Negaunee Miners Varsity Boys’ Basketball

Marquette, MIDecember 18, 2018 – The Negaunee Miners Varsity Boys’ Basketball team will play on the road against Marquette on Friday, December 21st at 7:15 pm. Can’t make it to the game? Tune in to Sunny.FM 101.9 for all the action.

Negaunee Miners Varsity Girls’ Basketball

Marquette, MIDecember 18, 2018 – The Negaunee Miners Varsity Girls’ Basketball team will play on the road against Ishpeming on Thursday, December 20th at 7:15 pm. Can’t make it to the game? Tune in to Sunny.FM 101.9 for all the action.

Ishpeming Hematites Varsity Girls Basketball on 98.3 WRUP

Marquette, MIDecember 16, 2018 – The Ishpeming Hematites Varsity Girls Basketball team is at home against Negaunee on Thursday, December 20th at 7:15 pm. Can’t go to the game? Listen to all the action on 98.3 WRUP.

Sunday Brunch at Holiday Inn

Marquette, MIDecember 16, 2018 – The Marquette Holiday Inn will host Sunday Brunch on December 16th from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.

Marquette Redettes Basketball on Fox Sports Marquette 105.1-99.9

Marquette, MIDecember 16, 2018 – The Marquette Redettes Varsity Girls’ Basketball team are at Kingsford on Thursday, December 20th at 7:45 PM. Can’t make the games in person? Listen to all the action on Fox Sports Marquette 105.1-99.9.

Marquette Redmen Varsity Hockey on 103 FXD

Marquette, MIDecember 15, 2018 – The Marquette Redmen Varsity Hockey team will take on the Flivvers at Kingsford on Thursday, December 20th at 7:00 PM. Can’t make the game in person? Listen to all the action on 103 FXD.

Downtown Marquette Farmers Market

Marquette, MIDecember 15, 2018 – The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market is held every Saturday from May 26th – December 15th from 9am – 1pm at the Marquette Commons on 112 South Third Street.

For information on vendors and more, visit the website.

Friday Fish Fry at Holiday Inn

Marquette, MIDecember 14, 2018 – The Holiday Inn will host their Friday Fish Fry on December 14th at 5:00 pm.

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NMU Faculty Receive Awards

Marquette, MIDecember 17, 2018 – Nine Northern Michigan University faculty members were honored at the December 6 Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship celebration. Award recipients were: Gary Brunswick and Jon Sherman, Excellence in Teaching; Marek Haltof and James Strain, Excellence in Scholarship; David Donovan and Jessica Thompson, Excellence in Leadership; Shirley Brozzo, Excellence in Part-time Faculty Teaching; Stacy Boyer-Davis, Excellence in Online Teaching; and Mounia Ziat, Technology Innovation.

Brunswick has been a full-time faculty member at NMU since 1991 and has earned a number of distinguished teaching and faculty awards. He also was selected by graduating seniors to be the faculty/staff commencement speaker at the Dec. 15 ceremony.

“I consider it a privilege to do what I do,” he said. “I wake up every day and think of how fortunate I am to be here.”

Sherman came to NMU in 2008. He has taught a variety of classes, including all levels of German language, culture and literature. He also teaches Honors courses focusing on literature thousands of years old through modern times, Viking mythology and Austrian crime fiction.

Sherman thanked the university, the NMU administration and his teaching colleagues at the ceremony, stating, “It’s a pleasure to be here and to be honored.”

Since joining the NMU English faculty in 2001, Haltof has published several books in English and Polish on the cultural histories of Central European and Australian film. His recent books include “Screening Auschwitz: Wanda Jakubowska’s The Last Stage and the Politics of Commemoration (2018),” “Historical Dictionary of Polish Cinema (2015),” and “Polish Film and the Holocaust:  Politics and Memory (2012).”

“I would like to thank the university for supporting my research with generous grants and to the English department for nominating me for this award,” he said.

Strain has served on the music department faculty since 1997. He is the timpanist and principal percussionist for the Marquette Symphony Orchestra. Strain has contributed extensively as a scholar in percussion performance. As historian for the Percussive Arts Society, he is considered the world’s foremost authority on percussion instruments, performers and literature.

“I’d like to thank committees that help fund sabbaticals and research,” Strain said. “It’s because of this that the faculty are able to do things that support not only our knowledge, but the students’ knowledge.”

Donovan is head of the NMU Physics Department. He joined NMU in 1992 and was the physics representative to the Academic Senate for 13 years, including a year on the executive committee. He also served on the AAUP Bargaining Council/ Faculty Council from 2000-2016. In recent years, Donovan was part of the group that created the new General Education Program and served on the Academic Task Force of the Strategic Resource Allocation project.

