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Calendar – Youth – Starlight Family Storytime – Feb. 22

Marquette – Starlight Family Storytime will be held on Thursday, February 22 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

Enjoy an evening storytime filled with stories, songs and more, designed for all ages.

The event is free. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

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Calendar – Youth – Masterminds of All Kinds – Feb. 22

Marquette – Masterminds of All Kinds will be held on Thursday, February 22 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Library.

Exercise both sides of your noggin with rotating science, technology, art, and life-skills programming. Grades K through 5 are invited. For more information call 226-4323, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

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Calendar – Dance – NMU Annual Dance Showcase – Feb. 22-24

Marquette – The NMU Annual Dance Showcase will be offered Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 24 at 1 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. at Forest Roberts Theatre on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

Students in the NMU dance minor perform all styles, from ballet to hip hop to improvisation, in this annual showcase. Tickets are $15 for general public, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU students.

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Calendar – Youth – Storytime for 3s and 4s – Feb. 22

Marquette – Storytime for 3s and 4s will be held on Thursday, February 22 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

Explore stories, finger plays, songs and crafts. The event is for 3 and 4 year olds, with a loving adult. For more information, call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or the Peter White Public Library Youth Services page on Facebook.

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Calendar – Education – MSHS 8th Grade Orientation – Feb. 21

Marquette – Marquette Senior High School Eighth Grade Orientation will be held on Wednesday, February 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. at the high school. High school students in grades 9 through 12 will have early dismissal at 10:45 a.m.

The Orientation will include a MSHS campus tour, a full menu lunch in the cafeteria, an overview of freshmen classes, and an introduction to organizations, activities, and athletics. The MSHS faculty and administration will serve as tour guides and class presenters. All students from Bothwell Middle School, Father Marquette School and any other interested current 8th grade students from the area are welcom.

Parents of 8th graders are welcome to a meeting on Wednesday, February 21 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre at MSHS. Topics of discussion at the parent orientation include an overview of the graduation requirements and the academic programs provided, the Freshman Academy, an explanation of the Michigan Merit Curriculum and the Michigan Merit Exam and what that means to incoming freshman.

There will also be information provided on opportunities of support and advancement, and information on the many organizations, activities, and athletic opportunities available at MSHS. Parents will be encouraged to ask questions.

Please call Marquette Senior High School at 225-5353 if you have any questions or wish to register your home school or out of district 8th grader for this Orientation. Bothwell and Father Marquette 8th grade students do not need to register for this orientation.

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Calendar – Youth – Warriors Club Meeting – Feb. 21

Marquette – Warriors Club will meet on Wednesday, February 21 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

All fans of the Warriors book series in grades 5 and up are invited to talk about the books, play clan games, and enjoy some fresh kill refreshments.The event is free of charge. For more information, call 226-4321, 226-4323, or visit www.pwpl.info.

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Calendar – Groups – Sci-Fi on Tap Meeting – Feb. 21

Marquette – Sci-Fi on Tap: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will be held on Wednesday, February 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ore Dock Brewing Company in downtown Marquette.

Join a discussion of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams in a relaxed setting. Just before the Earth is destroyed to make room for a galactic highway, Arthur Dent is rescued by Ford Prefect.

This science fiction book club always welcomes new members. For more information, call 226-4318 or visit www.pwpl.info.

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Calendar – Youth – Storytime for 1s and 2s – Feb. 21, 22

Marquette – Storytime for 1s and 2s will be held Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 22 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

There will be interactive stories, songs, rhymes and activities for ages 18 months to 35 months, with a loving adult. The event is free.

For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or the Peter White Public Library Youth Services page on Facebook.

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Kevin Avery Performs at NMU Monday, February 19th

Marquette, Michigan – Kevin Avery, stand-up comedian and writer on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, will perform at Northern Michigan University. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, in Jamrich 1100. Admission is free for NMU students and $1 for the general public.

Avery’s comedy aims to capture the pulse of America with “shrewd, provocative and always-funny observations on modern life. He entertains audiences with his thought-provoking take on current events and social conundrums.”

His other television writing credits include the FX original seriesTotally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and VH1′s Best Week Ever. He also served as the writer, leading actor and executive producer of the award-winning short film Thugs, The Musical. The mockumentary is about a “frustrated, sightly delusional and extremely non-urban black actor who writes, directs and stars in a disastrous musical to prove to Hollywood and the world that he can ‘act black.'”

Platform Personalities and the student activity fee are sponsoring Avery’s visit.

Kevin Avery Performs at NMU

Kevin Avery Performs at NMU

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NMU Music and Dance Collaborate on Topical Concert

Marquette, Mich. -The first collaboration between Northern Michigan University’s dance minor and Arts Chorale will use artistic expression to address topical health and social issues such as suicide, homophobia and bullying. As one component of the NMU Dance Concert, 25 student vocalists under the guidance of Director of Choirs Erin Colwitz will perform alongside 14 dancers led by Dance Minor Program Director Jill Grundstrom.

“I think what we can accomplish here is actually showing the different facets of these social issues and how you can bring different sides of a conversation together to create a dialogue about what is going on,” said Grundstrom. “We have a lot of student crossover between music and dance involvement at NMU and we are looking to integrate these two art forms more.”

