MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University professors Eileen Smit and Mary Jane Tremethick were recently honored at the Michigan Campus Compact/Michigan Community Service Commission Annual Service-Learning and Community Service Awards Ceremony in Grand Rapids. They were selected for a faculty/staff community service-learning award for their work leading a study abroad program in Santa Cruz de Yojoa, Honduras. Smit and Tremethick collaborated with Dr. Milton Mendoza and the Yojoa International Medical Center Committee, which is made up of health care providers and other community groups with a goal to improve health services for Honduran families. Students in their course were immersed in the Honduran culture as they participated in nursing and health education activities. Smit is on the NMU nursing faculty and Tremethick teaches in the department of health, physical education and recreation. The duo were praised for engaging in work that has benefitted the Honduran community of Santa Cruz de Yojoa and is valued by students and their Honduran community partners. The professors will lead another group of students to Honduras in May.
March 24, 2009