Negaunee Miners Varsity Girls’ Basketball on Sunny FM – February 26th

Marquette, MI – The Negaunee Miners Varsity Girls’ Basketball team will be at home against Gladstone on Tuesday, February 26th at 7:15 pm. Can’t make it to the game? Tune in to Sunny FM 101.9 for all the action.

Marquette Redettes Basketball on Fox Sports Marquette 105.1-99.9 – February 26th

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Redettes Varsity Girls’ Basketball team are at home against Escanaba on Tuesday, February 26th at 7:15 PM. Can’t make the game in person? Listen to all the action on Fox Sports Marquette 105.1-99.9.

Ishpeming Hematites Varsity Girls Basketball on 98.3 WRUP – February 26th

Marquette, MI – The Ishpeming Hematites Varsity Girls Basketball team are at Houghton on Tuesday, February 26th at 7:45 pm. Can’t go to the game? Listen to all the action on 98.3 WRUP.

NCLL Offers Digital Photography Classes

Marquette, MIFebruary 20, 2019 – The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will present “More than Beginning Photography” classes from 11 am to 1 pm on the following Wednesday, February 27. The registration deadline is Tuesday, November 20. Participants are welcome to attend one or all courses.

This course continues the use of digital camera photographic techniques and composition. Classroom assignments, in-class critiques and hands-on activities will be included.

The cost is $1/class for NCLL members and $6/class for non-members. To register call 227-2979. For more information, contact event liaison Phyllis James at 225-1004.

Evening at the Archives: The Strike of ’46

Marquette, MI – Join us for a night of interactive learning in the NMU Archives! Negaunee High School Seniors Chaz Bluse and Lucas Lambertson will be presenting photos, reports, and other items of interest from the Archives’ collections on the 1946 iron miners’ strike that took place in Marquette. Additional comments will made by the University Archivist, Marcus Robyns, on the iron mining industry and other tidbits of local history. Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

The Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, 126, Harden Hall 1401 Presque Isle Ave

Alzheimer’s Association ‘Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia’ Program

Ishpeming, MI – The Alzheimer’s Association is having a free educational program for the Ishpeming community and anyone that wishes to join. The details are below:

Program: Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Location: Ishpeming Senior Center
320 South Pine Street
Ishpeming, MI
Date: February 25, 2019
Time: 9:00am-10:00am

Marquette Redettes Basketball on 97.5 GTO – February 21st

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Redettes Varsity Girls’ Basketball team are at home against Menominee on Thursday, February 21st at 7:15 PM. Can’t make the game in person? Listen to all the action on 97.5 GTO.

Ishpeming Hematites Varsity Girls Basketball on 98.3 WRUP – February 21st

Marquette, MI – The Ishpeming Hematites Varsity Girls Basketball team are at Kingsford on Thursday, February 21st at 7:45 pm. Can’t go to the game? Listen to all the action on 98.3 WRUP.

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Respite Education and Support Tools (REST) Training February 26th

Iron Mountain, MI – Respite Education and Support Tools (REST) is an originally designed educational course that provides respite training to adults and teens who want to offer care to those in need and provide assistance to their caregivers. As a REST companion (volunteer or paid), you give the gift of your time to provide a valuable service. As a REST trained companion/respite provider you will spend one-on-one time with an adult or senior, giving only as much time as you are willing and able to give. The ultimate goal of this training course is to assist individuals to become effective companions and respite workers by learning the three key steps of support: Prepare, Care and Connect.

REST training is now available in the Iron Mountain area brought to you by the U.P. Area Agency on Aging/UPCAP. This is a nationally recognized certification which is eligible for Nursing and Social Work CEU’s and is open to the general public. In addition, there is no charge to participants for this training and lunch and materials are included.

The REST training will be provided on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. The training will be held from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (CST) on both days with light snack included. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to class start time for check-in, pre-registration is required. If you are interested in participating in this training please contact 1-800-305-8137, dial 2-1-1 or visit us on the web at .

Marquette Regional History Center Annual Meeting February 20th

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Regional History Center invites you to their Annual Meeting on February 20, 2019 from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm.

Marquette County has a rich history and cultural heritage that inspires many to interpret, preserve and share it. As a history institution it is our responsibility to recognize those efforts and promote the achievements of people and organizations making history today. The Marquette Regional History Center began an awards program in 1984. The Helen Longyear Paul Award is given to recognize individuals and the Peter White Award honors foundations, companies, organizations and institutions. Both recognize exceptional effort in the enhancement, restoration, conservation or interpretation of the history of our area.

Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting on February 20, 6:30 pm at the History Center. The meeting is free, open to the public and will offer refreshments, a brief business meeting, and the awards ceremony. The Marquette County Historical Society, renamed the Marquette Regional History Center, celebrated 100 years of collecting and preserving local history last year. Our 2019 program brochure is available now, and we are excited to offer many heritage workshops this year! Come and join us.

For more info visit or call 906.226.3571.

