MARQUETTE – Four Northern Michigan University students received Teaching, Learning and Communication Awards at the 11th annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Works. They were honored for their innovative uses of technology in the academic environment. Each received $300 and a plaque.

            The award recipients – all from Michigan – were Doug Tosa, a senior geography major from Grand Haven; Traci Maki, a senior health/secondary education major from Ishpeming; Alex Hansen, a senior art and design major from Kalamazoo; and Shelby Mitchell, a senior physical education major from Quinnesec.

            Tosa’s project was titled “Mapping ski hill.” He used technology to update Marquette Mountain’s trail map, which had previously contained distorted areas and unclear directions.

            Maki used various software applications, database searches, online video clips and graphics on her laptop to address how to improve social interaction in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her project was titled “To Improve Social Interaction in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Through Social Health Education.”

            Hansen’s “XELA FILM intro” is a digital introduction that he created and plans to implement into all of his future projects. It is the first of its kind from a digital cinema student.

            Mitchell used graphs, PowerPoint, and other technological applications for her project, “Decreasing the Risk of Sexual Assault in Women through Education.” It is the first project of its kind to address risk factors for sexual assault, including a self-defense component.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz