In the Spotlight: Oct. 24-28, 2022 

Kudos to these faculty, staff, students and programs 

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  • The NAUgo app won the “Best New Student Orientation App” award at the recent Appademy Awards. By winning this award, the NAUgo app also competed with other winners for “Most Innovative Campus App-Best Overall” and won that as well. Additionally, the app was a finalist in the following categories: 
    • Best Commencement 
    • Best Desktop Experience 
    • Best Personalization 
    • Best New Student Orientation Module 
    • Best Design 
    • Most Innovative Communication
  • Michele Lee, research associate with the Institute for Human Development, research and instruction services librarians Amy Hughes and Catherine Lockmiller, Cline Library user services coordinator Meredith Brown and associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences Rhonda Jenson are co-authors on a new paper in the Journal of Academic Librarianship. The paper, titled “Working together: How academic librarians can help researchers prepare for a grey literature search for systematic reviews involving minoritized populations,” provides academic librarians with an overview of the benefits and challenges of conducting a grey literature search as well as a framework to use in collaboration with faculty researchers to guide discussions about including a grey literature search in their systematic reviews. 
  • Northern Arizona University was named a recipient of the 2022 Progress, Accomplishment, Thriving, Hope (PATH) Scholarship to support students facing economic hardships. The Ellucian Foundation funds the scholarships, and NAU will receive $15,000 to be awarded to individual students to cover items such as housing costs, tuition, expenses and food. 
  • Northern Arizona University has been recognized among the College Factual 2023 Best Colleges In America! The College Factual 2023 College Rankings include more than 2,241 schools across the United States to determine which ones were the best in terms of overall quality. College Factual’s ranking methodology focuses on more than 20 different objective factors, such as graduation rate, post-graduate earnings and a school’s average expenditure per student to make this determination. 
  • Rebecca Seeger, doctoral student in curriculum and instruction , was inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame on Oct. 24. The Induction Ceremony honors Arizona veterans who have not only served their country but continue to serve and inspire their communities with civic deeds and accomplishments. 
  • Arizona K-12 Center program director Juliana Urtubey recently gave a keynote address at the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) Teacher of the Year celebration. Ty White, last year’s Arizona Rural Teacher of the Year, was selected as the 2023 AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year. He will move on to compete as Arizona’s candidate for the National Teacher of the Year. Andy Townsend, student in the NAU Educational Leadership doctoral program, received the Carolyn Warner Legacy Award. 
  • Regents’ Professor Miguel José Yacamán, chair of the Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science, was awarded the Spiers Memorial Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This award was given to Yacamán in London, where he presented a keynote address at the Faraday Discussion, an annual meeting and associated journal that has been running continuously for 102 years. The Spiers Memorial Award is presented in recognition of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of a Faraday Discussion, which this year was on the topic of nanoalloys. 
  • The Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) Native American Forest and Rangeland Management Program hosted a Tribal Forestry Student Summit on campus, where 45 tribal forestry students from across the country spent three days attending presentations from nationally recognized leaders in tribal forest management. Jon Martin, the director of our Native American program at the ERI, was a driving force for the summit, organizing and coordinating with multiple tribal organizations and tribal forest managers. The summit offered travel vouchers and other benefits for attendees in order to advance workforce development in tribal forest management. Aspiring tribal foresters met with current tribal forest management professionals and heard first-hand experiences and on-the-ground knowledge. Several of the presenters were NAU School of Forestry alum who have become leaders in their respective tribal forest management programs. 
  • Earning NAU’s second Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honor this season, football player Eemil Herranen was honored for his performance against Idaho State this past weekend. Punting four times against the Bengals in Pocatello, Herranen averaged 46.0 yards per punt while dropping three of the four inside of Idaho State’s own 20-yard line. In a game where field position became crucial early on, Herranen’s kicks set the Lumberjacks up for success on multiple occasions, with the Lumberjack defense taking advantage of the long fields the Bengals faced. 
  • After a 3-0 shutout against Portland State on Sunday, NAU Soccer claimed the Big Sky regular season championship, ending the season on an incredible seven-game winning streak, and claiming the No. 1 seed heading into the conference tournament. 
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