Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   Students competing in Northern Michigan University’s Business Venture Competition will give presentations on their creative ideas this week. 

The Big Pitch is a Shark Tank-style activity that features four teams pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges. They’ll have five minutes to present their plans and five minutes to answer questions.

The teams are competing for cash and consulting packages to pursue their plans. The finalists also participate in a trade fair, where they display informational materials and product prototypes.

Marquette Mining Journal

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is once again lowering its flags to honor the death of a student.

Steven Pozega, 21, passed away on Sunday. He attended high school in Marquette and Ironwood and was pursuing a degree in computer science at NMU. Pozega was an avid skateboarder and snowboarder.

The NMU flag is lowered to half-staff and campus messages are sent after the passing of current students, faculty, and staff and after consultation with immediate family.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Northern Michigan University group is hosting a week full of programs about sustainability through Saturday. 

NMU EcoReps is a student sustainability peer-to-peer education program. Founder and Sustainability Week coordinator Georgia Harrison says stories abound regarding issues like climate change and recyclable waste, and this week’s events highlight ways people can help.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two members of the Northern Michigan University men’s ice hockey team have won a couple of top honors. 

Goaltender Atte Tolvanen was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Year Tuesday, while head coach Grant Potulny was unanimously named League Coach of the Year. Tolvanen is the second student athlete to earn Goaltender of the Year honors. Potulny’s recognition is the fifth time in Wildcat hockey history that the head coach has been named Coach of the Year.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University men's hockey team is headed to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Championships. 

NMU defeated No. 17 Bowling Green Sunday night, 3-2, in overtime. It will be the first time the Wildcats have appeared in the conference championships since 2010.

With the victory, the Wildcats advance to play Michigan Technological University this weekend at the Berry Events Center. The Huskies defeated Minnesota State in overtime on Sunday to advance.

As the highest remaining seed, NMU will host Tech Saturday at 7 p.m.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University came second in the recent Gift of Life Michigan Campus Challenge. 

Fourteen schools engaged in the 15th annual friendly competition to register students as organ, tissue, and eye donors. NMU registered 206 students, or 2.91 percent of the student body. Wayne State won the competition by registering 465 students. About 1,400 people signed up across the state.

Gift of Life Michigan says the challenge is one of the most successful organ donation college outreach programs in the nation.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University’s flag is lowered again Friday to commemorate the passing of a student. 

Jimmy St. Cyr, 21, passed away on Sunday. He was pursuing a degree in nursing with a minor in chemistry. St. Cyr was involved in research at NMU’s Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Research Center, and was also active in Catholic Campus Ministry.

The NMU flag is lowered to half-staff and campus messages are sent after the passing of current students, faculty, and staff and after consultation with immediate family.

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   Curling is attracting new players in the Upper Peninsula. 

A curling club has formed in Marquette, thanks to support from Northern Michigan University and others. The club meets Sunday nights at Lakeview Arena.

Biology professor Alec Lindsay recently brought some graduate students to the rink as a bonding activity. James VanOrman says it was a big surprise. Students were simply told to bring a warm sweater and "get ready for anything."

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University flag is lowered to half-staff Friday to honor a student who died this week. 

Ben Johnson, 18, of Norway was involved in a traffic crash in Sands Township early Tuesday morning. He received fatal injuries.

Johnson graduated from Norway High School in 2017. He was a first-year NMU student pursuing a lineman certificate. Johnson played hockey for the Marquette Electricians travel team, and also played football, baseball, and soccer.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Housing and dining rates are going up slightly at Northern Michigan University next school year.

The NMU Board of Trustees on Friday approved the rates for 2018-2019. The cost of a standard, double-occupancy room in the traditional residence halls and the Gold Constant Meal Pass will be $5,203 per semester. That’s an increase of $164. A double-occupancy room in The Woods complex with the same meal pass will be $5,595—$163 higher than this year.