Comedian Charlie Berens, the camouflage-clad host of the popular “Manitowoc Minute” online video series, will bring a live version of the show to Northern Michigan University. The Wisconsin native will discuss local headlines, da Packers and all things Midwestern during the Marquette stop of his “Oh My Gosh Tour.” His show begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in Forest Roberts Theatre. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students and $5 for NMU students.
Every Monday, Berens releases a minute(ish)-long installment of da "Manitowoc Minute” that pokes fun at everything from national and Wisconsin news stories to a free frozen rabbit and other items available on Craigslist. Recent episodes have touched on Vladimir Putin's new jets, Aaron Rodgers' perfect pass “to some dude on a boat,” 911 calls over sausage, bears stuck in basements and Paul McCartney being a fan of the show.
The NMU Foundation is pleased to report a 34 percent year-over-year increase in outright gifts, pledges and expectancies for fiscal year 2018 totaling more than $6.3 million. The amount includes funding for an endowed professorship established by Dr. Mark Lovell ('77 BS) and his wife, Eileen. Departments received direct funds totaling about $1.6 million. Combined with FY 2017 gains, private giving has nearly doubled over the past two fiscal years.
NMU President Fritz Erickson commented on the importance of private giving to NMU's mission.
"When donors invest in Northern, they help us enrich the student experience, advance faculty research and scholarship, as well as propel university-wide initiatives," Erickson said. "Gifts to NMU also often have direct and indirect impacts on the Upper Peninsula community. Private giving is an outstanding example of collaboration to achieve the university's mission, vision and strategic goals."
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kerri Schuiling added, “Private giving creates great opportunities for students; it also provides critical resources to help us retain and recruit outstanding faculty members and to give them the freedom and support that drives exploration and innovation.”
Mark Pynnonen ('83 BS), president of the NMU Foundation Board of Trustees, said, “Private support is not just helpful, it is necessary to provide the innovations and opportunities that distinguish NMU. My experience at NMU was wonderful and I'm happy to provide additional support. We invite others to do the same.”
This was prepared by Vince Grout of the NMU Foundation.
The President's Committee on Diversity at Northern Michigan University is currently looking to fill several vacancies (faculty, student, community). Be a part of the conversation as our community continues to implement strategies for broader inclusion and seeks to embrace and support diversity. The time commitment: monthly meeting on the third Friday of the month, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (September-April).
Applications due by Monday, September 17, 2018.
Application information, current vacancies and other info may be found here: https://www.nmu.edu/diversitycommittee/node/1
Northern Michigan University's 2018 Homecoming celebration will feature a full slate of activities for alumni and community members Sept. 18-22. Three special additions this year include a community-wide ice cream social, the unveiling and dedication of a new Wildcat statue on campus and the premiere of a documentary on the 1975 national champion football team. The following events are free, unless otherwise indicated.
“Here's the Scoop,” an ice cream social for the NMU and Marquette-area communities, is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, on the University Center lawn. The family friendly event will feature free ice cream, entertainment and games by Double Trouble DJs, appearances by Wildcat Willy and NMU President Fritz Erickson and other activities and giveaways.
A public dedication ceremony for a new bronze Wildcat statue near Jamrich Hall will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. The statue will become a focal point on the academic mall and is likely to serve as a popular photo location for students and visitors. It is made possible through a gift from the estate of former NMU Board of Trustees chair and longtime NMU supporter Gil Ziegler ('60 BS).
The premiere of Put Your Hand on the Line, a documentary on the 1975 NCAA Division II national champion Wildcat football team, will follow at 4 p.m. Friday in Forest Roberts Theatre. Some members of the team will attend the showing.
The NMU Sports Hall of Fame social, program and dinner is scheduled at 5 p.m. Friday in the University Center Great Lakes Rooms. Tickets can be purchased at outlets or online for $25 for the general public or $10 for ages 10 and under. This year's inductees are Richard “Dick” Allen, football; Tim Jones, wrestling; John LaPointe, football; Heather (Mizer) Sarnowski, volleyball; the late Kim (Storm) Ylitalo, swimming; and the 1997-98 women's basketball team.
An all-alumni reception, with complimentary appetizers, music and NMU trivia, is scheduled from 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Landmark Inn.
Saturday will kick off with family-friendly community activities at NMU's Olson Library: a Michigan eLibrary Bookflix Storytime from 9-10 a.m.; Bagels & Books, 9-11 a.m.; a poetry workshop for kids from 10-11; and large-scale versions of favorite board games from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The annual Homecoming parade will be held on a new day and traverse a new route. It begins at 2 p.m. Saturday from the back of the Superior Dome and will head down Front Street, turn right at Hewitt, then return up Third Street.
A tailgate party featuring music, lawn games and an optional BBQ buffet for purchase will be held outside the Dome beginning at 1:30, leading up to the 4 p.m. football game against Ferris State. A post-game reception with free food, a cash bar and music by Iron Daisy will close out the Homecoming celebration at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn.
For the full schedule and more information, visit nmu.edu/alumni/homecoming.
May NMU graduates Abby Cook and Jami Hogeboom, along with Professor Tom Isaacson, recently presented a case study on the evolution of public relations at the International History of Public Relations Conference in Bournemouth, England.
The case study is titled "Evolving Public Relations: The Role of Social Good and Tactical Changes in Historic and Modern U.S. Campaigns.” It started as a PR Case Studies class project in the Communication and Performance Studies Department (CAPS) in 2017. Cook and Hogeboom expanded the class project and developed NMU's first-ever submission to the Arthur Page Society's Case Study Competition. Later, the case study was adapted into presentation form, enabling the graduates to travel abroad for the first time.
Upon their arrival in the small seaside town in England, Hogeboom, Cook and Isaacson delivered the first presentation at the conference.
“We felt confident and prepared to present our case study to several educators and students from the UK, Greece, Croatia, Iran and many more countries,” said Cook. “Following our presentation, we attended two days of sessions, where we learned about the history within the field of public relations.”
“This was the first time I've co-presented work with undergraduate students at NMU, but I was confident that Jami and Abby would be great representatives for NMU and the CAPS Department,” Isaacson said. “The students put in long hours preparing and updating their case analysis and were rewarded with great feedback from conference attendees, and even had Boston University faculty encouraging them to apply to its PR graduate programs.”
Reflecting on the conference, Hogeboom said, “I am extremely grateful to have been given the chance to travel abroad, share our findings and connect with other public relation professionals from all over the world. The insight I gained from not only the other presentations, but from conversations with educators and other students from countries such as Australia and Germany, were incredible and eye-opening.”
The international presentation was made possible with internal support from Jim Cantrill, CAPS department head, and Rob Winn, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.