Governor Appoints U.P. Resident to NMU Board

April 19, 2019

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

April 19, 2019

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

Bissell Pet Foundation Sponsors Empty the Shelters Event May 4th

April 19, 2019

Grand Rapids, MI – Pet lovers in Michigan will have the opportunity to adopt a pet for $25 with BISSELL Pet Foundation sponsoring the remaining cost on Saturday, May 4. To encourage adoption and relieve overcrowded shelters, the Michigan-based nonprofit will celebrate National Pet Month with its first Empty the Shelters event of 2019 at 110 participating shelters in 20 states and in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Canada. Since the program began in 2017, nearly 20,000 pets have found their forever homes through 10 Empty the Shelters events.

“Shelters are more crowded than ever, and we have to help them,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Empty the Shelters brings awareness for adoption and makes people consider bringing a pet into their home, whether it’s their first pet or an addition to their pack. It’s been an extremely successful program to save lives and we hope this event will help thousands of pets get the second chance they deserve.”

All adoptable pets available during Empty the Shelters will be microchipped and spayed/neutered. BPF now requires that all pets’ microchips must be registered to the adopters before they leave the event to increase the chance of pets reuniting with their owners, if lost. A microchip registration fee and license fee will apply—costs may vary by location.

Many shelters require pre-approval, which may necessitate an in-person visit the week leading up to the event. Adopters are encouraged to get pre-approved to ensure they can adopt on May 4. To see a list of all participating locations, hours of operation, adoption requirements and available pets, please visit

BPF has impacted over 180,000 pets through grant funding for adoption, spay/neuter, microchipping and foster care since inception in 2011.

Please be reminded that adopting a pet is a long-term commitment. If you’re not able to adopt, please consider supporting BISSELL Pet Foundation’s lifesaving work at

NMU Center Named ‘Oasis of Excellence’

April 15, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University’s Center for Academic and Intellectual Freedom is the newest “Oasis of Excellence” identified by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. An ACTA press release stated the center has been “extremely active in promoting civic dialogue and robust debate for students” through campus presentations. This includes the April 22nd event featuring Greg Lukianoff, CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and co-author of The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.

NMU’s center is administered by English professor Gabriel Brahm and a board of faculty advisers. It becomes the 68th Member of ACTA’s Oases of Excellence Network of faculty-led, donor-funded programs and initiatives across the country. Oases of Excellence programs “share ACTA’s commitment to educating students for informed citizenship in a free society by maintaining the highest academic standards, introducing students to the best of the foundational arts and sciences, teaching American heritage, and ensuring free inquiry into a range of intellectual viewpoints.”

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence and accountability at America’s colleges and universities. Read the full press release, which also quotes an NMU student and recent grad, here.

Gillman Awarded Prestigious NSF Fellowship

April 15, 2019

Marquette, MI – Biology graduate student Sierra Gillman is the first Northern Michigan University recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRF), one of the most prestigious awards available to students in the STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in the United States.

The fellowship will support her thesis project, “Human foods in a wild carnivore’s diet: micro-changes with macro-consequences.” Gillman, who works with Assistant Professor Diana Lafferty, also won first place among graduate students for a related research poster presentation at NMU’s Celebration of Student Scholarship.

“I’m researching the different microorganisms that live in the gastrointestinal tract of black bears,” Gillman said. “The human microbiome plays an important role in host health, but we still don’t know much about the functional role of wildlife microbiomes. I was fortunate to work with local hunters and guides during the annual black bear harvest season to collect samples in the field. I then extracted DNA from the samples, so it’s really the best of both worlds: field work and lab work. The hunters and guides were super-supportive, so I’m looking forward to getting the results and communicating my findings with them.”

Gillman joined the master’s program in NMU’s Biology Department to have the opportunity to work with Lafferty in the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science Lab, with the goal of conducting research that will result in meaningful advances in wildlife ecology and conservation. Gillman expressed gratitude to Lafferty for her mentorship and constant encouragement throughout the fellowship application process.

“Sierra successfully competed with graduate students at Yale, Harvard, Cornell and Berkeley, known for their rigorous ecological research programs, to secure this incredible fellowship,” Lafferty said. “She is the first graduate student to join my lab and it’s been a highly successful pairing; we’re a great team. She’s incredibly kind, ambitious, dedicated and highly productive. I’m proud of the great progress she’s made, which shows in the achievements she’s been able to accumulate through her work.”

