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Student Staff Spotlight: Stefan

As the 2017-18 academic year comes to a close, we at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives have to say goodbye to our graduating seniors: Stefan Nelson and Lydia Henning. So we’ll be bidding a fond “hail and farewell” to them by giving each of them their own sendoff here on the blog. This week’s spotlight is on Stefan.


Stefan Nelson came to Northern in the fall of 2014 after graduating from Stillwater Area High School in Stillwater, Minnesota. According to him, he chose to attend Northern for three reasons: “First off, it had the major I was interested in – Fisheries and Wildlife Management. Secondly, it was a medium-sized school, not huge like some of the big public schools in MN, WI, ND, and elsewhere where I’d looked at. Thirdly, there was a tremendous amount of opportunities to do things in the area. I could hike, bike, shop, fish, walk to downtown from campus, or drive for a few minutes and be in the woods. This was pretty unusual for almost all of the other schools I’d looked at that had been in cities with large suburban areas surrounding them.” In regards to why Stefan chose to major in Fisheries and Wildlife Management: “I chose Fisheries and Wildlife Management as my major after taking AP Environmental Science in high school. I had a great teacher who was actively participating in environmental science but also wildlife in his professional and personal life with his peregrine falcon breeding program.”


Outside of school and working in the Archives, Stefan enjoys hanging out with friends; going out to eat; enjoying good weather in the outdoors in the form of hiking, biking, (ice) fishing, skiing, hammocking, and camping; and going to the PEIF. He’ll carry with him a lot of memories when he leaves Northern: “I know I’ll always remember the great professors at NMU, the fishing, hanging out with friends, the parties, night hikes, and other spontaneous activities I got to do. All of this would’ve been extremely hard to do anywhere else but here.”


Stefan (right) and friend

After graduating from NMU, Stefan plans to go to graduate school to conduct research in the natural resource field on wildlife or fish ecology, dispersal and distributions, interspecific and intraspecific interactions, or population management. As of the date of this blog post, he is still waiting to hear back from four schools on six different projects, and has heard back from four already that have selected other candidates. Stefan would like to be able to apply the knowledge he’s learned at Northern and pair it with the summer experiences he’s gained over the last three years. Career-wise, Stefan would take a job working for a state, federal, or private agency in a wildlife science, research, or management position.


Stefan (left) and friend

In closing, here’s Stefan, in his own words, talking about what working in the Archives has meant to him: “Working at the Archives for four years has been a great experience for me. I’ve enjoyed being able to learn about the vast breadth of resources available to the public here at the Archives. It’s also been cool to have been the first male Senior Student Assistant. I’ve been able to practice interacting with members of NMU staff and the public, drive a full sized (green) van, perform historical research, practice good data entry and management, plan and organize public events, learn what an archives is, how it works, what kind of records it keeps, and how records retention works, among other things. I appreciate having worked with some amazing coworkers who have supported me with both work and non-work related things, and for the opportunity to work a job on campus that’s taught me so much about the history of NMU, Marquette, and the UP in general. Thanks to Marcus, Glenda, and all the student assistants!”


This post was written by Lucas Knapp.


Event Feature: Andy Warhol Exhibit

Recently I made a “Throwback Thursday” post on Facebook. I brought back to mind an exhibit that was put on in the Lee Hall Gallery. I found a particular video advertising an exhibition, and that exhibition was about a certain artist, and that artist was related to the date. In this blog post I will expand on the topic, and inform our readers of the awesome NMU video collection.


“Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes of Fame” was a traveling exhibition put together by the Detroit Institute of Arts.In the video I watched, Commentator Wayne Francis (former director of Lee Hall Gallery) informs that the exhibition consisted of work done by Warhol from the early 1960’s down to his latest work, which he created before his death, on February 22, 1987.

Here, I will say, I could not determine the year the video clip was made/ the exhibition was put on, but I can say it was after Warhol’s death, as they mention it in the clip.


The director also regales how Warhol was the Father of Pop Art. He produced his work in mass quantities, and brought a different approach that shocked other artists. The exhibition provided a fresh look at Warhol’s work.


The series in which I found the informative video clip is called the Lee Hall Exhibition Series. It contains various video clips of art exhibits, all featured at Lee Hall Gallery at Northern Michigan University. All the video clips contain commentary from the former director of the Gallery, Wayne Francis. The exhibitions feature local artists, traveling shows, and faculty shows.


The Archives is processing the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University video collection. We will have these resources digitized, online and published in the future. For now, if these subjects interest you, feel free to stop in and take a look at them!


Hope all of you have a great weekend! (This post was written by digitization specialist Lydia Henning). 

Collection Spotlight: The Northern College News/ The North Wind

If someone were to come into the archives and ask me what I would recommend for them to look at, I would immediately tell them to read the Northern newspapers from  past years. The Archives has all of the newspaper editions starting from 1919 all the way to the present in either microfilm reels or as physical copies.

Reading the newspapers can be a more personal way to learn about the past. To me, when I read a newspaper from a different time, it is as if I just picked up the newspaper from this morning, and what I am reading about is happening right now. It’s a unique opportunity to read the opinions of young people — specifically Northern’s students — during the different major events in the past like World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, or the AIDS epidemic. While it is easy to pretend I am learning about the events for the first time while reading the articles it is also cool to analyze and compare the past to the present.



One example in comparing the past to the present is looking at humor. I took a picture of a joke section from a newspaper from 1919, and I can admit that none of the jokes made any sense to me, but it was cool to think that in 100 years from now some student archivist will be reading about the different memes and jokes we make currently. I hope you all have a great week!


Feel free to come in and visit the Archives for you research needs or for a quiet place to study (M,W,F: 10am-5pm, T,Th: 10am-7pm). (This post was written by Kyleigh Sapp).