Briefs – October 28, 2010

NW Staff

Civic organization workshop

There will be an informational meeting and a SkillBuilder! at NMU Tuesday, Nov. 2 focusing on civic organizations and how to become involved.

“This SkillBuilder! is an opportunity for you to see what civic organization is right for you and which one you are right for,” said Laurie Schmit, the Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Civic Organizations are groups within a community that pursues a certain mission, he said.

This SkillBuilder! will show the importance of having civic organizations in a community and answer questions on how to find one that is right for every person, Schmit said.

“This SkillBuilder! will raise awareness of what kinds of civic organizations are out there in the community,” he said.

The civic organization groups that are presenting include Rotary, Kiwanis, Zonta and more, each of them dealing with different missions.

The SkillBuilder! will be held in the Marquette Room of the University Center.

– Quinn Doyle

Professor presents on Islam

Mohey Mowafy, a professor in the health, physical education and recreation department, will present the “Islam and the World: Enlightened Reconciliation or Perpetual Confrontation?” SkillBuilder! The event is the first part of a two-part series.

Becky Rasmussen, leadership programs coordinator for the Center for Student Enrichment, organized the event this year. Rasmussen, a senior sports science major said the series always has very high attendance.

“There’s always a waiting list,” Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen said she couldn’t offer specifics about the content, but recommended Mowafy’s presentation based on her experience with the presentation two years ago.

“I think a lot of people are generally interested in [Islam],” Rasmussen said.

She said Mowafy, who is from Egypt, is passionate about the subject of Islam in world relations.

“It’s kind of an uncomfortable subject for people to discuss, but he breaks that barrier,” Rasmussen said.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1 in rooms Pioneer A and B of the University Center.

— Meredith Gasco