NMU Presents Alumni Awards

September 27, 2018

Five Northern Michigan University alumni were honored during Homecoming festivities Sept. 21-22 for significant achievements in their fields, substantial contributions to society and demonstrated exceptional leadership and civic qualities. The recipients and their awards were: Keith Nelsen (’86 BS) of Minneapolis, Minn., and Scott Schloegel (’90 BS) of Springfield, Va., Distinguished Alumni; Beth Millner (’08 BFA) of Marquette, Outstanding Young Alumni; Michele Butler (’76 BS, ’78 MAE) of Marquette, Alumni Community Service; and Skye Patrick of Downey, Calif., Alumni Achievement.

Nelsen is executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Best Buy Co., Inc. He has multi-channel accountability for worldwide legal operations and for identifying, managing and mitigating material risks to Best Buy. He is also the executive sponsor of Best Buy’s Black Employee Resource Group (BERG) and is very active in the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy and initiatives. Nelsen graduated with a degree in finance from NMU. He said playing quarterback for the Wildcats football team helped him to develop discipline, time management and a strong work ethic. Nelsen credits former coach Herb Grenke and the late mathematics professor Tom Knauss as prominent mentors.

“I discovered I won an NCAA post-graduate scholarship, which is given to 25 football players in the country across all divisions for academic and athletic performance,” he said. “Tom Knauss, who was also chair of NMU’s Athletic Council, completed the application for me. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do when I walked into his office, knowing my plan to be the next Bart Starr wasn’t going to work out. But I came out knowing that I would continue on with school (he earned his juris doctor from the University of Wisconsin). I owe him dearly for where I am today. I came to NMU scared and insecure, but left with a set of experiences that made me ready for what I do today.”

Schloegel retired after 25 years of service in the federal government. He graduated with a communications degree and went to work for Michigan state representatives Bart Stupak and Ken DeBeaussaert. After Stupak was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992, Schloegel became the Congressman’s district administrator and later chief of staff until 2011. From 2007-2011, he also served as an investigator and professional staff member on the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, which Stupak chaired. He closed out his career at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, initially as chief of staff, then as first vice president and vice chairman of the board and, finally, as acting president and chairman in December 2017.

“My years at Northern were the most memorable and formative of my life,” Schloegel said. “The size of the university allowed me to get involved in a lot of activities that helped me to develop skills that ultimately led to an appointment by President Obama. I was inspired from a leadership perspective by many. NMU’s leadership programs are wildly successful. There are grads across the country and around the world making significant impacts thanks to a foundation of great education and leadership training here at Northern.”

Millner graduated with a degree in metalsmithing and launched her home-based jewelry business out of the corner of her kitchen. Four years after graduating, her business was thriving and she made the transition to a brick-and-mortar location in downtown Marquette. Millner is dedicated to giving back to her community. This year, she designed custom pendants for four local non-profits and donated the sales proceeds to each organization. She also donates jewelry pieces to local fundraisers, events and silent auctions. Millner regularly gives presentations to aspiring artists, business owners and students at NMU. She also sponsors awards at NMU’s Senior Art Show and Marquette’s Art on the Rocks.

“At Northern, professor Dale Wedig made critiques fun,” said the Marinette native. “He taught me how to understand and interpret art in a way I hadn’t before. I knew I would study art and design, but I didn’t know exactly which direction I would go. NMU let me try different studio classes and find the right path. Jewelry classes enabled me to use different skill sets and I gravitated toward that concentration.”

Butler is co-owner of Vango’s restaurant in Marquette. She has provided an invaluable training site for young people and has mentored other business owners and countless NMU students over the years. In addition to being a cornerstone of regional business, Butler is also well known as an ardent and active supporter of the Marquette community and region. She has been honored many times for her service and contributions, including receiving one of Rotary International’s highest honors, the Service Above Self Award, for demonstrating exemplary humanitarian service, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others.

“This is a great honor, but I didn’t get here by myself,” said Butler at the awards ceremony. “A lot of people in the room have helped me get where I am today. I was a graduate assistant at NMU and earned my master’s degree. I particularly remember Bob Allbritten as an excellent instructor. There were others instrumental in my early endeavors and I appreciate all the help they’ve given me over the years.”

Patrick is director of the L.A. County Library, which offers services to more than 3.4 million residents in unincorporated areas and to residents of 49 of the 88 incorporated cities of L.A. County. Patrick has made it her mission to break down barriers and increase access. She continues to reinforce the library’s role in the community as a civic and cultural center, a hub for public information and services, and an institution of literacy, innovation and lifelong learning. Patrick was previously Broward County (Florida) Library’s director and held leadership roles at Queens Public Library in New York and San Francisco Public Library. She even worked for the libraries at NMU and her high school.

“I want to thank NMU for this tremendous acknowledgment,” Patrick said. “I was the first African American female to graduate with a BFA with a concentration in film. Some of my peers and I started the first LGBTQ student group at Northern. Being a person of color and openly queer at the time I was there was a challenge. I encourage the university to continue to create a community of tolerance so there’s a feeling of inclusion. I hope there’s an opportunity to make everyone feel welcomed at that magnificent campus.”

Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees Meeting

September 27, 2018

Houghton, MISeptember 27, 2018 – Michigan Technological University’s Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 28 in Memorial Union Building Ballroom B.


Annual MQT Local Food Fest Saturday, September 29

September 27, 2018

Marquette, MISeptember 27, 2018 – The annual MQT Local Food Fest, put on by Taste the Local Difference, will take place this Saturday, September 29 at Barrel + Beam in Marquette. Events will begin at 2pm.

