In the Spotlight: May 17, 2013

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • NAU’s Army ROTC Program commissioned 11 new second lieutenants during a ceremony last week, signifying the students’ graduation from the university and transition to full-time military service. NAU’s Office of Military and Veteran Affairs also reported 123 student veterans graduated this spring.
  • Rosemary Papa, the Del and Jewel Lewis Endowed Chair in Learning Centered Leadership and professor of educational leadership, co-hosted a meeting of international scholars working toward improving educational opportunities for girls around the globe. The Flagstaff Seminar, Educational Leaders without Borders, met in San Francisco on May 1. Among the 18 educators who attended were Michael Sampson, dean of the College of Education, and Richard Brown, adjunct professor of educational statistics.
  • Catholic Charities Community Service has named Salvador Bernabe, a volunteer with NAU’s Civic Service Institute Foster Grandparent program, as its 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Bernabe will be presented with the Helen Shea Service Award this week in Phoenix. He has volunteered at Westside Head Start in Phoenix since 2007. Read more about Bernabe in the Glendale Star and watch a video about him here.
  • NAU’s Housing and Residence Life recently partnered with Mac-Gray Campus Solutions to become one of the first higher education institutions in Arizona to implement a carbon neutral laundry program for residence halls. NAU is one of 47 colleges and universities in 17 states participating in the Lighten Our Load initiative, which provides free installation of water and energy efficient laundry machines. The new appliances are expected to offset nearly 800,000 pounds of carbon dioxide produced annually by NAU residents.