NWIC’s Winter 2013 President’s, Dean’s lists

Congratulations, Northwest Indian College students for your outstanding work so far this academic year. Students who made NWIC’s President’s and Dean’s lists for winter quarter 2013 are included below. 

In order to make the President’s List, students had to complete 12 or more credits (not including classes graded S/U, F or I) and earn a grade point average of 4.0. The following students made the President’s List:

NASA launch competition results are in

On April 21, Northwest Indian College’s rocket team, the RPGs, put its rocket to the ultimate test at NASA’s University Student Launch flight competition in Huntsville, Alabama. 

The students competed with college and university teams from across the nation to see whose rocket could get closest to a 1-mile altitude goal and safely return its onboard science or engineering payload to Earth. Thirty-six teams took part, though six faced mechanical or technical issues and did not launch.

Construction begins on new NWIC library/tech building

On Feb. 20, construction began on Northwest Indian College’s new library and technology building, a project that will cost approximately $3 million. This will be the eighth building constructed on NWIC’s main campus as a result of the college’s $44 million capital campaign, which began in 2005. The building is scheduled to be completed by January 2014.

The almost 11,000-square-foot facility, designed by Zervas Group Architects, will essentially be two buildings under one roof, said Jay Conway, who is managing NWIC’s new campus construction.

The northern section of the building will house the college’s IT department, staff work rooms, labs and offices. The southern portion will house traditional library spaces, teens and children’s rooms, special collections, study areas and a large open space with the books and magazine stacks.

Eagles bring home AIHEC title for second consecutive year

To say the Northwest Indian College men’s basketball team challenged itself this year is to put it mildly. The Eagles’ season was filled with games against much larger schools, including an NCAA Division I and Division II teams. The team took on those large competitors with the hope that it would prepare them for the tribal college basketball competition of the year: the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) national basketball tournament.

On March 17, the Eagles’ tough season paid off when – for the second consecutive year – the team claimed the AIHEC championship title at the basketball tournament, held in Cloquet, Minn.

NWIC rocket club taking off to national competitions

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April will be a busy month of travel and competition for Northwest Indian College’s rocket club, the RPGs. The club will be in Huntsville, Alabama April 17-21 for NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative competition. A few days later, they will travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the First Nations Launch.

This will be the team’s third year participating in the NASA completion – last year they took 12th out of 41 teams.

It’s the team’s fourth year participating in the First Nations competition, which they have taken first place in for the past two years. This year, club members’ ambition led them to enter both the tribal college and the AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) divisions of the competition, with a separate team for each.

Recipe of the Month: Nettle Smoothie

Gail Julius, a Lummi Tribal member and Northwest Indian College Traditional Plants & Foods Program Assistant (part of the Cooperative Extension Office), has committed to providing the community with a healthy recipe each month.

This month Julius is asking readers to focus on antioxidants to give their bodies a fresh start going into spring.

“It’s spring cleaning time, not just for you house, but also for you own temple: your body,” Julius said.

Nettles are a great source of antioxidants and are high in minerals, vitamins and amino acids.

Registration open for Lushootseed Language Conference

Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Lushootseed Language Conference, “Heart of Lushootseed: Honoring the Teachers and the Teachings.” The conference will be held April 20 at Seattle University.

The event is being hosted by Lushootseed Research – founded in 1983 by Vi Hilbert – and is sponsored by the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, Seattle University, and Northwest Indian College (NWIC).

NWIC receives $37,500 grant to support food sovereignty Muckleshoot

Northwest Indian College’s Cooperative Extension Department recently received a $37,500 grant from the First Nations Development Institute (FNDI) to support the college’s Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project, a project that aims to increase access to traditional and local healthy foods within the Muckleshoot community.

“It is really exciting to have the opportunity to create a cohesive and collective vision for what a vibrant and healthy food system will look like in our community,” said Valerie Segrest, Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project Coordinator. “Even more inspiring is the process of designing that vision and the outcomes that come from simply looking at the possibility of our future and how it will be fed. This generous grant supports our work.”

NWIC students Idle No More

On March 20, Northwest Indian College’s Indigenous Service Learning Office hosted a march to support the international movement Idle No More, which arose in Canada due to legislative abuses of indigenous treaty rights and has spread to indigenous communities across the world.

“I thought it was extremely important that people understand that this is a global movement and people all over the world were gathering together in ceremony and resurgence on March 20, 2013,” said NWIC student Michelle Kernak, who coordinated the event. 

NWIC marks 30 years with new governance, business BA

The degree in Tribal Governance and Business Management furthers college’s growth as 4-year degree granting institution

Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) evolution from the Lummi Indian School of Aquaculture to a college that now offers more diverse educational opportunities mirrors a growing nationwide demand for post-secondary education in tribal communities. Now, as NWIC celebrates 30 years of serving both regional and other tribes, the college continues to evolve and grow to meet new demands in Indian Country. 

One of NWIC’s focuses in recent years has been on expanding its reach to more tribal communities and on providing students with the option to obtain culturally relevant four-year degrees without leaving those communities.

In February, NWIC’s growth continued when the college was approved to offer its third bachelor’s degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Tribal Governance and Business Management, by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which oversees regional accreditation for 162 institutions.