2019 Canal Run July 20th

July 18, 2019

Hancock, MI – The 2019 Canal Run will take place this Saturday, July 20th at 7:15 am. The run features a half marathon, 10-mile walk or run, 5-mile walk or run, or a 2-mile walk or fun run. To learn more about how to participate or watch the race, visit the website.

NMU Partners with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc.

July 18, 2019

Marquette, MI – In response to the rapid growth of its first-in-the-nation medicinal plant chemistry program, Northern Michigan University has established an academic partnership with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc. The collaboration includes an in-kind donation to equip a new chemistry laboratory, a framework for research collaborations and internship opportunities for students.

NMU is converting West Science Hall space into a cutting-edge analytical core laboratory, scheduled to open this fall. NMU recently entered into an academic partnership agreement through the Shimadzu Partnership for Academics, Research, and Quality of Life (“SPARQ”) Program, which provided an in-kind donation of instrumentation for the laboratory valued at nearly $851,000.

“We have a longstanding relationship with Shimadzu that has benefited students and faculty, and we are excited about the opportunities this new partnership will allow,” said Mark Paulsen, head of the NMU Department of Chemistry. “Students and faculty from all of our undergraduate programs will benefit from access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and the experience and technical support that the Shimadzu team will bring to the partnership. This is especially true of our new Medicinal Plant Chemistry program. Shimadzu has established itself as a leader in this area and our program has also become a leader in this emerging field.”

The Shimadzu laboratory is one of three rooms that will occupy the 3,800 square feet of converted space. It will feature gas and liquid chromatography equipment used to separate chemical compounds and determine how much of each chemical is present in a sample. NMU will also acquire mass spectrometers, which are used to identify a chemical compound in a sample based on the mass of a molecule, and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers (ICP/MS).

The ICP/MS instruments are used in trace metal analysis, Paulsen added. NMU students and faculty will be able to do environmental studies such as lead levels in water or safety studies like checking for pesticides in medicinal or food samples made from plants. They can also do forensic studies to identify and measure the amount of a particular drug in a sample, as would be done in a crime lab. The instrumentation laboratory will be used by students in the capstone course, as well as by students and faculty engaged in a wide range of research projects.

“This partnership is reflective of a shared mission between Northern and Shimadzu to invest in innovation and contribute to society through science and technology,” said David Nyberg, director of corporate engagement at NMU. “In addition to a world-class environment for instruction and research, chemistry students will have the unique opportunity to collaborate with leading scientists and a premier scientific company, including opportunities for internships and career exploration. We are grateful to Shimadzu’s excellent professional team for recognizing Northern as a premier academic leader in plant chemistry and look forward to the opportunities that this partnership provides for students and scholarship in the years to come.”

“Shimadzu Scientific Instruments is delighted to partner with NMU’s Medicinal Plant Chemistry Program,” said Patrick Fromal, Vice President of Sales at Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc. “NMU is at the leading edge of an emerging, dynamic area of medical science and research and the opportunity to partner with these types of forward looking education programs is part of Shimadzu’s core value of serving science and the community. The students in this program will now have access to the same level and quality of analytical instrumentation that they will encounter in commercial, academic and medical research labs post-graduation. This partnership is a great fit; Shimadzu has been at the analytical forefront of medicinal plant chemistry and we are very excited to be partnering with another pioneer in this developing scientific field.”

A dedication ceremony for the laboratory is being planned in collaboration with Shimadzu for the beginning of the fall semester. Details will be announced at a later date.

NMU Remains Second-Most Affordable in State

July 18, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University will preserve its longtime rank of second-lowest tuition and fees among Michigan’s 15 public universities after the NMU Board of Trustees today approved tuition and fees for the 2019-20 academic year. The board also increased university-funded financial aid by $1 million and emphasized the importance of continued strategic investment to enhance the student experience and value of an NMU degree.

The combined average cost for full-time resident undergraduates will be $5,796 per semester, an increase of $271 per semester (4.9%) from the previous year. The combined rate increase of tuition and fees and room and board amounts to a 2.9% increase. Gavin Leach, NMU vice president for Finance and Administration, said Northern has creatively worked to maintain its affordability relative to other universities in the region while also making strategic investments in new programs and initiatives.

