In the Spotlight: Jan. 27, 2010

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  • Two faculty members in the department of Politics and International Affairs have chapters published in the new book, Communicator-In-Chief: How Barack Obama Used New Media Technology to Win the White House, edited by John Allen Hendricks and Robert E. Denton, Jr. Eric E. Otenyo, associate professor, wrote chapter 8 in the book, “Game ON: Video Games and Obama’s Race to the White House.” Frederic I. Solop, chair of the department, wrote chapter 3, “’RT @BarackObama We Just Made History’: Twitter and the 2008 Presidential Election.”
  • Susan Longerbeam, assistant professor of educational psychology, was selected to be a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice for the 2010-13 term. The editorial board helps shape the research, scholarship and practice from the perspective of student affairs in higher education.
  • Four faculty members from the School of Communication presented papers at the eighth annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Patricia Murphey, assistant professor in visual communication, presented “Practical Learning: Designing for Clients in an Academic Environment.” Kimberly Melhus, assistant professor in visual communication, presented “The Rose of Ames: A Designer’s Perspective a Series of Case Studies Involving the Design and Communication Within the Rose of Ames” and “The Importance of Cross-discipline in an Undergraduate Graphic Design Curriculum.” Judith Everett and Kristen Swanson, both professors in merchandising, presented “National  Park Entrepreneurs: Facilitating the Early tourist Experience.”
  • Gerald Polesky, an adjunct business instructor for Extended Campuses in Scottsdale, recently published the book Untapped Treasures. The book demonstrates how companies can increase employee productivity and morale by effectively using human assets.
  • Peter Friederici, assistant professor of journalism, had an essay, “Working the Stone,” published in the new anthology, To Everything on Earth: New Writing on Fate, Community, and Nature.
  • Bill Wiist, in the first row and second from left, with fellow instructors in Chile.
    Bill Wiist, in the first row and second from left, with fellow instructors in Chile.

    Bill Wiist, special assistant to the executive dean of the College of Health and Human Services, was a member of a team of international instructors who taught last week at the University of Chile for the School of Public Health’s summer session. Wiist joined instructors from Canada, Italy, Sweden and Chile in co-teaching courses on global health, and economic globalization and health. Among the 35 students who took the courses were seven students from the United States. Wiist is a member of the work group that planned the two courses as part of school’s new diploma program in global health, the remainder of which will be taught online.

  • Tatjana Grief is a visiting Fulbright scholar from Slovenia, working with Kelly Hays-Gilpin and other faculty in the department of Anthropology on the topic of gender theory in archaeology.
  • Zoey DeWolf, a speech communication major, and Nicola Walters, a political science major, took second place at a recent debate tournament co-hosted by the NAU Forensics Team and the University of Utah. The tournament drew participants from 10 colleges, including the College of Idaho, Colorado College, Concordia University, Northern Arizona University, Sul Ross State University, Texas Tech University, the United States Air Force Academy, the University of Nevada-Reno, the University of Wyoming and Vanguard University. Another NAU duo, Sara Mason, a women’s and gender studies major, and political science major Tracy Valgento had a winning record but did not advance to outrounds. Overall, NAU placed fifth in the tournament, and Walters and DeWolf are now ranked ninth in the country.
  • NAU’s Beta Alpha chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators, won the 2010 Outstanding Chapter Award. Beta Alpha members will be celebrated at the American Counseling Association National Convention this March in Pittsburgh.