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Upper Hand Brewery shows off bottle artwork

If you've stopped at very many stores around the Upper Peninsula lately, you've probably noticed some signs going up announcing that Upper Hand Brewery will be distributing their suds in bottled form in the very near future.

The brewery, which is part of the Bell's Brewery family that is headquartered in lower Michigan, recently added to the visual aspect of their upcoming wares by showcasing the packaging and labels for three beers.

The UPA -- Upper Peninsula Ale -- bottle art has a campsite with a lighthouse on it, while the Escanaba Black Beer has a family in a vehicle watching a bear (hopefully not imbibing in the process!). The final art, which is for the Upper Hand Lager, has a "logger" cutting down a tree he has climbed.

Upper Hand's brews, which are expected soon, are going to be crafted in a 11,500-square-foot facility located in Delta County.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Bell's Brewery

Tech students work on charcoal kiln for developing world

A French company, AFI, is partnering with students at Michigan Technological University to help develop a biochar manufacturing process for the developing world.

If you're not sure what biochar is, think of a campfire that's partially burned out; the black charcoal-like charred wood before it turns to ashes is biochar. It's being explored as a fuel source to replace wood in cookstoves in Benin through this new partnership.

The benefits biochar offers are that burning it produces less smoke, and since wood-burning smoke is one of the biggest disease and death causes in the developing world, that's important.

Of course, you don’t want to have burn wood to produce the charcoal in the first place. So, the students and AFI are working on a way to use leftover palm kernel shells for the feedstock to create biochar. The manufacturing facility they propose would then form it into briquettes and sell it affordably. Tech Enterprise students have built a small demonstration kiln earlier for a South American project, and now aim to commercialize it on a large scale for use in Benin with AFI.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Technological University

Portage Health welcomes new women's health physician

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center, which is part of Portage Health, announced they have added a new physician to their women's health team of providers. 

Emily Kenny, M.D., is now part of the obstetrics and gynecology team. It's a return home for Kenny, who is a Copper Country native. She received a bachelor's degree from University of Michigan and followed it up with a M.D. at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, as part of the Rural Physician Program. She also served a residency at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.

Her duties will include working in the obstetrics and gynecology clinic along with Dr. Julie Meyer in Hancock, during business hours, and also will assist with deliveries in the Portage Health Family Birthing Center, as well as performing outpatient and inpatient surgery.

"We are so excited to have Dr. Kenny join our team," says Shannon Richter, director of operations at Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center. "Dr. Kenny's modern medical knowledge and excellent patient interaction will be a wonderful complement to our team."

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Portage Health

Marquette's Landmark Inn officially acquired by Graves Hospitality Corporation

The Landmark Inn in Marquette has a new owner, the Graves Hospitality Corporation.

It's not quite as much of a local-business-gets-bought-by-giant-corporation story as it sounds; a main partner in Graves Hospitality is Matthew Mering, a Marquette native.

The Landmark will join a portfolio of 19 hotels and restaurants owned by Graves in the Midwest, and will continue operating its in-house restaurants and bars, with some improvements, according to the announcement.

"We look forward to repositioning Capers restaurant into a fun and approachable concept that appeals to both hotel guests and Marquette residents alike," says Benjamin Graves, president and COO of Graves Hospitality.

The historic hotel has become something of a destination in Marquette, and Mering says that will be approached with the same care that former owner Christine Pesola gave it.

"It was important to the ownership group that whoever acquired the hotel continue with their philosophy of reinvesting in both the property and the local community, so GHC was a natural fit," says Mering. "I realize the importance the hotel holds for the community. It really is the living room of Marquette. We look at ourselves as long-term stewards of the Landmark Inn."

Graves Hospitality has developed and managed more than 100 hotels and restaurants, and also has worked with residential and commercial developments over the past 35 years.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Graves Hospitality Corporation 

Verardi takes over Marquette Edward Jones office

The Edward Jones financial advisors offices in Marquette have a new leader. Christian Verardi will step into the role. 

He's been a financial advisor with Edward Jones since 2013, but has a long background in business and entrepreneurship. Verardi has a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and has been a project manager for several contractors as well as having owned his own company, CMV Building Company in White Lake, Michigan.

The Edward Jones offices are located at 115 South Lakeshore Boulevard, Suite B, in Marquette.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Edward Jones

UP Labor Federation adds new staffer

The newly-formed Upper Peninsula Regional Labor Federation announced it has hired on a new employee.

