Dave Maki (AdIT), Eric Smith (Broadcast and A/V Services) and Gavin Leach (Finance and Administration), testified for about an hour recently before the Michigan House Energy and Technology Committee. They discussed NMU's 4G WiMAX deployment throughout Marquette County and the recent developments in WNMU's digital broadcasting conversion program. They explained the essential components of WiMAX, how it's being used by students and faculty at NMU and some of the opportunities it affords the educational community

"We also reviewed the cooperative agreements NMU has initiated with surrounding communities, essentially trading local government use of the WiMAX system for access to city and township infrastructure that supports our deployment of the WiMAX hardware," Smith said. "NMU is still the only university throughout the U.S. that has deployed WiMAX and the committee was interested in learning about our layered approach to using Internet and broadcast technology to distribute large bandwidth course content. Our partnerships with technology partners like Intel are considered unique and have the potential for not only offering students the chance to learn about these emerging technologies, but also attracting high-tech industries to our area that would promote economic development."

A contingent of NMU staff and students attended the Native American Indigenous Studies Association annual meeting last month in Tucson, Ariz. April Lindala (Center for Native American Studies) presented on a panel titled "Exploring Native Continuance & Resistance through Musical Expression." Her paper title was "Traditionally Blue: Emerging Native Musicians Embracing the Blues." Adriana Greci Green (Center for Native American Studies) chaired a panel titled "Student Learning through Community Engagement." On this same panel, students Levi Tadgerson, Leora Tadgerson and Samantha Hasek presented their collective work on the Zaagkii project (see related feature story). The students' trips were funded with the assistance of a financial gifts from the Cedar Tree Institute and an anonymous donor. Graduate student Tina Moses also attended.

Kia Richmond (English) chaired a panel titled “Empowering the English Classroom: Enhancing Student Voice” at the College English Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Joe Slocum (English) and graduate students Elena Shaw, Brenda Bancroft, Amanda Paulus, Erica Mead, Jenna Dennings and Adam Gray participated in the panel. At the same conference, Elizabeth Monske (English) presented “Addressing the need to Incorporate Service Learning and Hear Under-Represented Voices: The Role of the Virtual Classroom in Rural Universities.”

Chrissy Carr (Admissions) recently gave a Junior Achievement presentation at Kendon Elementary School encouraging entrepreneurship, which was referenced in a Lansing State Journal article. 

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