Governor Appoints U.P. Resident to NMU Board

April 19, 2019

Marquette, MI – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced her first appointment to the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees. Bridget Summers of Baraga will fill a vacancy created by the unexpected death of Travis Weber in February. Summers is vice president of the Baraga County Chamber of Commerce and director of the Village of L’Anse Downtown Development Association. She previously served as director of Settlements and Global Operation at Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.

“We are pleased to welcome Bridget Summers to the NMU Board of Trustees,” said NMU President Fritz Erickson. “She brings a valuable set of viewpoints to the board through her past and present work in the financial and economic development fields, her experiences living in urban Chicago and rural Baraga, and through her participation in local K-12 educational activities and community endeavors. We look forward to her bringing the energy and passion she’s known for to help Northern accomplish its progressive goals.”

NMU Board Chair Robert Mahaney added, “We’re delighted to welcome Ms. Summers to the NMU Board of Trustees. We look forward to utilizing her talents and perspectives to advance the mission of Northern Michigan throughout the Upper Peninsula and the region.”

A Chicago native, Summers moved to the Upper Peninsula to start a family with her husband and NMU alumnus Ken Summers. Her community involvement also has included the Baraga County Economic Development Corporation and Sacred Heart School Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree from National Louis University.

“Education is empowering because it can be the canvas for meaningful debates surrounding a myriad of topics, critical thinking that leads to innovative and creativity solutions, or civic dialogue that influences policies, decisions and humanity,” Summers said. “I am looking forward to working with my fellow colleagues as we further Northern Michigan University’s mission to provide a high-quality education to people from all walks of life.”

Summers’ term expires Dec. 31, 2026. This appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

MAPS Summer Food Service Program June 17th

April 19, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Area Public Schools announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for children. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public educational agency. The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the site(s) listed below beginning June 17th, 2019.

Graveraet Elementary School, 611 North Front Street

Lunch 11:00-12:00

Marquette Senior High School, 1203 West Fair Avenue

Breakfast 8:00-9:00

Lunch 11:30-12:30

Bissell Pet Foundation Sponsors Empty the Shelters Event May 4th

April 19, 2019

Grand Rapids, MI – Pet lovers in Michigan will have the opportunity to adopt a pet for $25 with BISSELL Pet Foundation sponsoring the remaining cost on Saturday, May 4. To encourage adoption and relieve overcrowded shelters, the Michigan-based nonprofit will celebrate National Pet Month with its first Empty the Shelters event of 2019 at 110 participating shelters in 20 states and in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Canada. Since the program began in 2017, nearly 20,000 pets have found their forever homes through 10 Empty the Shelters events.

“Shelters are more crowded than ever, and we have to help them,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Empty the Shelters brings awareness for adoption and makes people consider bringing a pet into their home, whether it’s their first pet or an addition to their pack. It’s been an extremely successful program to save lives and we hope this event will help thousands of pets get the second chance they deserve.”

All adoptable pets available during Empty the Shelters will be microchipped and spayed/neutered. BPF now requires that all pets’ microchips must be registered to the adopters before they leave the event to increase the chance of pets reuniting with their owners, if lost. A microchip registration fee and license fee will apply—costs may vary by location.

Many shelters require pre-approval, which may necessitate an in-person visit the week leading up to the event. Adopters are encouraged to get pre-approved to ensure they can adopt on May 4. To see a list of all participating locations, hours of operation, adoption requirements and available pets, please visit

BPF has impacted over 180,000 pets through grant funding for adoption, spay/neuter, microchipping and foster care since inception in 2011.

Please be reminded that adopting a pet is a long-term commitment. If you’re not able to adopt, please consider supporting BISSELL Pet Foundation’s lifesaving work at

Marquette Coffee Crawl April 20th

April 19, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Northern Michigan University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter will be hosting the second annual Marquette Coffee Crawl on Saturday, April 20, 2019. Participants will have the option of participating during the following time slots: 8 am -10 am, 10 am – 12 pm, 12 pm – 2 pm. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Marquette Women’s Center in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).

During the Marquette Coffee Crawl, 300 participants will begin at the Upper Penninsula Children’s Museum and journey through Marquette taste testing local coffee houses’ top brews. Tickets to the Marquette Coffee Crawl are priced at $13, equivalent to the cost of one night’s stay at the Marquette Women’s Center. Upgraded ticket packages are limited and available upon purchase. PRSSA Vice-President Myah Tatay stated, “We have chosen this organization because April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we would like to pair the timeliness of this event to the nationally recognized campaign. Sexual assault is a prominent issue on college campuses and in society as a whole, and we have a unique opportunity to support a local organization that helps to combat the trauma by empowering victims and survivors.”

Participating coffee shops in the Coffee Crawl include Java Bay, Cafe Allenatore, Contrast Coffee Co., The Crib, Baby Cakes Muffin Co., Velodrome Coffee Company, Cruise-N-Coffee, and Dead River Roasting.

Tickets will go on sale April 5th and can be purchased through NMU Ticketing Services at


Public Relations Student Society of America is a pre-professional student organization for students studying public relations, communications, marketing, and other related fields of study. NMU’s chapter of PRSSA is responsible for all of the planning and coordinating of the Marquette Coffee Crawl.

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra Presents Rhapsody in Blue April 20th

April 19, 2019

Houghton, MI – The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra presents Rhapsody in Blue on Saturday, April 20th at 7:30 pm at the Rozsa Center in Houghton, MI. To learn more about the concert, visit the website.

Spring Fling Semi-Formal Dance at PWPL

April 19, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Spring Fling Semi-Formal Dance will take place on Friday, April 26th from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Peter White Public Library Community Room. All students in grades 6 to 8 are invited to PWPL’s annual middle school spring formal. Dress up and bring your friends dance to your favorite tunes. Refreshments will be served. No admission charge. For more information, please call 226-4321, 226-4323, or visit Look for Peter White Public Library Teen Services on Facebook.