Northern Michigan University

UPDATE:  Northern Michigan University received the results from one of the independent labs tests Thursday afternoon that revealed lead levels well below the legal limits. The comprehensive water testing included multiple samples from the hot, cold and culinary water systems in the Jacobetti Complex.

The building will remain closed Friday, February 16, to allow the maintenance staff the opportunity to flush the water systems as an additional precaution. The building will be open Saturday for regular business.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Governor Rick Snyder has accepted an invitation to speak at Northern Michigan University’s May commencement. 

Officials say he was nominated because of his support of key NMU initiatives, including the Educational Access Network, Invent@NMU, and career and technical education.

Some groups oppose Snyder’s presence at graduation, saying he’s politically controversial and the focus of the ceremony should be on the students.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is opening a food pantry on campus. 

Connor Loftus is vice president of the Associated Students of NMU. He says the Wildcat Food Pantry aims to be open three days a week for students, staff, and faculty. Users will fill out a non-identifying form and take what they need in a store-like atmosphere. 

Loftus says the service is definitely needed at Northern.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A former Northern Michigan University Nordic skier is heading to the Olympics next month. 

Rosie Frankowski was one of 20 members picked to participate in cross-country skiing. Frankowski competed for the wildcats from 2009 to 2014. She was a two-time All-American, a runner-up in the NCAA Championships, and a participant in the U-23 World Championships.

Frankowski is the 12th NMU skier to participate in the Olympic Games.

Olympic opening ceremonies will be held February 9 in Pyeongchang. Skiing events are set for February 11 through the 25. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University’s flag is lowered to half-staff to honor the passing of a student. 

Hunter Negri, 18, died January 16 at his home in Marquette. He was a first-year student pursuing a degree in accounting.

Negri graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 2017. An avid bowler, Negri held the highest average in the U.P. last year and bowled three perfect games. A scholarship has been set up in his name.  

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   Authorities in parts of the Upper Peninsula are urging people to avoid traveling the roads after a storm dumped snow on the region. 

The National Weather Service says it received reports Monday of more than 5 inches of fresh snow in the Marquette area on Monday. Northern Michigan University in Marquette says it is closed Tuesday due to inclement weather.

Michigan State Police say crews are working to clear major roadways, but some secondary roads in the areas affected by the storm are impassable.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a day of service.

Events kick off Monday with a March for Equality at noon in front of Magers and Meyland halls. At 12:30 a lunch and Poetry without Borders event takes place at the University Center’s Peter White Lounge. Participants will recite poetry from around the world.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is holding its inaugural Snowfest as it kicks off the winter semester next week. 

NMU students will have free access to all the bike, ski, and snowshoe trails the Noquemanon Trail Network has to offer under a new partnership. They can also check out snow bikes, snowshoes, and cross-country skis at no charge.

MARQUETTE, MI--   NMU has received more than $19,000 through the State of Michigan Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program.

The money will support a program called Empowering the Confidant. The initiative helps students respond when a friend, roommate, or another student discloses an incident of sexual misconduct. Associate Dean of Students Mary Brundage says sexual assault survivors are either helped or hurt by how their friends respond.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is getting a $450,000 grant to increase the study of Native issues in the social work curriculum.