Kathleen Carlson will serve as field coordinator, which means she'll be responsible for developing solidarity across the varied labor groups belonging to the federation, and overseeing labor mobilization. That includes training and organizing union leaders and members, and helping to strengthen the U.P.'s local labor councils and build them into self-sustaining organizations. 

Carlson has an accounting degree and has been a delegate to the Marquette County Labor Council for 16 years. She also has experience on the labor advisory planning committee of the council and has planned conferences and events. 

The new federation was created from the unification of the Marquette County Labor Council and the Delta County Trades and Labor Council, both AFL-CIO chartered councils. Next is planned unifications with three other AFL-CIO councils; the Dickinson-Iron Counties Labor Council, the Eastern Upper Peninsula Central Labor Council, and the Northwest Upper Peninsula Labor Council, according to the federation's website.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: U.P. Regional Labor Federation

LSSU welcomes 12 new faculty and staff

Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie introduced its 12 new faculty members who are joining the campus this fall.

In the school of biological sciences, Kevin Kapuscinski is a new assistant professor, although he's familiar to some at LSSU already from his role as co-director of the Aquatic Research Laboratory.

Jude Rariden is a new assistant professor in criminal justice, and in the sociology department, Heather Shay is a new assistant professor.

Thomas Tobin is a visiting assistant professor of geology, and James Allen is an assistant professor in psychology. Sandra Allen-Cary is a new assistant professor in nursing. Lloyd Eddy is a new assistant professor of arts and humanities, specifically art and design.

New associate professors include Michael Everett in the College of Arts, Letters, Social Services and Emergency Services; he specializes in emergency services. Zakaria Mahmud is a new associate professor in engineering, specializing in experimental fluid mechanics.

David Leach is also joining the engineering faculty as an instructor of mechanical engineering and engineering technology.

Some of the new hires are temporary instructors. Marta Diaz and Shellie Masters both are temporary instructors in the Lukenda School of Business, while Lucas Kirby is a temporary instructor of aquatic ecology.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior State University

New employee comes on board at LSCP

Economic development agency Lake Superior Community Partnership announced it has hired a new staff to focus on marketing and public relations.

Ashley Szczepanski is the partnership's new assistant to events and marketing. Her duties include assisting with membership, marketing, events and public relations.

She comes to Marquette most recently from Denver, where she worked as a graphic designer. She also earned a bachelor's degree in commercial recreation and facility management from Central Michigan University.

"We are very excited to welcome Ashley to the LSCP team," says Betsy Morais, director of marketing and communications. "She comes to us with great experience in marketing, event planning and graphic design and we look forward to tapping into her expertise."

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership 


Two new radiologists join Dickinson County Healthcare System

Two new radiologists have joined the staff of Dickinson County Healthcare System

David Timm and Kevin Diehl both are newly on staff at Radiology Associates and also will be practicing at Dickinson Memorial Hospital. 

Timm comes to the area from Montana; he is a U.S. Army veteran and earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston. He completed a radiology residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu and served as diagnostic chief of radiology at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Diehl is a native of Scottsdale, Arizona and earned his medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences. He completed a radiology residency and a neuroradiology fellowship at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Both say in the hospital's announcement that one of the attractions to a move to the Upper Peninsula was the year-round outdoors lifestyle.

Timm and Diehl both will offer a range of radiology services at Radiology Associates, such as diagnostics, interpretation of imaging exams, and interventional radiology procedures including needle biopsies and vertebroplasty.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Dickinson County Healthcare System

Michigan Tech partners with CMU on doctoral program in physical therapy

Michigan Technological University in Houghton announced a partnership with Central Michigan University that will offer a doctoral program in physical therapy to students on both campuses.

The degree will be granted from CMU, and course work will be completed with the aid of a remote classroom that allows students at Tech and CMU to share classes in real time. It's located in Michigan Tech's Advanced Technology Development Complex.

Twelve students will start the program at Tech, joining 48 counterparts at CMU. At Tech, the program will be administered under the department of kinesiology and integrative physiology.

The new classroom and program was funded with a $125,000 gift from the U.P. Healthcare Network, which matched donations from Portage Health, Aspirus Keweenaw, War Memorial and Dickinson Memorial Healthcare System, and a private gift from Charlie and Pat Nelson.

"This partnership is a signal of Michigan Tech's commitment to strengthening its education and research initiatives in the life sciences," says Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Technological University

NMU launches seven new graduate programs

Northern Michigan University announced it will offer seven new graduate degree programs this fall. 