“Northern has invested an additional $6.5 million in the academic experience over the past year; that includes investments in equipment, facilities and five faculty positions,” said Leach, in presenting a tuition model to the board. “It’s always a challenge for universities to be innovative to the level that Northern has been. NMU has continuously demonstrated high efficiency, containing operating cost increases to 0.55%, on average, for the past seven years. We’re pleased that we were also able to keep room and board rate increases to 0.85% for next year, and remain competitively priced in tuition and fees.”

“The board recognizes that students and their families are making a significant investment in their college experience and degree,” said Robert Mahaney, chair of the NMU Board of Trustees. “For their investment, they expect quality courses, faculty, campus spaces and student services. We’re pleased that Northern can offer these things at such a high caliber while still remaining affordable to families at all financial levels, including to those with need through increased financial aid support.”

Because the state of Michigan has yet to finalize a fiscal year 2020 budget, the NMU board considered the preliminary Executive, House and Senate proposals in making its tuition and fees decision. Trustees indicated they would amend the increase to align with tuition restraint language, if necessary, following final passage of the FY 2020 state budget.

“Considering that an increase in state funding this year may be nominal, the board is especially thankful that the faculty, staff and administration effectively manage costs while still delivering an exceptional student experience,” Mahaney said. “That combination makes Northern an attractive university to students and parents.”

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

-Approved the purchase of new Chemistry Department equipment needed for the Medicinal Plant Chemistry Program, in the amount of $1.2 million, and a related academic partnership with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc. Shimadzu offered an in-kind donation of instrumentation for a new analytical core laboratory valued at nearly $851,000.

-Approved the following: a business, clinical lab sciences and nursing differential tuition increase of $1 per credit; a music, natural sciences and technology and occupational sciences course fee increase of $1 per credit; a graduate tuition increase of $25 per credit; and a refundable student recreation pass fee increase of $3 per semester. The board also authorized the extension/online undergraduate tuition rate be increased by the same amount as the on-campus undergraduate tuition rate.

-Confirmed the upcoming academic year notebook computer program annual purchase of 1,410 additional ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7s, model 20QE (to include warranty, engineering services, software imaging, and shipping costs) and 70 Apple MacBook Pros, model Z0UH.

-Agreed to transfer the Center for Native American Studies to the School of Education, Leadership, and Public Service.

-Approved the following personnel appointments: Lisa Eckert, dean of Graduate Education and Research; Mlado Ivanovic, assistant professor, Philosophy; April Lindala, associate professor of Native American studies, a permanent tenure appointment; and Alexander Van Blommestein, Communication and Performance Studies tenure-track faculty appointment. The board also approved a promotion of Shaun Thunell to associate professor in the School of Clinical Sciences.

-Agreed to rename the expanded and modernized Alumni Suite in the renovated Northern Center the Scott L. Holman Executive Conference Room (see related photo below).

-Approved the deletion of the Associate of Applied Science–General University Studies program. This recommendation is a result of the Strategic Resource Allocation review. New programs added include Associate of Arts–General Studies and Associate of Science–General Studies, both effective fall 2019.

-Approved the funding request for the proposal to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs grant.

-Established an Extended Learning and Community Engagement standing committee. Board Vice Chair Steve Mitchell will chair the committee, which is also comprised of Trustees Alexis Hart and Bridget Summers.

Marquette Artists Featured at Lake Superior Theatre July 23-26

July 18, 2019

Marquette, MI – Lake Superior Theatre (LST) presents delightful summer adventures in a unique working boathouse right on Lake Superior in the Lower Harbor, Marquette. Now presenting its 21st season, LST has established itself as an integral part of our summer fun as it celebrates regional history and culture.

Lake Superior Theatre completes the run of Fiddler on the Roof with a special week July 23-26 that puts the spotlight on exceptional Marquette Artists!

Tuesday, July 23

One of our most popular historical events returns this year with stories and images – a historical show that will step back in time celebrating our Maritime History – What’s up Doc(k)? Jack Deo and Jim Koski set sail with stories and images in a fascinating show that will step back in time and celebrate our Maritime History. The show will feature a history of the docks, schooners, freighters, the fishing industry, shipwrecks, and fires as well as vintage movie footage of the ore docks and harbor. One of our favorite stories about Peter White talks about him writing in his journal after a long day building a dock that he suggested would serve generations of the town to come. He woke up the following morning after a stormy night to document that “nary a twig remained”, something that many of us are currently experiencing with the high water levels. Join us for this Superior evening.

