Northern Vegans Dinner at Temaki and Tea

March 28, 2019

Marquette, MI – Join Northern Vegans for a casual dinner at Temaki & Tea at 1401 Presque Isle Avenue in Marquette at 6 PM on Wednesday, April 3rd. Order a vegan dinner off the menu. All are welcome, no RSVP required. Visit, Northern Vegans on Facebook, or call 236-1279 for more information.

MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology Adds New Community College Partner Bay College

March 28, 2019

East Lansing, MI – The MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) ( added Bay College as a new community college partner offering valuable agricultural experiences for students in the Upper Peninsula, to further their education locally. The partnership between Bay College and IAT ( will provide individuals in the Escanaba area with the opportunity to complete the associate degree in agriculture from Bay College with an agricultural operations IAT certificate as part of the MSU program.

IAT has around 495 students enrolled across the state and this year celebrates 125 years of delivering innovative, hands-on educational programs in agricultural, environmental and applied technologies. More broadly, IAT supports workforce development in Michigan by offering relevant, specialized training on campus in East Lansing and at community college partner locations across the state.

“The partnership between IAT and Bay College will provide individuals in the area with the opportunity to receive training in agriculture without the need to come to East Lansing. Students will have the opportunity to receive education that is practical, affordable respected and delivered locally,” said IAT Director Randy Showerman. Showerman is also serving as the interim program coordinator at Bay College until a coordinator is hired locally.

Bay College IAT students will learn from and network with local experts in small classes with opportunities for one-on-one support.

“Students graduating with this degree and certificate will be prepared for a wide variety of career opportunities in agriculture. From small farming operations to large agribusiness operations, students will have a broad spectrum of career paths,” said Matthew J. Barron, vice president of academic affairs at Bay College. “Our electives allow students to custom design their program so that they can be prepared to work on a farm, perform research either academically or industrially, or run operations on a larger scale.”

Michigan Farm Bureau ( and MSU Extension ( were instrumental in helping establish the partnership with Bay College by identifying programs to offer and key individuals to work with in addition to supporting student recruitment.

Michigan Farm Bureau and MSU Extension were instrumental in helping establish the partnership with Bay College by identifying programs to offer and key individuals to work with in addition to supporting student recruitment.

“We have had strong communication with MSU for quite some time and have had some students travel down to MSU to further their schooling,” said Paul Putnam. Putnam is the MSU Extension district 1 director covering the central and western counties of the Upper Peninsula. “We want to make life easier and financially affordable for more students to further their schooling in agriculture.”

Interested students apply for admissions to IAT
( as well as apply to Bay College
( .

Escanaba High School to Receive System Impact Grant

March 28, 2019

Escanaba, MI – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) announced that Escanaba High School will receive a nearly $20,000 Reach Higher System Impact grant to enhance college and career readiness. The school plans to offer a senior math foundations class to raise SAT scores in math. This would allow students greater career flexibility and avoid math remediation classes. Additionally, Escanaba High School plans to create an early/middle college support program for their fifth year students covering topics related to career and college success.

“The funds provided by the Reach Higher System Impact Grant program will provide the resources necessary for schools to implement bold changes to help their students prepare for a college education and future careers,” said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, interim executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. “In today’s knowledge-based economy, it’s imperative that we support students in their efforts to further their education. The Reach Higher System Impact Grants encourage high schools in our network to take their efforts beyond programming to drive systems change within their building.”

In this round of grants, four high schools received more than $72,000 in grants as part of the Reach Higher Grant Program. Since inception in 2015, the Reach High Grant Program has awarded nearly $1.6 million in grants to schools.

Schools across the state were selected based on a competitive grant review process. Reach Higher System Impact Grants will support programs and reforms aimed at bolstering metrics around college and career readiness in a variety of ways.

