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

February 16, 2019

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.… Read the rest

Marquette Regional History Center Annual Meeting February 20th

February 13, 2019

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.… Read the rest

NMU Grad Helps to Shape Governor’s Vision

February 10, 2019

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.… Read the rest

Grant Will Help U.P. Math Teachers

February 10, 2019

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.… Read the rest

Exhibit Explores Technology at NMU

February 10, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University will open a new exhibition titled “From Chalk to Light Boards: Technology at NMU.” The exhibition will feature dozens of artifacts, not only from the Beaumier Center’s collection, but from offices and storage facilities as well. A free opening reception with food and refreshments will be held at 1 pm Saturday, February 16, in the center’s Gries Hall gallery.

The Beaumier Center will also host a related roundtable discussion titled “NMU’s Laptop Initiative: 20 Years Later,” which will detail the process behind how NMU was able to provide each student with their own laptop computer. This event will take place at 7 pm Wednesday, February 20. Admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibition will be on display through May 2019.… Read the rest

Chief Strategist to the Governor Discusses State Policy Issues

February 10, 2019

Marquette, MI – Mark Burton, Northern Michigan University alumnus and chief strategist for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, will discuss the rural, suburban and urban dynamics of several policy issues addressed in the State of the State during a presentation at NMU. The event begins at 3 pm Thursday, February 14, in Mead Auditorium in the West Science Building and will be followed by a reception in the atrium. The public is invited.

Burton said he is making a personal appearance at the invitation of the NMU Political Science Department and not representing the governor in an official capacity. The Champion native and 1999 NMU public administration graduate will talk about K-12 and higher education, infrastructure, health care, and revenue sharing/other supports for local governments and municipalities.

“There’s always an aspect of policy based on the diverse state we live in,” Burton said.… Read the rest

American Indian College Fund Publishes Report on Higher Education Equity Initiative for Native Americans

February 10, 2019

Denver, CO – Last spring after a parent attending a college tour called campus police with concerns about two Native Americans in the group, the American Indian College Fund knew it had to respond. The College Fund convened a group of national higher education experts and Native students to address the social issues Native Americans face on campus. Today the College Fund published Creating Visibility and Healthy Learning Environments for Native Americans in Higher Education, the report from that convening, as a tool for higher education institutions to advance the visibility of Native American students at their institutions and to ensure that Native history, achievements, and perspectives are respected.

Creating Visibility and Healthy Learning Environments for Native Americans in Higher Education highlights steps institutions can take with recruiting, financial aid, student orientation, recognition of Native lands, curriculum creation, establishment of meeting places for Native people, work with local tribes, and more.… Read the rest

NMU Theater Medieval Dinner February 22-23

February 3, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University’s Forest Roberts Theatre and the First Nighters Club will present the Medieval Dinner Theatre. This immersive and interactive event will transport patrons back to the 14th century. It is scheduled for 7:30 pm on Friday, February 22, and Saturday, February 23, at the Masonic Building in Marquette.

“Dinner theatres are huge within the community and entertainment world so we wanted to try one here at NMU and give our students the experience of working on one,” FRT director Bill Digneit says.

U.P.-based performance artist Jamie Weeder wrote the script for the show, a play titled “The Maniac King,” and directs the production as well. Cast members say it has been enjoyable experience, most notably for its improvisational sections and extensive character development.

There’s a lot of improv incorporated into the show and I really enjoy doing that,” sophomore theatre major Jacob Laitinen says.… Read the rest

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