In the Student Spotlight: March 2, 2017

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Construction students with their awards

  • Five teams from NAU’s Construction Management Program competed in a 48-hour real-world construction competition at the ASC Student Competition in Reno recently. Three of the five teams brought home awards, with the commercial and mixed use teams placing second and the sustainability team receiving honors for best presentation. Brandon Zirnheld was given a Pinnacle Award for expertise, and Samantha Standen was given an MVP award for leadership. The winning teams are pictured left.
  • Climate, science and solution student Aaron Mrotek was awarded the Wyss Scholarship. Wyss scholars are future conservation leaders who will focus their graduate education on conservation science and policy, with plans to apply this knowledge to their field post-graduation. Northern Arizona University is one of four universities associated with the Wyss Scholars program, along with Yale, University of Montana and University of Michigan. Receiving this prestigious award is an acknowledgement of Mrotek’s leadership, ability and passion for conservation science.
  • Green NAU was recognized by the athletic department for its actions promoting sustainable initiatives throughout the campus and community. The City of Flagstaff’s sustainability mascot, Albert the Abert squirrel, recently gave out wood cookies to Hannah Parrish for her work as an outstanding eco-rep, Carlie Calloway for her work as chair of NAU’s student environmental club, The Green Jacks, and Emerald McCormick who chairs the Green Fund, which gets sustainable projects funded across campus.
  • Graduate student Corderro McMurray was recently interviewed and featured in Cosmopolitan. His recent term paper entitled “How a Kardashian Changed My Life,” written for his critical methods class, was the topic of discussion. The paper focuses on Khloé Kardashian’s TV show Revenge Body on E! Network, and addresses people’s concern with body image. McMurray will graduate with a master of arts in communications this May.
  • International affairs student Austin Rock was recently awarded by the Center for International Relations’ International Affairs Forum for his research and work concerning the country of Yemen. Having studied the country since 2013, Rock’s article, “What Factors Have Perpetuated Instability in Yemen,” stemmed from research he did as a politics and international affairs student.