In the Spotlight: March 29, 2013

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  • Daniel Zimmer and Jennifer Bromley
    Daniel Zimmer and his wife, Jennifer Bromley, visit with their newborn quadruplets at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.

    Daniel Zimmer, a driver for Parking and Shuttle Services, and his wife, Jennifer Bromley, gave birth to naturally conceived quadruplets March 13 in Phoenix at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. Amelia Ashlyn, 3 pounds, 13 ounces; Bruce Boyd, 3 pounds, 7 ounces; Crissalyn Claire, 3 pounds, 4 ounces; and Delivia Danielle, 2 pounds, 5 ounces, were born at about 8:15 a.m. at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, the 100th set of quads born at the center. Crissalyn and Delivia are identical. Natural quadruplets occur in only one in 729,000 births. The identical twins push the odds to one in a million.

  • Donelle Ruwe, associate professor of English, has published an essay, “International Quidditch: Using Cultural Translation Exercises to Teach Word Choice and Audience,” in the March 2013 issue of the English Journal. Ruwe’s essay is based on a presentation that she delivered in 2011 for the NAU Faculty Development series, “Insights from Studies of Women and Children in Global Settings.”
  • Honoring Our Children book coverThe College of Education has released a new book, Honoring Our Children: Culturally Appropriate Approaches to Teaching Indigenous Students, edited by NAU professors Jon Reyhner, Louise Lockard and Willard Sakiestewa Gilbert, as well as Joseph Martin, an associate professor of educational leadership and special adviser to NAU President John Haeger on Native American Affairs. The book is the eighth in a series of monographs related to teaching indigenous students published by Northern Arizona University. Honoring Our Children assists educators and policy makers in better understanding how the education of indigenous children can be improved by building on their cultural heritage and involving their families and local communities. Several NAU faculty contributed to the book, including Louise Lockard, Velma Hale, Christine Lemley, Loren Hudson, Mikaela Terry and Evangeline Parsons Yazzie.
  • At its Feb. 23 meeting, the Arizona Honors Council elected Glenn Hansen, assistant director of the NAU Honors Program, to serve as the council’s secretary for two years. The Arizona Honors Council is an organization comprised of honors programs and colleges at Arizona’s public and private four- and two-year institutions.
  • Tom Destefano, faculty athletic representative, incoming executive vice president Sarah BickelJamie Whelan, senior lecturer for the College of Education, and Ishmael Munene, associate professor for the College of Education, recently traveled to Kenya to discuss possible collaboration in various fields with deans and faculty at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University.
  • NASS students
    Byron Claw, left, Tya Manygoats and Salazar Grey presented at the recent National Collegiate Leadership Conference in Tucson.

    Eight students employed at Native American Student Services as Ambassadors/Peer Mentors presented at the 25th annual National Collegiate Leadership Conference in Tucson Feb. 16-17.

    The student-run conference serves as the cornerstone of leadership experience and training for hundreds of college students from across the nation. The conference highlights service, social justice and leadership as being interconnected.

    • Julia KingErelda Gene and Charnelle Williams presented “Say It Loud, Say It Proud”
    • Iris Smith and Kendra Nez presented “Learning to Live Stress Free”
    • Tya ManygoatsSalazar Grey and Byron Claw presented “You Got One Shot, So Show Whatcha Got”

    Other NAU students who attended the conference were Elisa AlbertsLeAndra BegayRyan BegaySinthia CalvilloJasmin CarrilloAimee DavidTamika GordonJoseph HagerTraci HuskonTyesha IgnacioMyliesha MartinRoxanne McNabbLauren MorrisIsela RamirezKathleen ShortRoshni TaylorArmondo ThomasKevin WrightJonathan Yamaski and Jonathan Yellowhair.