MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has elected a board chair and 

vice chair for the 2016 calendar year.

New chair H. Sook Wilkinson of Bloomfield Hills holds a doctorate in psychology and has practiced in the field for more than 35 years.  Born in South Korea, Wilkinson is an expert in international adoption and helps adoptees develop healthy identities through research, clinical work, and volunteering. 

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   All Detroit public schools were in session Wednesday, a day after a massive sick-out by teachers kept tens of thousands of students at home.  

Disgruntled educators have stepped up efforts to protest Governor Rick Snyder's plans for the district, its ramshackle finances, dilapidated buildings, overcrowded classrooms and their low pay.

Wednesday's sick-out shuttered more than 85 of roughly 100 schools and was timed to coincide with President Barack Obama's visit.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Republican state lawmakers are looking into legislation meant to prevent teacher “sickouts” like the ones that closed about 60 Detroit schools on Monday. 

Teachers in the state’s largest district say it’s their only way to protest problems in the district – from state control to overcrowded classrooms - because teacher strikes are banned under state law.

“I couldn’t be any more disappointed,” said state Sen. Phil Pavlov (R – St. Clair Twp.), who chairs the Senate Education Committee.


MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has approved a new strategic plan designed to grow the Marquette campus and its resources.  Officials have also come up with a plan to realign departments so they fit into the strategic blueprint.  They released it Monday.


DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A Detroit university says it wants to bring worthy words including "delectation" back from the brink. 

The word meaning "pleasure and delight" is among 10 that comprise Wayne State University's annual Word Warriors list.

The school's 2016 edition of words that deserve to be used more often in conversation and prose was released Monday. It also includes "absquatulate," ''anathema," ''epigone," ''puerile," ''rumpus," ''sockdolager," ''sybaritic," ''torpid" and "turpitude."

Word Warriors is beginning its eighth year.