NMU Grad Helps to Shape Governor’s Vision

Marquette, MI – As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to deliver her first State of the State address, Northern Michigan University alumnus Mark A. Burton (’99 BS) is helping to formulate the vision for her administration and assembling the teams that will work toward achieving it. The Champion native was appointed the governor’s chief strategist in January. Burton appropriately describes his professional journey as rock climbing rather than ascending the rungs of a ladder. He has firmly grasped opportunities in front of him and nimbly shifted among different footholds in the political and advocacy landscapes.

“I’ve done a number of things inside and outside government with the goal of having a positive impact on the next generation and beyond,” Burton said. “But I’ve been very careful to engage in advocacy lobbying only for causes that I deeply believe in. That’s why I spent several years advocating on behalf of public education, which has been negatively impacted by funding cuts or legislation that diminishes its potential. That’s one side of the coin. The other is that I’m now working for a governor who wants to make up significant ground, whether it’s related to infrastructure and clean water or education and closing the skills gap created by years of disinvestment.”

After graduating from NMU, Burton earned a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law—an experience that included Oxford University’s Joint Programme in International Human Rights Law. His first job while at MSU was with then-Rep. Stephen Adamini, who later served as an NMU trustee. Burton worked for the Michigan Department of Transportation and later directed the successful 2008 statewide voter campaign that amended the Michigan Constitution to modernize stem cell research laws. He previously served as Whitmer’s chief of staff when she was Senate Democratic leader and rejoined her executive team after she won the governor’s race.

“When it’s early in a new administration, that peaceful transition of power kind of resembles a start-up company,” Burton said. “The new governor hires her own people and chooses a cabinet of directors who support the governor’s vision and represent the diversity of our wonderful state. My role is assembling the puzzle pieces for realizing her vision, not just on a day-to-day basis, but year to year and hopefully from the first term to a second term. The governor has articulated bold, long-term changes for moving the state forward. That’s all in the bailiwick of what I work on.”

Burton completed his bachelor’s degree in public administration at NMU in three years, thanks to dual-enrollment credits attained while he was a senior at Westwood High School. He fondly recalls building impactful and enduring relationships with NMU professors Brian Cherry and Steven Nelson, his adviser.

“It was a busy time for me with my credit load, but my professors made it enjoyable because they were always accessible, open and thoughtful in interacting with me as a student and watching my future unfold. That kind of mentorship and advice is what many students appreciate about Northern. I don’t know that they would have quite the same experience at other schools. I’ve been able to pursue a lot of different things off a solid foundation built at NICE Community Schools and Northern.”

Burton will give a campus presentation on the rural, suburban and urban dynamics of a number of policy issues that will be addressed in Tuesday’s State of the State. The event is scheduled from 3-4:30 pm Thursday, February 14, in Mead Auditorium.

Grant Will Help U.P. Math Teachers

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University has been awarded a nearly $300,000 MiSTEM Advisory Council grant that will incorporate the Add+Vantage Math Recovery program for Upper Peninsula elementary schools and provide related training for teachers.

There are three MiSTEM Network regions in the Upper Peninsula. Chris Standerford directs the central region that covers Marquette, Alger, Delta, Menominee, Schoolcraft, Dickinson and Iron counties. He also directs NMU’s Seaborg Center, which will contribute expertise to the grant-funded effort.

“Even though we led the writing of the proposal, this grant was a collaborative effort and is intended to impact the entire U.P.,” Standerford said. “What it means for school districts is that they will have an opportunity to send teachers to training in very close proximity to their schools at one of six facilitation sites. The workshop is offered in two parts, each spanning four days. It’s designed for elementary teachers, but also good for those in K-12 special education. We’re excited to focus on the elementary level because that’s viewed as a gateway. If we can help build confidence early, students will be less intimidated by mathematics later and will have greater access to STEM fields.”

Renee Jewett, STEM education consultant at NMU, explains the benefits of Add+Vantage Math Recovery (AVMR):

“The program provides the tools needed to recognize students’ current understanding of numbers and focuses on data-driven instruction. AVMR provides the expertise teachers need in order to customize any commercial math curriculum for the individual needs of their students. Teachers are expected to differentiate their instruction to meet the diverse needs of all students, but many often do not receive the training to confidently do so in mathematics. AVMR addresses this need so teachers will feel empowered to analyze and modify tasks for whole or small group instruction.”

The MiSTEM Advisory Council was created by the State Legislature in 2015 to recommend high-quality programs for funding and create a vision for a statewide STEM strategy. It identified four pillars necessary to establish a well-equipped foundation for a statewide STEM educational network: create a STEM culture; empower STEM teachers; integrate business and education; and ensure high-quality STEM experiences. Standerford said that a heightened emphasis on STEM education benefits both students and Michigan as a whole.

“As this network evolves, there are talented, hard-working people from around the state coming together to reach a cohesive vision for STEM in Michigan,” he said in a previous release on his appointment. “Not everyone will want to pursue a STEM career, but everyone should have the opportunity to explore these areas, recognizing their individual talents and how these connect to the arts, career and technical fields, the social sciences and other areas in the K-12 system. Connecting business needs with STEM education initiatives will give Michigan the capacity to be a leader in the nation.”

Aside from the grant for Add+Vantage Math Recovery, Standerford said U.P. teachers have an opportunity to engage with an additional $1.3 million in MiSTEM Advisory Council funding for other U.P. and statewide STEM-related projects.

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