A six-course British Isles dinner paired with wines will be presented by the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center and the U.P. Chapter of the American Culinary Federation on Tuesday, May 15, at Northern Michigan University. A cocktail reception with a cash bar begins at 6 p.m. in the University Center Great Lakes Room. Dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m.
The 2018 U.P. Folklife Award will be presented at the dinner following the entrée course. The awards are presented to a person or organization that has made a difference in the creation and preservation of folk arts in the U.P.
Chefs from the U.P Chapter of the ACF have designed each course. Appetizers include fish and chips and an arugula salad with apple and cider vinaigrette. The soup course features a traditional Welsh potato and leek soup with Stilton and smoked duck breast, served with crumpet and butter. Chicken Tikka Masala will be served before the dinner course of Irish stew with stout braised lamb shoulder, sweet winter carrots and baby kale served with cheddar soda bread. The dinner will end with desserts: peach compote and brandy chocolate truffle; Scottish shortbread with Glenlivet macerated berries; and sticky toffee pudding petit gateau.
Admission is $85 per person. To register for the event, visit https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=2239234. Proceeds from the dinner support scholarship funds for hospitality students at NMU and the Beaumier Center's programming fund.
Five Northern Michigan University students were selected for Lundin Honors Summer Research Fellowships. The students will each receive $5,000 to cover tuition costs and living expenses during Summer 2018. Each student research project will be conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
The Lundin Fellows are listed below, along with the titles of their research projects and their faculty mentors.
Maggie Bohm will conduct a research project titled “Characterization of a Conserved Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Carbon Metabolism Pathway”. Assistant Professor of Biology Josh Sharp will serve as the faculty mentor.
Kyle Flickinger was selected to research his project, “Mechanism of Exosomal Protein Transfer from Glioblastoma Multiform to Noncancerous Cells”. Associate Professor of Biology Robert Belton will serve as the faculty mentor.
Allison Opheim will research “Communicating Scientific Research in a Social Media Age”. Associate Professor of Communications and Performance Studies will serve as the faculty mentor.
Aaron Rochow will conduct a research project titled “Economic Institutions and State Development”. Assistant Professor of Political Science Hanna Kassab will serve as the faculty mentor.
Taylor Susa will research “Neuroimaging of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Collegiate Athletes”. Instructor of Psychological Science Joshua Carlson will serve as the faculty mentor.
Northern Michigan University will host its spring commencement at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in the Superior Dome. Of the 912 students eligible to graduate in May, 706 will participate in the ceremony. An additional 119 August graduates will also march, raising the total number of participants to 825. The ceremony can be viewed live on WNMU-TV 13 or online at nmu.edu/commencement.
Conforming with recently implemented security procedures, guests are allowed a personal item 8.5 x 11 inches or smaller, which may be subject to search. A demonstration area will be reserved in the grassy area between the Superior Dome and Physical Education Instructional Facility (PEIF).
Gov. Rick Snyder will be the keynote speaker.
“We are honored that Gov. Snyder accepted our invitation to address NMU graduates at commencement,” said Robert Mahaney, chair of the NMU Board of Trustees. “He was nominated because of his demonstrated commitment to the Upper Peninsula and his support of NMU initiatives. The governor has been a staunch advocate of career and technical education, Invent@NMU and the university's effort to expand broadband throughout the Upper Peninsula with its Educational Access Network. He also has helped to identify state funding sources for both Invent@NMU and the EAN.”
Alexandra Camarillo-Lugo of Lake Forest, Calif., will serve as the student commencement speaker. Hayley Kukulis of Marquette will be the soloist, leading the audience in the singing of the national anthem and “Hail Northern,” the alma mater.
Grand Rapids-based retailer Meijer has donated two reconditioned semi-trucks and trailers valued at about $100,000 to Northern Michigan University's new CDL Truck Driving Program. Students who complete the intensive course should be ready to test for a Commercial Driver's License and begin their careers in five weeks. The first session begins May 21 at NMU's Jacobetti Complex.
NMU President Fritz Erickson and Marquette Meijer Store Director John Spaulding announced the donation Friday morning at the retailer's US-41 West location.
“This is an extraordinary gift that will help us launch an educational program to meet high industry demand,” said Erickson. “We thank Meijer for this investment, and for its faith in Northern to train the highest-quality CDL drivers for Meijer and other companies throughout the region. We're so delighted that the company has located a store here. Meijer has a long tradition of establishing community partnerships. This tangible demonstration of that is very exciting.”
“Meijer strives to be a good neighbor throughout the communities we serve, and are pleased our retired vehicles will be put to good use by Northern Michigan University students learning a very important skill,” Spaulding added. “We look forward to opening our Marquette store next month, and being part of this strong community for years to come.”
The vehicles had previously been part of the Meijer fleet. Both have been reconditioned and prepped for NMU use, with new tires, maintenance inspections and new graphics.
NMU's Continuing Education & Workforce Development Department established the new CDL Truck Driving Program based on high industry demand. Positions pay an average $18 per hour in the Upper Peninsula. The need for such programs is projected to increase over the next decade, fueled largely by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's entry-level driver training rule.
Beginning in February 2020, the FMCSA will enforce comprehensive national training standards for entry-level commercial truck and bus operators seeking to obtain a CDL. The ruling will also impact businesses with unfilled CDL driver needs.
“Everything's going to change for the industry when that goes into effect,” said Stephanie Zadroga-Langlois, director of NMU Continuing Education & Workforce Development. “Right now, if you think you've got a good handle on driving a truck and have a truck available to you, you could go and take the test without going through a training program and hope to pass it. It's hard to do, but the opportunity exists. As of 2020, it will be an absolute requirement that entry-level drivers attend a training program.”
NMU's curriculum will match federal requirements in anticipation of the FMCSA ruling and be taught by certified truck driver education providers. In addition to the opening session May 21, future five-week courses are scheduled to begin July 9, Aug. 20 and March 18, 2019. The cost for classroom and driving instruction is $4,000 per session.
“Companies sometimes find it hard to fill openings for CDL positions,” Zadroga-Langlois said. “We've watched the industry and know the demand is forecast to remain high for several years. It's a good job that ranges from Over the Road (OTR) drivers who travel the country to regional delivery and transit drivers who are home every night for dinner.”
For details on the program, visit https://www.nmu.edu/continuingeducation/cdl-program.
