Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has recognized President Fritz Erickson’s “outstanding performance” with a new contract and bonus. 

At its meeting Friday morning the Board approved a new five-year contract that places Erickson’s base salary at $385,000. It also includes a $50,000 performance-based bonus for goals achieved in 2017-2018.

MARQUETTE, MI--   NASA is partnering with Northern Michigan University in a radiation-measuring project on Granite Island. 

Northern Trustee Scott Holman owns the island. He’s allowing NASA to proceed with its Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System—or CERES—experiment, provided students can be involved in research.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Officials at Northern Michigan University think they’ve isolated the source of high lead readings in three buildings’ water. 

The university hired a consultant after readings above the EPA action level were found in the Learning Resources Center, Thomas Fine Arts building, and the PEIF last month. Officials say recent testing indicates the elevated readings are from connections in some water lines within the buildings.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Demolition of a portion of NMU’s University Center has begun. 

President Fritz Erickson did the honors Tuesday morning and kicked off the initial phase of the demolition of the Explorers Wing.

Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has been named one of the top five Best East Coast Colleges for Skiers by Powder Magazine.

Though mixing schools in the East with one in the Midwest might not make geographical sense, the editors

give a nod to Lake Superior and its snow-making ability. The article says Marquette Mountain’s proximity to campus means students can hit the slopes between classes or after hours.

It also mentions the Midwest’s only true powder skiing at Mount Bohemia in Keweenaw County—about 2.5 hours away.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The U.P. Energy Summit is being held on the campus of Northern Michigan University Wednesday.

Officials say it aims to give people perspectives on local, state, and regional energy developments.

Attending are officials from Enbridge, the Michigan Agency for Energy, and the Michigan Public Service Commission. Representatives from various utility companies are participating, as are several Upper Michigan lawmakers.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has reopened three buildings it closed last week, but the water remains undrinkable.

The Learning Resources Center, Thomas Fine Arts, and PEIF were closed to the public Wednesday after water in those facilities showed high lead levels. Samples from each water source were sent to an independent lab, and results show individual fixtures in each building tested above the EPA action level of 15 parts per billion.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Three Northern Michigan University buildings are shut down until further notice, following “inconsistent” lead level readings from test areas in each facility.

The Learning Resources Center, PEIF, and Thomas Fine Arts buildings will be closed until officials can get independent lab results—potentially over the weekend—and make a determination whether further investigation and testing is needed.

Derek Hall is NMU's spokesman. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Trees donated by the Hiawatha Music Coop will be planted at NMU on Sunday.

The 40 native species—including elderberry, plum, and hazelnut—will be placed in Outdoor Learning Areas so students can learn about the Native American heritage of the region.

The donation is meant to be a “thank you” to Northern for letting people park in university parking lots over the past 40 years of the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival.

The trees and shrubs were purchased from the Marquette County Conservation District.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The NMU Board of Trustees has approved the tuition and fee schedule for 2018-19.

The combined average cost for full-time resident undergraduates will be $5,280.50 per semester – an

increase of $245 per semester over last year’s rate. Non-resident undergraduate tuition will increase by the same amount, and graduate tuition will go up by $24 per credit hour.