NCLL Offers Stone Countertops Program

March 3, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning (NCLL) will present a program on how natural stone countertops are cut and finished at Stone Reflections, followed by a Dutch treat lunch at Jackson’s Pit. The event is scheduled from 10:45 am-3:30 pm on Thursday, March 14, with a registration deadline of Thursday, March 7. Cost is $3 for NCLL members and $6 for non-members. To register, call 227-2979.

A Marq-Tran bus will pick up participants from the west side of Econo Foods’ parking lot and transport them to Stone Reflections for an hour tour and demonstration. Lunch will follow the program.

Ishpeming City Council Meeting March 6th

March 3, 2019

Ishpeming, MI – The next Ishpeming City Council will take place on Wednesday, March 6th at 7:00 pm. Please see below for details.

Lifeguard Training Courses

March 3, 2019

Marquette, MI – This year, the Marquette City Fire Department is partnering with Northern Michigan University to provide Waterfront Lifeguard Training. All Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Certification/Re-certification classes will be conducted through Northern Michigan University and will be held at the PEIF pool.

This certification is required to be able to serve as a waterfront lifeguard in the City of Marquette.

Lifeguards that are hired by the City of Marquette for the 2019 summer beachfront season and complete the season in good standing will have their NMU certification course fees reimbursed.

Two certification class sessions remain:
Class #1: April 5, 6, 7, 13, 14 (Friday 5pm-8pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday Noon-6pm)
Class #2: April 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 (from 6pm-9pm each date)

Lifeguard re-certification course will be offered in May. (TBD)

Detailed course information, including pre-requisites, dates/times, cost and registration is available online at:

For questions or additional information, please contact Katie Moe at 906-227-2421

City of Negaunee Facade Improvements Update

March 3, 2019

Negaunee, MI – City Manager Nate Heffron is pleased to announce that four downtown Negaunee businesses have submitted paperwork to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for consideration to enter Negaunee’s second round of façade improvements.

The City of Negaunee partnered with these four downtown businesses to seek out a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Current estimates place the total project cost nearly $651,000.00. Grants from MEDC can range in support of up to 75% match, with the City contributing administrative costs of the grant, if approved.

This year’s locations include:
323 Iron Street
308 Iron Street
331 Iron Street
334 Iron Street

Recently, Negaunee underwent its first phase of facade improvements with Smarty’s Saloon and Tino’s Pizza, both projects totaled $189,470.00. “The goal of the City is to work with willing business owners and the MEDC to improve the visual appearance of the downtown area by lessening deteriorated or blighted buildings. In my opinion this first round was a success”, City Manager Nate Heffron commented.

In addition, the newly adopted Economic Strategic Plan Moving Forward and 2016 Master Plan, gives direction for the City to continue to seek out downtown businesses and building owners to work with the City and MEDC for reinvestment opportunities.

According to Heffron, the City held several meetings with business and building owners last summer to gauge who may want to engage this next round. “Myself and my staff are taking a hands-on approach in developing strong relationships with the business and building owners in our downtown to navigate this process. I believe that we are turning the corner on economic development in Negaunee by building an atmosphere of trust and understanding with the downtown business and building owners”, Heffron stated.

Both Smarty’s Saloon and Tino’s Pizza have seen an up-tick in business since their façade’s improvements. In addition, Heffron says that these two businesses have inspired other businesses to reinvest in their buildings and that he and City staff have a waiting list for the next round.

This project is in its preliminary stages and is awaiting approval by the MEDC. “I hope that we will be able break ground on this project sometime late this summer”, Heffron said. “The City of Negaunee is very grateful to the MEDC for their investment in our community, we all know that this would have not been possible without their assistance”, Heffron stated.

Questions concerning this release may be directed to the attention of the City Manger, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11.

Research Fees at J.M. Longyear Library Waived

March 3, 2019

Marquette, MI – Thanks to a grant from the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan, research fees are currently waived at the J.M. Longyear Research Library, located at the Marquette Regional History Center.

We encourage NMU students to take advantage of this opportunity to explore our extensive collection of historical photos and documents. We also invite professors to contact us about bringing classes to our research library. The Marquette Regional History Center is located at 145 W. Spring Street. Call (906) 226-3571 for more information.

NMU Professor Authors Book on Mental Illness Portrayals

March 3, 2019

Marquette, MI – Mental illness affects about one in five American teens. This is increasingly reflected in young adult fiction, as recent surveys indicate one quarter of the genre’s titles feature characters with psychological disorders. Northern Michigan University English Professor Kia Jane Richmond has published a new book that explores how real struggles such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder are portrayed through fictional characters. Her hope is that Mental Illness in Young Adult Literature will help educators, librarians and mental health professionals to more effectively address the needs of students.