Adam Prus of Northern Michigan University's Psychological Science Department is the 2018 NMU Distinguished Faculty Award recipient. He is praised as an outstanding teacher, scholar and mentor.
Prus has demonstrated an ability to connect with students at all levels. He regularly teaches courses that cover the breadth of the psychology curriculum, from the general introductory course to graduate courses in neuroscience. Prus has supervised 14 master's degree student thesis projects and mentored many undergraduate students who assist him with research projects.
As head of the department since 2016, Prus helped to establish NMU's Behavioral Education, Assessment and Research Center. The BEAR Center has provided more than 15,000 hours of free behavioral servicesfor children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other disabilities from across the Upper Peninsula.
Prus is a nationally recognized scholar in the field of neuropsychopharmacology. He provides insight into how drugs act in the brain to produce psychological effects, with a focus on developing better treatments for depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. He has written two textbooks on psychopharmacology and published and presented his work widely. Many of his publications include NMU students as co-authors, and dozens of students have presented research from his laboratory at national scientific conferences. Prus also has been awarded more than $200,000 in grants to support his research.
Prus was honored at a recent award reception and will join the commencement platform party to be recognized at the May 5 ceremony. He joined the NMU faculty in 2006. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Western Michigan University and a doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University.
The NMU Wildcat Battalion will celebrate the graduation of seven new Second Lieutenants as they take their oath of office and have their bars pinned on them. The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in John X. Jamrich 1100.
The following cadets will be commissioned into the United States Army as Second Lieutenants:
Virgina M. Jahr, graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice, she accessed active duty, Aviation Branch.
Rebecca L. LaLonde, Nursing, active duty, Nurse Corps Branch.
Dalton E. Lorenzon, psychology, active duty, Infantry Branch.
Sean P. McMillan, political science, active duty, Field Artillery Branch.
Nathan J. Morford, criminal justice, active duty, Aviation Branch.
Patrick O. Schiller, environmental studies and sustainability, active duty, Field Artillery Branch.
Brandon M. Warner, criminal justice, active duty, Ordinance Branch.
The School of Health and Human Performance held an open house April 30 for the NMU Kinesiology and Exercise Oncology Research Laboratory on Washington Street near the new hospital. Faculty and students will conduct clinical-based research on the value of exercise in helping individuals with a cancer diagnosis recover more efficiently and effectively. Other projects will address concussions, multiple sclerosis (MS), outdoor recreational therapy and athletic training. NMU plans future collaborations with Advanced Orthopedics, UP Rehab and Perform4Life, which are housed in the same building.
Professor Scott Drum said cancer rehab incorporating exercise is relatively new and is similar to the more firmly entrenched cardiac rehabilitation model.
“It's been established that exercise is beneficial, even soon after open-heart surgery,” Drum said. “Cancer recovery can include fatigue, depression and what's known as chemo brain or brain fog. Exercise helps sharpen functional capacity and mental acuity. We're looking at breast cancer subjects, some of whom report they're actually advised not to exercise during treatment so they don't risk additional damage. Our big thing is getting people outside their comfort zones and engaging in nontraditional forms of exercise, such as rock climbing as a different way to engage the upper body, and seeing how physical and psychological measures differ from traditional exercise. We also want to compare the benefits of indoor versus outdoor exercise.”
The facility includes a Treadwall rotating rock climbing wall, along with virtual bikes and a treadmill that mimic outdoor environments and are responsive to changes in terrain. Drum said a major goal is to secure grants for clinical-based studies with cancer survivors.
Professors Sarah Clarke and Randy Jensen are working with UP Rehab to examine a new product that helps patients with MS move. Colleague Maggie Moore has done extensive research on concussions. That area of study will be enhanced by a recent $1 million gift to establish the Mark R. and Eileen Lovell Professorship, which will focus on education, research and patient care related to concussions.
Associate Dean and Director Liz Wuorinen said the school is excited to partner with the building's other entities on future projects.
“What a tremendous opportunity to combine rehabilitation-type activities with performance and health aspects of research. This opens the door for reaching a wider population beyond just athletes or rehab patients, which helps us in terms of interpreting data. It also helps to have a larger stakeholder group review and interpret data to come up with different ideas for types of research programs that may not have been considered in the past.”
Posture Plank, the recent invention of Marquette chiropractor Brian Kulbieda, puts a new spin on an old idea to help improve posture. With 16 years of experience running his own practice, Axis Chiropractic, Kulbieda knows the demands people put on their bodies on a daily basis and the poor posture and injuries that can result from being bent over a desk or standing on one's feet all day.
“I see Posture Plank being used in a wide spectrum of everyday life, from parents who are concerned about their teenager's spinal health to people in an office space stuck behind their computers all day,” says Kulbieda. “Along with helping to improve one of the primary posture areas of the spine, Posture Plank can also be used as a body stretching tool.”
According to the American Chiropractic Association, experts estimate that 80 percent of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lives. Poor posture leads to many health concerns such as shallow breathing, changes in heart rate, stiff necks, pain in the skeletal muscles, poor circulation and reduced self-confidence. The Posture Plank works to alleviate poor posture by improving the back's muscle memory over time.
“I have a patient in her 70s who came in and always sat straight up in my exam chair, so I asked her how she has maintained such great posture through the years,” says Kulbieda. “She told me her father had her walk around with a broomstick behind her back so she would stand up straight. I straighten out teenagers all day long and here is this 70-year-old woman who has perfect posture from holding a broomstick behind her back. That's when it hit me; create a comfortable yet beautiful wooden product to help improve people's posture.”
Not sure where to start, Kulbieda went to Invent@NMU for help shortly after its grand opening in October 2014. Invent@NMU guided Kulbieda through their process, starting at the validation stage, where they researched his idea to check for competing products on the market. Nothing notable was found and Kulbieda decided to continue forward into the ideation stage.
Invent@NMU's human-centered designers and mechanical engineering technologists worked together to define and refine the product in collaboration with Kulbieda. Once a final design was chosen, the student team manufactured the initial 20-unit pilot run in-house to test the market. The product was well received, and Kulbieda decided it was time to launch Posture Plank to a larger audience. With further assistance from Invent@NMU, he has created a website and social media pages. He also identified an Upper Peninsula manufacturer who will make the product going forward.
“I could visualize the concept, but couldn't produce the product by myself,” says Kulbieda. “Without Invent@NMU, it would have continued to be just an idea, and would not have materialized into a product that will be sold in the market.”
