NMU Archivist Marcus Robyns.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– A special evening is planned for this Thursday at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives on campus in Marquette.

Archivist Marcus Robyns joined Mark and Walt in the Morning today to discuss the evening, which is intended to teach those attending about family history.  How to research it, keep it and learn from it.

The event is scheduled for 7-pm at the Archives in the Learning Resources Center on campus and is open to the public.

To listen to excerpts from this morning’s interview, please click the link below:

Click To Listen To Full Audio

For more about the archives, please click “HERE“.

April-Lindala-Julie-Cajune-WKQS-FM-906-228-6800

April Lindala, Director, NMU CNAS & Julie Cajune, Exec. Director, CAIPAR

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University is presenting an evening of Native American performing arts this week on campus.

“Remembering the Songs” is the title of a film that is being shown this Wednesday in Room 102 of Jamrich Hall on campus.  The free showing starts at 7:30pm.  The film will be followed by a series of Native musicians, poets and writers sharing their work.

The film and the presentations are part of the “Crossing Borders with HeartLines” project and features visiting performers with the Center for American Indian Policy and Applied Research at the Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana.

April Lindala, the Director of the Center for Native American Studies at NMU, and Julie Cajune, Executive Director of the CAIPAR, joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark Evans this morning to discuss the evening and what folks attending can expect.

To listen to the complete interview please click below:

Click To Listen To Full Audio

For more about the Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University, please click “HERE” to visit their website.

April-Lindala-WKQS-Studio-906-228-6800

NMU CNAS Dir. April Lindala

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – The Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University is presenting the 15-th Annual Upper Peninsula Indian Education Summit later this month.  The conference is being held on Friday, September 30th on campus at NMU.

NMU CNAS Director April Lindala joined SUNNY 101.9′ s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to discuss the conference and to encourage listeners to register and take part.  She outlined the event schedule as well as the topics being covered in the seminars and workshops.

To listen to the interview and hear more about the U.P. Indian Education Conference, please click below:

Click To Listen To Full Audio

To visit the Center for Native American Studies website, please click “HERE“.

 

NMU President Les Wong - WKQS FM - (906) 228-6800

NMU President Les Wong

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – As the Northern Michigan University campus in Marquette roared back to life with students, faculty and staff this morning, NMU President Les Wong joined Sunny 101.9 WKQS’s Mark and Walt in the Morningfor a look ahead to the new semester.

President Wong discussed some of the new initiatives underway on the campus as well as expectations with enrollment and working with students of all backgrounds and ages.  He also shared how the university feels the worst of the budget cutting is behind them and that they have “weathered the storm” in an effective and efficient manner.

You can listen to the complete interview with NMU President Les Wong by clicking below:

Click To Listen To Full Audio

To visit the NMU website please click “HERE“.

Dan Truckey - WKQS Studios - (906)  228-6800

Series Producer Dan Truckey

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – The NMU International Performing Arts series is bringing another year’s worth of eclectic and exciting performers to the Marquette area.  Featuring a wide array of dancers, singers and musicians in styles ranging from the blues to klezmer music, this year’s series looks to be a hit.

Series Director and Producer Dan Truckey joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to outline the series and give out ticket and venue information.  The performances are being held in several locations, from the Great Lakes Rooms and Forest Roberts Theater on campus, to Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette and the Peterson Auditorium in Ishpeming.

To listen to the interview with Dan Truckey, please click below:

Click To Listen To Full Audio

To see more about the performers and their schedules, please log on to the series’ website by clicking “HERE“.

Dr. Robert Wynn - Dr. Richard Rovin

Dr. Robert Wynn from Northern Michigan University and Dr. Richard Rovin from Marquette General Health Systems chatted this morning with Walt Lindala about this weekend’s Hope Starts Here Challenge.

The event is the only fund raiser for the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center, which is an unique collaboration between NMU and MGHS.   It gives students an inclusive and fully immersed experience as they learn about medical cancer research and treatment.   The event features both competitive running events and a duathalon as well as casual, family-friendly events for all to enjoy.