NMU Professor Michael Andary Surprised with Award

March 28, 2019

Marquette, MI – Construction management professor Michael Andary (’06 MPA) was visibly perplexed when administrators and colleagues recently walked into his Jacobetti Complex classroom and purposely interrupted a morning lecture. His confusion soon gave way to a smile, followed by a round of applause from his students. The delegation was there to deliver a surprise announcement. Andary is the first member of the NMU Faculty Association to receive the university’s Distinguished Faculty Award. NMUFA represents those who teach in the College of Technology and Occupational Sciences.

Delivering the good news to Andary in person were: Provost Kerri Schuiling; Associate Provost Dale Kapla; Robert Eslinger, dean of TOS and associate vice president for Workforce and Economic Development; John Centko, academic department head; Michelle Kimball, executive secretary; and faculty colleagues Heidi Blanck and Evan Lucas.

“The intrinsic reward I get from being in the classroom with the students is what has kept me here since 2001,” Andary said. “Through the years, seeing the growth from new NMU student to alumnus, and then from alumnus to spouse or parent or recently promoted professional … all add to the rich and close-knit feeling that our faculty and students build.

“The DFA award is incredibly humbling, and the presentation of it was very special. After seeing the list of past recipients, I feel even more fortunate. It’s an understatement to say that I was surprised to see my faculty colleagues alongside Michelle, John, Bob, Dale and Kerri entering the room during my scheduled lecture. I won’t forget the experience; the people involved made it memorable in all the right ways. I’m extremely grateful to be part of the NMU team, and want to thank my nominators, Heidi and Evan, along with all of the students and alumni who contributed to the effort.”

“Mike has taught me so much,” said Blanck. “He’s an incredible advocate and supporter. And he’s all in when it comes to the students. There is nothing he won’t do for them. He goes above and beyond what’s required. The payback for that is relationships with students that continue well beyond graduation, whether it’s attending their weddings or working with them as professionals to secure job opportunities for our current students.”

Lucas added, “We are all extremely proud and grateful for having Mike be the heart and soul of this program.”

Andary previously worked in the construction industry. He was a journeyman carpenter for both Gundlach Champion Inc. and CCMS Inc., where he was later promoted to foreman. He ended his private sector career as a project superintendent with Barton Malow before joining the NMU faculty in 2001. His research interests have included construction spending and economic impact; environmentally and economically responsible development; the construction waste stream; and the impact of academic service learning on student experiences.

Before this year, all past recipients of the NMU Distinguished Faculty Award were members of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) union.

League of Women Voters of Michigan Monthly Meeting April 3rd

March 28, 2019

Marquette, MI – The monthly meeting of the League of Women Voters of Michigan, Marquette County Member-At-Large State Unit, will be held on Wednesday, April 3rd from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The LWV is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Meetings are held at Peter White Public Library, lower level, Studio 1. The public is welcome to attend this and all monthly meetings. For further information, email

Use of Studio 1 is made possible thanks to the support of the City of Marquette, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Messiah Lutheran Church Community Meal

March 28, 2019

Marquette, MI – Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette will host its monthly community meal on Wednesday, April 3rd at 5:30 pm. All are welcome. For more information about this or other programs at Messiah, go to or call 225-1119. The church is located at 305 W. Magnetic Street in Marquette.

Preschool Storytime at Peter White Public Library

March 28, 2019

Marquette, MI – Preschool Storytime is on Thursdays in April (4th, 11th, 18th) from 11:00 am-11:30 am in the Peter White Public Library Great Room. Explore stories, fingerplays, songs and crafts. For 3 and 4 year olds, with a loving adult. For more information call 226-4323, visit or the Peter White Public Library Youth Services page on Facebook.

Blue Birch at Peter White Public Library

March 28, 2019

Marquette, MI – Blue Birch is on Wednesdays in April (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th) from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm in the Peter White Public Library Great Room. The program is a reading and book club for ages 8 and up. Be exposed to new stories, new activities, and enjoy time with your friends. For more information call 226-4323, visit or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

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