To celebrate Posture Awareness Month and his product's launch, Kulbieda was the guest speaker for the Entrepreneurs Unplugged series on Wednesday, May 2. The product is now in stock and available for purchase for $59.95 each at www.postureplank.com and locally at Axis Chiropractic.
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Northern Michigan University has announced its outstanding graduating seniors and graduate students from each academic department. Most honorees will receive their degrees at NMU's spring commencement on May 5.
The outstanding graduating seniors and their departments are identified below (listed by hometowns in alphabetical order, with Michigan cities first):
Cheboygan: Kelsa Dykehouse, Art and Design. As an art education major, Dykehouse completed her student teaching in Fall 2017. She has worked as an art educator in Upper Peninsula schools.
Davison: Raven Mitchell, Earth, Environmental and Geographical Science. She assisted with research at the Huron Mountain Club and interned with the Marquette Country Conservation District. During a project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Mitchell studied ways to increase conservation of Kirtland's warbler through sustainable forestry. She will present her research at the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers in New Orleans.
Escanaba: Steve Wood, Political Science. During his time at NMU, Wood served as the president of the Student Law Forum. He will attend the University of Minnesota Law School.
Felch: Sarah Naracon, Biology. During her time at NMU, Naracon made research contributions on neuromuscular disease to the Ottem Laboratory. Following graduation, she will attend Michigan State University to pursue a degree in the College of Human Medicine.
Gladstone: Abby Flaminio, Health and Human Performance. She was one of 20 students selected nationwide to participate in an athletic training study-abroad program at the National Taiwan Sport University. Flaminio also completed an NMU faculty-led study abroad to Belize, where she assisted in the provision of medical care to the underserved. She has completed more than 1,000 hours of clinical education by providing athletic training services to NMU student athletes. Following graduation, Flaminio will begin physical therapy school at Central Michigan University.
Holt: Chloe Lewis, Chemistry and Mathematics and Computer Science. She received a Harden Scholarship and participated in research as a Freshman Fellow. Lewis was selected for two competitive National Science Foundation Research Experiences, one in analytical chemistry at Notre Dame and the other in mathematics at the University of Texas at Tyler. She also served as the editor in chief of “Conspectus Borealis,” NMU's undergraduate research journal.
Iron River: Ryan Peterson, Sociology and Anthropology. Peterson was the president of the NMU Anthropology Club and served as an office assistant for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. In addition, he worked as a lab assistant in the Sociology and Anthropology Lab and participated in field work for the Forensic Research Outdoor Station (FROST) facility. As a McNair Scholar, he presented the findings of his research on Beaver Island. Following graduation, Peterson will attend graduate school in archaeology.
Ishpeming: Alyssa Gray, Philosophy. Her motivation and interests are in feminist and LGBTQ philosophy, which helped her construct her thinking about society and the nature of desirable social change. Following graduation, she plans to pursue opportunities related to both philosophy and gender studies.
Lewiston: Mckenzie Mathewson, Economics, 4.0 GPA. She was a double major in economics and public relations. As an honors student, her researched focused on the crisis communication strategy of the NFL. During her time at NMU, she served as the president of the Economics Student Association, the treasurer of the Public Relations Student Society of America and resident adviser in Hunt Hall. She also participated in a 16-day international service project in New Zealand. After graduation, she plans oto pursue her master's degree in higher education and student affairs.
Aaron Lewkowicz, Clinical Sciences. As a McNair undergraduate researcher, Lewkowicz developed an equipment-free Colorimetric Look Mediated Isothermal Amplification based detection method to accurately detect S. aureus DNA in mock clinical samples. He also initiated independent research to develop an isothermal technique to detect HIV nucleic acid without the need for laboratory instrumentation. He was selected for a summer 2017 undergraduate internship at Mayo Clinic.
Jill Vermeulen, Communication and Performance Studies, 4.0 GPA. During her time at NMU, Vermeulen played various roles in NMU Theater and Dance productions, including Morticia in "The Addams Family" musical. She also completed a summer 2017 internship at the Adirondack Theatre Festival. Vermeulen worked as a student writer in NMU's Marketing and Communications Office. Following graduation, she will spend the summer as a director for Superior Arts Youth Theatre in Marquette.
Munising: Jennie Baker, English. As a secondary education student, Baker is passionate about the power of literacy in her students. During her student teaching, she strived to motivate her students to write for meaningful roles in their community. She also spent time teaching English language learners in Sapporo, Japan.
Muskegon: Summer Yeck, Technology and Occupational Sciences, 4.0 GPA. Yeck participated in the NMU Honors program and served as an on-campus tutor. In addition to her work at NMU, Yeck volunteered for community events with the hospitality program, including the inaugural Hospitality Gala and the OSF Heart of Gold dinner. Following graduation, Yeck will study in Bangkok, Thailand, and plans to pursue a master's degree or complete accounting certification.
Negaunee: Chatrine-Irin Johannessen, Psychology. She was a McNair Scholar, working with professor Mounia Ziat on several laboratory projects presented at scientific conferences. She is a member of PSI CHI, the international honors society in psychology and Sigma Tau Delta, the honors society in English. While at NMU, Johannessen served as a volunteer, working with grieving children, young adults with drug abuse problems and adult hospital patients with pain management issues. She also provided household assistance to elderly people.
Rockford: Daniel Kase, International Studies. Kase will graduate from NMU with a 4.0 GPA. During his time as a student, he spent a semester abroad at Oldenburg University in Germany. He worked as a tutor for NMU German students and an English Language teacher in Taiwan over the summer of 2017. He also served as the president of the All Nations Club and co-president of the All About Korea club. Following graduation, he will enter the Peace Corps with an assignment in Ukraine.
Skandia: Shelby Talsma, Business. During her time at NMU, she was very involved within programs related to the College of Business. She was the president of Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor organization for accounting, finance and information systems students. She was also a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Council, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and successfully completed an internship with Plante Moran in Traverse City. Talsma was also an NMU Honors Program member and Student Leadership Fellowship Program participant.
Traverse City: Austin Bannister, History. During his time at NMU, Bannister was the student president of the History Club and a member of the Reacting to the Past History Club. He also worked as a teaching assistant in the History Department. Following graduation, he plans to attend graduate school for a degree in history and archival administration.