To listen to the complete interview with Dr. Wynn and Dr. Rovin, please click “HERE“.  For more about the Hope Starts Here Challenge and the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center, please click “HERE“.

Northern Michigan University President Dr. Les Wong

Northern Michigan University President Dr. Les Wong joined Mark and Walt today to review the academic year that came to a close last weekend with Spring Commencement, which had the largest number of participating graduates in the history of the school.

Dr. Wong discussed the successes and challenges that NMU faced in the last year including a campus-wide bomb threat, a visit from President Barack Obama, a daunting financial picture concerning state funding and the largest alumni gift ever received by the university.

He also discussed the time line for the possible rounds of staff and program cuts and departmental reorganizations that are needed at the university due to the substantial cuts in state funding for Michigan’s public universities.

To listen to the complete interview with NMU President Dr. Les Wong, please click “HERE“.  To visit the website for Northern Michigan University, please click “HERE“.

THE LATEST ON SEVERAL MATTERS AT NMU.

NMU PRESIDENT DR. LES WONG.

Northern Michigan University President, Dr. Les Wong, joined Mark and Walt today to discuss the latest updates in the world of NMU.  Dr. Wong recently returned from Lansing where he and his fellow public university presidents testified in the state legislature about the proposed 15-plus percent cuts in higher education funding put forth by Michigan’s new Governor, Rick  Snyder.  He talked about the impacts this level of cuts would have on the University from both the  staffing and programming level.

Dr. Wong also chatted about some upcoming construction projects on campus as well as the recent visit by President Barack Obama.  Also discussed was the latest on the recent threat of shootings at the university.

To listen to the interview with Dr. Wong, please click “HERE“.  For more about Northern Michigan University, please click “HERE” to log on their website.

 

 

 

 

 

FEELING THE YEARS…SIGH.

KAREN AND STEVE FOSTER

This happy couple is Steve and Karen Foster.  They are very good friends of mine.  Our friendship goes back to our college days.  I think I met Steve in about 1987 or so and we were roommates for a couple of years when we both were going to Northern Michigan University.  We were also both in the NMU chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and remain in touch mostly through alumni activities of the school and the chapter.   The other photo is their son, Steve III.  He’s an active chap who is the perfect amalgamation of his mother and father.

STEVIE "3", AS HE IS CALLED.

The reason I’m writing this note in a slightly melancholy mood is that I received an e-mail message letting me know that Steve III is doing something that has made him into a personal “first” for me.  He has chosen to enroll at NMU for his college studies.  He is the first offspring of a college buddy of mine that is coming to go to school here.

It just gives me a bit of pause to stop and look at the time that has passed and leaves me wondering where it went?!?  Yes, I know that this year is the 25-th anniversary of my graduation from high school, that I graduated from Northern 21 years ago and that I’ve been married for just about as long, too.  Sometimes, though, you just sit back and wonder “What happened?”


Reflectively yours –


-Walt

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SPEAKS IN MARQUETTE.

A PACKED HOUSE AT THE VANDAMENT ARENA AT NMU GREETS THE PRESIDENT.

A full house greeted President Barack Obama as he was in Marquette today to outline his plan to expedite the building of high-speed wireless services to allow businesses faster growth, students to learn more, and public safety officials to access nationwide interoperable mobile communications. The President outlined the new initiative today in a speech delivered this afternoon at the Vandament Arena at Northern Michigan University.  According to the White House, Marquette is a model city where local businesses have been able to grow due to broadband access, with particular benefit in exporting goods to new markets around the world.

PRESIDENT OBAMA ADDRESSES THE AUDIENCE AT THE VANDAMENT ARENA.

The President also was shown a demonstration of how the Northern Michigan University’s WiMAX wireless 4G network has enabled distance learning for university and community students.
The President opened his speech with a call out to all Green Bay Packer fans in the audience and congratulated the team on their Super Bowl victory.  He then commented on the latest developments in Egypt, with the announced stepping down of long-time President Hosni Mubarek.

To listen to President Obama’s speech as delivered today at NMU in Marquette, please click “HERE“.