In the Spotlight: April 9, 2008

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Pam Stephens, associate professor of art education, presented three papers at the National Art Education Association conference in New Orleans, March 25-30. The papers were “Expanding the Vocabulary of Art,” “Publishing in Art Education” and “Student-to-Student Mentorship: A Report on a Learner-Centered Project.”
  • Kristen K. Swanson, associate professor, and Judith C. Everett, professor, both from the School of Communication, recently published a new textbook, Writing for the Fashion Business.
  • The College Newspaper Business & Advertising Managers, Inc.—a national organization that annually recognizes collegiate publications’ advertising and creative efforts—presented three awards to NAU’s student-run newspaper, The Lumberjack, including Ad Manager of the Year for senior journalism major Michelle Gardner.

    The Lumberjack also received a first-place award for Best Display Advertising Campaign and second place for the Best Newspaper Promotion Advertisement (Color).

  • Donelle Ruwe, associate professor of English, presented at the joint conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism and the Centro Interdisciplinare di Studi Romantici. The conference was held at the University of Bologna in Italy, and Ruwe’s paper “The Mother Attitudes: Performing Ann Taylor’s ‘My Mother’ from Lady Emma Hamilton to Walter Crane,” analyzed the history of illustrations and reception of this much-loved 19th century children’s poem.

    Also, Keiko Dilbeck, a graduate of the master’s in English-General Studies emphasis program, has published an essay from Ruwe’s graduate research class in the peer-reviewed journal, The Explicator. Dilbeck’s essay discussed symbolism and personal identity in Zora Neale Hurston’sTheir Eyes Were Watching God.

  • The Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Program received the 2008 Best Friend Award from Arizona State Parks at its 2008 Volunteer Ventures at Slide Rock State Park on March 28. The program was recognized for its work helping Arizona State Parks through the NAU-Arizona State Parks Partnership over the last three years. The partnership has brought NAU students, faculty and staff together to give students real-world experience in assisting with the preservation and enhancement of state parks.
  • Debbie Craig, director for the Athletic Training Education Program in the College of Health and Human Services, has been selected for the 2008 Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association Distinguished Educator Award, which recognizes those who exemplify excellence in the field of athletic training education.
  • United Way of Northern Arizona awarded the President’s United Way Council a plaque recognizing NAU as a major contributor to the success of the 2007 United Way of Northern Arizona campaign. NAU met its goal of $100,000, helping the citywide campaign meet its goal of $1.5 million.

    Molly Munger, director of community relations, and her husband Gene, also were named co-chairs for the 2008 campaign for Northern Arizona.