Martin Reinhardt (Center for Native American Studies) recently earned a doctorate in educational leadership with a concentration in special education. His dissertation summarized a six-year comparative analysis of Anishinaabe treaty educational provisions and American Indian education laws, from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Reinhardt received an American Indian Leadership Fellowship from Penn State University to pursue his doctorate. Penn State has the oldest American Indian Ph.D. program in the country.

Julie Rochester (HPER) is the recipient of a 2004 National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Research and Education Foundation doctoral scholarship. The award recognizes academic excellence for athletic training students, and is a $2,000 cash award designed to help with financial needs such as tuition and books. It is available at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Criteria for the award includes a 3.2 grade point average, membership in NATA, recommendation by a certified athletic trainer and commitment to an athletic training career.

The Color Guard at the Sept. 11 Wildcat football game featured all five branches of the military—a first for NMU, according to Maj. Paul Phillips (Military Science). Members included (from left) NMU sophomore, Cadet Chris Champlin, Army; Cpl. Bradley Strohl of Iron Mountain, Marines; Yeoman Petty Officer 3rd Class Jamell Robinson of Marquette, Navy; Michigan Tech senior, Cadet Chad St. Arnauld, Air Force; and Boatswain Mate Petty Officer 3rd Class Andy Liebner of Marquette, Coast Guard.

The theme of the game was, "We Salute Our Hometown Heroes," in honor of the Sept. 11, 2001 anniversary. The NMU Pride of the North Marching Band played a medley of patriotic songs at halftime and representatives from area law enforcement and firefighting agencies were recognized.

USOEC speedskating head coach Scott Koons set a world record for the longest time riding a bicycle without using hands. He accomplished the feat at the Superior Dome, where he road for one hour, completing 44 laps. The total distance Koons covered was roughly 21 kilometers. He will submit his information for inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records.

On a related note, the U.S. Olympic Education Center's weightlifting program and NMU were featured in an article published in the July 2004 issue of Pure Power magazine.



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