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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

New surgeon joins Dickinson Medical staff

Dickinson County Healthcare System has a new surgeon on staff, and his name is Dr. Jeffrey Kreyer.

Kreyer, who hails from the Chicago area, joins doctors Cecconi, Terrian and Donohue in the practice of general surgery.

Kreyer completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, earning a bachelor's of science degree in cell and structure biology and another bachelors in phsychology. He went on to earn a master's degree in biology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. His medical degree was earned from Southern Illinois University.

He went on to complete his five-year surgery residency at UIC Mt. Sinai in Chicago.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Dickinson Medical

Pepin on staff at UP Rehab Services

UP Rehab Services announced recently that the company has added to its staff with the addition of Jeff Pepin to their rehabilitation team. He will be working for Marquette General Therapies and UP Rehab Services and will be at Doctors Park Rehab Services in Escanaba.

Pepin brings experience in post-operative, sports and return-to-work rehabilitation as well as manual therapy. He originally hails from Gladstone.

You can find out more about UP Rehab by visiting its website.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: UP Rehab Services

NMU works with tech company to develop new pathogen test

Micro Imaging Technology announced the latest news from its ongoing collaboration with Northern Michigan University--a new test method for pathogens. 

Researchers and students at NMU will look into a pathogen sample preparation method that could shorten testing time for bacteria culture tests to just a few hours. The tests currently used have a culture growth time of 16 to 24 hours; the new method would improve MIT's testing methods and develop a completely new service to offer clients in clinical health and food safety.

At NMU, the project is headed by Josh Sharp, assistant professor in the biology department. His lab is using the current testing system developed by Micro Imaging Technology to work on the method, which would capture staphylococcus aureus bacteria more directly from samples for testing.

"If Dr. Sharp's efforts are successful, and we are highly confident they will be, this will be a major game changer since this new method can easily be extended to other significant clinical and food safety pathogens," says Jeff Nunez, president of MIT. The MIT testing system also identifies listeria and salmonella bacteria.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Micro Imaging Technology, Inc.

Portage Health home to two new doctors

Portage Health will be employing two recent graduates from the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program.

Six doctors graduated after three years with the residency program hosted at Marquette General Hospital this year; Mandeep Gill, Timothy LaBonte, Thomas Massie, Ashwaty Menon, Michelle Seguin and Tara Varoni.

LaBonte and Seguin, who both also earned their medical degrees at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, will make the journey to the Keweenaw to work with the Portage Health team. 

LaBonte is a Laurium native and will be returning to the Copper Country to work at Portage Health's Lake Linden clinic.

Seguin is an Iron Mountain native and will be serving patients at the Hancock clinic, focusing on outpatient family medicine.

"While we are sorry to bid farewell to these fantastic individuals, we are pleased that they will be utilizing their outstanding skills with their own patients, some right here in the Upper Peninsula," says Dr. Stuart Johnson, director of the program.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program

Stephenson Bank promotes Hofer

Sam Hofer has a few new responsibilities at Stephenson National Bank & Trust after earning himself a promotion recently. 

Hofer is now the assistant vice president and manager of financial advisory services for the financial institution. Previously, he was a financial advisor with Stephenson Bank. 

Hofer has nearly 30 years in the financial field. He joins Paul Aftanas, Maria Berlin and Karen Fehrenbach on the financial advisory services team at Stephenson National Bank & Trust. The team will be expanded soon with more financial advisors as the bank continues to grow. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Stephenson National Bank & Trust
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