In the Spotlight: Nov. 6, 2015

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  • President Cheng
    AASCU President Muriel Howard presents President Cheng with the Excellence and Innovation Award.

    Northern Arizona University’s community-development partnerships earned the university a 2015 Excellence in Innovation Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. President Rita Hartung Cheng accepted the award for NAU’s entry “Northern Arizona University as an Economic Development Collaborator: Developing Sustainable Models for Broad Based Highly Collaborative Successful Community Economic Development Partnerships” at the association’s annual meeting held Oct. 25 in Austin. The AASCU awards recognize and honor member institutions that demonstrate excellence and innovation in their approach to achieving student success, regional and economic development, international education, teacher education, and leadership development and diversity.

  • Neil Websdale, director of NAU’s Family Violence Institute, will deliver a keynote address at the upcoming conference “Domestic Violence… What paths do we still have to walk?” sponsored by Portugal’s General Secretariat of the Ministry of Home Affairs, in partnership with the National Republican Guard and the Public Security Police. Websdale will give a presentation titled “Domestic Violence Fatality Review: Global Dimensions and Global Possibilities.”
  • Creative Media and Film major Megan Babbitt has been named a 2016 Full Circle Fellowship recipient. The fellowship, sponsored by the Sundance Institute, is a year-long program that develops and supports young Native American filmmakers. The fellowship will begin with attending the annual Native American forum during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Throughout the year, fellows will be mentored by independent filmmakers and creative advisors.