Tawni Ferrarini (Economics) was appointed to a second two-year term as NMU's Sam M. Cohodas Professor. She will continue to work with the campus community and regional organizations in the areas of economic analysis and development through the end of the winter 2012 semester. Ferrarini joined the NMU faculty in 1998 and has served as the director of its Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship since 2000. She was selected for the additional assignment through an application process open to tenured or tenure-track faculty. Ferrarini has a reduced teaching load this and next academic year to focus on the following activities as Sam M. Cohodas Professor: acquiring economic development grants, making local and regional presentations, developing/acquiring appropriate data, studying and forecasting economic conditions, modeling regional economies and analyzing economic impacts.

Peter Pless (Art and Design) exhibited eight new prototypes at the renowned 2010 Salone Satellite, an exhibition of select young international designers held in Milan, Italy. His collection merges a variety of domestic objects, technology and lifestyle into products that are distilled down to their essential function while defining new interactions, experiences and elegance. "The conceptual framework 'Spaces' defines the significance of certain products that people have direct contact with on a day-to-day basis," wrote Pless. "These 'Spaces' are broken into four categories (intimate, personal, social and public) that represent an individual’s possessions in relation to emotional and sensory values. These four categories offer a significant range of complexity. At the intimate level, objects maintain a more emotional bond where the personality of the individual is truly formed. As one traverses outward , an individual’s perceived identity changes through the personal, social and public sectors where at each level true identity recedes and becomes more generalized and superficial."

NMU Dining Services supported last weekend's Marquette County Fair market livestock sale, purchasing the Grand Champion steer and hog, along with an additional steer, two lambs and three hogs (one of which is planned for a Hawaiian luau-themed student dinner this year). Greg Minner (Dining Services) said one of his area's AQIP goals for this year is to use more Michigan products, so buying local livestock aligns with that objective.

Eight students enrolled in NMU's family nurse practitioner program took part in a clinical practicum experience in Yojoa, Honduras, early this summer. They benefited from hands-on learning experiences providing much-needed health care treatment for many people in the poor rural area, where access to health care is limited.

The students held a two-day public clinic and a two-day assessment clinic at an elementary school. They were assisted by a Honduran physician and NMU faculty members Sheri Giordana and Terri Delpier (Nursing). At the public clinic, they assessed patients, prescribed medications and prepared treatment plans for the medical conditions diagnosed. At the elementary school, they conducted general health assessments on 140 children, provided health education to the children and their parents and distributed toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, vitamins and medications to ward off parasites. The trip was made possible through a tribute gift from David and Betty West in memory of Betty's sister, Dorothy Kimpton.

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