In the Spotlight: Nov. 1-5

Kudos to these faculty, staff, students and programs 

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  • In this year’s MARCOM awards, an international competition for marketing and communications, Northern Arizona University took home four platinum level awards related to the “Boundless” campaign. NAU also took home a gold award and two honorable mentions out of more than 6,000 entries from 41 countries.
  • Karen Jarratt-Snider, chair and associate professor of Applied Indigenous Studies, joined Terry Rambler, chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and Kristen Carpenter, director of the American Indian Law Program from the University of Colorado, to discuss the sacred site of Oak Flat, its importance to the San Carlos Apache and how this case informs Indigenous religious freedom. 
  • Khiarica Rasheed was voted to the Big Sky Conference’s Preseason All-Conference team for women’s basketball. She is the first NAU player to become a member of the Preseason All-Conference team. 
  • RJ Martinez was named one of 22 players on the Jerry Rice Award watch list. This award will be voted on by a panel of more than 150 sports dignitaries following the regular season. 
  • Northern Arizona University won a $10,000 PATH scholarship from the Ellucian Foundation to help support students facing economic hardship. These scholarships can be used to cover finances like housing costs, tuition expenses and food.
  • Jani Ingram, a Regents’ professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Angelina Castagno, director of the Institute for Native-serving Educators and professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations, Ricky Camplain, assistant professor at the Center for Health Equity Research and Department of Health Services, and Davona Blackhorse, a student in the interdisciplinary health doctoral program, recently published “Role of Professional Societies on Increasing Indigenous Peoples’ Participation and Leadership in STEMM” in Frontiers in Education.
  • Talima Pearson, associate research professor in the Department of Biological Sciences; Crystal Hepp, associate professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems; Robert Trotter, Regent’s professor in the Department of Anthropology; Mimi Mbegbu, research assistant of the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute (PMI); Benjamin Russakoff, PMI undergraduate researcher; David Panisello Yagüe, MSc student; Colin Wood, PMI undergraduate researcher; Kara Tucker-Morgan, research coordinator of Northern Arizona-Yuma; Kathya Ceniceros, Northern Arizona-Yuma undergraduate researcher; Cristina Padilla, Northern Arizona-Yuma undergraduate researcher; Shari Kyman, PMI research assistant; and Francisco Villa, clinical professor in the Biological and Natural Resource Sciences at NAU-Yuma, published “Genome Sequences of Community Carriage Strains of Staphylococcus Aureus from Yuma, Arizona” in Microbiology Resource Announcements.
  • Amit Kumar, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Indrakshi Roy, biostatistician for the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER), Julie A. Baldwin, Regents’ professor and director of CHER, and researchers from Brown University published “Quality of Care and Outcomes Among a Diverse Group of Long-Term Care Residents with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias” in the Journal of Aging and Health.
  • An article co-authored by Nancy A. Wonders, professor of criminology and criminal justice, and Cristina Bessa-Fernández, University of A Coruña, Spainhas been published in the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy“Border Struggles, Political Unity, and the Transformative Power of the Local: U.S. Sanctuary Cities and Spain’s Cities of Refuge” resulted from collaborative work that began when Bessa-Fernández was a visiting scholar at NAU. 
  • Fred DeMiccoexecutive director and professor in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, and Irene Macabante, CEO and founder of Citrine Consulting Collective, have written an article published in Hospitality Net titled “Why Guest Inclusivity Is the Key to Success in 2021 & Beyond.” The article reviews how organizations in the hospitality industry can capture the diverse market. 
  • Northern Arizona University was included in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges. This ranking based on whether students have both healthy and sustainable qualities of life on campus, how well a university prepares its students for sustainable employment, and how sustainable the campus’s policies are. 
  • NAU football players Kevin Daniels and Morgan Vest were named ROOT SPORTS Players of the Week. This is Daniels’ first honor of his career, and Vest is the first defensive player to earn this award multiple times this season. 
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