Lafferty said the highly competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are selected by a panel of scientists based on the intellectual merits of the proposed work and broader impacts such as engaging diverse citizen scientists and making a strong connection between the work proposed and advancement of human knowledge.

“I hope this motivates undergraduate students to also apply and take the chance,” Gillman told attendees at the NMU Celebration of Student Scholarship. It’s attainable and I’m here to help if you ever want it.”

Downtown Marquette Farmers Market Vendor Applications Available

April 15, 2019

Marquette, MI – Vendor applications for the 2019 season of the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market are now being accepted. The 20th season of the Saturday Summer Market opens Saturday, May 25 and runs every Saturday through October 26 at the Marquette Commons, 112 S. Third St. in Downtown Marquette. The hours of the market are 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. New this year is the addition of a Wednesday Evening Market, which will run from June 12 through September 25, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The Late Fall Market will operate again this year on Saturdays from November 2 to December 14, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm inside at the Marquette Commons.

The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market is operated and sponsored by the Marquette Downtown Development Authority (MDDA). The MDDA Board of Directors has committed $13,000 to the 2019 operations of the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. Fees have been adjusted to offset market deficits above this level.

Applications received by Friday, May 3, will receive
priory placement and scheduling at the market. Applications are available at or can be picked up from the Marquette Downtown Development Authority office at 337 W. Washington St, Marquette, MI 49855.

The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market attracted more than
2,000 weekly visitors throughout the 2018 season, with $1,500,000 in estimated sales. Seasonally, more than 100 vendors participate in the market, selling fresh Michigan grown produce and farm produced goods, baked goods, and various artisan wares.

Questions can be directed to Myra Zyburt, Market Manager at 906-362-3276 or

Anderton’s Earth Week Begins at NMU

April 15, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University is celebrating its fifth annual Anderton’s Earth Week April 15-19. Several activities are planned to honor John Anderton, a former geography professor and department head who passed away unexpectedly in March 2014. Students from NMU’s Gamma Theta Upsilon International Geographical Honor Society planned the events, all of which are free and open to the public.

An art installation will be displayed in the Jamrich Hall lobby outside room 1100 from 11 am to 2 pm each day. Here is the remaining schedule:

Monday, April 15:

-Screening of the film Wasteland, Whitman Commons, noon

-Brad Neumann and Mary Martin address land management and off-grid living, 6 p.m. in West Science 3710

-Film Food for Change, 7 p.m., West Science 3710

Tuesday, April 16:

-Rochelle Dale will present on water preservation, 5 p.m., West Science 3710

-Geography Trivia Night, 5:30 p.m., West Science 3710

-Sigma Xi and Jes Thompson will address “Changing the Climate Conversation,” 7:30 p.m., Jamrich 1100

Wednesday, April 17:

-Nancy Warren will discuss citizen involvement, 2 p.m., West Science 3710

-Kathleen Henry and Scott Jordan will present on eco-tourism and getting involved after graduation, 6:30 p.m., West Science 3710

Thursday, April 18:

-Rod Chimner will address carbon stocks in tropical peatland ecosystems, 9 a.m., Jamrich 1318

-Kristen Carlson will present on climate change, 6 p.m., West Science 3710

-Screening of the film Bluefin, 6:30 p.m., West Science 3710

Friday, April 19:

-Northern Climate Network presentation on local resiliency in the face of climate change, noon, Jamrich 1318

-Gisele Duehring will speak on the Ripley Power Plant, 6 p.m., West Science 3710

-Screening of the film Cheshire, Ohio, 6:30 p.m., West Science 3710

Rock the Locks 5K June 15th

April 14, 2019

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Development Authority is
seeking interested participants of all ages for the inaugural Rock the Locks 5K! This run will take place Saturday June 15th, 2019 at 7PM through the beautiful Soo Locks Park along scenic downtown waterfront, with musical entertainment throughout the race course. Rocks the Locks 5K Race is organized as one of the Downtown Development Authorities major fundraising efforts for the year. Race registration includes a custom Rock the Locks finisher medal, Tech T-Shirt, and post-race food and beverage. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age category. Take advantage of early bird pricing now through May 31st.

For more information or to register visit www.downtownsault.or/rockthelocks or

Celebrate one of the world’s unique marvels of engineering, The Soo Locks, during the
inaugural Rock the Locks 5K Race!

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