NMU was well represented at the 16th bi-annual International AIDS conference in Toronto held earlier this month. Two videos produced at NMU were available at the Viral Culture Film Festival Library. Jason Balas and Louise Bourgault (Communication and Performance Studies) collaborated on Two AIDS Music Videos from West Africa, which contains original footage of visiting artists Nainy Diabate in 2005 and Bernard Woma in 2006. Bourgault produced AIDS and the Arts in Africa in 2001. Jane Milkie and Diane Kordich (Art and Design) along with Rod Clarken and Joe Lubig (Education) helped support a project titled “Children’s Peace Tiles.” The tiles were created at the U.P. Children’s Museum and Northstar Academy, and formed part of an AIDS mural mounted in Toronto. The mural includes tiles from all over the world.
Randall Jensen (HPER) has been elected to the board of directors of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport (ISBS), a two-year position. ISBS an organization that serves as a link between researchers, coaches and athletes. It is comprised of members from every continent except Antarctica.
The Telion chapter of Mortar Board at NMU was presented with the Silver Torch Award for the 2005-06 academic year at the Mortar Board national conference in Columbus, Ohio. NMU was one of 40 chapters awarded for executing timeliness and dedication while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. Founded in 1918, Mortar Board is a national honor society that currently has 214 collegiate and 43 alumni chapters with more than 240,000 initiated members across the U.S.