In the Student Spotlight: Oct. 26, 2018

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  • NAU women’s volleyball player Abby Akin was named Big Sky’s Defensive Player of the Week after she helped lead the Lumberjacks to a win over both Weber and Idaho States. Between the two matches, Akin averaged 1.43 blocks per set with 10 blocks total.
  • Undergraduate researchers Daryn Erickson, Jacque Lyman, Jordyn Upton and Ryann Whealy were each awarded a $500 Research Mini Grant by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity; these grants will support current research projects. Launched this fall, the Research Mini Grant is a competitive program; these four are the first recipients.
  • Elliott Dominguez, Madeline Ramirez and Anthony Violissi were three of six students representing NAU at the James Al Johnson Speech and Debate Invitational at Colorado College on Oct. 19-21, each receiving an award in their individual events. Dominguez placed third in Extemporaneous Speaking, Ramirez placed third in Informative Speaking and Violissi placed second in Communication Analysis. Dominguez and Ramirez also earned second place in the Parliamentary Debate against Northwest College; their topic was “Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution should be repealed.”
  • Pictured L/R: Daniel Stigmon, Kathleen Stigmon, Janus Kozdon, Brennah Brown, Ryan Jundt, Mary Lara and Emma Garret

    Physics and astronomy students Janus Kozdon, Brennah Brown, Ryan Jundt and Emma Garret, along with staff members Kathleen Stigmon, Ed Anderson and Mary Lara attended the Navajo Bridge Star Party Oct. 12-13. The trip, which was sponsored by the NAU/NASA Space Grant, allowed the students to spend the weekend doing outreach with the public, bringing their own telescopes to stargaze both Friday and Saturday night. This is the second year a group from the department has participated in the party.