“Leadership’s a funny thing to think about,” Donovan said. “I just see problems and try to figure out what I can do to solve them. I’ve gotten to work with fantastic people, including the last two years on the SRA Academic Task Force. It’s a challenging time, but it’s a special group of people who make it all worthwhile. On a personal note, it’s nice to work with people at Northern who are so committed to their jobs and the students.

Thompson is an NMU alumna who returned to teach at her alma mater in 2012. Beyond the Communication and Performance Studies Department, Thompson has served on NMU’s Faculty Grants Committee, helped to create the Northern Climate Change Network and continues to lead our Sustainability Advisory Council. Her commitment to institutional leadership through openness and diversity in decision-making is exemplified by her co-chairing the AQIP Transparency Action Project, participating on NMU’s Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Council and serving as the official scribe for the SRA Academic Task Force.

“This means a lot to be recognized among so many deserving and impressive faculty,” Thompson said. “I am grateful for all the opportunities that Northern has provided since I was an undergraduate here.”

Brozzo, an enrolled member of the Keweenaw Bay Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a contingent professor with the Center for Native American Studies (CNAS). She also serves as associate director of NMU’s Multicultural Education and Resource Center. Brozzo has had more than 40 short stories, poems, essays, and academic papers published both nationally and internationally.

“I want to thank all of the colleagues I’ve worked with through the many years I’ve been here,” Brozzo said. “I transferred in from a community college over 30 years ago as a student and I just couldn’t leave.”

Boyer-Davis is in her second year teaching for the College of Business and has more than two decades of accounting experience in both the private and public sectors. She completed the Online Teaching Fellows program and embraces the Quality Matters standards to continue enhancing her teaching skills. Boyer-Davis incorporates cutting-edge technologies in the learning space to engage students across the globe and is committed to bringing rigorous, interactive learning to NMU’s distance education students. She said about 30 percent of the U.S. college student population is enrolled in some form of distance or online education.

“Some claim that student engagement in an online environment can be a challenge or tenuous; I beg to differ,” she said. “With the right blend of innovation, imagination, well-designed course materials and instructional strategies, and the promotion of a supportive learning environment, the online forum can be the technological recipe for student impact and success. As the first recipient of the Excellence in Online Teaching award, my pledge is to continue to advance the quality and scope of online and blended education to enhance student learning outcomes, access, and student satisfaction and to achieve the College of Business mission.”

Ziat came to NMU in 2011. She has published a number of papers and given many conference presentations and demonstrations related to her research on how humans interact with computers and machines and how the brain processes touch information. She received NMU’s Excellence in Scholarship Award in 2015 and NMU’s Technology Innovation Award in 2016. Ziat was unable to attend the Dec. 6 awards presentation.

NMU Tests Anti-Icing Liquid

Marquette, MIDecember 17, 2018 – Northern Michigan University grounds crews will launch a preemptive strike against snow and ice accumulation on campus walkways in an effort to enhance safety. The new method—pre-treating pavement with a liquid agent in advance of forecasted precipitation—might seem counterintuitive. But the brine solution composed of water and 23 percent salt has proven effective in thwarting the formation of ice.

Grounds Supervisor Andy Smith said there are two types of liquid controls: de-icing, which is applied after the fact; and the anti-icing pre-treatment Northern will use. He said the brine can be applied 12-48 hours in advance of a snow event, provided the pavement is relatively dry with a temperature above 15 degrees.

“Our employees’ work shifts end in the early afternoon,” Smith said. “If snowfall is expected overnight, they can pre-treat critical areas prior to leaving campus to buy some time until they can scrape the pavement when they report back to work early the next morning. The salt in the brine is the same product that’s been used on campus the last couple of years. Its properties make it less corrosive, with less impact on plants, pets and the environment.”

Grounds employees purchased materials and built the two-tank system required for the liquid anti-icing method earlier this week. Fresh water in the bottom container is pumped out and into the upper tank, where it spurts out holes dotting a vertical section of pipe to mix with and agitate the dry salt. Smith explains that the brine continues to recirculate between the two tanks, until the “sweet spot” of salinity is reached that will prevent ice from melting and refreezing.

Crews retrofitted the pickup truck used to water campus plants during the summer with a hitch-mounted boom mechanism to dispense the anti-icing solution this winter.

Smith met an Escanaba representative at a winter snow conference downstate who reported that the city has used brine with great success in recent years. An NMU group traveled there to get more information before adopting the method. He said another advocate is Price County in Wisconsin, which uses liquid exclusively on one roadway in place of rock salt.

“Liquid ice control has been in use about 15-20 years,” Smith said. “There was a lot of skepticism at first, but materials and methods have improved to the point that it’s become more effective and more widely accepted.”

