In the Spotlight: Feb. 12, 2009

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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Brian Collier, an assistant professor of history, Jason Byrd, a librarian at Cline Library, Lindsey Passenger and Christine Taylor, history graduate students, along with Veronica Arce from St. Michael’s Indian School, received a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Source Project to fund bringing 22 teachers from northern Arizona to NAU for a two-day advanced teaching workshop.

Bruce M. Sullivan, professor of religious studies, wrote “Ethnographic Research on a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, Kerala’s Kutiyattam” for publication in the journal Method and Theory in the Study of Religion.

John Tester, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the “Design4Practice” engineering undergraduate design curriculum, is receiving a 2008 Faculty Advisors Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers International and the Teetor Educational Awards Committee. The society will present Tester the award during its 2009 World Congress and Exhibition in April. As a recipient of the award, Tester can attend one of the society’s aerospace or ground vehicle conferences as a guest.

Mary I. Dereshiwsky, professor of educational leadership, wrote “Using Your Holiday Break to Benefit Your Teaching Experience,” published in the January issue of LERN Magazine, a publication of the Learning Resources Network.

Julie Kalil Schutten
Julie Kalil Schutten

Julie Kalil Schutten, visiting assistant professor of speech communication, recently spoke at a conference at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden. Her presentation, “Gender, Constructing the Natural World, and Natural Resource Management,” supported the conference theme, “The Changing Role of Natural Resource Managers.” Schutten also presented her research on ecofeminism to the Environmental Communication Unit at the university.

The NAU Forensics team won both first and second place during a recent debate tournament co-hosted by NAU and The University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The NAU team received a first-round invitation as well as a second-round invitation to compete against the top 64 debate teams in the United States at the tournament in March at the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, two NAU debate teams made the top-10 ranking of official national debate teams.

NAU Forensics is sending Kaitlin Bundock, a senior anthropology and political science major, and Travis Risner, a senior political science major, as well as Zach Freels, a senior political science major, and Nicola Walters, a junior political science major, to attend the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, the most prestigious national parliamentary debate. Due to the NAU Forensics team national performance over the past few years, NAU will host next year’s Tournament of Excellence.

Freels is currently being interviewed as one of 12 top U.S. collegiate debaters to debate the top-three debaters from Ireland in a pre-nationals, showcase debate.

This weekend the team is competing at the Western States Communication Association forensics tournament. It also will present “Women in Debate” during a panel discussion led by Danny Iberri-Shea and Gina Iberri-Shea, the director and coordinator of the NAU Forensics Team.