Calendar – Community – March/Rally for Tax Equality and Justice – Apr. 15

April 12, 2017

Marquette – Join the 906 Dems, local labor unions, community leaders and elected officials for a march/rally for tax equality and justice on April 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

The march will proceed to the Commons in downtown Marquette for a rally including many guest speakers. The 906 Dems, a group comprised of Democratic County Leaders from across Michigan’s upper peninsula will also host a “Warm Up Social” afterward from 2 to 4 p.m. inside the Marquette Commons Facility.

The tax day March is being planned for Washington DC with many others across the nation. There will only be one in the U.P. This event is open to the public and people are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, dress attire that is appropriate for the weather, and sun screen. Feel free to bring your own clever signs. This march/rally is being planned in answer to Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns.

For more information, contact Jason Chapman at or call or text to 906-458-1226.

Calendar – Families – Spring Story and Craft Hour for Families – Apr. 15

April 12, 2017

Marquette – The NMU Chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association will present a Spring Story and Craft Hour for families on Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m. in the Youth Atrium at the Peter White Public Library.

The event is free. For more information, call 226-4323 or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

Calendar – Music – Beaumier Coffee House Series to Present Jerry Mills and Northern Wyld – Apr. 15

April 12, 2017

Marquette – The Beaumier Coffee House Series will present Jerry Mills and Northern Wylds on Saturday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at Northern Michigan University.

Jerry is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, trainer, singer-songwriter and educator. Northern Wylds consists of veteran musicians Natalie Ray (vocals, viola) and Nicklas Johnson (guitar). Their set list balances an equal amount of originals and indie cover tunes.

Admission is a suggested Donation of $5 for adults and $1 for students. For more information, contact Dan Truckey at 227-3212 or

Calendar – Music – Da Upper Yoopers’ Barbershop Chorus SpringSingFling- Apr. 15

April 12, 2017

Ishpeming – Da Upper Yoopers’ Barbershop Chorus SpringFlingSing will be held on Saturday, April 15 at 3 p.m. at the Ishpeming High School Auditorium.

Several other Barbershop groups and the Ishpeming High School Chorus will perform along with this chapter group. Tickets for the concert are $15 per person.

There will also be an Afterglow at 6 p.m. at the River Rock Lanes in the Country Village in Ishpeming. The Afterglow will be $5 per person with food and a cash bar. For more information, go to

Calendar – Holidays – Chocolay Township Lions 16th Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Apr. 15

April 12, 2017

Harvey – The Chocolay Township Lions Club will offer their 16th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to noon at Silver Creek Church in Harvey.

Easter bags will be provided and refreshments will be served. Bring your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny.

NMU Hosts Celebration of Student Scholarship – 4/13/17

April 12, 2017

Marquette, MIApril 12, 2017 – Student scholarship is among the core educational endeavors at Northern Michigan University and those efforts will be recognized at the 22nd annual Celebration of Student Scholarship on Thursday, April 13. This event allows undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to publically display and discuss posters and give presentations explaining or demonstrating their work.

About 100 students participate in the event. It features a poster contest, judged by faculty volunteers from multiple disciplines across campus, as well as a full schedule of presentations from students throughout the day.

Posters will be displayed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobbies of Jamrich Hall. An opening ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. in Jamrich 1322, and presentations will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 1322 Jamrich. An award ceremony and luncheon will begin at noon.

“These hands-on learning opportunities related to research and scholarship offer students the opportunity to learn discipline-specific skillsets like data analysis, writing, interviewing, data gathering and professional conduct,” said Heather Pickett, event organizer and director of the McNair Scholars Program. “It is important to celebrate their work and facilitate this opportunity for them to publically present and discuss their work.”

Sharing work in such a context is vital to the students’ academic careers. Poster development and presentations are common components for all disciplines in academia, and to garner experience at such an early career stage is hugely beneficial.

