Science and Jamrich Hall.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The NMU Public Safety Department is warning the campus community about a phone scam going around. 

Officers have received several complaints from students that someone using the Public Safety phone number is contacting them. The caller says they’re either an officer or a federal agent and have a warrant for the student’s arrest for tax evasion. The caller usually has a heavy accent.

MARQUETTE, MI--   An anonymous benefactor has given Northern Michigan University a major gift for the planting of new trees on campus.

About 100 trees representing a mix of native species will be planted this fall. Most will be placed in the academic mall, while others will extend through the pedestrian corridor to Seventh Street. Canopy-style trees will be planted on both sides of Harden Drive from Fair Avenue to West Science.

Additional trees will be planted in the spring.

MARQUETTE, MI--    A Negaunee man has been arrested for possessing child pornography.

Stan Henry Wright, 58, was taken into custody Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday on eight counts of possession of child sexually abusive material.

The Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force conducted an investigation into Wright’s online activity. A former employee of WNMU-FM, Wright is accused of using a work computer to download and view child pornography. Police say evidence was located on the computer.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Nearly 500 emergency services personnel are expected to attend the 36th annual UP-EMS Conference at Northern Michigan University this week.  

UP-EMS Executive Director Bob Struck says personnel from across the state and Wisconsin are coming to learn about more than 50 topics, including wilderness rescue, pediatric trauma, and hazardous materials. He says it’s “like EMS A to Z.”

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University’s food services, maintenance employee, and police officers union has ratified a new, three-year contract. 

AFSCME 1094 voted 79 to 8 to adopt the deal. The contract is 

effective October 1 of this year through September 30 of 2020. Terms include an across-the-board 2 percent wage increase in each of the three years.

It also includes an enrollment incentive for 2019 and 2020 tied to specific growth in student enrollment.

The agreement must now be approved by the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Progress is being made on the world’s first cold-climate body farm in Marquette. 

Dr. Jane Wankmiller is the director of Northern Michigan University’s Forensic Research Outdoor Station—or FROST. She says it’s actually two facilities, comprising a one-acre outdoor research area and an indoor lab. Wankmiller says the outdoor facility will likely be prepared by the end of October, but it won’t be operational until the lab is complete early next year.

She notes FROST won’t function as a “potter’s field.”

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is celebrating the scholarship of its faculty and staff at an event at the Ore Dock Brewing Company Wednesday night. 

Sponsored by the Grants and Contracts Office and the Office of Graduate Education and Research, the fourth annual Scholarship Recognition Event will feature presentations by colleagues to share news of projects that are currently underway.