The Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival was awarded a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment of Arts and a $2,699 grant from the Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission, or CUPPAD. The NEA grant will also be used to pay for promotional materials for the Neil Haapala exhibit that will be on display at the DeVos Art Museum during the festival.
There have been a number of retirements this year, particularly with the MPSERS incentives. NMU is losing several veteran employees. And while those retirees will be officially honored, as always, at the spring recognition luncheon, one deserves a special mention for his longevity on the job. Gerald Mackey (Plant Operations) left his position last week after about 46 years at NMU. No one in Human Resources could recall anyone previuosly retiring with more years of service, but it could not be confirmed as a record. And Mackey worked in the same position in the same building for his entire NMU career. He was a custodian in Thomas Fine Arts. Well-deserved congratulations to Mackey and the other recent NMU retirees.
Cadet Morgan Steele of the Wildcat Battalion ROTC at NMU (right) spent three weeks in China this summer as part of a test program implemented by the U.S. Army's Cultural Understanding and Language Program (CULP). The Army assigned cadets from multiple ROTC programs to 18 countries. Steele taught English to 71 grade school children in the city of Xi’an in the Shaanxi Providence.
"Working with the locals of Xi’an was one of my favorite parts of my trip to the other side of the world. They were so friendly and more than willing to teach me new words in Chinese and take pictures with me. I spent a majority of my time working with the 6-year-olds of one of the kindergartens. Most of their English was already very good so my partner and I taught them games and songs. We also taught them how to tell time and how to count, add and subtract."
Cadet Benjamin Crocket spent the summer in Dongducheon, South Korea. He was able to train with U.S. and South Korean Armed Forces during a combined training exercise. Lt. Col. Kyle Rambo (Military Science) said his department plans to expand its support for this program and send additional cadets next summer.
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