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  • Yuma studentsThe NAU Yuma Branch Campus social work research students partnered with the National Community Health Partners and the Imperial Valley Homeless Task Force during the week of Jan. 23 to participate in the Point in Time Homeless Count. This annual count and survey of the homeless population living in Imperial County allows the social work students to learn about data collection and measurement tools through this service learning project. Similarly, it supplies a much-needed volunteer base for the two agencies to accomplish this task. The NAU Yuma social work students have contributed more than $810,000 of in-kind service learning hours to Yuma and Imperial countries since 2005.
  • Timothy Thomas, who earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from NAU in 2009, was recently honored with a Milken Educator Award. Thomas is a principal at Laveen’s Rogers Ranch School, a K-8 STEM school that was struggling when he took over in 2013. According to the Milken Educator Awards organization, the school moved from a D to a B in Arizona’s school grading system in a year under Thomas’ leadership.