Wednesday & Thursday, July 24 & 25

Fun and fresh and next on stage will be two nights (July 24 and 25) of a musical journey with Lumi. Did you know that Lumi is the Finish work for snow? It was a Lumi winter this winter for certain! Lumi is Marquette’s fusion rock group that many think has a chance to be much more than just a local band. Lumi is a homegrown, six-piece band based in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, fusing funk, dub reggae, progressive rock, and jazz to make tasty, groovy jams. We will be dancing in our seats and celebrating as they play! Entertainment is a big part of the Lumi experience. “We put on a performance and a show every time,” Ryan Brandt (lead guitarist) said. “We want to create an amazing environment for everyone to enjoy.” Lumi will play different sets each night taking the listener on a musical adventure with elements of Funk, Reggae, Progressive Rock, Blues, Electronic Dance, and more. Moonlight and magic!

Friday, July 26

Jack Deo returns to take us on a trip to the Iron and Copper Mines in 1870. People and places “back in the day” will jump off the screen with amazing 3D effects! Using special digital technology, historic stereoview photos will be projected. See local towns, mines, railroads, and scenery as you’ve never seen them before and go underground to see the miners drilling, blasting, smelting and transporting ore. From the mine to the ore dock, see how mining was done 150 years ago. This evening will also feature a special treat with the memories interspersed with Marquette artists Jim and Ray. Jim Pennell and Ray Dollar—have been performing together for more than 35 years, so their repertoire—primarily folk-rock songs, but also some rock and classical country—”has grown continuously as different artists influenced and inspired them,” said Pennell. Listeners can expect plenty of familiar tunes—maybe by the Beatles, Jimmy Buffett, Simon and Garfunkel, Jim Croce, Tom Petty, Doc Watson, Neil Young, and Johnny Cash.
Electrifying and supremely entertaining: you will love this week. We are planning some additional surprises so stay tuned to our Facebook page or lakesuperiortheatre.com

Join us for shows that will capture your heart and imagination – an amazing value. Visit the Berry Events Center for your tickets, call 906 227 1032, or book your reserved seat online at tickets.nmu.edu. Please note that if you book online and do an E-ticket (print at home or on your mobile device) there are NO additional charges. All shows begin at 7:30 pm.

NCLL Offers Marquette Senior Center Update August 6th

July 18, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning (NCLL) will present a free program on what’s new at the Marquette Senior Center at 2 pm on Tuesday, August 6th.

Hosted by senior services manager Maureen McFadden at the facility, this event will address what has changed since McFadden assumed her management position.

To register, call 227-2979 or email at hoosieryooper80@gmail.com before Friday, July 26.

New Team Member of Family Medicine at UGL

July 18, 2019

Hancock, MI – Sarah Pettibone, MD, will be joining the team of Family Medicine providers at Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) in Hancock this summer.

Dr. Pettibone is originally from a very small town in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. She and her family have been drawn to the U.P. in one way or another over the years. Her father and one of her brothers attended Northern Michigan University and she has done a number of clinical rotations in the U.P. She has always appreciated the natural beauty, community and independence of the U.P. way of life. Dr. Pettibone earned both her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience Degree and her Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

Dr. Pettibone is excited and honored to work as a physician in the Houghton-Hancock community. “I really enjoy getting to know my patients and learning what they would rather be doing than seeing their doctor. This helps me put any medical issues into context, so we can work as a team to make their health what they would like it to be,” she says, “Besides that, I try to make every visit as useful as possible. My goal is to listen fully so that every patient is heard.”

In addition to practicing family medicine, Dr. Pettibone has a particular interest and passion for creative writing, reading, gardening and spending time with her family. Her husband is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Finlandia University and her 3 year old son, Henry, loves beaches, bugs and sea creatures. UGL’s Hancock Family Health Center is located at 500 Campus Drive, Hancock, MI. To schedule an appointment with Sarah Pettibone, MD, call 906-483-1060 (Family Practice).

26th Annual Tahquamenon Valley Classic Car Show July 19th and 20th

July 18, 2019

Newberry, MI – The 26th Annual Tahquamenon Valley Mid-Summer Classic Car Show revs up on Friday, July 19th through Saturday, July 20th! Classic car enthusiasts won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind car show. Visit the website for more details.