In the Spotlight: Feb. 17, 2012

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  • Two NAU School of Nursing faculty—assistant professor Angela Golden and professor Karen Plager—and three nursing students—undergrads Lindsay Webb and Dennis Kan and graduate student Ayda Menjugas—participated in the Intensive Program in Comparative International Nursing at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences School of Nursing in Groningen, Netherlands, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 10. Fourteen countries participated in this cultural exchange on healthy aging. Golden presented “Reducing Adverse Drug Effects in the Elderly.” Plager presented “Community-Based Models to Support Healthy Aging in Place.” The students did a presentation that featured the state of Arizona, NAU School of Nursing programs and nursing and health care in the United States. They participated in lectures on healthy aging and break-out sessions where faculty developed a curriculum for healthy aging and students worked on case studies.
  • Hesham Elnagar, a graduate student in NAU’s Sustainable Communities program, was accepted into the United States Department of State Arabic Critical Language Scholarship Program. Elnagar will participate in an intensive summer language institute overseas in one of 13 critical-need foreign languages this summer. The program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical-need foreign languages.
  • Karen Pedersen, associate vice president for -Extended Campuses, presented at two sessions during the Council of College and Military Educators Symposium in Orlando, Feb. 13-16. Pedersen presented “Elevating the Conversation through Distinctive Advertising” with colleagues Andrew Magda, senior analyst, Eduventures, and Lindajean Heller Western, vice president of Marketing and Enrollment, Western Governors University. Pedersen also spoke about online program quality indicators for the military during “Implementing the Sloan Quality Score Card” with colleagues Deb Gearhart, director of eTROY, Troy University, and Heather Kesterson, director of Admissions and Military Partnerships, Southwestern College Professional Studies.
  • Northern Arizona University’s Beta Alpha chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling, was selected for the Outstanding Chapter Individual Program Award by Counseling Society International. The award was for the chapter’s Professional Development Series program, which includes topics pertaining to the counseling field, psychotherapy films and discussions, and a counseling journal that allows students an opportunity to publish their work, all of which offer students the chance to expand their knowledge beyond classroom learning and grow as professionals. The chapter will be honored at an award ceremony at the American Counseling Association conference in San Francisco on March 23.