In the Spotlight: Feb. 13, 2015

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Sue Belatti, assistant director of Residential Learning Communities for Housing and Residence Life, presented at the Living-Learning Programs Conference of the Association for College and University Housing Officers – International. Her presentation, “An Assessment Model for Your Living-Learning Program” was selected for the Best of Award from the more than 60 sessions offered. The award recognizes high-quality educational programs and talent from across the profession. Belatti will represent the Living-Learning Programs Conference by presenting her session at the ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando in July.
  • Kappa Delta Sorority has established a new chapter at NAU and welcomed 115 new members on Feb. 1. The organization conducted recruitment with help from Kappa Delta undergraduate members from California State University, San Bernardino and staff members from the National Office. NAU now has eight Panhellenic sororities on campus.
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    Ryan Hardy’s quilt of NAU memories will be on display at the Gateway Student Success Center through March 12.

    Ryan Hardy, a graduate student pursuing a master’s of education in Counseling and Student Affairs, has created a quilt from NAU T-shirts she has collected during her time at the university. Hardy will graduate in May and pursue a career in student services. The quilt is a collection of memories that serve as a reminder for the reasons she followed this career path and a memento she will cherish for years. The quilt will be on display for faculty, staff and students to view at the Gateway Student Success Center through March 12. 

  • NAU hosted the AZ District National Association of Teachers of Singing Classical Student Auditions Feb. 6-7. Approximately 175 students of all ages from across the state participated in the annual competition. Students taught by NAU faculty members Deborah Raymond, Judith Cloud, Ricardo Pereira, Robert Allen Saunders and Margaret Gunderson competed in several categories with seven taking home first-place awards. Additionally, four students placed second and eight placed third in their individual categories and several received honorable mentions. The faculty members also served as judges during the competition.
  • Harun Mehmedinovic, an instructor for the School of Communication, had his time-lapse video of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona featured on BBC Earth. View the video here.
  • Jon Reyhner, professor of Bilingual Multicultural Education, has a new book that will be published by the University of Oklahoma Press this spring. The book, Teaching Indigenous Students: Honoring Place, Community, and Culture, includes chapters written by Reyhner as well as NAU professors Chad Hamill, Willard Sakiestewa Gilbert, Ward Cockrum, Christine Lemley and other scholars.
  • Three teams of students in NAU’s Construction Management Program competed in the Associated Schools of Construction Region 6 competition in Sparks, Nev., earlier this month. NAU took first place in commercial construction, third place in heavy civil construction and fourth in mixed-use construction.