James Cantrill (CAPS) gave a presentation earlier this semester for the monthly Science Cafe series sponsored by Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Hiawatha National Forest, Seney National Wildlife Refuge and the Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore. Cantrill's talk was titled "Communicating About the Natural and Built Environment: The Importance of a Sense of Self-in-Place."

Dave Bonsall, Jon Barch and Rachel Harris (Center for Student Enrichment) presented "Best Practices from 20 Years of Leadership Education Assessment: Helping Graduates Lead Purposeful Lives" at the annual conference of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The trio addressed their mixed-method assessment strategies for generating quantitative/qualitative information about the Student Leader Fellowship Program (SLFP). These include pre- and post-program inventories, surveys and reflection papers. They also discussed what assessment has taught them about leadership education over two decades of the SLFP: that students are willing to invest significant amounts of time if they perceive the benefits, which include increased self-confidence and a commitment to service; that the ripple effect of the program on campus and in the community has "huge" value; and that proper assessment relies on a variety of methods and tools. Barch said their presentation was one of 40 selected to be digitally recorded out of more than 400 that took place at the conference. For more information, visit NMU NAPSA.

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