Briefs – April 21, 2011

NW Staff

Invisible children to present

Students and faculty are invited  to see the Invisible Children from Africa speak. The group is a non-for-profit  advocacy group aimed at ending Africa’s longest running war and bringing peace to central Africa.

The members will share their stories, including a rescued child soldier who fought in the war.   The event is free is will take place at 7 p.m. in the Great Lakes Rooms in the University Center on  Tuesday, April 26.

— Robyn Goodman

Coffehouse event announced

The second event of the new Beaumier Coffeehouse Series at Northern Michigan University, which consists of monthly performances by acoustic musicians from throughout the Upper Peninsula, will feature country-blues act Tony Parlatto and Joe Secreast at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the Peter White Lounge of the University Center. There will also be a set by contemporary folk musician Kerry Yost accompanied by several local musicians. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Coffee and lemonade will be available for a small donation.

Parlato and Secreast bring to their performance a wealth of multiple genres and years of playing experience from around the country. They play original compositions that range from slow blues to waltzes, and are known to delight audiences with their sense of spontaneity and boldness.

Yost is a Michigan native who has spent the last six years in Marquette cultivating her talents at many local venues.  From folk and bluegrass to blues and soul, for this performance, Yost will be joined by cellist Rebecca Rucinski, vocalist Marcella Krupski and mandolinist/guitarist Casey Gallagher.

For more information, contact Dan Truckey at 227-1219.

— NMU News Bureau

Summit discusses sports injuries

To address the growing concern of sports concussions in the Upper Peninsula, Marquette General and Northern Michigan University have teamed up to co-sponsor the Upper Peninsula Sports Concussion Summit from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29 at UpFront & Company in downtown Marquette.

The Upper Peninsula Sports Concussion Summit is designed to present key issues in sports-related concussions including a discussion forum on implications for practice in the clinical and sideline settings.This educational opportunity is intended for physicians, nurses, therapists, athletic trainers, EMS and athletic directors who work with concussed athletes, on athletic sidelines, or in athletics decision-making.

To kick off the summit, guest speaker Mark Lovell, Ph.D., will present on the current concussion management guidelines and state legislative efforts across the nation. Lovell is an internationally recognized sports concussion expert and founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program, and is developer of the ImPACT Concussion Management Software.

— NMU News Bureau