The Role of Michigan Technological University in WWI

October 20, 2018

Houghton, MIOctober 20, 2018 – Military historian Steven Walton oversaw construction of the replica firing trench on the Michigan Technological University campus—built this fall as part of the World War I & the Copper Country project to mark a century since the end of the Great War. But the researcher’s biggest excavation for the project didn’t require sandbags or shovels. Walton unearthed a report at the National Archives in Washington, DC with new, detailed information about Michigan Tech’s role in World War I. Troops trained and lived on campus as part of a military-mining course.

Student soldiers, at what was then known as the Michigan College of Mines, learned the care and operation of drill mechanisms, and how to place and blast in the practice mine, a tunnel dug into the hillside behind campus. They also received military instruction, including bayonet and gas mask practice, and marched in close-order drills. The photos accompanying the 15-page typewritten report by professor Albert J. Houle, filed August 15, 1918 with the U.S. Committee on Education and Special Training, also show the detachment marching through Calumet, Laurium and Lake Linden during a tour of copper mining and milling operations, including a lunch stop at the Calumet Armory.

“Given the record-keeping culture of the military, I knew there would be records of MCM’s activities during the war, but finding a typed report with photos was surprising,” says Walton, who has dubbed his find the Houle Report. “A snapshot like this, with photos as well, is a rare glimpse at a moment in time.”

World War I & The Copper Country events continue through November 11, when a commemoration ceremony on Armistice Day will honor area veterans.

View the trench cams and see the list of events, along with the full story, “Marches, Mining and Messages from WWWI,” on Michigan Tech Unscripted.

Eagle Mine Hosts Community Forums Throughout Marquette County

October 20, 2018

Champion, MIOctober 20, 2018 – Eagle Mine will host a series of community forums throughout Marquette County. The forums are an opportunity to learn more about the status of Eagle Mine and get an update on its operations.

Forums will be held on:
• Thursday, November 8, from 5:30-7 pm at the Humboldt Township Hall
• Friday, November 9, from 12-1 pm at Mt. Shasta in Michigamme
• Monday, November 12, from 12-1 pm at the Eagle Mine Information Center in Marquette
• Tuesday, November 13, from 5:30-7 pm at the Thunder Bay Inn in Big Bay

For more information, please call the Eagle Mine Information Center at (906) 273-1550.

Wildcat Marching Band Hosts 15 High Schools for Band Day

October 20, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 20, 2018 – The Wildcat Marching Band will host 15 high school bands at the Superior Dome on Saturday, October 20, when the NMU football team faces Lawrence Tech. According to Director Stephen Grugin, this is the largest Band Day in recent memory. The annual event is a valuable recruiting tool for the music department and NMU. It coincides with Wildcat Weekend, when more than 400 prospective students, accompanied by family members, will be on campus.

Band Day at NMU

Band Day at NMU

“It’s always good to bring students on campus,” Grugin said. “We’ll start at 8:30 a.m. with practice on the field, playing the music together. We’ll send the instrument sections to work with our band member section leaders, then put it all back together again. The main focus is the massed band halftime show featuring five pop songs and ending with the NMU fight song. About five bands will stay after the game for individual exhibition performances. The NMU band’s exhibition performance will close out the event. It’s a fun musical day.”

Grugin said there are normally about seven or eight bands that participate on Band Day, with perhaps a dozen at the high end. Most of this year’s groups are from the Upper Peninsula, with a couple from Wisconsin and one from downstate.

Patent and Trademark Official Gives Informational Talk at NMU

October 20, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 20, 2018 – James McPherson of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) will visit Northern Michigan University on Wednesday, October 24 to discuss how intellectual property applies to students and small businesses. The program will focus on how to protect ideas through the patent process and how to protect branding through trademarks. He will discuss USPTO and local resources for pro se applicants and how to navigate the USPTO without an attorney. The presentation and question-and-answer session is scheduled from 1:30 – 3:30 pm in room 1706 of the West Science Building. It is free and open to the public.

McPherson is a primary examiner for USPTO and currently serves as assistant to the Regional Outreach Officer and regional director for the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO (MWRO) located in Detroit. He received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, from Wayne State University in 2001 and his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University in 2005.

McPherson became registered to practice before the USPTO in 2003 as a patent agent. Upon leaving the United States Marine Corp in 1992, he worked as a patent technical illustrator. He has also worked with several law firms as a patent agent or attorney. From 2008 to 2013, McPherson operated a small intellectual property firm until he joined the USPTO.

