Spotlight 10-29-2008



  •  The Navajo language textbook by modern languages professorEvangeline Parsons YazzieDiné Bizaad Binahoo’ahh, Rediscovering the Navajo Language, officially was adopted by the state of New Mexico during ceremonies with Parsons Yazzie, Gov. Bill Richardson and Veronica Garcia, the state’s secretary of education, on Oct. 24 at Gallup High School and Farmington High School. The textbook previously was adopted by 10 New Mexico school districts and now will be used statewide. Read more.parsons_yazzie
  • NAU’s Multicultural Engineering Program and director Fonda Swimmer have been selected to receive one of four 2008 ABET President’s Awards for Diversity. The ABET—Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology—award will be conferred today, Oct. 29, in Louisville, Ky., as part of the 2008 ABET commission summit.
  • Richard Rodgers, professor of speech communication, published an article in the latest issue of Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture titled “Beasts, Burgers, and Hummers: Meat and the Crisis of Masculinity in Contemporary Television Advertisements.”
  • The NAU Forensics team dominated a debate during last weekend’s back-to-back tournaments. In the first tournament, hosted by Mount San Antonio College, NAU received second place in the tournament and a second place sweepstakes for overall performance. At the second tournament, hosted by Azusa Pacific University, NAU won both first and second place in the semifinal round level.
  • Mary I. Dereshiwsky, educational leadership professor in the College of Education, was invited to make a presentation on “Mentoring Prospective Online Faculty” to Middle Tennessee State University on Oct. 24.
  • NAU Marketing received several design awards this fall. Graphic Design USA, a graphic design news and information magazine, awarded NAU eight awards. The 2008 awards process saw more than 10,000 entries. NAU also won a design award from the National Orientation Directors Association in the Outstanding Orientation Handbook category during the 2008 National Orientation Directors Association Pubs Media Showcase Awards. Read more.
  • Mike Wagner, Regents’ professor in the School of Forestry, was interviewed in the article “Master’s International Program Offers Graduate Degree, Chance to Serve,” in the October edition of The Forestry Source. Wagner highlights NAU’s international master’s program as a valuable opportunity for students planning on joining the Peace Corps.
  • Twenty-two School of Communication graduate and undergraduate students presented research papers at the annual Arizona Communication Association Conference on Oct. 18 at Arizona State University’s West Campus. Three NAU School of Communication faculty members also participated. Click here to view the student list.
  • Brant Short, professor of speech communication, was selected as the 2007-08 Arizona Communication Association Communicator of the Year.
  • Marie Baker-Ohler, speech communication lecturer, completed her term as president of the Arizona Communication Association.
  • Brant Short and Dayle Hardy-Short, professor of speech communication, are continuing their term as co-editors of the Arizona Communication Association Journal.