Three proposals were selected for the latest round of Wildcat Innovation Fund awards. The Multicultural and Education Resource Center and Admissions received $20,000 to produce recruitment publications tailored to prospective minority students, the College of Business Passport Program received $25,000 to help prepare business students for the job market and the NMU Foundation received $25,000 for the Student Ambassadors project, in which students will collect alumni stories, strenghtening alumni connections to NMU while building students' professional connections and interpersonal skills. The Wildcat Innovation Fund supports one-time awards that support university Road Map initiatives.

The NMU Foundation is pleased to report that 40 new gifts, payroll deducts or pledges were received during the faculty and staff campaign held from Aug. 1 and Nov. 12. This represents an increase of more than 20 percent in participation. Also, 22 employees increased their payroll deductions or made additional gifts or pledges. Retirees accounted for five new gifts and one upgrade. According to Carol Carr, director of annual giving, the Foundation is still receiving payroll deduction forms. "Thank you to everyone who made the campaign a success," Carr said. "We also want to be sure to thank all of the faculty and staff members who typically give in December or in the spring, rather than in the fall. Together, all of you are helping to ensure that our students have the best possible campus experience. We'll be holding a campus campaign every year in the fall and we're already looking forward to 2011."

Pete Glover (HPER) was one of five individuals from the wildland fire service who received the national Paul Gleason Lead by Example Award. The recipients were selected for demonstrating valued leadership traits during or in support of wildland fire operations. Glover works for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment and teaches NMU's introduction to wildland firefighting course to more than 50 students every winter semester. Glover also has led spring break trips to a Florida DNR training camp, where students get hands-on wildland fighting experience. The delegation is known as the NMU Wildfire Cats. The award is based on three categories: motivation and vision; innovation or initiative; and mentoring and teamwork, for which Gleason was recognized. It honors a wildland firefighter whose career spanned several decades before he succumbed to cancer in 2003.

Six faculty members received fall 2010 reassigned time awards of one to four credits for scholarly pursuits. The recipients and their respective projects are: Adam Prus (Psychology), completing chapters of a psychopharmacology textbook; Lesley Larkin (English), working on a book-length work of literary criticism titled Reading, Race, and Twentieth-Century African American Literature; Marguerite Moore (HPER), researching migraine symptom progression in the postdrome phase; Zac Cogley (Philosophy), using recent work in psychology and the philosophy of emotion to explore our reasons for feeling—and avoiding—anger; Amy Hamilton (English), editing and publishing a collection of essays titled Rethinking the Literary “Old West”: Western American Literature Before 1800; Terry Delpier (Nursing), rewriting/resubmitting a manuscript related to community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA), with an emphasis on adolescent athletes' hygiene practices.

The ROTC Wildcat Battalion has had a busy semester. It sent three teams to the Ranger Challenge competition Oct. 1-3 at Ft. McCoy in Tomah, Wis. The nine-man team and the five-female squad each finished second overall in their categories. The five-man team finished 8th. The competition drew 22 teams from Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.

More recently, the ROTC Color Guard participated in Veterans Day ceremonies at Bothwell Middle School and the Jacobetti Home for Veterans. The Wildcat Battalion also coordinated with Michigan Tech's ROTC program to conduct the annual ceremonial game ball run from the Superior Dome to Sherman Field for the NMU-MTU football game. A cadet rappelled from the catwalk of the dome to the field with the ball and gave it to President Les Wong, who passed it on to a cadet outside to begin the trek to Houghton. Pictured at that activity are (from left) special guest Capt. Brian Wong, Les Wong, Lt. Col. Kyle Rambo (Military Science) and Cadet Hannah Cerney.

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