Black Light Zumba Master Class – April 25

April 22, 2018

Marquette, Mi.– Join the NMU Rec Sports as they party away the stress of the semester before finals week with a Black Light Zumba Master Class in the Vandament area at the PEIF this Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30- 9:00 p.m.

There will be loud music, dance club lights, a stage, and freebies- the best combination for a fun night! It will be the best, whether it’s your first Zumba class or your thousandth!

The public is invited to dance! If you don’t have a PEIF pass, you can get in by bringing a non-perishable food item to help Marquette Ending Hunger boost local food pantries for the summer.

Consider bringing a food donation even if you have a PEIF pass!



“Wasted!” Documentary Screening/Panel Discussion – April 25

April 22, 2018

Marquette, Mi.– In honor of Earth Day, the Marquette Food Co-Op is hosting a Documentary Screening/Panel Discussion of “Wasted!” at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. this Wednesday, April 25 from 6:00- 9:00 p.m.

This event is intended to highlight the issue of food waste and to give attendees an opportunity to learn what local businesses and organizations are doing to address it. Attendees will also learn how to reduce their own carbon footprint and keep waste out of the landfill.


  • Before and after the screening, visit/learn about participating businesses and organizations.
  • Velodrome Coffee Company will be serving coffee and Simply Superior Catering & Events/NMU Dining will be offering samples of food items.

This event is free and open to the public! All ages are welcome, but there is some adult language in the film.

Donations are appreciated!

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Patagonia Designer Visits NMU – April 25 & 26

April 22, 2018

Marquette, Mi.– Geoffrey Holstad, senior graphic designer at Patagonia Clothing, will visit NMU’s School of Art and Design this Wednesday and Thursday, April 25-26, to conduct a workshop and presentation.

  • Wednesday: Holstad’s workshop, titled “Cutting Through the Static: Thoughtful Messaging Through Design and Creative Action,” will take place from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. in 290 Art and Design. (Discussing and sharing ideas surrounding sustainability in Marquette County). Free to attend but limited to 20 people.
  • Thursday: A public artist talk will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday,  April 26, in 165 Art and Design. Free and open to the public.

*Holstad is a plein air graphic designer and citizen meteorologist based in Ojai, California. In addition to his role at Patagonia, he serves on the Environmental Media Grants Council and is the co-founder and director of Cabin-Time, a roaming creative residency to remote places.

‘Electrolaze’ EDM Laser Light Show – April 25

April 22, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– The Shiras Planetarium will be showing ‘Electrolaze’- an EDM Laser Light show this Wednesday, April 25, from 8:15- 9:10 p.m.

Peace, Love, Unity, Respect. Electrolaze is the perfect melding of lights and sounds as lasers carve incandescent trails across the beats, snaps, and wobbles of today’s electronic dance music. Prepare to experience dubstep, drum & bass, trance, and Dutch house as never before!

All tickets $10. Get your tickets at

Play List:

  • Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites – Skrillex
  • Internet Friends – Knife Party
  • Choose Your Weapon – Deadmau5
  • Man on the Run – Dash Berlin
  • Energy Wizard – Squarepusher
  • Hearbreaker (Laidback Luke Remix) – MSTRKRFT Feat. John Legend
  • Slam – Pendulum
  • Levels – Avicii
  • Derezzed (Avicii Remix) – Daft Punk
  • Chasing Summer – Tiësto

Doors open at 8:15 p.m. No late entry.

*Please note: Volume levels will be high and some imagery is intense. Some shows may contain explicit language or images which may be inappropriate for children. Please be aware that laser lights and strobes might cause seizures.



NMU Class Helps Paralympian Improve Performance

April 22, 2018

Marquette, Mi.4/22/2018– After placing eighth in the 200-meter sprint kayak at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, Kelly Allen was eager to elevate her performance. She possesses the upper-body strength required to paddle swiftly, but has no left leg function to push off the footboard and achieve maximum power on her stroke. The Kingsford native’s left femur, patella, and fibula have been missing since birth and her hip is underdeveloped. NMU Professor Sarah Clarke challenged students in her advanced mechanical kinesiology course to work with Allen and her longtime prosthetist Lynn Vanwelsenaers to design a custom prosthetic device that would allow the athlete to harness energy from her left side. Allen was on campus April 16-17 for fittings and related assessments in and out of the PEIF pool.

“The student design team had to figure out through research and talking to Kelly and Lynn what adaptive equipment they could attach to the prosthetic fitted for Kelly’s limb that would help her get more power in the kayak,” Clarke said. “Should it be a long peg leg or one segment? Should it have knee flexion? Lynn built and molded it, but the students came up with the design. We also had an assessment team that coordinated the logistics of Kelly’s campus visit and testing. It can be a challenge to work in groups, but the students were very motivated and enjoy problem-based learning.”

