Briefs – November 11, 2010

NW Staff

Culinary student showcase

On November 17, 18 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. a Grand Buffet Luncheon will be held at the Chez Nous Restaurant in the Jacobetti Center. This Student Culinary Showcase was first held last year after Professor Deb Pearce came up with the idea for it to take the place of a final exam for students in her Professional Cooking class.

The students will create the meal and feedback will be requested by those in attendance to assist Pearce in deciding the final grade. Carol Carr, NMU’s Director of Annual Giving, said that this event is beneficial for many reasons.

“Students get a more real world experience, they get feedback and evaluations from a variety of individuals, and the donations made by those who attend helps to cover the high cost of the exam,” she said.

There is no set price, but donations of $15 are suggested.  RSVPs are requested by Friday, Nov. 12, due to limited space.

– Chelsea Parris

Speaker gives college tips

A representative from Northern Michigan University will speak on Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 about characters of leadership and the ways to a successful college career and life afterwards.

Will Keim, Northern Michigan University’s 2010 Leader in Residence, has spoken on over 2000 college campuses, to over two million people and has published 12 books about living a successful college life.  Keim has been coming to NMU for 20 years, speaking here every two years.

“He speaks to a lot of student organizations,” said Rebecca Rasmussen, the organizer of the event.

His speech on Monday will cover his 10 Keys to Success in College Life and how to live life to its fullest. The event is catered to mainly freshmen and sophomore students, just starting out college, but the event is open to all public.  It will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15 in Jamrich 102.

— Erin Eidsvoog

Dentist talks about friendship

NMU will be hosting Dr. Jessica Rickert, a member of the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation, as a guest speaker to talk about Native American Heritage Month and the Medicine Wheel Academy. The title of this speech is  “Friendship Begins with a Single Smile.”

Rickert was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame for her work relating to American Indian health issues. Rickert also was the first recognized female American Indian dentist in the United States by the American Dental Association in 2005. She graduated from The University of Michigan School of Dentistry and was the only Native American in her graduating class of about 150 people in the 1970s, said Jane Westberg, author and creator of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Health Careers, a website dedicated to educating readers about native health careers.   Rickert will be speaking on Friday, Nov. 12 from 7 to 9:00 p.m. This event will be held in the Mead auditorium in West Science.

— Quinn Doyle