Dwight Brady (CAPS) has been appointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm to serve on the Michigan Climate Action Council. "We have been charged with providing actionable recommendations addressing climate change to the Department of Environmental Quality," he said. "NMU is among only four universities represented on this council. The others are the [University of Michigan], MSU and GVSU." According to a news release from the governor's office, the council is comprised of 35 representatives from higher education, industry, environmental organizations, public interest groups, utilities and state/local government. They will submit an interim report outlining proposals for short-, mid- and long-term greenhouse gas emission reduction goals by April 30. A final report with a detailed analysis of specific recommendations is due by Dec. 31. In her executive order creating the council, Granholm also called for a 10 percent reduction in energy use by state departments by the end of the year.

'Celebrate Wellness' Winners Announced

Celebrate Wellness, an 11-week self-scoring program for NMU employees and retirees, wrapped up its 15th year in December. The program is dedicated to helping people lead healthy lifestyles. Point values are assigned to specific activities. The grand-prize winners, drawn from among those who completed at least eight weeks of the program, were Christi Etelamaki (Center for Native American Studies) and Rachel Nye (Practical Nursing). Each received an Apple iPod nano.

Two winners were drawn at the end of each week and selected one prize from among four choices: a yoga or walking fitness kit, YOU-The Owners Manual: The Insiders Guide to the Body that will Make You Healthier and Younger, an Adidas Diablo duffel bag, or a $20 gift certificate from Down Wind Sports, Johnson’s Sport Shop, The Sports Rack or Marquette Food Co-Op.

The weekly winners were: Andrea Jordan (AIS/Library), Larry Vessels (Plant Operations), Chris Olivier-Hakes (AIS/Library), Marsha Larmour (AIS/Library), Leslie Kallioinen (Admissions), June Nelson (Financial Services), Kathy Maki (Continuing Education and Sponsored Programs), Sue Young (Criminal Justice), Kerry Mohr (Academic Affairs), Luann Dagenais (AIS), John Limback (AIS/Library), JoDee Larsh (Financial Aid), April Bertucci (Economics), Terry Johnson (Nursing), Carolyn Basal (Student Services), Rachel Nye (Practical Nursing), Gerry Nault (Health Center), Muriel Kangas (School of Education), Bruce Lind (AdIT), Carl Pace (Facilities), Rick Parmenter (Plant Operations) and Carol Schirtzinger (Financial Services).

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