Sandra Imdieke (Education) is the chair of the 2009 Batchelder Award Committee. The group selects the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a foreign language and country, then translated into English and published in the United States. This year’s winner is Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Arthur A. Levine Books. The book was originally published in Japanese and tells the story of a skilled female warrior who accepts the task of protecting a young prince from otherworldly demons and his father’s assassins. “This sophisticated and complex Japanese epic is filled with political intrigue, mystery and danger,” said Imdieke in a press release. The award was announced by the Association for Library Service to Children during the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting held Jan. 23-28 in Denver. For more information, visit Batchelder.
Eileen Smit (Nursing) and Mary Jane Tremethick (Community Health Education), pictured left to right, were recently honored at the Michigan Campus Compact/Michigan Community Service Commission Annual Service-Learning and Community Service Awards Ceremony in Grand Rapids. Smit and Tremethick were selected for a faculty/staff community service-learning award for their work leading a study abroad program in Santa Cruz de Yojoa, Honduras. They collaborated with Dr. Milton Mendoza and the Yojoa International Medical Center Committee, which is made up of health care providers and other community groups with a goal to improve health services for Honduran families. Students in their course were immersed in the Honduran culture as they participated in nursing and health education activities. Smit and Tremethick’s work in Honduras has benefitted the Honduran community of Santa Cruz de Yojoa and has been valued by students and their Honduran community partners. The professors will lead another group of students to Honduras in May 2009.
Community Service Honored Again
The Corporation for National and Community Service has named NMU to its President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Honorees were selected based on a series of factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
“In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges,” said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the board for the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America. “We salute Northern Michigan University for making community service a campus priority and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others.”
This recent national recognition follows Northern's previously announced selection for the 2008 Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Rachel Harris (Center for Student Enrichment) said, "Both of these honors show that community service is something that the university and its students value. It's one of the big things we can hang our hat on here at NMU. Students are engaged and the community is very receptive to them being involved. It's a perfect match."
Recent Grants Received
Joe Lubig (Education) received $3,500 from the Michigan Campus Compact for "Living the Life and Setting the Goal: 6th Grade Early College Experience."
Dan Truckey (Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center) received $15,000 from the Michigan Humanities Council for "Stories in the Woods," a traveling exhibition highlighting the rich storytelling tradition of the Upper Peninsula. Truckey also received $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts and about $1,400 from a CUPPAD mini grant to fund the 2009 Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival and the "Learning to Walk Together" traditional pow wow.
Debra Homeier (Seaborg Center) received nearly $58,000 from the Michigan Department of Education to provide leadership, student services, professional development, curriculum support, resources and community involvement in mathematics and science education.