Kia Richmond (English) received a MEEMIC Foundation for the Future of Education mini-grant of $1,800 for an academic service learning project in her EN 350 methods course this semester. She is pictured receiving the check from Dwight Johnson, local MEEMIC representative. The grant, called "Reaching/Teaching the Future," will allow Richmond's students to connect with area middle and high school students in discussions focused on the life of an English teacher: what they do, how they prepare for careers in education; and why individuals might pursue that career path. EN 350 students will also join the Michigan Council of Teachers of English and interview local teachers about how involvement in professional organizations enhances teaching identities and teacher efficacy.

Julie Rochester (HPER) was recently elected by her peers as the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) District 4 director. The district includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Rochester is director of the athletic training program, faculty adviser for the Student Athletic Trainers Organization, NMU's NCAA faculty representative and volunteer athletic trainer for her children's athletic teams. NATA is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Founded in 1950, it has grown to more than 30,000 members worldwide.Its mission is to enhance the quality of health care provided by certified athletic trainers and to advance the athletic training profession.

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