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Westwood Mall hosting UPAWS store

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter’s Holiday Store is open at the Westwood Mall in Marquette Township.

UPAWS is in the former Jandron’s II space with a lot more room, there are a lot of UPAWS “logo gear” for sale in lots of new styles.

Friendly volunteers will be on hand selling pet-themed items to raise funds for the shelter. They will have T-shirts and sweatshirts, hoodies, jewelry, catnip toys, dog toys and unique handcrafted items donated by shelter supporters. It’s a great place to stop for gifts for family and friends and to also help UPAWS.

The 2018 UPAWS pet calendar is available for $12 each or three or more for $10 each. They’re also available at local vetrinarians’ offices, Serendipity Salon and the Lion’s Den.

The special “Lights of Love” ornaments are back this year. For a donation of $5, purchasers can honor a pet or remember a special pet. The ornaments will be on UPAWS special tree at the mall during the holidays. Or one can get a pet’s picture put on the ornament. Download the form from the UPAWS website (www.upaws.org) or talk to a volunteer at the holiday store.

The UPAWS Holiday Store is open Wednesday through Sunday afternoons, with longer hours on Saturday. All proceeds benefit the homeless animals UPAWS cares for 365 days a year.

NMU offering new history minor

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University now offers a citizenship studies minor designed to provide students with a multifaceted understanding of citizenship in the United States. NMU history professor Alan Willis said it is the first of its kind in Michigan.

The interdisciplinary program spans the fields of history, political science and philosophy. Students will explore the nation’s history, governmental and legal structures and population diversity. Course offerings include American government, social and political philosophy, U.S. immigration history, legal ethics and women and U.S. politics.

The minor provides new avenues of civic engagement for students enrolled in NMU’s Superior Edge program.

“Together, the minor and the edge offer Northern students a unique program for both studying and engaging in their roles as citizens,” said Willis. “This new minor will enhance the University mission to promote productive citizenship among students and create the base for a lifetime of productive citizenship among the alumni.”

Email the history department at history@nmu.edu for details about the program.