THE LATEST ON THE SITUATION AT NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY.

NMU PRESIDENT LES WONG AND NMU PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR MIKE BATH ADDRESS THE MEDIA.

Northern Michigan University is open today for classes and business as usual.  This after an uneasy day due to a somewhat enigmatic online message threatening the University community with a shooting spree that would rival the shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech in 2007.  NMU President Les Wong said the FBI and other agencies indicated that there is no longer a clear and ongoing threat and that conditions were suitable to reopening the university.

The investigation revealed no evidence that the anonymous blog post originated on campus.  It was discovered that similarly worded messages had been directed at several other U.S. universities, recently and in a previous year.

At a press briefing held on campus this morning, President Wong and NMU Public Safety Director Mike Bath reassured parents of students, the campus community and the public that the decision to re-open was not made lightly and that the investigation is now being led by the FBI and is continuing.

TO LISTEN TO THE COMMENTS OF PRESIDENT WONG, PLEASE CLICKHERE“.

A SPECIAL EMERGENCY NEWS BULLETIN:

Northern Michigan University in Marquette has closed today (Wednesday, Feb. 2) due to a serious threat it has received.  This includes essential personnel, unless otherwise notified.

According to NMU officials, a tip was received concerning an online message that threatened students, faculty, staff and administrators but it was unclear as to when and where any incident may occur.  As a result, University officials chose to close down for the day as a precautionary measure.

The Marquette Area Public School District has closed for the day.  Students are being dismissed as follows:

Marquette High School at 9:30 am

Bothwell Middle School at 9:55 am

All Elementary Schools at 10:40 am

NorthStar Academy and Polaris Middle School in Marquette are also closing early for today.

Redeemer Lutheran Preschool in Marquette is currently under lock down and parents can come by to pick up their children at anytime.  They will not be holding preschool this afternoon.

The YMCA of Marquette County has closed the Vandenboom Child Development Center as well as their facility in Marquette.

Marquette General Hospital is also currently open as usual but they are monitoring all entrances until further notice.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK “HERE“.

NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT LES WONG LOOKS TO THE FUTURE.

NMU PRESIDENT, DR. LES WONG AND HIS NEW SUNNY 101.9 TRAVEL MUG.

Dr. Les Wong, President of Northern Michigan University, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning today to discuss the current school year, the new calendar year and the newly elected Governor, Rick Snyder, and his administration’s view of higher education funding.  Dr. Wong also discussed programs and projects planned for the campus including classes for non-traditional students, increasing of graduate programs and construction projects in the hopper for the Marquette school.  Included in that discussion was the planned renovation of the John X. Jamrich Hall which houses a significant portion of classes and will require the building to be shut down and offline for 12 to 15 months as the construction progresses.

To listen to the conversation with Dr. Les Wong, please click “HERE“.

To find out more about Northern Michigan University and all of it’s programs and activities, you can log on to the University’s official website by clicking “HERE“.

GO WILDCATS!!!

-Mark & Walt

LOTS OF STUFF GOING ON AROUND THESE PARTS!!

Hey blog fans!  Here’s a few updates on events and activities going on around Marquette County.  From a new interpretation of a Holiday classic story to the latest going on at the “Y”, there’s plenty to keep one interested and engaged over this wintry stretch.  As always, take a moment and listen to these interviews and get involved with the folks who are working hard to bring these community activities to you.  It’s all part of what makes Marquette County a great place to experience!!


SCROOGE RIDES AGAIN!

HUMBUG!

What would the Christmas season be without the telling of the classic “A Christmas Carol”?  This year, the First Nighter’s Club, a support group for the Forest Roberts Theater at Northern Michigan University, is doing a staged reading of the Dickens’ story of Holiday redemption.  Rusty Bowers, a member of the First Nighter’s Club and a cast member of the reading joined Mark & Walt in the Morning to discuss what’s new, exciting and different about this approach to the story.  The reading will run tonight (Dec.15) through Saturday (Dec. 18) at 7:30pm with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm.  The performances will be held at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theater at NMU.  To listen to Rusty’s interview, please click “HERE“.

PRESERVING MARQUETTE COUNTY’S AERONAUTIC HERITAGE.

FORMER GATE AT K.I. SAWYER

Bob Vick and Lani Duquette, with the K.I. Sawyer Heritage Air Museum, visited the Sunny 101.9 studios this morning to chat with Mark Evans about their efforts to gather volunteers, community support and money to keep the museum going.  If the museum closes, the static display aircraft that currently are kept on the former base will be dismantled and removed from the grounds, thus ending a rich piece of history in Marquette County.  A decision by the museum’s board of directors is expected by this spring.  To listen to the comments of Lani and Bob, please click “HERE“.

THE LATEST AT THE “Y”.

Jenna Zdunek, Health and Fitness manager at the “Y” stopped in this morning to tell us about the various events and activities that are coming up at the facility in the first few weeks of the new year.  The wide-ranging programs will feature healthy lifestyles, dietary changes, exercise regimens and more.  Click “HERE” to listen to Jenna’s comments.

A FILM THAT CHALLENGES WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW OR BELIEVE.

