NMU Food Recovery Network Making Impact

November 8, 2018

Marquette, MINovember 8, 2018 – Northern Michigan University is home to the first official U.P. chapter of the Food Recovery Network, a nationwide student organization that recovers perishable food from campus dining facilities and donates it to people in need. The NMU Food Recovery Network delivers leftover food from NMU Dining locations to the Warming Center in downtown Marquette—an appropriate cause to highlight as Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week approaches. The student group will begin an awareness initiative next week related to the water footprint of food.

On average, the NMU FRN saves about 30 pounds of food each week, with one recent recovery weighing in at over 165 pounds in late September. Last year, the student organization rescued well over 1,000 pounds of perishable food items on campus. This is part of ongoing efforts by the FRN to reduce the ecological footprint of the university.

“One of the most pressing concerns society faces today is the need to lighten our impact on the planet by using resources more responsibly,” says Joe Dodd, president of NMU Food Recovery Network and senior economics and environmental studies major. “Many colleges across the US are beginning to strive toward sustainability on campus, searching for practical ways to reduce losses and maximize efficiency.”

Last year, the FRN conducted three different “food waste audits” at the former Marketplace dining hall (MP), now The Lights. The study found that, on average, diners at the MP threw away about 500 pounds of food every day, 20 percent of which was compostable material such as raw fruits and vegetables that could be diverted to the NMU Hoop House to reduce disposal costs. The research project took first place in the undergraduate upper-division category of the 2018 Celebration of Student Scholars competition last May.

Dodd says raising awareness of food waste on campus could help students recognize some of the underlying costs of producing their meals. “By making small adjustments in their everyday food habits, students can drastically reduce their impact on the environment and help eliminate food insecurity at the same time.”

Food recoveries, waste tracking and analysis are all practical tools that can help the university recognize dining patterns and identify opportunities to minimize unnecessary costs, he added. These tools may also improve NMU’s Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) STARS rating, which is used for colleges and universities to measure their performance in sustainability.

“As an institution of higher learning, it is important that NMU demonstrates both environmental responsibility and sound business practices on campus by exercising water and energy conservation and actively reducing waste.” says Dodd, “Our focus aligns with multiple goals in the NMU 2020 Sustainability Plan.”

Each year, almost 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. is left uneaten (133 billion pounds), making food the single largest component in our waste stream today, according to EPA statistics Dodd provided. When food is lost, valuable resources such as fresh water, land, energy and labor invested into producing, distributing and preparing the food are lost as well, he added. U.S. food waste, valued at $166 billion per year, accounts for 25 percent of our nation’s freshwater consumption and is responsible for 20 percent of all methane emissions.

“Food waste at this scale leads to unfavorable environmental, economic, and social impacts” added Dodd.

To find out more about NMU FRN, email foodrecoverynmu@gmail.com.

You Are Welcome Here Campaign

November 8, 2018

Marquette, MINovember 8, 2018 – Many downtown Marquette businesses are displaying posters in their windows with the message “You Are Welcome Here” in multiple languages. Northern Michigan University staff members delivered the posters as part of a campaign designed to strengthen international students’ connection to the community and familiarize them with local businesses.

The #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign is a U.S. initiative to show international students that American universities want to promote diverse, friendly and safe environments. Each participating institution is communicating the message in its own creative way through media content.

Erika Greeley, coordinator of international enrollment, and Diana Vreeland, director of the English Language Institute in the Division of Extended Learning and Community Engagement, both headed the effort to apply the campaign at NMU. The campaign aligns with the core value of inclusion in the university’s strategic plan.

After attending the NAFSA Association of International Educators Conference in 2017, Greeley and Vreeland received templates for posters that they later distributed around the NMU campus and downtown Marquette. The template was designed by Temple University.

“In fall 2017, Lila Isleib from International Education Services distributed the poster around campus at key offices where international students might go,” Vreeland said. “This year, the request was to distribute them to downtown businesses as well. Erika and I spent a few days visiting businesses on Washington and Third Streets. We didn’t get to everyone, but the ones that we did were very excited to post it in their windows.”

For more information about the movement, visit https://www.youarewelcomehereusa.org/.

Artificial Intelligence and The Future of Jobs with Bob Stefanski

November 8, 2018

Marquette, MINovember 8, 2018 – Northern Michigan University alumnus Bob Stefanski will present “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Jobs.” He is co-founder and managing director of eLab Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley and Ann Arbor that invests in technology startup companies at the forefront of artificial intelligence development. His talk is scheduled for 3 pm on Monday, November 12 in Reynolds Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Stefanski and NMU Business School Dean Carol Johnson will discuss the impact of rapid advances in artificial intelligence, including the disruptive changes it is likely to cause in the workplace and how it will influence the future jobs of today’s college students.

Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Stefanski was co-founder and executive vice president of TIBCO Software, a Silicon Valley based software company that provides intelligent infrastructure software to many of the world’s leading business, government and nonprofit organizations.

Stefanski is a 1984 NMU graduate with a degree in Computational Mathematics. He also holds a master’s degree in Computer, Information and Control Engineering and a Law degree, both from the University of Michigan.

For more information about the event, contact the College of Business Dean’s Office at 227-2947.

