In the Spotlight: Oct. 2, 2015

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  • Research by psychology professor Heidi Wayment discussing the qualities and benefits of a quiet ego was recently featured on The Quiet Revolution. Wayment’s forthcoming study, “Compassionate Values as a Resource During the Transition to College: Quiet Ego, Compassionate Goals, and Self-Compassion,” provides additional evidence for the possible mechanisms of a relationship between quiet ego and less stress. Wayment and Ann Huffman, associate professor of psychology, also have an article titled ”The Quiet Ego: Assuaging Organizational Concerns About Mindfulness” forthcoming in the journal Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. The article addresses the potential benefits of quiet ego interventions in the work place. Wayment presented this work to the American Psychological Association in Toronto in August.
  • ForensicsNAU Forensics kicked off its 2015 season at a competition hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy. The team finished first in the Lincoln Douglas debate as well as Dramatic Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation and Prose Interpretation. The team also received fourth place honors in Persuasive Speaking. Overall, NAU garnered a fourth place finish. Pictured right are Tyler Julian, Nick Julian, Kendra StraubJaycee Dal Porto, Daniela Figueroa and Heaven Smythe. Not pictured are: Michael DentoniKatie Heffernon, Jessica Mendoza, Madeline Ramierez, Anna Scherer, and Alec Thanig.
  • NAU’s College of Education has been named one of the “Best Value” colleges of education for aspiring teachers in Arizona by the National Council on Teacher Quality. Programs were selected based on both the quality of education programs — how well they prepare teacher candidates for the classroom — and cost — the price of tuition, average financial aid awarded, teacher salaries in the state.
  • SymposiumSeven students from the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences participated in the Conservation Career Symposium at the Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge in Parker, Ariz. During the event, the students interacted with Fish and Wildlife Service staff and participated in mock interviews. The symposium, co-sponsored by NAU and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, provides participants with opportunities to explore various careers including wildlife and fisheries management, wildlife rehabilitation, refuge management, restoration ecology, wildland firefighting, environmental communications and conservation law enforcement. Participants included Brianna Johnson, Makenna Hopwood, Daniel Kimball, Victoria Seelig, Joe Trevino, Siana Turner and Jacqueline Leivas.
  • Flagstaff was recently named one of the “10Best: Small towns with big adventure” by USA Today. The article cited the town’s forests, mountains, skiing, bike trails and the Grand Canyon that “Colorado River raft guides, students from Northern Arizona University, hippies and ranchers” all call home. Flagstaff also received a nod from the Arizona Republic as one of the best spots in the state to view fall colors.
  • Grobsmith in ChinaLiz Grobsmith and Bruce Wang of the Center for International Education recently traveled to China to meet with NAU’s partner universities. In Guangzhou, China, Grobsmith, pictured right, addressed a new cohort of students from Guangdong University of Finance and Economics who will spend their sophomore and junior years at NAU. Grobsmith and Wang also met with students at Chongqing Normal University and Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications who will spend time at NAU in 2016 and 2018, respectively.