Williamston: Lindsey Tuggle, Marketing. During her time at NMU, Tuggle was active in many extracurricular activities, most notably the NMU women's soccer team. She also served as the recruiting pfficer for NMU's American Marketing Association chapter. In addition to her work on campus, Tuggle represented NMU and the College of Business on a recruiting trip to Grand Rapids, where she spoke to high school students about attending NMU. She also worked as a sales and marketing intern for Easy Ice and has since transitioned into a marketing specialist with the company.
Lake Forest: Alex Camarillo-Lugo, Criminal Justice. She was selected as the student commencement speaker. During her time at NMU, Camarillo-Lugo worked for NMU Housing as both a resident and community adviser. She also volunteered to talk with prospective criminal justice students at Wildcat Weekend events. Following graduation, Camarillo-Lugo plans to pursue a graduate degree in public administration.
Fergus Falls: Krystle Hanson, Social Work. Hanson became an NMU student after serving eight years in the U.S. Air Force. During her time at NMU, she maintained a 4.0 GPA. Hanson was completing her field placement at the Department of Health and Human Services in Marquette.
Minneapolis: Meghan Hohenstein, Nursing. She was involved in many on-campus organizations, including the Student Leadership Fellowship program, the Spanish Club, Student Nurses Association and the Honors Student Organization. In addition, she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing in March. While at NMU, she participated in two international health care experiences, one in Cusco, Peru, and the other in San Ignacio, Belize.
Herriman: Rachel Hunter, Physics. She was a Freshman Fellow, who worked in the university observatory and lab and presented her work at the Celebration of Student Scholarship. Hunter was also awarded a summer research experience at Vanderbilt University and presented the results at the national meeting of the American Physical Society in New Orleans. In addition, she was the president of the Physics Club and a member of the Mortar Board honor society. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a career in health care data analysis and informatics.
De Pere: Paul LaPlant, Language, Literatures and International Studies, 4.0 GPA. He participated in a study abroad program with NMU in Salamanca, Spain. In addition, LaPlant presented his research in organic chemistry at the American Chemical Society Conference. He was a member of the honors program, co-president of the Spanish Club and competed on the NMU Quiz Bowl team.
Fontana: Zachary Ott, Music. While at NMU, Ott performed with many different ensembles, including the NMU Jazz Band, Jazz Combos, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble and Marching Band. In Summer 2015, he was hired by WNMU-FM radio to host the Sunday Swing and Jazz Showcase program.
Waunakee: Megan McCormick, Education, Leadership and Public Service. During her time at NMU, McCormick participated in a variety of educational projects, notably co-authoring a publication titled “A Novel Method to Factor Cubic Polynomials: The ad-Method.” She also led the Education Math Club, a student group that had a positive impact on her peers and school-aged children.
The outstanding graduate students, with their respective departments, are:
Bark River: Justina Liss, Business. For the last two years, she has served as a graduate assistant in the College of Business. Following graduation, Liss will pursue a career in management or marketing.
Brimley: Miranda Johnson, Psychology. During her involvement in NMU's Applied Behavior Analysis lab, Johnson learned to implement behavior change procedures and instruct language skills for children with autism. She also received a graduate assistantship for working in the NMU Behavioral Education Assessment and Research (BEAR) Center and Northpointe Behavioral Health Systems. After successfully defending her thesis, “Peer-Meditated Self-Monitoring to Increase Procedural Integrity of Natural Environment Trainings in the Clinic Settings,” Johnson has helped families across the Upper Peninsula by working as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with Hiawatha Behavioral Health.
Dearborn: Anne Okonowski, English/MA. She has spent two years at NMU working as a teaching assistant. Okonowski also served on the Graduate Writers' Association as a graduate representative for the composition committee. In 2016, she gave a panel presentation at the Michigan College Teachers of English Association conference. She plans to return to her hometown to resume work as a historical presenter at Greenfield Village, while continuing her teaching and writing career.
Ishpeming: Mallory McCormack, Learning Disabilities. McCormack is currently an elementary school teacher with Negaunee Public Schools. Her education in learning disabilities will help her to meet the needs of students in her classroom.
Joe Routhier, Education Specialist. He is currently an instructor of Engineering Technology at NMU. In his thesis, “The Work Ethic Gap: Comparing Perceptions of Students, Teachers, and Employers,” Routhier created videos of workplace situations that were rated by various participant groups in order to determine if they perceived work ethic differently.
Marquette: Jessica Bruning, Postsecondary Biology Education. During her time at NMU, Bruning was active in research examining plant-microbe interactions and the isolation of endophytic bacteria for use as biocontrol agents of plant diseases. She also served as a lab technician, preparing upper-level teaching labs. She has taught human physiology labs in the Biology Department.
Rachel Pomeroy, Mathematics and Computer Science. She worked as an adjunct instructor in NMU's Physics Department in 2011, teaching physics lab sections. Pomeroy currently teaches geometry, physics, AP physics and astronomy at Marquette Area Public Schools, where she also served as the director of the Shiras Planetarium for five years.
Edward Raack, Clinical Sciences. Raack's thesis, “Development of Rapid, Colorimetric Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification Assay for Determination of Mutational Status in Glioblostoma,” provides a guide to neurosurgeons during resection in glioblastoma. He currently works for Second Genome, a biotechnology company that uses nucleic-acid-based technologies to evaluate microbiomes.
Sara Ryan, English/MFA. During her time as a graduate student, Ryan taught a variety of English courses at NMU, including Good Books and Intro to Creative Writing. Her written work has been published in Slice Magazine, Fairy Tale Review and the Sonora Review. Her chapbook, “Never Leave the Foot of an Animal Unskinned,” is in the process of being published by Porkbelly Press. She was also the associate poetry editor for “Passages North,” a literary journal sponsored by NMU. Ryan will pursue her doctorate in creative writing and continue teaching at the post-secondary level.
Kimball: Ashlyn Jendro, Health and Human Performance, 4.0 GPA. Her thesis project, “Performance Characteristics of Adult One Dog Canicross Runners,” merges her interests of sled dog racing and exercise science. She received a Spooner Research Award in Fall 2017 to support her research and plans to present her findings at the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Conference in New Zealand in 2018.
Madison: Amanda Vanderplow, Biology. While at NMU, she was granted research support through the Excellence in Education and the Biology Department Developmental Fund. In her thesis, she characterized the anatomical expression of novel neuropeptide in the hamster brain. Following her graduation in 2017, Vanderplow was awarded a two-year fellowship with Team Science and is now at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working toward her doctorate in the endocrinology and reproductive physiology program.
