Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University community is mourning the passing of another student. 

College of Business dean David Rayome says 19-year-old sophomore Matthew Osterman of Pequaming, MI died unexpectedly last Friday.  He was an entrepreneurship major.

Rayome says Osterman was “a student, a young entrepreneur, an outdoorsman, an athlete, a pianist, a family man—these were only a few of the traits that describe Matthew. We know he will be greatly missed.” 

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Northern Michigan University student has died on campus.

Tuesday afternoon President Fritz Erickson released the following statement:

“It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Northern Michigan University lost a member of its family today.  Sophomore Anthony Herbert of Lapeer, Mich., passed away suddenly in his residence hall room this morning.

MARQUETTE, MI--   For the very first time, Northern Michigan University’s mid-year graduation ceremony will feature a faculty or staff member chosen by students to be the keynote speaker. 

The recipient of the inaugural Students’ Choice Award is Martin Reinhardt, a professor in the Center for Native American Studies.  His selection precedes next week’s 20th anniversary of the center, which created the only bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies in Michigan.  The program’s first graduates will walk across the stage Saturday. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   An online resource for accredited schools has listed Northern Michigan University’s Automotive Technology program 20th in the nation among four-year schools.  

AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org used cost, quality, and student support to determine its 2016-2017 rankings for accredited and not-for-profit institutions.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Changes have affected sports programs at NMU and Michigan Tech.  

This week Northern Director of Athletics Forrest Karr announced head football coach Chris Ostrowsky’s contract won’t be renewed. A national search will be conducted for his replacement. 

In Houghton, head football coach Tom Kearly announced his retirement after Tech’s final game of the season.  He coached for 11 seasons.  Defensive coordinator Steve Olson has been selected to replace Kearly. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is expanding its reach with its new Educational 

Access Network. 

Vice President for Extended Learning and Community Engagement Steve VandenAvond says the EAN consists of credit and non-credit offerings and NMU LTE internet access service.  The EAN will offer educational programs to those seeking a degree or certificate, those wanting personal or professional development, and grade schools, high schools, and colleges. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University continues to move forward with plans to develop a forensic anthropology program and research facility. 

Dr. Kerri Schuiling is NMU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.  She says individuals who donate their bodies to science would be buried in an isolated, secure facility so natural decomposition could be studied, which would help officials determine time, cause, and location of death. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The vice chair of the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has resigned. 

Thomas Zurbuchen says he can’t complete his eight-year term because he’s been named associate administrator for NASA Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C.  His resignation is effective immediately.  Zurbuchen assumed his new duties on Monday. 

Zurbuchen oversees NASA's programs in astrophysics, planetary science, earth science and heliophysics.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is teaming up with TV6, WLUC-TV to present a candidate forum for the 1st Congressional District.  

Democrat Lon Johnson will square off against Republican Jack Bergman on issues that affect the Upper Peninsula and Northern Lower Peninsula. 

The forum will be recorded in front of a live audience in NMU’s Jamrich Hall Saturday, October 8 at 3 p.m.  It will then be broadcast on TV6 Wednesday, October 12 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The forum will be hosted by Public TV13’s Bill Hart and TV6’s Greg Trick

MARQUETTE, MI--   Nearly 500 EMS personnel are expected to attend the 35th annual UP-EMS Conference in Marquette this week. 

It’s the state’s most comprehensive educational program for rural emergency responders.  Members of the U.P.’s 75 EMS organizations will attend, as will EMS personnel from throughout Lower Michigan and Northeastern Wisconsin.

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