Dwight Brady (Communication and Performance Studies) received a Michigan Emmy Award presented by the state chapter of the National Television Academy in June. He and two employees of WKAR-TV in East Lansing were recognized for their contributions to Michigan at Risk, which won for best public/community affairs series. Brady produced a documentary for the program titled “Michigan’s Green Energy Economy” as part of a joint project between WNMU-TV and WKAR-TV. It aired statewide in November and explored how investment in solar, wind and biofuels is creating economic growth in the state.

His documentary was nominated for two other Emmy Awards in the categories of best documentary and best environmental program. Brady received financial support from the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters, an NMU faculty grant and special projects funding from the College of Arts and Sciences. He also was granted sabbatical leave to work on the documentary.


After their selection as 2007 Dornquast Scholars, three NMU students participated in a week-long trip to the renowned repertory theater festival in Stratford, Ont. They received tickets to four shows, ranging from Oklahoma! to Othello, and were treated to a backstage tour that allowed them to mingle with actors and designers in an informal setting.

The trio's lodging and travel costs were covered through an endowment established by Robert Dornquast, a retired Communication and Performance Studies professor, who accompanied them on the trip. Pictured are (from left): Shuantaia Rogers, a senior political science and pre-law major from Brownstown; Tony Paquette, a senior accounting and financial planning major from Marquette; Dornquast; and Kelly Passinault, a graduate theater major from Christmas. Rogers and Paquette were selected from the theater in perspective summer class, team taught by James Panowski (CAPS) and James Schiffer (English), both of whom traveled with the students to Stratford. Passinault was nominated by the theater faculty.

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