NMU Presents Veterans Day Concert

November 8, 2018

Marquette, MINovember 8, 2018 – The Music Department at Northern Michigan University is presenting a Veterans Day choral concert that will feature patriotic American songs from different war periods and guest speakers from different branches of the military. The event is scheduled for 3 pm on Sunday, November 11 in Reynolds Recital Hall. There is no cost to attend. Donation-based proceeds will go to DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans.

The University Choir and the NMU Arts Chorale will play songs selected by director Erin Colwitz, assistant professor of music. She worked with senior communications studies major Megan O’Connor under a directed study to put together the event.

“It has always been important to me to give back to the community—especially to veterans,” O’Connor said. “They gave their life to protect me; I can give a few hours to help them. Majority of my friend group is military affiliated—National guard, ROTC, active duty Navy and so forth—so I have a soft spot for people who are serving and have served.”

NMU’s ROTC Wildcat Battalion Color Guard will post and retire the colors at the concert. It will open with the Star Spangled Banner accompanied by the Far North Brass Quintet. The two ensembles will perform nine songs that were popular from various U.S. conflicts. Selections include Euroclydon form the Revolutionary War, Tell My Father from the Civil War, In Flanders Fields from WWI, O vos Omnes from WWII and America the Beautiful from the Iraq/Afghanistan War. The University Choir and Arts Chorale ensembles will also collaboratively perform Homeland and Salute to the Armed Forces.

Between songs, veteran and current military service members will deliver remarks. NMU President Fritz Erickson will present a commemorative coin to senior photography major Traci Dietz, a distinguished student veteran who serves as president of Student Veterans of America-NMU Chapter. Ryan Engle from the Jacobetti Veteran’s Home will speak on how the institution will use the proceeds and talk about the importance of giving back.

Annie Humphrey Performs at NMU

November 8, 2018

Marquette, MINovember 8, 2018 – Singer-songwriter Annie Humphrey, the Native American Music Awards’ 2018 Artist of the Year, will perform Saturday, November 10, at Northern Michigan University. The concert begins at 7:30 pm in the Black Box Theatre. Her performance is in conjunction with the U.P. Beaumier Heritage Center’s exhibition, Ancestral Women. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $1 for NMU students.

Humphrey grew up on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. Her father was a singer and musician, her mother an artist and poet. Although both of her parents were brilliant individually, they created sadness together.

“I lived in a home filled with voices made of thunder and nothing could stop it,” Humphrey said.

Humphrey attributes music to being what saved her, carrying out her parents gifts through music today.

Ancestral Women Exhibit Opens Nov. 3

November 8, 2018

Marquette, MINovember 8, 2018 – The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center will host an exhibit on Ancestral Women beginning on Saturday, November 3. Ancestral Women honors and celebrates elder women. It highlights the 12 Native American tribes in Wisconsin through hand-woven jacquard weavings.

Burns created the weavings based on photographs provided by tribal members. She redesigned them to incorporate other images and symbols, such as traditional beadwork and symbols that help convey a story about each woman and her tribe. Burns is an award-winning weaver, creating handwoven weavings, rugs, wall pieces, tapestries and felted work. She lives in northern Wisconsin.

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center is a historical museum and educational facility on the campus of Northern Michigan University. The mission of the U.P. Heritage Center is to promote and preserve the history and culture of the Upper Peninsula through an active slate of exhibitions and engaging public programs for the whole region.

The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 26.

Downtown Marquette Farmer’s Market – November 10

November 8, 2018

Marquette, Mich.11/10/2018– Come see what the locals have to offer at the Downtown Marquette Farmer’s Market in the Marquette Commons this Saturday, November 10, from 9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.

There is plenty to browse around for like: Fresh Michigan-grown produces, other farm-produced goods, baked goods, and various artisan wares.

Come see what the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market has to offer every Saturday until December 15th. Check out www.mqtfarmersmarket.com!

Superior Arts Youth Theater Presents Alice in Wonderland Jr.

November 8, 2018

Marquette, MINovember 8, 2018 – Superior Arts Youth Theater (SAYT) will present Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr. at the Forest Roberts Theatre November 15-18, 2018. This production is directed by Jalina McClain with vocal direction by Jeff Bruning and choreography by Taylor Koski.

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr. is a fast-paced adaptation of the classic Disney film that follows the madcap adventures of Lewis Caroll’s famous heroine: the ever-curious Alice. Her journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, encounters a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! SAYT’s production features 75 performers ages pre-K through eighth grade.

Performances of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr. will be presented Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 pm, Friday, November 16 at 7:00 pm, Saturday, November 17 at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, November 18 at 1:00 pm. All performances take place at the Forest Roberts Theatre. Advance tickets are on sale now: $15.00 for adults/seniors and $9.00 for students. You can purchase tickets online at tickets.nmu.edu, by phone (906) 227-1032, or in person at any NMU ticketing outlet: Berry Events Center, University Bookstore, Superior Dome, or the Forest Roberts Theatre.

SAYT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan that seeks to empower young people ages 3-18 through educational, performance, and technical theater opportunities. You can learn more about SAYT by visiting saytheater.org or liking Superior Arts Youth Theater on Facebook.

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