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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland Feast of Thanks.1 / 7
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland Feast of Thanks.2 / 7
Lorena Rios Mendoza, UW-Superior associate professor of chemistry, receives the 2018 Outstanding Women of Color in Education award from UW System president, Ray Cross, at a ceremony in Madison earlier this month. 3 / 7
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Jo Garay (right) plays Geneva in "The 1940s Radio Hour."5 / 7
Carley6 / 7
Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids.7 / 7


• The Boys & Girls Club of the Northland hosted a Feast of Thanks for club members and their families at the Holy Family Catholic Church on Nov. 20. The event included a complete Thanksgiving meal with ham and turkey. During the meal, the Knights of Columbus hosted their Coat for Kids, which provides coats, hats and mittens for kids who may not have warm clothing this winter. Sponsored by RBC Wealth Management with additional support from Black Woods Grill & Bar, Duluth Grill and other volunteers, this event serves over 100 families each year.


• Jerry Carley, Benedictine Health System president and CEO, was appointed to the LeadingAge Minnesota Board of Directors. LeadingAge Minnesota is the state's largest association of organizations serving older adults. Carley joined BHS in 2015 as a member of the BHS Board of Directors and its finance and strategy committees, and become president and CEO in December of 2017.


• Lorena Rios Mendoza, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, was honored by the University of Wisconsin System as a recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Women of Color in Education award. The award is given annually to faculty, staff, students or community members to recognize their achievements in advancing equity and inclusion for people of color within the UW System as well as communities across the state. Mendoza was honored for her promotion of social justice and organizational change and for helping UWS achieve its goals of diversity, equity and inclusion.

• The University of Wisconsin-Superior honored employees receiving promotions or tenure at the Promotion and Tenure Celebration and Social on Nov. 15. Sakib Mahmud, Mark McCoon, Maureen Rappley-Larson and Cheong Soon Gan received tenure. Faculty receiving promotion are Andrew Breckenridge, Maryjane Cass Burdge, Nicholas Danz, Gloria Eslinger, Cheong Soon Gan, Rubana Mahjabeen, Maureen Rappley-Larson and Shevaun Stocker. University staff receiving promotion were Suzanne Finckler, Lynn Karna, Jami Koivisto and Lori Olson. Academic staff receiving promotion are Kimberly Beesley, Michael Buncher, Janie Campbell, Nichole Chisholm, Amy Eliot, Tammy R. Fanning, Tracy Henegar, Lauren Howard, Kristen Jasperson, Jarod Meyer, Amy Missinne, Emily Neumann, Michael W. Olson, Christine N. Polkinghorne, Monte Stewart, Ardeen Stoll, Taylor Walkky-Byington, Stephanie Warden and Aaron Yates.


• Jo Garay, a University of Northwestern of St. Paul student and Lakeview Christian Academy graduate, played Geneva in "The 1940's Radio Hour."

• Pery Boyd-Affias of Cloquet was selected as a 2019 Donaldson STEM Award winner, a program through St. Scholastica. Boyd-Affias was nominated by Cynthia Welsh, Cloquet Science Teacher and NE Minnesota and American Indian Regional Science Fair Director. His project tested the pond water in the ponds outside the new Cloquet Middle School. He said the project compared water parameters of ponds around the middle school along with comparing elevations and how well lemna minor grows in each by using samples from each pond. He will receive $500, a one-year membership to a science museum and the opportunity to spend time with a Donaldson Scientist.