NMU Faculty Receive Awards

December 17, 2018

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.… Read the rest

NMU Tests Anti-Icing Liquid

December 17, 2018

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.… Read the rest

Women Well-Represented in FRT Scene Shop

December 17, 2018

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.… Read the rest

Ford Donates Vehicle to NMU Program

December 17, 2018

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.… Read the rest

NMU Board Receives Transformational Report Draft

December 17, 2018

Marquette, MIDecember 17, 2018 – The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees received a draft of the Strategic Resource Allocation (SRA) report from the implementation task force. The SRA project aligns with the university’s strategic plan by identifying opportunities for transformational change and reallocating resources to implement them. Beginning last year, it reviewed more than 600 academic and support programs campus-wide. The draft report extends beyond the individual program summaries to recommend several transformation initiatives.

“I think this project has had a real impetus in helping our campus realize the significant opportunity to shape Northern’s future in ways that continue to move us into the ranks as one of the nation’s premier rural universities,” said NMU President Fritz Erickson.

Academic initiatives include enabling NMU students to diversify their experience by acquiring knowledge and skill sets from multiple areas that will equip them for an ever-changing workplace.… Read the rest

MTU Senior Design Project

December 17, 2018

Houghton, MIDecember 17, 2018 – In May 2018, Michigan Technological University students shared their Senior Design project — an underwater utility corridor spanning the Straits of Mackinac — with Michigan law- and policymakers at the State Capitol. Michael Prast, who graduated from the University in May, recreated the presentation for Michigan Tech’s Board of Trustees two days after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a utility corridor bill into law.

Read more about this story on the MTU website.… Read the rest

New Businesses in Marquette Welcomed

December 13, 2018

Marquette, MIDecember 13, 2018 – On Thursday, November 15, the Marquette Downtown Development Authority welcomed The Crib to 401 North Third Street in Downtown Marquette. The Crib, which is the new home of Crappie Coffee, is a full service coffee shop with on-premise coffee roasting capabilities.

On Thursday, November 28, the Marquette Downtown Development Authority welcomed Northwoods Flora to Downtown Marquette. The owners, Maggie and Donald Finwall, purchased the former Garden Bouquet and added their own special touches. In addition to flower arrangements and a unique selection of houseplants, home goods, and local art, they also offer crystals, candles, oracle decks, spells, ritual oils, and wands.… Read the rest

NMU Quiz Bowl Wins Home Tourney

December 6, 2018

Marquette, MIDecember 6, 2018 – A Northern Michigan University Quiz Bowl team won an intercollegiate tournament held December 1st at NMU. Four squads from Northern took on two squads from Michigan Tech in the double round-robin tournament. The teams were playing for the Superior Cup, a traveling trophy that is held by the top collegiate quiz bowl team in the Upper Peninsula. The NMU A team finished with a perfect 10-0 record to win the tournament and keep the Superior Cup in Marquette.

The NMU C team finished in second place with a 6-4 record, while the NMU B team finished tied for third at 5-5.

Team A members were Dimitri Capers, Jakob Lippert, Sabrina Nelson and Eric Pitz. Lippert, a first-year student who did not play quiz bowl in high school, was the top individual scorer in the tournament.… Read the rest

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