In the Spotlight: Nov. 9, 2012

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  • Kathryn Savage, professor in The W.A. Franke College of Business, recently chaired the annual North American Case Research Associate conference in Quincy, Mass., where more than 100 cases were presented. Several colleagues from the college participated, including associate dean Eric Yordy, who presented an ethics case written with professor Nita Paden on marketing sugary cereal to children. Associate professor Chris Scherpereel presented a corporate governance case about the Babbitt ranches written with professor Lisa Majure and Savage. Also during the conference, Savage was elevated from vice president of Programs to president-elect of the organization.
  • Laura Umphrey, associate professor in the School of Communication, gave a workshop at the biannual MISS Foundation conference, “The Transformative Nature of Grief,” in Phoenix in October. Her session was titled, “Mindful Listening and the Art of Supportive Communication.” Umphrey also was a panelist discussing parental bereavement, and she facilitated a bereaved parent support group at the conference.
  • Leaders of NAU-Extended Campuses shared their insights and expertise at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Cooperative for Educational Technologies 24th annual meeting, held Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in San Antonio, Texas. Fred Hurst, senior vice president for Extended Campuses, presented during a panel at a preconference workshop, “Forging the Future: What if My Campus Could Guarantee a Four-Year Degree?” During the conference, Hurst, along with Alison Brown, associate vice president for NAU Personalized Learning, presented on a panel, “Innovative Models for American Universities.” A team, including associate vice president Karen Pedersen, executive director Terri Hayes and technology director Marc Lord presented “Process Mapping: Navigating the Maze!” Additionally, NAU Vice Provost Karen Pugliesi joined Dan Bartell from Pearson Learning Solutions to present, “Bold Strategies Improve Student Success.”
  • Allen Woodman, professor of creative writing in the English Department, had his short story Wallet selected by Symphony Space for three performances in The Selected Shorts: All Write! program. The live readings of the story by actors will be recorded for archival purposes. In the short-short story, the antics surrounding a lost wallet bring a father and son together. Versions of Wallet originally appeared in Story and Micro Fiction, and the story was broadcast on NPR. Woodman’s latest short story, World’s Best Joke, will be published in Passages North in January. The story is about how a wrong number phone call leads the narrator to lead a new life.
  • Seven students have been named Noyce Fellows for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program, which awards $15,000 to encourage talented undergraduate science, technology, engineering and math majors and post-baccalaureate students holding STEM degrees to earn a teaching credential and commit to teach in high-need school districts. After graduation, the fellows will participate in an induction program for support during their first years of teaching to promote retention. The undergraduate fellows are Rebecca DeLong, Todd Gonzales, Nina Porter, Kaitlyn VanOrden and Ashley Visitacion. The post-baccalaureate fellows are Jenna Samora and Sone Sithonnorath.
  • Senior fullback Jake Hess and sophomore linebacker Austin Hasquet were both named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All‐District 8 Football Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.