In the Spotlight: April 4-8

Kudos to these faculty, staff, students and programs 

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  • Jaime Awe, a professor in the Department of Anthropology, and graduate students Jordan Lee and Scott Yost are featured in the European documentary “Fall of the Kings.” The program investigates dramatic new evidence of the catastrophic droughts and instability that pushed cities beyond their limits and includes footage of Awe, Lee and Yost excavating at the archaeological site of Xunantunich in Belize. 
  • Mimi Bland has earned the Big Sky Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week award for her consistent performance and impressive wins this season. This is her second Player of the Week award, earning the first during the 2020 season. 
  • Ricardo Guthrie, associate professor of Ethnic Studies, was awarded $7,500 from the Road Ahead Partnership’s “Route 66 Black Experiences Grant Program.” The project will allow Guthrie and student interns Naomi Sanders and Ty Holliday to complete internships and entrepreneurial projects creating virtual tours and physical artifacts connected to Green Book heritage sites—including NAU campus locations. 
  • The College of Education recognized outstanding students in the program. Karli Green, Outstanding Undergraduate Student in the College of Education and Spring 2022 Distinguished Senior 
    • Lori Smith, Outstanding Undergraduate Student in the College of Education (Community Campuses) 
    • Ann Molinar, Outstanding Undergraduate Student in the College of Education (Community Campuses) 
    • Elliana Panzarella, Undergraduate student that has shown outstanding achievements in Leadership 
    • Elizabeth Renaud, Outstanding Doctoral Student from the Department of Educational Leadership 
    • Diamond Bracey, COE Graduate student that has shown outstanding achievements in Research 
    • Yihan Wang, Outstanding Masters Student from the Department of Educational Psychology 
    • Alex Dornbier, Outstanding Doctoral Student from the Department of Educational Psychology 
  • Doctoral student Aradhana Roberts was chosen as an ambassador of the American Geophysical Union. This is a highly competitive position for their Local Science Partners program. 
  • Master’s student Arthur Schmeiser took first place in the 2022 USA Racquetball Collegiate Conference in Tucson, Ariz. He won gold in the men’s single and the men’s double alongside Ben Baron, and NAU’s team ended the conference in third place overall. 
  • Fred DeMicco, executive director and professor of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, recently published a paper titled “Expectations of Domestic Women Business Travelers from Hotel Accommodation: A Perspective of Hotel Managers.” The analysis of what women travelers expect from during their stays in hotels will help hospitality marketers strategize accordingly. 
  • The NAU Journalism Department’s Sports Media Program was recently ranked 13th in the nation by the Broadcast Education Association, landing ahead of some of the most prestigious programs in the country. Students hone their skills working in a professional environment in the Media Innovation Center, anchoring and producing live sports segments for the local NAZ Today newscast, broadcasting live local sporting events, hosting sports talk radio shows on KJACK Radio and writing sports recaps and feature stories for The Lumberjack newspaper. 
  • Cynthia Childrey, dean and university librarian of Cline Library, was interviewed by the Chronicle of Higher Education for a special issue, The Library of the Future: How the Heart of the Campus is Transforming. The issue focused on the future of academic library spaces, collections and the profession, and the interview came about because of Cline Library’s recently completed master planning process. 
  • James Allen, a professor in the School of Forestry, was mentioned in an article in CSA News entitled “Creating Urban Agroforests in Interstitial City Spaces.” The article discusses food forests and how to create green spaces in urban settings. 
  • Allen Reich, President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow & Isbell Ethics Professor in the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management in the W. A. Franke College of Business was appointed to Food Protection Manager Certification Committee by the Executive Director of the Conference for Food Protection. The committee is charged with updates to the certification and education program based on trends in food transportation/supply chain, food preparation, new technologies in food preparation and storage, delivery to consumers, various scientific findings that impact bacteriological and other safety concerns and on the prevention of food-borne illnesses and post-outbreak management.
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