NMU will join Marquette General Health System and the Upper Peninsula Health Education Corporation (UPHEC) in a network designed to meet the community health needs of the region. UPHEC received an $84,000 grant to establish a model for the "Making Health Education Accessible through Leadership and Technology: Working Together Hand in Hand." The HEALTH Network will provide training and facilities identified by the health care and health education sector. The goals will focus on developing a formal HEALTH Network infrastructure to serve all 15 counties; collaborating to improve the quality of health to residents in the Upper Peninsula through excellent health care training of current and future professionals; and conducting a health education needs assessment for health care training and education needs in the region.

Dining Services hosted its first Culinary Challenge to showcase staff talent and creativity. Eric Moe won the tight competition with his elegant presentation of venison stew, which advanced as NMU's submission for the Midwest Regional Culinary Challenge. Other entries included Kathy Gischia's cudighi and portabella mushroom ragout over polenta and Michael Sprague's vegan tofu dish, called the umami noodle bowl. The NMU challenge was guided by American Culinary Federation standards and the NACUFS model for the national challenge, which was won last year by Nathan Mileski. Judges were Paul Schoonveld and Jim Rector of Dining Services and Chris Kibit (Technology and Occupational Sciences).

NMU students received first place in the college division for "Best TV Sports Play-by-Play" at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters annual conference last month. Their BC130 course producedfour football games and two hockey series' last semester. They won for the NMU vs. Indianapolis football game, which aired on channel 20 and streamed live on B2 sports network. Pete Francis was the announcer, Antoine Harris presented the color commentary, Jordan Wyers reported from the sidelines and Cory Cameron directed. Camera operation, audio, graphics and other technical work were managed by others in the team. Student Jordan Graves received honorable mention in the TV public service announcement (PSA) category and Jerry Tudor, Jr. was awarded an MAB Foundation scholarship. Pictured above are (from left) Tom Mogush, MAB chairman; Harris; Charles Ganzert (CAPS); Francis; Graves; Dwight Brady (CAPS); Tudor; and Mark Shevy (CAPS).

NMU finished second among five schools that competed in the 11th annual NMU Invitational Programming Contest on March 27. The event consisted of six problems that teams were given five hours to solve. Sixty-six students participated. They represented Algoma University, The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Lake Superior State and Michigan Tech, which finished first.

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