KEVIN ANNETT, THE MAN BEHIND THE FILM.

Canadian filmmaker Kevin Annett joined us on the show today to discuss the showing of his film, “UNREPENTANT: Kevin Annett and Canada’s Genocide”.  The film documents the untold atrocities that happened at one Indian Residential school north of Vancouver.  Similar events occurred throughout North America including in the United States.  The impact these boarding schools had on Indigenous communities was devastating.

The film focuses on Dr. Annett’s tumultuous journey as he unearths the collective trauma of the Native population and the personal sacrifices he makes as a non-native person and member of the clergy.

The film is showing tonight at 7 o’clock in Jamrich 103 at NMU in Marquette.

To listen to Kevin’s comments on the “Mark & Walt in the Morning” show, please click “HERE“.  To find out more about the film and it’s stark and amazing stories, please click “HERE“.

GOOD THINGS ARE GOING ON OUT THERE!

Today on the big program we had a chance to hear about two positive items that were very enjoyable to discuss.  The reason being that many mornings we can get swallowed up in all of the negative items going on in the world and overlook the good things that are happening right here in our own back yard.   So, check out some of these good things that are going on here in Marquette County.  They’re pretty cool!

GOOD OLD FASHIONED LEARNING IN THE NICE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS.

PRINCIPAL DAVID BOASE.

We had a chance to chat with David Boase, Principal at the Westwood High School, about a new agreement between the school and Finlandia University.  Currently, the district has agreements with both NMU and Bay de Noc Community College giving students a chance to earn credits in Career and Technical Education courses at Westwood High School which can apply to select degree programs.  A new agreement between the district and Finlandia University will provide Westwood students earning an ‘A’ in the school’s Algebra III/Trigonometry with 4 credits for MAT 145 College Algebra.  The agreement with Finlandia to provide college credit for a core class taught in a high school is one of the first in its kind in Michigan.  NICE officials say it is rewarding to have a college recognize the level of instruction they provide in their core classes and this is the beginning of more to come.  To listen to the interview with Principal Boase, please click “HERE“.


ISHPEMING DELIVERS THE FOOD AND MORE!

FOOD DRIVE ORGANIZER, DICK DERBY.

Dick Derby, organizer of the Project Ishpeming Food Pantry food drive joined us to update us about the project.  The effort featured the distribution of four thousand bags in the City of Ishpeming to be filled with non-perishable food items, paper products and various hygiene product.  The plan was to then place the bags on the curb on Saturday morning to be picked up by volunteers.  The effort was a smashing success with over 8-thousand pounds of food and other items collected from the community in one morning!  The items have been distributed to the Ishpeming Salvation Army and St. Vincent dePaul food pantries.  To listen to the follow-up interview with Dick, please click “HERE“.

SEE, IT’S NOT ALWAYS BAD NEWS!

Good things are going on all around us here in Marquette County!  Keep listening to Mark & Walt in the Morning to keep in touch with all of the things going on right here at home!


CHEERS!

-Walt

SPRINGTIME IN MARQUETTE COUNTY!!

A SNAPSHOT OF THE MALL PARKING LOT FROM THIS MORNING.

AHHH, SPRING! What a marvelous time of year!  Such eager optimism, looking ahead to a new season of rebirth and restarting of the machines while shaking off the snowy shackles of winter.  It’s a time where we can unanimously agree that, once again, we have made it through another dreary season of forced-air heating, incessant scraping of ice and the shoveling of snow to simply make a walkway to get from your house to your garage or to your car, which may or may not start.  Ahh, the freshness of it all!  It really does one’s heart good.

Yes.  That is sarcasm…enjoy today’s snow.

You know I will.

And yes, THAT is even more sarcasm.

TALKIN’ SUMMER CLASSES AND MORE WHILE THE SNOW FALLS GENTLY FROM THE SKY!

SMILIN' APRIL "L" FROM DEAR OLD NMU!

April Lindala, Director of the Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, stopped by the studios today to promote a series of summer educational courses being offered this year at the University.  The classes are relatively short, intensive two-week sessions that are tuned to a series of topics including immersive nature-based Ojibway language training.  She also talked about a special series of presentations and workshops being presented this Monay on campus featuring violence prevention educator Paul Kivel.  To listen to the comments from April’s interview, please click “HERE“.  For more information on the classes and the seminar on Monday, or to find out more about the Center for Native American Studies, log on to their website by clicking “HERE“.

“FIRE UP” IS BACK THIS WEEKEND IN MARQUETTE!

DIRECTOR OF THE "FIRE UP" CONFERENCE, JILL SEPPALA.

Jill Seppala, Director of the Fire Up conference, came by today to give an update on the conference that is being held this weekend at Lakeview Arena in Marquette.  The event, now in it’s 24th year, features music, fellowship and prgramming geared for both young people and adults, all with a positive Christian message.  Jill explained how folks can take part in the event and all of it’s programs and also how they can volunteer to help keep the overall weekend running smoothly.  To listen in to Jill’s interview, please click “HERE“.  To find out more about the Fire Up event, please click “HERE” to log on to the official website.


THE DANG SPRING SEEMS TO HAVE SPRUNG!