Women Well-Represented in FRT Scene Shop

Marquette, MIDecember 17, 2018 – Men typically outnumber women in theater technical production jobs, but this underrepresentation is not an issue at Northern Michigan University’s Forest Roberts Theatre (FRT). Ten of the 15 students working at the FRT scene shop on Scrooge! and other productions are women who handle everything from lighting, set and sound design to props and even technical direction.

A study by the League of Professional Theatre Women revealed that in nearly 700 productions from 2010-2017, women were underrepresented in all areas of theater production, except for costuming and stage management. David Pierce, FRT’s Technical Director and Production Manager, said the disparity in technical jobs is due to perpetuated assumptions that women can’t handle the physical demands of working with the equipment. Also, the white male-dominated industry is reluctant to break away from antiquated divisions of duties along gender lines.

“I’ve been trying to not only give [female students] the basic tools to be able to stage-manage, construct and paint, but also give them the mental tools that they need and open their eyes to the world that’s around them,” Pierce said. “A lot of it is instilling in them the confidence that they belong in a shop just as much as their male counterparts. Once they go out into the world they’re going to go further as a confident woman. It’s unfortunate that it’s almost like they still have to prove themselves, or why they belong where they are.”

Pierce said male-dominated crews lead to situations where “shop talk,” or inappropriate banter can happen with no regard for fellow coworkers. He also said men do not always realize when conversations in the studio might be uncouth, or when having a take-charge attitude can create an environment where women feel incapable of doing physical work. He recalls letting male shop members go for inappropriate behavior, including one who “would never let a woman cut a piece of wood on the saw.” By hiring more females, Pierce said it is less likely for toxic masculinity to be present in the scene shop.

Hannah Cormier, a senior theatre and entertainment arts major, said because theater continues to be such a male-dominated field, more equal representation and women empowering other women are important.

“When you see other people like yourself doing these kinds of things with arts and culture, it instills in you that maybe I can do that too,” she said. “It’s not just for men. It’s not just for a certain type of person.”

Although Cormier is doing physically challenging work along with other things related to production, she said it’s important to “know your limits” and ask for help if needed.

Other FRT students like Emily Baker, a junior theatre and entertainment arts major, have not allowed themselves to be limited by the notion of gender roles in their duties.

“In the scene shop we basically do everything but costuming for the show,” Baker said. “So we build the sets, we do all the lighting, sounds, props—everything you would see when you come to a production, we’re involved in some way shape or form. You don’t just have to do costumes, makeup or acting onstage. You can do backstage work and still be heavily involved.”

In addition to female underrepresentation, a July report by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) shows that gender wage disparities, along with sexual harassment and other forms of gender bias, are prevalent. A gender parity movement in performing arts has prompted a call for industry-wide reform. Gender parity is defined in this instance as the ratio of males to females in any given level of production in theater and equitable pay.

“I can recognize now in theater the advantages I’ve had being a white cisgender male,” Pierce said. “I feel like it’s my responsibility to support women and also people of color within theater. By doing that, it’s showcasing their talents and giving them a platform to essentially show the rest of the world they are part of this. I get to be a part of the conversation to try to convince other white cisgender males that this is now the norm; get used to it.”

Ford Donates Vehicle to NMU Program

Marquette, MIDecember 17, 2018 – Ford Motor Company has donated a 2013 Ford Focus to Northern Michigan University’s automotive technology program. Assistant Professor Randy Klitzke said the car introduces students to a dual-clutch transmission, which is discussed in class, but was previously unavailable to demonstrate in the shop. The feature combines elements of both manual and automatic transmissions, with two clutches—one controlling odd gears and the other even—but no clutch pedal or stick shift.

“The idea is that it offers improved fuel economy of a manual transmission, but it’s electrically controlled through the computer system,” Klitzke said. “This type of transmission is found on vehicles ranging from automobiles to 18-wheelers. It’s nice to be able to incorporate the technology in a hands-on manner to back up classroom curriculum and instruction and what they read about in the textbook. It’s a plus for us to get support from Ford and keep our curriculum up to date. Program graduates may work on these types of vehicles in the field.”

“We are excited and grateful for the donation and for this ‘foot in the door’ at Ford Motors,” said Bob Eslinger, dean of the College of Technology and Occupational Sciences. “We owe a big thank you to our outgoing NMU trustee and alumnus Rick Popp for helping us make the connection with Ford, where he has had a long and distinguished career, and we look forward to strengthening the relationship in the future.”

Klitzke said the Ford Focus donation represents how industry and faculty are working together to support student success and equip them with skills and knowledge the workforce demands.

“I can’t thank service manager Steve Sanderson enough for all the work he and his crew at Fox Marquette have done to help bring this vehicle to the NMU program and students,” Klitzke added.

The Focus joins other vehicles, typically numbering 24-30, in NMU’s automotive technology shop.

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