First-year master’s student Ian Torchia chaired the design team. The NCAA Men’s Nordic Skier of the Year and 20K men’s freestyle champion has attended training camps with Paralympian skiers. He said their courage inspires him to work harder and makes him appreciate how fortunate he is to be an able-bodied athlete. Torchia was eager to tackle Allen’s case.

“This is definitely the coolest thing I’ve done at NMU so far,” he said. “We’re able to apply what we learned now, not after graduation. We’re also learning the difference between having knowledge and using it in practical situations. It’s a lot harder than memorizing facts. We proposed a couple early ideas, but Kelly said they wouldn’t work so we had to adapt and come up with a new design. This project is focused on creating something that could potentially help Kelly win gold. It’s not hard to do the work if you have that as motivation.”

“One of my career goals is to work with elite athletes and this class gave me that opportunity while still in college,” said design team scribe Olivia Perrin. “Kelly’s finishing eighth in the world without a functional left limb, so it’s humbling to think we might play even a small part in helping her place higher. When she goes overseas, she sees competitors from other countries with adaptive equipment in their boats and realizes the U.S. is a little behind. A challenge for us was that, because she uses a different boat when she competes overseas, all the equipment we designed has to be detachable.”

Another challenge was trying to design a custom prosthetic remotely. Allen formerly attended NMU and worked with U.S. Olympic Training Site weightlifting coaches to improve her strength and conditioning. She now lives and trains full time in Oklahoma. After her arrival on campus and the first fittings of her new prosthetic, the problem-solving continued with last-minute design adjustments right up until Allen entered a kayak for a trial run

“With our test today, I’m extremely impressed with what the students were able to put together with just a few phone calls or Skype sessions and pictures,” said Allen after paddling in the PEIF pool. “It’s great Northern is able to provide this elite research experience. There are things Lynn and I can tweak, but I’m happy with the results so far. My left side is picking up some slack that it normally doesn’t and there’s some relief on my right side. I’ve been searching for years for a something that would help bring me to the next level. I can’t wait to get home and test it in my boat.”

Ashley Vansumeren chaired the student assessment team, which analyzed previous research to develop testing protocols revolving around variables that could indicate improvement in Allen’s performance.

“Our last couple of meetings were here at the pool doing pilot testing to make sure everything would run smoothly when Kelly got here,” Vansumeren said. “We have cameras on each side to capture her entry and exit times with the paddle, as well as the transition time between strokes. We also tested her propulsion force with each stroke. Beyond the pool, we measured the range of motion with her limbs and did some strength testing.”

Allen said there won’t be time to fine-tune the prosthetic and adequately train with it before the World Cup event in Hungary next month. She hopes it will be ready to use by the World Championships at the end of the summer.

Clarke’s class also provided biomechanical support for two other elite athletes: a former U.S. Olympic Training Site weightlifter with recurring overuse injuries; and an ultra runner who plans to complete the Order of Hrmithurs, which includes three winter ultra races.

The class with Allen (Professor Clarke is at far right in first row)

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Music by the Bay – April 25

April 22, 2018

Marquette, Mi. – Music by the Bay feat. Kurt & Kim is at the Iron Bay Restaurant & Drinkery this Wednesday, April 25 from 6:00- 9:00 p.m.

Music by the Bay is live music from Kurt & Kim. Enjoy the 70’s and 80’s cover music and great food.

Wine Wednesday! – April 25

April 22, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– Wine Wednesday is hosted by the American Legion Post 44 in Marquette this Wednesday, Aprill 25, from 3:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.

Come check out the selection of wines and meet fun people! Bring your friends for a glass or two to this re-occurring event every Wednesday until May 2.

If you’re not a member already, join the Legion so you can buy some wine and mingle!

Kindergarten Registration Make-Up Day, Marquette Area Public Schools – April 25

April 22, 2018

Marquette, Mi.– Marquette Area Public Schools will be holding a 2018-19 Kindergarten Registration Make-Up Day on Wednesday, April 25th, from 11:00 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. in the MAPS Superintendent’s Office, 1201 W. Fair Avenue.

Please bring child’s certified birth certificate, immunization record and proof of residency. Children do not need to be present to register. A kindergarten screening appointment for each child will be scheduled at this time. Kindergarten Screenings will be held the first week of May 2018.

Kindergarten is for children age 5 before September 1, 2018. If your child is ready for kindergarten and is 5 years old by December 1, 2018, you can still register for kindergarten provided you complete a waiver. Classes will be held five (5) full days per week.

Junior Kindergarten is for children age five (5) before December 1, 2018 (a waiver must be completed). Classes will be held five (5) days per week. District busing is provided.

If you have any questions, please contact 225-4200 or the elementary building office: Cherry Creek 225-4399; Sandy Knoll 225-4281; Superior Hills 225-4295; Graveraet 225-4210.

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