In the Spotlight: Oct. 3-7, 2022

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  • T. Mark Montoya, associate dean for Curriculum and Student Affairs and associate professor of ethnic studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences co-authored a book chapter that was recently published in Strategies for Navigating Graduate School and Beyond. The chapter, “Concerns for First-Gen Political Science Graduate Students” identifies the challenges faced by first-generation political science graduate students while calling to mind assets-based approaches. 
  • President Biden intends to appoint Juliana Urtubey, program director at the Arizona K12 Center and 2021 National Teacher of the Year, to serve as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics. This commission will provide advice to the President through the Secretary on matters pertaining to educational equity and economic opportunity for the Hispanic and Latino community. 
  • The Northern Arizona University Women’s Cross-Country team shot up the national rankings after a strong performance at the Cowboy Jamboree. Moving up 18 spots, the Lumberjacks are now ranked fourth in the nation, their highest ranking in program history.  
  • Nico Young and Elise Stearns swept the Big Sky weekly awards, winning the men’s and women’s Cross-Country Athlete of the Week. Both Young and Stearns placed fifth at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Young, with his second consecutive top-five finish at the Jamboree, ran a time of 23:20.8 in the 8K. Stearns led the women with a time of 20:29.5 in the 6K. 
  • The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded the International Master’s/1st Professional Degree Fellowship to Shonduri Manda, a student at Northern Arizona University pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology. AAUW is one of the world’s oldest leading supporters of graduate women’s education. Since 1888, it has awarded more than $135 million in fellowships, grants and awards to 13,000 women from 150 countries 
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