Dobson Sponsors Banquet
NMU’s annual leadership recognition banquet will be sponsored by Dobson Communications, which provides local wireless phone services under the Cellular One brand name. Bill Bernard (Academic Affairs) is pictured at right accepting a check from Ronald Hewson, retail sales manager at Cellular One in Marquette.
Bernard said that corporate sponsorship was needed because the base budget for the banquet was recently eliminated through campus cost-saving measures. The company’s donation of $9,250 will cover the entire event.
“I was thrilled when Dobson Communications agreed to sponsor this, because it was on the verge of being gone,” said Bernard. “This is one of our really positive events to highlight student leaders, and I was looking for any way to keep it alive. I read an article about Dobson wanting to fund an educational event, so I contacted them with a proposal and they accepted the offer.”
The banquet is a longstanding tradition at NMU. For two decades, it has provided an opportunity to recognize students, advisers and student organizations for their contributions to the campus community. This year’s banquet is scheduled for Thursday, April 20.