In the Spotlight: Oct. 3, 2014

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  • Doris Martin_exhibit reception[1]
    Holocaust survivor Doris Martin stands with students involved in the project as she addresses the crowd during the opening reception for “Through the Eyes of Youth: Life and Death in the Będzin Ghetto.”
    Students, faculty, staff and friends of the university gathered at NAU on Tuesday, Sept. 30 to celebrate the opening of the new Holocaust exhibit, entitled “Through the Eyes of Youth: Life and Death in the Będzin Ghetto.” The exhibit is the result of a three-semester undergraduate research project offered by the Martin-Springer Institute. President Rita Cheng and faculty mentors Björn Krondorfer and Martin Kalb welcomed the crowd and discussed the importance of Holocaust awareness and undergraduate research. Institute founders Ralph and Doris Martin also attended. Doris, who is a Holocaust survivor and grew up in Będzin, shared her experiences with the audience and expressed her sincere gratitude to the students for telling her story and that of her hometown. The exhibit is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday on the third floor of Riles, building 15. It will be on display through Nov. 14.
  • Donelle Ruwe, English professor, published a new book, British Children’s Poetry in the Romantic Era: Verse, Riddle, and Rhyme. Her book is the first book-length treatment of children’s verse in the Romantic era (1780-1835). Challenging common assumptions that early children’s verse is mostly didactic and religious in nature, Ruwe identifies secular children’s poetry collections and tracks the rise of sentimental, fantasy, nature and utilitarian verse for nature.
  • Bill Carter, an assistant professor of practice in the School of Communication, received the silver medal from the Living Now Book Awards for his book Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story of Copper, The Metal that Runs the World. The book discusses the all-pervasive presence of copper in our lives and its cost on our health, economy and environment. The Living Now Book Awards recognize books that help readers learn about enriching their lives in wholesome, Earth-friendly ways.
  • Undergraduates in NAU’s Spanish Secondary Education program attended the Arizona Language Association’s conference in Mesa with Global Languages and Cultures professor Karina Collentine. At the conference Sofia Sweeney was honored with the association’s post-secondary scholarship. Ana Gonzalez-Gomez and Shannon Scirghio also were elected to serve as northern Arizona representatives of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
  • NAU’s Student Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association is hosting the 2014 Western Division Student Symposium. The two-day symposium at Ashurst Hall will feature sessions on the changing voice, choral warm-ups, handbell techniques and master classes. 43 NAU students will be participating.
  • Pulaski
    Louie the Lumberjack poses with Pulaski, the human powered vehicle, created by NAU engineering students.

    Engineering students Phillip Kinsley, Alex Hawley, Erik Nelson, Heather Kutz, Matt Gerlich and Kevin Montoya designed and created Pulaski, a human powered vehicle for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Human Powered Vehicle Challenge. The vehicle placed second overall in the competition, second in design and innovation, first in women’s sprint and third in the endurance event.

  • NAU’s Physician Assistant Program graduated its first class of students in August. The following master’s students received awards:
    • Veteran Awards: Juan Prieto and Andrew Bohn
    • Outstanding Scholar: Mariah Conway
    • Outstanding Community Service: Leah Carnine
    • Class of 2014 Peer Award: Grace Hannigan
    • Preceptor Awards: Matt Dickson and Scott Wiley
    • Chair’s Award: Kaylan Luber
    • Program Appreciation: Bob McMullen