Two NMU employees passed the exam required to become certified as a LEED Accredited Professional: Michael Andary (Technology and Applied Sciences) and Brandon Sager (Facilities). The LEED AP program, launched in 2001 and administered by the Green Building Certification Institute, distinguishes building professionals who have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles, along with the LEED Rating System. Andary said senior Bobby Mantz  and recent graduate Jim Conlin, both from the construction management program, also passed the exam. The questions are based on the LEED criteria regarding energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation and design, sustainable sites and water efficiency.

Dining Services staff took the top prize in two recent competitions. Nathan Mileski won first place in the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) culinary challenge in Milwaukee. Six regional winners from around the country competed in the ninth annual national event. The contestants had 60 minutes to create a nutritionally balanced plate using the featured ingredient of local (sustainable) organic rainbow trout with side dishes and sauces. Mileski's trout schnitzel with mohrengemuse carrots, sauteed beet and celeriac morel mushroom spaetzle with riesling beurre blanc was the winning recipe. Also, Mileski and colleagues Jill Hayes, Marty Casey and Jim Rector competed against 13 teams from the U.S. and Canada in the American Culinary Federation K9 mystery basket team competition at the University of Massachusetts. They received the highest score, 36.5 out of 40, as well as a gold medal.


Susan Koch (Academic Affairs) has been elected for a second term as a member of the World Leisure Organization’s board of directors. Established in 1952, the World Leisure Organization is a non-profit, non-governmental association of persons and organizations from throughout the world committed to the belief that well-selected leisure experiences are integral to social, cultural and economic development. The WLO board of directors sets policy and direction for the organization. Its 20 members represent such countries as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hungary, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Korea, China, the United Kingdom and the United States. Koch will serve her second three-year term.

Julie Bowerman (Upward Bound) received $288,687 in year-three funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will be used for the Upward Bound math and science program.


NMU student Dan MacNeil recently finished a four-week intensive law preparation course at the University of Iowa College of Law. He attended the program after being awarded a full scholarship and stipend. At the completion of the course the law professors selected him as the outstanding scholar, presenting him with the Knewton Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Award.  The award includes free tuition to a LSAT preparation program. 


Two programs gained support from the final round of the Wildcat Innovation Fund for the past academic year: “Center for Ecological Studies Feasibility Project” received $11,000, supplemented with an additional $4,000 from the provost’s office; and “College Prep Medicine Wheel Academy at NMU” has been funded for $12,500, with matching support from Arts and Sciences.


Louise Bourgault (CAPS) has won a joint Fulbright Scholar Grant that will promote a faculty exchange. Simten Cosar of Baskent University in Ankara, Turkey, will come to NMU for the fall semester to teach and do research. In the winter 2010 semester, Bourgault will do the same at Baskent University. The joint project is titled "Women, Islam and Global Media."


Adriana Greci Green (Center for Native American Studies), organized and chaired “Strategies in Teaching Native American Studies” at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association conference last May.  This roundtable fostered a discussion about interdisciplinary strategies, tools and techniques being employed in the teaching of introductory Native American Studies courses. 


Eileen Smit (Nursing) received a $1,896 grant from the Michigan Campus Compact (MCC).  The grant will allow 10 NMU senior nursing students, supervised by two NMU nursing faculty, to function as group facilitators and mentors for 10-12 youth participants from the K.I. Sawyer area. 

Paul Wright (Bookstore) was one of 15 participants who reached the summit of Mt. Rainier during a June mountaineering seminar sponsored by JanSport, a supplier of collegiate apparel and backpacks. The five-day climb was led by a guide from Rainier Mountaineering Inc. Other participants, besides collegiate bookstore partners, included JanSport employees, field sales representatives, the associate editor of Backpacker magazine and the winner of the 2008 8,000 meter challenge held annually in Southern California. 



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