Alex Camarillo-Lugo of Lake Forest, Calif., will serve as the student speaker at Northern Michigan University's spring commencement on Saturday, May 5. She will receive a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and was named the department's outstanding graduating senior.
Camarillo-Lugo is a first-generation college student. She chose to enroll at Northern because it offered a criminal justice degree and the NMU Regional Police Academy to match her career interests, along with relatively affordable out-of-state tuition. She also found the distance from southern California appealing.
“I love being challenged,” she said. “I knew if I went to college far away from my mom and my hometown, and to somewhere completely different from what I was used to, it would force me to teach myself how to adapt to new surroundings and experiences. I became homesick my first semester and was ready to return closer to home, but my mom said I made the choice and should stick it out. I'm really glad I did. Northern has been amazing and surreal.
“I owe a lot to the criminal justice professors. They're very supportive, they've all had hands-on experience in the field and they create awesome opportunities for students outside the classroom. You just can't find an experience like NMU anywhere else, from being so close to Lake Superior to being surrounded by genuinely nice people on campus and in the community. I've come to love the area so much that my dream is to return here after grad school and become a Michigan State Police trooper.”
Camarillo-Lugo has held various positions on campus. She worked for NMU Housing as both a resident and community adviser, and served on the staff development committee that planned the training and hiring. She also volunteered to talk with prospective criminal justice students at Wildcat Weekend events and assisted with the Young Wildcat Scholars camp, a taste-of-college experience for 6th graders from charter schools. Beyond NMU, she served as a counselor at Camp New Day, a week-long respite on Lake Michigamme for U.P. students 15 and younger who have an incarcerated parent or loved one.
Overcoming adversity will be the theme of her commencement speech. Camarillo-Lugo said her primary inspiration was a 40-year-old student and single mother who developed cancer after returning to school, but continued to press on.
“Whether it's a health issue like that or students who change their major and have to stay here longer trying to find the best fit, I just want to remind them that they've overcome a lot to get to this point—their graduation—and deserve to enjoy the moment.”
Following commencement, Camarillo-Lugo will work as an assistant residence hall director at UW-Oshkosh while pursuing a master's degree in public administration. She then plans to search for law enforcement career opportunities.
NMU's spring commencement can be viewed live on WNMU-TV 13 or online through a link at nmu.edu/commencement.
In honor of its 40th anniversary, the Hiawatha Music Co-op has donated 40 native trees and shrubs to Northern Michigan University. They will be planted in the Outdoor Learning Areas (OLAs) off Elizabeth Harden Drive between Whitman Hall and New Science. Volunteers are invited to participate at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 13.
The event is a collaboration between the Hiawatha Music Co-op, NMU's Sustainability Advisory Council, OLA, student leaders associated with Gamma Theta Upsilon and EcoReps, and the Marquette County Conservation District.
This effort was the brainchild of Doug Kitchel, who served on the Hiawatha Board of Directors for the past six years.
“When Doug asked if we'd be interested in helping with this project, it seemed to me that a tree planting was the perfect way to celebrate 40 years of community partnership between the Hiawatha Music Co-op and Northern Michigan University," said Professor Sarah Mittlefehldt, co-chair of NMU's Sustainability Advisory Council. "It's a wonderful way to commemorate the past while also demonstrating our commitment to the future.”
The trees and shrubs will be purchased from the Marquette County Conservation District and will be planted in Northern's Outdoor Learning Areas ”to provide educational opportunities for students to learn about the ecology and Native American heritage of our region,” said OLA Director and Professor Matthew Van Grinsven.
The 40 trees will include trees such as American sweet crab apple, elderberry, plum, and hazelnut. Native trees were emphasized because they are better at supporting native insect and native bird species. Project partners also hope to establish a sugar bush for future generations to tap for maple syrup and to enjoy the fruits of this collaborative effort.
Northern Michigan University will bring back its one-credit RAD self-defense course for women in the fall. The goal of the RAD approach is to reduce victimization through informed decision-making choices and sensible action. It is a practical blend of threat-avoidance strategies and real-world assault resistance tactics.
Students can select one of two half-semester sessions. Each meets from 6-9:20 p.m. Mondays. No experience is required. The course will end with a simulation in which NMU police will act as perpetrators and women can apply the skills learned in the class.
“It's really about empowering women and letting them know they are capable of defending themselves,” said Jesse Wernholm of the NMU Police Department, one of the program instructors. “We want to make them aware of their surroundings—what to look for and what to avoid. And we teach them if they do get into a situation, there are different physical defensive techniques they can apply.”
For more information on the HP215 course, contact Wernholm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizers of the NMU Food Pantry, which served 119 unique students over 341 visits this semester, extend their gratitude to members of the campus community and beyond who made donations to support its mission. They also encourage continued support over the summer, as food insecurity issues do not go on hiatus and the shelves are in need of restocking. The pantry will be open limited hours, from 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays, until the fall semester. It accepts non-perishable food items, along with personal care, hygiene and paper products. Financial donations also can be made through the NMU Foundation; payroll deduction is available.
“We recently had one NMU senior who wanted to do something to benefit the pantry before she graduated,” said Peter Holliday of Student Support Services, who helps to oversee the facility. “She and her mom delivered two grocery bags full of items. We've also had students who used the pantry during a rough patch, but came back and made donations when they were in a better spot financially.
“In the summer, we find that students get new jobs with the promise of more hours than they actually end up getting. They might be able to make rent, but it's tight for food. The pantry is a supplement; it's not intended to be the sole source. Sometimes people just need a little help making it to the next paycheck. We averaged about 10 visits per day this semester, so we know the need is definitely real. Now it's a matter of making the pantry sustainable.”
Holliday said the NMU Food Pantry is exploring a relationship with Feed America West Michigan, which offers drop-off services in the Upper Peninsula. It is also looking at potential partnerships with local retailers.
With the limited summer hours, Holliday recommends that donations be delivered to the drop-off location in the Dean of Students office suite in C.B. Hedgcock. A pantry needs list is posted at www.facebook.com/NMUFoodPantry.
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees today demonstrated its support for continued transformation led by a strategic plan that focuses on investment and innovation. Trustees approved a 2018-19 tuition and fees schedule that will generate additional investment dollars while preserving NMU's longtime rank of second-lowest tuition and fees among Michigan's public universities. The combined average cost for full-time resident undergraduates will be $5,280.50 per semester, an increase of $245 per semester from last year's rate.
