(English) was among several prominent Native American writers
who participated in the Native Voices program, an outreach activity
of the YMCA Writer's Voice chapter in Billings, Mont. The program
was featured in the recently released National Endowment for the
Arts annual report. It has received NEA funding annually since 1994.
Hedge-Coke was also one of 90 writers who gave readings and participated
in focus discussions at the High Plains BookFest, a first-time event
in Billings attended by more than 1,200 people.
faculty and staff pledged $34,760 to the United Way of Marquette
County, exceeding the goal of $34,000.
Pictured with a ceremonial
check for the value of NMU contributions are (from left): Lenny
Shible (Health Promotions), campus campaign coordinator;
Phyllis Wong; NMU President Les Wong;
Jim Reevs, campaign co-chair; Sue Minckler of the United Way of
Marquette County; and Matt Surrell, campaign co-chair.
has received a gold 2004 Health Workplace Award from the Governorís
Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and the Wellness
Council of the Upper Peninsula (WELCUP). The award recognizes the
university's comprehensive programs in physical fitness, health
and sports. It also recognizes NMU as a workplace in which more
than 20 percent of employees participate in wellness activities.
The award will be on display at the human resources booth at the
2005 university health fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22.