The celebration will culminate with a keynote event, inviting two interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students to the stage of Jamrich 1100 to discuss their projects. Featured talk, “DNA and Diversity: Zambia, Blue Wildebeest, Bioinformatics and Computer Clusters,” will begin at 5 p.m., followed by  “What’s in your nose? A study of nasal colonization of Staph and Strep in Marquette”

Additional details can be found at Contact Pickett at 227-2538 or

Inaugural PRIME Presentation – 4/13/17

April 12, 2017

Marquette, MIApril 12, 2017 – Northern Michigan University will host its first-ever presentation by collaborative faculty teams who received internal research funding through NMU’s innovative PRIME program. The presentation will serve as the keynote event at the annual Celebration of Student Scholarship on Thursday, April 13. It is scheduled at 5 p.m. in 1100 Jamrich Hall.

NMU launched its Progressive Research and Innovative Mutual Exploration (PRIME) fund in 2015, challenging interdisciplinary teams of faculty to propose novel research projects with significant student involvement. The intention is to gather strong preliminary results that will increase the likelihood of advancing to external funding competitions. Key components of PRIME include greater seed money for proposed projects with high-impact potential and high likelihood of success in external competitions; and extensive opportunity for networking and cross-disciplinary collaboration that can facilitate tackling of substantive concepts.

Here are the two projects being presented on April 13:

1. What’s in your nose? A study of nasal colonizing of Staph and Strep in Marquette

Thanks to collaborative support from U.P. Health System Marquette, a Duke LifePoint Hospital, two projects were awarded in the first year. Announced in August 2015, one project included collaborative opportunities with Marquette General Duke LifePoint Hospital, which agreed to contribute matching funds in support of the project. Led by Josh Sharp of biology, Paul Mann and Catherine Bammert of Clinical Sciences and Yuba Gautum of Health and Human Performance, the project aimed to determine whether a correlation exists between use of a common vaccine and the incidence of a specific bacterial infection.

“This award helped resource combined work between Clinical Sciences, Biology, and Health and Human Performance to investigate a topic that is of interest to the University, the community and our partner, Duke LifePoint,” Mann said. “It has provided a new opportunity for our graduate and undergraduate students to conduct collaborative research on a topic of real world importance.”

2. DNA and Diversity: Zambia, Blue Wildebeest, Bioinformatics and Computer Clusters

This project was not only collaborative in disciplines, involving genetics, evolutionary biology and computer science, but also internationally collaborative, involving a partner from the Zambian Carnivore Programme in Southern Africa. The presentation will feature Jeff Horn from Computer Science discussing the work he and a number of students contributed to the massive data gathering and sequencing involved. Katherine Teeter and Alec Lindsay from Biology will share information about their work, which is ongoing. An additional public presentation will be held with more in-depth information on a date yet to be determined.

For more information, contact Erica Goff, NMU director of grants and contracts, at 227-2456.

Jim Crow Museum Founder Speaks at NMU – 4/13/17

April 12, 2017

Marquette, MIApril 12, 2017 – David Pilgrim, founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, will give a presentation titled “Them: Images of Separation” at Northern Michigan University. His talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Jamrich 1100. It is being held in conjunction with NMU’s Diversity Common Reader program, which this year revolves around the book Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine.

Although the Jim Crow Museum focuses on segregation memorabilia and anti-black caricatured items, the facility has a growing collection of objects that were created in this coutry to defame others, including women, poor people, Mexicans, Asians, Jews, Muslims and Indigenous peoples. Pilgrim will use historical and contemporary images of everyday objects to discuss the prevalence and consequences of group separation.

As a teenager, Pilgrim started building the collection now housed in the museum at Ferris State University. According to the museum website, it is “the nation’s largest public collection of artifacts spanning the segregation era, from Reconstruction through the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. The objects range from the ordinary, such as simple ashtrays and fishing lures, to the grotesque: a full-size replica of a lynching tree. But all are united by a common theme: They are steeped in racism so intense that it makes visitors cringe.

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