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MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University’s Physics Department is offering residents a safe way to view Monday’s partial eclipse.

The NMU Observatory Dome will equip its telescope with a sun filter, which will block out more than 90 percent of the sun’s light.

Visitors should enter the rotunda entrance at the West Science Building and follow directional signs to the catwalk of the Observatory Dome. Overflow visitors will be able to view NASA streaming video of the eclipse in a nearby classroom.

CANTON, GA--   A great friend to Northern Michigan University has died.

Trustee emeritus and alumnus Gil Ziegler passed away July 29 at the age of 79.

Ziegler earned a degree in mathematics at Northern in 1960. Two governors appointed him to the NMU Board of Trustees for two separate terms: 1993 to 2001 and 2007 to 2014. Ziegler was elected and served as vice chair and chair during his tenure.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two buildings shut down by a fire at Northern Michigan University Monday morning are reopen Tuesday.

The fire started in a trash can in a chemical storage room on the third floor of the New Science facility. The building’s fire suppression system activated and kept the fire from spreading.

New Science was closed so officials could clean up damage caused by smoke and water. The West Science building was also shut down, as a precaution.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Fire has closed a building at Northern Michigan University.

The fire reportedly happened around 8:30 a.m. Monday on the third floor of the New Science building. Officials said fire doors kept it from spreading into the West Science building.

NMU spokesman Derek Hall says it started in a third-floor chemistry storage room when a wastebasket went up in flames.

“Being a chemistry storage area, they have to be really careful of what chemicals and that type of thing [are in there], and so the fire department is going to walk through that process.” 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette Fire Department is using buildings on NMU’s campus that are slated for demolition for training this week.

Captain Jeff Green says personnel are using the empty Summit Street apartments to practice rescuing downed firefighters, rescuing trapped victims, forcible entry, and ventilation.

He says firefighters will use a generator fueled by straw and small pieces of hardwood to create smoke, but not as much heat as an actual structure fire. Green says they want to stay safe, but keep it as realistic as possible.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University ranks 13th in the country for the best bachelor’s degree program in insurance and risk management. 

That’s according to Online Accounting Degree Programs. The ranking was based on NMU’s previous finance major with a concentration in risk management. The College of Business is launching a new insurance and risk management-specific major this fall.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   A Northern Michigan University campaign to raise awareness of the damaging impact of stereotypes has been honored. 

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education has given the Remove the Label campaign a Circle of Excellence Gold Award. Launched in April 2016, the program urged people to assess each other based on individual traits instead of negative assumptions, misinformation, or unfair generalizations.

An event in Jamrich Hall encouraged students to rip off Post-it notes with handwritten stereotypes from posters on display.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   The rink at NMU’s Berry Events Center is being renamed the Rick Comley Rink in honor of the longtime head hockey coach. 

Comley spent 26 years behind the Wildcat bench and helped the team win the 1991 NCAA Division I Championship.

As the ice goes in this week, crews will place cutouts of the university and rink names around the center-ice circle.

A formal dedication ceremony will be held at the first regular-season home game October 7. Northern’s opponent will be Lake Superior State University, where Comley played and began his coaching career. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The NMU Board of Trustees has approved a collaborative operating agreement between Invent@NMU and Innovate Marquette SmartZone and authorized a no-cost rental agreement with the Department of Corrections to develop its outdoor forensic research center.

Northern submitted a grant application to the Michigan Economic Development Authority for the SmartZone to assume responsibility for the management and operations of Invent@NMU. Northern will serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is approved.

North of the 45th - Tenth Anniversary Exhibition

Jun 6, 2017

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Melissa Matuscak Alan, Director and Curator of the Devos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University, in preparation of the North of the 45th Parallel: Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, opening June 16th, 2017 at noon for entries.

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