In the Spotlight: Feb. 27, 2008

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Jason McDonald, a senior international affairs major and program host on the student-run KJACK radio, was named a winner in the Broadcast Education Association’s Audio Festival Competition. McDonald took third place in the Specialty Programming category for his show, “Big Mouth Talking,” which airs Tuesdays at 5 p.m. on KJACK, and also can be heard online. McDonald will receive his award at the association’s conference in Las Vegas in April.
  • The Department of Psychology announced it will receive a grant from the National Science Foundation for the Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Internship program, which creates research opportunities for under-represented minority students. The three-year, $300,000 grant will fund six students each summer to work with NAU psychology professors in conducting research in social, developmental, health and cognitive neuroscience psychology.
  • Mary I. Dereshiwsky, associate professor of educational leadership, made an invited presentation titled, “Continual Engagement: Why It’s Important in Effective Online Instruction,” at the Faculty Development Institute sponsored by the Learning Resources Network in Savannah, Ga., on Feb. 25.
  • Zennoma Richardson, a nursing student, won the Nurses in Washington Internship essay contest that was sponsored by the National Student Nurses’ Association. The essay will be published in Imprint, the association’s professional magazine for nursing students, and Richardson will be sponsored for a trip to the Nurse In Washington Internship annual conference March 9-11 in Washington, D.C. She also will receive complimentary registration for the National Student Nurses Association annual convention March 26-30 in Grapevine, Texas, along with the opportunity to present her work.