Briefs – April 14, 2011

NW Staff

Foreign Service to visit NMU

The Department of State and Foreign Service will be recruiting at NMU on Monday, April 18. They will be looking for people interested in a variety of job opportunities with the U.S. Foreign Service, especially those who speak foreign languages already.

There will be different sessions throughout the day starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. The sessions taking place are an information session which will tell about the foreign services and the opportunities it gives, individual counseling to discuss what the individual can do, and then a test prep session to prepare candidates for the oral test that is required to be taken before they can join.

All of the events will take place in Hedgecock. Students must register for the sessions by contacting student services.

— Ariana Grams

Event discusses Great Lakes

Patty Birkholz, newly appointed director of the State of Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, will hold a free presentation titled “Our Great Lakes” at 3 p.m., Monday, April 18 in the Mead Auditorium of the West Science Building.

Birkholz served as chair of the Senate of Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee where she provided leadership on a variety of key Great Lakes legislation, including the adoption of the Great Lakes Water Compact, passage of state regulations for water withdrawal and ballast water regulations. She also served two years in the Michigan Senate and three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Birkholz will speak on topics currently impacting the Great Lakes, such as Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species, water diversion, algae problems, mining concerns, water levels, health of the lakes and Indian fishing rights.

The presentation is sponsored by the NMU Political Science and Public Administration Department, College of Arts and Sciences and Office of the President.

— NMU News Bureau

Student art works to be featured

Northern Michigan University’s 16th Annual Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works and Academic Service Learning will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 14, in the lower level of the Learning Resources Center.

There are 47 oral presentations (15 minutes max), two artistic performances and 38 poster/photo displays. Opening remarks take place at 9 a.m. in Room 109. The recipients of the TLC Student Technology Innovation Awards will be announced at that time. Presentations in Room 108 will focus on environmental issues from 9 a.m. to  noon. At noon, an award will be given for the best environmental presentation.

The full schedule of presentations can be found at

—NMU News Bureau