The Northern Michigan University Passport to Campus committee was selected for a 2021 NMU Distinguished Team Award. Once the decision was made to require all faculty, staff and students to have a COVID-19 test prior to returning to campus last year, this group of individuals worked “tirelessly” to accomplish that goal through a mass testing event in the Northern Center.
Team members included chair Cindy Paavola and Cathy Andrew of the Office of the President; Jill Compton of Internal Audit & Risk Management; Carolyn Corser of Northern Center & Events Services; Christopher Danik of Business Intelligence & Information Services; Lee Gould and Kimberly Hegmegee of the Safety Department; Sarah Jennings and Kristi Robinia of Nursing; Christopher Kirkpatrick of the Health Center; Scott Krah of Technology Asset & Business Management; and Paul Mann of the School of Clinical Sciences.
This team was nominated for their efforts in the planning and implementation of the Passport to Campus initiative. The system the team developed was looked at by other institutions.
“From the physical layout to the development of the passport app and the integration with the Tempus testing site ordering system, the end user's experience was flawless,” noted the team's award description.
The Northern Center was set up so a returning student could receive their COVID-19 test and pick up their housing keys, parking permits and laptop, if they needed. The traffic flow met all of the COVID-19 restrictions. Social distancing was maintained throughout the whole process.
“The planning and scheduling of all the volunteers, student nurses and clinical lab students made the scheduled days go well, ensuring we kept campus as safe as possible,” stated the team's award description.
NMU honored several individuals and teams during its virtual 2021 Faculty and Staff Recognition Celebration. Employees were also honored for years-of-service milestones and retirement during the event. See all of those highlighted, along with the award winners, here.