FIRE CEO Addresses Threats to Free Speech April 22nd

Marquette, MI – Greg Lukianoff, bestselling author and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), will present “The Threat to Free Speech on Campus and What to Do About It” at Northern Michigan University. The event begins at 7 pm on Monday, April 22nd, in 1100 Jamrich Hall. A Q&A session is slated to follow the presentation. Admission is free and is open to the public.

First Amendment expert Lukianoff is co-author (with social psychologist Jonathan Haidt) of The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. The book was named one of the best of 2018 by The New York Times, Bloomberg, The London Evening Standard and other publications.

According to the book’s description, the co-authors “show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being and ancient wisdom from many cultures. Embracing these untruths—and the resulting culture of safetyism—interferes with young people’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. It makes it harder for them to become autonomous adults who are able to navigate the bumpy road of life.”

Lukianoff is a graduate of both American University and Stanford Law School. He previously served as FIRE’s first director of legal and public advocacy until he was appointed president/CEO in 2006. Lukianoff has published articles in the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Atlantic, Inside Higher Ed and the New York Post.

The NMU Center for Academic and Intellectual Freedom is hosting this event, with grant support from the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University.

NMU Bike Week Beginning April 22nd

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University will be hosting the first ever Bike Week on campus. During the week of April 22nd, there will be various events throughout the university’s campus that encourage bicycling for students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Bike Week is designed to promote health, safety and sustainability in a bike-friendly environment. NMU Student Bicycle & Trail Programs Manager and Bike Week Co-coordinator, Ryan Watling states, “Bike Week’s goals are to increase ridership and improve bicycle commuting habits on campus. This week of events will demonstrate that biking isn’t solely recreational but that biking is also an accessible mode of transportation.”

Events throughout the week will include:
● Bike Fair on Monday, April 22
● Tune-Up Tuesday on Tuesday, April 23
● Group Bike Ride with Wildcat Willy on Tuesday, April 23
● Bike to Campus Day on Wednesday, April 24.

University students and employees and community members are invited to participate in all events free of charge. For more information and the total list of events visit,

Marquette Coffee Crawl April 20th

Marquette, MI – The Northern Michigan University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter will be hosting the second annual Marquette Coffee Crawl on Saturday, April 20, 2019. Participants will have the option of participating during the following time slots: 8 am -10 am, 10 am – 12 pm, 12 pm – 2 pm. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Marquette Women’s Center in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).

During the Marquette Coffee Crawl, 300 participants will begin at the Upper Penninsula Children’s Museum and journey through Marquette taste testing local coffee houses’ top brews. Tickets to the Marquette Coffee Crawl are priced at $13, equivalent to the cost of one night’s stay at the Marquette Women’s Center. Upgraded ticket packages are limited and available upon purchase. PRSSA Vice-President Myah Tatay stated, “We have chosen this organization because April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we would like to pair the timeliness of this event to the nationally recognized campaign. Sexual assault is a prominent issue on college campuses and in society as a whole, and we have a unique opportunity to support a local organization that helps to combat the trauma by empowering victims and survivors.”

Participating coffee shops in the Coffee Crawl include Java Bay, Cafe Allenatore, Contrast Coffee Co., The Crib, Baby Cakes Muffin Co., Velodrome Coffee Company, Cruise-N-Coffee, and Dead River Roasting.

Tickets will go on sale April 5th and can be purchased through NMU Ticketing Services at


Public Relations Student Society of America is a pre-professional student organization for students studying public relations, communications, marketing, and other related fields of study. NMU’s chapter of PRSSA is responsible for all of the planning and coordinating of the Marquette Coffee Crawl.

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra Presents Rhapsody in Blue April 20th

Houghton, MI – The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra presents Rhapsody in Blue on Saturday, April 20th at 7:30 pm at the Rozsa Center in Houghton, MI. To learn more about the concert, visit the website.

Spring Fling Semi-Formal Dance at PWPL

Marquette, MI – The Spring Fling Semi-Formal Dance will take place on Friday, April 26th from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Peter White Public Library Community Room. All students in grades 6 to 8 are invited to PWPL’s annual middle school spring formal. Dress up and bring your friends dance to your favorite tunes. Refreshments will be served. No admission charge. For more information, please call 226-4321, 226-4323, or visit Look for Peter White Public Library Teen Services on Facebook.

