In the Spotlight: April 27, 2017

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  • NAU Gospel Rising Star Baptist
    NAU Gospel Rising Star Baptist

    Led by Ricardo Guthrie, NAU’s director of Ethnic Studies, Blase Scarnati, professor of musicology in the School of Music, and music major Khalid McGhee, the NAU Gospel Choir completed its first tour earlier this month in Tucson. The tour was a culmination of a yearlong project supported by Arizona Humanities Council, the State of Black Arizona and NAU’s School of Music and Ethnic Studies Program. The project allowed choir members to work with various youth and visiting choirs and create a partnership for recruiting students to NAU. As a result of the project, Guthrie was selected as an Education Community Luminary and will receive an award on May 2.

  • CNN recently featured Harun Mehmedinovic, professor of practice in communication, along with his project partner, Gavin Heffernan, for their unique approach to communicating the negative effects of light pollution. The article “Chasing ‘dark skies’ to focus on light pollution” discusses how the duo are using astrophotography to convey the importance of protecting the night sky through compiled breathtaking visuals.
  • Marty Lee is presented awardIn November, professor Marty Lee was selected for the Connie G. Myers Award for Leadership in Wilderness Education 2016 by the National Forest Service. Unable to attend the award presentations in Montana, Lee was presented the award in person last week by representatives from the Forest Service. The presentation took place in Schultz Pass—a wilderness area Lee has worked to manage and protect—with colleagues and several alumni by her side.
  • The KNAU News Team recently brought home three Edward R. Murrow Awards. Aaron Granillo produced ‘Apache Chef’ that won for Excellence in Writing and ‘Polygamy Lawsuit’ that won for Investigative Repotting. Melissa Sevigny’sParkinson’s and Boxing’ won the award for Sports Reporting.


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