U.P. Cybersecurity Consortium Receives $2.47 Million in Innovation Grants

June 12, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Consortium, convened by Northern Michigan University in collaboration with industry and education partners, has received two innovation grants totaling $2.47 million through the State of Michigan’s Marshall Plan for Talent. It is one of 13 consortia statewide awarded funding to develop talent pipelines for high-wage, high-demand occupations through enhanced education and training initiatives.

Businesses and organizations are increasingly eager to hire employees capable of detecting and preventing costly data breaches, yet there is a critical shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. According to the annual workforce study by non-profit IT organization (ISC)², 2.9 million positions are vacant worldwide. The U.P. Cybersecurity Consortium seeks to enhance related career opportunities in the region, and the grant will help to accelerate those efforts.

“We’re elated that the Marshall Plan for Talent is demonstrating the value of this initiative through its generous support,” said NMU President Fritz Erickson. “We will be able to leverage the new U.P. Cybersecurity Institute on NMU’s campus as a shared regional resource for providing career exploration for K-12 school districts, non-credit credentials and cyber certifications to address the workforce gap in this emerging field. The institute also complements NMU’s related bachelor’s degree program.”

One component of the U.P. Cybersecurity Consortium’s initiative involves collaborating with 18 K-12 school districts and four intermediate school districts to expedite students’ career preparation through focused programs and a badging system. Industry professionals will help to develop the curriculum for the competency badges and work through the institute to train teachers in five “anchor” school districts.

“Those teachers will then be able to train colleagues at smaller districts in their areas, so it’s a hub-and-spoke model we envision,” said Steve VandenAvond, vice president of NMU Extended Learning and Community Engagement. “Students will have an opportunity to complete from one to three badges in a series, enabling them to advance to the U.P. Cybersecurity Institute to obtain industry-certified credentials as a pathway to becoming professionals.”

VandenAvond said there is clearly an abundance of young talent in the region. U.P. schools were well-represented at Michigan’s spring Girls Go Cyberstart Competition, endorsed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. And at the 2018 Governor’s High School Cyber Challenge in Detroit, three of the top 10 teams were from the U.P., and Westwood finished second. Westwood is part of NICE Community Schools, one of the five participating anchor districts. Others are Marquette, Adams Township, Escanaba and Menominee.

Because cybersecurity jobs can be performed remotely from nearly anywhere, NMU and an industry advisory panel are working to create a cybersecurity ecosystem rooted in Marquette that will branch out across the Upper Peninsula. The goal is to enhance career opportunities for students, displaced workers, military veterans and others who want to thrive in a 21st century occupation while enjoying the U.P quality of life.

NMU alumnus Keith Glendon is successfully doing just that. From his hometown of Marquette, he serves as program director for Worldwide Sales, Strategy and Business Development with IBM Security, a key industry partner. Glendon is a passionate advocate for developing “new economy” opportunities for the region. He serves on the industry advisory committee for NMU cyber education initiatives.

“I’m thrilled that this Marshall Plan award, our U.P. Cybersecurity Talent Consortium and the U.P. Cybersecurity Institute will help thousands of young people launch great careers in one of the highest-demand fields of our time,” Glendon said. “At IBM Security, our mission statement is, ‘We exist to protect the world’. That’s truly what this is about: protecting lives, businesses and communities while building talent in our region to support and participate in a huge growth sector. Cybersecurity is a critical component of all modern industries and a core part of the foundation for our future as a tech-based innovation zone.”

“NMU brought together industry experts who shared their needs and the opportunities they can provide for students in meaningful careers,” said Dave Nyberg, director of corporate engagement at NMU. “The geographical disposition of the U.P. that often presents logistical barriers for growth in certain industries actually provides a competitive advantage for cyber and IT companies that embrace a culture of allowing employees to work where they want to live. These grants will enable our consortium to broaden talent development. And in collaboration with our industry partners, Northern will continue to invest in innovative education and training programs.”

NMU will help to fund a full-time staff member to coordinate activities at the U.P. Cybersecurity Institute. The Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grants will also support a portion of that cost, along with curriculum creation, professional development for teachers, stipends for industry mentors, endorsement/certification fees and equipment for the institute and anchor school districts.

