DNR’s Tom Cooley given Conservationist of the Year Award by National Wild Turkey Federation

February 7, 2017

left to right: Al Stewart, Tom Cooley; Russ Mason, Becky HumphriesThe Michigan State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has named Tom Cooley, a 40-year veteran employee with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division, as Outstanding Conservationist of the Year for 2016. Cooley is a wildlife pathologist at the DNR Wildlife Disease Laboratory, housed at the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health at Michigan State University. The DNR Wildlife Disease Laboratory is responsible for monitoring the health and well-being of wildlife in Michigan.

“Tom is a key employee who is very effective at his job,” said Russ Mason, chief of the DNR’s Wildlife Division. “We rely heavily on his knowledge and his insights about wildlife disease and parasitology.”

Cooley was cited for his “behind-the-scenes” activities associated with the successful restoration of wild turkeys in Michigan. He also was recognized for his continued efforts to monitor wild turkeys for diseases and other issues that could affect the health of Michigan’s wild turkey population.… Read the rest

NMU Recruits Cancer Survivors for Exercise Study

February 7, 2017

Marquette, MIFebruary 7, 2017 – Northern Michigan University’s School of Health and Human Performance is recruiting cancer survivors 18-65 who are willing to participate in a 12-week exercise training study. NMU is collaborating with the Marquette YMCA on the project.

All participants will receive temporary YMCA memberships and begin with six weeks of supervised training through the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. For the second six weeks, participants will randomly be selected to either remain in the YMCA program or undergo gentle, progressive rock climbing-style training in NMU’s Physical Education and Instructional Facility. Simple fitness tests and quality of life questionnaires will be administered in advance, at the halfway mark and upon completion of the training.

“We’re trying to determine if a non-traditional exercise protocol like rock climbing has a different impact on the physiology and psychology of cancer survivors than traditional exercise,” said NMU professor Scott Drum, whose dissertation was about cancer and exercise.… Read the rest

Michigan Tech Winter Carnival Kicks Off This Week

February 7, 2017

Houghton, MichiganFebruary 7, 2017 – It’s said when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. At Michigan Technological University, when Mother Natures gives you tons of snow, you play in it.

Continuing a tradition that began 95 years ago, Michigan Technological University will hold its annual Winter Carnival this month. This year’s theme is “Snow Cascades Across the Decades.”

Tech’s Winter Carnival began as a student-led one-night “Ice Carnival” in 1922. In 1934 Blue Key National Honor Society began organizing the Carnival and has continued to do so to this day.

Students have been working on their giant snow statues ever since they returned from Winter Break.

This year’s All-nighter, which begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, promises to be full of the usual food, music, fun and frantic activity that Winter Carnival is known for. In addition to putting the final touches on the month-long statues, the one-nighter competition begins at 4 p.m.… Read the rest

NCLL Offers Italian Dinner – 2/16/17

February 7, 2017

Marquette, MIFebruary 7, 2017 – The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host its “Journey through Italy” ethnic dinner from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Complex.

The event includes an appetizer buffet, a sit-down dinner at Chez Nous restaurant and desserts. NMU’s banquets and catering class taught by Deb Pearce are presenting this event.

Attendance is $28 for NCLL members and $35 for non-members. Register before Thursday, Feb. 9, by calling 227-2979. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated if NCLL is notified in advance. Contact liaison Carolyn McDonald at 250-0280 for more information.… Read the rest

NMU Summer Employment Fair Feb. 8

February 7, 2017

Marquette, MIFebruary 8, 2017 – Northern Michigan University will host its 17th annual Summer Employment Fair from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the University Center. The Summer Employment Fair is an opportunity for companies and organizations to discuss summer jobs, internships and part-time jobs with NMU students and alumni.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their student ID and copies of their resume to the free event. Some employers scheduled to participate include Great Lakes Radio, Gordon Food Service, Home Builders Association of the Upper Peninsula, Invent@NMU, Marquette County Medical Care Facility and more.

Contact NMU Career Services at 227-2800 or careers@nmu.edu for more information.… Read the rest

West End Wine Tasting – 2/8/17

February 7, 2017

Ishpeming, MIFebruary 7, 2017 – Come join the Greater Ishpeming- Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce for an evening of tasting specialty wines & cheeses with Everyday Wines and Zephyr! The event is FREE to chamber members and $10/person for non-members.

DATE: Wednesday, February 8th
TIME: 5:00PM-6:30PM
COST: FREE to members, $10/non-member

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Nominations Sought for 2017 Governor’s Service Awards

February 7, 2017

Lansing, MIFebruary 7, 2017The Michigan Community Service Commission is pleased to announce that nominations are being sought for the 2017 Governor’s Service Awards. The Governor’s Service Awards are given annually by the governor to individuals, organizations and businesses to acknowledge their commitment to serving their communities through volunteerism. This marks the 25th year of the awards, which will be presented at a celebration organized by the Michigan Community Service Commission. The celebration will be held Aug. 21 in Detroit.

The 2017 Governor’s Service Awards Nomination is an online application available at www.michigan.gov/governorsserviceawards. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. March 20.

“The comeback of Michigan isn’t because of one person, it’s the fact that we work together,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “Many Michiganders give their time to volunteer and put their heart and soul into doing something special for someone else, and that deserves recognition.Read the rest

Ferrarini and Teachers Promote Economic Education in Tokyo

February 7, 2017


From left: Ferrarini, D’Angelo, Usitalo and President Yoshi Nakamoto, CEE-Japan president

Marquette, MIFebruary 7, 2017 – Tawni Ferrarini, Sam M. Cohodas Professor at NMU, brought two Michigan educators on her most recent trip to Tokyo, where they promoted integrating economics throughout the K-12 system using the U.S. model. She was accompanied by Nancy Usitalo, a 3rd grade teacher at Sandy Knoll in Marquette, and Derek D’Angelo, Utica High School teacher and president of the Michigan Council on Economic Education. The trio ran workshops, led elementary and middle school classrooms, and met with superintendents and teachers. The trip was sponsored by the Council on Economic Education-Japan and funded by the Japan Ministry of Education.… Read the rest

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