In the Spotlight: Feb. 21, 2014

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  • Northern Arizona University received several “Bronze” honors as part of the 2014 District VII Awards of Excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE. NAU and University Marketing were honored in the Website category for “The Campaign for NAU website: Only at NAU” as well as for the campaign’s “Case Statement” in the Fundraising Print Publications category. NAU also received a Bronze award for the “Campaign for NAU Kick-off Gala” in October that officially launched the university’s $100 million fundraising campaign.
  • Janna Jones and Mark Neumann, professors in the School of Communication, contributed chapters to the new book Amateur Filmmaking: The Home Movie, The Archive, The Web. Neumann’s chapter, “Amateur Film, Automobility and the Cinematic Aesthetics of Leisure,” interprets 1947 home movies of a trip along Route 66 that stretched from Illinois to Flagstaff. Jones’ chapter, “Starring Sally Peshlakai: Rewriting the Script for Tad Nichols’ 1939 ‘Navajo Rug Weaving,'” focuses on an amateur film about the Peshlakai family who lived part of the year in Wupatki. “Navajo Rug Weaving” is part of the Cline Library Special Collections and Archives and was preserved with a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation. The film may be watched here.

    Jones also published an article, titled “Connecting Across Hemispheres in Media Studies,” in the winter 2014 issue of Diversity and Democracy, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Jones’ article details a course she co-teaches with a professor at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Together, the professors create a virtual global exchange and international classroom by using a variety of inexpensive technologies.