Northern's rate also adheres to the tuition restraint language in preliminary state budget proposals. If the final higher education appropriation bill includes a revised dollar cap, NMU will adjust accordingly.
“This recommendation enables us to invest in innovative programs and initiatives that enhance the academic experience for students, while maintaining relative affordability among state schools,” said Gavin Leach, vice president for Finance and Administration. “We appreciate that the state proposals again extend beyond the percentage-based tuition restraint language and include the hard dollar cap option instituted in fall 2017. This enables lower-cost universities like Northern the ability to invest in initiatives to advance their goals.”
Nonresident undergraduate tuition will increase by the same amount and graduate tuition will increase by $24 per credit hour.
The board also agreed that the budget for university operations be continued at the 2016-17 level until a new general fund budget is approved, except for increases required by existing or newly negotiated union contracts.
In other action, the board:
-Approved the following new academic programs: an athletic training master's degree, effective summer 2019; an early childhood education master's degree, effective fall 2018; a social work master's degree, effective fall 2019; and a Native American community services associate degree, effective fall, 2018.
-Agreed to the following program deletions, effective this summer: an associate degree in respiratory therapy and master's degrees in criminal justice and nursing.
-Approved the following capital and long-term maintenance projects with a total cost of more than $250,000: Summit Street Apartments demolition, $450,000; Luther O. Gant Hall demolition, $680,000; Lydia M. Olson Library interior update-design services, $275,000; and south campus irrigation, $250,000.
-Agreed to fund the Eco Reps, a peer-to-peer student sustainability organization, on a one-year experimental basis for $20,000 per semester to explore the viability of a potential student fee to support campus sustainability efforts.
-Authorized using the $25,352 in service fees collected by the AAUP faculty union as part of their prior contracts as an endowment for scholarships.
-Approved the following changes to course and program fees: remove the cross-country skiing and mountain biking course fee; a $1 per credit increase in the differential tuition for business, clinical lab sciences and nursing; a course fee increase of $1 per credit for music, natural sciences and technology and occupational sciences; a new $55.50 per credit Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program fee to cover the cost of clinical preceptors; and a refundable student recreation pass fee increase of $3 per semester.
-Agreed to donate old furniture valued at about $50,000 to Marquette County Habitat for Humanity.
-Renamed the Department of Public Safety and Police Services as two distinct units: the NMU Police Department and NMU Safety Department.
-Appointed the following individuals as board members for public school academies. Unless otherwise indicated, they are reappointments with terms expiring June 30, 2021: Kimberly Hedges, Bahweting Public School Academy; Art Bone, Burton Glen Academy; Sharla Conlon, East Shore Leadership Academy; David Bearss, Darlene Johnson and Valerie Emerson, Francis Reh Public School Academy; Tondra Worthy and George Trapp, George Crockett Academy; Crystal Lea and Marilyn Shawano, Nah Tah Wahsh Public School Academy; Bruce Roberts, North Star Academy; Patty Hines (new appointment through June 30, 2020), Mark Horvath and Juanita Bell, South Pointe Scholars Academy; and Gregory Stevenson, Walton Public School Academy.
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees presented its annual Student Achievement Awards for significant contributions to the quality of life at NMU through extracurricular activities or work in a university department. Recipients were: Meghan Hohenstein of Bloomington, Minn., Outstanding Female Graduating Senior; Adam Kall of Davenport, Iowa, Outstanding Male Graduating Senior; Samantha Black of Caledonia, Mich., Outstanding Student of Any Class; and Joseph Roberts, Outstanding Nontraditional Student. Michelle Gardiner, who will be relocating from Texas to Germany with the U.S. Air Force, received the new Outstanding Global Campus Student award.
Hohenstein is the first nursing student to graduate with Full Honors. She came to NMU as a Leadership Scholar and completed a bachelor's degree with a double major in nursing and Spanish in four years while also participating in the Honors Program. She was active in house and hall government and Mortar Board, completed all four edges of the Superior Edge program and was involved in the Student Nurses' Association and Spanish Club. Hohenstein joined NMU's Student Leader Fellowship Program and led a negotiation and problem-solving program for impoverished girls in the Dominican Republic as her community service internship. She won the Heart and Soul Award for campus leadership. She studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain and in Cusco, Peru, where she volunteered at a hospital while taking classes. Hohenstein also helped to set up pop-up health clinics in Belize. After graduating magna cum laude on May 5, she will be studying for the nursing boards and hopes to be a labor and delivery or pediatric nurse.
Kall also came to NMU as a Leadership Scholar and earned a bachelor's degree with a double major in mathematics and computer science. He was a member of the Student Finance Committee since his first semester. As a freshman, he formed a team to compete at the Alma College Math Challenge and its final ranking improved significantly in subsequent years. Kall was selected for a 2016 summer internship at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. He created an Artificial Intelligence to parse and read computer logs. At NMU, he completed the entire Superior Edge program and the Student Leader Fellowship Program. His SLFP community service internship was working with the Robogators, the robotics team at North Star Montessori Academy in Marquette. Kall worked at two Iowa companies on projects such as applied swinging-door compression algorithm to data flows. He created a machine-learning algorithm for the NMU Foundation. After graduating summa cum laude with a 3.9 GPA, he will pursue a master's degree in data science at Elmhurst College.
Black was a nursing major and has been inducted into the International Nursing Honors Society. She was a member and leader of the Student Nurses' Association, completed all four edges of the Superior Edge Program and was involved in Mortar Board and the Student Leader Fellowship Program. For her SLFP community service internship, she worked with Father Marquette Middle School to establish an after-school girls club for 5th-8th graders. Black traveled to Belize to work at pop-up health clinics. She also worked at a summer camp for at-risk girls in the Dominican Republic. Her local volunteer involvement included UP Health System-Marquette, Jacobetti Home for Veterans and the health clinic at Ishpeming schools. She also played a major role coordinating the campus Organ Donation Drive, leading NMU to a second-place finish among Michigan colleges. After graduating cum laude, Black will study for the nursing board with the goal of becoming a labor and delivery nurse in lower Michigan.
