In the Spotlight: Oct. 21, 2011

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  • Jerry Anderfuren
    Jerry Anderfuren surrounds himself with the four Emmy awards he won for his work at NAU-TV.

    NAU-TV producer/photographer Jerry Anderfuren took home four Emmy awards from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The chapter held its annual awards ceremony on Oct. 15 in Phoenix.

    Anderfuren’s work on the promotional commercial “Power of Possibilities” earned him awards for best short-form photography, best lighting and best post-production directing. The True Blue NAU commercial also won for best lighting.

    Darryl Jacobsen, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in electronic media and film, won two student awards for his work on a “Pepsi Max Advertisement” in the community/public service and student editing categories.

    Also at the ceremony, NAU-TV manager Joe Chitwood was inducted into the Rocky Mountain Emmy’s Silver Circle, which recognizes those who have dedicated at least 25 years in the broadcast industry.

    A full list of winners is online.

  • Beth Schuck, associate university librarian, had an article, titled “For Better Research Assignments, Ask a Librarian,” published in Faculty Focus, an online publication that focuses on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom.
  • Neil Websdale, professor of criminology and criminal justice, attended a Department of Justice Workshop for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Washington, D.C., Oct. 20, where he was an invited guest speaker and also facilitated a second panel discussion.
  • Barbara Veltri, assistant professor of education, recently discussed her bookLearning On Other People’s Kids: Becoming A Teach For America Teacher, on Educated Debate, a radio talk show produced by KZSU at Stanford University.
  • Amanda Stan, research associate in the School of Forestry, was awarded a $130,000 post-doctoral fellowship from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The Fellows program was established to train and develop the next generation of agricultural, forestry and food scientists. Stan was the only one of the 54 fellowship recipients nationwide to receive a fellowship for a forestry-related project.
  • Sandra Flores-Strand, a graduate student in vocal performance, and vocal performance undergraduate students Laura Ethington and Quentin Lee recently competed in the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Arizona District Auditions. Lee was selected by the judges as one of four vocalists to advance to the Western region finals in Los Angeles. Auditions are held annually in 42 districts and 14 regions within the United States and Canada. Winners of the competition receive more than $1,500 in order to continue their studies.
  • Bernadette Presloid, writing coordinator for the NAU-Yuma Branch campus, presented the workshop, “A Little Writing Goes a Long Way,” at the AZ-TESOL State Conference in Prescott Valley on Oct. 10. Participants engaged in writing activities to promote critical reading, writing, and thinking in their personal and professional lives.
  • The NAU Forensics Team traveled to Colorado Springs for the University of Utah Fall Debate Scrimmage and the U.S. Air Force Academy 49th Classic, both hosted on the Air Force campus Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

    The team of eight NAU undergraduates competed against 25 other colleges and universities. In team sweepstakes awards, NAU placed third in debate, sixth in individual events and fifth overall.

    In the individual events, the following students took home awards:

    Mallory Johnson, a freshman English education/secondary education major, took first place novice in the Oral Interpretation of Prose Literature contest. Angie Manone, senior public relations/advertising major, took fourth place novice in the same contest. Johnson also won first place novice and second place open in the Oral Interpretation of Poetry contest. Sophomore biomedical sciences major Dana Krementz took third place novice in that contest. Manone also took third place novice in the Oral Interpretation of Drama contest.

    At the University of Utah, junior secondary education major Alyssa Sambor took first place in the Individual Speaker Open Parliamentary Debate; Cecily Francis, senior English/political science major, took second place; Brandon Rivera, sophomore political science/ethnic studies major, took fourth place; and Tracy Valgento, junior secondary education major, took 10th place.

    At the Air Force Academy, Francis took first place in the Individual Speaker Open Parliamentary Debate; Sambor took third place. In the Air Force Academy Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Sambor took first place, Rivera took second place speaker, and Sambor took third place speaker.