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Starbucks to host coffee sampling

For students who enjoy coffee, Starbucks’ supervisors will be hosting a Skill Builders! workshop in the back room of the University Center on Oct. 28th. NMU students, though they may frequent the campus Starbucks, might not have a complete understanding of the diversity of coffee beverages the coffee shop has to offer. The Starbucks baristas will have servings of coffee, tea and pastries available during this event. The event is intended to bring more awareness to the variety of coffee and tea drinks sold at Starbucks. “[The Skill Builder] would help them realize how involved our coffee is to the student body and the various types of coffee from around the world that we have to offer,” said Starbucks supervisor Allison Carlton. The coffee brewed at the shop is gathered from a wide range of locations all over the world such as Kenya, Africa or Yukon, Canada. Starbucks also has a selection of different pastries. Instead of the original doughnut or bagel for a breakfast snack, they’ve introduced scones or the Danish coffee cake. The event will be from 4-6 p.m. in the Back Room of the University Center on Tuesday, Oct. 28th. To register, contact the Student Leader Fellowship Program at 227-1771 or e-mail [email protected].

– Alex Aranda

Speaker to address leadership

A new Skill Builder! workshop entitled “Leadership for the 21st Century” will incorporate messages of community service, ethical decision-making, how to succeed in college and how to be a scholar after graduation. Will Keim, from Oregon, has been or is currently an author, educator, residence hall director, educational program coordinator and campus minister. He has used all these career paths to motivate audiences around the nation to start making change in their own lives. “I’m not a motivational speaker, I’m an inspirational speaker. I might inspire you to motivate yourself,” he said. Amber Chiapuzio, a senior nursing student, saw Keim last year. “His lecture made me think about how I can make each decision in my life impact myself and my community in a positive way. I think all students should attend to realize they can be leaders in their own individual way. I definitely want to go again this year,” she said. Keim is returning to Northern for his ninth visit on Wednesday, Oct. 22nd from 8-9 p.m. in Jamrich 102.

– Katie Stamerjohn

College of Business hosting competition

The College of Business is offering a Business Venture Competition for the second year in a row. The competition allows students to submit a business plan and compete for $10,000 in cash prizes. Students may enter by themselves or teams of up to five people, but they must be enrolled at NMU for the 2008-2009 academic year. There were about 40 participants that competed last year. The last year’s first place winners, Bryan Johnson, Darren Young, Brian Emigh and Ricky Golden, were awarded $4000 to help start Presque Longboards. “Pick your passion, get an idea and start a business,” business professor Charlie Wolfe said. The deadline to enter the competition is Thursday, Oct. 30. At this time, the student or team must submit an “Intent to Compete” form with an Executive Summary of their new venture ideas. A faculty committee will then screen the submissions, and the plans that meet the necessary guidelines will continue on to the second part of the competition. The final decision will be made known by Friday, Nov. 7. Students will have between Nov. 7 and April 16 to polish their business plans. Thursday, April 16 will be the final step of the competition. To sign up, e-mail [email protected] to receive forms or additional information about the competition.