MIPARACON: 2019 Michigan Paranormal Convention

August 19, 2019

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The MIPARACON 2019 Michigan Paranormal Convention will take place August 22nd – 24th at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. The event is presented by Sault Events Inc. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of MIPARACON this year! Visit the website for more details.

Ishpeming City Council Special Meeting August 21st

August 19, 2019

Ishpeming, MI – The Ishpeming City Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, August 21st at 4 pm at Ishpeming City Hall. The agenda is pictured below.

President’s Fall Convocation August 21st

August 19, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson will deliver his fall convocation to faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, August 21st, in Jamrich Hall 1100.

The program, hosted by Provost Kerri Schuiling, begins at 4 pm with a welcome from Academic Senate Chair Alec Lindsay and an introduction by ASNMU student government president Cody Mayer. Fritz and Jan Erickson will host a reception immediately following the program in the adjacent lounge area.

Greco-Roman Wrestler Wins Bronze at Junior Worlds

August 19, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University Olympic Training Site Greco-Roman wrestler Alston Nutter earned a bronze medal today at the Junior World Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.

Nutter, of Fennimore, Wis., who competed in the 63 kg weight class, faced Kamil Czarnecki of Poland in the bronze-medal match. Czarnecki was up 6-0 over Nutter before Nutter was able to throw and secure his win with a pin with 4:44 left on the clock.

On the way to his medal, Nutter defeated Assaukhat Mukhamadiyev of Kazakhstan, 5-2 in the quarterfinals and won by pin over Zaur Nuriyev of Azerbaijan in his first bout. Nutter was defeated in the semifinals by 2015 Cadet World silver medalist Abu Muslim Aptievitch Amaev of Russia, in a 9-0 technical fall, which put him in the third-place match.

For more information on the NMU-OTS program, visit www.nmu.edu/ots.

NMU Alumni Awards Brunch Tickets Available

August 19, 2019

Marquette, MI – Tickets are available for Northern Michigan University’s alumni awards brunch, scheduled for 9 am on Saturday, September 21st, in the Northern Center. The five NMU alumni who will be honored over Homecoming weekend and their awards are: Joseph Evans of Marquette (’81 BS, ’83 MA) and Kristine Poole of Santa Fe, N.M. (’92 BFA), Distinguished Alumni; Tom Fish of Wilmington, N.C. (’69 BS), Alumni Achievement; Jon Mommaerts of Marquette (’91 BS), Alumni Service; and Nicole Weber of Washington, D.C. (’09 BA), Outstanding Young Alumni.

The brunch tickets can be purchased for $10 here.

Evans is executive vice president and head of strategy for SAAB Middle East and Africa, headquartered in Washington, D.C., and Abu Dhabi, UAE. He holds a master’s degree in political science and a bachelor’s in engineering technology from NMU.

Poole is an internationally recognized sculptor whose work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and major arts publications. She has completed many public art commissions and, with her husband Colin Poole, champions emerging young artists as jurors and presenters of the Spectrum Rising Star Award for Flesk Publications.

Fish was an elementary education major at NMU. He retired after a 39-year career at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, where he taught, conducted research and developed programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also founded the Next Chapter Book Club, the largest community-based reading program in the world for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Mommaerts holds an NMU degree in finance and is co-founder/owner of Mommaerts Mahaney Financial Services. The former Wildcat Nordic skier was co-founder of the Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) and the Noquemanon Ski Marathon, for which he is the current Chief of Course, and helped to formulate what is now the Ore-to-Shore Mountain Bike Epic. He also helped to create a youth cross-country ski club.

Weber is a senior specialist at Save the Children, where she provides technical assistance and capacity strengthening support in water, sanitation and hygiene to a number of partners and countries. After graduating from NMU with a degree in community health education and Spanish, along with a French language certificate, she spent several years abroad advancing her education and engaging in humanitarian work. Weber later completed a research fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A more detailed story on the alumni award recipients and their achievements, along with photos, will be posted after the awards brunch.

Competitive World Cup Skiing Returns as Michigan Invests in Sports and Outdoor Recreation

August 19, 2019

Lansing, MI – Federation of International Skiing (FIS) Race Director Walter Hofer and Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today the commitment to bring the FIS Ski Jump World Cup back to Michigan in 2021.

Hofer and the Governor addressed policy and business leaders at the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, to announce Pine Mountain is in line to host an international World Cup ski jumping competition in 2021.

“Bringing an event back to North America has been a priority for us”, said Hofer.

At 176 feet high, the Pine Mountain Ski Jump is one of the highest artificially created ski jumps in the world. Located in Iron Mountain, it hosts annual FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup competitions and it held the FIS Ski Jump World Cup in 1996 and 2000. The Upper Peninsula is also home to Copper Peak, the only ski flying venue in the western hemisphere, which would become the largest year around event and training facility in the world in 2021. Copper Peak organizers are expected to submit a bid in early 2020.