Some are on-campus and others are online; some are summer sessions and others are evening classes, to offer flexibility for students in various stages of their careers. They are: applied behavior analysis, clinical molecular genetics, educational administration, higher education in student affairs, master's of business administration, post-secondary biology education, and public administration

The applied behavior analysis degree focuses on learning to affect behavior change in populations like students, workers or patients. It takes place on campus with a summer practicum. 

Other on-campus programs are the MBA program, which comes in two flavors, behavioral or quantitative, and offers evening courses; post-secondary biology education, which prepares graduates to teach biology at the college level and includes a summer session.

Online classes include the higher education in student affairs degree, for those interested in student services at colleges and universities, which takes place in real time online courses. The clinical molecular genetics program also is online, but has a one-week on-campus lab experience at NMU and is one of the few programs of its kind in the country. 

Other online programs are educational administration, which prepares principals and leaders in K-12 schools; and public administration, which offers several concentrations like state and local government, human resource administration, criminal justice administration and public management.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Northern Michigan University

Code Michigan will take place in Marquette this October

Code Michigan is coming to Marquette this fall, so software developers and coders in the U.P. will have a chance to compete close to home.

The civic coding event, organized by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, invites developers and designers to build mobile or web applications in a three-day event. At the end, cash prizes and the chance to pitch their app to investors await the winners. 

Apps and software should be designed to fill civic purposes like government transparency, citizen engagement, government efficiency, public policy, or economic development.

"Code Michigan is an exciting opportunity for civic-minded developers and designers to help reinvent Michigan's government by creating mobile and web apps for the public good," says David Behen, Michigan DTMB director and chief information officer. "I'm really looking forward to seeing what our competitors develop this year."

This year, Code Michigan will be held Oct 3-5 at three locations; Detroit, Newaygo, and Marquette, the last on the campus of Northern Michigan University. It's free to enter, but only 65 slots are open to developers at each location, so online registration is needed and can be found here.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget

Keweenaw Chamber has new executive director

The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director, Cheryl Fahrner. 

It's a return to the area for Fahrner, who worked for D&N Bank in Hancock about 20 years ago, and is an Ironwood native. She comes to the Keweenaw from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, where she has most recently been regional corporate events director for the American Heart Association.

Previously, her roles include being the executive director of the Plover Area Business Association from 2001 to 2008. She has experience in economic development, business association operations and marketing, also having been marketing coordinator at Schwan's in Minnesota.

"We're really excited to begin working with Cheryl to implement her ideas for bringing greater levels of service to the business community," says chamber board president Glen Tolksdorf. The board has been overseeing the chamber for the past few years while it's been without an executive director.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce

Stephenson National Bank promotes two to VP

Stephenson National Bank and Trust now has two new VPS who were recently promoted. 

Greg Salmen will serve as executive VP and trust manager, while Charlie Cappaert will be senior VP and chief lending officer.

Salmen has been with the bank since 2002 and oversees the investment management and trust services department as well as account administration and new business development. 

Cappaert also joined SNBT in 2002 and has more than 25 years of banking experience in the region, including commercial lending, credit counseling and analysis.

"Their years of experience and hard work have greatly contributed to the overall success of SNBT, and they will continue to be integrally involved in all facets of the bank's operation as managers and leaders within our organization," says Daniel Peterson, SNBT president and CEO.

Stephenson National Bank and Trust has locations in Menominee and Marquette, as well as in Marinette and Oconto, Wisconsin.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Stephenson National Bank and Trust

Michigan Tech cuts ribbon on new Honors College

A new honors college program was inaugurated at Michigan Technological University this summer. 

The Pavlis Honors College will be home to several leadership and research initiatives designed to push students to excel, like the Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership, which was founded in 2005 with a gift from both programs' namesake, 1938 chemical engineering graduate Frank Pavlis.

Other programs under the Honors College roof are the Honors Institute, the Research Scholars program, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program and the Enterprise program. It also will house the office of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships. The dean of the Pavlis Honors College will be Lorelle Meadows.

"The Pavlis Honors College will serve students university-wide, by providing an intellectual home for engaging educational programs in leadership, innovation, research and service," says Meadows. "The Honors College will instill in our students what Mr. Pavlis calls 'the plus factors,' those factors that encourage the unexpected in our students and inspire them to meet the University's vision of creating the future."

Pavlis founded the company Air Products and Chemicals in 1940 after also completing a master's degree in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan. After a long career with his company, he retired in 1980, leaving it a global Fortune 500 company. In 2009, he received Michigan Technological University's Distinguished Alumni Award.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Michigan Technological University
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