Rusch to pursue degree in brewing

ESCANABA – Kristoffer R. Rusch recently graduated from Northern Michigan University with a master’s degree in experimental psychology. His concentration, graduate assistantship, and thesis all focused on the sub fields of behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology.

Kristoffer has decided, however, to exit the field of antipsychotic drug development to pursue his education in Asheville, N.C., where he will pursue an associate’s degree in brewing, distillation and fermentation with the long term goal of opening a craft brewery in a viable location. Kristoffer will be one of 24 students in this unique program and will assist in its maiden voyage. Upon completion he will have the option of testing for an international brewmaster certificate granted by the Institute and Guild of Brewing in London, England.

Kristoffer is a 2007 graduate of Escanaba Senior High School, a 2009 graduate of Bay de Noc Community College, and a 2011 graduate Northern Michigan University. He is the son of Richard and Cheryl Rusch of Escanaba.

Tara Myers receives the Berens Award

MILWAUKEE – Tara Myers was presented with the Berens Award from Marquette University College of Nursing during the graduation ceremony at Church of the Gesu on May 19. The Berens Award is the College of Nursing’s highest award given to a senior.

According to the University it is “awarded to a senior student who has been selected by the faculty as having demonstrated above average academic achievement, outstanding clinical performance, commitment to ongoing professional development, and qualities consistent with the ideals and principles of moral conduct.” Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FAAN Dean and Professor said, “Winning one of the major awards given to graduating seniors is indeed a great honor.”

Tara is a 2009 graduate of Escanaba High School and is the daughter of Paul and Penny (Snow) Myers of Escanaba.