The performance is titled Please Stay. It is inspired by two songs: Please Stay, a song about depression and suicide awareness by Jake Runestad; and All of Us by Craig Hella Johnson and Michael Browne. All of Us is the final movement in a cantata titled Considering Matthew Shepard, which reflects on the 1998 beating death of Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student.

“I was planning on having my choir perform these songs,” said Colwitz. “I told Jill about it and that led to the collaboration. First of all, the music is extremely poignant and relevant to the students’ lives at this time. But, I also think certainly the idea of any collaboration across campus is a positive one. Collaboration in the arts benefits everyone. My students get to see how a dancer expresses his or herself and a dancer sees how a vocalist expresses his or herself. We learn from each other, and it’s a win-win situation.”

The performance is tailored to the community, both on campus and in the surrounding area. It will incorporate the projection of relevant statistics and readings of direct quotes that were tweeted as part of To Write Love on Her Arms’ “And So I Kept Living” campaign, which inspired the text of Please Stay. Some of those direct quotes will be translated into a physical manifestation during the performance. To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

“Certainly self-expression is very important for these student performers,” said Colwitz. “Sometimes music, dance and art give you a voice for something you couldn’t articulate. In a lot of ways, that can help them work through their personal issues, whatever that may be. It gives them an outlet, and it gives audiences exposure to these issues that our college students and the community at large both face.”

The collaborative performance is divided into four sections. It will include a dance solo by Charlie Edwards that physically depicts what it is like to spiral out of control, under the directorial guidance of Keli Crawford-Truckey. The piece will conclude with a full ensemble performance of True Colors by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly.

“True Colors is about acceptance, and that is the idea in our piece of a resolution,” said Colwitz.

Grundstrom added, “It is meant to be uplifting, and to say ‘It is okay to be who you are. There might be days that are really hard. But, there are people here who will do their best to support you.’”

NMU Dance Concert performances are Thursday, Feb. 22-Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. with a 1 p.m. matinee performance Saturday at Forest Roberts Theatre. Tickets are $5 for NMU students, $10 for students and $15 for the public. The collaborative piece will also be performed Sunday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. as part of the University Choir and Arts Chorale Alumni Concert.

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Treasury: State Offices Closed on Presidents Day, Monday February 19th

Taxpayers Can Use Treasury Self-Service to Avoid Pre- and Post-Holiday Phone Surge

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Treasury reminds taxpayers that state of Michigan offices will be closed in observation of Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 19.

Taxpayers with questions about their state income taxes are encouraged to use Treasury Self-Service to beat the pre- and post-holiday phone surge. The online platform enables taxpayers to ask state income-tax related questions when convenient and avoid waiting for a state Treasury Department customer service representative to answer your call.

Taxpayers typically get an answers through Treasury Self-Service within 24 to 48 hours.

“Presidents Day weekend is time of year when we see a spike in state income tax return filings and inquiries,” said Deputy State Treasurer Glenn White, head of Treasury’s Tax Administrative Group. “We value taxpayer time and ask individuals to use Treasury Self-Service for inquiries. It beats the phone wait and you can ask us questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Treasury Self-Service enables taxpayers to check the status of tax refunds, ask general and specific questions, change addresses and see the status of letters sent to the state Treasury Department.

To ensure taxpayer privacy and security, the following information is required when using Treasury Self-Service:

Social Security Number
Tax Year
Filing Status
Adjusted Gross Income or Total Household Resources
Individuals can find their AGI on line 10 of the MI-1040. Total Household Resources are found on line 33 on the MI-1040CR or line 34 on the MI-1040CR-7.

To get started with Treasury Self-Service, go to www.michigan.gov/incometax and click on “Check My Income Tax Information.”

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Board to Review Policies, Starting with Sexual Misconduct

Marquette, MI – The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has formed an ad hoc committee to review university policies to ensure that they reflect current best practices. The first priority will be NMU’s sexual misconduct policy, which was updated in 2016 and amended in 2017.

The ad hoc committee will be chaired by Trustee Alexis Hart, a senior human resources executive at Diamler Chrysler. Committee members will be Trustees Tami Seavoy, a Marquette attorney, and Jim Haveman, former director of the Michigan Department of Community Health.

“I am happy to serve as chair of the committee studying this important issue,” Hart said. “I have confidence in our policies and feel that this review will help to ensure we incorporate and follow best practices in all our policies. The well-being and safety of all of our students has been and will continue to be our top priority.”

Many academic institutions are taking a closer look at their related policies and Michigan lawmakers have proposed several bills that may impact universities.

“Northern is committed to maintaining a safe learning and working environment, and in light of recent events at Michigan State University, it’s prudent that we be proactive in this area,” said NMU Board of Trustees Chair Robert Mahaney. “While we have every confidence in our existing policies and the exceptional team of professionals on this campus overseeing efforts in this area, we feel a review is appropriate at this time. We want to make sure we have strong sexual misconduct policies in place and that such policies are being followed to ensure to the fullest extent possible that an environment free from sexual harassment exists for the entire NMU community.”

NMU‘s policy states that all reported incidents of sexual misconduct are investigated and that the university must take steps to remedy the situation. Faculty and staff are required to share reports of sexual misconduct with the Title IX coordinator or Public Safety and Police Services. NMU President Fritz Erickson said he is apprised of all allegations. Individuals reporting sexual misconduct are advised of available university and community resources for support and, if desired, receive help accessing these those services.

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