Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette Fire Department is using buildings on NMU’s campus that are slated for demolition for training this week.

Captain Jeff Green says personnel are using the empty Summit Street apartments to practice rescuing downed firefighters, rescuing trapped victims, forcible entry, and ventilation.

He says firefighters will use a generator fueled by straw and small pieces of hardwood to create smoke, but not as much heat as an actual structure fire. Green says they want to stay safe, but keep it as realistic as possible.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University ranks 13th in the country for the best bachelor’s degree program in insurance and risk management. 

That’s according to Online Accounting Degree Programs. The ranking was based on NMU’s previous finance major with a concentration in risk management. The College of Business is launching a new insurance and risk management-specific major this fall.

Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Northern Michigan University campaign to raise awareness of the damaging impact of stereotypes has been honored. 

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education has given the Remove the Label campaign a Circle of Excellence Gold Award. Launched in April 2016, the program urged people to assess each other based on individual traits instead of negative assumptions, misinformation, or unfair generalizations.

An event in Jamrich Hall encouraged students to rip off Post-it notes with handwritten stereotypes from posters on display.

Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   The rink at NMU’s Berry Events Center is being renamed the Rick Comley Rink in honor of the longtime head hockey coach. 

Comley spent 26 years behind the Wildcat bench and helped the team win the 1991 NCAA Division I Championship.

As the ice goes in this week, crews will place cutouts of the university and rink names around the center-ice circle.

A formal dedication ceremony will be held at the first regular-season home game October 7. Northern’s opponent will be Lake Superior State University, where Comley played and began his coaching career. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The NMU Board of Trustees has approved a collaborative operating agreement between Invent@NMU and Innovate Marquette SmartZone and authorized a no-cost rental agreement with the Department of Corrections to develop its outdoor forensic research center.

Northern submitted a grant application to the Michigan Economic Development Authority for the SmartZone to assume responsibility for the management and operations of Invent@NMU. Northern will serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is approved.

North of the 45th - Tenth Anniversary Exhibition

Jun 6, 2017

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Melissa Matuscak Alan, Director and Curator of the Devos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University, in preparation of the North of the 45th Parallel: Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, opening June 16th, 2017 at noon for entries.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is holding Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training next week.

NMU Nursing instructor Melissa Copenhaver says the 40-hour training prepares nurses to examine victims of sexual assault and abuse, and to perform a forensic kit. Copenhaver says it takes specialized training to do the job well.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University officials have set tuition and fees for next school year.

On Friday NMU’s Board of Trustees approved a rate of $5,280.50 per semester for full-time resident 

undergraduates. That’s an increase of $237.50 per semester from last year’s rate.

Nonresident undergraduate tuition will increase the same amount and graduate tuition is going up by $24 a credit hour. Course fees will remain unchanged.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Western Marquette County residents affected by the indefinite idling of the Empire Mine could benefit from a planned Northern Michigan University study of how other cities that faced mine closings successfully diversified their economies to retain and grow jobs.

NMU’s Center for Rural Community and Economic Development is receiving $55,000 in funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to perform the study for Project Empire.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is celebrating the academic achievements of students and faculty this week. 

Thursday the school is hosting its first-ever presentation for PRIME—or Progressive Research and Innovative Mutual Exploration—in conjunction with the annual Celebration of Student Scholarship.

Erica Goff is the Director of the Grants and Contracts Office at NMU. She says PRIME is an internal funding mechanism that offers time and resources for faculty to engage in scholarly activity, and also helps them prepare for seeking external funding.