With the USPTO, McPherson examines applications related to vehicle control systems and navigation. During this time period, he has performed additional duties as a training assistant for new examiners and detail positions. As the assistant to the Regional Outreach Officer, McPherson interacts with the community to provide a better understanding of intellectual property rights.

Michigan DNR Fishing Report for Upper Peninsula

October 20, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 20, 2018 – The Michigan DNR released their weekly fishing report. Details for several areas in the Upper Peninsula are below.

Lac Vieux Desert: A hard cold spell dropped the water temperature by 10 degrees which slowed fishing activity. A few muskie were caught by those trolling or drifting suckers however it was difficult to get the fish to bite. No bass or walleye anglers and the panfish anglers were few and far between. Those targeting pike did well when jigging the bottom with red tails.

Marquette: All the recent rain has the rivers running high and stained with lots of debris floating downstream which makes fishing very difficult. When they can get out, boat anglers looking to take that last trip were trolling in front of the Chocolay and Carp Rivers, just outside the Lower Harbor in 50 feet or less and slightly north near the white rocks. Most boats had at least two fish consisting of lake trout, brown trout, Chinook and coho salmon. A few lake trout were caught off the Lower Harbor breakwall. As the water continues to cool and the fish come in shallow to spawn, shore and river anglers should see more action.

Little Bay De Noc: Water temperatures were in the low 50’s to high 60’s. Walleye anglers reported fair catches mostly in the southern waters. The hot spots were the southern end of the “Black Bottom” when trolling stick baits in 15 to 30 feet or the just south of the Ford River near the “Fingers” in 18 to 22 feet. Several good perch catches were reported in the Kipling area and north to the Day’s River with minnows or crawlers in 17 to 35 feet. Fair smallmouth action out deeper in 18 to 30 feet. Most were casting or drifting plastics on drop-shot rigs.

Big Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers were trolling stick baits between St. Vital Island and Round Island, but no fish were caught. Fair to good perch catches in Garden Bay with minnows in 35 to 40 feet near the mouth of the bay. Good smallmouth action around Snake Island and near Snail Shell Harbor with minnows along the break in 25 to 40 feet.

Au Train: Fishing pressure was virtually nonexistent with the rain and brutal winds. A few anglers tried casting from the rocks but had no success as they were not able to land any fish.

Munising: Heavy rain and strong winds caused flooding and many rivers were high and turbid. Boat anglers heading out reported very slow fishing with only one coho taken. Poor fishing was reported by shore anglers. There had been no major runs reported.

Grand Marais: Heavy rain coupled with windy conditions limited fishing. Rivers in the area including the Sucker River were extremely high.

Two Hearted River: Following heavy rain all last week, the river is well above average for this time of year. These high flows are creating difficult fishing conditions for catching salmon. Fish are in the river and catch rates should pick up as the water comes down.

Detour: There was no fishing effort for Atlantic or Chinook salmon at the Detour Lighthouse. Those that want to target them may still find some young fish around Fry Pan Island and the green buoy just north of the lighthouse. Walleye have been caught up the St. Marys River including around Pipe Island and at Swedes Point. Try shiners with slip-bobbers set at 10 to 12 feet down along the underwater humps. For walleye, try near the mouth of Carlton Creek which is two miles south of the Raber launch when trolling a bottom bouncer and crawler harness with purple smiley blades just off the weed beds in six to 10 feet.

Cedarville and Hessel: The pike action off Cedarville was fair in Snows Channel and Musky Bay. Try trolling crank baits in eight to 12 feet at the Middle Entrance and between Sand Bay and Peck Bay. A few yellow perch were caught by those drifting worms or shiners from Conners Point to Urie Bay or in 12 to 18 feet between Island Number 8 and Government Island. At Hessel, perch anglers were trying in the Hessel Marina, but no fish had been caught. Some splake were caught from the marina and finger docks however splake season is closed.

Meet the MSO’s New Principal Conductor at Octavio on Tap, October 23

October 20, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 20, 2018 – If you haven’t met the Marquette Symphony Orchestra’s new Principal Conductor yet, this is your chance. The MSO is hosting “Octavio on Tap” on Tuesday, October 23 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette.

