Thomas Hyslop (English) was awarded the Charles Carpenter Fries Award from the Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE). The award recognizes educators who have long and faithful service to the profession of English teaching; distinguished leadership not only in their communities, but also at the state or national level; inspirational qualities for students and colleagues; originality; academic superiority; and are current members of the council.

On a related note, NMU student Michael Martin was selected to participate in the MCTE "Teachers for the Dream" program, which is funded by the national council and offers professional development opportunities. Participants are granted free MCTE membership and free attendance at an MCTE state conference or regional meeting to prepare for conference presentations, publication submissions and leadership roles. Kia Richmond (English) will be his mentor. Martin attended the MCTE Annual Conference "Composing Communities: Creating and Connecting in the 21st Century."

President Les Wong has accepted a nomination to the national board for the American Council on Education (ACT), the largest organization representing K-PhD education. He will serve a three-year term beginning in 2008. 

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