The event, celebrating our local food, will feature a Farmer’s Harvest Basket Competition, food from restaurants that buy locally, live music, and the 2nd Annual NMU Alumni Chef Competition.

All are welcome, from chefs and farmers to consumers and brewers, and everyone in-between. Tickets available here.

‘It’s On Us’ Week of Action at NMU Starts September 30th

September 27, 2018

Marquette, MISeptember 27, 2018 – Northern Michigan University’s “It’s On Us Week of Action,” which supports education, prevention and response efforts associated with relationship violence and sexual misconduct, will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 4.

The Week of Action will start with a screening of The Hunting Ground, hosted by NMU Campus Cinema, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in Jamrich Hall 1100. Below are other events scheduled for the week:

Monday, Oct. 1: “Kickoff” at table in Jamrich Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“It’s On Us” banner for students to sign
Distributing handouts with It’s On Us pledge inscribed
Distributing handouts on Title IX, NMU’s sexual misconduct policy, etc.

Tuesday, Oct. 2: “Consent” table at Jamrich Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Poster viewing: What is consent vs. What is not consent; participants will be able to add their own ideas and discuss the contributions of others
“What They Were Wearing” display from the Marquette Women’s Center; aims to show that what a person is wearing is never an invitation for sexual assault

Wednesday, Oct. 3: Bystander Intervention/Supporting Survivors table at Jamrich Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Brochures from Title IX/Equal Opportunities Office
“What Would You Do?” display; invites people to discuss what they would do in any given situation vs. what people actually have done
Information on #MeToo and Time’s Up movement

Wednesday, Oct. 3: Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Assault Violence (MCEDSV) workshop titled “Root Causes of Sexism and Upstander Intervention,” 4 p.m. in Jamrich 2319.

Thursday, Oct. 4: “What Now?” table at Jamrich Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What Now? poster presentation; participants can discuss with volunteers what they would like to see happen next at NMU regarding sexual assault prevention/policy/etc. and record their thoughts on the poster
Further information on MCEDSV training groups and “Empowering the Confidant” grant project
Reporting party/responding party brochures from Title IX office

Thursday, Oct. 4: Women for Women will host a Silence is Not Consent rally. Participants can meet in the Hunt/Van Antwerp lobby for a march that begins at 5:30 p.m.

This year, NMU is holding one Week of Action in the fall instead of one each semester, as it had previously.

“Our first year we had approximately 650 students, staff and faculty members interact with our Week of Action activities and events. Last year, we dropped to around 300,” senior community health education major Kate Rozeveld said in an email. “We think this is because the first two Week of Actions were so close: one was in April 2017 and the other in October 2017. We hope that by moving the Week of Action to the first week of October and only hosting it once a year, we will have enough new students to keep interests high and our events current.”

Partners for this year’s Week of Action include the NMU Police Department, the Marquette Women’s Center, Campus Cinema, NMU Housing and Residence Life, NMU Athletics, Title IX, the Multicultural Education Resource Center, Women for Women, Men Thinking Outside the Box and others.

Grammy Nominee Emilia Amber Concert at NMU

September 27, 2018

Marquette, MISeptember 27, 2018 – Swedish musical artist and Grammy nominee Emilia Amper will present a folk musical performance with her band at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Forest Roberts Theatre at Northern Michigan University. The event is $5 for NMU students, as well as guests under 18, and $10 for the public.

Amper won “Artist of the Year” at the Swedish Folk and Music Awards. She is a world champion player of the nyckelharpa, a traditional instrument played in the country for more than 600 years. She has released two acclaimed albums and has collaborated with many different ensembles and orchestras.

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU is collaborating with the Arts Midwest Folkefest to bring this concert to campus and the surrounding community. In addition to a musical performance, Amper will conduct workshops in Marquette Area Public Schools and some NMU classes throughout the week.

The 2017-2019 Arts Midwest Folkefest brings traditional music ensembles from Finland and Sweden to Midwestern communities for weeklong residencies. The program seeks to deepen understandings of Scandinavian traditions, heritage and history in the Upper Midwest while also fostering a greater appreciation for global cultures.

More information about the event can be found at www.nmu.edu/beaumierheritagecenter/events.

‘Songs of the Voyageurs’ Concert at NMU

September 27, 2018

Marquette MISeptember 27, 2018 – In celebration of French-Canadian Heritage Week in Michigan, the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University will present notable French songs from the voyageur period as part of the Beaumier Heritage Concert Series.

Beaumier Center Director Dan Truckey and Upper Peninsula Folklife Award recipient Dave Bezotte will perform “Songs of the Voyageurs”.

Thursday, Sept. 27

Gries Hall at NMU

7:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

The voyageur period refers to the time around 1670 when French-Canadian canoe-paddlers established fur trade routes into and beyond the Great Lakes to do commerce with indigenous tribes. During the fur trade period, there were few roads in what is now Canada so the metaphorical highways of that time were the waterways of the Great Lakes, which voyageurs used to take long and difficult journeys to deliver cargo.

Cannabis Effects on Anxiety Talk at NMU

September 27, 2018

Marquette, MI September 27, 2018 – Northern Michigan University alumnus Robert Torrence (’15 MS) will return to campus to give a presentation titled “Residual and acute effects of cannabis on emotional processing in anxiety disorders.” His talk is scheduled from 4-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in Jamrich 1100. It is open to the public.

Torrence is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Wayne State University His research is focused on using cannabis to help patients with PTSD during extinction learning and exposure therapy. After graduating from NMU with his master’s degree in 2015, he attended Colorado State University for his doctorate and studied the residual effects of cannabis use on anxiety related emotional processing.

The NMU Department of Psychological Science is hosting Torrence’s presentation.