Kevin Avery Performs at NMU Monday, February 19th

February 19, 2018

Marquette, Michigan – Kevin Avery, stand-up comedian and writer on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, will perform at Northern Michigan University. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, in Jamrich 1100. Admission is free for NMU students and $1 for the general public.

Avery’s comedy aims to capture the pulse of America with “shrewd, provocative and always-funny observations on modern life. He entertains audiences with his thought-provoking take on current events and social conundrums.”

His other television writing credits include the FX original seriesTotally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and VH1′s Best Week Ever. He also served as the writer, leading actor and executive producer of the award-winning short film Thugs, The Musical. The mockumentary is about a “frustrated, sightly delusional and extremely non-urban black actor who writes, directs and stars in a disastrous musical to prove to Hollywood and the world that he can ‘act black.'”

Platform Personalities and the student activity fee are sponsoring Avery’s visit.… Read the rest

NMU Music and Dance Collaborate on Topical Concert

February 19, 2018

Marquette, Mich. -The first collaboration between Northern Michigan University’s dance minor and Arts Chorale will use artistic expression to address topical health and social issues such as suicide, homophobia and bullying. As one component of the NMU Dance Concert, 25 student vocalists under the guidance of Director of Choirs Erin Colwitz will perform alongside 14 dancers led by Dance Minor Program Director Jill Grundstrom.

“I think what we can accomplish here is actually showing the different facets of these social issues and how you can bring different sides of a conversation together to create a dialogue about what is going on,” said Grundstrom. “We have a lot of student crossover between music and dance involvement at NMU and we are looking to integrate these two art forms more.”

The performance is titled Please Stay. It is inspired by two songs: Please Stay, a song about depression and suicide awareness by Jake Runestad; and All of Us by Craig Hella Johnson and Michael Browne.… Read the rest

Treasury: State Offices Closed on Presidents Day, Monday February 19th

February 19, 2018

Taxpayers Can Use Treasury Self-Service to Avoid Pre- and Post-Holiday Phone Surge

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Treasury reminds taxpayers that state of Michigan offices will be closed in observation of Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 19.

Taxpayers with questions about their state income taxes are encouraged to use Treasury Self-Service to beat the pre- and post-holiday phone surge. The online platform enables taxpayers to ask state income-tax related questions when convenient and avoid waiting for a state Treasury Department customer service representative to answer your call.

Taxpayers typically get an answers through Treasury Self-Service within 24 to 48 hours.

“Presidents Day weekend is time of year when we see a spike in state income tax return filings and inquiries,” said Deputy State Treasurer Glenn White, head of Treasury’s Tax Administrative Group. “We value taxpayer time and ask individuals to use Treasury Self-Service for inquiries.… Read the rest

Board to Review Policies, Starting with Sexual Misconduct

February 19, 2018

Marquette, MI – The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has formed an ad hoc committee to review university policies to ensure that they reflect current best practices. The first priority will be NMU’s sexual misconduct policy, which was updated in 2016 and amended in 2017.

The ad hoc committee will be chaired by Trustee Alexis Hart, a senior human resources executive at Diamler Chrysler. Committee members will be Trustees Tami Seavoy, a Marquette attorney, and Jim Haveman, former director of the Michigan Department of Community Health.

“I am happy to serve as chair of the committee studying this important issue,” Hart said. “I have confidence in our policies and feel that this review will help to ensure we incorporate and follow best practices in all our policies. The well-being and safety of all of our students has been and will continue to be our top priority.”

Many academic institutions are taking a closer look at their related policies and Michigan lawmakers have proposed several bills that may impact universities.… Read the rest

Calendar – Youth – Starlight Family Storytime – Feb. 22

February 19, 2018

Marquette – Starlight Family Storytime will be held on Thursday, February 22 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

Enjoy an evening storytime filled with stories, songs and more, designed for all ages.

The event is free. For more information call 226-4320, visit or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.… Read the rest

Calendar – Dance – NMU Annual Dance Showcase – Feb. 22-24

February 19, 2018

Marquette – The NMU Annual Dance Showcase will be offered Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 24 at 1 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. at Forest Roberts Theatre on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

Students in the NMU dance minor perform all styles, from ballet to hip hop to improvisation, in this annual showcase. Tickets are $15 for general public, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU students.… Read the rest

Calendar – Youth – Storytime for 3s and 4s – Feb. 22

February 19, 2018

Marquette – Storytime for 3s and 4s will be held on Thursday, February 22 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

Explore stories, finger plays, songs and crafts. The event is for 3 and 4 year olds, with a loving adult. For more information, call 226-4320, visit or the Peter White Public Library Youth Services page on Facebook.… Read the rest

‘Aperture’ Exhibit Opens at DeVos

February 19, 2018

MARQUETTE–Northern Michigan University’s DeVos Art Museum will present “Aperture: Photographs” from Jan. 22–April 1. The exhibition follows the evolution of the Aperture Foundation through a display of photographs from its print and fundraising programs made over a 50-year period. In the process, it charts the evolution of photography itself.

Aperture was formed in 1952, when a magazine was published to promote photography as an art form. In 1964, a limited-edition print program began in an effort to offer audiences the opportunity to own an original work. Today, Aperture is a multi-platform publisher and center for the photo community. It promotes photography by connecting the photo community and its audiences. The New York-based company produces, publishes and presents photography projects around the world.

DeVos hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 1-4 p.m.… Read the rest