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Wednesday: Learning

FEAR OF THE FUTURE: Class of 2020 enters a world in crisis

Tyler Lyson watched his parents’ financial collapse in the Great Recession, a decade ago. He vowed he’d find the security they never had: He would get a college degree. The 27-year-old won a full scholarship to the University of California-Berkeley and, on Monday, will become the first in ...

Talking books still available amid pandemic

MARQUETTE — Great Lakes Talking Books Advisory and Outreach Center, which serves patrons in the Upper Peninsula, Alpena and Crawford counties, remains “open” via the internet and phone service. Its Reader Advisors are working remotely from home and are able to provide all of the ...

Essay contest deadline extended

MARQUETTE —Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve has extended the deadline for its spring 2020 essay contest. People are asked to consider writing a little something about the healing and rejuvenating power of nature and submitting it to the contest. The theme is The Healing Power of Nature. ...

First District Congressional Art Competition Deadline Announced

WASHINGTON — Each spring, the Congressional Institute and participating members of Congress sponsor An Artistic Discovery, a nationwide high school visual art competition that recognizes and encourages artistic talent in each congressional district. Since the pilot competition in 1982, more ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Good mental health for everyone

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention is every month, every day, no matter what is going on in the world. It’s OK not to be OK. And it’s OK to talk to somebody about this. A new documentary titled” Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health” will be available on YouTube after the ...

Rural schools hit hard by teen suicide

LANSING — Suicide is now the second-leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds in Michigan, and the rates are nearly double in rural communities, according to state and federal surveys. That’s above the national average and has risen in recent years. The state Department of Health and ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Savvy online grandparents assist

With parents managing the house and juggling their children’s on-line school work, grandparents again can come to the rescue a few times a week. Grandparents can talk by Skype, Facetime or Zoom. Grandparents can begin a social time on the phone or computer by asking about one positive thing ...

Grandparents Teach, too: STEM fun: Make a fine penny light

How does electricity work? You only need one LED Christmas light to make this fun STEM flashlight to begin the conversation. There are many other STEM projects on-line using materials around the house. Start with a few observations and questions. Count all of the plug- in electrical ...

Schools struggle to find teachers

LANSING — The K-12 educator shortage in Michigan is a crisis that must be addressed, say education groups pushing for better teacher retention and recruitment programs. “Too many classrooms are staffed with long-term subs — many not credentialed — because districts cannot find enough ...

Dining Dollars go to a good cause

MARQUETTE — Given their sometimes precarious financial situations, college freshmen couldn’t be blamed for hoarding any extra money or resources they have on hand. For Jacob McCann, a Northern Michigan University freshman from downstate Ludington, the decision came down to sharing his ...

Grandparents Teach, too

“It’s no ordinary apple tart. It’s the apple tart of hope. After you’ve taken a bite, the whole world will look almost completely different. Things will start to change and by the time you’ve had the whole slice, you’ll realize everything is going to be okay.” — Sarah M. ...

COVID-19 disrupts Great Lakes research

LANSING — A wave of uncertainty looms over Great Lakes research. The novel coronavirus has led to the cancellation of outreach programs and academic conferences and leaves researchers unsure of what their summer field seasons will look like. Every spring and summer since 1986, the Robert ...

Social work project conforms to COVID-19: NMU professor making adaptations

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University social work professor Sarah Carlson has found that being nimble and adaptable are essential traits for educators contending with COVID-19. Carlson's initial plan was to end a master's-level class by recording face-to-face treatment group sessions in a ...

Art recipes make for childhood fun

Certain recipes are important to keep around the house so families are always prepared. The following recipes use materials found in the kitchen and garage. No cook play dough Mix together: 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup salt in a separate bowl. Mix together ½ cup water, 3 drops food coloring, and 5 ...

Teaching moment

LANSING — The Michigan History Center recently announced a new collecting initiative that gives residents the opportunity to share stories that reflect their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, for the benefit of future generations. The COVID-19 pandemic is a critical moment in ...

Grandparents Teach, too

“Nothing inspires cleanliness more than an unexpected guest.” — Radhika Mundra Right now we have an unexpected and unwelcome guest in our nation and we may be running out of educational entertaining ideas for the family. If you haven’t already done so consider a good house ...

College students falling through gap in federal stimulus program

LANSING — After facing university shutdowns, the transition to online classes, postponed graduation ceremonies and frantically packing up their dorm rooms, many college students perked up at the idea of receiving a $1,200 check from the federal government. The stimulus package is meant to ...

NMU group explores sustainability in Cuba

MARQUETTE — Before the COVID-19 situation quickly escalated, 10 Northern Michigan University students and two faculty members traveled to Cuba for an environmental studies course that explored different models of sustainable community development. They had the rare opportunity to bypass ...