Octavio Más-Arocas

Octavio Más-Arocas

Octavio Más-Arocas has dazzled audiences at Kaufman Auditorium twice in 2018 and returns for the orchestra’s first-ever Halloween concert on Sunday, October 28.

This event begins at 5:00 pm Tuesday in the Community Room of Ore Dock Brewing Company. You can chat with Octavio one-on-one. Then at 5:30, a question-and-answer session, led by Brian Cabell from Word on the Street, will begin. Get to know about Octavio’s journey before Marquette and what he has planned for the symphony.

This event is free and open to all ages. Drinks are available for purchase from the Ore Dock bar, and food is available for purchase through any food trucks and vendors at the brewery that evening.

Maestro Más-Arocas also serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Mansfield Symphony in Ohio, as well as Director of Orchestras at Ithaca College, New York, and Conductor-in-Residence at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California.

NMU Board Ensures Continued Compliance with Sexual Misconduct Laws

October 20, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 20, 2018 – The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has directed the administration to ensure compliance with federal and state laws governing sexual misconduct, including the recent Doe vs. Baum ruling. In that University of Michigan case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that when a Title IX disciplinary proceeding involves competing narratives that require a credibility determination, both parties have a constitutional right to cross-examine each other and witnesses in the presence of decision-makers.

“This interim measure will allow us to comply in a quick and agile manner with the evolving legal environment related to sexual misconduct,” said Trustee Alexis Hart.

The board’s ad hoc policy review committee, which Hart chairs, will analyze NMU’s student code policies related to sexual misconduct investigations and procedures. The committee will make modification recommendations to the full board at its December meeting.

“We have an excellent record of reporting and compliance in this area,” said Board Chair Robert Mahaney. “The board is not abandoning its oversight role. We will continue to exercise that with policies as they’re put in place. This just allows the administration to remain compliant in these transitional times, as efforts are underway to create a cohesive policy among all state universities.”

Today’s special meeting included one other agenda item. The board approved the recently ratified contract between NMU and its administrative/professional union, UAW 2178.

NMU Researches Mobile App Anxiety Treatment

October 20, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 20, 2018 – Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness, affecting about 40 million adults in the United States. The Department of Psychological Science at Northern Michigan University is researching a nontraditional approach—a mobile phone app—to treat negative emotional symptoms related to anxiety. NMU’s Cognitive x Affective Behavior & Integrative Neuroscience (CABIN) Lab is seeking participants for a six-week study involving cell phone use. A National Institute of Mental Health grant is supporting the project.

The research seeks to determine if attention bias modification (ABM) training through cell phone use is an efficient treatment for anxiety. The study will assess the extent to which ABM changes the structure of the brain and how these structural changes relate to the effectiveness of ABM training.

“The use of ABM at home through a mobile phone app is uncommon,” said Joshua Carlson, CABIN Lab director and psychology professor Joshua Carlson. “Previous research on ABM and anxiety has not explored the structural changes in the brain that follow ABM training and how these changes relate to changes in anxiety symptoms.”

Neuroimaging using MRI and Electroencephalography (EEG) will be conducted before and after the training. The lab will pay up to $65 to NMU students or community members who are 18-42 years old to participate. They must be right-handed in order to reduce the potential influence of handedness on the results.

Carlson is conducting the research with help from students, who are assisting in collecting, analyzing and presenting data. Graduate student Jeremy Andrzejewski said he came to NMU explicitly to work for Carlson on the project.

“I find this area of research to be important because I have seen how anxiety disorders impact people in my life that are close to me, and any efforts we can make to provide possible mitigation of these negative symptoms is personally important and worth investigating,” Andrzejewski said. “In particular, my research interests focus on how we can utilize neuroimaging techniques to help determine efficacy of possible anxiety treatments. I am also interested in using neuroimaging techniques in an effort to elucidate the neuroanatomical mechanisms that contribute to anxiety and mood disorders. My thesis involves using EEG to help aid this investigation of ABM efficiency.”

Andrzejewski said the opportunity provides hands-on laboratory experience he would not have had elsewhere.

“In particular, the ability to take pre- and post-measures and the ability to combine MRI with EEG in order to look at aspects of both functional and structural changes within the brain,” he said. “This combination provides a new level of insight and permits me to expand my knowledge of EEG and address some of the limitations with this method of imaging with MRI data.”

For further information or to sign up for the study, Joshua Carlson can be reached at

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