In the Spotlight: April 20, 2016

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • T. Mark Montoya, assistant professor of Ethnic Studies, recently presented a paper titled “The Study of Monsters: Arizona’s SB 1070 and HB 2281” at the Association for Borderlands Studies annual meeting in Reno, Nev. Montoya also participated in a panel titled “Myths and Religion at Borders.”
  • NAU’s Interior Design program in Flagstaff and Scottsdale received accreditation from the Council for Interior Design. The certification is for six years. Accreditation enables NAU graduates to compete for jobs where graduation from a CIDA accredited program is preferred. Student assignments in the accreditation exhibit included renderings, illustrations, architectural plans, hand-built models, essays, completed assignments, exams, research and design solutions. View a virtual tour of the exhibit online.

  • NAU-Yuma social work studentsNAU-Yuma social work students presented papers at the 2016 Western Social Science Association Conference held April 13-17, in Reno, Nev. Presentation topics included deportees, migrants, pesticide poisoning among farm workers and school social work. Students Myriam Hernandez, Juanita Cabrera, Ivan Gutierrez, Nubia Quintana, Patti Worthen, Vanessa Palomino, Mary Haunschild, Dan’Elle Jones and Natasha Coonrod Faculty members William Pederson and Ruth Whisler also presented papers.
  • PBL membersNAU Phi Beta Lambda members participated in the business organization’s annual State Leadership Conference held at Arizona State University. Students in NAU’s Extended Campuses Business Administration program competed in various events and earned eight first place finishes, four second place finishes and seven third place finishes. NAU’s chapter also received an award for outstanding state chapter, and member Scott Chilleen was elected state president for the 2016-17 term.
  • NAU Logging Sports took first place at the 2016 Stumpjumper Days competition hosted by Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Mont. The all-day competition featured 12 different men’s and women’s events, including the Axe Throw, Speed Throw and Choker Race. Top finishers can be found online.
  • NAU Model UN membersThirty-two students from NAU’s Model United Nations Club recently traveled to Los Angeles to participate in UCLA’s Model United Nations conference. Connor Mullins, Cezanne Rahner and Paul Sturmer received honorable mention awards, and McKenzie McLoughlin took home the Best Delegate gavel. This was the club’s final competition of the semester.