Mary Jane Tremethick (HPER) has been named a Fellow of the American Association for Health Education. AAHE is the oldest and largest professional association for health educators. Tremethick has demonstrated leadership at the state, district and national level, including chairing national AAHE committees. She joins 124 AAHE Fellows nationwide. Tremethick is also a current nominee to the national AAHE board of directors. Her scholarship in the health education field is shown in numerous peer-reviewed presentations and publications.

In his comments at Thursday's groundbreaking for the Renewable Energy Facility, Chris Markert of Johnson Controls Inc. shared that NMU was recently recognized as a global Earth Day Champion. He said the university joins the ranks of eight other organizations worldwide that have reduced their carbon emissions, saving the carbon equivalent of 45,000 pine forests. Markert presented NMU President Les Wong with a plaque commending the university's dedication to energy efficiency, sustainability and the community it serves. Johnson Controls has done performance contracting on campus to increase building efficiencies and helped NMU develop plans for the Renewable Energy Facility.

The Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center at NMU received a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the 2012 U.P. Folklife Festival. Under the direction of Dan Truckey (Beaumier Center), the festival will span nine months and feature craft workshops, traditional dance events, regional cuisine, lectures and performances by musicians from throughout the Upper Peninsula and United States.

Nichole Veirs (Admissions) received the Rising Star Award from the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling at its recent conference in Lansing. The award recognizes notable involvement and effort of MACAC members with fewer than five years of service to the association. It is the second year an NMU employee has received the honor. Alana Stuart was named a Rising Star in 2011. Veirs, Stuart, Chrissy Carr and Dena Russell serve on various MACAC committees. Veirs and Carr were instrumental in planning and serving in organizatonal capacities for the conference. Russell is on the MACAC executive board as the higher education membership chair and ranked first for the number of high school visits last fall.

Tawni Ferrarini (Economics) recently made her second trip to Japan to promote economics and financial education in the K-12 classroom. Her visit was fully sponsored by the Council of Economic Education–Japan and Dawai Securities. Ferrarini conducted a two-day workshop for teachers, principals and representatives from the Japan Ministry of Education. Forty participated, which was a 25 percent increase over last year's workshop. Ferrarini also was given permission to teach economics in three class periods in a public school room in Tokyo. Principals from other schools attended the classroom presentations and she identified sufficient demand for a third annual workshop.  During an interview with Asahi Shimbun, a leading national newspaper in Japan, Ferrarini and Yoshi Nakamoto, the CEE-Japan president, were informed that the Ministry of Education is considering the approval of economics and financial education in the K-12 classroom. 

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