NMU Ranks 6th Among Military Friendly Schools

February 3, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University ranks 6th among small public schools nationwide that have been designated 2019-20 Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media. It is NMU’s second consecutive Top-10 ranking in the category. The Military Friendly Schools designation honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that provide benefits for military and veteran students.

In order to be ranked, educational institutions complete an extensive survey covering 10 indicators of success, which include support for student veterans on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies.

Mike Rutledge, a U.S. Army retiree, works as a full-time veteran’s resource representative to help individuals on the NMU campus and in the community take advantage of all benefits available to them by virtue of their military service. Rutledge serves as the coordinator for NMU Student Veterans Services and is the staff adviser for the Student Veterans Association.… Read the rest

Jesse McCartney at NMU

February 3, 2019

Marquette, MI – Singer-songwriter Jesse McCartney will perform at Northern Michigan University’s Berry Events Center at 7 pm on Friday, March 29. Tickets will go on sale at 9 am Monday, February 4 at NMU EZ ticket outlets and online. Prices are $20 seated and $25 floor for NMU students, and $30 seated and $35 floor for the general public.

McCartney began his music career in 1999 as the youngest member of boy band Dream Street. They released one album to gold sales in the United States before disbanding. In 2004, he launched his solo career with the debut single “Beautiful Soul,” which became a worldwide hit. The album of the same name was a platinum seller in the U.S. and Australia. McCartney sported a harder rock sound on his second album, Right Where You Want Me, which achieved similar success.… Read the rest

Michigan Tech Mushing Club First Event

January 27, 2019

Houghton, MI – The Mushing Club at Michigan Technological University participated in its first race, the Beargrease 40, in Duluth, Minnesota on Sunday.

Like the sled dogs integral to the sport, the club is a unique breed — maybe the only collegiate-level mushing organization in the nation. The United States Federation of Sleddog Sports, as well as local club organizers, haven’t found any other university clubs in the United States.

There are about 30 club members; a core group of 10 will take part in the race. Two mushers will drive teams: senior chemical engineering major Andrew Watson, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and second-year forestry major Ben Nicolson, of Duluth, Minnesota.

The Beargrease is in Nicolson’s hometown. “I grew up around the culture of sled-dog racing and have always been fascinated by the sport,” he said. “But I didn’t have much knowledge about dog sledding before I joined the club.”

For its first year, the group is sticking to recreational-class races.… Read the rest

MSHS Students Recognized for Makerspace Project

January 27, 2019

Marquette, MI – Students from Marquette Senior High School designed a project which was recognized by the Michigan Department of Education. Read more about the project, its designer, Sierra Bentti, and her team.

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Point-In-Time Homelessness Count for Marquette and Alger Counties

January 27, 2019

Marquette, MI – Every January, more than 400 Continuum of Care (CoC) planning bodies, covering over 3,000 cities and counties across the nation, will organize tens of thousands of volunteers in a national effort to measure the scale of homelessness in the Unites States. This count measures the number of homeless persons in shelters and on the streets at a single point-in-time. The Point-In-Time (PIT) count for Marquette and Alger Counties will be conducted January 30, 2019 from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm. Achieving an accurate count is essential for securing funding and support for our agencies in developing our response.
Locally, the effort is being coordinated by the Alger-Marquette Continuum of Care (CoC) and will involve over forty local agencies and law enforcement departments. Defining the extent of rural homelessness presents a significant challenge in that there are no formal homeless shelters excepting the City of Marquette’s Room at the Inn.… Read the rest

VA Mental Health Care Expanded to Other Than Honorably Discharged Veterans

January 27, 2019

Iron Mountain, MI – On average, 20 Veterans complete suicide every day. That is 7,300 Veteran deaths a year due to suicide, which is more than double the 2,996 deaths on September 11, 2001.

Suicide prevention among Veterans continues to be VA’s top clinical concern. However, 14 of those 20 Veterans who complete suicide every day are not seeking care in the VA health care system. Some of those Veterans may not have been eligible for VA care due to their discharge from the military under other than honorable circumstances; yet it is these very Veterans that research demonstrates are at elevated risk for suicide.

It is for this reason that in 2017 former Secretary of the VA, David Shulkin, used his authority under current law (38 CFR 17.34) to provide VA mental health care in emergency circumstances for up to 90 days for the estimated 500,000 Veterans with other than honorable discharges.… Read the rest

Marquette Commons Ice Rink Opening For the Season

January 27, 2019

Marquette, MI – Bundle up, grab your ice skates and get ready to take a spin around the rink at the Marquette Commons! Beginning Thursday, January 24, the Marquette Commons facility and ice rink will be open for free ice skating, weather permitting, Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 8 pm. The rink is always available for skating at other times; however, the warming house may not be available and groomed ice is not guaranteed at times other than the posted hours.

The forecasted temperatures for the next several days will be extremely cold; please exercise caution when choosing to recreate outside in very low temperatures.

For more information, contact the Marquette Downtown Development Authority at (906) 228-9475.… Read the rest

NMU Policy Change Benefits Transfer Students

January 19, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University has increased the number of credit hours students can transfer from regionally accredited community colleges from 64 to 90. The recently approved policy change will go into effect this fall. It recognizes the value of students’ past academic work at other institutions and aligns with the statewide initiative to create better transfer pathways that maximize the use of credits earned.

“This change will have a big impact,” said NMU Registrar Kim Rotundo. “The longstanding 64-credit limit was established because it represented half of the credits required for a bachelor’s degree. But because the role of community colleges has evolved beyond offering coursework appropriate only for the first and second year of a student’s education, Northern has increased the limit to prevent students from losing credits they have already earned. As long as they complete a minimum of 30 credits from NMU and meet the degree requirements, they will be able to graduate.”

Many community colleges have expanded the scope and depth of their program offerings through partnerships with universities.… Read the rest

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