In the Spotlight: March 6, 2015

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Rosemary Papa, professor of Educational Leadership, has been chosen to receive the 2015 Willystine Goodsell Award. The award is presented annually by the American Educational Research Association to a person who has made a significant contribution to women and education. Willystine Goodsell, for whom the award is named, was a 19th century activist teacher and faculty member at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Goodsell dedicated her life to advancing opportunities and equal education for women.
  • GraceFenlason
    Grace Fenlason, junior journalism major, received a first-prize award from event organizer Mark Glaser during the PBS Media Shift Journalism School Hackathon at Arizona State University.

    NAU’s School of Communication participated in the PBS Media Shift Journalism School Hackathon at Arizona State University last weekend. The Hackathon was an intensive two-day workshop and featured students from 19 universities around the country. Mentored by faculty, media professionals and entrepreneurs, student teams conducted background research and developed mockups of media products aimed at a variety of underserved audiences. Junior journalism major Grace Fenlason was a member of the winning team, which created a prototype app, website and text messaging system that would allow people living in extreme poverty in Phoenix to find current information about food banks, shelters and other services available. Along with Fenlason, those participating in the Hackathon included School of Communication students Adrian Gurrola, Bryanna Karakey, Vincent Peña, Colleen Sikora, Tresa Tudrick, RobinLi Uber and Gabi Weiss. Faculty members Angele Anderfuren, Josh Biggs, Toni DeAztlan-Smith and Peter Friederici served as facilitators.

  • Rachelle Addair and Victor Cornidez, former students in NAU’s department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, assisted Flagstaff criminal defense attorney Lee Phillips as he represented Norberto “Beto” Ramos-Madrid in a murder trial beginning in June 2014. Both students served as investigators for the Arizona Innocence Project during their time at NAU. Addair and Cordinez worked with Phillips on the case, and the client was eventually found to be not guilty. The students assisted with case preparation, research, court hearings, preparation of pre-trial motions and more.