Roberts had earned a technical diploma in farm operations and toiled away at general education classes in Wisconsin before enrolling at NMU in January 2015 as an accounting/corporate finance major with a minor in math. He was the site coordinator for the accounting Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which completed more than $1 million in tax returns for low-income Marquette residents, free of charge. He also led the Student Managed Investment Fund, which manages a portfolio of stocks for NMU. Roberts was a member of the Dean's Advisory Council and helped to plan many events for the College of Business. He was a leader of NMU's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor organization for financial information students and professionals. He also completed the Student Leader Fellowship Program and volunteered at Trails Fest and the Noquemanon Ski Marathon for his community service internship. After graduating, Black will work at public accounting firm Schenck SC in Wisconsin.
Gardiner began taking courses at NMU more than 20 years ago when she and her husband were stationed at the former Sawyer Air Force Base. She couldn't continue her education when they transferred out of the area because NMU didn't offer online courses at that time. After interrupting her military service to raise her children and operate a daycare center, Gardiner re-entered the Air Force in 2008. She currently works as a personnel specialist and is a senior master sergeant, the second-highest enlisted rank. She managed to finish her associate degree in general university studies/sociology in 2014 through online courses. As the NMU Global Campus program really took off, Gardiner saw a path to finally finishing her undergraduate degree. She will be moving to Germany his summer, while taking her second to last class, and plans to graduate in December with a degree in applied workplace leadership.
It is not common for triplets to graduate from the same college, but the Rhodes brothers of Memphis, Mich., have ramped up the rarity factor at Northern Michigan University. All three will receive bachelor's degrees on May 5 in the same major—construction management—and all have earned a perfect 4.0 grade-point average over their academic careers. They even share the same professional goal of someday running their own construction firm. The trio is composed of Jacob and Phillip, who are identical, and Ryan, who is fraternal.
While tight-knit, the triplets also engage in friendly sibling rivalry. “We're competitive, which has helped us get good grades. But the arguments over who gets to ride shotgun are brutal,” Ryan joked.
The Rhodes' career choice was inspired by several relatives who have held various positions in the construction industry, and by experience helping their dad and grandpa with house projects. The brothers attended a middle college academy near their hometown before enrolling at Northern. They selected NMU in part because of its relatively affordable tuition, but mainly because of the construction management program's reputation and 100 percent job placement rate.
“It's a perfect balance of theoretical and practical,” Ryan said. “It's important to know the basics of construction, but you also get deep into scheduling and estimating. We estimated a $3 million renovation. The program embraces new technology coming out so students are familiar with the same programs that the professionals use.”
“It's nice that the professors all have experience in the industry and care about the students,” Phillip said. “They instill a respect for the trades in students, which is great because our dad is a master plumber. They host a career fair specific to construction management and a lot of companies show up. We've all gotten internships or jobs through that. The professors also offer prep sessions for how to write resumes and interact in a professional setting.”
“And there are great summits with alumni talking about engineering and construction,” Jacob added. “The alumni base is substantial and spread across almost every state. Many work for major companies. Alumni stay connected to the program, emailing the professors about job opportunities that come up. We've had several job offers.”
Ryan accepted one of the offers. After graduation, he will start his career with O'Brien Construction, working in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor. Jacob and Phillip will complete summer internships with Ideal Contracting in Detroit and Ram Construction Services in Livonia, respectively, before beginning Northern's MBA program in the fall.
Once the brothers accumulate more practical experience on the job, their goal is to merge paths and start their own firm. They are good-humored about the unsolicited advice they've received for potential names for the business. Some options include Triple Threat, Team Trifecta and Rhodes Cubed.
The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center has announced the 2018 recipients of the Upper Peninsula Folklife Award. The award honors individuals who have worked to preserve and promote folk traditions, as well as organizations and businesses that have helped to promote and preserve the region's culture. The two awardees are French Canadian musician Dave Bezotte and the Trenary Home Bakery.
The awards will be presented at the Beaumier Center's fundraising dinner, “A British Isles Dinner,” on May 15. For more information and to register for the event, go to https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=2239234.
A native of Chassell, Bezotte has been a lifelong proponent of French Canadian music and culture. He is the leader of the U.P.'s only French singing group, the Maple Sugar Folks. He also plays in several ethnic music ensembles in the Copper Country, including the Thimbleberry Band. Bezotte is an active volunteer for the Chassell Historical Organization and an organizer of Chassell's annual Strawberry Festival. He has also been a member of the Beaumier Center's programming committee and has volunteered as a performer at several Beaumier Center events.
The Trenary Home Bakery specializes in “Trenary Toast,” a Finnish dried coffee bread. The bakery was established in 1928 by Jorma Syrannen. He and his wife, with help from their three sons, ran the bakery until 1950 when they sold it to Hans and Esther Hallinen. The Hallinen family continued running the bakery and helped to expand the business until it was sold to Andy Reichart in 2015. The Trenary Home Bakery continues the tradition of making handcrafted breads and toasts today.
Thirteen individuals or organizations have received the U.P. Folklife Award since it was introduced in 2009.
The U.P. Area Health Education Center, based out of Northern Michigan University and covering the 15 counties of the Upper Peninsula, is hosting a Rural Health Careers Camp at NMU for youth Monday, May 14 through Wednesday, May 16. Simulations with Clinical Sciences and Nursing will take place all day Tuesday in the West Science Building and simulations with the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, athletic training and more will take place from 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesday in the PEIF. UP-AHEC's mission is to connect students to health professions, professionals to communities and communities to better health. The interview contact onsite is Cindy Noble.
The Northern Michigan University Athletics Department has introduced the NMU Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2018. Inductees this year will be Richard "Dick" Allen, Tim Jones, John LaPointe, Heather (Mizer) Sarnowski, Kim (Storm) Ylitalo and the 1997-98 women's basketball team.
The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. on Sept. 21 with a Sports Hall of Fame Social in the Great Lakes Room of the University Center. Starting at 6 p.m., the Sports Hall of Fame Program and Dinner will take place. Tickets for the event are $25 and are available through the NMU Ticket Office at 906-227-1032.
Here are details on the inductees:
Richard "Dick" Allen
Football | Class of 1960
A part of the 1956 NMU Football team, Allen was the starting running back for the squad that finished the season undefeated. Two years later, Allen was named a Little (now NCAA Division II) All-American after leading the team in rushing (386 yards) and scoring (36 points). Additionally, Allen was a four-year letter winner in Track & Field for the Wildcats.
