Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has lost a bright light. 

Dr. Charles Ganzert, a professor in the Communication and Performance Studies Department, passed away early Thursday morning.  He was a champion of several groundbreaking initiatives at NMU, having served students and Northern for 23 years.  Ganzert received numerous awards during his tenure for his outstanding performance, and was slated to formally receive NMU’s Distinguished Faculty Award on April 25.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has authorized the school to negotiate a contract with Barnes and Noble to operate the campus bookstore.

The bookstore would take the Barnes and Noble name.  NMU officials say the size and technological reach of the company would allow it to compete effectively in the textbook market. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is ranked among the top 20 schools in the nation that offer the most affordable online teaching degrees. 

That’s according to the SR Education Group, which recently released its 2016 list on its website, OnlineU.  NMU is the only Michigan university to rate in the top 25.

Northern offers online master’s degrees in learning disabilities, reading K-8, reading specialist K-12, administration and supervision – also available with an American Indian emphasis – and instruction. 


MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has approved a new strategic plan designed to grow the Marquette campus and its resources.  Officials have also come up with a plan to realign departments so they fit into the strategic blueprint.  They released it Monday.


MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   A lack of snow in the typically snowy Upper Peninsula has forced the rare cancelation of a cross-country ski race. 

Northern Michigan University announced Wednesday it had to call off the NMU Wildcat Open scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The Wildcats now will start their season at the USSA Regional Opener Dec. 19-20 in Houghton.

Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   An NMU team has won a quiz bowl event at the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society’s Annual Student Educational Conference. 

Fifteen state schools competed at the November 8 event, including the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.  It’s the first time a Northern team has won. 

The NMU team will go on to represent the state at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Society’s quiz bowl in March.  Competition will include students from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.   

MARQUETTE, MI--   Three Northern Michigan University groups are sponsoring an event opposing Columbus Day. 

The Native American Student Association, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the Native American Language and Culture Club are holding a petition drive for NMU to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

October 12 marks the day Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492.  For Native people it also marks the beginning of colonialism, suppression of their culture, and discrimination. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   About $9 million in overpaid pension payments has been returned to Northern Michigan University. 

NMU is one of seven universities in the state to get a refund from the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System.  Northern Vice-President for Finance and Administration Gavin Leach says since 1997 some payments made each year were not reported to the actuary, creating an overpayment. 

Michigan universities no longer participate in MPSERS, but must fund the pensions of participating employees. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has announced a new health research collaboration with UP Health System Marquette and Northern Michigan University. 

The collaboration brings two newly recruited MSU researchers, who will be given space at NMU to conduct their research.

Dr. Michael Stoolmiller, a psychologist, focuses on children’s mental health with the aim of preventing health risking behaviors and promoting healthier lifestyles when they become adolescents.  He’ll reside in NMU’s Department of Psychology. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette has been named the 21st safest college town in America, according to The SafeWise Report.  

Security experts from SafeWise evaluated the most recent FBI crime statistics and coupled that data with their own research on safety-related programs and initiatives.  That culminated in 2015’s “50 Safest College Towns in America.”