Northern Michigan University’s pep band, under the direction of Stephen Grugin (Music), was named best musical group at the Ishpeming 4th of July parade. The band was part of an NMU delegation of employees, alumni, students and Wildcat athletes who joined President Fritz Erickson and his wife, Jan, in marching in the Ishpeming and Marquette parades.
Ansley Valentine (Communication and Performance Studies) created a video for the Sigma Chi International Fraternity that earned a bronze award in the 35th annual Telly Awards’ charitable/not-for-profit category. He produced a piece on the 159-year history of the fraternity and its enduring values and principles titled “Unchanging Principles: The Story of Sigma Chi.” Valentine was inducted into the Order of Constantine, the highest honor Sigma Chi bestows upon its members. The Telly Awards drew 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries. The competition was established in 1979 and honors outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions and online commercials, video and films.