A four-person team from NMU Dining Services received an American Culinary Federation gold medal in a competition sanctioned by the ACF at the 17th annual Chef Culinary Conference. Members were (from left) Nathan Mileski, Nathan Jennings, Kathy Gischia and Mary Gervasi. The conference was held June 12-17 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with the host school and Harvard the only other gold medal winners. Each team was required to prepare a three-course menu choice of appetizer/entree/dessert for four servings, one buffet platter for 10 servings and one plated serving for the judges. The NMU team presented a buffet table of pan-roasted french pork chops with whole grain mustard vinaigrette and primavera barley pilaf. Members also created three display plates: charred tomato bisque with olive oil poached chicken and basil oil; spinach salad with shrimp, pears, mozzarella, spiced papitas and a pomegranate-blueberry vinaigrette; and pan-seared trout with sauteed brussel sprouts.

The NMU Foundation's "Because of You" campus campaign received a 2010 Circle of Excellence bronze award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The multimedia effort to raise awareness of the important role that private giving plays at NMU was a collaboration between the NMU Foundation and art and design students Mia Cinelli, Jordan Buzzy and Patrick O’Gara (pictured).

A panel of experts judged 20 entries in the category of "Fundraising Programs: Annual/Regular Giving" and awarded NMU the bronze. CASE is one of the largest international associations of education institutions, serving more than 3,400 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in 68 countries. It is the leading resource for professional development, information and standards in the fields of fundraising, communications, marketing and alumni relations.

NMU student Jordan Brull of Reedsville, Wis., received the Association of the United States Army Leadership Excellence Award after the U.S. Army’s 29-day Leader Development and Assessment Course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. He received an Army saber to signify the award at a July 11 graduation ceremony. Brull was ranked No. 1 among 477 Army Cadets for the 1st Regiment at Operation Warrior Forge, the capstone training and assessment exercise for the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Thousands of college students from across the country converge at the base each summer. Cadets are tested on their physical stamina, endurance, ability to navigate over difficult terrain and their team-building and leadership skills. Successful completion of the rigorous training is a prerequisite for becoming commissioned as a U.S. Army lieutenant. More than 3,000 cadre and staff from all Army components, including Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard, civilian employees and contractors support the event, making it one of the largest training exercises in the Army. Information and photo provided by U.S. Army.

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