Wrestling | Class of 1985
Earning three letters from 1983-1985, Jones's best year on the mat came in 1984. Jones earned the NCAA Division II Region Championship en route to becoming the NCAA Division II National Runner-up and an All-American at the 167-pound weight class. He followed with a 1985 season in which he was named Team MVP.
Football | Class of 1965
A former team captain of the NMU Football team, LaPointe was a three-time letter winner for the Wildcats in 1961, 1962, and 1963. To finish his career in a Wildcat uniform, LaPointe was named Little (now NCAA Division II) Honorable Mention All-American in 1963 for a team that went 4-4-1. He went on to become a teacher and coach in the Manistique (MI) Schools system.
Heather (Mizer) Sarnowski
Volleyball | Class of 2000
Sarnowski's name can be found all over the NMU Volleyball record book including the top-two assist seasons in program history in 1997 and 1998. In her three seasons, Sarnowski finished with 3,434 assists, sixth most in school-history. That total also gives her the most assists per set in a career with 13.36. Sarnowski was also awarded an NCAA Division II All-American honor in 1997.
Kim (Storm) Ylitalo
Survived by her husband Dan Ylitalo
A four-time All-American, Storm first made her mark with multiple Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) records in 1982. A year later, she was an NCAA Division II National qualifier in multiple events. By the end of her career, Storm was an All-American in the 200-yard freestyle relay, 50-yard fly, the 400-yard medley relay, and the 200-meter medley relay.
1997-98 Women's Basketball Team
With a 27-3 record, the 1997-1998 NMU Women's Basketball team advanced to the NCAA II Semifinals after double digit victories in each of their first three rounds. The Wildcats outscored their opponents 2,471 to 1,890 en route to a GLIAC Tournament Championship. Players from the team earned the GLIAC Player of the Year award, two First-Team All-GLIAC honors, two GLIAC All-Defensive team nods, and a Second-Team All-GLIAC award.
Members of the team include:
|Mandee Dafoe||Carrie Dykstra||Stephanie Edgerton|
|Jill (Gobert) Van Damme||Jennifer Johnston||Sasha Leverentz (Palmer)|
|Shari (Rehmann) Kurncz||Kristen (Manske) Johnson||Christina Nesbert|
|Janell (Schupp) Lord||Karla (Strand) McCutcheon||Jill (Tunney) Keefer|
|Brianne (Weber) Helmila||Ginger (Weber) Moore|
|Michelle Guyant-Holloway |
The Michigan Consortium of Advanced Networks (MCAN) will hold listening sessions across the state to gather feedback on the best ways to strengthen broadband access and connectivity in the state. MCAN Vice Chair Gavin Leach of Northern Michigan University will host the Upper Peninsula listening session. The event is scheduled from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in 1318 Jamrich Hall at NMU.
Gov. Rick Snyder created the MCAN to develop a roadmap for improving broadband so Michigan can leverage technology to improve its place in the digital economy. The listening sessions are part of the process of formulating final recommendations. MCAN's report is due to the governor by Aug. 1.
Those planning to attend the U.P. session are asked to RSVP at https://bit.ly/2w3nZrz.
NMU's School of Nursing is collaborating with Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College (MATMC) on a new Practical Nursing certificate program. The program was established in response to outreach from local healthcare providers who have expressed a critical need for LPNs.
Students who begin the program during their junior year of high school can earn their Practical Nursing certificate from NMU by the summer following their last year of high school/middle college.
"Current faculty will teach the Middle College program," said Kristi Robinia, interim associate dean and director of the School of Nursing. "Students complete their prerequisites in their junior and senior year. Their 'fifth year' is the PN program, which prepares them to take the national NCLEX-PN exam in order to become a Licensed Practical Nurse."
The Practical Nursing certificate ladders perfectly into NMU's Registered Nursing major for those students who wish to continue their medical education. For more information on NMU's School of Nursing programs, visit http://www.nmu.edu/nursing/home-page
As with all MATMC certificate/degree programs, all academic costs (tuition, textbooks, lab fees, etc.) are covered by the middle college and at no cost to students/families during grades 11-13. Students/families are responsible for non-academic expenses such as transportation.
Because this announcement comes after the regularly scheduled MATMC application period, the middle college will hold several seats for current sophomores interested in pursuing a nursing career. All interested students should contact MATMC Director Brian Sarvello at email@example.com or 226-5135, as soon as possible.
Sarvello said this is a good fit for current high school sophomores considering enrollment in the Marquette Senior HS or Ishpeming HS (also serving Negaunee HS & Westwood HS) Health Occupation program, or the nursing internship program at Munising Memorial Hospital (Alger County students).
Northern Michigan University is closing three campus buildings as a precautionary measure to facilitate additional water testing after inconsistent lead level readings from limited test areas in each facility. The PEIF, Thomas Fine Arts and the Learning Resources Center will remain closed until NMU receives expedited independent laboratory results—potentially over the weekend—and makes a determination of whether additional investigation and testing is required. Employees in the three impacted buildings should contact their supervisors about working arrangements for the remainder of this week. Updated information will be available at www.nmu.edu/watertest.
NMU followed through on its pledge to test the water in more than 50 campus facilities to establish baseline measures. The move followed the two-day cautionary closure of the Jacobetti Complex in response to elevated lead readings. Later tests confirmed the Jacobetti levels are safe, falling below the EPA action level of 15 parts per billion.
The NMU Student Leader Fellowship Program expresses its appreciation to the following faculty and staff members who served as mentors for the SLFP. For one academic year, they acted as a role model, adviser and friend for a student fellow, providing guidance and support as the students strive to become leaders of their communities through service. The SLFP also is recruiting mentors for 2018-19. If interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2017-18 campus mentors were:
David Bonsall, NMU Retiree
Lindsey Butorac, Payroll
Julane Cappo, Human Resources
Jessica Cruz, Diversity and Inclusion
Marina Dupler, Alumni Relations
Kristi Evans, Marketing and Communications
Jennifer Gorton, Disability Services
Rachel Harris, Center for Student Enrichment
Jess Jones, NMU Foundation
Janet Koski, Equal Opportunity
Cindy Paavola, President's Office
Elizabeth Peterson, Simply Superior
Heather Pickett, Graduate Education and Research
Kathy Richards, Engineering and Planning
Evee Sampson, Housing and Residence Life
Tami Seavoy, NMU Board of Trustees
Leslie Warren, Academic Information Services