Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is partnering with Subaru to become the first Subaru-U in the Upper Peninsula. 

NMU will infuse the corporation’s web-based training into its two-year automotive service technology curriculum. Officials say it will also enhance hands-on learning with the donation of three vehicles by Subaru of America. Students will graduate with an industry credential that qualifies them to work at any Subaru dealership.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has invited Governor Rick Snyder to give May’s commencement address, and some aren’t happy about it. 

A student petition against the visit is circulating campus, and an opposition group comprising university employees and the public wants the invitation rescinded.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has several projects in the pipeline over the next two years.

During a university forum Friday, Vice President of Finance and Administration Gavin Leach gave campus an update on where plans for those projects stand.

He said the number-one capital outlay project they hope the state funds is a $26.5 million renovation of the Jacobetti Complex.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Monitoring buoys owned by Northern Michigan University recorded record-breaking statistics during Tuesday’s storm. 

Buoys at Granite Island, Munising, and Stannard Rock recorded 28.8-foot waves and hurricane-force wind gusts.

NMU’s project to operate buoys along the southeastern shore of Lake Superior began in 2015 with a grant from the Great Lakes Observing System. Officials say real-time, precise data was used Tuesday by the National Weather Service, U.S. Coast Guard, and other entities.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has approved the final terms of an investment award agreement to expand its Educational Access Network across the U.P.

The Michigan Strategic Fund is investing $6.5 million in the project, while NMU will contribute $3.2 million in matching funds. As it recovers costs through subscriptions, Northern will return 35 percent of net proceeds to the Strategic Fund to repay the investment.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The NMU College of Business is inviting university and high school students to take 

part in its 11th annual New Business Venture Competition. Individuals or teams of up to five can compete for a $5,000 cash prize and another $5,000 in business support. The best high school idea will win $500.

Participants must first submit an electronic “intent to compete” form and business proposal by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 27. A committee will choose finalists, who will submit a detailed business plan by Friday, March 2.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Three NMU student organizations are hosting public activities to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The events aim to recognize 525 years of indigenous resistance against colonization. They’ll be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday between West Science and Jamrich Hall.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The NMU Public Safety Department is warning the campus community about a phone scam going around. 

Officers have received several complaints from students that someone using the Public Safety phone number is contacting them. The caller says they’re either an officer or a federal agent and have a warrant for the student’s arrest for tax evasion. The caller usually has a heavy accent.

MARQUETTE, MI--   An anonymous benefactor has given Northern Michigan University a major gift for the planting of new trees on campus.

About 100 trees representing a mix of native species will be planted this fall. Most will be placed in the academic mall, while others will extend through the pedestrian corridor to Seventh Street. Canopy-style trees will be planted on both sides of Harden Drive from Fair Avenue to West Science.

Additional trees will be planted in the spring.

MARQUETTE, MI--    A Negaunee man has been arrested for possessing child pornography.

Stan Henry Wright, 58, was taken into custody Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday on eight counts of possession of child sexually abusive material.

The Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force conducted an investigation into Wright’s online activity. A former employee of WNMU-FM, Wright is accused of using a work computer to download and view child pornography. Police say evidence was located on the computer.