NCLL Offers Traverse City Area Tour

June 12, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning (NCLL) will offer a “Traverse City Tour: Villages, Wine and Lavender” from Sunday, July 28 – Tuesday, July 30.

The registration deadline is July 15th.

Attendees will take a history, wine and beer tour of The Village (formerly known as the Northern Michigan Asylum), visit four vineyards on the Leelanau Peninsula, and stop at three vineyards and a farm on the Old Mission Peninsula. Lodging will be at the Indigo Hotel.

The tour cost is $405 for NCLL members and $408 for non-NCLL members. Departure time is 6:45 am on Sunday, July 28, with an expected return time of 11 pm on Tuesday, July 30. For questions, contact tour guides Ginger Bollero-Petry at 906-228-8051 or Darlene Arseneau at 906-236-4146. To register, call 227-2979.

The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning is organized by and primarily for actively engaged seniors interested in pursuing intellectual, recreational, and/or social activities. Membership is open to adults of any age and membership is not needed to attend programs and events. For details on monthly activities, visit www.nmu.edu/ncll.

Downtown Marquette Blueberry Festival Poster Contest Winner Announced

June 12, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is pleased to announce Sabrina Stanley, with her poster “Berry Happy Puppy”, as the winner of this year’s Blueberry Festival Poster Contest. Sabrina, originally from Marquette, Michigan, is 19 years old. She currently is attending Northern Michigan University pursuing a degree in in Elementary Special Education and a minor in Deaf Studies. In her spare time she works at Sayklly’s the Candy Store and during the summer she also works at the SOS summer day camp at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Sabrina was inspired to create this artwork by her adopted dog, Snickers. “My family adopted her (Snickers) from UPAWS 3 years ago. She has one eye so it looks like she’s permanently winking, which fits her personality. She is very goofy and she makes the best faces so I knew she’d make a great subject for the poster,” says Sabrina.

This winning entry will be utilized as the official poster for the eighteenth annual Blueberry Festival in Downtown Marquette on July 26th from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. This entry was chosen by a combination of online votes, in-person votes at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, and a panel of judges. All fourteen entries will be on display at the Marquette Downtown Development Authority Office, 337 W. Washington St., Marquette, MI.

Blueberry Festival will feature a combination of traditional sidewalk sales, artists and crafters, food vendors, family activities, and live musical acts set in the streets of Downtown Marquette. The popular Blueberry Festival Youth Talent Show, sponsored by the Lake Superior Youth Theatre, will also return to complement the festivities.

For more information, contact the DDA office at (906) 228-9475 or email Tara Laase-McKinney at Tara@downtownmarquette.org.

Sounds of Summer Concert June 19th

June 5, 2019

Marquette, MI – For the past two years, the Marquette Rockestra and Marquette Area Public Schools have come together to perform an evening of unforgettable rock and popular music at Kaufman Auditorium. The tradition continues this June with an amazing concert celebrating the music from summer’s past.

“Sounds of Summer,” will feature over two dozen musicians from the Marquette area and students from the Marquette Area Public Schools, who are joining forces to perform classic songs to get you into that summer spirit. The concert is a fundraiser for the MAPS music programs and will be held at Kaufman Auditorium on Wednesday, June 19 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are currently available from www.nmu.edu/tickets or can be purchased at the Berry Event Center, Forest Roberts Theatre and the NMU Bookstore. Tickets will also be available at the door. The prices are: Advance – Adults $15, Students $10; Door – Adults $17, Students $12.

The specific songs that are to be performed will be a secret until they are played at the show, but expect performances by artists such as The Beach Boys, Earth, Wind and Fire, Paul McCartney, Carole King and many others. Playing the songs will be musicians and singers from some of Marquette’s most popular rock bands and groups and singer-songwriters from the area.

Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties Encourages Fathers to Quit Smoking This Father’s Day

June 5, 2019

Escanaba, MI – Father’s Day is a day to celebrate dads and the important role they play in the lives of their families and children.  It’s also a great day to encourage men to celebrate a tobacco-free life, and to support current tobacco users in their efforts to quit.

Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in Michigan, and unfortunately nearly 22% of men in Michigan still smoke cigarettes.  However, research shows that 7 in 10 adult cigarette smokers want to quit completely.  Tobacco contains nicotine, a highly addictive drug.  Most tobacco users are addicted to nicotine, which can make quitting difficult.  Many people may need to make several quit attempts in order to be successful, but tobacco users can and do quit.  In fact, today there are more former than current smokers.

