NMU Screens Film “The True Cost” March 21

March 20, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– NMU screens film “The True Cost,” in the Jamrich Hall Room 1318, 6:30 p.m.

“The True Cost” is a documentary about the clothes people wear, the people who make them and the impact it is having on the world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. This documentary considers the question of who pays the price for clothing. Filmed in countries all over the world, “The True Cost” features interviews with many leading influencers, including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, and Vandana Shiva. It runs 92 minutes.… Read the rest

Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services Offers Tips to Prepare for Spring’s Extreme Weather

March 20, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) encourages Michiganders to be prepared for spring storms by reviewing their home insurance policies to make sure they have adequate coverage and preparing a home inventory.

“Having the appropriate insurance coverages will help you get your life back to normal as soon as possible after your home is damaged,” said DIFS Director Patrick McPharlin.

If severe weather causes damage to your home:

  • Contact your insurance company’s claims hotline and/or your agent to report your claim. Have your policy number and other relevant information readily available. (Insurance Claims Tracking Sheet)
  • If you have water damage, when contacting your insurance company be sure to communicate that you have experienced water damage and are looking to determine what coverage you have available. Do not simply state that your damage is due to a flood as there may be additional causes for water damage, such as a sewer backup or failing sump pump that may be covered under your policy.
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$18 M in Federal Grants Available to Public and Non-profit Groups to Provide Services to Crime Victims

March 20, 2018

Elder abuse services RFP announced today, due April 19

Marquette, Mich. – Local organizations across the state will be able to apply for $18 million in Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants to provide services to crime victims over the next three months, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today.

The MDHHS Crime Victim Services Commission has posted the first of five Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for VOCA Victim Services funding. The RFP focuses on services for victims of elder abuse.

The Division of Victim Services is accepting proposals from organizations that would provide direct services, resources and care to elder abuse victims. The purpose of the $3.75 million elder abuse grant is to provide services for those who are sexually, physically, emotionally and financially abused. MDHHS will award three- to five-year U.S. Department of Justice grants of $50,000 to $750,000.… Read the rest

MVAA Celebrates Fifth Year of Helping Michigan Veterans

March 20, 2018

Marquette, Mich. – The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency marked its fifth anniversary on Tuesday, as the agency continues to serve as the central coordinating point, providing support, care, advocacy and customer service to the state’s veterans and their families.

Gov. Rick Snyder issued Executive Order 2013-2 on Jan. 18, 2013, creating the agency to help to better connect eligible veterans with the benefits they have earned through their military service.

“For five rewarding years, the hundreds of members within MVAA have come to work each day to serve those who have served us,” said MVAA Director James Robert Redford. “Today MVAA is a robust and growing state agency that is, more than ever, focused and determined to realize our vision of making Michigan the best place for veterans to live, raise a family, work and retire. Five years in, MVAA has much to be proud of, yet much to accomplish.”

Since its launch on March 20, 2013, MVAA has worked to make Michigan a better place for veterans to live and work, focusing on the areas of health care, employment, education and quality of life.… Read the rest

NMU Grad Works with Grammy Artists

March 20, 2018

Marquette, Mich.–  As a Northern student, Mike Picotte (BS 2001) spent much of his free time in the campus audio production labs, becoming proficient in their specialized software and equipment. Now he is realizing a major return on that investment. The Gwinn native is a senior sales engineer for Sweetwater, billed as “the world’s leading music technology and instrument retailer.” Picotte advises clients on gear purchases and designs recording studios and live venues. He also consults on complex sound systems for large tours by artists such as Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, and Justin Timberlake. In addition to his day job, Picotte has earned a stellar reputation among high-profile artists for his side passions: serving as a front-of-house engineer for concerts; and mixing/mastering records.

“There’s a rush that comes with delivering a performance to a large crowd at a live show,” Picotte said.… Read the rest

NMU ‘Teachers of Promise’ Attend Education Summit

March 20, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– Northern Michigan University education students Jennie Baker of Munising and Amy Burley of Marquette were among the “Teachers of Promise” who attended the Governor’s Education and Talent Summit March 12-13 in Novi. The Network of Michigan Educators invited universities to select their top two pre-service teachers for the designation. The students were honored at a banquet and had an opportunity to network with education leaders from across the state at the conference.

Jennie Baker is an English-secondary and social studies-secondary education major. During her time at NMU, she has gained experience working with before- and after-school programs, outdoor education experiences and community education on campus as a teaching assistant and resident adviser. Baker has had teaching experiences as far away as Sapporo, Japan, and into the close-knit communities of her Alger County. She is graduating summa cum laude in May 2018.… Read the rest

Calendar – Films/Documentaries – CineArts Film Series to Screen “Labyrinth of Lies” – Mar. 23

March 20, 2018

Marquette – CineArts Films, a series devoted to foreign and independent films, will offer a screening of the 2014 film “Labyrinth of Lies” on Friday, March 23 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

In Germany, 13 years after World War II, Johann Radmann, a young prosecutor, examines the case of a teacher who has been recently identified as a former Auschwitz guard. Working through a web of repression and denial, Radmann devotes himself to finding out what really happened at Auschwitz and forces an entire country to face its past.

The historical drama in German with English subtitles is rated R and runs for 2 hours 4 minutes. This is a BYO dinner event. There is no admission charge. For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4309.… Read the rest

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Crunch for a Cause Taco Dinner Fundraiser – Mar. 23

March 20, 2018

Harvey – Ending Hunger Alliance of Marquette will host its Crunch for a Cause taco dinner fundraiser on Friday, March 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Silver Creek Church, 219 Silver Creek Road in Harvey.

In addition to the dinner, there will be many raffle items. There is no cost for the dinner, but donations will be accepted. Proceeds will be used to support the alliance’s mission, and help provide food for area children and families in need.… Read the rest

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