In the Spotlight: Jan. 22, 2016

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  • NAU Dance and CheerNAU Dance and Cheer teams competed in the 2016 College Dance and Cheer Championships at Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort. NAU Dance finished with their best performance in program history, placing third in Division 1 Jazz and fifth in Division 1 Hip Hop. NAU Cheer made it to All Girls Division 1 finals for the first time in more than a decade and finished eighth overall. Both teams also competed in the World University Competition. NAU Dance took first place in Hip Hop and NAU Cheer placed sixth in the Premier All Girl Division.
  • Mark Neumann, professor of Creative Media and Film in the School of Communication, had his experimental film screened at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. The film, “Everywhere West: The All Purpose American Road Song,” is a collaborative effort between Neumann and Chicago poet Chris Green, who teaches at DePaul University. The film blends Green’s poetry and Neumann’s moving images in a high velocity journey across the American landscape. The film premiered as part of the Open Door Reading program at the Poetry Foundation on Jan. 19.
  • Kurt Lancaster, associate professor in the School of Communication, was one of 14 filmmakers chosen for the Slamdance Film Festival’s Fearless Filmmaking Showcase. Lancaster’s film “Tracking Alewives for the Passamaquoddy” documents the migration of the alewives on the St. Croix River. The river was reopened to alewives in 2013 after being closed for 18 years, allowing for the passage of alewife migration and raising the hopes of the Passamaquoddy Tribe.
  • Northern Arizona University’s online degree program in Emergency Management was ranked fourth in the nation by the Emergency Management Degree Program Guide in its list of the top 10 programs for 2015. NAU’s program includes two undergraduate degrees, a minor and a certificate specializing in emergency management.