•Mary Jane Tremethick (HPER) received the College and University Leader of the Year Award at the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance annual conference in November. The award is presented annually to one HPER faculty member in Michigan. Tremethick's leadership roles include past chair of the student involvement committee of the American Association for Health Education and member of AAHE’s national awards committee. She also serves on the health council and as chair of the scholarship committee for the Midwest District of the
American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
•In November, NMU community health education majors Ashley Bollwahn and Nicole Weber provided health sessions at all four Marquette County senior centers (Marquette, Ishpeming, Forsyth and Negaunee, pictured). The goal was to promote healthy aging. In a three-part series, the students addressed the importance of exercising the mind, eating healthy, being physically active, managing stress and learning relaxation techniques. The project was funded through a grant by the Michigan Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
•The Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center at NMU has received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the second annual U.P. Folklife Festival and the Learning to Walk Together Pow Wow. News of this competitive federal award comes on the heels of two other grants for the center: $15,000 from the Michigan Humanities Council to fund the creation of a traveling exhibit that highlights the Upper Peninsula's rich storytelling tradition; and $1,400 from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to support the U.P. Folklife Festival.
•Northern achieved its fundraising goal of $35,000 for the United Way of Marquette County. Thirty percent of the employees who supported this year's workplace campaign were first-time contributors. Tom Barnes (Athletics) was the winner of the extra paid bonus day, the top prize awarded in a random drawing of all NMU participants.
•On another charitable note, the NMU Volunteer Center reports that 2,040 pounds of food was collected at campus drop-off locations for the TV6 Can-a-thon. The amount "blew last year's total out of the water" and exceeded this year's goal by more than 150 pounds. Donated food will be distributed through the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Salvation Army and food pantries affiliated with some local churches.
Whitman Hall won the friendly competition between on-campus buildings with seven boxes and 19 bags totaling 470 pounds.
•TCF Bank recently presented $1,000 scholarships to three NMU students participating in the Superior Edge program. The funds will apply to the winter 2009 semester.
Pictured are (from left): NMU President Les Wong, scholarship winners Kady Adams, Amanda Hawkins and Jodi Tervo, and TCF Bank representatives Brad Christian, Laura Hanson, and Jennifer Mcguire.