Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   Nearly 500 emergency services personnel are expected to attend the 36th annual UP-EMS Conference at Northern Michigan University this week.  

UP-EMS Executive Director Bob Struck says personnel from across the state and Wisconsin are coming to learn about more than 50 topics, including wilderness rescue, pediatric trauma, and hazardous materials. He says it’s “like EMS A to Z.”

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University’s food services, maintenance employee, and police officers union has ratified a new, three-year contract. 

AFSCME 1094 voted 79 to 8 to adopt the deal. The contract is 

effective October 1 of this year through September 30 of 2020. Terms include an across-the-board 2 percent wage increase in each of the three years.

It also includes an enrollment incentive for 2019 and 2020 tied to specific growth in student enrollment.

The agreement must now be approved by the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Progress is being made on the world’s first cold-climate body farm in Marquette. 

Dr. Jane Wankmiller is the director of Northern Michigan University’s Forensic Research Outdoor Station—or FROST. She says it’s actually two facilities, comprising a one-acre outdoor research area and an indoor lab. Wankmiller says the outdoor facility will likely be prepared by the end of October, but it won’t be operational until the lab is complete early next year.

She notes FROST won’t function as a “potter’s field.”

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is celebrating the scholarship of its faculty and staff at an event at the Ore Dock Brewing Company Wednesday night. 

Sponsored by the Grants and Contracts Office and the Office of Graduate Education and Research, the fourth annual Scholarship Recognition Event will feature presentations by colleagues to share news of projects that are currently underway.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A U.P. Energy Roundtable is being held before Tuesday’s meeting of the Michigan Public Service Commission at Northern Michigan University. 

A range of issues relating to the U.P. energy landscape will be covered, including utility energy planning, consideration of alternatives beyond fossil-fueled central generation, and opportunities and barriers to self-generation—including both solar and combined heat-and-power.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A preliminary hearing is set for an NMU student accused of becoming uncontrollably violent after taking LSD. 

Allen Teppo, 19, of Newberry is charged with malicious destruction of property between $1,000 and $2,000, resisting and obstructing an officer, and three counts of resisting and obstructing an officer, causing injury.

Teppo allegedly took acid the weekend of September 9th and became uncontrollable. Police took him into custody and transported him to the hospital. He was later arrested and arraigned on the five felonies.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University appears in four categories in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges rankings.  

Among regional universities in the Midwest, NMU tied for 83rd best overall and 18th among the top public institutions. It also ranked 67th as a “best value” and tied for 52nd among the best colleges for veterans in the Midwest. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University’s 10th Day Enrollment Report contains some encouraging news.

The number of new, first-time, full-time freshmen has increased almost 11 percent over last year. That’s an additional 146 students. The increase helps to mitigate an overall enrollment decline due to a large graduating class last May and smaller class sizes in recent years. NMU’s total student headcount is 7,612—a 1.8 percent drop from last fall.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette has been named the 19th safest college town in America by the SafeWise Report.

The SafeWise website says the city encourages young people to get involved in public safety issues. The Marquette Police Department has a youth services bureau that offers educational programs about everything from bicycle safety to youth violence prevention.

MARQUETTE, MI--    Northern Michigan University has named a director of its new Forensic Research Outdoor Station—or FROST.

Also known as a body farm, FROST is one of only eight such facilities across the nation and the first to study human decomposition in a cold climate.