NMU Second in Gift of Life Challenge

March 3, 2018

Marquette, Michigan – Northern Michigan University took second place in the 15th annual Gift of Life Michigan Campus Challenge. Fourteen schools engaged in a friendly competition to register students as organ, tissue and eye donors. During the five-week challenge, about 1,400 individuals signed up across the state. NMU placed second in both number of students registered, with 206, and percentage of the student body registered, with 2.91.

NMU was one of three schools to take over the Gift of Life Michigan’s Instagram account for a day, using the platform to inspire other students to sign up as donors. Participating universities also staffed tables on campus, shared content on social media and published articles in on-campus news outlets.

“We are thrilled with the results of this college donor drive competition,” said Dorrie Dils, chief executive officer of Gift of Life Michigan. “Through their efforts to sign up residents on the Donor Registry, these students have given the gift of hope to the 3,327 Michigan patients currently waiting for an organ transplant and the tens of thousands more in need of tissue and cornea transplants.”

NMU received a “shout out” on Gift of Life Michigan’s Facebook account for “holding on tight to their second-place spot and signing up more donors than last year.”

According to its website, the Gift of Life Michigan Campus Challenge is one of the most successful organ donation college outreach programs in the nation, and has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Wayne State University won this year’s competition with 465 students registered.

Calendar – Education – Maritime History on Tap – Mar. 6

March 3, 2018

Marquette – The Marquette Maritime Museum will present Maritime History on Tap on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Ore Dock Brewing Company in downtown Marquette.

Fred Stonehouse will present “Forgotten Heroes: The U.S. Life-Saving Service on the Great Lakes” with details on the men, who from 1874 until 1915 displayed incredible courage and bravery in rescuing over 55,000 people from potential death on the Great Lakes.

A $5 suggested donation will be asked at the door. For more information, call 906-226-2006 or email mqtmaritimemanager@gmail.com.

Calendar – Health – Blood Drive in Negaunee – Mar. 6

March 3, 2018

Negaunee – The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UP Health System-Marquette will hold a blood drive with the bloodmobile on Tuesday, March 6 from noon to 3 p.m. at Eastwood Nursing Home in Negaunee.

For an appointment, call Mary Collick at 475-7500. Walk-ins are welcome.

Calendar – Groups – PWPL Book Group Meeting – Mar. 6

March 3, 2018

Marquette – The Peter White Public Library Book Group will meet to discuss “Lab Girl” on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Dandelion Cottage Room of the library.

Hope Jehren’s memoir details her life from her Minnesota childhood through her career as a professor of geobiology at the University of Hawaii. New members always welcome.