In the Spotlight: May 23-27

Kudos to these faculty, staff, students and programs

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  • Julie Heynssens, a senior lecturer in the School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems (SICCS) took six electrical engineering, applied physics and SICCS students to Boise to visit Micro and learn about careers in the semiconductor industry as well as all aspects of the semiconductor design, manufacturing and test process and other processes in the industry. NAU alumnus Brian Callaway, a vice president at Micron, sponsored the trip along with the Micron Foundation and CEIAS Dean Andy Wang’s office.
  • Nora Timmerman, a senior lecturer in the Department of Sustainable Communities, was selected for the 2022-2023 CEED (Climate, Education, Engagement and Design) Fellowship Award. This accolade comes from the McAllister Program in Community, Culture, and the Environment and the Center for Ecosystems Science and Society. Timmerman’s proposal, “Cultivating Dialogue, Commitment, and Action for Climate Justice in the NAU Community” garnered more than $16,000 for her work in the field in the coming years. Her work with the McAllister program will begin July 1.
  • Financial aid manager Ismael Peraza received the 2022 Rebekah Hoppel Salcedo Rising Star Award at the Arizona Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators conference in May. This award recognizes up-and-coming leaders in the field of financial aid administration. Peraza leads a team of student employees and manages the front-line communications with students and families.
  • AZ Big Media named President José Luis Cruz Rivera to their Champions of Change: Education leaders of the year list. This list recognizes dynamic innovators and trailblazers in education who are changing Arizona’s economic environment through leadership and visionary thinking.
  • Anthropology professor Jaime Awe was featured in Ancient Origins for a recently published study of DNA obtained from ancient skeletons from Belize. This DNA helped researchers trace the evolution of the genetic and cultural heritage of the Maya. The study also found evidence for the migration of corn cultivation from South America, which “essentially planted the seeds of Maya civilization,” Awe said.
  • Fred DeMicco, executive director and professor in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, co-authored a paper on Hospitality Net about the importance of coping with stress in the hospitality industry. The paper outlines ways to pinpoint causes of occupational stress and help employers provide employees with tools to manage stress.
  • University Marketing won four awards at the Hermes Creative Awards, which are given to the creative industry’s best publications, branding collateral, websites, videos, advertising, marketing and communication programs. Winners range in size from individuals to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies.
  • Tennis player Gina Dittmann was named most valuable player for the Big Sky Conference, becoming NAU’s first two-time conference MVP. In addition to Dittmann’s honors, four other players received conference honors:
    • All-Big Sky Singles
        • Gina Dittmann (First Team)
        • Sofia Markova (First Team)
        • Mimi Bland (Second Team)
        • Ava Neyestani (Honorable Mention)
    • All-Big Sky Doubles First Team
      • Mimi Bland/Annabel Davis
      • Gina Dittmann/Ava Neyestani




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