MAPs School Board Meeting January 21st

January 19, 2019

Marquette, MI – Marquette Area Public Schools Board Meeting will be held Monday, January 21st at 5:30 pm. Details are pictured below.

NMU Policy Change Benefits Transfer Students

January 19, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University has increased the number of credit hours students can transfer from regionally accredited community colleges from 64 to 90. The recently approved policy change will go into effect this fall. It recognizes the value of students’ past academic work at other institutions and aligns with the statewide initiative to create better transfer pathways that maximize the use of credits earned.

“This change will have a big impact,” said NMU Registrar Kim Rotundo. “The longstanding 64-credit limit was established because it represented half of the credits required for a bachelor’s degree. But because the role of community colleges has evolved beyond offering coursework appropriate only for the first and second year of a student’s education, Northern has increased the limit to prevent students from losing credits they have already earned. As long as they complete a minimum of 30 credits from NMU and meet the degree requirements, they will be able to graduate.”

Many community colleges have expanded the scope and depth of their program offerings through partnerships with universities. When the previous policy was in place, several NMU academic departments developed or were planning to develop articulation agreements that allowed up to 90 transfer credits instead of 64. Rather than restrict the benefit to specific majors, the policy change enables NMU to apply it equitably to all transfer students.

The across-the-board increase will also improve efficiency. For students who exceeded the former 64-credit limit, NMU reviewed their records to select the courses most applicable to the students’ degree requirements. The process was repeated if students changed their majors. Rotundo said the 90-credit limit prevents the need to pick and choose which completed courses NMU will accept.

On a related note, the university no longer requires that at least 20 of a student’s final 30 credits be completed at NMU.

“There were students who had accumulated more than 100 credits who couldn’t earn a degree based on that arbitrary rule,” Rotundo said. “The rationale for removing that is that there may be life circumstances requiring students to leave the area, such as getting married or being deployed with the military, and that shouldn’t preclude them from graduating. So now, they only need to earn a minimum of 30 credits from NMU and meet degree requirements to graduate.”

For transfer student information, visit

Ishpeming City Council Special Meeting January 22nd

January 19, 2019

NMU Hosts Three Minute Thesis Competition

January 19, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University presents the Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT, competition. This annual competition is held at over 600 universities in more than 65 countries. It gives graduate students the opportunity to showcase their theses. Competitors will have one slide and three minutes to explain their original research in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The top three competitors earn a cash prize and the graduate winner will win $500 and travel to the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools competition in St. Louis.

The 3MT Competition will be held from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, February 7th, in the University Center Charcoal Room.

The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, developed the 3MT and held the first competition in 2008.

To sign up, graduate students must send an email to with their name, program, and general research topic. There is a maximum of 18 student slots for presentations in the 2019 NMU competition.

St. Michael Parish Men’s Day of Reflection February 9th

January 19, 2019

Marquette, MI – Following up on last year’s event that brought nearly 50 men together, St. Michael Catholic Parish of Marquette will again host a Men’s Day of Reflection on Saturday, February 9. All men from across the Upper Peninsula, regardless of religious affiliation, are invited to attend and encouraged to bring a friend.

Dominick Albano will make a repeat appearance to address the question, “Why Me?” God chose St. Joseph to raise Jesus. And yet, the Bible tells us so little about him. In fact, the Bible doesn’t even record him ever saying a word. What made God choose him? What would you do if God chose you to raise his son? Truth is, God has chosen you. Knowing His mission and fulfilling it is your purpose in this life.

At this Men’s Day of Reflection, participants will explore what it means to be called by God, how they can respond to that call, and what characteristics of St. Joseph made him the perfect man to raise God’s son.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. ET with a half-hour for registration and a continental breakfast. It will conclude at 3:30 p.m. ET with the opportunity to talk or pray privately with Albano. Participants are invited to stay for 4:00 Mass in the church.

The cost for the Men’s Day of Reflection is $10, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. The event is partially funded by a grant from Legacy of Faith, an endowment fund of the Upper Peninsula Catholic Foundation.

Registrations are due by Tuesday, February 5, and can be made by calling the St. Michael Parish office at 906-228-8180 or by emailing:

Dominick Albano is a Catholic speaker, writer, and thought leader. He has also worked as a campus minister, religion teacher, youth minister, pastoral associate, and adult faith formation director. He served for five years as executive director of Arise Missions, a ministry he co-founded, which became the innovative leader in the new evangelization in the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Albano was chosen by Matthew Kelly as a speaker for Dynamic Catholic. He has been featured in Best Lent Ever, Best Advent Ever, and is one of the main presenters for Dynamic Catholic’s new marriage preparation program, Better Together.

Living in the Cincinnati area with his wife and four young sons, he works to renew parishes, evangelize, and create disciples. He spends his days traveling around the country to speak, writing, consulting with parishes on parish renewal, and coaching his son’s baseball team.

Iron Mountain VA Seeks Entries for National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

January 19, 2019

Iron Mountain, MI – The Iron Mountain Veterans Affairs Medical Center is seeking entries in visual arts, creative writing, and performing arts by Veterans for the local Veterans Creative Arts Festival being held March 8, 2019, in Iron Mountain with a chance to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, October 28 to November 3, 2019, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

In 2018, seventeen entries were submitted in various categories for the local arts festival, and fifteen moved on to compete at the National competition. Two of those entries placed in their category. Navy Veteran Traci Deitz took second place in the Black and White Photography category and Army Veteran Daniel Huffman took second place for his painting in the Special Recognition Mental Health category.

While the contest is open to all veterans who get care at VA, many use it as part of their therapy to heal from post-traumatic stress or a variety of other health care concerns.
There are more than 100 categories in performing, visual arts and creative writing. Some of the art categories include painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, paint-by-numbers, and leatherwork. Performing arts categories include dance, drama, music and more.

The local Creative Arts Festival will be March 8, 2019, in the VA medical center’s 5th floor Conference Center (room 5150) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is open to the public. First place in each local category will compete at the national competition, and many of those first-place winners are selected to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival and display or perform their entries.

Deadline for submitting entries is Friday, February 22. For more information or to register, contact Boone Kerley at 800-215-8262, ext. 32792, or e-mail him at:

“East of the Sun, West of the Moon” World Premiere Ballet

January 19, 2019

Marquette, MI – The World Premiere of East of the Sun, West of the Moon is Thursday, January 24th at 7:30 pm, with more performances through the weekend. Choreography and Direction by Jill Grundstrom, Music by Griffin Candey, Story Adaptation by Susan Candey.

Thursday, January 24th at 7:30 PM

Friday, January 25th at 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 26th at 1:00 PM (Theatre for All Performance)

Saturday, January 26th at 7:30 PM

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU students.

Located in the Forest Roberts Theatre.

Marquette Redmen Basketball on Fox Sports Marquette 105.1-99.9 – January 24th

January 19, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Redmen Varsity Boys’ Basketball team are at Kingsford on Thursday, January 24th at 7:45 PM. Can’t make the game in person? Listen to all the action on Fox Sports Marquette 105.1-99.9.