Hopefully, by the time I write in this here blog again tomorrow, that blasted snow will have melted away.  Of course, that will just serve to make everything muddy and messy.  FEH!  I much rather prefer to sit on the porch with an acoustic guitar and a cold beverage in 75-degree weather that deal with this snowy crud.  Oh well, I guess it’s just part of the joys of living here in the good ol’ Upper Peninsula of Michigan!

See you all later!

CHEERS!


-Walt

IT’S A NEW MONTH AND THE BLOG ROLLS ON!

Here it is…the month of April!  There is certainly a lot going on, and this blog is ready to reflect it!

So…here we go!

THE MARQUETTE CITY COMMISSION MAKES A DECISION.

MARQUETTE MAYOR JOHN KIVELA.

Following a unanimous vote by the Marquette City Commission to extend an offer to William Vajda, Marquette Mayor John Kivela joined us to discuss the details of how the decision was reached.  To listen to the comments of Mayor Kivela and what the next steps will be, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the City of Marquette’s official website, please click “HERE“.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES ON THE RADIO!

PASTOR TIM BERNARD.

Pastor Tim Bernard from Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette joined us to let us know the schedule for a special ecumenical Good Friday service going on at Messiah.  He also talked about why the service is set up like it is and how you can take part.  Listen to Pastor Tim’s comments by clicking “HERE“.

A SPECIAL EARTH ISSUES EVENT.

AIMEE CREE DUNN FROM NMU.

Aimee Cree Dunn with the Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University joined us to talk about the upcoming Indigenous Earth Issues Summit.  The event, planned for this upcoming Monday is running from 9-am to 9-pm and features a series of workshops and seminars looking at a wide variety of earth issues discussed from a Native American perspective.  There will also be a keynote address with educator Ward Churchill.  To listen to Aimee’s interview, please click “HERE“, and for more information from the Center’s website, please click “HERE“.

THE MONTH BEGINS!

So far, good weather and a lot of information.  What more could you ask for from Marquette County’s most community-connected morning radio show and super-duper blog!

Have a great Easter weekend!


CHEERS!


-Walt

HEY FOLKS!  A QUICK EVENT UPDATE FOR YOU!

There is a great amount of things that are going on around Marquette County this weekend and we wanted to make sure that you had the information you needed to know to be able to check them all out.  From theater to comedy to the NMU Student Pow Wow, it’s a packed up weekend for you to enjoy.  AND, the weather looks like it’s going to be relatively decent, so get on out and take it in!

MSHS THEATER DOES A CLASSIC.

FOLKS FROM OUR TOWN DO "OUR TOWN!"

Jeff Spencer, Marquette Senior High School Theater instructor and cast members Hilary Severn and Zoe Spencer joined us this week to tell us about their special production of Thornton Wilder’s classic, “Our Town”.  You can listen in to their interview “HERE” to find out more about the production, ticket availability and what it was like for the students to mount such a well-known yet dense piece of theater.

NMU NATIVE STUDENTS PRESENT A SPECIAL WEEKEND.

NMU CNAS DIRECTOR AND ALL AROUND GREAT GAL, APRIL LINDALA.

April Lindala, Director of the Center For Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University joined us to give us an update on events and activities going on this weekend at NMU being put on by the Native American Student Association.  Comedian Don Burnstick, a Canadian First Nations comic is performing at NMU on Friday evening and the 18th Annual ‘Learning to Walk Together’ Traditional Pow Wow is being held on Saturday.  Both events are being held at the Vandament Arena on Campus.  To listen to April’s interview, please click “HERE“, and to find out more about the Center For Native American Studies. please click “HERE“.


LOTS OF STUFF ON THE DOCKET.

Be sure to take it all in this weekend!

CHEERS!


-Walt

GETTING READY FOR THE WEEKEND!

It’s shaping up to be one of those good ol’ Upper Michigan weekends!  The marquee event this weekend is the annual Winter Carnival goings on on the campus of Michigan Technological University in Houghton, but if that’s not to your liking, you can take in the Ice Climbing Festival at Pictured Rocks Lakeshore near Munising that runs through Sunday.  Of course, there’s the Rotary Pancake Breakfast on Super Bowl Sunday at the YMCA of Marquette County on Sunday morning and it’s all wrapped up by the Super Bowl on Sunday night!  Whew!  We should be tired out on Monday morning!


CHOWIN’ DOWN TO HELP THE UNFORTUNATE!

BRAD PEPIN FROM NMU.

Brad Pepin, with the Northern Michigan University Culinary Arts Department stopped in this week to tell us about a special fundraising dinner being held this Friday at the Jacobetti Commons on campus at NMU.  The buffet-style dinner will feature Haitian foods and all proceeds raised will be used to assist orphans and orphanages in Haiti that were impacted by the recent devastating earthquake that destroyed a major portion of the nation.  To listen to Brad’s interview and to find out more about the event, click “HERE“.  For more about the NMU Culinary Arts Program, please click “HERE“!

GET ON OUT AND TAKE IT IN!

Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you all on Monday!  Don’t party too much this weekend and be a news story for the show!


CHEERS!

-Walt