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EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

30 years ago

MARQUETTE – The small number of minority faculty at the three universities on the Upper Peninsula will not increase until more non-white students graduate with masters and doctorates, officials said. “Two years ago, there were only nine Native Americans with doctorates in the country,” said Fred Gillard, vice president of academic affairs at Lake Superior State University. John Hatch, director of education for Sault Ste. The Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians said, “The problem with faculty members is that there are only about 5 percent of Chippewa with college degrees out of 17,000. They are so few that they are are massively recruited by everyone. All three universities have stepped up their recruitment and retention efforts, but the lack of minority faculty and staff makes the job more difficult. At Lake Superior State University last year, Native Americans made up 237 of the 3,078 students. Of the 117 faculty, there were three Asians, one Black, and no Hispanic or Indian. At Northern Michigan University last year, Indians were the largest minority group – 181 out of 8,700 students – but the NMU had no Indian faculty members. The school had 151 black students, but only two of the 302 teachers were black. At Michigan Tech, six of the school’s 367 faculty members were black last year. The school had 71 blacks out of an enrollment of 6,640 students. Tech had a Native American instructor and 36 Indian students.

60 years ago

TOWNSHIP OF CHOCOLAY – Marquette County veterans who served in the 31st Dixie Division during World War I recently held a reunion at the Harvey Inn, attended by 24 members. The men were among 120 who left Marquette County on May 25, 1918 to serve as replacements in the 31st Dixie Division at Camp Wheeler, Macom, Georgia. AC (Doc) Porter and Howard Boyd, both from Marquette, started the meeting last year, and are making considerable efforts to contact all living veterans. At the meeting, the group organized the Marquette County 31st Division Association and made plans for future meetings. In attendance: Russell Brown, Alfred Bureau, Clifford Fleury, Joseph Morin, Thomas Rich, James O’Donnell, Mark Sleeman, William Carlson, Steven Solody, AC Porter, Louis Boyer, Lee Robert, Gust Johnson, Howard Boyd, Carl Bangren, and Eugène Costello of Marquette; HF Stansbury, Stan Williams, Robert Gustafson, Albert Leverton, Clarence Ayotte and AR Holmgren of Ishpeming; as well as Rudy Johnson and Henry Spelgatti of Negaunee.

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