In the Spotlight: April 13, 2016

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Photography exhibit Amy Horn, photography lecturer in the School of Communication, and local photographer Kathleen Croft have a photography exhibit on display at Brandy’s Restaurant in Flagstaff. The exhibit “Water and Ice” will run April 9 through May 31 and includes Horn’s detailed images of water and ice and Croft’s travels to Iceland. Brandy’s Restaurant is located at 1500 E. Cedar Ave.
  • Northern Arizona University’s Computer Information Technology bachelor’s degree was ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s in Information Technology Programs by College Choice. Rankings were based on academic reputation, overall cost and success of graduates in the post-college job market.
  • Shari Miller, compliance director for state authorization, was recently selected to serve on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s Cooperative for Educational Technologies Steering Committee. The organization is a leader in the practice, policy and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. As a committee member, Miller will help select activities and programming for the coming year in the following areas: emerging technologies, faculty success, policy and regulations, managing e-learning and student success.
  • Lori Poloni-Staudinger, department chair and associate professor of politics and international affairs, contributed to a political analysis article “In 6 graphs, here’s why young women don’t support Hillary Clinton as much as older women do” published in the Washington Post.
  • Stephen Nuño, associate professor of politics and international affairs, had an opinion piece “Rubio Was the Last Best Hope for a G.O.P. Appeal to Latinos,” published by the New York Times.
  • Axecidentals
    NAU Axecidentals took second place in the Southwest Semifinal of the International Competition for Collegiate A Cappella.

    The NAU Axecidentals, an all-female a cappella group, won second place in the Southwest Semifinal of the International Competition for Collegiate A Cappella on April 3 at the University of California Los Angeles. As runner-up in the 2016 ICCA Southwest Semifinal, the Axecidentals are now eligible to apply to the wild-card round to advance to the ICCA International Finals on April 30 at the Beacon Theater in New York City. During the semifinal competition, the judges awarded Aaliyah Bancod, student president of the Axecidentals, the title of “Outstanding Soloist” for her vocals on Kelly Clarkson’s “Invincible.” The judges also presented the award for best arrangement to the Axecidentals for its mash-up of Jessie J’s “Abracadabra” with Ariana Grande’s “Only One.” View video of the performances on the NAU Axecidentals YouTube page.

  • Lorna Louise Thurston, master of applied geospatial sciences student, won the Best Performance of a Senior Arctic Official award at the Model Arctic Council, an experimental learning exercise that brings students together to simulate the roles of members of the Arctic Council. As a senior official Thurston prepared a position paper, delivered two speeches and contributed to discussions on shipping activity and fisheries management, cruise ship tourism, reducing the incidence of suicide amongst indigenous groups and providing safe and affordable access to running water and sewer in the Arctic. Thurston will return to Alaska in May to undertake fieldwork.