April Lindala (Center for Native American Studies) presented "Manido Minesag [Spirit Seeds]: How Teaching Beadwork Opened a Door to Native America" at the Midwest Popular Culture Association and Midwest American Culture Association annual conference. A course on Native American beadwork was added to the NMU curriculum in fall 2010. One way that Native peoples have been studied and identified is through the tribes' art and designs. Today the beadwork of Native America has evolved from the pow wow to high-heel pumps. Lindala's presentation explored how teaching this craft to Native and non-Native students enhances the learning experience and fosters engagement within the broad range of courses found within Native American Studies.

Julie Rochester (HPER) and Chris Kirk (HPER) recently presented a workshop at the 2011 Michigan Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD) conference held in Dearborn. The workshop, titled "Developing a Concussion Management Plan," provided information and strategies that secondary educators and administrators can use to implement an action plan that will ensure appropriate recognition, assessment, treatment and return-to-play decisions for students and student-athletes who suffer a concussion. Key discussion centered on the development of an appropriate, qualified health care team. They also reviewed current Michigan High School Athletic Association policies and various state and federal legislative actions related to concussion management that have occurred over the last several years.

Jaspal Singh (English) presented a paper at the Contemporary Theory Conference at the University
of Jaipur, India, in December. The title of her paper is "A Comparative Postcolonial Analysis: The Construction and Representations of Sikhs in Colonial and Postcolonial English Literature."

Four NMU students presented their research at the annual meeting of the West Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers at DePaul University in Chicago. Hillary Tahtinen from Houghton won second place in the student poster competition with “Real Time Geodetic Early Warning System for Earthquakes,” which she completed with peers from the University of California, San Diego. Other NMU students and their presentation titles were: Michael Michalek from Stanton, “Evidence for an Early Holocene channel connecting the present day Tahquamenon and Manistique Rivers, eastern Upper Michigan, USA"; Samantha Hasek from Commerce Township,  “The Grass is Greener on Vaxjo’s Side,” which she presented with Susy Ziegler, head of the earth, environmental and geographical sciences department; and May 2011 graduate Adam Robarge from Alpena, “Cross-Country Skiing in the Natural Landscape: Developing Environmental Identities through Place Attachment.”  

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