Wednesday, February 15, 2006

'Hams' Provide Vital Link for UP 200

Many volunteers with NMU connections brave long and late hours – not to mention frigid February temperatures – to ensure that the annual UP 200 sled dog race runs smoothly. Employees and alumni affiliated with the Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association (HARA) provide a critical communication link between checkpoints along the route and race headquarters in Marquette.

One contingent of ham operators even constructed an igloo from scratch last year as a creative wind block at their remote location on the Rapid River truck trail off M-95. Pictured are Carol Hicks (Engineering Technology, kneeling) and (back row from left) NMU alumnus Pete Kotila, Steve Smith, and Mike Cauley (Engineering Technology).  Full Story

Preceptorship Pairs Student with Doctor Mentor


NMU pre-med student Nicole Perrier scrubs in and puts on a gown before entering the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit at Marquette General Hospital. She is there to observe and learn from her mentor, Dr. Julia Frei, who will conduct careful examinations of the unit's newborn patients.


"I am so amazed at what they can do in the NICU,” Perrier said. “Dr. Frei is a very good teacher. She gave me a briefing and then I started going on rounds with her. She points out things to me during examinations, introduces me to the families, and lets me sit in when she discusses issues with them." Full Story

Summer Employment Fair Feb. 28

Local and regional companies and organizations will be on campus to discuss summer employment opportunities from 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Great Lakes rooms of the University Center. The event is being sponsored by the JOBSearch Center.

Award Nomination Deadlines Approaching

Nominations for the Distinguished Faculty Award should be submitted to Academic Affairs by Friday, Feb. 24. This award recognizes up to three full-time faculty members, including academic department heads, who have made significant professional contributions to NMU and their professional areas.

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Nominations for the second annual TLC Staff Award should be submitted by March 1. This award recognizes up to three people who have embraced the use of the laptop and other technology in the workplace in support of the university’s high-touch, high-tech vision.

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Science Olympiad Gains Sponsors

Range Bank in Negaunee and Snyder Drugs in Ishpeming have each pledged $7,500 over three years to support the U.P. Region I Science Olympiad Tournament, an annual tournament coordinated and hosted by the NMU Seaborg Center. Pictured are (from left) Roxanne Daust and Kenneth Palmer of Range Bank, Ann Joyal (Seaborg Center), and Scott Reilly of Range Bank.

Science Olympiad is a nationwide program founded in 1983, sponsoring academic competitions in science, technology and mathematics. The events are designed to encourage teamwork and stimulate creative problem solving. They are keyed to national and state teaching standards. The U.P. Region I tournament, held at NMU Feb. 11, featured about 300 middle- and high-school student participants and 125 volunteers.

Swimming/Diving Championships Here

NMU will host the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) swimming and diving championships Feb. 15-18 at the PEIF pool. Tickets are available at EZ Ticket outlets or at the door for $5 for a one-session pass and $25 for an all-sessions pass. NMU will compete against the following universities: Ashland, Gannon, Grand Valley State, Hillsdale College, Lewis, University of Findlay, University of Indianapolis, and Wayne State.


Olympic Challenge Feb. 20

The second annual USOEC Olympic Challenge is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the Superior Dome. Athletes from the USOEC will face international competitors in boxing, men’s Greco-Roman wrestling, women’s freestyle wrestling and weightlifting. Tickets are $1 for NMU students with ID and $2 for the general public. Proceeds will go to the families of former USOEC athlete Toni Copeland and NMU student Cass Huckabee, who drowned in Lake Superior last fall.

      A profile of an NMU employee.

Susan Henderson (Military Science) describes herself as “a jack of all trades, but master of none.”

As senior secretary in her department some of her ‘trades’ include helping students, dealing with parents, checking calendars and schedules, database work, fundraising research and other clerical duties.

But the students remember her most for her candy. Full Story


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