Briefs 9/16/10

NW Staff

Board member talks diversity

The NMU political science and public administration departments are sponsoring a presentation titled Emphasizing Diversity: Stability in an Uncertain Economy.

Speaker Brian Cloyd is the global vice president and chief diversity officer for Steelcase, Inc., as well as a member of the NMU board of trustees. He speaks around the country about diversity in America. In the symposium, he will focus on gender and racial diversity both in and out of the workplace.

“The more diversity you have in race and gender and international origin, the more you’re going to learn from each other and the better product you will turn out in the workplace,” said event coordinator David Haynes, associate professor of political science. “The more we understand about each other and our life experiences, the more we will be able to add to innovation and team building.”

The event will be held at the Mead Auditorium in the West Science building  on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

– Amanda Cook

NCLL prescribes drug safety

A presentation from the Northern Center for Lifelong Learning (NCLL) titled Prescription Drug Abuse in our County will take place on Wed. Sept. 22 in the Superior Dome. The NCLL will be hosting Sarah Derwin, a Marquette County Health Department educator, who will cover the breadth of the prescription drug problem and what can be done to prevent it from ever happening in the lives of our families.

“The program is about prescription drug use and the steps that may lead to abuse and ultimately violence or theft in obtaining more drugs, and the sources of help and rehabilitation in our county for those that need it, as well as the safe storage of your own prescriptions today to ensure that you do not become the victim of theft,” said class liaison Carol Margrif. The event will take place in the Superior Dome, room C-108 at 7 p.m.

— Travis Rogers

Hypnosis workshop planned

The Student Leaders Fellowship Program (SLFP) has organized a Skill Builder! titled Self-Hypnosis for Personal Development. The SLFP has organized the event to assist any students interested in self hypnosis. The workshop will be led by Dr. John MacDevitt.

Hypnosis isn’t something that the doctor can prescribe, since it’s known as holistic medicine, MacDevitt said. The workshop will go over how to use self-hypnosis to help improve study, exercise, and social habits.

Self-hypnosis can be used to help with many things, such as the fear of public speaking.

“Self-hypnosis is related to meditation and guided imagery, but better lends itself to changing specific attitudes and behaviors,” MacDevitt said.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Back Room at the University Center.

“Don’t expect a show at the workshop. Expect an experience,” MacDevitt said.

— Chelsea Parrish