Julie Rochester and Chris Kirk (HPER) presented at the UP Concussion Summit April 29 at Upfront and Company in Marquette.The presentation addressed local, state and national concussion legislation that is being proposed and/or implemented. Discussion centered on new Michigan legislation that has been recently introduced in Lansing and also on the Michigan High School Athletics Association (MHSAA) guidelines for concussion management and student-athlete return to play decision-making. The summit attracted more than 100 attendees from across the Upper Peninsula, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, athletic directors, coaches, EMTs and physicians. NMU alumnus and nationally recognized concussion expert Dr. Mark Lovell also participated in the event while in Marquette to speak at commencement. The summit was co-sponsored by Marquette General Health System and NMU.

Rochester also presented "Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Laptop Initiative on Student Learning" at the Higher Learning Commission's annual conference in April in Chicago. She described Northern's decade-long, campus-wide laptop initiative and the process developed to evaluate its effectiveness related to the following learning environment goals: enhance student access, promote independent learners and encourage student-faculty communication and collaboration. The paper was selected as "Best Paper" at the conference. It was coauthored by Rochester, Darlene Walch and Sandi Poindexter. It is based on an NMU AQIP action project completed by the three, along with Rachel Nye (Nursing), Joe Lubig (Education), Daryl Kobie (Technology and Occupational Sciences), Chris Wagner (HelpDesk), Krista Clumpner (AIS-Library), Larry Pagel (Business) and Charles Ganzert (CAPS)in spring 2010.


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