In the Spotlight: Jan. 12, 2017

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Joanne Keene, NAU’s executive vice president and chief of staff, received a leadership award at Arizona Forward‘s 47th Annual Luncheon. The event, which featured keynote speaker Jake Wood of Team Rubicon USA, celebrated more than four decades of environmental stewardship and recognized the organization’s accomplishments. Individuals who received leadership awards have made significant contributions to the organization.
  • Northern Arizona University’s Hospitality Management was recently ranked No. 4 in College Choice’s list of 25 Best Online Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management for 2017. In addition to the university’s regional accreditation for every degree program, NAU has received a secondary accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration—a prestigious status held by less than 20 percent of hospitality programs nationwide.
  • Margot Saltonstall, vice president of enrollment management and student affairs, was featured in an interview on Academic Impressions titled “Retention Strategy: What Holds Us Back?“. In the interview, Saltonstall and several experts expressed their views on student retention and how institutions should shift their thinking to support student persistence and completion.
  • Assistant Professor of Practice Eric O’Connell was recently featured on Texas NPR affiliates for a project he photographed titled “Cowboys: East Germany.” O’Connell’s photos and short film that make up the project feature a subculture in eastern Germany who have adopted and adapted the ways and lifestyle of the American western cowboy. The full interview can be found online.
  • Instructional designer Flower Darby with the e-Learning Center was featured in a nationally distributed video presentation on teaching with technology. The presentation, intended to help faculty, addressed how to effectively align technology tools with course learning objectives and intentional problem-solving to select and implement educational technology. Darby’s more than 20 years at NAU contributed to the success of the presentation, which was distributed to more than 130,000 higher education faculty nationwide.