“I’m very open with my Northern students about the fact that I have anxiety disorder and depression, which I’ve successfully managed through medication and therapy,” Richmond said. “If I had been able to read books when I was younger about people grappling with the same issues, I might have sought help earlier. Literature is a way in. It brings mental illness closer, both for those who have it and those who don’t. That helps to lessen the stigmas that result in discriminatory behaviors and opens dialogue that can lead to greater understanding and empathy.”

While researching a journal article on mental illness in young adult fiction, Richmond said she was shocked to discover only one book had broached the topic, and its focus was on 20th century literature. She decided a more contemporary account was warranted. Her book analyzes works published since 2000.

“There’s really been a renaissance over the past 15 years in terms of psychological issues being depicted in young adult literature,” she said. “The portrayals are more authentic now; they’re not exaggerated and don’t follow predictable negative stereotypes. Most of the books I feature show young adults seeking help. Not all of them have happy endings, but they’re realistic. Everyone knows someone with some form of mental illness, so it’s a highly relevant topic that we need to talk about; we can’t pretend that it doesn’t exist. Incorporating these books is one way to shed light on issues that impact how people interact and function. ”

Each chapter of Mental Illness in Young Adult Literature focuses on a disorder identified by the most recent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). It begins with a description of the illness and treatment options, then offers an in-depth examination of young adult texts. Richmond looks at how a mental illness manifests for a particular character, how that character perceives her- or himself and is perceived by others, and what treatment or support is received. She ends each chapter with an extensive list of related titles.

Some of the books featured, to demonstrate the range of disorders addressed, are: The Impossible Knife of Memory, about a teenage girl whose veteran father is struggling with PTSD and substance abuse; Starved, by NMU alumnus Michael Somers, which portrays a young man with an eating disorder; The Way I Used to Be, about a sexual assault survivor; and When Reason Breaks, which explores depression in two girls—one Latina, one white—using Emily Dickinson poetry and pushing readers to consider stereotypes.

“I realized the authors really did their homework in effectively relaying the symptoms exhibited by each disorder, according to the DSM-5,” Richmond said. “I wrote to many of the authors to let them know wrote this book and that their titles are featured. Some wrote back that they were pleased to be included and some even ordered a copy to read the analysis of their work.”

Richmond directs the English education program at Northern. She ends her book with sample lesson plans and other resources to help teachers explore mental illness through young adult literature in the classroom. An NMU faculty research grant enabled her to purchase materials for her research and give related presentations at conferences.

NCLL Offers Program on NMU Dining March 12th

March 3, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning (NCLL) will present “Lunch at The Lights,” a meal at Northern Michigan University’s renovated dining hall. NMU Dining staff will give an update on changes and discuss the Food Recovery Network. The registration deadline is Tuesday, March 5.

The event is scheduled for 12:15 pm on Tuesday, March 12.

There will be choices of soups, a salad bar, pizza, sandwiches, hot and cold drinks and a large selection of desserts. Those who wish may bring non-perishable foods to be donated to the student food pantry.

For more information contact Phyllis James at 906-225-1004 or To register, call 227-2979. The cost is $3 for NCLL members and $6 for non-members.

New Career and Technical Education Magazine from NMU

March 3, 2019

Marquette, MI – Career and technical education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-demand occupations. A committee representing Alger and Marquette counties is promoting the availability and value of all regional technical training opportunities in a special publication released on Feb. 28 to close out National Career and Technical Education Month. The publication will include salary potential, employment outlook and information unique to each field.

“I am very concerned about high school students not having a realistic career direction when they leave school. I hope this publication will have a positive impact on the students’ career choices,” said Stu Bradley, chair of the local CTE committee.

CTE offers multiple benefits. High school students who enroll in courses with real-world relevance tend to be more engaged, perform better academically and graduate at higher rates, according to the National Association of CTE. In addition, high school students can earn free college credits through the Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College, leading to a technical certificate from Northern Michigan University.

At the college level, NMU students are trained by instructors who keep pace with the latest developments in their field, obtaining required credentials for a promising career in one to four years. Local apprenticeship programs are also available. Varying from three to five years for completion depending on the trade, they provide students with classroom instruction and pay while they learn on the job.

CTE benefits employers by producing skilled workers and yielding big returns for regional and state economies. Careers include: business, construction, health science, hospitality, information technology and manufacturing.

The local CTE awareness effort is in collaboration involving Northern Michigan University, Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Agency (MARESA), the Upper Peninsula Construction Council and Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP). The group’s publication will be inserted in the Feb. 28 Mining Journal and distributed to 11 high schools in Marquette and Alger counties at the beginning of March. In addition, the publication will also be available at NMU’s Jacobetti Complex, MARESA, LSCP and sponsoring businesses.

NMU is scheduled to showcase many of its CTE program areas at the upcoming Career Exploration Open House being held from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, March 16 at the Jacobetti Complex. The open house will allow prospective students to tour the learning labs, meet with faculty and current students as well as discuss programs and career choices.

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