In the Spotlight: Dec. 11-15, 2023

Kudos to these faculty, staff, students and programs 

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  • KNAU executive producer Melissa Sevigny’s book “Brave the Wild River” was listed in the New Yorker’s Best Books of 2023. Sevigny’s book also won the National Outdoor Book Award and was featured in People Magazine. 
  • Paul Wagner, assistant professor of practice at the Department of Management, Marketing, and Information Systems Management and students Daniel Solis and Noah Holloway, represented The W. A. Franke College of Business in an international Excel competition as finalists at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona in Tucson for the Microsoft Excel Collegiate Challenge (MECC). 
  • University Marketing earned six MarCom awards, including one platinum, two gold and three honorable mentions. The MarCom Awards are an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals. 
  • University Marketing also received outstanding achievements in digital marketing within the education sector at the 2023 EDM Awards. The university’s submissions included: 
    • NAU en Español website won a gold award in institutional websites. 
    • Welcome to NAU college brochure video series won a silver award in digital publication and campaigns. 
    • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences website refresh won a bronze award in institutional website updates. 
    • Brand campaign display ad won a merit award in digital video ads. 
  • NAU Printing Services received a Communitas Award for excellence in corporate social responsibility and ethical and environmental responsibility. Communitas Awards recognize people that come together for the good of a community and help shift business practices to benefit their communities. The university’s submission included: 
  • Fred DeMicco, professor in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, recently co-authored a book, “Cruise Ship Management & Leadership – Hospitality on the High Seas,which covers practical information and insights into the world of cruising.
  • NAU’s women’s and men’s track & field teams were voted as favorites for the upcoming indoor season in the 2023-24 Big Sky Indoor Track and Field Coaches’ Polls. Both track & field teams will continue their indoor season with their first home meet of the year on Friday, Jan. 12 at the Walkup Skydome. 
  • NAU alumna Aga Cook, a fifth-grade teacher, K-8 curriculum coordinator and data coach at Camp Mohave Elementary School in Fort Mohave, received a national Milken Educator Award and a $25,000 cash prize, in recognition of her role in shaping the future of education. Milken Educator Awards represent the nation’s preeminent teacher recognition program empowering recipients to inspire young people capable of pursuing a teaching career. 
  • Chad Gestson, Executive Director for the AZ Institute for Education and the Economy, was part of a Q&A session with Education Week contributor Rick Hess. They discussed Gestson’s work at NAU and the Phoenix Union High School district. Gestson contributed to Hess’ book “The Great School Rethink.”