Lindsey Butorac (Human Resources) has been selected as a member of the Banner Human Resources Customer Advisory Board for 2012 and 2013. The board is designed to obtain client feedback, open the lines of communication and implement an educational forum for Datatel+SGHE to learn more about the opportunities and challenges faced by human resources and payroll professionals. Members attend monthly meetings by teleconference.

GKG LOGO LGA book cover illustration that Steven Hughes (Art and Design) completed last semester was selected for the George Krevsky Gallery's "Art of Baseball: 15th Annual Exhibition," which runs March 24-April 28 in San Francisco. The show features 76 drawings, paintings and sculptures by artists from across the country. The gallery even used Hughes' "Bases Loaded" illustration (left) in its e-mail blast promoting the exhibition.

Tawni Ferrarini (Economics) recently traveled to Japan to assist in the advancement of the country's Council for Economic Education. While there, she trained 40 teachers, principals, superintendents and representatives of the Ministry of Education in a two-day workshop at Daiwa Securities. Several of the workshop partipants also observed her as she led activities in a 6th-grade classroom. Yoshi Nakamoto, CEO of the Council for Economic Education-Japan, visited NMU's Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship last October. He has invited Ferrarini to continue her work in Japan, where the Ministry of Education is considering requiring financial and entrepreneurship education of all students. 

Beverly Matherne (English) has received a fellowship from Ragdale Artists Residency, a retreat in Lake Forest, Ill., where authors, visual artists and composers create new works. In February, as the guest artist at “Winter Salon Mardi Gras Celebration,” a fundraiser for the Ragdale Foundation, Beverly did a blues poetry performance in Cajun French and English and completed almost a week of residency at the Ragdale Barnhouse. She will complete two additional weeks in late July and early August at Ragdale House, the 1897 summer home of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Matherne was nominated for Ragdale by Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Queen of America and The Hummingbird’s Daughter.

The Clinical Lab Science Club at Northern Michigan University recently donated $350 from its annual gourmet caramel apple fundraiser to the Marquette General Foundation's "Accelerating the Future" campaign. Pictured are (from left): Autumn Lowery, CLS Club President Kate Abrahamson, Jim LaJoie of the Marquette General Foundation, Michelle Stewart and the club’s adviser, Paula Genovese (Clinical Sciences). The students decided which varieties to sell on a pre-order basis, then spent a Saturday in an NMU Dining Services facility “elbow deep in caramel” dipping apples, rolling them in assorted toppings and packaging them for delivery. They sold 288 apples—double the count of their inaugural fundraiser in 2009. Half of the profits went to the foundation, with the remainder supporting club activities such as field trips and conferences.

Former U.S. Olympic Education Center wrestler Dallas Seavey became the youngest musher ever to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska. He competed against his father and grandfather in the 40th running of the event. Read more about his achievement in this Reuter's report.

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