In the Spotlight: June 6, 2010

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Andrew Odell, associate professor of physics and astronomy, will speak at the Workshop on Cosmic Matter in Vienna, Austria, June 25-28. He will discuss the galaxy formation around the peculiar colliding galaxy system Arp 105 in the Abell 1185 cluster.
  • Martin D. Sommerness, professor of journalism, recently presented “Implementing StrengthsFinder in the Basic University Writing Course” at the 2010 Strengths in Education Conference—A Student’s Journey to Success at the Gallup University campus in Omaha, Neb.
  • Emily Goff, a May graduate of environmental studies, Melissa Phillips, a current student in the program, NAU Residence Life,NAU Recycling and the Merriam Powell Center for Environmental Research successfully completed a “Leave Green” campaign that promoted ways to benefit the community by repurposing items that students in campus residence halls likely would have thrown away at the end of the semester.Donation bins were placed inside every residence hall on campus to collect gently used clothing, household appliances, reusable furniture, unused school supplies and non-perishable foods, which were then dispersed to local community agencies. Big Brothers/Big Sisters collected 29,150 pounds of items from the effort, while the Northern Arizona Food Bank collected more than 2,500 pounds of food.Goff added that the total amount of trash collected during move out was cut in half over the previous year—from about 68 tons of trash collected in 2009 to about 35 tons in 2010.The effort was funded by a Hooper Sustainability Award.
  • Liz Grobsmith
    Liz Grobsmith poses with student Noor Enibsi and her son Abdullah.

    Thanks to Noor Enibsi, a pre-academic student in NAU’s Program in Intensive English, Provost Liz Grobsmith was reunited with her lost cell phone and keys.Enibsi found the items as she entered the Flagstaff mall last week. Enibsi contacted Mansoor Al-Surmi, an Arabic-speaking graduate teaching assistant at PIE, for guidance and translation assistance. Al-Surmi told Enibsi to take the items to mall security.

    When Grobsmith’s items were returned to her she learned of Enibsi’s extra efforts to help someone she’d never met and their connection through NAU. Grobsmith contacted PIE and arranged for a meeting with Enibsi, where she thanked her for her act of kindness.