Marquette City Band Concert: “Dramatic Inspiration”

Marquette, MI – The Marquette City Band will perform on Thursday, April 25th at 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Kaufman Auditorium.

All members of the public are invited to come and be inspired at this free Marquette City Band spring concert at the beautiful Kaufman Auditorium! Some of the pieces you will hear are as follows. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Freddie Mercury, “The Sword of Titan” by Rossano Galante, “La Forza del Destino” by Giuseppe Verdi and “American Salute” by Morton Gould.

It will be a beautiful concert, with inspirational music for all! For more information, or to contact the city band, go or Like the Marquette City Band on Facebook.

Messy Science at PWPL

Marquette, MI – Messy Science will take place on Thursday, April 25th from 4:30 pm-5:30 pm in the Peter White Public Library Great Room. Kids K-2 are invited to come get messy with fun science activities! We ask that kids be at least 5 years old to participate. All supplies provided. For more information call 226-4323, visit or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

Under the Big Top at NMU April 19th

Marquette, MI – The 2019 Main Event “Under the Big Top” will take place Friday, April 19th from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. The event is hosted by the NMU Hospitality and Tourism Management Program’s Banquets and Catering Course and includes a six-course meal, live entertainment, and a cocktail hour. To learn more about this interactive event and how to purchase tickets, visit the website.

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Fire Department Training April 22nd

Marquette, MI – The Marquette City Fire Department will be performing fireground training at 1504 W. Ridge Street from April 22nd to April 30th. Interruption to traffic is not expected.

Earth Day April 22nd

Menominee, MI – On April 22, more than one billion people from over 190 countries will participate in Earth Day 2019, making it the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. The focus of Earth Day 2019 is protecting our species.

As part of that effort locally, Public Health Delta and Menominee Counties is supporting Earth Day to call attention to the harmful effects that tobacco litter has on both the environment and on public health.

Cigarette butts are the most commonly discarded waste worldwide, and cigarette butts are not biodegradable. Tobacco-related litter can harm both small children and wildlife when it is ingested. Worldwide, about 4.5 trillion cigarettes are littered each year, and cigarettes make up more than one-third—nearly 38 percent—of all collected litter.

We hope that this Earth Day helps to call attention to the impact of tobacco litter on our community, and helps to raise awareness about the need for tobacco-free outdoor areas to protect health and the environment.

For help with quitting tobacco use, talk with your healthcare provider, contact the Michigan Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-784-8669, or visit For more information about Earth Day visit

Governor Appoints U.P. Resident to NMU Board

Marquette, MI – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced her first appointment to the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees. Bridget Summers of Baraga will fill a vacancy created by the unexpected death of Travis Weber in February. Summers is vice president of the Baraga County Chamber of Commerce and director of the Village of L’Anse Downtown Development Association. She previously served as director of Settlements and Global Operation at Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.

“We are pleased to welcome Bridget Summers to the NMU Board of Trustees,” said NMU President Fritz Erickson. “She brings a valuable set of viewpoints to the board through her past and present work in the financial and economic development fields, her experiences living in urban Chicago and rural Baraga, and through her participation in local K-12 educational activities and community endeavors. We look forward to her bringing the energy and passion she’s known for to help Northern accomplish its progressive goals.”

NMU Board Chair Robert Mahaney added, “We’re delighted to welcome Ms. Summers to the NMU Board of Trustees. We look forward to utilizing her talents and perspectives to advance the mission of Northern Michigan throughout the Upper Peninsula and the region.”

A Chicago native, Summers moved to the Upper Peninsula to start a family with her husband and NMU alumnus Ken Summers. Her community involvement also has included the Baraga County Economic Development Corporation and Sacred Heart School Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree from National Louis University.

“Education is empowering because it can be the canvas for meaningful debates surrounding a myriad of topics, critical thinking that leads to innovative and creativity solutions, or civic dialogue that influences policies, decisions and humanity,” Summers said. “I am looking forward to working with my fellow colleagues as we further Northern Michigan University’s mission to provide a high-quality education to people from all walks of life.”

Summers’ term expires Dec. 31, 2026. This appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

MAPS Summer Food Service Program June 17th

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Area Public Schools announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for children. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public educational agency. The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the site(s) listed below beginning June 17th, 2019.

Graveraet Elementary School, 611 North Front Street

Lunch 11:00-12:00

Marquette Senior High School, 1203 West Fair Avenue

Breakfast 8:00-9:00

Lunch 11:30-12:30

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