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Joyce DeVoss
Joyce DeVoss

Joyce DeVoss, an associate professor of educational psychology, was recognized as a Trail Blazer by the Education Trust for her 10-plus years of work “Transforming School Counseling” in the Master of Education in School Counseling program. The Arizona School Counselors Association also chose the professor as Post Secondary Counselor of the Year, recognizing her innovative approaches to mentoring and advising school counseling graduate students and for coordinating the Master’s of Education School Counseling Program in Tucson.

Emilly Borthwick, a master’s degree student in the applied communication program in the School of Communication, presented a competitively selected paper “Using an Online Newsletter to Shape Organizational Culture: Newcomer Socialization in University First Year Students” to the Organizational Communication interest group at the Western States Communication Association annual conference in Mesa this month.

A Rubyspot Damselfly alights on a reed along the Verde River where Lea Parker led a youth environmental club on a Nature Quest hike. This photo will be published in Thoreau's Legacy. Photo by Lea Parker.
A Rubyspot Damselfly alights on a reed along the Verde River where Lea Parker led a youth environmental club on a Nature Quest hike. This photo will be published in Thoreau’s Legacy. Photo by Lea Parker.


Lea Parker, a professor in the School of Communication, will have a photograph and essay published in Thoreau’s Legacy, a book by The Union of Concerned Scientists. The book will be published this spring by Penguin Classics.

Mary I. Dereshiwsky, professor of educational leadership in the College of Education, recently gave the presentation “Continual Engagement: Why It’s Important to Effective Online Instruction,” at the Faculty Development Institute, sponsored by the Learning Resources Network in Georgia earlier this month.

Michelle Miller, associate professor of psychology, wrote “What the Science of Cognition Tells us About Instructional Technology,” to be published in the March-April edition of Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.

Michael Thiel, senior journalism major, was recently chosen as the NASA Student Ambassador for the state of Arizona. Thiel plans to use both writing and photography as a means of promoting astronomy and is currently working as an NAU/NASA Space Grant intern, writing science articles for the Arizona Daily Sun.

Peter Friederici, assistant professor of journalism, wrote “Transmutations,” published in the January/February issue of Orion.