NMU Board Approves New Academic Programs

May 4, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees today approved four new academic programs. Those that will begin with the fall 2019 semester are: certificate in applied workplace leadership; certificate in hospitality and tourism management; bachelor’s in social media design management; and master’s in mathematics. A master’s degree in speech-language pathology will be introduced in summer 2021.

In other action at today’s meeting, the board:

-Agreed that the 2019-20 general fund budget continue at a level no greater than the previous year until a new budget is approved, except for increases required by existing or newly negotiated union contracts.

-Approved schematic design services for the Career and Engineering Technology Facility, at a cost of $450,000. NMU selected four firms, from among 11 that submitted proposals, for on-campus interviews May 15-17. One firm will be selected to provide design services soon after and begin its work in June.

-Named Marguerite Moore of the School of Health and Human Performance the Mark R. and Eileen Lovell Professor, effective July 1.

-Conferred tenure to the following faculty members, effective Aug. 21: Brandon Canfield, Chemistry; Joshua Carlson, Psychological Science; Erin Colwitz, Music; Norma Froelich, Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences (EEGS); Yuba Gautam, Health and Human Performance; Monica McFawn, English; Sarah Mittlefehldt, EEGS; and Madison Ngafeeson, Business.

-Promoted the following faculty members to the rank of professor, effective Aug. 21: Amy Hamilton, English; Michael Letts, Art and Design; April Lindala, Native American Studies; Jacqueline Medina, Health an Human Performance; Melissa Romero, Nursing; Gary Stark, Business; and Jeff Vickers, Music.

-Promoted the following faculty members to the rank of associate professor, effective Aug. 21: Erin Colwitz, Music; Norma Froelich, EEGS; Scott Jordan, Health and Human Performance; Monica McFawn, English; Yuba Gautam, Health and Human Performance; and Madison Ngafeeson, Business.

-Renewed the following charter school academy contracts through June 30, 2024: Francis Reh Academy; East Shore Leadership Academy; and North Star Montessori Academy. George Crocket Academy was reauthorized for a term not exceeding two years, with an opportunity to add three additional years upon satisfying contractual obligations established by the NMU Charter Schools Office director.

-Agreed to delete the associate and bachelor’s degree programs in liberal arts and sciences, the master’s degree in training and performance improvement and the post-master’s certificate for family nurse practitioner.

-Appointed new Trustee Bridget Summers of Baraga to the board’s finance committee.

-Approved a revised Board of Trustees meeting schedule for calendar year 2019, moving the July meeting ahead by a day to Wednesday-Thursday, July 17-18.

NMU Student Epitomizes Well-Rounded Education

May 4, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University senior Kyle Flickinger graduates on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. The Brimley native excelled academically, earning a summer research fellowship for his work with the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center, among other honors. But by supplementing STEM with diverse extracurricular activities ranging from athletics to music to theater, he is truly leaving NMU with a well-rounded education.

Kyle Flickinger

Flickinger received a $5,000 Anna and Rich Lundin Honors Summer Research Fellowship in 2018 to explore how a protein found in cancer cells might be prevented from reaching other healthy cells in the body, potentially increasing cancer patients’ chance of survival. He attributes his success to the education he received at NMU and his experience working at the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center.

When it came time to declare a major at NMU, Flickinger said he chose biochemistry because he both enjoyed and excelled in his high school biology and chemistry classes.

“When I came here, I knew I wanted to do science and I liked biology and chemistry,” Flickinger said. “Biochemistry is a little bit different if you look at straight chemistry or straight biology. It’s basically biology with a chemistry lens. There’s a saying among scientists that 90% of what you do is going to fail. So being prepared for failure and having your own idea proven wrong by your own tests is actually a really valuable experience.”

In addition to studying biochemistry, Flickinger was involved in a slew of other activities throughout his undergraduate years, including being a member of the NMU Swimming & Diving Team, performing in theater productions at Forest Roberts Theatre and singing with the NMU Arts Chorale.

“I thrive off of being busy,” Flickinger said. “If I have any free time, I will put something else on my plate because I really don’t like having time to myself.”

As a member of the NMU swimming and diving team, Flickinger competed at the Calvin College Invitational all four years, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference his sophomore and junior years, and nationals his junior year. During the 2017-2018 season, Flickinger won the three-meter dive at the 2018 Fazoli’s Invitational before advancing to the NCAA Division II Championship Diving Qualification meet. He also won a pair of victories against Findlay in the three-meter dive during his junior campaign.

Some of Flickinger’s most memorable theater performances at NMU include Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Tarzan (Ensemble) and The Bold, the Young and the Murdered (Dr. William Bradley / Tyler Tripodo).

Flickinger will continue his education this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he will pursue a doctorate in biochemistry.

“I decided to attend UW-Madison because it houses a wonderful graduate student-driven program,” Flickinger said. “The research is done completely by grad students, whereas at other universities, research is conducted by post-doctoral students that have already earned their PhDs. Going to UW-Madison provides more opportunities for me in my field of study.”

MRHC Beading in Circles Workshop June 3rd and 10th

May 4, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Regional History Center (MRHC) presents a Beading in Circles Workshop on Monday, June 3rd and Monday, 10th from 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

Instructor: Cynthia Coté.
Fee: $40 + $5 materials. All materials will be provided by the instructor.

Two 2-hour sessions are required one week apart for time to complete the beadwork. Make a beautiful beaded rosette brooch or pair of earrings with Cynthia Coté. Students will learn bead appliqué stitch to create a circular beaded brooch or pair of earrings. The beadwork rosette is stitched on Ultrasuede. The rosette and leather backing are joined together with a decorative beaded edging and a metal pin back (or wires for earrings) are attached. The instructor will demonstrate the stitch and techniques for handling the tools and materials. She will lead the class step by step in the process of constructing the brooch or earrings. Samples of beadwork will be shown and a brief survey of appliqué beadwork will be presented.

Instructor Bio: Cynthia Coté keeps her home and studio in the Copper Country of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She has been involved in the arts since 1979 working as a studio artist, curator, consultant, director, adjudicator, and instructor. She has been actively showing her art since 1989 in juried competitions and group and solo gallery exhibitions in the Midwest. She has been doing beadwork and sharing her love for the craft for over thirty years. Coté coordinated the Northern Bead Symposium which was held biennially at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock, Michigan in the years 2000 through 2006. Her beadwork has been published in The Best in Contemporary Beadwork: Bead International 2000 Interweave Press 2000, Great Northern Beadwork Copper Country Community Arts Council 2000, Artists of the Keweenaw: Cynthia Coté The Vertin Press Calumet, MI 2007 Ed Gray, editor, and When Beaders Unite Beadwork Magazine Feb/Mar 2008 by Diane Fitzgerald.

This Heritage Craft Series workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or the MHC. No refunds on workshops after 14 days prior to the workshop date. No-shows or cancellations after this time will not be refunded.

Visit the Marquette Regional History center to sign up in advance. Limited participation available.

House of Hamill Performs at the Bonifas Art Center May 5th

May 4, 2019

Escanaba, MI – House of Hamill will perform at the Bonifas Art Center in Escanaba, MI on Sunday, May 5th from 7-9 pm. To learn more about this unique band and the Bonifas, please visit the website.