•Allison Hedge-Coke (English) was among several prominent Native American writers who participated in the Native Voices program, an outreach activity of the YMCA Writer's Voice chapter in Billings, Mont. The program was featured in the recently released National Endowment for the Arts annual report. It has received NEA funding annually since 1994. Hedge-Coke was also one of 90 writers who gave readings and participated in focus discussions at the High Plains BookFest, a first-time event in Billings attended by more than 1,200 people.

Northern faculty and staff pledged $34,760 to the United Way of Marquette County, exceeding the goal of $34,000.

Pictured with a ceremonial check for the value of NMU contributions are (from left): Lenny Shible (Health Promotions), campus campaign coordinator; Phyllis Wong; NMU President Les Wong; Jim Reevs, campaign co-chair; Sue Minckler of the United Way of Marquette County; and Matt Surrell, campaign co-chair.

NMU has received a gold 2004 Health Workplace Award from the Governorís Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and the Wellness Council of the Upper Peninsula (WELCUP). The award recognizes the university's comprehensive programs in physical fitness, health and sports. It also recognizes NMU as a workplace in which more than 20 percent of employees participate in wellness activities. The award will be on display at the human resources booth at the 2005 university health fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22.



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