This Father’s Day, Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties encourages everyone to help dads to live tobacco-free.  When people stop smoking, they greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death.  There are benefits to quitting at any age, and a person is never too old to quit.

Encourage dads who use tobacco to talk to their healthcare provider or to call the Michigan Tobacco Quitline. As a special promotion, all callers to the Quitline who enroll now through September 30 will receive free coaching and 8 weeks of nicotine replacement medications to assist them in quitting.  Call the Michigan Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or visit online at https://michigan.quitlogix.org/.

Fathers can also help their children by maintaining a smoke-free home and car, talking to kids about the dangers of tobacco use, including the use of e-cigarettes, and helping their children to understand the marketing of tobacco products that targets young people.

On Father’s Day, and each day, dads set a good example for their children and loved ones by not using tobacco and by protecting their children from exposure to secondhand smoke.  For dads who are struggling with quitting tobacco use, help is available.

For help with quitting tobacco use, talk with your healthcare provider or contact the Michigan Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-784-8669.

2019 Downtown Summer Concert Series Returns June 12th

June 5, 2019

Sault Ste Marie, MI – Downtown Sault Ste. Marie is delighted to announce the return of its annual Music in the Park summer concert series. Music in the Park, now in its 22nd season, will kick off June 12th and continue every Wednesday through August in the Soo Locks Park. Concerts are free to attend; however, donations are always welcomed to help cover the series. Entertainment begins at 7PM.

A diverse selection of local and regional entertainment will perform tunes from a variety of musical genres ranging from traditional country, folk, rock, blues, original tunes and more! In keeping with tradition, Soo Theatre Project will begin the concert series, previewing selections from their upcoming theatre season. Returning favorites include: Petoskey Steel Drum Band, The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute, Night of Native Music, Gentleman George and The Pub Runners.

This year’s eleven week schedule will also welcome two NEW entertainment acts! Conga Se Menne will play Finnish Reggae music, along with re-arranged cover tunes. Closing out the concert series will be the highly anticipated group, The Good Cookies; delivering a number of rock, blues, R&B, and jazz selections.

The full Music in the Park lineup can be seen below:
June 12 – Soo Theatre Project
June 19 – Gentleman George
June 26 – Night of Native Music
July 3 – Melissa Lee & Bobby Randall
July 10 – Lise White & Friends
July 17 – Blue Water Ramblers
July 24- Petoskey Steel Drum Band
July 31- The Pub Runners
August 7 – The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute
August 14 – Conga Se Menne
August 21 – The Good Cookies

Each year the Downtown Development Authority receives a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs which helps offset the summer’s concert series. Twenty-two local businesses and community partners also generously help pay for Music in the Park in addition to grants and crowd donations.

Find the Downtown Development Authority on Facebook for updates on rain locations:


Redeemer Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School Sign-up Through June 17th

June 5, 2019

Marquette, MI – Redeemer Lutheran Church will be holding their summer vacation Bible school June 24-28 from 9 am – 12 pm. At this special summer children’s program called “ROAR”, the participants will learn how “When life is wild, God is Good!”

“ROAR VBS” is for children from age 4 through completed 5th grade. Pre-registration is open now through noon on Monday, June 17. Walk-in registration begins on Monday, June 24 at 8:30 am. Everyone is welcome.

Redeemer Lutheran is located at 1700 W. Fair Ave, Marquette. Online registration can be accessed through the church website www.redeemermqt.org. For more information call 228-9883.

Join the Superiorland Baseball League

June 5, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Superiorland Baseball League is an adult amateur baseball league consisting of six teams located across Marquette and Dickinson County. The league was formed three years ago and now has 100 guys who play; many have played on their high school teams and some have played at the college level.

Games are on Monday evenings at Negaunee Irontown, Forsyth Twp Ball Field, and Channing Field throughout the summer. The next games are on Monday, June 10th  with the Negaunee and Forsyth locations starting at 6:30 pm and the Channing location beginning at 7:00 pm.

Interested in playing? Contact league officials Zac Sorelle at 906-458-5579 or James Larson at 906-360-3674 to learn more about how to join the league.

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