In the Spotlight: Feb. 26, 2016

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Wendy Bruun, director of NAU’s First-Generation Programs, was recognized as a nominee for the 2015 ATHENA Awards. Presented by the Greater Flagstaff Chamber, the award honors a local businesswoman who has achieved excellence in her field, served the community and assisted other women in the attainment of their goals. At NAU, Bruun oversees Student Support Services, STAR Summer Bridge, First Scholars, Blavin Scholars, Lumberjack Leadership Institute, Louie’s Cupboard and the Emergency Textbook Loan. She also is the co-chair of Arizona Women in Higher Education.
  • Allen Z. Reich, professor in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, had an article published in Restaurant Hospitality titled “Tip Credit Violation Suits on the Rise.” As an expert witness for restaurant-related lawsuits, Reich offers insight into the violation of the tip credit for non-tip producing work. Reich also has served as an expert witness for topics ranging from concept feasibility to murder.
  • The NAU Yuma Social Work Program was granted candidacy status for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education Commission of Accreditation this February. The program’s mission is to educate and prepare social workers for service and leadership to social systems, issues and diverse populations including Hispanics, agricultural workers, the military and U.S.-Mexico border populations.
  • Peter Fulé, professor in the School of Forestry, was interviewed by a German radio program. In his interview, Fulé discussed megafires and the interaction between forests, fires and climate. The broadcast can be found online.
  • With support from the Interns-to-Scholars program, Meliksah Demir, associate professor of psychological sciences, and undergraduate Andrew Haynes, co-authored an article titled “Volunteer Bias in Research on Friendship among Emerging Adults.” The article, published in Emerging Adults, discusses bias in studies on friendship, the concern for generalizability and validity of findings, and includes suggestions of recruitment strategies that could alleviate the problem.
  • Poster submissions by two students in the Athletic Training program were accepted for presentation at the National Athletic Trainer’s Association annual symposium. Undergraduate Allison Griffin and graduate student Christopher Marquez will present in Baltimore this June. The three-day convention offers educational advances, career networking, association business and social opportunities and access to the largest exhibition of athletics training products and services.