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MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is holding Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training next week.

NMU Nursing instructor Melissa Copenhaver says the 40-hour training prepares nurses to examine victims of sexual assault and abuse, and to perform a forensic kit. Copenhaver says it takes specialized training to do the job well.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University officials have set tuition and fees for next school year.

On Friday NMU’s Board of Trustees approved a rate of $5,280.50 per semester for full-time resident 

undergraduates. That’s an increase of $237.50 per semester from last year’s rate.

Nonresident undergraduate tuition will increase the same amount and graduate tuition is going up by $24 a credit hour. Course fees will remain unchanged.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Western Marquette County residents affected by the indefinite idling of the Empire Mine could benefit from a planned Northern Michigan University study of how other cities that faced mine closings successfully diversified their economies to retain and grow jobs.

NMU’s Center for Rural Community and Economic Development is receiving $55,000 in funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to perform the study for Project Empire.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is celebrating the academic achievements of students and faculty this week. 

Thursday the school is hosting its first-ever presentation for PRIME—or Progressive Research and Innovative Mutual Exploration—in conjunction with the annual Celebration of Student Scholarship.

Erica Goff is the Director of the Grants and Contracts Office at NMU. She says PRIME is an internal funding mechanism that offers time and resources for faculty to engage in scholarly activity, and also helps them prepare for seeking external funding.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Rotaract Club at Northern Michigan University is hosting a mobile food pantry later this month. 

Sponsored by Feeding America West Michigan, about 15,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables, dairy products, baked goods, and non-perishable items will be distributed to those who need it at the Marquette Salvation Army.

Clients won’t have to show ID or proof of income, but they will need to affirm they’re in need of food and need to bring their own boxes or bags.

The distribution takes place Tuesday, April 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University will receive a $6.5 million Investment Fund Award from the Michigan Strategic Fund to accelerate its effort to extend high-speed educational broadband throughout the Upper Peninsula. The funds will be used to build out and equip 64 cities and townships 

over a two-year period. 

MARQUETTE, MI--  The Michigan Strategic Fund Board has approved an award to Northern Michigan University to make high-speed broadband available throughout the Upper Peninsula. 

Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) issued the following statement upon learning of the award:

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MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University students crushed a previous Guinness World Record by playing the largest-ever game of freeze tag at the Superior Dome Tuesday morning.

The effort was broadcast live by the Today show’s Al Roker as part of his five-day Rokerthon 3.

Roker and a Guinness World Record adjudicator presented Northern President Fritz Erickson with a certificate after 634 students played tag for 15 consecutive minutes.  The effort easily beat the previous record of 438.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is preparing for a world record try and a visit by NBC’s Al Roker.  

Tuesday morning Roker will broadcast live from the Superior Dome during the Today Show as NMU students try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest game of freeze tag.

The university is encouraging faculty, staff, and community members to don green and gold and fill the dome as spectators for the broadcast. Advance registration is requested at

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is participating in the worldwide Earth Hour movement this weekend by shutting off residence hall lights. 

The event encourages individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their lights for one hour to raise global awareness about environmental issues.

On Saturday NMU will shut off its residence hall lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The school is encouraging off-campus people to participate, as well.