In the Spotlight: March 30, 2017

Kudos to these faculty and staff

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  • Eric Otenyo, professor of public administration, published his book “Trade Unions and the Age of Information and Communication Technologies in Kenya” in March. This includes his recently published article “An overview of Employee Wellness Programs (EWPs) in Large U.S. cities; Does Geography Matter?” co-authored with Earlene Smith, former doctoral student of public and international affairs.
  • Bill Carter, professor of practice and filmmaker in the School of Communication, is having his first exhibit at the new United Music Museum in Austin, Texas. His film “Miss Sarajevo” will be shown at the museum’s April 13 inaugural event The Power of Music in Conflict. He produced the documentary about the civil war in Bosnia in close collaboration with Bono from U2. The movie has won multiple awards including the International Monitor Award, Golden Hugo Award and Maverick Director Award.
  • NAU’s online bachelor of science in nursing program was ranked No. 17 in The Community for Accredited Online Schools list of the best colleges and universities offering the program for current registered nurses (RN-to-BSN). Analysis of more than a dozen unique data points was factored in to create the top 50 programs list. Each college is scored based on such criteria as academic counseling, student/teacher ratios, additional student services, graduation rates and financial aid offerings.
  • Sam Minkler, professor of photography in the School of Communication, has recently had some of his photos published in the February/March 2017 edition of the magazine Native American Art. Minkler’s photos depict the work of Melissa Cody, a fourth-generation Navajo weaver, who is having her rugs displayed in an exhibition called Future Tradition at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft from Feb. 3 to May 28.
  • Jennifer Koshnick, Samantha Clifford, Ellinoa Blake and Evin Deschamps developed a new Academic Peer Mentoring program at the Student Learning Centers. Started in the fall, the program helps students develop strong study skills in and out of the classroom, assists with the academic transition from high school to college, and connects students with SLC resources such as tutoring and Supplemental Instruction. The program is open to all NAU students, but in its pilot year has focused on providing timely interventions to freshmen who have received concerning GPS messages. As of March 10, the program has made 2,581 phone calls based on GPS messages and had 377 visits by 271 students. The program will be expanding next year, including outreach to sophomores.
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