Cabinet highlights: April 15, 2013

Enrollment on the Flagstaff campus is expected to increase in the fall, according to David Bousquet, senior vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. Bousquet said he is “more than cautiously optimistic” that enrollment numbers will be up in the fall for both freshmen and transfers. He also pointed to the heavy on-campus visitor traffic this season. Bousquet noted that the dining addition is scheduled to open prior to the start of the fall semester.

The university has scheduled four spring commencement ceremonies and will bestow four individuals with honorary degrees for their contributions to NAU and higher education, President John Haeger said. Kerry Blume, president and CEO of United Way of Northern Arizona; Ernest Calderón, president emeritus of the Arizona Board of Regents; Paul Keim, director of NAU’s Center for Genetics and Genomics, Regents’ Professor of Biological Sciences and Cowden Endowed Chair in Microbiology; and Nancie Lindblom, the 2013 Arizona Teacher of the Year will receive their degrees May 10 and 11 in the Walkup Skydome.

Haeger also noted that the Arizona Cardinals will not be returning to NAU for their annual training camp and said the team’s departure is “a huge opportunity to use the campus to NAU and the city of Flagstaff’s advantage.”

NAU Police Chief GT Fowler introduced Marc Burdiss as the new director of Emergency Management and Preparedness. Burdiss joins NAU after serving as director of Shelby County (Ohio) Emergency Management Agency.

The Faculty Senate is working on a shared governance document, said HRM professor Allen Reich, Faculty Senate president. Reich said the document is being created for the next NAU president following the current president’s retirement.

The latest Cabinet report from the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness includes information on gifts through University Advancement as well as incoming student “accepts” and “offers.” It also includes select information from the sophomore survey.

The 2013 Homecoming celebration on Oct. 19 will include a reunion of the Blue and Gold Class of 1973 and a parade going through downtown Flagstaff. President Haeger said he will be issuing an official statement along with city officials to denounce the annual drinking binge known as Tequila Sunrise, which has never been an official NAU event.

The next meeting of the Arizona Board of Regents will be June 14 and 15 in the High Country Conference Center.

Jennus Burton, vice president for Finance Administration, unveiled the university holiday schedule for calendar years 2014, 2015 and 2016. Details are online