SOS: Driver Responsibility Fee elimination is a great day for drivers

March 22, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– Secretary Johnson expressed her enthusiasm when Gov. Snyder signed legislation on March 2 to fully eliminate Driver Responsibility Fees.

“What a great day for Michigan drivers,” Johnson said. “I want to thank Gov. Snyder, all the lawmakers who voted for this and all the work my staff has put in over the years to get rid of this automatic double-penalty that was hurting hard-working Michigan families. Too many Michigan drivers lost their license because of Driver Responsibility Fees that didn’t promote public safety but did make it harder for people to pick up their kids from school or get to work.”

As a state representative in 2003, Johnson voted against Driver Responsibility Fees. As secretary of state, she has pushed for repealing the Driver Responsibility Fee law, successfully advocating that lawmakers eliminate the most common fees in 2011, create a community service option for certain fees in 2015 and begin phasing out all fees.… Read the rest

SAYT Superior Arts Youth Theater Holding Auditions, March 23-24

March 22, 2018


-A Midsummer Night’s Dream Directed by Teagan Sturmer Majority of roles for grades 6-12, but some younger roles available!

-Charlotte’s Web Directed by Nathan Morgan Based on the classic novel. Majority of roles for 8th grade and under!

Date: March 23, 2018 – 5-7pm & March 24, 2018 – 6-8pm Callbacks: March 25, 2018 – 2-4pm

Place: Marquette Hope Connection Center, Wesley Room

Performances: May 17, 18 & 20 (no performance on May 19 due to scheduling conflicts)

You can audition for either (or both!) shows on either audition date. We are looking for performers and technicians ages preschool-12th grade for a variety of roles, youth design positions, and administrative leader assistants!

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Come join us in the fairy-inhabited forest or on the Arable Farm! You can learn more about the plays and what to prepare for your audition on the SAYT website.… Read the rest

Lovells Establish NMU’s First Endowed Professorship

March 22, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– Northern Michigan University has received a $1 million commitment from an alumnus and his spouse to establish NMU’s first endowed professorship in the School of Health and Human Performance. The Mark R. and Eileen Lovell Professorship will focus on education, research and patient care related to concussions. Dr. Mark Lovell (BS ’77 Psychology) is internationally recognized for developing the ImPACT Test, the first and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. He also serves as a neuropsychological consultant for several sports organizations.

Lovell developed the ImPACT Test in the early 1990s. He later became founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Concussion Program, where his pioneering approach to concussion management attracted professional athletes worldwide. Lovell directed the first neuropsychological testing programs for the National Football League and National Hockey League. He continues to consult the NFL Players Association, NHL, U.S.… Read the rest

Alumni-Owned Business Honored for Wildcat Signage

March 22, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– Northern Michigan University alumnus Mark Pynnonen (’83 BS) has won two consecutive runner-up Project of the Year awards for signage and graphics work that his Signs Now Marquette franchise completed for Wildcat Athletics. The honored work includes large window graphics and backlit brushed-aluminum letters on the exterior of the Berry Events Center. Signs Now Marquette also completed a composite of signage and banners for various athletic facilities.

Pynnonen and NMU alumna Jennifer Bell (’10 BFA), Signs Now Marquette graphic designer, attended Alliance Franchise Brands’ February 2018 convention in Las Vegas, Nev. Signs Now Marquette’s staff is composed of several NMU graduates and students.

“I was surprised and happy to be runner-up,” said Pynnonen. “The banners and signage entered in the competition this year were large, especially those in the Dome that were 16 feet by 32 feet in size.… Read the rest

TEDx Event at NMU, March 24

March 22, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– The TED Talks Club at Northern Michigan University will host a TEDx event featuring eight regional speakers who will share their ideas and research on a variety of topics. It is scheduled from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24. While NMU’s licensing agreement limited the number of tickets available for the event in the Jamrich Hall auditorium, campus and community members are welcome to view a live stream on their own or obtain tickets for an overflow viewing in 1322 Jamrich Hall, which includes access to a reception with presenters in the University Center.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). Communities and organizations are able to coordinate similar experiences at the local level through the affiliated TEDx program. The NMU event can be watched via live stream at… Read the rest

Fix-it Friday at NMU March 23

March 22, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– Fix-it Friday at NMU’s Jamrich Hall Ticket Booth, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Two sewing machines and skilled volunteers will be available to do quick fixes on clothing, such as sewing a button back on or fixing a hole. This is an effort to promote a campus culture based on repairing, rather than throwing out. Order forms will be available for participants to describe their clothing, what needs to be fixed and an expected pick-up time. Any clothes not picked up by the end of the day will be donated.… Read the rest

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – U.P. Honor Flight Pancake Breakfast in Escanaba – Mar. 25

March 22, 2018

Escanaba – The U.P. Honor Flight Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, March 25 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UWS 2-21 Union Hall, 1201 Sheridan Road in Escanaba.

Sponsored by USW LOCAL 2-21 Women of Steel, the breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, coffee, orange juice, and milk. A free will offering will be taken to benefit the U.P. Honor Flight. A bake sale will also be held at the event. Meal deliveries will be available by calling 399-4195, starting at 6:30 a.m.… Read the rest