Peter Pless (Art and Design) exhibited his Link Table, pictured left, in a May 14-18 juried national show that was part of New York City's Design Week. The American Design Club's "Use Me" exhibition featured the work of 45 young American designers "of unapologetically functional objects, each of which exhibits a strong sense of purpose, intelligent use of materials and the ability to do one thing extremely well."

The City of Marquette' Arts and Culture Committee selected Melissa Matuscak (Art and Design) as the recipient of its Community Arts Activist Award. She was honored at a recent reception at Peter White Public Library. The award honors a person "who makes things happen and has demonstrated significant accomplishment in advancing and supporting the arts in our community."

The NMU Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship was selected as one of six hosts across the country for foreign educators participating in a study tour on economic education in the United States. The nine individuals who visited Marquette hailed from Argentina, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. They were university professors, governmental education workers and a non-profit organization employee. The group met with education, business and industry leaders. Hugo Eyzaguirre (Economics), co-director of the center, accompanied the delegation to Washington, D.C. afterward. The National Council for Economic Education sponsored by the program.

Recent graduate and woodworking major Hans Gottsacker was selected as a Winner of the NICHE Award 2011 in the student wood category. His vessel and utensils were selected for this award from an international competition that included finalists from Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of the Arts. NICHE magazine was founded for the purpose of connecting art galleries and craft retailers with the finest wholesale crafts, handmade gifts and decorative art objects made in artist studios throughout the United States and Canada.Sponsored annually by NICHE magazine, the NICHE Awards program began in 1989 to celebrate excellence and innovation for both production and limited-edition craft works in American and Canadian fine craft. Artists are recognized in professional and student divisions.

In addition to the National Endowment for the Arts grant reported in the May issue, the DeVos Art Museum received $1,500 from the Michigan Architectural Foundation for the upcoming John Lautner exhibition. The grant will be combined with funding from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs to showcase the career of the Marquette native and icon of modern architecture.

NMU seniors Axel Cisluycis and Nicole Ross were selected for summer internships at Intel. Both are computer science majors. Two NMU students are selected each year for summer internships at Intel Corp. headquarters in Hillsboro, Ore. The program is an extension of the partnership between the company and university that dates back to 2000, when Northern launched its campus-wide technology initiative and used Intel products to power its notebook computers. After returning to Marquette, the students will complete their internships over the upcoming academic year on campus under the guidance of NMU information technology-technology services staff.

Faith Edwards (Nursing), adviser of the Student Nurses Association, received the 2011 Adviser of the Year award at the end-of-semester Leadership Recognition Banquet.

The following faculty and staff members served as mentors for the Student Leader Fellowship Program during the 2010-11 academic year: Dave Bonsall (Center for Student Enrichment); Lindsey Butorac (Human Resources); Shirley Clark (Public Safety and Police Services); Rehema Clarken (International Programs); Kathy Frazier (Controller's Office); Julie Higbie (Nursing); Jessica Jones (Admissions); Mike Kaurala (USOEC); Janet Koski (Equal Opportunity); Mike Kuzak (NMU Bookstore); Deb LaMere (Human Resources); James Livington (NMU Retiree); Joe Lubig (Education); Melissa Matuscak (Art and Design); Elizabeth Monske (English); Marguerite Moore (HPER); Katy Morrison (Academic and Career Advisement Center); Cindy Paavola (Communications and Marketing); Sandi Poindexter (Business); Ann Sherman (Human Resources); Gary Stark (Business); and Darlene Walch (Academic Information Services). For information on becoming a mentor, call ext. 1771.

Communications and Performance Studies has been identified as a "Top Ten" department by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship for research in one or more areas within the discipline. The CIOS uses its ComVista/ComAnalytics system to track article publication by faculty at more than 700 programs in the United States and Canada, ranking them on the basis of research article productivity in the field's journal literature. A "Top Ten" designation occurs for a department with faculty who have collectively published a minimum of three articles on a tracked subject and when the department's collective record of publication places the department in the field's top 10.

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