In the Spotlight: Feb. 28, 2011

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  • Julie Schutten, assistant professor in the School of Communication, published a critical essay review titled “Environmental Sustainability: Witnessing, Embodiment, and the Grotesque” in the Journal of Advanced Composition.
  • Pamela Stephens, associate professor of art education, co-authored with Nancy Walker an article titled “A Curious Reality: Exploring the Paintings of Philip C. Curtis,” featured in the March issue of the Journal of the National Art Education Association. The manuscript spotlights four paintings housed in the permanent collection of the NAU Art Museum. A companion piece article, “Improbably Probable: Finding Meaning in Fantasy,” is published by Davis Publications and can be read here.
  • Beth Schuck, associate university librarian, and Este Pope will present a poster session at the 2011 Association of College and Research Libraries conference. “Creating a Bridge Across the Higher Education Divide: Partnering to Provide Library Services to Community College Students,” discusses the partnership forged between Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College to provide library services for the 2,000 CCC students and faculty. The information shared can serve as a guide for other academic libraries attempting to implement their own shared library services partnership.
  • Bill Pederson, a senior lecturer of social work at NAU-Yuma, and students Jessica GarlinJose Gonzalez and Sara Saldivar, presented a paper titled, “U.S. Mexico Border Issues for Social Workers,” at the First International Forum of Psychology, Science, Society and Health conference at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Guadelupe Victoria campus. The purpose was to engage faculty and students in conversation about global issues impacting both nations.
Paul Gazda
Paul Gazda stands in front of his artwork, ‘Digital Self-Portrait,’ made of CDs containing self-portrait images of the artist and reflecting a magnified ‘self-portrait’ of the viewer.
  • Known to his NAU colleagues as a web developer in Information Technology Services, Paul Gazda has been pursuing a parallel career as a visual artist for more than 30 years. Thanks to a grant from the Puffin Foundation, Gazda’s work will be on display at a special exhibition in Sedona. “The Art of Ideas” presents Gazda’s technically and conceptually innovative art that touches on politics, science, ethics, history and philosophy.

    The exhibit runs from March 12-20 in La Sala de los Milagros in Sedona’s Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, 336 Highway 179. It will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 12.