“I’m pleased to see this commitment to bring world-class ski jump competition back to Michigan after a 21-year absence,” said Billy Demong, Olympic gold medalist and executive director of USA Nordic Skiing. “This is truly a transformational opportunity for the entire state.”

This announcement comes after a $10 million appropriation from state law PA 618 of 2018 for the Northern Michigan Tourism and Sports Fund and Great Lakes Sports Commission – in response to the leadership of many community leaders and their vision to promote northern Michigan as a venue for world-class sport competition.

The Great Lakes Sports Commission (GLSC), a non-profit organization which promotes northern Michigan as a premier destination for sports and out-door recreation, says that this investment will not only create next-level competition, but will also enhance the economy and quality of life in Michigan.

“We are thrilled to facilitate investments that provide a winning edge for Michigan. While our work is just beginning, there are boundless opportunities to grow and attract events to northern Michigan, bring new talent, increase investment, and draw in many competitors and visitors that will generate millions of dollars for our region,” said GLSC Chair Doug Luciani. “We especially would like to thank Governor Gretchen Whitmer for her leadership on outdoor recreation and women’s sports,” added Luciani.

Nationwide, outdoor recreation generates $887 billion in spending, and sports business was over $11 billion annually; both supporting over 7.6 million direct jobs. In Michigan, skiing, fishing, hiking and mountain biking produces $26 billion in spending and supports 232, 000 thousand direct jobs.

The GLSC sees this investment as a catalyst to continue attracting sports and recreation business. Michigan has natural beauty, four seasons and unmatched landscapes and water to deliver un-paralleled results.

VA and UP SAIL Holding Adaptive Bike Clinic August 21

August 19, 2019

Iron Mountain, MI – The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is partnering with the UP Superior Alliance for Independent Living (SAIL) to hold an adaptive bike clinic on Wednesday, August 21st, from 10 am to 2 pm CST. The free event will be held at Redemption Hill Church located at 332 S. Carpenter Ave, Kingsford, Michigan.

Veteran Dennis Wilson and VA Recreation Therapist Boone Kerley take adaptive bikes on a spin on the grounds of the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center. These bikes will be one of several different types of bikes available for participants to try at the Adaptive Bike Clinic on August 21.

Veterans and their families are welcome to come anytime during the clinic to test ride several different types of adaptive bikes and learn how they benefit riders with mobility challenges.

“We are going to have eight to ten bikes available for participants to try,” said Jesse “Boone” Kerley, VA Recreation Therapist and event coordinator.

“If a person does not think they can ride a bike, I promise we will get them on one of them,” he added.

Staff from the VA and other support organizations will also be on hand from noon to 2 pm with information on VA’s nutrition, wellness, and whole health programs as well as ideas for healthy activities. Light refreshments will also be served.

For more information, please contact Boone Kerley at (906) 774-3300, extension 32792, or UP SAIL at (906) 228-5744.

Cutline: Veteran Dennis Wilson and VA Recreation Therapist Boone Kerley take adaptive bikes on a spin on the grounds of the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center. These bikes will be one of several different types of bikes available for participants to try at the Adaptive Bike Clinic on August 21.

Nursing Plans 50th Anniversary Alumni Events

August 19, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University’s School of Nursing invites alumni of all of its programs to attend a 50th anniversary celebration that will coincide with NMU’s Homecoming weekend, September 20-21. Advance registration is requested by Sunday, September 15, at nmu.edu/nursing/50.

The celebration will begin with a free autoimmune symposium from 1-4 pm on Friday, September 20th, in Reynolds Recital Hall. The event is open to the public. Sponsors include NMU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program; the Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation, dedicated to research and support related to the rare systemic inflammatory disease of unknown cause that affects multiple organs and can be fatal; and Race for RP. The symposium offers three nursing CEUs through the school and three CMEs for physicians sponsored by UP Health System Marquette.

A nursing alumni social, dinner and program will begin at 5 pm on September 20th in the Northern Center. Tickets are $50 and seating is limited. Motivational health care speaker Diana Jordan will deliver the post-dinner program, “Come Back to Your Roots and Renew with Laughter.” Her presentations combine humor, inspiration and information.

From 9-11 am on Saturday, September 21st, there will be an open house and simulation lab experience in West Science, along with optional campus tours led by nursing students.

The School of Nursing will have a table at the tailgate party preceding the Homecoming football game and a seating area for alumni at the game. It will also be represented at the 5th Quarter reception after the game at the Holiday Inn.

Northern began its bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program in 1969 with an enrollment of 35. It has grown to become the most popular undergraduate major. The school also offers an online RN to BSN completion program and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

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