In the Spotlight: April 6, 2017

Kudos to these faculty and staff

Do you have a spotlight item to share with the NAU community?

E-mail your announcements to, or use our online submission form.

  • Group Photo From Arizona-Mexico Signing ceremonyNAU-Yuma, in partnership with Arizona Western College, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Universidad Politecnica de Baja California, Instituto Tecnologico de Mexicali, and Universidad Autonoma de Baja California signed a memorandum of understanding on March 30 (pictured right). The memorandum is an agreement to collaborate across the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • NAU’s Parking and Shuttle Services, which accommodates more than 12,000 bus passengers a day, was featured in the April 2017 issue of Metro Magazine. NAU was the first retail customer to buy ARBOC Specialty Vehicles’ new Spirit of Liberty bus, which features low floors, making it easy to load passengers from the curb.
  • Rick Szal, lecturer of economics from the W.A. Franke College of Business, received the 2017 Association for Business Simulation and Experimental Learning (ABSEL) Award for best paper in the area of innovations in education. The paper is under review for publication in the Journal of Statistical Education.
  • Professor Fé Murray is in line to become the first Latina president of the Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association in its 60 years of existence. Murray, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, is currently the president-elect. Her term as president begins July 1.
  • Student Academic Success CenterTwo of NAU’s Flagstaff Campus buildings received Leader Awards from USGBC Arizona this year. The Student and Academic Services Building (pictured right) received the award for Innovative Design, New Construction and the International Pavilion received the award for Climate Champion. NAU officials will be honored at the Heavy Metal Awards Luncheon on April 19 hosted at the Salt River Project’s PERA Club in Tempe, Arizona. The Leader Awards recognize buildings that raised the bar for sustainable design in the state of Arizona in the past year. Projects were selected for demonstrating excellence in design, operations and innovation in meeting program challenges with sustainable solutions.
  • Eric Dieterle, assistant professor of practice in the W.A. Franke College of Business, recently published a book, “Where the Wind Dreams of Staying,” which has been named a finalist in the 2016 Foreword INDIES, Essays (Adult Nonfiction). According to their site, “Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards honor the best books from independent publishers, chosen from over 2,250 individual entries. Finalists for the Foreword INDIES represent some of the best books from non-Big 5 publishers and authors.” Winners will be announced at the American Library Association conference June 24.