In the Spotlight: Feb. 3, 2012

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Ann Marie Chischilly, executive director for the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, appeared on the KAET show Arizona Horizon on Jan. 24. Chischilly and Ken Lomayestewa, Hopi Nation renewable energy director, were interviewed for a segment on tribal sustainable energy accomplishments. They discussed the challenges and successes Arizona’s tribal governments are experiencing as they develop sustainable energy resources, and Chischilly focused on the institute’s new program, the Tribal Clean Energy Resource Center, which is expanding to help tribes develop clean and renewable energy. View the segment at right.

  • Donelle Ruwe, associate professor of English, published an essay on British perceptions of Judaisim in the Enlightenment. The essay, “Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra: Adelaide O’Keeffe, the Jewish Conversion Novel, and the Limits of Rational Education,” appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Eighteenth-Century Life. O’Keeffe’s novel explores issues of religious conversion through its portrayal of Zenobia, an ancient Syrian queen who was defeated by the Roman Emperor Aurelian. Zenobia, according to O’Keeffe, was born Pagan, raised as a Jew and converted to Christianity just before dying of grief after Aurelian razed her city Palmyra.
  • Alexandra A. Carpino, associate professor of art history, has been invited to participate in the 2012-13 lecture program of the Archaeological Institute of America as the Cinelli Lecturer. The program is a vital part of the institute’s mission, bringing important developments in the field of archaeology to the general public through a series of lectures given by scholars to each of the Institute’s 112 Societies throughout the United States and Canada.
  • Pam Stephens, associate professor in the School of Art, has been selected as the 2012 Arizona Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association. The award will be presented to Stephens during the association’s national convention in New York March 1-4. Recipients are chosen for their leadership, commitment and service to the profession.
  • Eric Otenyo, associate professor of politics and international affairs, recently published e-Government: The Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Administration. The textbook, which addresses many aspects of the use of electronic media by government entities, is available online.
  • Xavier Sanders, an environmental science-biology major at NAU-Yuma, is one of 24 university students nationwide invited to attend U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum. The forum, titled “Moving Agriculture Forward,” is USDA’s largest annual event and will be held Feb. 23 and 24 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. The finalists include students from land-grant, Hispanic-serving institutions and American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources institutions who are the recipients of corporate and USDA sponsorship aimed at promoting the education of the next generation of agriculturalists. The students were selected based on their essays, “Agriculture as a Career,” and on recommendations from their deans.